04/04/2017 The Papers


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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be

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With me are Kate Proctor, political correspondent

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at The London Evening Standard and the Broadcaster, John Stapleton.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...

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The Times leads with the apparent chemical attack that killed at least

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The I leads goes with the same story, noting that a hospital

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The Metro also goes with the attack in Syria, saying children

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The Financial Times reports women are under-represented at the top

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The Express claims that an increase in the number of people eating

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take-aways could lead to a rise in diabetes.

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The Telegraph leads with news that the government will help people

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who brought diesel cars and are now facing higher tax bills.

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The Guardian reports on dangerously high levels of air

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The Daily Mail has the same story and shows a Spanish ship leading a

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smaller boat away from Gibraltar. on dangerously high levels of air

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pollution near schools. John, perhaps he would start is with

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the awful story from Syria. The picture from the metro says it all

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with a small baby with a mask on its face. We have got used to these

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horrific images from Syria. But these pictures are amongst the worst

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we have ever seen. These are people, including at least 11 children who

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were murdered in their sleep. One expert I was hearing early in the

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day, a British Doctor Who has worked out there said 58 deaths so far, but

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in opinion he could be over a thousand given the ferocity of these

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chemical agents, in circumstances like this. Syria denies any

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involvement. Russia says it wasn't them, but we know this has happened

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before. Syria was told some time ago to clear its factory, as it were, of

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these agents, apparently it appears it didn't do so. All the papers are

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covering it, Kate, but the Telegraph saying deadly chemical strike in

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Syria puts pressure on US position and that is the complication about

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the story, people conned them quickly, but where do we go from

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here? It will be a test of Obama -- Donald Trump because Obama didn't

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act previously. We don't know what the red lines are. He has used

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strong language condemning the attack and no one should access this

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in a world. In terms of what he's going to do next, it is unknown. And

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his relationship with Putin, that will be a test of that. He has made

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such a big play about how he admires Putin in some sense and Putin can

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put that pressure on Assad. It will be interesting to see how he reacts,

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whether it is through military means or a test of his diplomacy skills. I

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don't know what we do about this. We have the opportunity a few years ago

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to do it militarily and we decided not to do so. Most people would have

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agreed with that because they didn't want to repeat a rack. But as that

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cannot possibly continue to governess country, given what has

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happened, but how do you get rid of him? I don't have the faintest idea.

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John, let's go on to Ken Livingstone. You have a long history

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with him, you are telling us? Yes, I have the dubious distinction of

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being the first person to put Ken Livingstone on television and I

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think it was in 1971 when he was a new Labour councillor before he came

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leader of the GLC. I have known him a long time. Rarely of the front

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pages. This business of him being in hot water. His remarks about Hitler

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and Xeon is. Everybody expected him to be expelled, and he expected to

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be expelled, but it is a suspension. It is a suspension from holding

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office or representing the party at any level. He is still a member and

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can attend branch meetings and vote in ballots. His parliamentary

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colleagues are complaining saying it is making a mockery of the zero

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tolerance approach by the Labour Party to anti-Semitism. Ken

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Livingstone said he is not guilty of anti-Semitism and they did not find

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me guilty. It is a sensitive business, but the Jewish community

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to grave offence? They really did. I would just say that the sanctions he

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has been given here make no difference to him, because I spoke

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to him recently and he almost indicated he has semi retired and

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doesn't want to hold office. I don't think he is pursuing to become an

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MP. The head of young Labour in London has said, Ken Livingstone

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doesn't represent her views. She is a Jewish lady. She was deeply hurt

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by it. If she is the future of the Labour Party, people her age and her

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generation say his views are not reflective of how they feel and you

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have the support people like that. They are the future of the party and

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they are putting their foot down and saying it is not OK. One of the

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interesting elements about this, is Jeremy Corbyn should make his

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position clear on this. Another example of the Labour Party emerging

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not too well from a highly controversial issue. Jeremy Corbyn

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in the headlines again himself when challenged by a reporter who said if

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you are that concerned about what the Conservative government is

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doing, why don't you consider resigning yourself and give the

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Labour Party a chance? It didn't go down well. Every day, the Labour

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Party is not getting good news for its image. There was confusion this

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evening whether this was a true suspension, a qualified suspension.

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It took a statement from him to sort it out. People are convinced this

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issue with Ken Livingstone will have an impact Alecto orally and the

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biggest indication will be the local elections coming up soon. Another

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story, which a lot of newspapers have it in, we are going back to the

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Daily Telegraph. This is the business of diesel cars. Kate, the

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headline says hand-outs for diesel cars hits by toxin tax, what is it

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about? A Labour initiative to encourage people to buy diesel cars

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because they were deemed to be saved for environment. Ten years on, it

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shows they are harmful vehicles and we have stacks of people in the

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country who own one. It is how we try and go forward with this. You

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work for the London Evening Standard and London has been picked out as

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being polluted? We have campaigned heavily on clean air. Theresa May

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has said, she has hinted at some sort of scrappage scheme might be on

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the cards. If you have bought a diesel car, you might get some

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compensation of financial help. My son has got a diesel van and he will

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be delighted, to get some compensation from the government.

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But how on earth will they work it out? How much compensation, for

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which vehicles and what will they do if drivers dispute it. One of the

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more interesting lines in the story, is in The Times version, or the

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Telegraph, someone suggested if we eliminated the bumps in roads we

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could do a lot to solve the problem of emissions. When diesel cars go

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over these bonds, and I bet you didn't know this, they emit more

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emissions. So if you get rid of the speed bumps, you can go some way to

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solve the problem. On the same day the London mayor says... He has this

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?24 charge, congestion charge and he is thought about extending it. Going

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back to this big economic argument about this, looking up the inside

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pages of The Times, they say it scrappage scheme would blow the

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Chancellor's budget. It must be so? Absolutely, you cannot imagine the

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cost. The last thing the government needs now while it is negotiating

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Brexit, and there is a huge percentage of diesel car owners, I

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have read somewhere 40% of car owners are diesel car owners.

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Lorries are diesel, buses, some are green, but not very many. My son's

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van. A major polluter because he drives over those bumps! It is a

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problem. I wonder if the Prime Minister has said this off-the-cuff

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and not done too much homework on it. I don't know. Very adventurous

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idea. Let's go on. The Financial Times, women still missing out on

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senior jobs in the finance industry. John, what have they discovered? A

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survey done by the Financial Times has revealed when it comes to the

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top jobs in the financial services industry, the big banks, insurers,

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asset managers, only one in four of those positions are held by women.

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Go down to the lower orders, 50% of their employees are female. 50% of

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their employees in total in female, but only one in four females get

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senior jobs. I am not amazed by this, there is a quote from one lady

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who was asked to describe her role that it was a huge advantage for

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clients from me being a woman, and a disadvantage internally. Suggesting

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male chauvinism reigns inside these organisations. Saying that, we

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should be careful because it would be interesting to see what the

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results of an investigation into our own industry, into the media would

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reveal in this regard. Your own newspaper, the editor has been

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replaced by a man. That is correct. Does this surprise you, I presume

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the figures don't? Later this week, the government is has got its gender

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pay regulations, it is requiring companies to explain what their

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gender difference is through the different layers of the firm and

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that is happening towards the end of the week. That will be a cultural

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shift and it will shine the spotlight on how many women are

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employed at different levels. These are slow, incremental changes and

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they will have a positive outcome in the end. But we are in the

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21st-century. It is outrageous. I am not happy about it, but you have to

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work with the baseline you have got. But there are some things being done

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to help the situation. Very quickly, the Daily Telegraph is starring the

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night, but peers call for an enquiry on BBC mumbling. I like it, I find

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it atmospheric. The bill, you had to listen hard to Tom Hardy speaking.

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-- the boot. And watching him at the same time. I was happy with

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mumbling. It drives me nuts. It is not just the mumbling by the actors,

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it is something to do with the flat screens as well. And also we are

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getting old and we have got to admit that. I was watching one of my

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favourite programmes, Line Of Duty and when there is music in the

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background in particular, I hardly picked up a word. It has nothing to

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do with the House of Lords. They have made their point. Julian

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Fellowes on Downton Abbey and also house of cards, Lord Dobbs. He is a

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BBC man. Too much mumbling all-round.

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Don't forget you can see the front pages of the papers online

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It's all there for you, seven days a week at

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bbc.co.uk/papers - and if you miss the programme any

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evening you can watch it later on BBC iPlayer.

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Good evening. Things are looking good over the UK for the next few

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days. High pressure building in and that will drive the weather front

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