06/04/2017 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 the former Trade Minister, Lord Digby Jones

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and the Broadcaster and Campaigner, Henry Bonsu.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with

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The Financial Times says push to reform company bosses.

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The Metro leads with a warning that GP practices are

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Whilst The Telegraph claims the surgery shortage is down

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The i says parents face prosecution for taking their children

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The Daily Mail says travel companies must lower Fayers to help families.

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The Express reports on an armed police presence

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at the Grand National, for the first time

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The Daily Mirror claims the serial killer Peter Sutcliffe

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The Times says first-time home buyers are being priced out by large

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numbers of foreign investors. That is a flavour of the front pages and

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we will get into at least of those but let's talk about GPs, tell us

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about the front of Metro. Critical levels in red and a black and white

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headline. The whole purpose of the critical aspect of this is that so

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many GPs are leaving the profession, some earlier than you might have

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thought, and one of the reasons for that is going to be pressure at work

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coming into stress and one reason will be the pensions that are

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available to the GP profession is going to be brought more in line

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with the private sector, paying more in and get less out. The public

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sector have had it too good for too long, and all that means is that an

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approaching doctor thinks it is best to get out now and not risk it

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later. That is about what the doctor might think, the other side, and it

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is always difficult for people like us to understand which part of this

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is relevant. If you have less demand on certain parts of the city and

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more demanding another part of the city, then one of the good things to

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do is to close that one, you merge it into this bigger one, you don't

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need as much administration costs and you save money for the taxpayer.

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You asked doctors to move and you ask some of those patients to walk

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15 minutes to get there. Upside, you save money, then said it becomes

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more of a factory and therefore a lot of doctors and GPs say I don't

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like this. And it might be longer than 15 minutes, especially if you

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are old! And it is difficult to see at what point is this good for us

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and what point is it not. Tony Blair changed the relationship between the

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NHS and you, fundamentally paid a lot more money and then worked in a

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harder. A lot are working incredibly hard but quite a few but like the

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screws being twisted. If you think about it, a lot of figures on this

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story, let's go through one North two. 57 GP surgeries shut last year.

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Doesn't sound like much but it affects a quarter of a million

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patients because that is the average. The number of practices

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closing up 15% on 2015 and 100% on 2014. I will take a different tack.

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It is because of stress, it is because of underfunding. We the

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great British public expect more and more out of the NHS and who is on

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the front line? GP surgeries, even talk of a seven day a week service

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and you saw how angry they were. It sounds great on paper but it is the

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human beings in the end. The private sector is very difficult as Donald

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Trump is finding from the public sector. He made a point about public

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sector pensions compared to private ones, do you agree? Just looking at

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the figure, the amount you can save before being taxed as being reduced

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from 1.8 million to one million and they are saying as a result of that

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GPs are retiring early. But it is a vocation, not about money. Let's

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show you the front of the Telegraph because it has that on the front

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page as well, saying much the same thing. The answer is why is this

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happening and that is the question. It is never going to be simple and

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not going to be just one answer. But it is true to say they are trying to

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bring service levels, response levels and volume of work in line

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with a lot of people in the private sector who don't feel there is a

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fair balance between public and private. Specifically on pensions?

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Private sector pensions have been absolutely devastated than the last

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10-15 years and public sector pensions have not. It got to the

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point with the civil service when a lot of people got into the public

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sector just to get such a good pension. Last word on that one. If

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you use your local GP surgery and see the impact it has when it closes

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especially for older people who are more infirm and you see how hard

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most GPs work, they really do, a vocation and not about the money,

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and they are being pushed to the limit. I don't wholly disagree with

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that. Thank you. I knew there would be harmony in the end! Takers to the

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other story in the Telegraph we were looking at with regards to Syria and

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the British and American position. Things moving quickly. A few days

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ago Rex Tillerson said the US didn't really feel that they wanted to get

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rid of President Assad. It wasn't really something they were worried

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about some people felt that has been a shift of emphasis from President

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Obama to President Trump but no President Trump has done a 180

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degrees turn because of the appalling chemical weapons attack

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people are blaming on the jets of Bashar Al Assad. We have all seen

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the terrible pictures, people who have lost children, men and women,

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really terrible, and Donald Trump says something has to happen.

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Options for the military strike being considered. And the one thing,

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I don't think Syria was Barack Obama's finest moment. Right from

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the day he said chemical weapons are a red light and I am not putting up

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with and he did, they knew what they were getting away with. Saying up

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with this I will not put, the upside is the sponsoring of the President

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Assad regime, they will think, there's a new player in this, thread

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a little carefully. It is another dimension and a good thing on the

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other hand, another red line. Just like Barack Obama said, another red

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line. You have used the words and it is true, people immediately think

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guns. And if the node don't do that they weaken their possession.

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Potentially to take a military strike on Syria when there are

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Russian forces involved. Do you coordinate with the Russians? What

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exactly do you bomb? What about civilian casualties? Do you give

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them a slap on the wrist or go much harder. Boris Johnson is saying we

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need to calm down and investigate to see if it really was the Syrian

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government but most people seem to say. And that is the motion the UN

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will be looking at, calling for an investigation. Really poor show, 48

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hours afterwards, let's have an investigation. It is a good thing in

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terms of it is more than nothing but the problem you have with the

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security council of each member has a veto. Russia is never going to not

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veto, if you don't mind the double negative, anything that censors

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President Assad because he is their puppet. It is going to test the

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Russia- friendly Donald Trump in ways not tested before. Especially

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with the 180. Interesting conversations. Exactly. It is a line

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in the sand. There's a problem, I am agreeing with you again. Test it

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further, the Financial Times. I like the photograph at the top, and I

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would draw a bubble lover less and have word bubble, have you heard the

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one about... ? A very serious person, let's not get all Daily

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Mail. I am very impressed with the orderliness of Prime Minister.

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Multiparty political thing. As a personality. That fourth graph

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suggests a reasonably friendly cordial moment. It does say they

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agree we need to lower tensions but how much control do they have over

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the other actors. I am not talking about Nigel Farage. Don't worry

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about what these actors do in public posturing, worry about in private.

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That is where the deals will be. Not until the books are published! The

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other story is then at the bottom. I am so pleased you have allowed me to

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say this, because I have had big executive pay up to here. When I was

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at the CBI went on about it and as a minister, and frankly, there are so

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many chief executives who might deserve it, but so does a nurse

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deserve it but we can't afford to pay nurses, and these people ought

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to set a better example. The other example as you have some people who

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have failed or field relatively on the job and they still Gate great

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pay rises. It is doing nothing for the reputation of the business or

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for wealth creation and capitalism and always at the end of the day, my

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solution was always that has to come from within. Here you have rich

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countries, usually oil-based, Norway is one of the best because it has a

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serious good values. It has a huge amount of money because of oil, and

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they are saying, the boss of the welfare fund, he is saying, what we

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don't want to have any more is a lack of transparency, complication

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and two short term. His exact words are, pay should be long-term, so in

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other words you can fiddle the figures to have a good year and the

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big bonus. Two, simple. So many of these peer awards are made after

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complications and they get a great check possibly when the company has

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done badly. Lastly, transparent. So that you and I can understand it.

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That will not solve it but it is a very big step in the right

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direction. Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn would agree with this. It

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involves the words create profit which I don't think he understands!

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Jeremy Corbyn unavailable to respond to that he ran now. Parents face

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price after losing school holidays. The father from this case is furious

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because he won the original case but it has been overturned by the

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Supreme Court. It means you have to turn that might bring your child

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into school when the headteacher says so. And one of the problems is

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if you are not a tour operator holiday company you have been

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charging a lot more for the product, this was going to actually I learned

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that out and now they can go back to exploiting it. I would say, wouldn't

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I, welcome to the market, not much you can do. I think what's going to

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happen is a lot of parents are going to look at the situation and

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consider it worthwhile fine. You got the last word! Don't forget you can

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see the front pages online and on the BBC News website, all Graf

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review seven days a week. If you mist the programme any evening you

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can watch it later on BBC. Thank you.

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The warmest weather today was in London where the temperature this

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afternoon rose to 18, lovely blue skies, much

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