29/05/2014 The Papers


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former midfielder. We will also have the latest from the French Open, as


Andy Murray breezes into the third round.


With me are David Davis the media commentator and former director of


the Football Association, and Anne Ashworth, the assistant editor at


the Times. We are starting with the Daily Express, which says that


doctors are winning the war against high blood pressure, saving tens of


thousands of lives every year. The government is hiring debt collectors


to chase hundreds of thousands of people whose tax credits were


overpaid, that is according to the Independent. The chief executive of


the NHS has told the Daily Telegraph there needs to be more treatment of


patients in their local communities. The Metro is reporting that members


of East drug smuggling gang have been convicted by a court, but only


ordered to repay ?24. `` a drug smuggling gang. The Guardian reports


that there is possible problems with the calculations of the cost of


independence in Scotland. The Times reports on a woman who was murdered


for marrying illegally. The Daily Mail reports on the Chilcott enquiry


into the Iraq war. The Daily Mirror shows a photograph from today's


vigil for Stephen Sutton, the teenager who raced so much money for


cancer charities. We will start with the Times. Outrage grows over woman


condemned to hang for falling in love. This is a woman in sedan who


is a Muslim, but married a Christian, and now she is being


condemned to death. She gave birth this morning in a prison, shackled,


she already has one child living with her there. Her husband is a


biochemist, she is a doctor, and they are caught up in a story of


dark retribution and punishment that would shame the Dark Ages. She is


accused of apostasy, that is, denying the fact that she was a


Muslim. She says she was raised as a Christian, her husband who is a US


citizen originally from South Sudan, and the court in Khartoum has said


that she must die in two years after she has finished nursing her baby,


for apostasy. For having denied and gone back on what they say is the


Muslim faith. One suspects, David, that the majority of Muslims around


the world would see this case and would actually be quite appalled by


it. I would assume that, and for me, I have faith, and I look at other


faiths, and I would think that anybody who has any faith, whatever


it may be, would find this almost the comprehension. Not least in the


21st century. But here is the story, those are the facts, as were


outlined, and there are some extraordinary facts here. She went


into labour after two months kept chained in a cell. The judge found


she was Muslim because of the faith of her father, was therefore guilty


of apostasy for marrying someone not a religion. He jailed her and


annulled the marriage that had taken place in a church in Khartoum. The


judge delayed her execution by two years so she could nurse her baby.


Filled with horror, and the word outrage barely describes how one can


feel. What the stories like this, do you think... How do they colour


potentially the attitude of non` Muslims to the Muslim faith? It is


not just this story, yesterday we had the woman stoned to death


outside the High Court in Lahore for marrying someone against her fathers


wishes. Stoned to death by her own family. We have this story from


Niger, where the African Union is launching a programme to try to


prevent the marriage of 14 million underaged girls across the continent


every year. These stories, what kind of a picture do you think they paint


or non` Muslims of the Muslim faith? I would think that most


Muslims would look at this in their heart would sink. They would be


horrified. The way their fate is being betrayed, and the way their


beliefs are being perverted. It seems to be, maybe there is a


pretext for the court in Khartoum, maybe they are using religion in a


way that they have decided is expedient in this case. We know that


anybody would feel horror at this. And who is going to do anything


about it, that is the question? Sitting here in a warm part of


central London, what responsibility does our government have, and who


can influence those in authority in this country, in Sudan, to do


something about what is going on? One suspects it is politicians a


long way I fear from the UK and the US, and the European Union. Haven't


we just signed off some aid to Sudan? Maybe we should be saying,


well it is dependent on human rights. These are deeply


conservative countries. Is it for us to be telling them how they should


be running their affairs in that sense? You can beat yourself up all


night on the sort of subject. It is interesting that and raises the


issue of international aid. I am involved in the international legacy


of the Olympic Games with Sebastian Coe and others, and this morning we


were discussing whether there was an argument that in the future we


should be targeting difficult countries, and Sudan would be just


that sort of country. Can Sudan so easily dispense with the Doctor?


That is what this lady is. This is how cheap it holds the life of


someone who could this much good its community. The front page of the


Times as well. David, non` apology plunges Lib Dems into fresh chaos.


It is only a week to this moment that the election pundits were


telling us, disastrous night for the Liberal Democrats! When they went a


bit deeper, they said, come the general election next year they will


lose around 21 of the 57 seats, and hang on a minute, some good news for


the Liberal Democrats, still probably hold the balance of power.


Then come forward seven days, and you suspect that here is a political


party hellbent on political suicide. Just as I observe it, I


find it quite remarkable that the situation they have got in. Any


reading of the history of the minority parties in coalitions


around Europe tells you that this can be the fate of those minority


parties. I also thought that the point that Tony Blair made the other


day, that the real problem here is that they had a manifesto in 2010 to


the left of the Labour Party, and ended up in coalition with the


Tories. So all these problems were bound to build up, not the


infighting we have seen in the past with Lord Rennard. What about the


timing of Lord Rennard's apology tonight? It confirms the


electorate's worst fears and worst suspicions about politicians. We had


huge numbers of people who stayed away from the elections last week


because they think that they are all dreadful people who can't get on


with each other, and this confirms all their worst suspicions. Does


anybody hate each other worse than the Lib Dems? I have seen some


other... They do private polling on each other? ! What a way to treat


your colleague! This is schoolboy stuff compare to what they get up to


in the US, let me tell you. Let's go to the mail. Whitewash already


appearing in relation to the Chilcott enquiry into the Iraq War,


and it hasn't even been published yet. This follows the announcement


today that just quotes and gists will be published, and they will be


radically censored. Anyone mentioned will be able to have a say as to how


they are referred to and as to whether that information or


reference can be used. So for the families of the 179 servicemen who


died in the conflict, for many of those families this is not enough,


because they want to know the full truth, and indeed the full truth was


what the Chilcott enquiry was supposed to give us. Sir John


Chilcott has seen documents, he has read them all, so he is aware of


what is in this, but he said it can't all be public. Cabinet


Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood has vetoed the release of these letters.


You sense that Tony Blair has got the blame for this, and he


vehemently denies that he has had anything to do with what should be


published and what should not. You suspect that Sir Jeremy Heywood


would come into the enquiry. If you are the father or mother of a


soldier who has lost his or her life in Iraq, you would absolutely take


the attitude that some of them appear to be taking tonight. Having


said that, I do listen. When you travel abroad, and people do follow


British army news, 24`hour news, world news, et cetera, and they say


he go the British again, saying that private conversations involving the


president of the United States should be made public. A lot of


people in America don't agree with that, and which other countries


would be open to that? It leaves the families of those who have died in


Iraq in a very difficult situation indeed. We are going to go to the


Independent. We are going to end on the Sun talking about Ed Miliband,


but we are going to the Independent. A story about debt is hounding the


poorest over tax credits. People who overpaid tax credits are being


chased by private debt collectors for this money. In many


circumstances these are very poor people who possibly can't afford to


repay the money, and in some cases these overpayments a rise from HMRC


mistakes, that they gave these people too much money, and I know


from some letters we have had at work that these families try to say


to HMRC that they are paying too much, and they say no, we don't make


mistakes. Now they are coming after them. I don't does agree with the


principle getting back overpaid money, but it is a futile attempt,


and it should be done in a decent way. This is a potential scandal


that the WGP can't allow to get any bigger. I agree with all but one


point that has been made. She just said the revenue said that we don't


make mistakes, I cannot believe that HMRC have ever said that. There are


some mistake here in this story. We are going to go to the Sun. Page


six, Ed Miliband, I don't read papers, David. He doesn't watch TV,


either! I had some England manages over the years, he used to say


publicly, I don't read the newspapers. In certain cases that


was somewhat economical with the truth, I have to say, but the


problem is, he says he relies on his aides, and they have to get


absolutely everything right because you can end up in a situation where


somebody, particularly on the election trail, says something you


know nothing about... Yes, but he says he insists he likes to follow


his own path. I'm not sure what that path is. He is not informed... You


are the leader of the party that could potentially hold power, it


could come PM, would you want to admit that you don't read the


papers? Also that you are taking your news from American websites


which follow progressive American politics. Is he not supposed to be


in touch with the cost of living and all these other crises? It is


interesting. The last person who potentially admitted they did not


read newspapers was the woman running against Mr Obama. Her name


has escaped me completely. Canada, Alaska, Sarah Palin! That's it!


Now it is time for sports. Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm Lizzie


Greenwood`Hughes, the headlines this evening...Still


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