28/03/2014 The Papers


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night's rugby union and rugby league scores as well.


Hello, and welcome to our look at the morning's papers. With me are


the social affairs editor of the Guardian, Randeep Ramesh, and


Reuters journalist and author Matthew Green. The FT leads with


"Insurers attack City watchdog" ` the financial insurance industry


responding there to plans to investigate 30 million financial


products. The Mail has the teenager who says she caught TB from her cat


in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the world


"Tuberculosis Rex" is the Sun's front page ` you can catch TB from


dogs as well it seems The Independent has a headline about a


plan to spend ?45 million on a free school, which it says will make it


the most expensive in the country. The Telegraph claims Maria Miller,


the culture secretary, made a million pounds profit by abusing the


parliamentary expenses system and over`claiming for her mortgage.


"Banks must give fraud victims their money back" is the Times' lead,


referring to plans to potentially refund victims of credit card fraud.


And the Guardian has the headline that an Independent Scotland may


keep the pound, which comes the paper says via a private admission


from a government minister. That is where we will start. Matthew, it is


all a bit like and dagger, isn't it? A minister in government, not named,


all very secretive. It would be quite a bargaining chip for Alex


Salmond, wouldn't it? It seems odd that someone within the government


would have just handed over a gift like that so willingly. Very strange


indeed. We heard earlier that Downing Street is denying that this


is the case. It is obviously a huge boost to the pro`independence camp.


Nick is keeping quiet about his source. It indicates what a good


journalist he is. On the other hand, as Matthew was saying, this is about


a victory for the pro`independence brigade, because they are getting


the government to admit they are thinking the unthinkable. There is a


bit of quid pro quo going on here. The currency union, which Scotland


we understand would need, Westminster say they are not having


it, would be in return for... In return for keeping missiles in


Scotland, on the Clyde. It is a clever move, the government have


said that they are in a different country if they vote for


independence. Isn't this surrendering a little early? For me,


it is inconceivable that Scotland are potentially going to leave the


UK. I have just returned to the country after 14 years abroad, and


if you told me when I left that I would return to find Britain split


into, wouldn't believed it. The idea that senior figures in government


are starting in negotiations, I find amazing. They are pouring cold water


on it. A lot of the no campaign, we have Alistair Carmichael tonight


saying that an anonymous off the record quote does not change the


stance on the currency. Listen to the views of the governor of the


Bank of England, and the Secretary of the Treasury, that the currency


would be damaging for all of the UK, so a currency union will simply not


happen. It is getting pretty close to the wire if we are even have an


in this conversation. The atmospherics are being changed here.


We know the polls are moving towards Alex Salmond, and in order to spike


his gun somewhat, the government approaches this, or the ministry has


approached this, saying that it is a bit of give. There is something we


can trade away, so you might not want to do that. You might


reconsider. It is a way of being realistic from the government's


site. It doesn't help the no campaign, does it? Depends who is


running the no campaign. They say, you can keep the currency but we


need to keep our nuclear subs there, that is admitting defeat,


isn't it? The SNP is committed to getting rid of the missiles, so


there is a way in which they are saying, this is realistic. If you


want to be independent, these are the sorts of deals he will have to


make on your couples. This is all getting too sophisticated for me. It


seems like a huge foreign goal. They are not doing very well at this


strategy. `` own goal. Don't leave us! There is talk that the no


campaign needs to stop being so negative, and concentrate more on


the positives of us staying together. That is possibly a bit


more difficult to make. We were told to phone up our friends in Scotland


and encourage them to stay in the union, that sounds to me like it is


pretty desperate. The Daily Telegraph, Maria Miller will not be


happy to find herself on the front page. We understand she made a ?1


million profit after over claiming for her mortgage. She wasn't the


culture Secretary at the time, what she? `` was she? It is that ?1


million figure that people will be up in arms about. She may have to


repay a small amount but she has profited handsomely. The idea of the


public purse supporting that. This is so familiar, the Daily Telegraph


broke the story before the last election, and has continued. They


stand on the brink of claiming a very big scalp if she were to decide


that her position was untenable. There is a quote from a Conservative


source, saying we cannot have a member of the cabinet found to abuse


the expenses system in any way. Especially this close to a vital


election. Obviously, the Daily Telegraph would stay this, but there


is a line that has been crossed `` say. It is difficult for Maria


Miller to say, I did the right thing, and then repay and apologise.


That million pounds is first to keep, on the strength of ?5,000 she


received. It never seems to end, but the kind of sanctions that


Parliament have over MPs when they do this seem pretty feeble, don't


they? Yes, particularly in this case. Maria Miller is accused of not


cooperating with the investigation, which seems to be almost a bigger


scandal in its own way and the allegation of the inflated mortgage


claim. Let's move on to the Independent. In 20 minutes loop is


time, there might be quite a few people getting married. `` 20


minutes ' time. A couple of women there, we assume from the picture


they are going to get married perhaps this weekend. Does it matter


whether we call it a marriage or civil partnership? I think the


bigger context is the important thing. If we rewind a few decades,


something like this would have been unimaginable. The fact is, activists


and campaigners have made this huge change in society, and that gives


hope for a lot of other causes, whether it be big environmental


problems that seem insoluble, so I think it is inspiring to see what


could be achieved in the future. Some people still don't like it.


They have had years to get used to it that they don't like it. They


have lost the argument. They don't have to like it, do they? I suppose


that anger will have to find a political outlet, maybe in the form


of Ukip. You will always have to face that there will be a group of


people whose religious beliefs... If it is your honestly held religious


view that a marriage should be between a man and a woman, there's


nothing bitter about that, is there? It is bitter in the sense that you


have lost the argument and you have have lost the argument and you have


to live with it. Your views have not prevailed upon the British public.


What can you do? The march of progress is One Direction, you face


the other way. It is difficult. This is the most expensive free


school in Britain. ?45 million, six times the average on a school for


500 children. It is the sixth form for high achieving students. No


guarantee it will do them proud, is there? We have seen some free


schools getting into hot water, and not being up to scratch. That is


true, although, from where I am standing, spending more money on


education, which is incidentally aimed at pupils from disadvantaged


backgrounds or those with subsidised school meals, it seems at a good


idea to me. ?90,000 per pupil? That much money? Why not? That is a


misnomer, they are dividing the total cost of the school amongst 500


students. Over time, that will be different. We need to spend more


money on education, great, it is happening. Why shouldn't all


children have that spent on them? Because we can't afford it. If you


take ?45 million and give to 500 students, you remove it from


everyone else. Free schools, on the face of it they are a good idea, but


this particular idea rests on the fact there is a selection test. You


select those people who are bright enough to get in, and the new


trumpet the fact that you are sending essentially very clever kids


off to Oxford or Cambridge. Without the selective nature, it wouldn't


exist as a school. You are paying for elitism. There is the argument


that, does selection have a place in a state funded school? Should it be


open to everyone? You have to have a centre of excellence. If you have


got the money and you are prepared to invest it, it will yield


dividends over time. I find it hard to argue with the idea of setting up


something that is really trying to help people who are coming from


disadvantaged backgrounds to break into Oxford and Cambridge, from


which they are still excluded. I would feel better if it was in


Westminster, which is a rich part of the country, and there are other


areas that are crying out for this. I'm going to talk about football,


and care even less. I have set it. Apparently to Alan Pardew, the


Newcastle united manager, footballers are now middle class. I


thought we were all middle class, but are they? Are they eloquent,


well educated middle`class boys these days? Football has become more


posh than it once was. It is so expensive to go and watch a game,


isn't it? The audience is definitely tending towards being middle class.


What we have seen in rugby, cricket, for the Olympics, public school


educated people dominate the ranks of our athletics teams, our rugby


teams, our cricket teams. We have seen public school people appear in


football. Oxlade`Chamberlain, Frank Lampard... I think the trend is


there. I suppose because public schools have such fantastic sports


facilities often. I notice they are a lot more particular. Remember the


days when you felt so sorry for the footballers, having to answer


questions after a match. Someone who is terribly articulate is not


expected to score a goal for Manchester United. It seemed unfair


in those days. Now they get media training. The last time I looked, it


looks like football was more upper`class, or extremely wealthy.


Isn't that the issue? There is so much cash floating around in


football, that there is an excessive amount of money. Is that wealth or


social class? That amount of money must buy you some social mobility,


surely. That is the key problem, explaining the British class system


to anyone who is not from Britain, it is impossible to decipher. Those


days are gone now. That is it for the Papers. Much more


at the top of the hour about that broke all between blood it to do and


Barack Obama `` Vladimir Putin. Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm


Lizzie Greenwood`Hughes. The headlines tonight: The fans planning


a protest over Old Trafford tomorrow say it'll prove David Moyes isn't as


popular as he thinks he is. St Helens win the battle of the


unbeatables with a dramatic late victory over Leeds tonight, Makinson


the man of the


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