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On meet the author, my guest is the
bestselling thriller writer Mick
Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are the former
Giles Kenningham and Torcuil
Crichton, political editor
at The Daily Record.
Many of tomorrow's front
pages are already in.
The Financial Times is leading
with a story about Donald Trump
lashing out at the FBI
and his national security advisors
over the Russia investigation.
A Pensions boost for millions -
the Daily Express says pensions
experts are hailing a "perfect
cocktail" of conditions that have
boosted many company schemes.
The 'I' focusses on the new review
of university tuition fees saying
the reforms will be divisive.
Power dressing at the Baftas -
the Telegraph pictures British
actress Florence Pugh who joined
other celebrities dressing
in all black at tonight's
The Metro also leads on tuition fees
with a quote from the Prime Minister
saying "uni fees unfair
and poor value."
The Mirror shows a picture
of Keira Ball, who died in a car
crash, whose heart helped
save the life of a ten-year-old boy.
The Guardian also focusses
on tuition fees saying that
proposals to reduce charges
for cheaper courses is deemed
'unworkable' by critics.
I am speaking a bit slowly it's
because I can hear myself coming
back and its most discombobulated.
Happy if you could do something
about that, that would be
marvellous... VI is where we will
begin. Tuition fees, I feel like we
have been pre-empting this for days,
maybe I have just been a work quite
a lot. Tuition fee reforms would be
It is not days or days,
it's just the government learning
how to manage news. In the old days
before Brexit the government would
make an announcement on Sunday, when
the speech on Monday and we would be
talking about it till Tuesday. Since
Brexit, we have talked about nothing
except Brexit will stop the most
stunning thing on this story is that
the issue has been around enough
since as long as University fees
came in, it's that it's a domestic
story running on a domestic agenda
on the front pages of Monday morning
News. Theresa May looks like she
will make a market intervention
here. She looks like she will force
universities to reduce fees for some
people and significantly she will
also start looking at bringing back
maintenance grants for poorer
students which is a key point.
has been saying it's making our
system of the most expensive in the
world for tuition, that Labour would
go further, they would get rid of
Jewish and fees altogether.
would but they have not been able to
cost it at all.
-- they would get
rid of tuition fees altogether.
There are some sensible things in
here. A bigger push towards two year
degrees with a stint in business. I
did a four year degree and could
have done other than too. I did
politics, sadly. I did a diploma in
nine months afterwards which I could
have done in three months easily.
Quite a lot of sense of kindness.
You pay according to market values,
a good sentiment but how do you
measure that will be a lot more
difficult in practice. You have
already had Justine Greening today
The Tories are
floundering when it comes to young
people and middle-aged people,
Corbyn is meant to be boosted in the
20 17th election with the youth
quake but it did not really happen.
But the under 25 and 45 state.
People are looking for the parties
to provide solutions. Massive
student debt everyone is carrying
I have to say I was the last
year which did not pay tuition fees
and if I was going to uni now I
would think twice about doing it.
Fees are the one end of the horse,
it's about access. Why won't they
just put the money into getting more
kids from working class areas into
uni in the first place.
universities minister says this is
irrelevant because you don't stop
paying upfront, you only pay after
the fact once you have earned a
certain amount of money.
deter people because it is an eye
watering amount of money when you
are 18, racking up £20,000 in debt.
27 Justin fees. Then living costs...
Lichaj something like 6% so you
could be paying something like
£5,000 in interest on your debt. By
the time you leave uni. Thousands
more by the time you have paid it
They took about a big push
towards vocational courses which I
think is great. University does not
suit everyone. Hopefully these
vocational courses will equip people
with skills which mean they can get
jobs quite quickly.
We are talking
about English universities, a
different thing in Scotland.
fees don't exist in Scotland, that
doesn't mean accesses any better.
Scotland's medical schools take
fewer kids from working-class
backgrounds than England and Wales
medical schools. Something is wrong
with the system, it's not to do with
these, it's about getting kids from
working class areas into university
in the first place and that's the
other end of the horse, that early
intervention in primary school.
Hammond to drop all props for budget
light. We are not going to get all
of the usual accoutrements we're
used to seeing.
Hammond here, not
the most charismatic or eye-catching
of charts this, ditching the red box
for his so-called mini budget. He
has ditched the two budgets every
year. Apparent pain this year, the
so-called mini budget will be 15 to
20 minutes. There has been this
longer held view that you should
only have one budget a year. We are
the only country with an advanced
economy that has this.
It is Gordon
Brown's fault. Used to be the Autumn
Statement in December, then another
rabbit out of a hat in March at
budget time. The surprise and thing
is its Philip Hammond delivering the
budget. He seems in such disarray
around the Cabinet table that he was
in danger if few weeks ago of not
At the time of Brexit when
you need to convey a climate of
certainty, give a vision for the
country, maybe there should be a
longer budgets are people actually
understand the economic road map.
Clearly they are going for short but
People underestimate the
importance of symbolism and the
power of totems like that, that red
box, it means something.
in 1860 by William Gladstone. Not
just no red box but no official
document or spending increases or
We will take the day
Speculation anyway. We will
just have more time to fill. Let's
look at the Daily Express. Pensions
boost for millions, relief as
deficits in final salary schemes
halved in a month. How has that
happens, it's been causing lots of
concern on the sheer scale of
Causing concern in some
places, not in my house.
don't have one, is that the case?
fail to see how this is news that
affects us the days. -- that affects
The pensions deficit has gone from
something like hundred and 40
billion hundred and 50 billion. Good
news for millions of employees who
are approaching retirement. That may
be an apt description of Daily
Express readers, but I just don't
see how this is a large story.
the stock market is quite volatile.
The problem is, when pension schemes
fail and there is not the money to
bail them out. We have seen out with
big companies recently with that
£900 million deficit. This will be
pleasing to some people in
particular, Ros Altmann who we are
used to seeing on paper review, she
has been talking about this for a
confidence. From that perspective
it's a good thing to see.
I am in
that section of the Daily Express
readership that switches off when I
see the word pension, I don't even
have to think about a pension, so.
We have not done very well with that
story. Where shall we move to? Let's
go to the Telegraph. The BAFTAs. We
have a picture here of Florence
Pugh, British actress, power
dressing and the BAFTAs with at
times bring on her finger. One of
many who turned up dressed in black
in support of not just the time is
up campaign against sexual
harassment but the Me Too campaign
as well which we have seen all over
social media. You were the odd one
out if you didn't wear black
It feels like this campaign
is getting a lot of momentum, it
still has some way to go. At the
Golden Globes last month you had
Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep who
came out and were pretty vocal on
this issue. Obviously this whole
issue continues to rumble in the
press in many different sectors. It
feels like it's a story which has
some way to run.
It does keep it in
the public eye when you have this
public display of solidarity and
unity, at an awards ceremony. These
only have at certain times of the
year, it requires that cultural
change, day in day out, not just
amongst those who are on screen, on
stage, but those in the industry
It is symbolic. The
message is getting through loud and
clear, Time's Up, that campaign
wants to change the culture that is
around that. As Sherborne said
earlier talking to you, the
decisions that are taken far earlier
in the storyboard when people sit
down to discuss character, narrative
and who will be in the movie, that's
when, who's going to direct movies
even, on who will buy them, that is
when we will see real change. -- or
who will write them.
The cultural bias is what's so
difficult to change, and you can't
The story is Three
Billboards, five BAFTAs, big British
success because it's a Channel 4
Even though, to look at it, it
is totally American.
American. But there is Channel 4
money in that, it has taken 100
million, it will take a lot more
now. Another feather in the cap for
Channel 4. Something like 32 Oscars
since they started making movies? I
don't think they have reception on
the way in, that will feed into
A lot of the films we have not
had a chance to see yet have all
picked up awards, that will really
boost box office.
Gary Oldman has
won for Darkest Hour.
And the ship
of water as well. Let's finish with
hidden calories fuelling obesity,
the average person eating too much.
How is it, portion control?
obesity crisis is being fuelled by
the average person eating 50% more
calories than they realise. They put
this down to two things, won his
portion control and second is people
eating more meals outside their
A good old statistic. What's
happened is that the office for
National statistics asked people to
estimate how many calories they were
eating over a certain number of
days. Many estimated they were
eating 2000, in fact there were
eating well over 3000. -- men
estimated they were eating 2000.
Basically the story is that men are
kidding themselves. You kid
Men are worse than women
We kid ourselves we are
eating far less than actually are.
You have a sugar tax coming in,
long-awaited, in April. Which the
government estimates will get the
Treasury 520 million which will then
be invested in primary schools and
sport. That has been trialled for a
long time, it's been off and on. Add
to see if that changes behaviour.
It's on in Ireland, Ireland has
introduced one. Mexico has a sugar
tax, it has seen sales of soft
drinks full. The Scottish Government
has the same kind of thing, talking
about forcing restaurants and clubs
to control their portion size.
Not like in America
where you can get a second portion,
fourth portion, full three.
know what we have to do, it's that
cultural, habitual thing of doing it
day in day out. That's it for the
papers this hour. We will be back at
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