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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be


bringing us tomorrow. With me are Craig Woodhouse, Political


Correspondent with The Sun on Sunday, and Joanne Hart, Investments


Editor at the Mail on Sunday. The Observer leads with the story


we've been covering all day here on BBC News - the historic events in


Ukraine. The paper says the opposition has taken control in Kiev


and shows a picture of the former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who


was today released from prison. Ukraine's opposition leader also


appears on the front of the Telegraph with the caption: The Day


A Nation Said "Enough". Ukraine also dominates the Sunday Telegraph,


which has a picture of Yulia Tymoshenko, who the paper calls


Ukraine's Iron Lady. She appears again on the front cover of The


Sunday Times, with the headline The Dictatorship Has Fallen. And a


different story on the front of The Mail on Sunday. It shows a picture


of Shadow Floods Minister Barry Gardiner, enjoying a dip in Cancun.


On holiday. Let's begin with the Observer. Like many papers, it is


showing a picture of Yulia Tymoshenko, the first time we have


seen her in public for some time, taking to the stage in front of


thousands of people this evening. The papers have done well to get all


of this in, because developments have been happening so quickly. Yes,


I was in the newsroom, writing some of our coverage on this, and it


seemed that every time I checked the wires after writing 200 words, the


story was wrong. I must have torn it up several times. It has been an


incredible day across Ukraine, culminating in the speech by the


freed Yulia Tymoshenko, straight out of prison, into a taxi and on a


plane down to Kiev. And amazing pictures. Almost everyone has led


with it. Joanne, what did you make of some of the things she had to


say? It appeared to our correspondents that it was rather


much a pitch for election as the new president. Absolutely, but it is


scary that these elections are now being set for May. We are now in


February, so there is a three-month vacuum. What will happen? It is all


very well her standing on stage and being cheered by most of the


supporters, although not all, in independent Square. But there are


three months, and as we have seen with the Arab Spring, the difference


between a coup or a revolution and long-lasting democracy is a very


different thing. And this is not even a revolution, you can't call it


that, because you have an elected leader who has been accused of


colluding with Russia and taking the country towards Russia rather than


Europe. This is a relatively new country, still searching for an


identity, which makes it so much more complicated than a revolution,


if that was even straightforward. Yes, I am sure many people in


Ukraine would have some sympathy with Viktor Yanukovych, who


described it as a coup. When you see protesters taking over a square and


then presidential palaces and then the resignation of the Speaker of


Parliament and then the appointment of several of Tymoshenko's allies to


key positions, if it was happening in other parts of the world, we


would describe it as a coup. Where we go from here is a scary thing,


because we have Russia still heavily supportive of Yanukovych. The US and


the West are supportive of letting the Ukrainian people have their


say. And as you say, we have a three-month power vacuum. The


Independent on Sunday's headline perhaps sums it up best, the day a


nation said enough. But as John was saying, -- as Joanne was saying, now


what? Things could fall apart, particularly with the East being so


close to Russia. They speak Russia and there, and there have been


threats by officials there breaking away from Ukraine. Absolutely. It is


not really a nation, it is half a nation. Kiev and the western half of


the nation are saying enough, but the South and the East are saying


actually, we like being close to Russia. That is a third of the


country. It is only three years since the nation said enough to


Yulia Tymoshenko and kicked her out after not as successful a prime


ministership as she might have liked. So it is very difficult. The


box of Italy Klitschko, who has been one of the leading opposition


figures while Tymoshenko has been in prison, we don't know what he will


do -- the boxer Vitali Klitschko. He might come forward and perhaps win


the elections when they happen. America and the European Union have


been key to the negotiations leading to that peace plan that all sides


signed. It did put Ukraine in the middle of a kind of new Cold War as


well, with Russia versus America and the European Union. Do you think


Ukraine has become a pawn in that severed relationship, particularly


between America and Russia? Through history, Ukraine has unfortunately


been at the centre of power struggles between East and West


almost as long as those struggles have been happening. It is easy to


say they are a pawn in the new Cold War. I actually don't think they are


being used like that at the moment. But that is because it has not got


to that stage. You fear that if Putin entrenches position as he has


done over Syria, maybe the patience of Western nations will get as thin


as it can. But having a harmonious relationship is valuable to all


concerned, despite the posturing. It is also hard, because you have the


Russian oil and gas situation. It is hard for Ukraine to be independent


without Russian support. And their economy is on its knees at the


moment, so they do rely on Russia. The Sunday Telegraph calls


Tymoshenko Ukraine's Iron Lady, saying that she hails revolution,


saying, this is a country of free people. That title they have given


her says a lot about their history. She made a lot of money out of the


gas industry, but my gosh, she has been central to the Orange


Revolution and very central to this. She's tough. Well, anybody who has


spent as many years in prison as she has has to be tough. And I suppose


her imprisonment will perhaps have won a lot of people over that


perhaps she did not have the support of during the presidential


elections. Yes. Perhaps it is a case of better the devil you know when


the elections finally come around. You saw the consummate politician in


her which she was so good at in 2004. She has dark hair, but she


died it blonde and put it up into the plat of the present people of


her country. When let out of risen, she went straight to the square,


stayed in her wheelchair. The cynic in me doubts whether she needs it,


but it looks effective, given rousing speeches from a wheelchair.


She is playing the politics game very well if she wants, as we all


think she does, to be the person leading Ukraine towards Europe.


Let's look at other stories in the Sunday Telegraph. Give us the


background to this one? Apart from anything else, it is hard to know


whether the Telegraph thinks this is a good or a bad. They are basically


saying that it has come about that schools have catchment areas that


middle-class families will flock to if the school is good. A lot of


schools think this is not fair, so they are trying to create a more


balanced intake, rather than simply relying on who is nearest school.


And that is because the best schools tend to be in the best areas. They


seem to have the best funding and therefore the best opportunities.


But how are they selecting which children from the most deprived


areas get into those schools? Is it an entrance exam? Do they pollinate


out of a hat 's there seemed to be two ways they are doing it. We


should say that this means schools where there is too much demand,


schools which are oversubscribed. The schools are faced with a


dilemma, so there are two ways. One is to stick everyone in a hat and


draw them out by random allocation, which does not give you a ballot


school, and the other is something called fair banding, where


applicants sit tests and then they take abortion numbers of what is


described here as bright -- they take proportionate numbers of


bright, average and lower ability pupils, as described here. Cameron


once described pushy parents are spending thousands of pounds on


moving to the best postcodes and forcing everybody out. This is


designed to prevent that, which is a good thing, particularly in London,


where we have seen that happening a lot. Moving on to the Sunday Times


and back to Ukraine. Their headline is, the dictatorship has fallen.


Another picture of Yulia Tymoshenko on stage, wheelchair-bound, having


just left hospital. She has been pleading for German doctors to help


her with her back problems. She spoke for around 45 minutes, off


script as well. But I am sure it is a speech she has been planning in


her head for a long time! Also on the front page of the Times, the


latest developments in what we all now know as Plebgate. What is the


latest here? Five Metropolitan police officers are to face secret


trials, starting this week, amid claims that they colluded to bring


down Andrew Mitchell, the cabinet minister in question. This is one of


the most extraordinary stories. It has rumbled on and on. It is almost


like a web of lies and deceit. Nobody dares say what is really


going on. And meanwhile, he is still out of power, suing people left,


right and centre. It just seems a very clear story. Do you think we


will get more information from these so-called secret trials? Not if they


stay secret! It does say details of the alleged plot and apparent


attempts will be disclosed for the first time at the hearings. Later,


it says the media are barred from reporting, so great! Maybe one day.


The Mail on Sunday, your paper, has dedicated its front page not to


Ukraine, a brave decision. They have a picture of the shadow floods


minister, hailed as the floods supremo for Ed Miliband, on holiday.


Yes, this is a cracking story. We should point out that this is not a


fake photo. He is not up to his waist in water on the Somerset


Levels where some think he ought to be, he has jetted off with his


wife. The Mail on Sunday have it inside, promising four more pages.


You have to think, politicians, what goes through their heads? They seem


to do this a lot, go on holiday at the wrong time. It gives off the


wrong signal, because there are so many thousands of families now still


up to their waist in water in their own homes, screaming out for help.


Yes, thousands of people are either not allowed into their homes or up


to their wasting water. And even those who aren't, people who are


comfortable, are not able to afford to go to places like Cancun, where


Barry is sunning himself. So the squeezed middle of this country will


not be impressed. It is also embarrassing for Ed Miliband, who


has made the government's handling of this entry to his line of


criticism that they have to be doing everything they can, and they have


taken their eye off the ball, and why aren't they working on flood


defences? Why aren't they dredging? He was calling for a coalition


movement to tackle floods and climate change. Exactly, and this


was the guy from his party who was meant to be leading. And what is he


doing? Getting first-hand experience of water. Thanks for taking us


through the papers. You will be back at 11:30pm with more stories and


more on the Ukrainian coverage. Thank you for joining us. Stay with


us on BBC News. At 11, Moore on the developing situation in Ukraine.


Coming up next, this week's edition of Reporters.


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