29/03/2014 The Papers


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


political journalist, Sean Dilley, and the journalist and feature


writer Eva Simpson. Let's start with a look at the front pages. The


Observer has a warning from the cabinet minister in charge of


Scotland that complacency could lead to sleepwalking in to a split from


the UK. The Sun has an exclusive. It says the Tory MP Mark Menzies has


quit his job as a ministerial aide over sex allegations. The


Independent leads with a new climate report that says we risk a future of


dying forests, catastrophic wildfires and insect plagues as


climate change worsens. A picture of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge


with Prince George features on the front of the Mail on Sunday. The


Telegraph carries an interview with the former Archbishop of Canterbury


Rowan Williams, in which he claims that affluent western lifestyles


have pushed the environment towards crisis point. The Sunday Times says


Labour are planning to slash university tuition fees in a bid to


woo votes from Middle England. And the Express leads with the claim


that the government is struggling to contain the problem of our pets


being infected with TB. Let's begin. Plenty of different


stories making the front pages this week. Let's start with the Observer,


that warning from Alistair Carmichael, a cabinet minister,


saying we are in danger of losing the Scottish independence poll


because of complacency. I suppose as a political spokesperson, we should


start with you? Spokesperson? And I just say, Alex Salmond, watching


this at home, will probably be throwing his tartan tea cosy at the


telly, when you said that Alistair Carmichael is in charge of


Scotland. But he saying it is not impossible, people could take their


eye off the ball and Scotland could's everybody could sleepwalk


into independence. I find it surprising if anybody really thinks


that. The Republicans, the pro`independence camp in Scotland,


they would say clearly there is complacency within the no campaign,


and that this would suggest this is a device in which to show the


priorities in not being complacent. It's also good to give people a bit


of a shake. I don't think it will happen, but when people can get


complacent, it they think, we are not going to break away, everything


will be fine. If there is an summary reminding them saying, do vote for


what you want, if you don't, and you don't get the right result, you


can't complain. Alistair Carmichael can give his coalition government


colleague advice. David Cameron has a lot to say on the independence


debate. Let's be very clear, 83% of people in Scotland, I'll say that


again, 83% of Scottish people voted for someone that was not David


Cameron due to the Conservative's history in Scotland. If you want to


be respected, I guess you should stand up if you want to be heard,


speak up. You say they are putting up the wrong person to talk about


this? Entirely the wrong people. People are not stupid enough, north


or south of the border, to be persuaded by these arguments. It is


entirely the wrong thing to do, for mistrusted politicians in


Westminster to tell Scottish people what to do. Be quiet, zip it like


the fellow of the little map off Rainbow. That phrase comes from the


newspapers. You know this, I'm a journalist, we use ridiculous


phrases. I wasn't criticising you. Just interesting that phrase is


being used, we will have to see if Alistair Carmichael's comments


layout in any direction. Staying with the Observer, looking at


opinion polls, Labour's support has slumped to its lowest level since


soon after the 2010 election, this, of course, after the budget. Is this


going to put a lot more pressure on the readership? According to this,


it is at its lowest since the last election, 2010. They say it is down


two points, they are now 133%. Yes, Ed Miliband, reading these, will be


panicking. The suggestion was, after the budget, that things would even


out again. To be this far behind, when people are so cross with what


is going on with the cuts and the rest of... I don't think he'll panic


too much. The is doing better than Ed Balls, with his flat`lining


motion, would have suggested. There is a poll we are going to come onto


that says they are on 40 points. From what you know, are their senior


Labour figures that are beginning to panic? I don't think so. At the end


of the day, oppositions have everything to win, not to lose. I


think they are a little bit worried. There's been an awful lot of talk


about Ed Balls, whether he is the right man to lead the economic


poverty for the Labour Party. But then he has an awful lot of friends


as well as those that would seek to criticise the new personality.


Having said that, this close to an election, you're right, there is


another poll in the Sunday Times that paints a different for the


Labour Party. The European election will be the worry. You were saying


about UKIP's position, 15 points, being significant? They are on 15,


the Lib Dems, that is the surprising thing, they are on ten. I think if


anyone should be worrying, it should be them. The kingmakers, as they are


potentially going to be again. The paper also refers to the so`called


omnishambles budget of March 2012, when the polls were much closer.


When they were going around putting on pasty taxes and claiming to eat


Cornish pasties at stations that don't exist. You would think this


one was gone through with a fine tooth comb? The last thing you want


to ask about economics is new chancellors. To be fair, you could


give George Osborne that point. When there is plenty of sunshine above,


the coalition have always said they intend to get the economy back on


track. As long as the economy is not crashing and burning, as it looked


like it very well could, things will look slightly better for David


Cameron. It's not uprising, these figures. After the budget, the


response from Ed Miliband, the general consensus was that it wasn't


very robust. We have been saying for ages it was not going to work... On


that very point, the Sunday Times lead story has a claim that Labour


will take an axe to student fees, saying that instead of this cap of


9000, which sparked riots when it was debated in 2010, apparently Ed


Miliband is thinking of pledging to cut it to ?6,000, or even more.


There is no doubt that is going to be a major decision maker for some


people. It's very appealing. If it is going to be their policy, it


would appeal to lots of middle England, middle`class parents. But I


think tuition fees have often been used as a bit of a political


football. The last time this came home to roost for the Lib Dems, when


they claimed they would not introduce student tuition fees, they


pledged to vote against it and the minute they got in, they did it.


They were in coalition, to be fair. It's all well and good saying we are


going to do this, but voters are not stupid, they have seen is not a


country before. They are saying they are going to have a graduate tax.


See this, it is the face of a very cynical political journalist! They


claim that it is currently ?9,000. We're watching you, Labour,


conservatives and Lib Dems. You are suggesting this was put out but is


not going to happen? It's very nice, the idea to get rid of debt


and everything. If there is a graduate tax... It's carefully


worded, they say you will still pay. Old conservatives, as opposed to the


new Progressive Conservatives we have now, there would probably say


it would be punishing success. Old Labour would say, as all of the


parties do, those with the broadest shoulders, mine are very broad at


the moment, plenty of running needs to be done, they should take the


main burden. It is appealing. Just to recap, we were talking about fees


of ?3000 a year. There was a riot and I'm afraid I was injured in the


line of duty. Very seriously! Firstly assaulted by protesters and


then accidentally hit by the City of London Police. Cheers, guys(!) That


was whilst helping a casualties. What he's is that he would reduce


it. Keen to get onto the Telegraph, that have a very different story,


talking about a climate catastrophe. This is according to


the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. He seems to be more


in the news now than when he was Archbishop? SOCA he's got a lot of


time on his hands, so he can write for papers like the Sunday


Telegraph. He has written for them exclusively and he is saying it's


the Western lifestyle. It is the use of fossil fuels to blame for climate


change. The reason why he has written is because the UN


intergovernmental panel on climate change is publishing its latest


report, which apparently runs into thousands of pages and it is all


about the consequences of the rise in global temperatures. Which will


tell us, at the end of the century, it will cost ?60 billion a year, our


use of fossil fuels. A lot of money, a very worrying report and worrying


words. 60% of the NHS budget, in real terms. I think the climate is


something people care about very deeply. Is it something that the


Church show... Well, I suppose you could say... He has written this


piece in his capacity as a chairman of Christian Aid. He says the people


that are going to suffer the most are South America, Africa and Asia.


Some of the poorest people are going to suffer the most, which is why


he's been very vocal. The language is good, inasmuch as one thing an


awful lot of people get frustrated about, however neutral one may be,


the worst climate change denier is there. It's word association that is


unfortunate. It's a lot more measured and tempered. Briefly, a


look at the Mail on Sunday. A picture of Prince Charles. Della


there's no story on the front page! It is a nice photo. And adorable


photo. Looking more and more like Prince William in that. Some people


will come plain how close the dog is to the Prince. That is it, thanks to


our guests, who will be back at 11:34 another look at the papers. At


11 we will have the latest on the resume search for the missing


Malaysia Airlines plane. Coming up next, Reporters.


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