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southwest Chinese city of Kunming. Police are calling it a premeditated

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terrorist attack. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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

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broadcaster David Akinsanya and author and journalist Shyama Peraya.

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Let's have a look at what the papers are saying. Tomorrow's front pages

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now. Vladimir Putin's approval of troop deployment in Ukraine is The

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Observer's main story. The same story takes up the Independent's

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front page, which captures a picture of Ukrainians singing their national

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anthem and asks: Where will it stop? Its main picture looks ahead to the

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Oscars tomorrow with a picture of the nominated actress, Cate

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Blanchett. But it's a different lead story for the Sunday Express, which

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turns to health. The paper says that health chiefs have slammed statins.

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It reports terrible side-effects. And The Mail on Sunday reports on

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internal strife in the Conservative party. The paper still finding time

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for other stories besides the Ukraine. Focusing on Ukraine for

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now. That picture on the front page of the Independent on Sunday and the

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headline that is on everyone's minds, where will it stop? I like

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this photograph. It reminds me of Russell Crowe in gladiator. It is a

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powerful picture. These three men are very powerful. No doubt they are

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probably fascists or something horrendous, but it is a very moving

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picture. It is one of those that will stick in the mind long after

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this dispute is settled. It is hard to know whether they are soldiers or

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not. They all seem to be wearing similar clothing. One of them is

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carrying a steel pole. One does wonder. Lots of the protesters armed

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themselves and wore military style uniforms. It is hard to tell. Behind

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them you can see several in normal clothes, all singing. And earlier

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tonight, you could hear it, you could hear people train. It is

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worrying times. The problem is, how far will Russia go? Is it going to

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be interesting because it is looking like America and Russia rather than

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just some internal thing with Ukraine. It is worrying times.

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Ukraine is a huge country with lots of people even though they do not

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hear much about it here. And lots of Russian speakers in the eastern

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Ukraine, they do not want to see blood shed in the Crimea, the health

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family there. It does not follow that there will be bloodshed. I find

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it interesting, the fears of the cold war, which suggests America has

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some sort of leveraged and I'm not sure what the American leveraged is.

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That is what the American -- what the Observer goes with. It seems to

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me that Russia is the gatekeeper now for Iran and Syria. It is about to

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become the gatekeeper for the Ukraine. Where is the Western clout

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that matches the Russian clout? In the Cold War there was parity in the

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power that each held. I do not understand where our power is in

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this game that is being played out, not just across what used to be the

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Soviet Union but the Middle East. What is interesting about this, it

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is not the cold war, we have all gone cold, because there was no hot

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to go with the cold. Do you believe in diplomacy? As long as Russia has

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a veto in the UN and can keep wishing things through, -- pushing

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things through, diplomacy does not count for much, except delays. It

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worked to a degree with Syria, but people argued it was too little, too

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late, but it did stop an escalation. It seems at the moment the Russians

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are saying, that Obama has been consulted by the way he spoke about

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it. That he was not as forthcoming as he could have been, he was been

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quite gentle, but they are taking it as an insult. Diplomacy can only go

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so far, as it did in Syria. Still an horrific amount of founding and loss

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of life. -- fighting. As you were saying, at the UN, Russia will just

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veto everything they want to say. Do you think that NATO is the answer?

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As you say, the UN are going to be stopped or the time I Russia. We all

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have depleted resources. Nobody has the money to spend on this. This is

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great in terms of news coverage, great to watch on television and

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reading the newspapers, but actually, it does not affect most of

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us. The ultimate result will affect us and at that point we can start

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thinking about how we respond. People just saw Ukraine as yet

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another revolution. There has been some fat league with protests. There

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will be interests when you are reading headlines like that in the

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Observer. We're going to stay with the Observer. They have got a story

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about the Labour Party, about a policy that all teenagers will have

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to study maths until the age of 18 and English. Labour wants this, it

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would bring us in line with other countries. A quarter of adults in

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England have the maths skills of a ten-year-old. I will hold my hand up

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and say that I1 of them. I quite good at mental arithmetic but I

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could not measure and elliptical curve. But that does not matter

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because I can work out what my shopping is going to cost. Some

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people will say that they get on perfectly well without maths. But

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they do not know what they are not achieving and getting and when they

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are being done out of something. I think this is important. I was once

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the governor of an further education college, and I think that these are

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key skills, particularly any technological world, where

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everything is on screen and written. These days, there is not much

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opportunity for a verbal exchange where you can explain what it is you

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need. You have to be a role to fill in a form on a screen and get what

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you need. If you are not basically literate and numerate, your

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disadvantage that so many levels, you are just pushed right out of the

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workforce, as well as socially and every other way. I don't think I

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would be able to force the kids I work with to continue with the

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subject like maths that they really find challenging. They would say, I

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can search online or use a calculator. My problem with maths

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was about the teaching of it. I did not like the maths teacher. He was

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someone who did not want to be around too much. As long as you have

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got the times tables and the basics, I think it is fine. Do you hear from

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kids that they would rather learn about maths that they are going to

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use every day? Just that they can solve problems at their fingertips,

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with a calculator or whatever. Let's move on. The Sunday Telegraph.

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Immigration policy must change. This coming from Liam Fox, hot off the

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heels of those immigration figures which have not helped David

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Cameron's case. Because of the promises he made. He was going to

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cut down on the numbers. Most people know that political parties have not

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got a clue what is happening with immigration. You just don't know

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what is going on. Just as they were wrong about the amount of Polish

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people coming to this country, there were more than came before. There

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were more that came before. Then after. I just think that we haven't

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got control of it. And I don't think politicians are going to be able to

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solve this problem. It is a problem of being a former colonial leader.

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People want to come to England. Unless we picked the right people,

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we were saying earlier on, we need children to pay for our pensions in

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future, but again, if you talk to people who live in areas where they

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cannot get an interview with Doctor, go to the local hospital

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accident and urgency, lots of people are frustrated and blaming

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emigration. With Nigel Farage, who has done lots this week to make his

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party more acceptable, people are going to vote with UKIP because they

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are being the most honest about it. What Liam Fox is saying, it is time

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for David Cameron to show a positive vision. And I... Does he mean tough?

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I suppose he does mean tough. The trouble is there is such a confusion

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because we can't decide if it is colour we object to, whether it is

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numbers we object to, education object to? Women in the workplace

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under fire as mothers face rising resentment? It is reclick dus. --

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ridiculous. I think younger women have always resented older women.

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Actually, the reason that she is a producer is because she has got six

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kids and she has got some understanding of what it is to be a

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person out there. Two-thirds, who are not parents, said they are

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expected to work longer hours than colleagues with children. Colleagues

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with children are getting special privileges? If you are somebody who

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doesn't have children, you know, and you are in the workplace and you

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know that people are getting maternity, paternity and all these

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things, you know, even people, other people who just don't have children,

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you can see that if you are a person who doesn't have children, you lose

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out. It is encouraging people to have a family and still have the

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career to work hard for? I think a lot of people are saying you can't

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do both. The people who don't have children lose out because they get

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holidays? They don't have to keep putting into the pot through

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childcare, through education, through the health of those

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children, you think that's a joy for people? It is a choice you make. It

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is a very positive choice about community and society and far from

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pillorying the workers who raise children to be workers rather than

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the workless who raise children to be workless and live on benefits,

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actually we wou have a better society.

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Before we go, I want to give our viewers a glimpse of what is on all

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the back pages. This is on The Mail's pack pages. Alan Pardew

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making an unconditional apology after the plough with the Irish

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mid-fielder. We will have more on that at 1 # 11.30pm. Stay with us.

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The international community is calling for calm as Russia approves

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the use of troops in Crimea. Coming up next, it is Reporters.

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Welcome to Reporters. From here,

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