02/02/2014 The Papers


02/02/2014

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place. Two of them are around parts of the River Severn and its estuary.

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Protest disrupts Thailand's general election. Hundreds of polling

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stations were unable to open in parts of Bangkok and the South.

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Hello and welcome to our look at the close. With me are broadcast Henry

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Bonsu and Randeep Ramesh, from the Guardian. We will look at the front

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pages. The Metro leads with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman,

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claiming the star lost his battle with drugs. The Independent has a

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picture of the star on its front page but its top stories is research

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which it says shows half of six form colleges have scrapped... The Daily

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Telegraph says the chairman of the Environment Agency claims Britain

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cannot afford to protect both town and country from flooding. The

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Financial Times reports the fallout from the row over the sacking of the

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Labour peer Lady Morgan is the head of Ofsted. Finally, another striking

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image on the front page of the express. A stranded bus cotton

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floodwater in Wales. The paper's top story is summed up by its headline,

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which calls for benefits blitz on scroungers.

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Our first story, the one that has been dominating headlines is

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evening. Starting with the Metro and the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Who wants to start? I suppose it is a very familiar tale, unfortunately,

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of a star with a glittering resume and some pretty to effect films, but

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fighting his own demons and losing. -- pretty to horrific films. It

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seems he relapsed. That has obviously triggered some spiral.

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Henry, who wasn't a household name in the same way as Tom Cruise, but

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to film buffs, he was. Absolutely. People have been saying he's up

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there with Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, people who are household

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names but are respected by the acting community and critics.

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Apparently, I look to my back catalogue and there are very few

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films I have watched. I was thinking, I should have seen Capote,

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for example. I have not seen the hunger games. I am slightly out of

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the target audience for that. He has got this Jack Nicholson, brooding,

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gentle intensity on his face. Maybe that speaks of the turmoil there

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was. I did not really know he had been struggling with these demons

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for such a long time. You can be talented, lauded by critics and

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Auden -- audiences, but it is not enough and you want to get out of

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your skin. A sad story. We will move onto Daily Telegraph. An amazing

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couple of pictures on the front page. Two images. Maidstone in Kent

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on the left, and on the right, the Somerset Levels. Flooding, with more

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on the way, it is going to be something the papers will be

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dominated by. Yes. It is a clever pitch from a

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former minister. They need somebody to turn around and say, it is not

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us, it is them. Chris Smith posed this question, saying there was all

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-- saying there is only so much money. He quite cleverly listed the

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number of people killed in the towns. The pictures are very

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dramatic. That is the subtext. Chris Smith, now Lord Smith, saying that

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the country has to make difficult choices. Nevertheless, a brave thing

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to say. It is brave because he is now a peer. Surely, you want to

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protect people that are most in need. It is extremely difficult. The

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government will want to see him as a fallback. Somebody said that maybe

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we have to surrender some of the coastline to rising waters. Others

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say their of this coastline we feel we know so well that will have to be

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given up. In 50 years or hundred years, the picture of Britannia will

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look different. There is a quote about retreating. It is great

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language. This chap, the language, retreat. On to the Guardian. Ofsted.

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This is a story that has been going on for the last 15 powers also. --

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the last 15 hours or so. It would be interesting to see who the

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replacement is. We're starting with the Guardian Henley. The big

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question today will be, was it Michael Gove's decision to get rid

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of Sally Morgan did it come from higher up, from the Prime Minister?

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Michael Gove said it was his decision. He said although she was

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fantastic, brilliant, she had served her term. Time for a fresh pair of

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eyes. Yes. The big problem is, and others are saying, like Harriet

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Harman, you have got rid of another woman. It would appear the

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government is getting maybe more tribalistic about some

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appointments. They said they are bringing in the best people for the

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job. This Guardian article points to a hub of discontent. In the story,

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it says the number of people appointed to bodies that can be

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counted as Conservatives is quite high. There is the head of the

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health regulator, the former Tory MP. The is a good contrast for

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Labour to go on. That is very much what the Financial Times is

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running. It is a sense Tory with a different angle. It suggests that

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the education secretary's preference as the successor would be the Tory

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donor. I think he will have to be very careful about this appointment.

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Harriet Harman challenged him and said, with you appoint another man

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to this position? He said, who knows? I suspect now he will be

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looking for a respected noble Conservative Baroness. When you're

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own partners in government are crowing about it, I think there is a

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problem. Laws is not known as being particularly left wing. I think

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there is a discontent there. To lose him would be difficult for go. What

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did Baroness Morgan to wrong? If the free schools are not doing as well

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as the state schools, or their... There is one story I do want to come

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onto. On to the Daily Telegraph. The headliners, a romantic film is the

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secret to a happy marriage. What do you make of this? I am wondering

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what kind of couples were interviewed. Are they as diverse as

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New York is? We're happy watching Ironman. With young children, I

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never get to watch an entire movie. Better things for others tend to be

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the saviours. Channel four, BBC. You are trying to impress. I have never

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seen Guess who's coming to dinner. Didn't inspire a more romantic

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relationship? No. I think I left the person I was with. Thank you both.

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That's it for the papers this hour. My guests will be back at 11.30pm

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for another look at the stories making the papers.

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We'll have more on the death of the Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour

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Hoffman. Now on BBC News, it's time for

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Click. You are the keeper of people's

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secrets. The government wants access. Do you give them the keys?

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