05/07/2017 The Papers


05/07/2017

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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 Caroline Wheeler, deputy political editor

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of the Sunday Times, and Ben Chu, economics

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"US threatens North Korea with force" is the i's headline

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as potential military action is discussed at the UN

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The Guardian leads on news that 13,000 nursing homes in England

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are failing safety standards laid down by the Care Quality Commission.

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The Telegraph has the same story, reporting that one in four elderly

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The front page picture is of a swarm of flying ants descending

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The Metro leads on what the paper calls the first jihadi

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jail in a UK prison - it's aim is to try and to stop

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dangerous extremists radicalising other inmates.

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Volvo's decision to switch to electric for all models by 2019

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The FT leads with a shake-up in the management of

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The front page picture is of President Xi Jinping

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and Angela Merkel at today's panda handover in Berlin.

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And the new all-electric Volvos make the front of the Daily Mail.

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Also a picture of a victorious Johanna Konta who won a hard-fought

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match to get to the third round of Wimbledon. Surviving the flying ants

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Hart let's kick off. This story about care homes in the Daily

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Telegraph, dominating a couple of papers. Yes, the Care Quality

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Commission's report looking at the standard of care in care homes and

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some of the results are quite shocking. One in four of them seem

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to have a disparity, some say it is one in three, saying that they are

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unsafe and that poor leadership and staff shortages mean that residence

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in a quarter of facilities are going weeks without being cleaned and are

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served dangerous levels of medication which sounds particularly

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shocking. Social care has been a story that has never been far from

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the front pages over the last couple of months and years because there

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has been an historic underfunding of social care. And during the election

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campaign. With the dementia tax. One thing with this crisis, the

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introduction of the National Living Wage which has put pressure on care

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homes and has put a number out of business because they haven't been

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able to afford to exist. Labour are going to play politics with the

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report and say it puts rocket fuel under what they have said, that the

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issue of social care and its funding is something the government is not

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very keen to want to talk about given the dementia care row. It

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needs to be addressed. The Care Quality Commission officials

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advising people when selecting a care home to check the smell of the

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home, that is rather alarming. Not what you want to hear. Caroline

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Abrahams of the charity age UK is like -- says it is like playing

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Russian roulette when you go to a care home. One in three, one in four

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chance of getting a bad care home, it is actually worse odds than

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Russian roulette. The financial stresses in this sector are huge.

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The cuts that have been passed down to local authorities since 2010

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because of the National Living Wage, the volume of older people in

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society is putting huge pressure. It is becoming like the NHS, the

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pressures are so big that they will have to confront it. This isn't a

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job or a career that has been particularly loved and of course

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there are a number of people who see it as a last resort rather than a

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viable and exciting career. It is difficult to get the really

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interested people in this sector into the jobs because there has been

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no obvious career progression in the sector. Speaking of spending,

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Theresa May defending austerity as she faces calls to keep the purse

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strings tight. Also in the Daily Telegraph. Quite a cute cabinet

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ministers seem to be pushing against austerity but now it has gone the

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other way -- quite a few. Theresa May hasn't really talked about

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austerity. There was a quotation where she said there was no magic

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money tree to give people pay rises but that was quite rare, she wanted

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to move the agenda onto her agenda but this is a switch back in Prime

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Minister's Questions, recycling a lot of lines that she heard -- we

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heard in the coalition under Cameron and Osborne say that if we don't get

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control of the deficit we will be like Greece, the economy will spiral

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out of control and we will have no money to spend on the NHS for public

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services. Going back to the old line. It looks even more out of date

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because few economists think we are going to turn into Greece overnight

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with a deficit of 3%, which is lower than it was, and low interest rates.

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Interesting to see if it works. Trying to stamp out the notion that

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there is a row, whether it is the Chancellor who is pushing against

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it, and where she stands in the debate and it seems that she has

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come out and put her position on it. Number ten were trying to rail back

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on this and say this was not a decision to be made for now, saying

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that they would not be talking about this before a major fiscal event. A

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lot of toing and froing but you wonder if this will be the end of it

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or it will go to a second week. What about America, the FT have a story

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about the American economy? The Federal reserve thinks that the

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economy is strong enough to start withdrawing the monetary stimulus

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whereas the debate here, whether Brexit can take it, America seems

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confident it can. Already putting up interest rates and now they are

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going to withdraw some of the asset purchases, selling back these

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mortgage and treasury bonds that they acquired to boost the American

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economy. They are going to wind it down. A bit of a split on the

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Federal committee deciding this but essentially they are going to start

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doing it. This will be a federal moment when they start winding down

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the balance sheet. It will signal, if successful, that America is

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moving out of the crisis are in terms of monetary policy. Talking of

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America and crises, they are threatening North Korea with force

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and the UN are meeting to discuss the whole North Korea launching of

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that ballistic missile test. That's right, it is going to be a response,

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there will be a world responds and we can expect to see more as Theresa

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May goes out to meet with the world leaders at the G20 in Hamburg. The

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US are saying they will respond with force but don't rule out other

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measures. Interesting to see how the world is bonds, especially in

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relation to China. We will see more in the coming days. In the Times

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newspaper there is a picture of a very happy looking Kim Jong-un

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celebrating the launch of the missile which he says was an

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Independence Day gift for the United States. Very provocative and you

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have to wonder who this general he is hiding is as enthusiastic as he

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is. You have to wonder, given how he treats his staff. Although's

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decision to signal the end of the road for diesel and petrol, in many

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papers, and have a stolen a march on their rivals? I think they have, it

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is very interesting. I think it symbolises the degree to which

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battery technology, the costs of it have fallen, that they feel prepared

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to make what is a bit of a gamble. The economics are working out in

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favour of hybrids and public opinion against diesel, that is another

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story, because everybody associates although with diesel cars, and for

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them to make this move is quite a moment. We've been expecting it and

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talking about it but this makes it more concrete. Especially on the

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back of the VW emissions scandal and how diesel drivers could get

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punished, especially in London, if they continue with those cars in big

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cities. The Metro has the UK's first he had a jail but we don't think

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this is a very new story? -- jihadi jail. We have heard about it before

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but we understand it is the first one that people have been moved

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into, in the last week. They won't actually named the prisoners who

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have been moved in although it is understood that Lee Rigby's killer

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is among them and suggestions that others have gone in. The notion

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behind this is that you have a jail with those very extreme prisoners

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who are together so there is less chance of them radicalising other

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people. A prison within a prison, and this is in County Durham. That's

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correct. Suggestions, concerns from the Prison Officers Association that

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it will make it like the situation in Northern Ireland, by segregating

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them, you glorify them to the other prisoners and it may backfire. We

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must tread carefully, we don't want that but it seems to make sense, if

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there is a danger of them radicalising others, to segregate

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them, so let's keep an eye on it. Going back to the FT, they have this

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story, bearing up, Angela Merkel and the Chinese president with a bit of

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panda diplomacy, providing us with lovely pictures of pandas all day

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but the serious point behind this is that this is a growing alliance

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between Germany and China. They have always had strong trade links, them

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German exporters are much more successful at getting into China

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than the UK ones. China loves giving pandas to other countries. There

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were more pandas in Scotland than there were Tory MPs once but that is

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no longer true! It is a nice cuddly story, head of the G20 when it is

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going to be tough, she will have to say uncomfortable things about all

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manner of things. Do you think they are "Pandering"? I think so! And a

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story about flying and is. Are you going to go to Wimbledon? I wouldn't

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be worried. Interesting that Johanna Konta says she might have swallowed

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some. She may have gone through to the third round so perhaps we need

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to get more of them. Apparently it is a plague of them. Who knew, this

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is known as flying and date, and it is a stage of their reproductive

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phase when they leave their colonies and go all over the place,

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apparently deciding to watch Wimbledon. Leaving the players and

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fans travelling to concentrate. I'm not sure if they would stop you

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concentrating. The you were trying to zone out.

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Good luck to the Brits playing in Wimbledon. Thanks for being with us.

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