22/04/2017 The Papers


22/04/2017

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

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With me are Bonnie Greer, Playwright and writer

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for the New European and former newspaper editor Eve Pollard.

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I'm really looking forward to tonight, ladies.

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The Mail on Sunday claims the Conservatives' opinion poll lead

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has been slashed in half because of Theresa May's plans

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Theresa May parks her battle tanks on Labour's lawn,

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according to the Sunday Times, as it reports on Tory manifesto

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plan to offer ?100 off energy bills for workers.

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The Sunday Express claims "One-in-seven Labour voters turns

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"Tory" in a forthcoming political earthquake as the paper

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reports that Labour voters are deserting Jeremy Corbyn.

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Jeremy Corbyn "puts UK at terror risk" is

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The paper reports that Tory campaign strategists claim the Labour leader

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would not take the right decisions to keep the country safe.

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The Observer reports a pledge from Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron,

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that he won't do any coalition deals, saying he wants

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the Liberal Democrats be the main opposition.

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You think no one will pay attention to polls after the debacle of the

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general action, UK polls are getting a bad reputation abroad. The

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emphasis on the polls is ludicrous, in a way. We don't know if the polls

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are hurting, which is a phenomenon where they start talking golf each

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other but yet the papers seem to build their headlines based on

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polls. They are spending a lot of money on polls. As an ex-editor, I

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can tell you, you make the investment and probably someone from

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management said, do you really want to spend that money on a poll

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question mark --? You up quite bright, they have been totally

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thrown and the baby and the half water because they have been wrong

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on so many things recently. Shall we start with the times? I am sure we

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will mention polls as we go through each one. Eve, kick us off. We are

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talking battle tanks on Labour's lawn. I'm fascinated by Iru Mugan --

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Theresa May because she has... She said she was going to work we are

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just about managing the people who are working hard, they could be Tory

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voters, were Thatcher voters, and in have much money, so she is saying

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she will give ?100 off energy bills in a manifesto for workers. We know

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Energy bills are higher, we know you are slightly locked in the

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short-term thing where you cannot prove they have agreed they will

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charge the same. It is very hard to save money on energy and if you have

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a family, it is very expensive. So, she's offering them that. She is

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also saying that this poll, which is a you got poll, I have to say also I

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think the other problem with polls is when they are face-to-face, they

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were a lot more correct. And now they are online, I don't know. She's

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saying that people trust her with the NHS than trust Jeremy Corbyn.

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But there is no way to measure anything like that. I know that I

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will say something that is counter marriages and maybe counterintuitive

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and I have my issues with Jeremy Corbyn, I think he is playing this

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quite well and I think people will be surprised... Playing it well how?

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What Jeremy Corbyn has that to reason made doesn't have is that he

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is who he is, you know who he is going to be, you like -- vote

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whether you like it deal or not. We don't know what Theresa May is going

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to do. She wasn't going to do this, now she here, so, I... I would

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normally say that might be true but I think Jeremy Corbyn has been such

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a disappointment. Well, I don't think they are going to win enough

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to form a government but I don't think they are going to be wiped out

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either. That is what I'm trying to say. The front page of The Times,

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talking about Jeremy Corbyn, you said he is playing it well and yet

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the paper reports that a key and cider is saying that he can't cope,

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the office is ruled by chaos. That wouldn't surprise you. If you think

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about Jeremy Corbyn, he has been a backbencher, probably went to the

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allotment in the morning, went into the House of Commons in the

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afternoon, never took the web, having voted the way he wanted to.

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But why haven't they reported that Theresa May has lost key people this

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week, she has lost people who are not in her office anymore, that is

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not on the front page. But it is not chaos. But no one is investigating

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it. I'm just saying that if you start to look at the way the papers

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going, they are making a narrative for her where she is flip-flopping

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and he is not flip-flopping. The express is saying it is working too

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well tonight, one in seven Labour voters are actually turning blue. If

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they are, that is not bad. If the way that it has been predicted, the

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Conservatives will get 3006, if it is only one in seven... I think Tim

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Farren will pick up my Jeremy Corbyn loses. But story I do believe in the

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Mail on Sunday is a tax U-turn. I do know and have been discussing with

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ancient people of my age that people are very, very worried that she is

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going to tax part-timers, that is often older people, she is going to

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remove the triple Bock. Everybody says, well, millennial is have no

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money and pensioners have all the money, that is slightly weird

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because of house values and all the rest of it. But you've got a lot of

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millennial is who actually will need millennial is who actually will need

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to save money so they can going to care homes. To actually knock the

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people who are your main voting constituency which is what they may

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be, Philip Hammond wanted to put more tax on self-employed people,

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and that was very unpopular, and they had to withdraw from it because

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it had been a David Cameron pledge. But what you are saying, basically,

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is that we don't know what Theresa May is. I've got pictures of her

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with a big remain sign and a big smile on her face, dear reason me, I

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will never do do another election. To be fair, we don't know what she

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is saying because we haven't seen is saying because we haven't seen

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the manifesto. For people who are just joining us, let me just remind

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you what we are talking about. We are referring to the mile and this

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is yet another poll that has been run, the Mail on Sunday says that it

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will be leader has gone to the selection because the poll was so

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high. This is what Philip Hammond wanted to do in the budget. He did

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want to put higher taxes on the self-employed. And then there is

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this constant talk about the triple lock. The triple lock is lovably

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something that will perhaps have to be looked at because if you've got

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austerity and trouble with the NHS and people don't have enough money

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for schools and the rest of it, the money will have to come from

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somewhere. My feeling, and I think a lot of people, feel bad because it

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is our money, it is wasted. You see in the NHS, you've got people in...

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Not doctors and nurses but management earning more than the

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Prime Minister. You've got all sorts of... Bonnie, I'm going to ask you

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to skip ahead to the Telegraph simply because I'm trying to get

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through three more. There is another... We've got to hear, I

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think. We are going to start off with this online pharmacy because

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this is really quite disturbing. Bonnie, remind us what the story is

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about. This is about an online pharmacy backs by the NHS, it has

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admitted selling a bleaching agent as a revolutionary Europe. I have to

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say, as someone brought up in America, this is kind of an American

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story in the worst possible way. What is the drug for? It is

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basically for some kind of breathing problems. It hasn't aged in it but

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it is the kind of story that indicates the shape that the NHS is

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in at the moment. And I think, I think one of the things that Labour,

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and I think why this might be smart, is that the NHS is one of the call

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election issues, V core issue, always, in this country. If you can

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find a way to show that the NHS is being eroded under a particular

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comment, it does strike a chord. The thing I don't understand is why,

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actually, you depoliticise the NHS, because it is so important, you set

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up a Royal commission with doctors, with nurses, would make wives, with

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matrons, remember when they used to be matrons, and the matron had some

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say-so about over the bar should the clean doorknob. But if you keep the

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NHS as a political football like education, then it becomes a

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political football. Each and that can take to does for doing different

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things with it. Instead of sorting it out. We have had a statement said

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to us by the company that make the drug. The name of the day is

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pharmacy to you. Regulators are investigating them. People who have

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used this was suffering from vomiting and breathing problems. The

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pharmacy pharmacy spokesman has told the Sunday Telegraph that this drug

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is no longer available from them. As you say, disturbing that you have to

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get that point. Something which should perhaps say is that online

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pharmacy says it is a revolutionary new jewel, don't believe them, go to

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your doctor. Let's turn to the Times. Jim cooked up nuclear clash

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in the suburbs. Apparently, Kim who needs money because he needs staff

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of the missiles, is going to fight it at South Korea, he has got,

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apparently, they've got... North Korea have a house in black page

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that has been making money by some sort of deal and it is apparently

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fraudulently claimed against London insurers. -- North Korea have a

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house in Blackheath. Seriously, they have discovered that North Korea has

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this secret house in Blackheath. A strange place to choose. Trying to

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raise money to buy plutonium or whatever you need for the missiles.

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At the bottom of the story, North Korea says it is complete nonsense.

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Either of you running the marathon tomorrow? Sadly not. In my mind. On

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the front page of The Times, huge security net from marathon. The Duke

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and Duchess of Cambridge are going because it is for their charity this

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year. I also think because of what has happened in Paris, there will be

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strong security on a day like this. I always wondered why they put that

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kind of story in the paper, in a sense. Of course there is going to

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be a huge security net, why does it have to be in the paper? I suppose

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to reassure people. And maybe for people to take some sort of

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identification with them. We are going to come back to this in half

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an hour. Don't go away. Even Bonnie, a pleasure. To stay with us. We will

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be back at 11:30pm. Coming up next, it is The Film Review with Simon

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McCoy. Don't go away.

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