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Indonesian island of Sumatra. Officials there fear the death toll


could rise. Welcome to this weekend's edition of


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


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


Mayor basher drew the Sunday Mirror and Matthew Green, foreign


correspondent for Reuters. The Observer leaves on the Lib


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


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


Independent on Sunday macro. The Sunday Times also giving prominence


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


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


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


potentially fatal blood clots. And the NHS watchdog warns the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


severely furious at these attempts to politicise parts of the civil


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


have been desperately pushing President Karzai to sign a security


pact which will govern the terms of future international Military Cross


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


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


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


is a real possibility of an abandonment of Afghanistan by the


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


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


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


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


here. President Karzai has consistently clashed with the West


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


looking at increasing private sector involvement in it. These stories


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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