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Welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us
tomorrow. With me randy Ramage, the Guardian's chief leading writer, and
the Spectator's political correspondent, Katie.
The daily Mirror leads on the news that British Gas is putting up
electricity prices by 12.5%, even though its boss admitted wholesale
costs have fallen. The Daily Telegraph focuses on what the paper
calls a row between the government and British Gas over the cost of
green energy subsidies. The Times claims Jeremy Corbyn is under
pressure from Labour MPs to condemn President Maduro's violent regime in
Venezuela. The Guardian has details of a number of tycoons who have been
revealed as the owners of more than 1600 empty properties in the London
borough whether Grenfell Tower fire residents are still without homes.
Long queues at some European airports, British tourists are
queueing up to four hours because of the botched introduction of EU
border checks. The sun says the BBC is facing accusations that the new
Mary Berry show is just a great British take-off copy -- Great
British Bake Off copy. The 12.5% rise at British Gas. This story in
the Daily Mirror focuses on the boss. This is from a man who admits
electricity costs have gone down but he will put prices up for 3 million
people. There is outrage. And it is probably justified, given people are
finding themselves with their wages stagnating and prices going up. And
it is a big rise, you will notice 12.5%. Yes. Their justification is
that the costs have gone up, including, they would say, some of
the green stuff, put on by the government. They are blaming the
government's Green levy and their policies. The government have tried
to distance themselves from that. It isn't a great look for the
government. One of the things to May promised was a cap on energy prices.
But as with much of the doomed manifesto, it has been dumped.
People thought this would be protected but it hasn't been. The
just about managing she has talked a lot about, not much help for them.
We were told you could switch to another supplier but it doesn't
always work. It doesn't often. And those are often the most poor and
the most vulnerable. British Gas are putting out a rebate for its poorest
customers. But this, I think the rise is just too fast. It is four
times inflation. It is too big at a time when people are struggling to
pay the essentials, whether that is water, gas, electricity, they are
going up faster than anybody's wages and that is where the problem lies
for the government. British Gas say they are the last of the company 's
to do this. It just seems that if you switch it off. Make any
difference. It sparks everybody else off to put up their prices. Exactly.
Let's move on to the Daily Telegraph. Priti Patel, the
International Development Secretary, demanding restraint on civil service
pay. Talking about the crazy salaries, saying it isn't in step.
It is about public sector pay, about people struggling, their wages not
going up. Now she has said that now it's time for restraint. It bothers
me. Out of step with public opinion. Public opinion on something like
hanging is bad. If you went with everything in public opinion you
would not be in office. You way up reasoned argument and make a
decision. This does not sit very well with somebody like me. As for
the salaries, ?300,000, I mean, the boss of British Gas gets ?4 million.
If we are talking salaries then people get more angry about the
British Gas man than they would about someone they've never heard of
it was probably dealing with a mountain of paperwork caused by
Brexit. It is a lot of money. ?150,000 is a lot of money, given
the average salary. A teacher, a nurse, lots of others will be
thinking, hang on, this is not fair. There is so much about the public
sector pay cap. This might be part of the government's tactic. They
won't let the whole thing. You might see certain sectors being lifted,
such as nurses. This might be laying the groundwork. Or it could be Priti
Patel trying to deflect attention from the foreign aid Budget, which a
lot of people think is a waste of money. Will they left it? Each pay
body gives its own version. They can pick and choose. They can go with
public opinion. Let's move on to the times. The story about Uber. Do you
use it? Yes, and I have paid the surge before. What is it?
Particularly on a Saturday night, you go on your phone can you try to
get one, it says there is a surcharge, so you have to pay more
than you normally would. That means it is busy. The paper is claiming
that the drivers have been colluding with each other to gather in areas
and switch off. Then when the surge goes up, they go and pick up. I
admire the entrepreneurial spirit here. Maybe it is good that people
without a stable contract do something like this. Do you think it
is a good idea? I don't use it. How come? I cannot use my iPhone. Maybe
you should use it because it seems these guys can play the system
better than Uber can. I suppose it is something they would do. If you
are being rinsed by the company you might want to do it back. There has
been a lot of protest about their pay and conditions. Uber Dom have
said that it was based on drivers who were in many cases untrue. --
Uber have said. Patients living in the same street
getting different NHS care. This is about GP surgeries. We have heard so
much about not getting enough appointments and all the rest. They
are saying you can have a different experience even if you are in the
same postcode. I must admit this is an old story made new. Are we in
August yet? It postcode lottery story. You live in the same street,
you go to a different GP. Because budgets are controlled by different
bodies, different clinical commissioning groups, they will
offer different levels of care. It's obvious. You have to find somebody
on the board of a local authority -- on the board of a local authority.
Two bodies would offer different services. That is part of the model.
It's true. But it is an oddity of the system where you -- if you
happen to live on a border. It is a good story but a whipped up story.
Your newspaper, the Guardian, which would never have a whipped up story.
Never. This is about tycoons and empty homes. A solid piece of
journalism which came out because there was a freedom of information
request everybody got. Did a straight story about how many empty
homes there were in the Kensington area. That was where -- that is
where the Grenfell Tower is. There was a much more juicy story about
Russian oligarchs and Sheiks an TV executives having empty homes in the
area. It is a good story. Does that go along with Jeremy Corbyn's idea
that people don't have housing and they seize these properties. Will
that happen? It is difficult in practice. What this story does is
placed into a narrative of us versus them. The idea that these people are
so far removed and it's so unfair. When you see the names you think, do
they need a home they are not going to use? When lots of the Grenfell
Tower survivors still haven't been rehoused or they have rejected their
offers, it just puts more pressure on the council to sort it out. It
was a huge story. Still being covered. Are there any updates on
how many residents are still without properties? I think there are 150
resident families. 46 were made offers. Very few accepted. It is to
do with the quality of accommodation. I think they are in
temporary accommodation at the moment. It is the kind of, do they
want to move out of the area question. It hasn't been handled
well by the council. Which is why they have relinquished their
responsibility to do with it. But it is a difficult time for anybody to
live through all of that. Let's move on to the Financial Times. The
Eurozone growth accelerate after populist electoral threat receipts.
We are not sure if it is an acceleration. In August
acceleration. The Eurozone expansion is at 2.1%. Britain is at just 2%.
It is a tiny advance. Somebody said there is increasing evidence of a
diversion. That makes the headlines real. The populist threat has
receded. Le Pen, all of these guys did not break through. But we still
have Poland and Hungary unwinding the constitutional protections in
Europe. It probably hasn't reseeded entirely. Are they trying to make
this into a Brexit story? I think there is an undercurrent. At the
same time these are just figures. The growth has gone from 0.5 to 0.6.
Obviously good for the Eurozone. But we can't really read too much into
that. Absolutely. Metro, the kind of picture you do not want to see
before going off on holiday. Are you off to a European airport any time
soon? You might be in trouble. British tourist jetting to the
continent are facing queues of up to four hours. Airport hell for the
Brits. What you make of it? It's terrible because I am going to
somewhere in Europe later this month. They have tightened up the
Schengen area checks because of attacks. And there was a plain
breakdown. Those two things meant there were very long queues. --
aeroplane breakdown. New controls have been brought in. Sounds like
they did not have enough staff to deal with it. It was a busy weekend.
Not really to do with Brexit. But because we are not in the Schengen
free movement area, it does mean that the Brits are being hit by
this, I guess. It looks like you will get the queues regardless of
being in or out. I'm just glad my next holiday is in Britain. I will
avoid this. Very sensible. Let's move on to the story of the day.
Great British ripped off in the sun newspaper. BBC bosses are facing
accusations that their new Mary Berry cooking show is just a copy of
the Great Baking Bake Off. -- Great British Bake Off. Obviously it has
gone to Channel 4 and the BBC has a new cooking programme. Do you watch
it? I don't. I am happy that Mary Berry will be back on TV. She is a
bit of a national treasure. For ?75 million? I think Channel 4 probably
have a reason to be slightly worried. There has been a comment
from the BBC press office. They have been swift in their response. They
have said that it is not -- they have said that they are different
shows as those watching Wilsey. Great. It is technically true. --
those watching will see. No matter how much you spend on a format, you
cannot stop Mary Berry appearing on the BBC. They have said that there
might be some baking in the BBC series. I don't think you can own
the concept of baking. If they get the whole cast they might have
trouble. If it is just Mary they will probably be safe. She won't be
doing something like the Krypton Factor. There will be other TV
programmes. Thank you very much indeed for all of that. Don't
forget, you can see the front pages of the newspapers online on the BBC
website. Thank you to my guests. We will see you all on another day.
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