18/03/2014 The Papers


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We'll have the latest on England's preparations for the World Twenty20


in Bangladesh in Sportsday in 15 minutes, after the papers.


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


bringing us tomorrow. The Westminster editor for the Daily


Record and the Asssistant p editor of the Spectator join me. The


Financial Times leads with Mark Carney's shake`up at the Bank of


England as he warns that risks are building in the housing market. The


Daily Telegraph has calls for senior MPs of the 2022 World Cup to be


rerun. The Met row says tensions boiled over when a soldier and


militiamen were gunned down by Russian forces. More on that story


in The Guardian `` the Met the Metro. D militiamen were gunned down


by Russian forces. More on that story in The Guardian `` the Metro.


We'll talk about Mick Jagger's heartbreak after his girlfriend


reportedly commits suicide. Exactly 60 years this year Russia


lost Crimea or rather it was handed over to Ukraine? Yes, here we are at


the stroke of a pen and within three weeks, with the assistance of some


soldier, Russia's annex add territory in Europe, the first time


it's been done since before the Second World War. The Guardian


states the imperial scene of the Russian President coming to address


the Kremlin and really being quite furious claiming Russia's been


cheated again and again with decisions being taken behind their


back, reeling against the West, claiming that this wasn't Russian


aggression that, there had been no shots fire and no casualties. That


didn't last long because the Crimean soldier lost his life. Obviously,


for Russia, this is no turning back. Half way through the story, it flips


to show the scene in the West with William Hague in the House of


Commons warning of consequences. Exactly. Isabelle, twhes and


principally the European Union and America have been outflanked again


by Mr Putin. We saw it happen on the situation in Syria and it's


continuing to happen with Syria `` the west and principally the


European Union. The response to the sanctions has been derice i, the


sanctions make no difference at all and have probably been part of


Putin's calculations all along and have probably been something he can


weather. The debate today, Sir Malcolm Rifkind gave a forceful,


disapproving speech. He was warning Europe that actually failing to act


even if it's in a way that costs European countries something, will


cost Europe as a community far more in the long`term.


Yes, sanctions themselves have consequences as well, Europe fears


that. Exactly. But there is a School of Thought suggesting you didn't


want to be too hard with the sangtions going in at the beginning


because if you were really hard, that might push pew into going


further town the east. Is there credence in that do you think? ``


push Putin into going further. The G8 mean pollutely nothing to him, in


fact they are part of the calculation he's made, he doesn't


really care. Rifkind said today Putin needs feel the hurt of these


sanctions on the Russian economy that. Might mean European economies


taking a bit of a hit as well. The Russian population can take a


far hit than the Soft western populations. Putin is running this


to his own timetable. He says he's not going to go any further. We


don't want to see Ukraine split up any more, he says. Should we believe


him? He's obviously not going to announce plans to have tanks rolling


further into Ukraine or anything like that, but what he'd be more


likely to do would be to talk about protecting the population at risk,


as he devoid Crimea. If there's any m un unrest, he'd be licking his


lips hoping that would happen, that would be the way. I liked the line


last week that if she's worried about Russian minorities, why


doesn't he protect them in Chelsea. Exactly. Let's stay with The


Guardian actually. There's a strange picture of a new coin coming into


circulation. The Queen was apparently told about it this


evening, in the last couple of hours by the chance, will and it would be


a big announcement in the budget tomorrow? The exciting overnight


briefing for budget tomorrow. We are getting a new pound coin which is an


anti`forgery pound coin with 12 signed two colours and looks


suspiciously like a euro actually. You wonder whether there's something


big being stored back for tomorrow's budget announcement. I don't Kneen


undermine Osborne's excitement about the new pound coin, but it's not


exactly the sort of thing people will be leaping in the streets with


excitement about saying this will solve all of my problems `` I don't


mean to undermine Osborne's excitement.


It's actually a sort of gold and slightly less gold rabbit and the


point is that it's to make it more difficult to forming? Yes, twost


metals, 12`sided. `` it's two metals, 12 sided.


The pound is 30 years old. He's getting rid of it with a look over


his shoulder because it's a nostalgic look. The thriftny bit was


popular during the blitz because you could feel nit your pocket. If Putin


turps the gas off, we might want to do that again in the blackout. This


isn't good enough for you, this announcement tomorrow? The


threepenny bit coming back, it's not the kind of thing you want to hear


in a budget, you want more? It's easy for Labour to say Osborne's


changing the shape of the pound coin but that doesn't may doesn't may any


difference to the family who is have however many less hundreds of pounds


in their pockets. Labour are going to drum on about this because they


know people are hurting and feeling it. Osborne will say the economy's


growing, that in the next quarter we'll be back to 2008 rates of gold,


that wages will have gone up higher than prices this year, but go tell


that to the marines. Nobody feels that in their pockets. OK, on to the


Daily Telegraph. It is suggesting, down bottom, don't blow Britain's


recovery by borrowing too much, from the Governor of the Bank of England,


Mark Carney. He is saying that his policy, his policy of keeping


interest rates at record lows should not mean people go out and splash


the cash. That sounds bizarre, that Tess the whole point of having a low


interest rate policy? This is the problem with the low interest rate


policy is that it's incentivised people to borrow and it's punished


savers. It's a little strange that rather than changing the incentives,


the Governor's saying we know this is very attractive to borrow at low


cost bus please don't do it and hoping Brits will be obedient, while


at the same time overseeing the Help To Buy policy which encourages


borrowing. At 95%. But he's the bank manage, he has to say don't borrow.


I like this guy, he can't stay away from the news vent, he has to put


his oar in. He put it into the Scottish independence issue. He's


advising us and warning against excessive risk taking by households


on financial traders requests rs "requests. I wonder how the words


will go down with Neil Trotter, the guy who's just won ?108 million.


Yes. He won't need borrow anything. He won't be holding back. He'll be


splashing the cash somewhat. The suggestion has been made that


perhaps Canadians with lots of low interest rates swirling around them


wouldn't splash the cash the way that perhaps we are, we are just a


Professorially Kate bunch and Mr Karni's `` Carney Reiterating that


point? There's one interesting thing about this. He's had to adjust to


the way his interventions are read. He's often read as being more


political than previous governors, perhaps because he's not used to the


way things are going to be interpreted. When he steps in and


says something that's helpful to Osborne and not Miliband


necessarily, it's read as being partisan. That's your fault isn't


it? ! Politicians are used to being


careful. Know the lie of the land. Maybe he does have to make, tune his


dialogue down. Onto the Daily Express. UKIP's U`turn on gay


marriage. It's pretty straightforward, what he's saying,


there needs no calibration. There he's going against a policy that has


been forefront and centre for UKIP for some time. Thnchts may pb a you


are `` This may be a surprise for Daily Express leaders. UKIP


distinguishing itself by being outside the mainstream consensus on


almost everything. It's a story from the pink paper, from a Q he did


from pink news. Picked up on it then. Yes, they have. He has been


asked if he would go back on gay marriage. He said no. It's an


interesting signal. It's Farage mainstreaming hisself. He always


said `` himself. He always said he would do that. It's a test for him


as well. He's a leader. He's having to lead his party now. Follow me.


Some may not feel that comfortable with. It that's what successful


leaders do. It's upsetting for some people. It's a bold thing to do


ahead of European elections. There are some UKIP voters who are UKIP


partly because they believe in the past and they don't see of the other


parties representing that. For him to say that they wouldn't repeal gay


marriage is a break with that. And also a certain amount of honesty.


UKIP pitches itself as a Libertarian party. That's been a contradiction,


you are can't be a Libertarian party that opposes gay marriage. Perhaps


he's trying to make UKIP more grown up at a costly time for him. He


wants to get the best result possible in the European elections.


This may upset some of the natural voters. He wants to make UKIP


attractive to voters. The majority of voters do not oppose gay


marriage. That's what most politicians want to do. He may have


a problem pulling some members of the party with him. Where else can


they go? He won't have a problem with the wider population. He's on


the march. Onto the Daily Record. "I want to be the next First Minister",


the Deputy First Minister making her pitch. One assumes she would be the


heir apparent any way. There is no vacancy. Exactly. But there is an


inheritance strategy. Whenever Alex Salmond appears on his helicopter,


the first person to greet him is the heir apparent Nicola Sturgeon. They


work as an effective team in the Scottish Parliament and referendum


campaign. He's ready and willing to do it when the time comes. She wants


to be Queen Nick is what they say. It's exactly six months to the day


to the vote in September. How are the polls looking? The polls are


tight. It looks like it's going to be a tight result. The last poll was


in the Daily Record last week, which had if I remember rightly, no ` 39,


sorry, let me get this right. Now that is a story. Yes, 39. No 48.


That's the way it was. If you strip away the don't knows, obviously I


sound a bit undecided myself there! It's 45, 55, in favour of staying in


the UK. There's six months to go. It's tight. It's a big task to turn


around that kind of lead. But they're a capable team. Indeed, the


suggestion is that Mr Salmond is the kind of man that people will follow


in the way that Nigel Farage hopefully feels that he can be that


kind of person for his party. The race has tightened a little bit.


Yes, and you see the Westminster parties trying to work out what


their offer is. You had Scottish Labour today setting out its


devolution offer if Scotland doesn't vote to go independent, which


includes devolving more powers on welfare, for instance. Now Labour


was given a scare by the SNP on the bedroom tax, which it eventually,


after a campaign by the Record, decided to back repeeling. We will


be back in an hour's time. Many thanks for that. Stay with us here,


at the top of the hour we have much more on the situation in Ukraine.


But now, it's time for Sportsday. Hello. Welcome to Sportsday. Here's


what's on the way tonight: Chelsea march on in Europe as they cruise


into the quarter finals of the Champions League.


David Moyes is defiant, as he faces questions over his Manchester United


future. And England


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