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Welcome to our look ahead to what
the papers will be bringing
tomorrow. It might be a movable
feast, your guess is as good as
ours. Giles Cunningham, former PR
and Tory adviser is with us. Good to
hear. And also economics
commentator Daesh either David.
Welcome to you both. Housing leads
in the i, also the Metro, with Sajid
Javid suggesting the baby boomers
are blocking solving the housing
crisis. The same story in the Daily
Mail, baby boomers described as
selfish, and the Daily Telegraph
says that since the Cardiff tax was
scrapped car tax has soared. The
Guardian -- the car desk task. The
Guardian tops glory is on the new
allegations about Kevin Spacey. --
top story. The daily Mirror has this
story on Sylvester Stallone.
The Financial Times claims Saudi
princes and businessman
are being asked to hand over money
in exchange for their freedom
after a purge there.
The Express says that three cups of
coffee a day could help beat cancer.
Welcome to front-page lottery. Let's
begin with the Daily Mail. This much
I do know. Housing. You baby boomers
are so selfish. Who is saying this,
Sajid Javid, the
communications secretary. --
Communities Secretary. Housing is a
mass dividing line at the moment
between the Tories and Labour, huge
issue about people getting on the
housing ladder, how does that
happen, and from what we have seen
and what we know and this is a
snapshot, he is saying that over 60s
are resisting people getting on the
housing ladder, and I presume this
comes down to people saying not in
my backyard, NIMBYs, and the Tories
have a huge demographic over 50 who
vote for them, but how do they get
the young people to vote for them?
The way to do that is to say, these
are the retail policies we have on
offer, and so housing will be there.
What is quite, I suppose,
extraordinary about this
intervention, you have this from a
Cabinet minister on the eve of the
budget. Very extraordinary. Not very
Well, you say that, but we
don't have the cashback remains very
do we, to the so-called dementia tax
that got them in trouble, the? It
has a bit of a ring about it. -- got
them in trouble, too?
It does, and
you're less able to afford a house
in your 30s venue where in the
1930s, so something like a
generational war they are pulling
out your -- you are less likely to
be able to afford a house in your
Verrattis than you would have been
in the 1930s.
A weird strategy,
picking on your core voters?
strange strategy because the Tory
demographic is 58 and over. But if
they are going to survive, carry on,
they need to woo the young voters,
but I think what is really
interesting is you have a
Communities Secretary setting out
his red lanes for budget before the
Chancellor. This really underlies
the huge problem in the cabinet,
everyone is freelancing at the
moment, and the
minister is seeing
shows was to be in charge of
housing, so you have three people
looking after it but no one sorting
It just feels more
uncertainty in the market. What is
Does it get anybody any
confidence when Theresa May says she
is taking charge, given there are
one or two other issues she needs to
be addressing as well?
It is good to
know her mind is on this matter as
well. But as you see, there is so
much out there. You have your
housing minister. Let them get on
And also, as we said, we
are in a very uncertain market. It
fuels uncertainty, so not great
whichever way you look at it.
fuels resentment as well.
and it suggests she does not have
control because in a majority
Government you would not have the
Communities Secretary freelancing
60s before a
budget. A lot more
wrong with the housing market than
those who already own. And once
you're that ladder it is already
cheaper than it was for your
parents... They have moved a little
bit, haven't they? The Telegraph.
Endgame for Mugabe, and this is
interesting. Anyone watching
Zimbabwe for a long time would
probably wonder whether the end of
the Mugabe resume would ever come
about, after 37 years, but still
seeing this is not a coup?
the front page of the Telegraph,
they are seeing this still may or
may not be the end for Mugabe, but
the question is even if he does go,
who comes in instead, and will that
really make a difference to people
in Zimbabwe who have had a terrible
time? We talk about inflation going
up 7%, but basically there are
prices doubled overnight sometimes,
going through the roof, a dreadful
time yet they have all these great
resources on their doorstep.
revolution. A change of personnel
but the guy they are seeing was
going to take over was Mugabe's
right-hand man for 40 years,
surreally are we going to see much
of a difference?
If Mugabe even
steps down and let's be anyone other
than his wife.
Not a revolution,
change of personnel, but don't get
me wrong, it does not feel like
there is a massive changing of the
guard at this moment.
But he is
still respected as a revolution are
a large parts of Africa because he
brought black majority rule well
before motherboards of Africa. Sign
a guess, and healed wider as well
for someone propelling Zimbabwe into
a new era --
yes, and he was also
healed for. His health policies as
well. But times have changed. 37
years there and I think people are
I suppose, can it
be a peaceful change, the handover
whoever takes it?
A lot of Western
diplomats have been saying there are
quite welcome to this change, but he
has ruined that country so it is a
long way back.
Let's stay with the
Telegraph and something a lot closer
to home. Car tax dodging sores since
discs ask... Don't laugh, it is
difficult to see that headline! --
car tax soars. I always found the
car tax disc useful because it
reminded you of when it was due, but
now they send a reminder in the
poster you can't pretend you don't
If you read what they are
saying they are saying the figures
have tripled, it is a crisis, but
then they go on to say that half of
those who have not renewed their
desks are actually less than two
months out of date, so they may just
have forgotten. I think you
mentioned, Giles, it has happened to
You do have your car
I don't have a car any more,
but, yes I think it is down to
people for getting...
You got hit by
No, hit by not having a car,
because I don't have one any more. I
think it is people forgetting,
rather than being wilful.
But it was
meant to save money, getting rid of
this paper disc that sat in the
corner of your windscreen Konta and
it has not worked out.
Yes, but on
the other hand we're not talking
about the Paradise papers here.
but we're supposed to pay because it
helps the roads be safe.
it hasn't quite worked.
I think it
will take some time to bed in.
long? They were abolished three
Digital is the preachers
or I think everyone needs to bed
People perhaps don't like
renewing online and all that sort of
stuff but I like it so I am fine.
Let's look at the Saudi story of the
FT. Saudi Princes billions in
exchange for freedom... Hundreds of
royals, ministers, businessmen being
held in rather fancy hotels, it has
to be said, Giles, but there is a
way to pay to get home.
This is all
about the Saudis massively
overhauling their regime, rooting
out corruption, saying we are in a
Brave New World, we want to engage
with the West. I think there is a
recognition in the country they will
move from a oil based economy to a
knowledge-based economy and they are
saying, come here, invest, we are
open and transparent.
They are trying to send out a very
clear signal to the rest of the
Huge proportions of their
wealth they are expected to hand
over for their freedom?
in total, and we were talking to
about £107 million being evaded in
car tax then we have this much here.
Giles. This is about the fact they
can't rely on oil any more. What do
you do instead? Tap up some
relatives by locking them up in the
Ritz-Carlton and making them sleep
on their mattresses. That is
apparently what it takes.
some cases they are accused of
corruption over many years, are to
They are, and it is including
the Lloyd Ashley what has happened
-- over many years, aren't they?
They are, and it is intriguing, what
has happened there.
It is a quick
way of dispensing justice, though,
isn't it? And earns a few quid.
don't know all the details.
ever with Saudi Arabia?
trying to move forward. Ultimately
we want them to engage with us. It
is better for the rest of the world
if they do so we should encourage
But then you get into the
territory of selling arms to
countries like Saudi Arabia, and
then seeing what is going on with a
proxy war in Yemen.
Of course, and I
think the wider issue, how do we get
them to become more progressive in
terms of human rights. They have now
allowed women to drive. We should
keep pushing them forward. It is not
a perfect situation that that is the
situation with a lot of other
countries in the world.
golden crown prince says, I'm going
to step up hostilities with Iran...
And the tensions in Lebanon.
Let's look at the Sun.
Cocoa nuts, it says. Cash to the
West Indies palms. Yoga, eels in the
Philippines... Money not being well
spent if the subtext here. This is
aid money from Britain.
is coming up next week and I suppose
this is going to the fact that money
is really ring fenced for aid and
they are asking if this is the right
way to do it. Eye-catching, isn't
Yes, when we are going through
the most complex negotiations of our
lives and people are questioning how
every penny is spent, yes.
A lot of
people question whether we should
spend money on it when there are a
lot of problems at home but David
Cameron was very clear it was an
important part of spending, wasn't
he? When you were there?
Yes, it is
about enhancing democracy in
different parts of the world,
accountability and transparency, how
you spend that money, but we should
not have back from that because
there have been a few mistakes. It
is a good thing.
It is also about
engage with local communities, isn't
it, and finding out exactly what
they want in terms of aid, rather
than imposing it in some superior
Exactly, we think you need
coconuts to developers that is what
we will do. But the wider point
here, one of the things we here at
the moment, we don't want people
migrating to Europe in particular
because they are in
search of a better life. One area
which you can actually make a
difference in is by making life
better in those countries, and
perhaps then they won't want to
move. That is one of the arguments
anyway. It is a really tricky one,
as you say. It was a big plan for
the Cameron Government but now we
are much more cash strapped, and
A lot of people
will question why £13 billion is
being spent overseas. Let's finish
with Pidgeley of the Mail -- Mail.
Only the Mail. Don't worry. Who is
Tortzilla? Is bring this only
because you have only just seen it.
Lives at the bottom of a French
He sounds quite
harmless. What does he do? He bites
the toes of people who dare to go
into the garden. Have you ever had a
Not a rogue porters!
had two -- not a rogue tortoise. We
had rogue rabbit, and she would be
upset when you're upset her plate of
grain and all that sort of stuff.
She died a long time ago. She was a
70s rabbit, so probably not kept...
70s rabbit! Chris Read rabbit?
would be kept in hotel conditions
these days, wouldn't she? Anyway, we
will find out more, no doubt about
Tortzilla when we leave you and we
actually have time to read it. That
is all from the Papers tonight.
Don't forget you can keep up on the
BBC News website. Bbc.co.uk/papers.
And if you miss the programme you
can watch it later on iPlayer. Giles
and Dharshini, you coped well with
that programme. Get used to it.
Don't lose your shirt. We are going
to say goodbye.