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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me is the nroadcaster
and campaigner, David Akinsanya,
and the comment and features editor
at City AM, Rachel Cunliffe.
Tomorrow's front pages first
then, starting with...
The front page story in the Times,
which says time-wasting patients
are costing the NHS
£1 billion a year.
The Guardian says several
stabbings on New Year's Eve
brought the number of fatal
stabbings in London to 80 for 2017.
The Daily Mail says firemen
with only a few days
of first aid training are being sent
to medical emergencies,
due to pressure on the NHS.
The i reports that millions
of commuters will be waking
up to the steepest hike in rail
fares for five years -
it calls the increase
"the great train robbery".
The Metro leads with
the Sydney seaplane crash
which killed British chief executive
Richard Cousins and his fiancee -
saying he found love again
after losing his wife to cancer just
three years earlier.
And the Express warns
that an Atlantic storm
could bring 80 mile an hour winds,
torrential rain and flooding
to Britain tomorrow.
To the P. Let's start with the front
page of The i might, shall we? It
has that perennial Newsday story, a
good headline. Great Train Robbery.
Absolutely, great headline. The sad
story, though, especially for
commuters all over the country. Rail
fares are going up by as much as
3.4%, just the news that he wanted
to start the New Year and I think
there is really some anger growing
behind us. Obviously, rail service
is one of the things that we as
Brits like to complain about, it is
not something we are particularly
good at as a country. The owners of
the railways are still earning pay
packets, I think, totalling £4.5
million. There is a feeling that
service and pay is really not linked
and it is kind of this cocktail of
issues which is causing a lot of
trouble and has caused the
Conservatives -- would cause the
Conservatives a lot of trouble over
the next two years because a lot of
these commuters are in Tory seats
and are starting to look at Jeremy
Corbyn, who has promised
renationalisation of the railways
and that is starting to look more
And it is 25 years,
is the 25th anniversary now of when
it railways were privatised. The
fragmentation of the railway system
makes it very difficult for people
to plan, to put a case forward,
because you are dealing with all of
these different, separate
organisations. I was just working
out, the hometown where I grew up,
Basildon, it costs about £4000 a
year for your annual journey into
work. I know most of my friends earn
between £30,000 and £70,000, most of
them get that as part of their
package because there is no way they
could pay out a lump packaged like
that just to London every day.
companies pay for it...
Yeah, a lot
of companies fork out for it because
you get the cheaper ticket if you
fork out for the annual ticket. I
think it is a real shame, we have
more strikes coming out. I could not
work out from the newspaper today
but it is saying there are processed
at stations. I would quite like to
know because I would quite like to
go to the protest. It was not one of
And I make the point that
as ticket prices rise, wages are
I think this is a
political problem, is a market
problem as well. It is very
fragmented, there is no
accountability and it is not clear
how you link service to compensation
when it comes to people who are
running this. This goes hand-in-hand
with things like the housing crisis,
you have more and more young people,
under the age of 40, who are
struggling with housing costs and
commuting costs. These are exactly
the sort of voters that I think the
Conservatives are trying to win over
and I think there is an election in
the next couple of years, they are
really going to get punished at the
ballot box port, if they don't...
And certainly, Basildon is a
marginal seat, it could be an issue.
I think that a lot of people who use
the railways, me personally, think
that Jeremy Corbyn's idea of
renationalising the railways might
be an idea.
It is sort of like the
current system is not working so if
you break the current system, maybe
we'll get something better, maybe we
won't. Probably we won't.
This is a
debate that will be continued for
sure. Let's move to the front page
of the Guardian, which has this very
grim story about four stabbings in
London over the New Year period.
Funnily enough, actually, I was in a
park yesterday where one of their
helicopters landed to take one of
these guys that was stabbed
hospital. It is a big issue in
London. Some of the figures, I think
AT last you serious stabbings in
London, and what I was interested in
this was Alice and Copeland's son
was actually stabbed to death, what
she was saying is that there is a
lot of lip service paid to this and
that none of the things being put
forward actually going to change the
situation. So having a billboard
saying I must not carry a knife is
not going to stop young people
carrying a knife, and what she says,
and I agree, is quite powerful, is
that people who have been involved
in these incidents should come into
schools to talk to schoolchildren, a
mother to talk to school kids about
what it is like as a mother to lose
your child to knife crime. I think
that is incredibly powerful and I
think the government should be
investing in that sort of thing, as
well as services, that people have
been talking about for a long time.
There are no youth services any
more. Educating them out of school
hours, they just don't exist any
more. I would support her getting
people into schools to talk to kids
I agree. Obviously this is
a law and order problem but it is
also a social problem, and it is a
problem with communities that feel
distant or ignored.
Yeah, I think that is why a
lot of knife carrying goes on.
Scared into carrying a knife, it is
I think that is so sad,
there is a part of me that wants to
go back to the school days when we
just had a punch-up and that was it.
These days, if your honour is
questioned, people turn to this too
quickly and it is a real shame and I
really feel for young people who are
living in fear, especially in city
Let's go to the front page of
the Metro, another sad story. Devil
tragedy of air crash Brits. This is
a story we have been running very
prominently today. -- double
tragedy. This is Richard Cousins, he
lost his fiancee, her daughter, two
sums, the Daily Telegraph has the
same story actually on its front
page, saying another UK family died
in the same type of accident.
is sad, the detail in the Daily
Telegraph is so shocking. I don't
know anything about seaplanes, I
don't know if you do. This
particular type of plane is known as
applying NT, and they are kind of
known for having issues. It says
here that there had been 31 deaths
in nine separate incident with this
type of plan, and I obviously do not
want to detract from this tragedy on
the front page of The Daily Mirror,
but it does seem that there is an
issue with this model and that
almost makes the whole thing worse
because this could have been
Yeah, I mean they have
been known to stall and this is like
one of those flights we go to look
at the coastline and stuff like
that. So, the plan is moving about a
bit and it looks to be that that is
a problem that has come up, and that
they do have to have more vigorous
safety checks because of this
problem. But it is just the sort of,
I mean it is not the sort of thing
you want to you on New Year's Day.
It is an awful story about a whole
family being wiped out and when you
read about this guy and his wife's
fight with cancer and wanting to
have another partner, it is just...
Yes, the reason he was engaged is
that his first wife wanted him to
find someone else.
Is very tragic,
an 11-year-old girl is well.
Lets move on to the front page of
the Times, which has a different
story as its front page story. Time
wasting patients are costing the NHS
£1 billion a year.
Yes, this is an
issue that I don't think we'll
surprise to many people who miss
appointments, it is costs the NHS a
lot of money. How much money? 1
million cataract operations or
200,000 hip replacements, just on
the money that is being spent on
these missed appointments. There
were 7.9 million appointments missed
in 2017, that seems extraordinary to
One in 15.
A lot of people feel
that they are too busy with work or
that their surgeries are too full
and they cannot get an appointment
at the right time, so put off going
to have an appointment that they
really need because they feel like
they do not have the time to do
that. So you have these twin
problems people booking them and
missing them, and blocking them to
people who really need them.
apparently, they cost £120 slot. I
did not know that, but every
appointment cost £120 to the NHS. I
am very lucky because I was one of
these guys who did not go to a
doctor for 20 years. There are a lot
of men like me, and I started to
go... And the reason I did not go to
the doctors is because the one
thing, I found receptionist to be
really rude and I do not like that
to justify myself to them stop loop
you can do it online now. That is
what I am saying, the practice I am
now are brilliant.
-- you can do it
There is really no
excuse for missing an hour. The same
thing with mental health services, I
know they are really good at making
sure they keep in touch with their
patient. There is no reason. It is
the cost, that is the problem. It
seems that everything now has a cost
without rhythms and all this sort of
thing, everything has been worked
out. And when you see these figures,
you have to say to yourself that it
is wasting a lot of money and we
have to take responsibility for its.
The 70th anniversary of the NHS,
they want people to rethink how they
use it and there is an argument that
this, obviously it is a problem of
individuals but it is also a system
problem, and that there are ways
which are already coming into
fruition, giving people in --
appointments in person. There are
lots of ways that we can use
technology and the existing
infrastructure to take the pressure
off services. Obviously, that in no
way excuses not turning up for an
appointment, but there are lots of
ways with online appointments and
text messages, that we can use
technology to help solve this
Let's take a look at the
other story on the front page of the
Times. Retired peers awarded a meal
ticket for life, what is that?
is no surprise, is it? Come on.
that mean you worked up about it?
does mean that I worked up about it.
It is a bit like public school, old
university, old, elitist... That is
how it feels to me. I just think
that most of these retired peers are
rich anyway, aren't they? The one
they talk about the most common Lord
Ashcroft, he has got more money than
anyone, hasn't he?
outrageous, is that meals are
That is a good headline.
The thing that bothers me when you
look at other areas of government
spending is that it gives them an
opportunity to influence policies
and the continued interactive
current members of the house appears
in the House of Commons in this very
protected, privilege space, and that
is something that we should be
interested in for issues of
accountability. Why are they getting
this privilege space? And that is
far more important than the money.
OK. Let's move on to the front page
of the Financial Times, which has
predictions for the economy that
growth will slow to 1.5% this year.
It is just what you want to stop
Well, we are full of good
news, aren't we? This January?
growth, which we heard from Phillip
Hammond, in the budget having to
revise a lot of these figures
looking at Roath. Business
investment is on hold, which is
obviously a huge issue for
productivity. Productivity continues
to be low, they are predicting that
inflation will recede, which
depending on which part of the
economy you are in, is good or not
so much. Consumer spending will
cease, which again is good in terms
of consumer debt, which is a real
problem but it is not so good in
terms of the retail sector.
Inflation will increase. It does
have buried in the third column,
something that I think is worth
mentioning which is that on a more
positive note, they predicted that
exports would rise this year as
British companies benefit from
global acceleration and of course,
the drop in sterling and Brexit. I
think that is something to be very
positive about it basically, the
point of this story is that if we
don't get to grips with the
productivity or if measuring
productivity in a way that enables
us to make growth predictions, then
we are in trouble.
Everything she said. The thing is,
my worry is obviously Brexit and how
things are going to be in the future
and the long-term.
I know that cars are assembled
I know that cars are assembled here
I know that cars are
I know that cars are assembled here
in bits and pieces are done but I am
worried about what we will be giving
to the world afterwards.
services are the main one and that
is something that my paper in
particular is set on protecting.
Financial services are what messed
We could be debating this
for a long time. One final story,
the front page of the Sun. Mars bars
did it apparently they are out
because they have over 200 calories.
We are now been told by government
is that we should not be giving
children any more than 200 calories
of treats in a day. These poor
children will have to eat rice
Is the headline overwritten?
Banned from eating?
They can do
whatever they want to do. There is a
great traffic here on page five that
shows the exact amount of chocolate
you can give a child. This much for
eight weeks, less for dairy milk,
even less for a bounty. I must say,
the amount of chocolate I consumed
as a child... I turned out all
What I liked at the end was
the last line that said you need to
get kids moving as well.
simple lesson, really. Thank you
both did it back