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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Kate Andrews,
director of news at the Institute
of Economic Affairs and Joe Watts,
political editor at the Independent.
Thank you for joining us.
Tomorrow's front pages now.
The Financial Times leads
with a story about how companies
are raking in billions of pounds
from a boom in pension
transfers, as people cash
in their schemes for a lump sum.
The Times says the NHS could start
using spare rooms to house patients
under a scheme being proposed
by a private company to help free up
beds on hospital wards.
People could be paid up to £1,000
a month to provide accommodation
and cook food for patients
recovering from minor surgery,
the Guardian says,
but campaigners are warning it
could lead to patients being abused.
The Metro have the same story about
NHS Airbnb to free up wards. Daily
Telegraph looking at what they call
an excessive green tax.
The story dominating many papers,
Kate, the NHS, according to the
Guardian, might rent spare rooms to
ease the beds crisis. They are
calling it NHS Airbnb as shorthand,
it seems and is ordinary concept.
does, the Guardian leading with this
attempt by a group called Care
Rooms, we don't know who the people
would be but offering spare rooms
and meals, attention and time with
mostly elderly people who aren't so
ill that they need to be hospital
but they cannot go home because no
one else is there. I think there's a
lot to say about the story. I
applaud the entrepreneurial spirit,
the NHS is in perpetual crisis and
maybe ideas like this are part of
the solution. But ideas like this
are popping up because the NHS is in
such a poor state and the article
says 8000 deaths take place because
of bed blocking in itself.
way of dealing with bed blocking,
moving patients out of hospitals
while they are convalescing.
about people with minor procedures
but what does that mean, people who
have had their appendix removed or
are they going to have cuts and
scars that need tending? Will they
have mental health problems? It's
difficult to know who this is going
to be. Also is difficult to know who
the people are who are going to be
providing the rooms. If you are a
childminder and you want children in
your homes, you need to do more than
pass a common records check, you
need to be licensed and inspected by
Ofsted continually, you need
qualifications, passing tests.
Surely these people will have to
meet those standards as well, in
which case are they going to want to
do it, is it a viable business?
people are wondering about it,
asking if it is social care on the
I think social care is one of
the main thing is being targeted
here because a lot of people ending
up using this, they note that some
people would voluntarily opt into it
because they want this kind of
attention and company, people like
the elderly, people who are a bit
afraid to go home themselves after a
procedure. Not right to be alone. A
lot of things at work here. If it's
a business model, we will find out,
with the help of NHS Southend. An
interesting idea but it won't solve
the problems of the NHS.
past the sniff test? When you hear
the idea, do you think it's a
fantastic idea or are you not sure?
Do you think that Airbnb would have
passed the test? Staying in
But these people
These people may not be
ill, they are afraid to go home
after soldier E. -- after surgery.
This is a story about the Tory party
machine, looks like they might be
hiring Matthew Elliott, chief
executive of Vote Leave, to perhaps
get some more oil into the Tory
party machine after it didn't go
very well in the election.
certainly is one of the big
political figures of our time,
considering that he turned the
Brexit referendum around. There's no
doubt that one of the triumphs he
had during the campaign was to steer
the referendum and the Leave
campaign away from the high torque
of sovereignty and the Jacob Rees
Moggs of the world to maul bread and
butter issues like immigration and
things working class voters care
about. That is the area that Theresa
May must be in if she wants to win
the next election, keeping the
working class voters from going to
Labour. In that sense it may be a
canny move but there are areas where
it may not be so. For example, he
didn't get on with the other
Brexiteers, such as Dominic
Cummings, who was sidelined in the
campaign, a close ally of Michael
Gove and there are questions over
whether that rivalry may come back
out. And the Tories must target
young people if they want to do well
in the next election and really new
to the kind of Corbyn threat and I'm
not sure how Matthew Elliott fits in
-- Airbnb the threat --
Elliott has a history of bringing
along heavy hitters to push towards
a certain goal, he is very goal
oriented. To bring the party
together, he does not seem like a
bad pick. Also he has a very liberal
version of Brexit which I would
personally support, the idea that we
won't close the borders, we will be
open to the rest of the world, we
want to be more outward looking.
That is a nice way of looking at
this, especially when the debate
between soft and hard Brexit is
The other story, one of
the stories in the Times, Britain
considering, they say, selling front
line warships. This isn't
interesting story because we've had
a line from the MoD, the defence
correspondent quoting them, saying
they are denying this, that there
are no plans to go below the current
strength in the Navy of 19 frigates
and destroyers. This story is
claiming that maybe they are talking
to Chile and Brazil about selling
the frigates but according to the
MoD, categorically confirming there
has been knowing casement with them.
On the one hand --
there has been no
Some of the ships they
are talking about selling our
amphibious landing craft that would
possibly drop the Marines onto shore
and potentially cutting troops. At
the same time, while they may not be
engaging with the governments of
Brazil and Chile, the MoD is
engaging with the Treasury over the
budget coming up in a few weeks'
time and these sorts of stories are
handy for putting out and playing
your violin about how much money you
So you think it's all
positioning by the MoD?
it is convenient timing.
Telegraph have a story about, well,
excessive green tax forcing up fuel
bills. Consumers paying too much for
their energy because of excessive
green taxes added to bills according
to a government commissioned report.
A government commissioned report
which has a damning take on what's
happening to consumers of energy and
religious idiot home.
-- and the atrocity at home.
-- and electricity at home. The
Conservative Party are saying they
are going to address this, they are
saying it is an attempt...
of energy is very political.
taxes have been very efficient, and
putting at least £150 on people's
household bills alone next year. We
did a report showing that a little
city charges have risen 50% since
2001 in real terms as these
regulations have come in. You don't
have to be opposed to tackling
climate change to say that these are
not efficient or good regulations.
If you want to tackle it, bring in
the apartment tax, bringing
something that is simple and obvious
where the charges are coming from
but there are so many regulations
which always leads to prices going
up for people at home.
The key thing
to draw from the article, it is easy
to draw the conclusion from the
headline is that the report is
hitting out at the focus on green
energy, but actually the professor
behind it focuses his fire, if you
like, on ministerial decisions, bad
decisions, and how they handled
policy. This is a man who published
a book called the endgame for fossil
fuels. His focus is that coal fire
and fossil fuel power stations are
on the way out and we need green
energy, but in the right way.
FT, a fascinating week in China with
this party congress. President Xi
Jinping, who has emerged as a figure
who is the most dominant Chinese
figure since Chairman Mao. This
piece says there is no other are
apparent, no one else who comes
anywhere close so he's effectively
in power for as long as he wants to
We talk so much about Brexit and
Trump in the west but we forget that
this is a big story. Many of us hope
that as China brought on more
liberal reforms, especially to their
economy, allowing China to be more
globally focused, that democracy
would come with it but here we see
there is no plan to increment a
The party seems to be
involving itself again.
what they believe is the importance
of commenters, an ideology that has
killed millions over the years. --
the importance of communism. The FT
have done great work, saying how we
have closed our eyes to the work
they have done in improving their
economy and expanding.
that's right, what it also says
beyond the succession story is that
the Chinese see the next period as a
critical one in their history, where
they are possibly going to
overshadow the United States, when
it comes to the biggest economy in
the world and one where they need
stability and that also speaks to
their own self-awareness of their
country, that there may be pockets
of the stability where they need to
be strong and push through.
about self identity and strength,
isn't it, not just about coming is
the quality because we know it is a
country full of billionaires and
Absolutely, it's about
strength and stability. The
Communist Party of China, but it is
the single powerful body in China
and it is about keeping control and
stability and making sure that the
movement carries on. It isn't
recognisable compared to the
Communist Party is of the past, it's
a new kind of fiscal movement that
embraces many of the tenets of
capitalism but is moving forward and
I did -- undertake taught -- under
Fats Domino, the
Independent there, a fellow
countrymen from America.
not from New Orleans, I wish I were.
He outsold every other artist of the
era apart from eldest.
He seems very
influential. Transforming modern
music in many ways.
I wasn't from
that generation but one of the first
things I listened to on a Sony
Walkman when I was Young was an old
Fats Domino tape that my dad had and
old rock and roll things from the
50s and 60s. He was an enduring
influence in music and I think that
will continue after his death.
New Orleans, during hurricane
country in -- hurricane Katrina,
they thought he was dead and he was
An amazing story and really
a stable in history through that
experience and much earlier on. He
played a large role in moving blues
and jazz and rhythm into a culture
that was predominantly focused on
white artists. So he's has had those
influences at crucial times in
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