29/01/2014 The Papers


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Louise Hazel, who is returning with the aim of defending her


Commonwealth title when the Games begin later this year. That's in


Sportsday in 15 minutes. Hello there and welcome to our look


ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are


broadcaster Richard Madeley and Amol Rajan, the editor of the


Independent. We start with the Independent. Its front page has a


picture reportedly taken in a Palestinian refugee -- in a refugee


camp in Syria of a man holding a child whom it is said died of


hunger. The Governor of the Bank of England


has given nationalists a choice - sovereignty or the pound.


The Metro says self service checkouts are turning Britain into a


nation of shoplifters. On to the Mail. It is leading on the


Lords vote to ban smoking in cars carrying children.


The Times says a think-tank has exposed Labour plans for a public


spending spree. We are starting with the Daily


Telegraph. Richard, troops sent in to flood-hit areas. We saw the


reception that Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, got when he


visited the Somerset Levels. He was well and truly harangued, that's a


polite way of saying it. He didn't even get his hush puppies wet did


he. When you are really screwed up, you send the troops in. Quite what


they are supposed to do with a this will gallons of water on the


Somerset Levels I'm not sure. The Daily Telegraph says they think they


might deploy specialist vehicles, which they say will help some of the


villages, which are cut off, and help people to get food and fuel.


And our old favourite, they will also help with sandbags, which I


think are the most useless flood defence devised by man. This is a


carapace to give the Government time to wade into catch up really. It is


a disaster for them. Every newspaper, whatever it is ilk, is


reporting it from the the same angle, the Government screwed up.


Sending the troops in, it makes a nice picture. There'll be stories


tomorrow as the brave lads wade in and carry old ladies from their


cottages. Are you that cynical? This is about the need to give an


appearance of authority and control. One of the amazing lessons of the


last 10-15 years, when we had crises with foot-and-mouth, bird flu, in


the age of social media, if there is a crisis and it affects your


environment, you've got to be seen to grab hold of it immediately, show


control and be in charge. Something this Government struggled to do


earlier in the week over the last weekend and on Monday was to look as


if it was in control. It took too long to get down there, too long to


assess the situation, too long to react. This is not from my limited


understanding of Somerset and what the Army gets up to, I don't think


it will make a substantial difference. They are already pumping


1 million gallons of water -- tonnes of water a day. The This is about


media market of a crisis that's spun out of control. Partly an admission


that to some extent there is not a lot you can do. We should have done


dredging beforehand. There is a huge amount that could have been done,


dredging. My grandfather was a farmer in Shropshire. A river went


through his land and every two years he had to dredge. They lost a bit of


wildlife and fish in the river, but it had to be done. I have to say


over the last three or four days, looking at this pusillanimous


reasons for not dredging the rivers are, frankly I would be surprised if


there wasn't a public inquiry into this. It is a massive scandal. There


is a strong sense that the Government doesn't care about them,


that rural community is diminishing as a proportion of the population,


and elections are decided in the big cities. Part of this is the rural


community of south-west England saying guys, we matter too. They


don't occupy the headlines. They don't generate as much media


attention. When in story or scandal hits, it is only after it becomes a


big problem that those people are taken seriously. It is part of their


frustration as well. I had lunch in Somerset today and was approached by


a Somerset farmer, and he was speaking for him, the Environment


Agency cares more about voles than humans. That's what they are


thinking down there. Very interesting spxt let's stay with the


Daily Telegraph. Amo, will, Carney stem cells Scots choose independence


or the pound. We've got to make it clear the Scottish National Party


said they had a fiscal commission that looked into this and they would


be willing to have some fiscal pact that does cede a certain amount of


sovereignty to Westminster. So they've seen this coming. That's


their argument. They would say it is consistent with what they said was


going to happen before. The Governor of the Bank of England, a dashing


Canadian, has come in and created a huge impression. He's gone off for a


meeting with the First Minister of Scotland to talk about some of the


implications. He has used astonishingly provocative language.


He talks about ceding national sovereignty. When you are talking


about issues to do with nation states and it's, these are emotive


words. It is not that Mark Carney has or hasn't said the obvious but


he is an extremely political Governor. If you look at the


previous two, Eddie George's nickname was Steady Eddie. Mervyn


King was a Cambridge academic, dead straight. This guy has given a huge


fillip to those that would argue that Britain is better together, to


use the unionist campaign. People can say hang on, if Scotland goes


independent and you are controlled by the Treasury in London, what's


the point? The substantive fact of what he said, the core, is factually


correct. Yes, and it is consistent with what Alex Salmond has said in


the past. It is more of a give to the unionists. This is the Daily


Telegraph's second lead. They say unionists say Mr Carney's


devastating intervention - everybody is taking what they want out of


this, has left Alex Salmond to share the reins. It is in tatters. The


best thing he could have done was avoid making the trip up there. That


train ride was probably funded by the taxpayer. It is an impossible


thing to do. If you are going up there and state the obvious, you are


going to be used by people who use your words for their own arguments.


That really was Tyne might, to compare what happened if we have


separation, to say eurozone? It is a hand grenade. He didn't do it like


that did he? The front page of the Scotsman, a the SNP accepted. They


can't not say that now, can they? They didn't say look at the EU...


I'm summarising him. Most people who saw him speaking live on your


channel, it took half an hour for analysts to get round this dry


techno speak to work out what he meant. He is more political than he


appears to let on. Personally, reading the papers now, I think it


was a much more a series of statement than you might think. Of


course I'm being a bit jocular when I say look at the eurozone, but


that's what he was doing. As you say, people can read into what he


said and decide their own views on some of the words and the language


that he used. We are going to your paper now,


Amol. After 1885 days, people are eat using cats and weeds. Bread is a


dream for children. The inside story of a Syrian siege. There's a lot of


things that go through one's mind and you think to a certain extent


Syria's been on the front page a huge amount, is there appetite for


any more of this stuff. Patrick has got into a refugee camp in the south


of Damascus, which has 20,000 people, which not many people know


about. At the moment in Syria there's a sense that people get war


fatigue, and we are talking about people in an incredibly vulnerable


situation. It is a wonderful piece. The other reason it matters is


because Syria I think are increasingly understanding that the


core - this might seem as a controversial these tis - a battle


in Islam between Sunni and Shia forces. It juxtaposes Saudi Arabia


on the one hand and Iran on the other. Syria is the crux or the


proxy for a major battle in Islam, which has huge implications for the


wider world, not just Syria. For the past several weeks there's been a


debate in this country which put the Government against the opposition


about whether or not Britain would sign up to a special UN humanitarian


programme. The UN wants to get 30,000 particularly vulnerable rfies


into various countries. Britain initially resisted and we felt


strongly as a paper this was wrong. We are talking about extremely


vulnerable people. Yes Britain has done amazing stuff for Syria's


refugees. ?600 million in aid. But there is a major domestic


development this week. Britain has said they will in effect sign up to


the UN programme and accept more refugees. A moral victory for us and


for refugees saved is. Is that the kind of move that the majority of


people will accept? I am sure they will largely because it is not a


very big concession. Talk about the tip of the iceberg. It is this or


nothing. They were facing defeat in the Commons, so they caved in.


Personally I think they have done the right thing and I think your


newspaper has been campaigning along the right lines. That should be more


humanitarian aid. But it is insignificant other than its


political dimension. Passports for profit. Private companies could make


50 million by selling EU citizenships to people with lots of


cash. I love dodgy passport stories! It is the 90s Maltese Vulcan. That


should have been the headline! You have two islands getting it


together, and a private company registered in Jersey is


specialising, and I love these modern centres, in citizenship


solutions. Everything is a solution. Eyewear solutions. In effect, if you


go to them and give them just over 1 million euros they will go to Malta,


and you will get the European Union passport and you can live wherever


you like in the EU. France, Germany, Italy, passport to Pimlico if you


have got a million quid. Basically, citizenship for sale if you are rich


enough. Indeed, if you are Syrian refugee it might be difficult to


find a million quid but there you go. You will be joining us in an


hour for another look at more stories behind the headlines. Stay


with us on BBC News because at 11 o'clock, the army is on stand-by.


Property owners in western Britain have been warned for further


flooding and to prepare for the bad weather. First it is time for


Sportsday. Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm


John Watson. On the way this evening: Manchester City are top of


the Premier League tonight as they put five past Tottenham at White


Hart Lane. England Captain Charlotte Edwards


calls her side's Ashes win over Australia the best of her


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