19/04/2014 The Papers


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


us tomorrow. With me are Yasmin Alibhai`Brown, columnist from the


Independent, and Matthew Green, journalist and author.


The Observer claims that thousands in a district of Damascus are


running out of food, leading to relief agencies declaring it a


crisis that is unprecedented in living memory.


The Independent on Sunday has a special report on mounting concern


at global food security, claiming the world is on the brink of a wheat


crisis. An exclusive from The Mail on Sunday


on a businessman, re`appointed by David Cameron to head a quango,


steps down after it was disclosed that he was bankrupt.


The Sunday Telegraph leads is how Ofsted are looking at putting at


least six Birmingham schools into special measures.


The Sunday Times claims that senior Labour figures are concerned that


basing an election strategy around the cost`of`living crisis may lead


to the party looking like a one`trick pony.


And the Sunday Express tells its readers they could be in for a


refund from an energy firm that's admitted to having faulty meters.


Let's begin. We are going to start with the Independent. It is more


their picture story that we are interested in. A year on from the


terrible collapse in Bangladesh of the textile factory, and Matthew,


that is a story which at the time you were deeply involved in. Yes, I


went to Bangladesh at the time to cover the aftermath of the disaster.


It is perhaps worth remembering exactly what happened. It was a


4`storey building, known as Rana Plaza, packed with workers. The huge


crack had appeared in the wall, and the owner of the building herded


everyone in, and a few hours later it collapsed. It was one of the


worst disasters in the history of the industry. The Independent is


saying that some of the victims have still not received compensation, and


there is a campaign to avoid another disaster. Yes, and I think the


campaign will be all over the place, including here in London. I think,


these sorts of accidents are absolutely the responsibility of


those companies who are out there harvesting cheap labour, and I went


to India last year and they met people from Bhopal, which was 25


years ago, and they still haven't had any compensation. They have gone


blind, had miscarriages, all of this. That can't go on, and it is up


to us, those of us who love frocks should always be asking the


questions about, how much are you paying? That was a big campaign at


the time, wasn't it? Asking consumers to be more aware of how


their garments are made. Yes, it was very interesting to see the big


brands, shuffling quietly away, saying it wasn't anything to do with


them. They were saying they can't be responsible for monitoring the


safety in the buildings where these items have been produced. There has


been some progress since then, I think the scale of the catastrophe


was so big that some of these companies have been shocked into


action, so the Independent is talking about a new fire safety


standard that these companies are signing up to. Not all the


companies, there are still some companies that are holding out and


not doing the responsible thing. 20 years ago, Bangladesh was right on


the margins of the global economy, and it is thanks to these companies


that huge numbers of people have got jobs, particularly young women from


rural areas who might otherwise be living in extremely isolated and


bleak existence, they have found some sort of freedom through these


jobs. Of course, there is a price to be paid. I think shareholders have


got to be, have to have more of a say in this. It can't just the about


their profits, because how can you ignore something of that kind? I


remember after that disaster, there were a few scattered protests,


companies like Primark, who had clothing made there. I don't whether


there was a huge groundswell of concern among consumers. There have


been funds set up by some of the companies, hasn't it? Yes, there


has. This independent story is about a woman who hasn't received any


compensation, but it takes a long time. Looking at the Observer, Syria


is back on the front page, and then you are pleased to see it. I know


how the media works, I am part of the media, we run stories and we


leave them. Actually, when it comes to Syria, we can't and should never


leave this. I know a lot of things are happening in Ukraine and so on,


but this is the biggest, the most shocking disaster I think in the


last, I would say since World War II. It is tough to keep the stories


fresh. When it is the same story over and over again. The Observer


have done a very strong job here. They have a story about the Yarmouk


refugee camp, where convoys are being allowed in and people are


running out of food. These were Palestinian refugees, who already


work living very well, but were safe and were being fed and getting an


education, but if we stop covering this story, our politicians.


Attending to this crisis. We were talking about Ukraine earlier, that


has dominated the foreign pages and the front pages for the last few


years, and the link is unfair because the Russian President is one


of the biggest backers of the Syrian government, months back, there were


agreements to join with the US, they have really gone out the window.


Sanctions and tough words haven't really done much. I didn't


understand why we are much tougher on Iran when it comes to sanctions


and nonviolent actions we can take, and so non`specific on Syria, I find


that appalling. The Sunday Times, the story I was surprised to see on


our list, but one you feel strongly about. Prove UR 18 to watch


pornography, a new law. Children will be blocked from watching online


pornography after government moves to make website administrators seek


proof of age. This is a really good move, if it happens. Parents and


others have been pointing out the effect of easy access to pornography


on very young minds, boys as well is girls. It is really having a


demonstrable impact on the way they think about each other and so want.


Is it going to work was much a guess that is the question. I don't know,


but we have got to do something, it has been going on. I want us to stop


saying that we can't do anything. saying that we can't do anything.


That is worst in the argument, it is impossible to enforce. Arar the


story, the sinking of the ferry in South Korea. A fairy hero gave life


to save others. `` our other story. A poignant story about a 22`year`old


member of the crew who actually waded through chest high water


without a lifejacket so that other people, some of these children,


could try to escape. Of course, she wasn't among the survivors. It


reminds think of an awful story I read a couple of days ago about the


teacher who organised the trip committing suicide out of remorse


and guilt, and saying, perhaps I will be able to teach these students


in the afterlife. There has been a story of one passenger dying after


giving his life. Yes, only 17, and he gave his life vest to his friend


who was drowning. There are still over 250 people missing, young


people, and these terribly selfless people, really. Let's leave that.


The Sunday Telegraph, Islamist plot, six schools face special


measures, this is so `` after the so`called Trojan horse to commit.


This has been building up, think this is the sixth day `` Trojan


horse document. This is Ofsted inspections, Ofsted did inspect most


of these schools. And it has been asked to inspect them again, amid


allegations of then becoming Islamic. I have no doubt that this


is going on, but how we investigated, we have got to make


sure there is trust. We can't storm into schools and start behaving as


if you are storming into a place where there is a cache of weapons.


But we have to talk about it. We need to talk about how it is part of


a much bigger problem. Yes, but we need to do it, seeing that these


institutions with serious problems. There are many people who want


something done urgently. We were talking earlier about how there were


concerns not only about the schools but about other is making extremists


in places like Birmingham raising funds for extremist groups around


the world. Let's talk about Saudi Arabia. I know, you think that is


the subplot. Thank you both very much for joining us. Stay with us on


BBC News, because at midnight we will have much more on the South


Korean ferry disaster, which has claimed 36 lives. Up next, it is The


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