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

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

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

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

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broadcaster Richard Madeley and Amol Rajan, the editor of the

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

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

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

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hunger. The Governor of the Bank of England

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has given nationalists a choice - sovereignty or the pound.

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The Metro says self service checkouts are turning Britain into a

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

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Lords vote to ban smoking in cars carrying children.

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

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spending spree. We are starting with the Daily

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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it will make a substantial difference. They are already pumping

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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implications. He has used astonishingly provocative language.

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He talks about ceding national sovereignty. When you are talking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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devastating intervention - everybody is taking what they want out of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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because Syria I think are increasingly understanding that the

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

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

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

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

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

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debate in this country which put the Government against the opposition

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

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

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into various countries. Britain initially resisted and we felt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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humanitarian aid. But it is insignificant other than its

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political dimension. Passports for profit. Private companies could make

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50 million by selling EU citizenships to people with lots of

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

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

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together, and a private company registered in Jersey is

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specialising, and I love these modern centres, in citizenship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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