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Indonesian island of Sumatra. Officials there fear the death toll

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could rise. Welcome to this weekend's edition of

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The Papers. Looking ahead to the spreads on Sunday. I am joined this

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evening by Vincent Moss, the political editor of the Sunday met

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Mayor basher drew the Sunday Mirror and Matthew Green, foreign

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correspondent for Reuters. The Observer leaves on the Lib

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Democrats. -- leads. That is in the wake of the

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dismissal of the Ofsted chief. That is also the top story in the

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Independent on Sunday macro. The Sunday Times also giving prominence

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to the sacking of the Labour peer Baroness Morgan as the head of

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Ofsted. The Mail on Sunday says a million British woman who take the

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most popular contraceptive to be told they are at risk of developing

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potentially fatal blood clots. And the NHS watchdog warns the

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organisation will go bust unless it adopts radical changes to drive up

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standards according to the lead in the Sunday Telegraph. We will look

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at some of those stories. Let us start with The Observer. A picture

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of Michael Gove, the Education Secretary. Angry Lib Dems accuse

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Michael Gove of a bid to prioritise education. This is from David laws,

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his deputy. The schools minister. Like Baroness Morgan who was sacked

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effectively as the chairman of Ofsted, David Laws has said, he that

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severely furious at these attempts to politicise parts of the civil

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service. He is angry about it and does not want to. That is reflected

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by Labour, Sally Morgan herself and other elements of the Liberal

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Democrats. Michael Gove has spun out to deflect this with a story about

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how he wants people to crack down on discipline in schools. I do not

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think schools need to be told to do that. It is a problem Michael Gove

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has had before. He likes people around him he can trust. Maybe he

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has overreached here because Sally Morgan is very highly regarded and a

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big supporter of many of the schools he is a fan of himself. He is the

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Education Minister. Yes, he does have a say. When Labour were in

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power they put many of their own people into these jobs. Some might

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say what is wrong with putting people you can trust into these

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positions but has caused a huge problem. Sally Morgan was appointed

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in 2011 by the coalition and it has caused surprise that she has been

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sacked. It comes after The Sunday Times last week reported that the

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chief inspector was spitting blood over what he saw was criticism of

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Ofsted by Michael Gove's hours. This is a big political row that will not

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go away. Do you think there is pressure on all Cabinet ministers as

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we get closer and closer to this election? It feels far away for us

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but not for them to deliver results of a drive up standards and meet

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targets. The long game has started. The Lib Dems and Conservatives are

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trying to pretend they are different. It is a genuine row. Now

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The Sunday Times. A couple of stories here to focus on. Firstly,

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the Afghan leader is scorning the UK. We have spent a lot of time in

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Afghanistan. That is right. Indeed, the president of Afghanistan has

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come out once again and said that Helmand province, which was the

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focus of the British monetary effort, would have been safer if

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British troops had never been there in the first place. That issue Julie

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calling for the British monetary and the families of those who lost their

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lives -- issue Julie upsetting. And whilst not wanting to dismiss that,

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there is a bigger context here. For the last few months of the Americans

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have been desperately pushing President Karzai to sign a security

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pact which will govern the terms of future international Military Cross

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rate in. If that is not signed, it might be the case that Washington

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just decides to give up on this and pull the troops out. That was not

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the Plan A few years ago. If that agreement is not signed soon, there

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is a real possibility of an abandonment of Afghanistan by the

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wider international community. Has he been misquoted perhaps? Is he

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perhaps saying that lives are in danger because of a presence and a

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conflict that presence created? That is a narrative the Afghan government

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has promoted but I do not think his words have been taken out of context

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here. President Karzai has consistently clashed with the West

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over the past few years. He seems to be getting more belligerent as his

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term draws to a close. The presidential elections are coming up

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in April. There is concern amongst the political elite and the wider

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public in Kabul about this. If that deal is not signed to get the troops

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guaranteed, all bets are off for the future. A picture here of a deflated

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looking England rugby team on the front page of the Sunday Times

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macro. The Telegraph. They feature the NHS on the front page. Alarming

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culture of NHS care is the headline. This is the damning verdict on what

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it calls a dysfunctional health service. A week does not seem to go

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by without a headline about the NHS. This is from David prior, the boss

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of the quality care commission. He is highlighting the problems in the

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NHS. There are big problems with A, waiting times, doctors

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surgeries. That is feeding into that general narrative that the NHS is

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struggling. There is a fear amongst many professionals that it does not

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boost morale and that it feeds into the general view that the

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Conservatives are trying to run down the health service because they are

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looking at increasing private sector involvement in it. These stories

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undermine public trust and means they are being softened up for the

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increasing involvement of private firms which many see as a bad thing

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and others is a good thing. Weaken or highlight problems in the NHS

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everyone has a horror story but others have good stories to tell.

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They are not as front-page stories. Three weeks ago it was in The

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Independent that the ombudsman of the NHS was saying that when the NHS

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is good it is great and when it is bad it is terrible but let us give

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it some praise because it is to reflect. Yes, that is broadly true

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but it is under huge pressure and is struggling. You will see more and

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more of the stories. We have not yet had a terrible winter chill which

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always exasperates problems. We will stay with the Telegraph. There is a

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story about the floods. The worst of the weather is over for now but

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there was more to come. The Sunday Telegraph is entering into the

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inevitable row of could it be prevented and could more have been

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done and who is to blame. I wonder if we are asking the right

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questions. There is a lot of talk about dredging as if by clearing out

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the bottom of the River will find a place to put this inland sea which

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has enveloped parts of southern England. It is of the us that will

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not be a solution. It is one of the classic stories of human folly

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weather is a huge political row which blows up because no one has

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been taking it quite consistent action in terms of putting trees in

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upland areas and are the sorts of measures that could have done

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something to stop this. We must leave it there. We will be back at

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11:30pm with more stories from the Sunday papers. Thank you to my

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guests, Vincent Moss and Matthew Green. Still to come on BBC News,

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reporters.

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