14/04/2014 The Papers


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That is in Sportsday in 15 minutes, after the papers. Hello and welcome


to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With


me are Pippa Crerar, City Hall editor at the London Evening


Standard, and Hugh Muir, diary editor of The Guardian. Tomorrow's


front pages, starting with: the Financial Times leads with the


crisis in the Ukraine. The paper says posturing by Moscow is


highlighting just how disunited the West is, in trying to deal with the


situation. George Osborne's Budget last month has failed to translate


into potential Tory votes according to the Guardian's latest poll. The


Metro leads with a warning by teachers that primary school


youngsters are being left like "ghosts" at school for long hours


because parents are too busy working. A warning from First Sea


Lord that Scottish Independence would damage the navy is the lead in


the Telegraph. More concern about the rising costs of housing is the


Express top story. The Mail front page features more allegations of a


Lib Dem cover up over the Cyril Smith scandal. The Independent


claims the NHS is facing a financial crisis as early as next year,


according to a report by a leading think tank. And the health service


is also the lead in the Mirror which turns it attention to patient care


in hospitals. We will start with the Telegraph. Threat if Scotland quits


UK. They have got the first Sea Lord, saying a yes vote would weaken


the defence of Scotland and the Navy. And we can put defence of the


country overall `` we can defence of the country overall `` weaken the


defence of the country overall. It is almost an appeal to the


romanticism of it all. Not to go ahead and do this, because of the


implications for defence. I'm not sure how much, how effective that is


going to be. I'm not sure that in all the arguments we will have about


the referendum, and the issues about Scotland, whether it says yes or


no, I'm not sure this will really cut through. There seems to be an


effort to push this. Defence has become a big part of this whole


debate. Is there a sense that the Better Together campaign has done


nothing but talk about what will be lost as a result of the breakup of


the union, rather than what will be gained by staying together? Rumack


this is a problem many have warned about for some time. It seems ``


this is a problem many have warned about for some time. It seems,


according to the secretary general's warnings last week that


the security of the whole country will be put at terrible risk if


Scotland becomes independent. It is a series of negative headlines. I


think, actually, the significance of this cannot be overstated. This is


yet another warning. Dire warning, Scots, your life will be terrible.


Your security will be under threat, at your economy will collapse, if


you go independent. I think it is working. I think that Alex Salmond


has consistently been scaremongering. That has up until


this point not had that much traction. It is now gaining


traction. Many people in Scotland who are not necessarily in favour of


an independent Scotland, are getting fed up with being dictated to by


Westminster and told that things will fall apart if we go


independent. There is a strong argument for self`determination.


Many people are really starting to feel, it is a powerful phenomenon


when you feel excluded and separated from what is going on at


Westminster. It seems very far away. It's difficult to know how it could


have been played differently. In a way, Scotland has the easier task.


It is a romantic argument they can put forward. And they are trying to


counter that with a very pragmatic argument. One will always be more


appealing than the other. Maybe that is why they're relying so heavily on


the dangers. You have to hope there is a bit of the other side as well.


David Cameron will have been warned that he needs the English to


convince the Scots. He can't, but you can get others to do it for him.


UK draws battle lines on nuclear weapons, trying to stay longer a yes


vote. Again, if you say yes to independents, what Alex Salmond says


will come to pass will not happen. `` to independence. This is a speech


being given tomorrow. In the same speech, he makes remarks about


nothing being off limit with regards to negotiations. Nothing is cut and


dry. One MP said last week that negotiations for a yes vote... Or


that seems not to be what is happening here. It is always one of


those totem issues rather than more substantive. What is interesting is


the tone and the fact that the Cabinet minister suggesting that


there might be more to... More room to manoeuvre. Is there a sense that


the Scots have realised the jig is up? That membership of the European


Union, Trident, all of that is up for discussion, and is not as cut


and dried as the Better Together Campaign suggest. Do they suspect it


is all bluster for the debate? We have a story a few days ago about


the currency, saying the argument was not cut and dry. The government


found that alarming. It was in their interest to say it was. They do have


a credibility problem. That is why the warnings, they can either


recalibrate it and make a campaign which is more optimistic, which can


get more `` Audette more and more apocalyptic `` or get. The front


page of the Scotsman, with the Defence Secretary, they might be


related. It is really important for both parties. That's the thing. If


it is a yes vote, and Scotland goes independent, I don't see how David


Cameron can survive. An English MP has always been careful about


getting too involved. But can they take Labour in Scotland for granted?


Suddenly labour will be in a position where they cannot win a


general election again. George III went mad. Maybe that is not the


right president. Ukraine calls for UN peacekeepers. Members here of the


pro` Russia mob storming a police station. I wonder what the West can


do. More sanctions perhaps, but that is really not going to have an


effect, is it? Or Mac problem we not. The West is in a quandary ``


probably not. The West is in a quandary. As we were saying earlier,


the big problem is that no one quite knows Russia's endgame, and whether


there is a desire for more territory to be brought back into the fold.


And whether it is more than muscle flexing. Whether it has a strategic


dynamic. Further than his backyard. Until they get their head around


exactly what is going on there, it will be very difficult for anyone to


actually take action which will have any impact on Moscow. You have a


sense of world leaders playing the time. Don't really know what to do


about Vladimir Putin so they are just playing for time to sit down


and work it out. To worked their way through it. They don't really know


how to handle that. They don't know his endgame, I don't know that any


of the world leaders can say they have spoken to him and have a sense


of how his mind works. Until they can do that, until they can get a


sense of where he is going and why he is doing it, they are playing


catch up. We will stay with that... We will go to the Metro actually.


The ghost children. Moves to elongate the school day. This shows


that phenomenon. At its most extreme, ten hours a day at school.


Of course, it is a difficult issue. Parents have two work. The way the


economy is, you have to work. And what you do about your children?


Many will leave their children at school for these long school days.


Can schools cope with that? Are their resources to make sure that


people are being looked after for those long days? There's an argument


about whether children at four should be in school at all? You look


at most countries, like the United States, where formal education


begins at six. You then say, are you talking about a formal school


environment, or being away from home, as being a problem. And then


what about working parents? Because 9am to 5pm is currently not a long


working day. If you have to commit an hour at either end of the day,


you suddenly need to find care for your children from 8am to 6pm. How


else can parents, when you consider that in London, ?14,000 a year for a


nursery place is standard. How can you possibly afford that? London has


the highest rate of mothers not returning to work in the country,


because of the cost of childcare. You can understand the appeal of


breakfast clubs and after`school clubs, which are much cheaper. You


can also see why schools might be wary. Because they are required to


step up and put on this extra provision, without resources.


Teachers might ask about having to work these extra days, and they may


end up like ghosts. This is an arresting headline in the Mirror.


Stay the night in a hospital, and you are more likely to die. Yes,


they have investigated and the upshot is that 59% of nurses on


night shifts are unable to deliver copper care because of cuts. It is


not in terms of their relationship with the government. They have gone


big on it. Politically, the NHS is a hot potato, always is coming up to


the election. You will read some of this, and no one will be


particularly surprised, they talk about the best and worst times to be


in hospital in terms of level of care. We will see more of this


overcoming months. Every other in we love to talk about this. In some


ways, it is politically toxic. Going on to The Independent. Financial


crisis in 2015. Like the story in the Mirror, is this a surprise? We


are always hearing about the dire financial straits of NHS trusts. No


political party wants to make dramatic cuts. The electorate have a


strong emotional bond with the NHS. We all love it. No one wants to take


the axe to it. But can it go on growing irrespective? Can we go on


throwing money at new treatments and new drugs as patient expectations


increase? We were talking about this earlier, and suggested middle


management was the answer. Cut back on them. If you decentralise the


system, you by definition need good managers. That has been a problem


for the NHS. At least with centralisation you have a level of


central expertise to rely on. You don't have that in a de` centred NHS


Trust. They are being left to their own devices and getting into


trouble. You can't take it back and renationalise it, and no government


would want to do that. That is what is apparent. These kinds of


statistics and financial crises, and it happens again and again and


again. This government does not have an ants are two square that circle.


According to the happy captain dependent, the next government must


choose between cuts and extra spending. `` according to The


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