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Titanic has been sold at auction for a record fee, it was written eight


hours before the ship hit an and sank. `` hit an iceberg.


Welcome to our look ahead at what the papers will be bringing us


tomorrow. With me is the parliamentary editor of politics


Home.com, and the political editor of The Times. We start with the


Observer. School meals could be fuelling an obesity epidemic. The


Independent, reporting that Nigel Farage has survived a difficult week


of headlines and harmed. The Sunday Times also leads with UKIP. A new


twist in the so`called Plebgate scandal is the splash on the mail on


Sunday. And the Telegraph, leading on the tragic deaths of those


petition military personnel. `` British. And the Sunday express, a


potential breakthrough in the Madeleine McCann case.


Let's begin with those headlines. Gentlemen, the Independent on


Sunday. A cartoon picture of Nigel Farage. It reminds me of a guard in


front page earlier in the week. It has been an interesting week for


UKIP. The Westminster village perceived his interview with Nick


Robinson as a bit of a car crash. And a story about using actors in


their party literature, employing his wife who is German, but these


are very SW1 attacks. Lots of UKIP attack throughout the country comes


from older voters in particular. They are more likely to see through


this and just think that these attacks, if you support Nigel Farage


just broadly, without knowing much about politics, you would expect


these attacks from national newspapers. The success of UKIP is a


double edged sword. They will be pleased they are leading Labour in a


recent Sunday Times poll but it will increase scrutiny. Who knows their


policy on education? Health? That is why it reminded me of the Guardian


story. Highlighting that they don't have any MPs are any well`publicised


policies besides immigration. Yet rival parties are worried. They were


talking about a flat tax of 31%. Increasing expenditure on defence.


Primary school economics. Now they are looking to flirt with Labour


voters, pulling votes from both major parties, they are talking


about a higher tax rate. Abolishing the bedroom tax. All sorts of


claims, yet no scrutiny commensurate with the current polling. I think


that will change, and when it happens, Nigel Farage, who


unquestionably has a huge amount of popular appeal, that will diminish


as policies come under scrutiny. He is a personable face, coming across


quite well, doesn't he? Most people in this country have no idea about


the European Parliament, tonight for these elections is around 40%, you


will get protest votes, UKIP will do well. The party in government will


do less well. That is why the Tories are at a high for MEPs, the last


round of elections was during the Gordon Brown premiership. The front


page of the Sunday Times, a picture of Nigel for Farage, and saying that


UKIP is leading on 31%, three points clear of labour, and the Tories are


languishing on 19 points. Probably within the margin of error. But this


is interesting. The front page of the Independent. Cross`referencing


each other. Yet Nigel Farage and his popular appeal seem to have a Teflon


quality. Picking up on what Tony said, European elections, they don't


have a big effect, people use it as a protest, but I suspect there is


something else at work, and it is the persona of Nigel Farage. There


is a real trouble in politics. Vocabulary issues. If you ask a


politician, why are you favour of the minimum wage? They will say,


because I think it is right. That is not an answer or an explanation,


just a restatement of a preference. There is this linguistic routine


politicians clock but, Nigel Farage actually gives an answer. That is


why he gets this idea he is honest. Yet he is quite duplicitous if you


look at the facts of his expenses, but he looks honest simply because


he comes out with an answer. Let's move on to the Sunday


Telegraph. A picture of Bernie Ecclestone with a much taller women.


We had an interesting story that the Telegraph is claiming as an


exclusive, an interview with the former Bishop of Canterbury, saying


we are now a post`Christian nation. He says Britain is no longer a


nation of believers. Your take on that? It is also interesting that he


says he generation of widespread worship is over. For the Muslim


population, that is not true. In terms of Christian, he is


pessimistic. He was my favourite Archbishop of Canterbury I must say.


Did he make the top ten? Get voted off? I never liked the beard! It was


untidy! You were saying, he's been pessimistic. But look at the


polling. More than half the public regard Britain as a Christian


country. 52% described themselves as either practising or non`practising.


There could always be a religious revival which is why I think he is


been pessimistic. David Cameron said we should be more evangelical. I


have no idea if David Cameron actually knew what he was saying. To


a lot of gay people that sounds quite scary, that our rights will be


taken away. Incredibly cack`handed for the Prime Minister to attempt to


insert himself into a religious context. It won't be the last time.


People are much more quiet about their Christianity.


Even though he is pessimistic in the context of that hole, the overall


trend, the last couple of hundred years, it is towards secularism.


That has accelerated. Science is replacing previous explanations


given by theologians. I suspect that both amongst Christians and other


faith groups, including Muslims, people often talk about muscle


children growing up to become slums, I don't think that will


happen. `` muscle and children growing up to become muscles.


I think this trend towards secularism is inexorable. And these


comments something we should worry about? I wouldn't. It is positive.


It is just the case that religion used to be compulsory. Now it is


not. And that is good for the church, because it is full of true


believers and not just people who go because society expects them to. The


Observer. Top doctor slams school meals policy for viewing child


obesity. An interview with Professor Terence Stephenson, the chair of the


Academy of medical and royal colleges. He says that because


academies can opt out of nutritious guidelines then some children are


not getting healthy food. It is a fair point. The excellence of the


Jamie Oliver experiment is it created an evidenced `based approach


to school meals. A certain set of schools were given nutritious


lunches, they tracked to see what happened in terms of educational


attainment, concentration, absenteeism. The figures improved.


They standardised this across the country. A sensible move. What I


didn't know until I read the Observer is that free schools can


opt out and as a consequence are offering less nutritious meals. That


is bad for students. I favour a variety. When you have variation you


find the things that work. But we have already had a controlled


experiment, why not stick to the standard? There is no evidence in


the story that kids who go to free schools are more likely to be obese.


It is based on an interview with, admittedly, an expert. He does not


have any science behind what he is saying, it seems to be an


assumption, prejudice on you are right, free schools have opted out


of this. This reminded me of another story this week, the story of the


Trojan case in Birmingham. Hardline Muslims trying to influence what was


being taught in some academies. It goes to this apparent disconnect


between academies and state schools about who is in control of


academies. Is that relevant here? In that case, state schools were being


allegedly targeted. That story had a lot of warnings in it and it was


confusing as to whether Muslim parents were trying to become


governors. We do have Islamic schools that run perfectly well and


are respected. You agree there was an evidence `based approach to the


introduction of standardisation is nutritious meals but you are


querying whether free schools have opted out in such a way to reduce


standards? Scientists measured. I am not sure `` you on not sure anyone


is a scientist, this evening! This man is clearly a genius, Ryan


Giggs, doing something at Manchester United. He is the football


whisperer. What did he say? United had a good result. Four ` zero after


a poor season with David Moyes sacked as manager. He has gone on


holiday to the United States. Ryan Giggs, who scored the iconic goal in


the FA Cup semifinal replay against Arsenal, one of the great figures in


Manchester United's history. It is rather wonderful, starting as a


caretaker manager. The problem is they are almost certain not to take


him on as a permanent replacement because they have targeted the


Netherlands coach. It is interesting that they played with a more


flamboyant style. A criticism of David Moyes was he was too


pragmatic, which betrayed Manchester United's traditions. The Sunday


Times, dad 's Army. To be revived as a film. The classic comedy series


drew 18 million viewers. Bill Nighy We'll be in it. They will not be


able to fight actors like Arthur alone. People who can inhabit those


characters `` Lowe. It will be great, or it will be a disaster.


Thanks. Very interesting to talk to you. We will talk to you again in an


hour. Stay with us. At 11pm a report from


Afghanistan on the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of five


British personnel. But next, Reporters.


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