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director. And we hear from the last Liverpool team to win the title, and

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why he feels the race for the Premier League are still wide open.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Metro leads with a warning by teachers that primary school

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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according to the secretary general's warnings last week that

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

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

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

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

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

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

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has consistently been scaremongering. That has up until

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

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

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

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Westminster and told that things will fall apart if we go

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the tone and the fact that the Cabinet minister suggesting that

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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throwing money at new treatments and new drugs as patient expectations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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According to the happy captain dependent, the next government must

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

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