11/05/2017 The Papers


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


With me are Ayesha Hazarika, the former Labour political


adviser and now comedian, and the Conservative


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...


The Times leads with the Labour Party's cleat manifesto, saying they


are facing a doctor to the Guardian takes a different angle saying the


party is rallying around the proposals.


The Independent picks up the Bank of England's


latest forecast, which suggest incomes could get squeezed.


The Financial Times notes that Japan's Soft Bank


is investing $500 million in a UK tech start-up.


The NHS makes the Mirror's lead story -


with nurses urging the government to end a 1% paycap.


The Express focuses on what it calls a "dementia crisis",


reporting that some families are being forced to pay ?100,000


Let's begin on the first of our papers with the front page of the


eye. Labour's ?50 billion wish list. Ayesha, presumably it hasn't


actually been costed as that, that is their best guest. -- best guess.


I think the diggers will be a slightly movable feast but it's not


about the figures, it's about the bold political signal that Jeremy


Corbyn was sending out today. We have had two years of Jeremy Corbyn


today, a lot of criticism, but his team came out swinging today,


absolute cobblers. Some would say this was Michael foot tribute act --


absolute Jeremy Corbyn. He has not shied away from putting forward his


choices, his policies, and there is a very clear choice on the ballot


paper. I think the Labour Party have managed to convert, everyone is


talking about it and people are certainly talking about the boldness


of it. Tim, you get the front page of the eye and then you get the


alternative take on Ayesha's which is fantasyland. Boyle the


Conservatives be licking their lips over this? I think this has worked


well for the Labour Party over the last 24 hours. They have had good


publicity and Jeremy Corbyn looks like a happy warrior on the news


tonight. It's a contrast with Theresa May's quite scripted style


but the one thing that isn't in the leak was the costings. I wonder


whether there's a gap now between this leak and the publication which


the Tory party will fill. I'm sure that's what the Tory campaign


strategist will now do, so that perhaps on Saturday or Sunday's


papers, the will be attacking Corbyn before Labour get their costings


out. The Tories will try to have the first strike. Often a story that


looks good for the first 24 hours can take on a different life


afterwards. In a way, we're already starting to see this. The male are


saying this will cost every family ?4000 but I think the calculation


that Corbyn's team have taken on this is that the average family will


not get bogged down in the costings of this, they will see things they


like, and they think as well because there was a lot of talk of the media


being biased against Corbyn and things like that, and a lot of


people get their news three Facebook and social media, I think they are


taking quite a bold move to try to make an emotional, populist appeal.


You are doing a very good job on this. God loves a try. You are right


about some of the press on this and there was acquired last night from


Margaret Thatcher which was that the problem with socialism is that


eventually socialists run out of other peoples money. I think that's


problem with this. Labour lost office because they look like they


spent too much money and they couldn't control public finances. I


would say one thing on that. There was quite a howl of discontent about


how much people feel on inequality at the moment. Even though the


dominant narrative is against Corbyn, you can never say never. The


polls have got it wrong in lots of elections. Not this wrong. We will


come back to that. We will look in passing at the front page of the


Guardian. If the eye is the positive and the Daily Mail is no negative,


the Guardian is looking for middle ground. That is a pretty straight


headline. I am more worried that Star Wars is 40. I remember going to


it as a kid. The daily Mirror might make you feel even older. The actor


who played cat weasel has died. There's a childhood memory many


people will have. He looks a bit like Jeremy Corbyn. Right, you are


off Jeremy Corbyn's Christmas card list. Although if he doesn't win


number ten and there is every Mac, it might be a job for him. It is


interesting that in the phone in Theresa May was in this evening, the


first question came from a nurse. The NHS has always been a difficult


issue for the Conservative Party at elections. Even know so much has


been cut during these years of austerity, plenty of budgets


typically associated with the Tories, the defence budget, the


police budget, the Conservatives have kept putting money over and


above inflation into the NHS but it's still their Achilles' heel.


It's still something the public worries about. Do you think they


worry about it in a sense that they worry about the political damage


that health is finished you can do to the Conservatives? Even though


the Conservative governments have probably been running the NHS longer


than Labour governments because they have been in office for longer? I


think they should worry about it. We have been fortunate not to have


extreme winter is the last few winters get the NHS has still been


at the brink. We only need a bad winter in the next few years and it


really will be tested to its limits. I think the health service is one of


those issues that is very symbolic of the Labour Party and people


always fill the Labour Party is more likely to look after the NHS. And


that sometimes constrains what the Labour Party feel they can do. In


terms of having a radical agenda and talking about modernising the NHS. I


think the NHS will loom large in this campaign. Brexit is not proving


to be as much of a lightning conductor issue as they thought. I


think health and education and things like social care will be very


important. Social care I agree with you. In the Copeland by-election,


the Labour seat held by them for decades, Labour ran very tough scare


stories about the local hospital and the Tories still won. I think that


the leadership issue and also the nuclear issue. I think there's a


chance that Labour have overplayed this card and made it too political.


True, but there is also a lot of public sympathy for... When you have


stories of nurses writing to the Prime Minister talking about their


pay, when you hear that nurses have got to go to payday loan companies


and to food banks, begging the Prime Minister that they are in poverty,


that is very emotive. It is interesting that you brought


that up because I've put this to a party spokesman from Labour and the


Conservatives. I said, Labour you are saying vote against the Tories


because the Prime Minister has said it may not be appropriate to keep


the maternity unit at this hospital and people should perhaps travel


further. If you vote Labour you will be sending a message, but their


policy wasn't necessarily to do anything different and equally their


policy decision would be made by health service managers not by


politicians. Similarly, the Conservatives were saying our local


candidate supports keeping this hospital whatever the local


candidate might have said. That was equally dishonest because they


weren't making the decision either. What is it about health that


politicians think they can play these games are public expectations


or is it our fault as well? I think it is difficult because it


impossible to be giving the honest about the health service challenges


that are faced. Even an infinite amount of money might not be enough


because of the challenge of the health service. It's such an emotive


issue because what's hard for any political party is when you are


essentially in a short-term cycle, to look at the health service


properly, to really review it and make it fit for the future, join it


up with social care, have prevention strategies and things, that's


radical thinking that's probably 15 or 20 years down the track. And when


there are financial restraint as difficult as well. I think that's


Labour's problem, the financial restraints. It's a card the


Conservatives are good at playing, you can't look after the National


health service, you don't look after the economy properly I think that's


why it won't work the Jeremy Corbyn because people don't think he's got


a basic level of economic competence. I don't know if people


think that Theresa May has the level of empathy to look after NHS. I have


to ask you, are you missing being in the thick of it? Are you missing not


party headquarters this time round party headquarters this time round


because you have both been in the past? I have to say I have and


that's partly because working on an election campaign is that a


fantastically interesting thing for all the good things and bad things


that go wrong. There's a lot of adrenaline and it's exciting. Not


much actually because I think the campaign is quite dull. I think the


exciting thing will be afterwards, potentially the ructions within the


Labour Party, Theresa May getting together whether -- getting to grips


with the Brexit negotiations. If she wins. I think she just might.


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