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Ferrari F1 team. And we will be hearing why Ronnie Whelan feels the


race for the Premier League is still wide open. That is all coming up on


Sportsday after The Papers. Welcome to our look ahead to what


the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are Pippa Crerar,


from the London Evening Standard, and Hugh Muir, from the Guardian.


Starting with the Financial Times, which is leading with the crisis in


the Ukraine. The paper says posturing by Moscow is highlighting


how disunited the West is on this topic. George Osborne's Budget last


month has failed to translate into potential Tory votes, according to a


poll in the Guardian. The Metro has a warning from teachers that primary


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


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


Sea Lord that Scottish independence would damage the Navy. That is the


lead story in the Telegraph. There is more concern about the rising


costs of housing, highlighted in the Express. And the male has more


allegations about a possible Lib Dem cover`up over the camp trade `` over


the Cyril Smith scandal. Starting with the situation in Ukraine,


pro`Russian separatists strengthening their grip, and the


West are struggling for unity over this issue. Yes, you will remember,


24 hours ago, the acting president in Ukraine, Alexander Turchynov, was


very robust in his language, when it came to deadlines for some of the


pro`Russian separatists occupying government buildings in ten towns in


eastern Ukraine, threatening military action to deal with what he


called terrorist elements. And it was suggested that we would all wake


up this morning to find that there had been unilateral action right


across the East of Ukraine. But actually what has happened is


nothing. The Ukrainian forces have not gone in, and actually, the


president has taken a much more conciliatory tone today, on


realising I suppose that his threats were not working, and has now made


the suggestion that he would be prepared for some sort of


referendum, to at least let people in the east of the country have some


say. How threatened he felt by the fact that their 40,000 Russian


troops hovering over the other side of the border... But clearly, he has


realised that strongman tactics on his part at least are not working.


That seems to suggest that Russia's approach on coming over tough are


having some effect. It was always an empty threat, frankly, wasn't it, it


was going to have to be, because if they did send in tanks and troops


from Kiev, the Russians would have an excuse to march in? Nobody really


knows how to deal with Putin. It is a Putin problem. Nobody knows how to


assess what he has done, nobody knows what he is going to do next,


and they do not know what his endgame is, if it is just to have


more territory, or just to extend his influence. Until they know those


basic things, I think the international community is going to


have a real problem getting to grips with him. They are all piling in, we


saw Catherine Ashton saying something, and I think President


Obama was supposed to speak to Putin today. But until there is some real


sense of what he is playing at, I do not think the international


community knows how to read him. But I suspect also, he himself is not


sure what the endgame is. He does not want a country which is


completely fractured and shattered on his border, but he does want


influence in the country as well. So, he is trying to push it as far


as he can without going too far, this is what the West seems to


assume, but at the same time, the West looks impotent. Yes, just take


Britain alone. Yesterday we had David Cameron breaking up his


holiday to speak to Angela Merkel and otherworldly does about the


situation. There has been talk about signing up to more sanctions. `` and


other world leaders. I think it comes down to the fact that Britain


does not want to affect the reputation of the City of London as


being a major financial centre. I would imagine the Treasury, the


government, is coming under pressure from financial and other companies.


BP for example has huge investments in Russia, and I think it has a 20%


stake in a Russian oil company. They do not want to risk that just being


annexed, if you like. And Putin knows this... At one level, all of


this diplomacy depends upon personal relationships, and I think nobody


has a relationship with Putin. You do not get the feeling that any of


our leaders really know how to get to Putin. We are going to stay with


the Financial Times, and an interesting story, firms in a ` ``


in a dash to beat tax crackdown. The fact is, the partners could be up to


40 people. I always thought they were proper partners, but the


suggestion is that potentially, a lot of time, they are not! And what


this is saying is that if you are a proper partner, your national


insurance liability is a bit lighter, because of your status as a


partner. So, many of them are going to the banks, because they need to


have the money to buy equity. So they are rushing to the banks to get


the money so that they can get these national insurance advantages. We


were almost running out of villains, weren't we?! We have found them! A


whole new set of villains, for people to throw rotten fruit at in


the street. We have had all sorts of pledges by the Chancellor to use tax


avoidance, to crackdown on tax avoidance, Surrey, and to raise huge


amounts for the covers. But people have been sceptical. `` sorry. But


looking at how the lawyers and accountants and probably consultants


are scrambling to beat the tax crackdown, they at least seem to


think that this one might work. But it is not just big fancy law firms,


it is cleaners, it is fruit pickers, it is anyone with a company. Yes, if


anyone is going to be able to work their way around these things, it


will be accountants. Yes, accountants and lawyers. Let's move


on to the Guardian, and this one about the Tories struggling in the


polls. This is surprising, isn't it? Yes, after the Budget, the media


narrative was that it has been a great success for the Chancellor.


The few polls immediately afterwards seemed to suggest that that was the


case. Now, what has happened is that there is this ICM poll which


suggests the opposite, that in fact, the Budget has failed to boost the


Conservatives with voters. It puts them on 32 points, compared to 37


for Labour. In tandem with this, Ed Balls, who has written for the


Guardian, it looks like, says Labour is going to continue with its cost


of living strategy right up to the election. This is interesting,


because with all of the elements of good news which have come out


recently regarding the economy, there has been a lot of questioning


at Westminster as to whether that strategy would stand the test of


time. They have got to get all the way up to the election. Ed Balls


seems convinced that people will not be better off in 2015 and they were


at the last election, and that therefore, that strategy, the cost


of living agenda, will continue to have resonance with voters. This


poll would seem to back that up. It is completely a deception. It is not


whether or not the indicators look at, you have got to feel it, and I


do not think that people do feel it yet. I am not sure that it is a bad


policy for Labour to plough ahead with that. If you are a Tory,


looking at this, you are thinking, what have we got to do?! That is a


good point. They will think, the last couple of weeks could not have


gone better for us. There is that, but they might be thinking, will we


ran out of time? There might be some backbenchers who might be thinking


about other things they can do, transferable skills! But


interestingly, the problems of the Tories are visible to UKIP, and UKIP


could potentially split the vote and let Labour in? Well, it could. The


maths is the problem for the Tories all the time. They are struggling to


draw level with Labour. But in fact, they have got to do a lot better. So


they are looking at the egg timer and watching the grains of sand run


out, and thinking, this is not going to be good for us. Of course, UKIP


take votes off Labour as well. Staying with The Guardian. Guardian


wins Pulitzer prize, so it was worth it! We are all proud this evening


because this was a very difficult story to do. I take no credit, my


colleagues were responsible for it. They've done an absolutely


magnificent job. I think we will also feel that we have given an


important voice to issues that really needed to be raised in


public. We gave a voice to Edward Snowden. I think that we have raised


some issues of historic importance about the web, about where


information goes, about who has access to it. It's always good to


win awards, but to win such a prestigious award for something as


important as this is absolutely marvellous. We won't mention those


people who feel you have undermined national security I am not sure


Obama says that. Of course, that's right! . On to the Metro. The ghost


children at school. Ten hours a day. There is a conference on this week


and a couple of teachers quoted as saying children are turning up


absolutely frazzled, falling behind at school and asleep. This story has


been in the headlines for months, though, as the Government ` a


Schools Minister has been looking at how they can help with childcare


issues. I think children shouldn't start school at five or in four in


some cases, in England, anyway, children start school at four, I


think that's too young to have a formal education. That's a separate


argument but one many feel strongly about. The suggestion that in


helping working parents at either end of the day that children would


have to ` that means children would have to be in this formal


environment isn't necessarily the case. After`school clubs at the


moment which start at 3. 15 aren't about learning maths or learning to


read, they're about drawing and playing with Lego and stuff like


that. The Chinese may be looking at a headline and say, well, yeah,


that's the price you have to pay. I am not sure we want that sort of


system or put our children through that. The worry I have is that we


will move to a system where you elongate the day, we are in primary


schools and it's happened in many secondary schools, as well, but


without resources. If you talk to many schools, talk to teachers


they'll say it's all very well expecting us to pick up the slack


but we can't do that and you say OK maybe they'll buy in help and that


costs money and schools' budgets are being squeezed. We talk about these


things in isolation but often when someone says where is the money to


back this up, it isn't there. He speaks as a school governor, I speak


as a parent of young children at school. In an ideal world I would be


able to pick them up myself at 3. 15pm every day or have them at home


with a child minder, but the reality for many working parents and in


particular mothers who tend to be the one who make compromises with


their career to make it all work for the family, they can't afford to do


that. All right. We will continue this conversation in an hour's time.


You are going to be back to look at more stories behind the headlines,


many thanks. Stay with us here, at the top of the hour we will have the


latest on the crisis in Ukraine as EU Foreign Ministers agree to expand


sanctions against Russia over its actions in the east of the country.


Now it's time for Sportsday. Hello and welcome to Sportsday. Is


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record`breaking in the pool at the British Championships with Jaz


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