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29/03/2014

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

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political journalist, Sean Dilley, and the journalist and feature

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

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Observer has a warning from the cabinet minister in charge of

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

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

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

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

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dying forests, catastrophic wildfires and insect plagues as

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

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

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Telegraph carries an interview with the former Archbishop of Canterbury

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Rowan Williams, in which he claims that affluent western lifestyles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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that warning from Alistair Carmichael, a cabinet minister,

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saying we are in danger of losing the Scottish independence poll

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

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

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

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

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

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

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into independence. I find it surprising if anybody really thinks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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entirely the wrong thing to do, for mistrusted politicians in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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they claimed they would not introduce student tuition fees, they

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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new Progressive Conservatives we have now, there would probably say

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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talking about a climate catastrophe. This is according to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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intergovernmental panel on climate change is publishing its latest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Malaysia Airlines plane. Coming up next, Reporters.

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