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


us tomorrow. With me are former Government policy advisor and


academic Zamila Bunglawala and Oliver Wright, Whitehall editor at


the Independent. Let's have a look at some of the front pages. We will


start with the Metro. Its leading on the capture of Michael Wheatley, the


man known as the Skull Cracker. He had been on the run, open prison


since Saturday. Telegraph runs with the same story, reporting that the


justice minister is promising a change in prison release rules as a


result. The Daily Express has a different story, warning that extra


mile per hour gales are set to hit Britain in the next few days. The


Guardian features a photo collage of the social media protest against the


kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria. The Financial


Times is reporting on Vladimir Putin's appeal to pro`Russian


supporters in eastern Ukraine to shelve the proposed referendum on


independence. We are going to start with the Metro, we have cracked it.


Police hold escaped robber after armed raid. The Skull Cracker, as he


has been charmingly named, back behind bars? They may have cracked


it, but it's a pretty long`running case. By my reckoning he's been in


prison for 34 years, on and off, his escaped three times, committed close


on 24 armed robberies. Most of the time simply after he has escaped,


once to a hospital, then to an optician. Clearly, there is still


stuff going on. It does lead you to slightly question why he was in an


open prison, given that he had escaped twice before from prison on


various different occasions, and carried out more armed robberies. I


think there are some policy and locations. Clearly, this is an


exceptional case and you can't make policy based on individual cases.


But I think it plays into what the Telegraph is saying, clearly the


Conservatives are trying to make some degree of political capital,


saying, we are going to be tough on crime. But they have a fundamental


problem, the jails are full. If we bring up the front page, jail must


mean jail for violent criminals. The justice minister is apparently


promising to change the rules after the Skull Cracker's flight from an


open prison. It's interesting, you know, this story has moved into the


policy arena now? As Oliver says, it is an exceptional case. We might


have to change rules just for people like this. Regardless of how much


time we have spent with him in prison, we have not managed to


rehabilitate this man. Luckily he has been caught, but it is an


exceptional case, how a person that can be in prison for decades can


still commit the same crime within days of absconding. He could have


been released, potentially we might have the same problem. Given the


nature of his crimes, which could mean a tariff that would allow him,


after a certain amount of time, to be released, do you reach a point


with someone like him and say, you know what, the judge sits there and


says, you just keep running out, despite the fact you could do a


minimum term and be released, I'm going to have to lock you up for


ever, this is madness. It's an interesting play on the term, life


must mean life. Jail must mean jail. We are going to have to start


rehabilitating prisoners that we can rehabilitate, and what that means,


versus prisoners that we have even a chance to and cannot. It could have


happened again, he could do what he is famous for. The word


rehabilitation, it refers to the crime, I suppose, not necessarily


the person that committed it? When you think about it? I don't know.


Can you released that person back into society? They clearly felt that


they could, given the nature of crimes he committed. What we know


about open prisons is that is where they go when they are being prepared


for release. It's always dangerous, remember, the dogs legislation, it's


dangerous making policy on the back of individual cases. I mean this


word in a bad sense, he is exceptional. He does not typify the


vast majority of people in the prison system. Clearly there is


something very odd about him. If he was about to be released, why


abscond? He was only jailed for eight years in 2002, which would


make him eligible for parole four years ago. Chances are, he was about


to come out anyway. What kind of person, in any degree of sanity,


with abscond when you know you are going to get locked back up again,


when you are probably going to be released in a year? OK, onto the


Telegraph. Panic buys as families face house shortage. I remember back


in 1989, Nigel Lawson decided he was going to end double mortgage income


tax relief. There was a mad rush them, that is when I bought my


place. What did it do? It bang into prices up again. Is that what is


going to happen now? I don't know how many families by panic buy


houses. I wish I had money to panic buy! The story is that there are not


enough two or three`bedroom houses, especially in the south`east, which


we know Rostov is it a continuing supply problem which will push up


prices? How money families are doing this? We don't know. Houses are not


for many people. I don't understand if the market is going to cool for


long enough for people to even buy these houses. But we do have an


upward trend. This bubble is real, lots of people are feeling it. I


have a bit of sympathy for Osborne and the Treasury. It's difficult,


you have two different housing markets. You have the housing market


around London and a housing market in other parts of the country. In


other parts of the country, it isn't that bloated and people are finding


it very hard to buy. In London we say, there is a housing bubble, but


I don't think you would think that in parts of Cornwall, parts of the


north`east or north`west. How do you create a national policy that does


not have an effect somewhere else? I think it is really tricky. That


would make it very difficult for this government, trying to deal with


what a lot of people suggest is a housing bubble. We heard the OECD


yesterday suggest this is where we are heading. They may have to think


about interest`rate rises, that would be the Bank of England,


cutting back on help to buy. All of these little levers are going to


force people to think, we need to get in here before this happens and


that will Stoke the bubble even more? I think you are right. There


has to be a multiple effects with how we handle this. The London prize


has gone up in double digits in the last year. It will take more than


just fiscal measures to fix the problem. We don't seem to be talking


about building more houses, especially in the south`east. There


is space to do this. We have to talk about policy measures as well.


Labour says it wants to build 1 million homes if it gets into power.


Villa Matra right, but... Where? Exactly.


It rest on what is happening in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin beat a


retreat, according to the Guardian, over the referendum? We have been


here before, the Geneva peace talks, where he was saying, we will scale


back our support for the separatist 's, they will disarm, have


elections. Where did that go? I think we need to treat what he says


with a degree of scepticism. I think it is also true that it is not in


Russia's interest is for the whole situation to deteriorate, partly


because of sanctions and partly because it is on their border. There


is a sizeable majority that do not want to go to Russia. This is not


Crimea repeated. This is a much more difficult situation, 30% of the


population in eastern Ukraine are ethnically Russian, 70% are not.


Giving it to Russia or Russia intervening is not the solution and


Russia knows that. This may be the first sign that Vladimir Putin is


changing strategy. It may just be a slight game. There are two things at


play. If the result of the referendum is, we want to join


Russia, the Russians and Moscow may feel duty bound to actually do


something, as they did with Crimea. But if they did that, that could


bring a whole world of pain into sanctions? Absolutely. If people are


given the chance to speak, it would be terrifying if we did not listen


to what they asked for. But the referendum is being organised by


people that want to be part of Russia. How would he look if he


ignored the result? Which is why he is now saying, don't do it. That is


possible, that he does not want a flawed referendum, which it would


be. Or he does not want eastern Ukraine, that is fundamentally it, I


think. We will have to see what happens. It could be a temporary


move. He's trying to see where sanctions may go next. Because


Russia is hurting because of the sanctions and that is the long`term


measure that could take place. The other thing worth bearing in mind is


that there is domestic pressure on Vladimir Putin. We see it in the


West as being personified in him. But what he is doing is very popular


in Russia. If he was seen to be more conciliatory to the west, that would


not be as popular. The Guardian, red alert for Nigeria. The growing and


global protest against Boko Haram, this crackpot cult which has


abducted 200 girls in Nigeria. They have been missing for more than


three weeks and we still don't know where they are. When the Boko Haram


video came out, the man said, we are going to sell these girls, talking


about slavery, still, in Africa today. Nigeria is one of the


powerhouses of Africa. It is a positive economic story. Yes, we


know there is corruption, but we did not know this kind of problem was


still happening on this scale. We wonder what the ripple effects might


be. Lots of families not going to send their daughters to school,


because they fear they are going to be abducted and kidnapped. It is


great that the international community is picking this up,


probably because Nigeria has been slow to pick this up. Social media


does have these benefits. We heard David Cameron talk about the fact he


has daughters. We suspect there has been a lot of pressure, as well,


from the first lady on this kind of issue for President Obama. The


President is Goodluck Jonathan, he has not had much luck on this issue?


There is a perception in Nigeria that he is weak. He is a strange


guy. The governor got picked up at Heathrow airport on money`laundering


charges so he became governor. Benny was appointed to vice president then


the president died. He took over that and won the election in 2010.


There is a perception that he has been a weak president. But is not to


say a strongman president is not what Nigeria needs or wants, but


certainly, his handling of this crisis has not gone down well.


Public opinion in Nigeria will be sending the army but that is easier


said than done. Indeed. There is a vast area to cover. Back to the


Telegraph. Abu Hamza, apparently he had a deal with MI5 to keep Britain


safe while preaching hatred. It sounds at first glance like an


extraordinary story which we should not believe but it has the ring of


authenticity about. The period the paper is talking about is between


1997 and 2000 so before 9/11. What we do know is the security services


had a fairly ambivalent attitude towards Islamic fundamentalists,


that quite a few of them, we gave the Silent Hill and we allowed them


to carry on much to the fury of governments like Saudi Arabia and


Jordan, as long as they did not cause trouble in this country, we


turned a blind eye to what they did elsewhere. It is not impossible that


Abu Hamza was involved in this. There is an interesting line which


comes up at the court case in New York. He claims he has got


documentary evidence to prove it. The prosecution is trying to say


this evidence is inadmissible. I think it would be interesting to


hear. This might give a reason as to why, there were issues in terms of


prosecuting on a number of levels. Fire macro absolutely. This is


pre`9/11. There was a lot of difference about how we spoke about


the Muslim community in Britain and how we spoke about isn't as


overseas, we did not call it that. `` Islam. I think we would have to


physically see the documentation. I find it difficult to see how MI5


knew pre`9/11 how dangerous this man could be, but also to see how we


were distrustful of the Muslim community in Britain before 9/11 so


it is a difficult story to pin down. I would like to see The Papers. I


think we all would. You will be back in our's time to look at the stories


behind the headlines. Stay with us here because at the top of the hour


we will have more on that chap there, he is the skull cracker and


is back in jail. Now it is time for Sportsday. There was a big football


match tonight. Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm


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