08/04/2014 The Papers


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We will have both results on the way. And more on Chris Hoy and his


attempt to forge a career in motor sports. That comes after the papers.


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


us tomorrow. With me are the Spectator's Assistant editor Isabel


Hardman and Owen Jones from The Guardian. Tomorrow's front pages.


The Telegraph leads with comments from the culture secretary, Maria


Miller ` 'I have let you down' is the paper's headline. But its front


page is dominated by Martin McGuinness, the Deputy First


Minister of Northern Ireland wearing a white tie as he toasted the health


of the Queen at this evening's state banquet at Windsor Castle. Martin


McGuinness dressed in his evening finery also features on the front


page of the Mail. But alongside is what the paper describes as the


'dignified protest' of a father of an Omagh bomb victim, holding a


placard. The Irish Times not surprisingly leads with today's


historic state visit to the UK by the Irish President Michael D


Higgins. But for the Guardian, it's the controversy over the culture


secretary Maria Miller, which makes the lead story, and the desperate


plea from her parliamentary aide to Tory MPs to back her. The


Independent claims some drugs clinics are offering addicts


shopping vouchers to quit. And the Times carries an exclusive,


reporting that the Ministry of Defence is attempting to block the


publication of a book it commissioned one of its own officers


to write, which paints a bleak picture of the way military


operations were carried out in Afghanistan. But it's the sad death


of Peaches Geldof that the Metro chooses to focus on ` it says her


father Sir Bob Geldof was a sombre figure as he flew home to Britain


from the United States. And Peaches is also pictured with her baby sons


on the front page of the Star. The paper claims drugs and suicide have


not been ruled out as a cause of her death. So let's begin. We begin with


this picture, as the Queen hails Irish friends. Michael D Higgins,


the head of state for the Irish Republic. There is an Irish folk


ballad called the fields of Rye, talking about the two main


oppressors of Ireland being famine and the Crown. And you have this


lovely picture of the Queen with Michael D Higgins, and they look


like best chums. The other side of this is the anger from those who


filled the past is not something they are ready to let go of. They


are living in it. One of the themes of this visit for both the Queen and


Michael D Higgins have been that the two countries need to deal with


their history and look to their future. But there have been protests


of relatives of those killed. They say there are still questions from


the past which need to be Ansett before the countries can move on.


The speeches from both heads of state `` need to be answered. The


speeches were about looking and moving forward. For people on the


ground, that is difficult. Of course it is. It goes back centuries. The


colonial histories, with famine, the Irish famine in the 19th century,


the colonial terror which lasted into the 20th century after the


First World War, and then you have the legacy of the Irish Troubles,


where thousands of civilians were killed by loyalists as well as the


British Army, you also have a legacy of discrimination suffered by the


Irish community. We see a move before normality. That is a great


legacy of the peace process. If you have suffered, as so many have, the


bitter memory of a father, a son, a daughter, being killed in horrific


circumstances, no one should expect them to just move on and put it


behind them. A peace process says that enough people have died, let's


move on and have a process to stop it ever happening again. That is


what this is a part of. As you said, the Daily Mail leads with a father


who cannot for give. This man's son was killed in a bombing, and he says


there are still questions which desperately need to be answered.


This is the other side to the visit. One of the problems is that the


letters sent out in some cases suggested that some suspects might


be guaranteed immunity from prosecution, staring all of this up


again. Perhaps if the case hadn't arisen in the last few weeks and


months, that would not have been such an issue. But things are a lot


more broad than they would have been. `` a lot more raw. . Let's not


forget the attack there was by dissident republicans, attempting to


destabilise the peace process, it was by parties very opposed to Sinn


Fein. So it was the last great big atrocity of the Troubles. And one of


the worst it in terms of civilian deaths. It gave a renewed sense of


determination to the peace process, which others had tried to


destabilise. It is proving to be hugely symbolic. The fact that he


went to Windsor Castle, toasted the Queen, Stuffer the national anthem,


would previously have been unimaginable. Many who remember the


past decades could not have imagined it. Sinn Fein did not take up their


seat in Parliament, because that would mean respecting the


sovereignty of Britain. The fact they ended up in coalition with Ian


Paisley shows that this is a remarkable piece of progress. The


commitment to the peace process in terms of stability for the peoples


of Northern Ireland, written, and Ireland, this is `` Britain, this


reminds us how far we have come. Sounds like praise for Tony Blair!


You are at the Guardian now, and you have changed. Already. Bowen, where


did you go there is back `` Owen. The media accused of a hidden agenda


with regard to the Leveson proposals. The vast majority of


voters, across the spectrum, UKIP might even be marginally more angry,


even though three quarters of the population thinks she should resign.


The reason this has caused such a outrage, is that if you are accused


of benefit fraud, you get the full force of the law down on you. They


don't understand why are MPs are allowed, if accused of wrongdoing,


to have their colleagues sit in judgement. They don't understand why


MPs, who are paid far more than them, at a time of long falling


living standards, are basically regarding expenses as a way to top


up salaries. That is why this is causing outrage. Leveson may be


fuelling this further, but that is why people are upset. She was


pleading with colleagues to support Maria Miller, suggesting a


witch`hunt. One of the things exactly that very few colleagues


have been prepared to defend her in public. Some have done so because it


is their job to do so, but without a great deal of enthusiasm for her as


a minister. She seems to have very few allies in Cabinet, even before


this blew up. Her non` apology on Thursday, it was very difficult to


find a Cabinet minister who thought she would survive the summer


reshuffle anyway. She was damaged goods because of Leveson and gay


marriage. She wasn't a great performer, as well. I actually


disagreed with that. She was hugely respectful over gay marriage. She


took questions from all sides. Watching her apology last week, I


turned the TV on, and sought her colleagues sitting next to her,


Jeremy Hunt. And then I saw the report later that showed him going


back up there in order to show physically for the cameras his


support. He hasn't come out and said anything, or George Young. He


probably wouldn't, because he is the chief. He probably feels the her,


because he has been through his own crisis. Most Tory MPs have looked at


this and decided it was too toxic. I think the difference is between


David Cameron and other prime ministers is that others would have


let her go very quickly. You mentioned Jeremy Hunt, he was


embroiled in controversy, and ended up being promoted. He would now


think that he made a big mistake. Absolutely, people like me have


apologised publicly. Folks, you can get this on iPlayer. Owen Jones said


he was wrong. There is a difference in approach where David Cameron is


loath to let ministers go. He doesn't have many women in Cabinet.


He doesn't have to make her resign in order to sack her. What he could


have done is insist on some form of public contrition which made her


apology in the House of Commons. And possibly not use the words "warm


support" . She has managed to fuel this as best she could. She gave a


terrible non` apology. And Mary Macleod's intervention has not


helped. Especially with all the things going on. The Times doesn't


have Maria Miller on the front, actually. At the very bottom. And


from them, how surprising! This is fascinating. It is a book from a


captain in the Territorial Army about the lessons from Afghanistan.


It is about what the government can learn from that conflict. The


Ministry of Defence feels, their argument is that could contain


intelligence material which shouldn't be in the public domain.


But it is surely part of a really important public debate about the


lessons from the conflict in Afghanistan. As we start to pull out


from that country, you see everyone, left my right, and centre, offering


their own opinions, when they may not have even been to Afghanistan.


Surely this is an important part of accountability process. I think it


is a travesty of their block this book. This is a war which began, and


was over very quickly. It was one of these "mission accomplished" , and


13 years later with many deaths and no peace and security in


Afghanistan, a disastrous conflict in which so many died horrendous


deaths. There was that sense, partly, it was because you had had


the British quite humiliating rout in Basra in Iraq, and this was in a


sense to compensate for that, and I think all people, regardless of


their stamps on the conflict, would want lessons to be learnt in order


for such an unnecessary loss of life to be avoided. If they block this,


it could put people 's lives at risk in future and end Finally, the Daily


Telegraph. How not to make cheese on toast. I hope we can bring this


picture up now. We really lobbied for this. What happened here? The


London Fire Brigade were called out to a house they are being used by a


toaster on its side with cheese in it. That is quite clever. If I was


the worse for wear I could imagine myself doing this. You are


desperately cheese, you don't want the cheese to fall off. It makes


perfect sense. Was there a problem here? To the house blowup? There was


a house fire. I was going to give it ago but I have decided not to on the


basis this story. Import and cooking advice. Bowen and Isabel thank you.


Stay with us here on BBC News. We will have more on the first of a


state visit to the UK by the president of the Irish Republic. The


Queen has welcomed him. Now it is sports day. .


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