26/04/2014 The Papers


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All of that as well as the other top releases in the Film Review.


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


tomorrow. Thank you for joining us. First, let's have a look at the


headlines. The Observer has a warning that poor school meals at


academies and free schools could be fuelling an obesity epidemic. The


Independent on Sunday has a cartoon and reports of Nigel Farage


surviving a week of difficult headlines apparently unharmed. The


Sunday Times also has a story about UKIP ahead of key European


elections. A new twist in the so`called Plebgate scandal,


according to the headline in the Mail on Sunday. The Sunday Telegraph


has the tragic deaths of five richest military personnel after


that helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan. `` five British


military personnel. The Sunday Express has a potential breakthrough


in the Madeline McCann case. We should begin with this cartoon


image of Nigel Farage on the front page of the Independent on Sunday.


Interesting questions being posed by the paper. Will nothing think Nigel


Farage? Pressure over jobs for his relatives has not put off voters.


And it says that Ed Miliband is on the back foot as UKIP target


northern England. We will be looking at some of the latest opinion poll


has commissioned by the Sunday Times later, but let's talk about this


first. What will bring him down if anything? He is riding a wave of


popularity. I don't think anyone should have to apologise for having


a German wife, by the way. What is important is that Ed Miliband is on


the back foot as UKIP target northern England. This is a concern


for Labour. UKIP has been polling very well in some of their heartland


seats including around Manchester. UKIP has a very strong appeal to


what one might call older, traditional, Northern, working`class


Labour voters. In the 1970s, Labour was a Eurosceptic party. It promised


a referendum on the issue in the 1970s. Those voters have seen the


Labour Party moved to becoming a European party under Tony Blair and


disconnected from some of the issues in those constituencies. It is very


much the older voter caught up in the Nigel Farage appeal. It also has


something to do with how he put his message across. What about you,


Matthew? There is no doubt that he has an aspect of Teflon to his


image. He has had a difficult week and yet according to the Sunday


Times, they have become the most popular party in terms of the


European elections. This is an opinion poll commissioned by the


Sunday Times. Exactly. But this will invite more scrutiny both on Nigel


Farage and on his party. I think some of these stories about


candidates holding racist views, things like this will eventually


begin to tarnish the appeal of UKIP even among older voters. And I also


think there will be more scrutiny on policy. We'll know that they want to


withdraw from the EU, we all know their opinion on immigration. But if


they want to be a credible party, they have to have policies on


education, health and taxation. And it seems to be a ramshackle set of


policies. The Guardian front Page said exactly that earlier in the


week. And yet the main parties are riled by UKIP. They may come under


more scrutiny but it does not seem to be sticking. This is something


that happens Cuba relatively. It's not just one of stories that change


public opinion. `` this is something that happens she militantly. The


more people that come out after being revealed to be racist the more


that exposes their policies to internal contradictions. These


European elections don't matter that much. How many of us know our


European Member of Parliament? Not many. I do. We have eight MPs


representing our region. Thank you. I think the concern for the main


parties is that these are all plays from the traditional book. Paint


them as racist, find some person who has said some racist things and you


have a news story. One of the concerns for the main parties is


that this is not working with this new type of politics and every time


they try to attack Nigel Farage through these traditional means...


Exactly. And that is, as it were, the marketing message that the


mainstream political parties have to learn from Nigel Farage. When he


answers questions, he does not come with the normal, formulaic, pre`


staged answers that have been given to him by spin is. He seems to


answer in the way that someone would answer if you asked them a question


at a local pub. Look at the other politicians. Boris Johnson, Tony


Banks, Ken Livingstone. Very different political policies but the


same kind of cut through, the same kind of what people would describe


as honesty. That has a certain amount of political resonance. We


have to move on. Sticking to the front page of the Sunday Times,


there is another story here. Paedophiles to be treated as


terrorists. In the Queens speech, new legislation will be introduced


which will mean exactly that. Sexual predators who download manuals on


how to groom their victims will face the same sections as terrorists who


download guide to making, saying it closes a loophole in the law. This


does not sound like a massive issue. This is the top line from the


government's threadbare when speech, which will happen in June


but is supposed to happen in May. This is on the Parliament has very


little to do. Everything in the coalition agreement they could have


got through has already got through. Anything that is left, it's very


difficult for them to come to an agreement on what to do. They got


the big ticket items done first because they were worried the


coalition would fall apart, that is the theory. One reason why the


Liberal Democrats asked to fix the parliamentary term was that they


were concerned that David Cameron would pull out the rug from


underneath them. One of the unintended consequences from that is


we have a parliament that should have ended around now, so there is


little left for them to do. Other things that will be included in the


speech. A serious crime Bill modelled on America's anti` Mafia


laws. I'm not sure what that means. A crackdown on zero hours contracts


and an amendment to trespassing laws that will allow shale gas companies


to do fracking on private land. It is certainly pretty thin will stop


the headline grabbing policy is on zero hours contracts, those


exclusivity clauses that allow companies to bind workers to zero


hour deals and not go elsewhere. However, I do not think that the


Queens speech is going to be the definitive issue in the next


election. If it had been full of philosophically coherent policies,


it would make no difference whatsoever to the opinion polls. The


issue is going to be the economy. The economy is growing, unemployment


is falling and employment is rising. Growth is about 3%. And crucially,


living standards are going up. The question is, how will Labour


responded to that? I don't think in political terms this is going to be


politically important. Will ethics play a part as well? Essex? I


thought we were talking about football. The front page of the


Sunday Telegraph is a sorry about England becoming a post` Christian


nation, according to the former Archbishop of Canterbury. However,


there is an opinion poll done by the Sunday Telegraph, which seems to


refute that, in which more than half of people regard Britain as a


Christian country. First, it's Britain and not England. That is


different. In northern England and Northern Ireland, church attendance


is higher stop its interesting we have the former Archbishop of


Canterbury being so pessimistic about his own faith. He has left


now. Does he think it has all gone to pot now that he has gone? Even


though the polls slightly contradicted the assertion that he


makes, broadly speaking, the general tend is away from organised and


disorganised religion and towards secularism. Do you think Muslim


populations would agree with you on that? I think if you look at this in


20 years, Muslim people born to Muslim parents in this country will


have often turned away from Islam and towards the killer is. And this


is because precise effect of science. The explanations that


theologians `` and towards secularism. And this is because of


the effect of science. The explanations that theologians have


given has given way to the scientific evidence. And this will


also apply to second and third generation immigrants in this


country. I believe this is a positive trend. I believe he is


right to identify it. But I also believe the Church has done good


things as well and I don't have a problem with Christians or


Christianity. How does this square with David Cameron's comments about


Britain being more evangelical? I think he was making a mistake to use


that word. To be fair, he was actually spot on to describe his


face as classic FM in the Chilterns in that it comes and goes. England


has never really been... It's more like a social club than a religion.


But the point is that David Cameron was trying to reach a part of the


Tory heartland that had become disenchanted with him over same`sex


marriage and that was why he was talking about how he has in the


words of Alastair Campbell found God. Football. Almost like religion.


The Express has an exclusive saying that Louis van Gaal will get the


Manchester United job. What did he say to that team to get them to win,


Ryan Giggs? It was an immensely impressive victory for Manchester


United after a rather gloomy season that saw the end of David Moyes's


equally gloomy tenure as manager. Ryan Giggs, one of their iconic


players, has taken over for the last few games of the season and it is a


very good start but as you have rightly pointed out, this article


says that Louis van Gaal, the 62`year`old Dutchman currently with


the Holland national team, has agreed to take over. He is very


tried and tested and has a strong reputation in global football. And


the supporters will be pleased that a nine has now been drawn under what


has been a rather poor and distributable sacking, where it


leaked out before David Moyes had been told about it. Thank you.


That's it from the papers for this evening. Thank you for joining us.


Breaking news now that we have been following all day, leading on that


helicopter crash


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