15/08/2017 The Papers


15/08/2017

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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 the author and former Conservative advisor Jo-Anne Nadler,

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A warm welcome to both of you. Good to have you with us. Let's bring you

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up-to-date on what the front pages are saying so far.

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The Express leads with new figures that suggests house prices have

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soared by ?10,000 on average since last year's Brexit vote.

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The I claims the Government is to announce there is be to no

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land border with the Ireland after Britain leaves the EU.

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The Guardian say that the plan is already being ridiculed in Brussels.

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The FT carries a picture on the Indian Prime Minister

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celebrating the 70th anniversary of his country's independence.

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The Mirror headlines calls from campaign groups

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for the government to freeze rail fares after an increase of 3.6%

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The Telegraph claims the number of babies left brain damaged by NHS

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blunders has increased by almost a quarter in one year.

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The Daily Mail says that they could reconsider the decision to stop Big

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Ben for four years, as some did not know that it would be silenced for

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that time. After many months of the Government

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being somewhat low paid about their intentions for Brexit, we are now

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going through a deluge of hopefully clarifying information about what we

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may all be dealing with over the next few years. Of course, today, we

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have had a lot of discussion about customs unions and tomorrow we will

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be hopefully finding out more about how this issue of the border between

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northern and southern Ireland will be handled after Brexit. What the I

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will be saying is there will be no land border. We have only seen the

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front pages and what I found amusing about this front page is that it

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says, Brexit blueprints, we beat them so you don't have to.

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LAUGHTER -- we read them.

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Hopefully we will have more detail and tell people slightly more detail

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on this. That is the critical point, it looks as though the proposal will

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be no land border as such. This is particularly sensitive for the Irish

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Republic because they will continue to have the relationship with the

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European Union but have this island in the way! It is important for the

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U and the Irish Republic, at a red line as well for the EU, you

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suspect. How this... There is a whole and of history now resting on

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this, the legacies of John Major and Tony Blair and the Good Friday

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Agreement and all of the rest of it. If they had gone down, or were

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considering going down the road of a hard border and all the checkpoints

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that some of us remember driving through, which were awful, then you

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would be quite fearful of the direction of travel. The difficulty

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is the and practicality of this was the technology means you could drive

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a lorry through and you could sweep it with a radar gun and know what

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products were in there and whether ever thing was being properly

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declared. But then you have got to answer that with free movements,

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which is supposed to end for the UK. There is talk of free movement

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within the island of Ireland. I don't agree third any senior

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Conservative politicians seriously talk about the possibility of there

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having to be a land border. This would appear to confirm that that is

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the case. We look forward to the detail of that. What we don't have

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is the detail of what happens at the external border. Northern Ireland

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voted to stay in, did it not? That was an important vote. These

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problems were an inevitable result of the vote. An interesting link

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here because she could almost suggest that all of these papers

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coming out were an answer to the story about your namesake at the top

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of the Times today. My namesake indeed, without the E, indeed. It

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doesn't spell it properly! Isn't politics a lovely business? You have

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the former chief of staff accusing the Brexit secretary of leering, of

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bullying and laziness, on the very day that this morning... I couldn't

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turn on a television and listen to radio without him popping up. He

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will deal with it. I do know him a little, I suspected of him

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reasonably well, and he will be all that in that fairly jolly way,

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whatever he thinks privately about what his former chief of staff is

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saying. The only thing I would say is I think I'm right in saying he

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has not had a holiday, and is not having a holiday in the month of

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August. Without any question, whatever you think about the EU and

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staying in or coming out or whatever, David Davis has got the

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most wretched job in government, trying to satisfy... It is a job he

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has wanted for any years was up in many ways, he is supremely qualified

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because of his detailed understanding of how boot he was

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Europe Minister 1000 years ago, in political terms. If there were any

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truth in this that he only works three days a week, it could be that

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he knows what he is doing. 26 countries placating the European

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Commission, the parliament, that is before you get to the Tory party. He

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will need to lie down for the other four days! The Telegraph now. This

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is a disturbing one about brain injuries in newly born children. It

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is. This is a story that the Telegraph seem to be running

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exclusively, and they have looked into a rather alarming increase in

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the number of babies being born with brain damage. It has gone up from,

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or medical claims for damages have in the last year gone up from

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something like 180 up two 230. What is called here

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normal birth, or what might have been referred to as natural birth.

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That seems to be the suggestion that that is partly behind this obviously

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rather disturbing trend. It's a hugely disturbing trend. It is a

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horrendous story for those of us who have seen the fantastic pressures on

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medical staff, be they doctors or whatever in these units who, in my

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case, brought two children and one grandchild into this world, they

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owed them everything. I can only imagine what it is like. The skill

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and care that they show. It was only last week that the Royal College of

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Midwives dropped its campaign for normal births and abandoned the use

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of the term. Maybe we are heading in a different direction, and that is a

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turning point. A lot of pressures which will come up as part of the

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NHS review as well, with the moves towards specialism and fewer but

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better sites, as the Government is hoping for. That is a story that

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will have disturbed people. This is one that will anger people, which is

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the rail fares. An annual treat for journalists. The rail fares, the

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expected rise of 3.6% is running across all of the newspapers.

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Especially alarming headline in the Telegraph, saying that the soon to

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see ?10,000 rail tickets for people on particular routes for the annual

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season ticket. Clearly, as you say, this is going to infuriate people

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because not only are they paying a great deal more but in many cases,

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the service seems to be wholly inadequate. Some of the

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modernisation is having to be put back and delayed because it will

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cost more money. Am I not right in saying that government... There has

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been a Conservative led government since 2010, governments can control

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fares. It will be interesting to see in the budget in the autumn whether

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anything is done about this. If you can control fuel, presumably you can

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control rail fares. There have been increases for seven years. That is

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what some of the papers will be alluding to. There will be an

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argument about this. The good news is, if you need your ?10,000 to pay

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for your rail fare, you might be able to sell your house to pay for

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it according to the daily express. That is extrapolating! Indeed. The

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express have got a story that seems to fly against some of the other

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trends around house prices. The average price of a house has gone up

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by ?10,000. I think the interesting thing, reading between the lines is

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how they are presenting this as a sign that Britain after the vote to

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leave the European Union has got a healthy economy. Some people would

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suggest, and I have a lot of sympathy with it, that just stating

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the health of the economy on ever rising house prices is not a healthy

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way to look at it. In fact, the threat that George Osborne made

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about house prices falling, would not necessarily have been a bad

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thing. Call me old-fashioned, but are house prices that carry on going

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up for ever and a day, is that good? Possibly not for your son's

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generation. Or your grandchild's generation. It is unsustainable,

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isn't it? This is a story that might have been seen earlier. A lot of the

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papers got excited by this story of Millie Forrest, described as a

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cloakroom girl turned overnight singing sensation. What a

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patronising way of putting it! It is a classic August story, and that

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your dream comes true. You start off handing out the cloakroom tickets

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and you end up standing in for the top soprano of the night. That

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appears to be the story. It is a view weeks old, apparently, as

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well(!) She ended up singing Schubert and Vaughan Williams and

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Purcell. Let's hope it plays on for her. Any publicist is good

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publicity. We will be back in under an hour's time.

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Don't forget you can see the front pages of the papers online

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