07/04/2014 The Papers


07/04/2014

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well. That is in 15 minutes. `` in the

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Scottish Premier League. Welcome to our look ahead to what

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the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are political

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commentator and writer Joe Phillips and the Daily Telegraph 's senior

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political correspondent, Christopher Hope. Let's look at the front pages.

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The Telegraph shows the photographs sent in why Peaches Geldof. It was

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her last tweet of her and her mother, Paula Yates, who died 13

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years ago. The paper's lead article is on demands from inserted MPs that

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the Culture Secretary Maria Miller should be sacked because her toxic

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expenses scandal is damaging the party. The Daily Express shows the

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Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George who, along with the Duke, are

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touring New Zealand. The paper also reports that fierce

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competition is leading to a slashing of Easter and summer holiday prices.

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The Daily Mirror also dedicates its front page to Peaches Geldof and

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that final photograph tweeted shortly before her death.

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A photograph of Peaches Geldof at the premiere of The Wolf Of Wall

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Street movie is on the front page of the Guardian and the paper's lead

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article is on concerns by food inspectors that infected animals

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could enter the food chain if proposed changes to abattoir

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inspections go ahead. And the Daily Mail concentrates on

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the unexpected death of Peaches Geldof and quotes her father, Bob

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Geldof's words, we are beyond pain. That is the story we start with.

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Jo, Peaches posted this picture with her mum . Hours later, she was dead

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herself. She sent that photograph yesterday. Yes, apparently. There is

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nothing anybody can sensibly say that is more articulate than what

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her father has said already. It is a horrific tragedy and as yet

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unexplained. Obviously, as this picture indicates, people are

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drawing attention to the tragic death of her mother, Paula Yates,

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over a decade ago. That we don't know what happened. As we look at

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the photographs we have seen and the images you have been showing

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throughout the evening, she was a beautiful, full of life young woman

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with two young children. Hugely intelligent, very driven, very

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creative. We don't know any more than that. It is just a terrible

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thing. But Christopher, given the fact that she is the daughter of

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Paula Yates and so Bob Geldof, well`known figures, obviously, even

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though the circumstances surrounding her death are completely unexplained

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at the moment and we have no idea what happened, there is stuff for

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the papers to write? There is. It broke at 6pm, which is the worst and

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the best time for a newspaper, because we have to find news for the

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next morning, but the later it breaks, the more news we can write.

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As a hardened political journalist, Home Office were stunned by this

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news. `` our office were shocked. We don't know why or how she died.

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Newspapers have to go on what they have, which is a photograph she put

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up last night on Instagram, saying, me and my mum. People are trying to

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draw conclusions from that, but we don't know the answers yet. The risk

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is that to imply something now might be wrong in the morning. That is the

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danger of being a newspaper journalist. But of course, you get

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idiots and same people on Twitter and social media, which I am sure

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are abuzz with allsorts of theories. It is so shocking. She was a mum of

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two young children. That is the tragedy. And someone who was a

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classic wild child, but apparently had turned her life around. Her

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first marriage ended unfortunately, book she married again and had two

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children. I spoke to a taxi driver who ferried her around, and he said

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she was doting on the kids and she had thrown that celebrity life, to a

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degree, the way. So again, we wonder why this would happen. We don't know

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if it was some illness she had. It is a properly shocking story. Let's

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go on to the Telegraph, which also has that picture of the last tweet

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from Peaches Geldof of her and her mother, who died 13 years ago. Paula

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Yates. We rarely use the word heartbreaking at the Daily

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Telegraph. But it is a heartbreaking statement from Bob Geldof. To lose

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his ex`wife and then his daughter like this is shocking. Next to that

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on the front page, a story that you penned, Mr Hope. Billy MPs call for

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Miller to be sacked. You are not going to let this go away `` Tory

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MPs call for Miller to be sacked. There are no new facts here in terms

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of the Maria Miller situation, but it is looking forward to a meeting

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of backbenchers which David Cameron will address on Wednesday

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afternoon. On Thursday, the House of Commons rises for Easter, so there

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is a feeling that we are going towards an end point in the story.

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Whether it is an end point for Maria, we don't know. Even when we

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broke the story, I was not part of that, but it was certainly written

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as a kind of page four inside story. We had moved on from the

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expenses scandal. It was really the reaction of Maria Miller's team,

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with talk about Leveson, that put it on the front page. It is how it has

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been handled by Maria Miller and her team as much as the original sin

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which has kept the story going. You can see the legalistic way she went

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after things. Not as big as Watergate, but it is not the

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original crime, it is how you deal with it. That is why it is an

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ongoing news story. But as David Cameron said, she apologised. The

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committee that is in place, rightly or wrongly, said she should pay back

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just shy of ?6,000. David Cameron says that is the end of the matter.

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Why isn't it? Because it is politics, and it is how it looks. I

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was watching Question Time last the day, and it is quite a drive

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programme, and then someone mentioned Maria Miller's expenses

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and the whole place changed. There was a feeling of anger. There was

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this anti`politics feeling amongst people and the expenses story gets

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them going in a way which no other story does. It is all about

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perception. To be honest, two weeks ago, a lot of people would not have

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even known who Maria Miller was. Now we know exactly what she looks like.

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It is this assumption and the perception that it is acceptable for

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the taxpayer. I mean, her constituency is Basingstoke. Chris

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and I come in from outside London and we have not got second homes. It

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is that sort of assumption and the fact that she made 1 million quid on

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the sale of it was. We all know London prices are bonkers. That is

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not her fault. But it is this mealy`mouthed, weaselly worded, I am

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going to stick to the rules. It was only this much. It is like trying to

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appeal with a traffic warden. It is meat and drink to Nigel Farage and

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the anti`politics people. Christopher, why has David Cameron

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stuck by her? If all this is swirling around and we all know that

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a huge possibility is perception, why has he stuck by her? Two

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reasons. First, he doesn't like being bounced into a decision he has

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not thought of himself. He does not want to be pushed by newspapers or

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journalists. He is also bruised by the Andrew Mitchell affair, when

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after a month of bad headlines, he reacted and allowed Andrew Mitchell

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to resign when he should not have resigned. History is now reviewing

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that choice. I think he hung Andrew Mitchell out to dry. He reacted too

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quickly. We took about the ten day rule. If a story is still a story,

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that is the time. If it goes beyond the Easter recess, she could cling

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on. I can't see what would take it that far. I don't know what would be

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the new fact that will keep it going beyond this week. But there is still

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furious about this out there. Jo, bearing in mind that there are only

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five women in the Cabinet, four full`time members, put those figures

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into context. There are four men who went to the same Oxford college in

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the Cabinet. There are three men called Dave, and there are four

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women. Is that the problem here, you cannot get rid of a woman? If that

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is the problem, he is showing even worse judgement, because having a

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woman who is perceived to have not had properly, in other words, having

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a bad woman although I am not saying she's bad person, having somebody

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who is not up to it does not make it right just because she is a woman.

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There are other women, better women. It is not exactly as though

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she has set the world on fire is an amazing Culture Secretary. She did

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push through Same Sex Marriage Bill. There are other people. If that is

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the best you can get, don't bother, because it does no one any favours.

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We will stay with the Telegraph. Scots will pay more for energy after

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separation. Do we believe these stories? Will we believe what's in

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your paper! I can't help think that all these stories about what

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terrible things are being to befall Scotland if they vote for

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independence are guaranteed to bring the Scots together like nothing

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else. Wind people up. We have seen... The fear factor. Half these

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things seem to be absolutely frightening for no reason and it's

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actually working against it because it's brought the yes campaign ` it's

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narrowed the gap. Is this stuff being fed to you? Not to me, Clive!

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OK. It's being fed to Simon Johnson. I am sure Simon went out there and

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dug this story up. Absolutely. This is chapter five or six in a series

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of looking at different policy areas and saying why this won't work for

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you. It's about the fear of doing something and it's trying to

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stoke... And the timing. I am sure the Department of Energy and Climate

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Change publish all sorts of fascinating documents but to do it

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on the day or just before Alex Salmond is going to make a speech at

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a conference seems coins dental. You might say that `` coins dental.

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Let's quickly go on to The Guardian. Alert over infected meat risk. I

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thought this was over. So did we. This is a worry. We think back to

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the horsemeat episode which cut out ` any food health scare stories

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always cut out of the bubble we inhabit about reporting news policy,

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this affects millions immediately. They're saying new rules from

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Brussels mean that the inspectors can't check on quality of meat and `

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where does the meat come from, how far back can you trace it? These are

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interesting stories and they can spiral out of control. It is a scare

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story. It's very much about could, may happen, might happen, if these

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changes go ahead. It's come from Unison, as far as I can tell. So

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they've an axe to grind? They may be flagging up a concern about health.

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It is very much about it could enter the food chain. For The Guardian I

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am surprised they've done it in such a... You would have expected this

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from The Telegraph! The Daily Mail or The Express actually. I am

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joking! I agree with The Guardian on that, a good story. It is.

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All right. We are going to end it there. We will be back in an hour's

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time for another look at the stories behind the headlines. Stay with us,

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at the top of the hour we are going to have much more on the tragic

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untimely death of the broadcaster and author Peaches Geldof. She has

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died at the age of 25. Coming up now it's time for Sportsday.

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Hello. Welcome to Sportsday. I am John Watson. Tonight: Sunderland

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remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League as they concede five

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at Tottenham. Aberdeen in second in the Scottish

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