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With us a and broadcaster, and Andrew Harrison, columnist with

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Esquire magazine. The FT leads with the news that the European Central

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Bank has cut the deposit interest rate to below zero in an

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unprecedented move to encourage lending. The Telegraph has more on

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President Obama stepping into the debate over Scotland's future, while

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a photo of a D Day veteran on a Normandy beach dominates the front

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page. The same image is The Metro's front page with the simple message,

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"thank you". The Guardian has an interview with Jean`Claude Juncker,

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the front runner to become the European Commission President, in

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which he says he will not beg Britain for the job. An image of a

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D`Day veteran dominates The Mail's front page saying the former

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servicemen were making a trip back to the beaches of death and

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deliverance. Arrested For Having A Fat Kid is the Sun's headline which

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claims that the parents of an 11`year`old boy were questioned by

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police after their son weighed in at 15 stone The Mirror says police are

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examining clothing found near where Madeleine McCann vanished in

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Portugal in 2007, for traces of the 3`year`old's DNA. While the

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Independent has analysis on the European Central Bank's decision to

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lower interest rates in an attempt to get the banks lending. Let's

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begin with the Times, which is saying that there is a new battle

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are coming down in parachutes, the course,

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same as they used to 70 years ago. I was reading as well that in this

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particular village there were 300 parachutists who came into this one

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village. What an extraordinary sight that must have been. It was the

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first village to be liberated in the war, and one of the parachutists was

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an 89`year`old. How amazing for him to come back! On his suit it said

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tandem student. He was attached to someone else. This image, I think

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this wins the battle of the pictures, because it is such an

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incredible image. The fields of northern France, the sky, the

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colours are beautiful. It also is one British soldier alone, and it

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has that poignant resonance with the beginning of the war. I think it is

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gorgeous. Potentially award`winning. It is beautiful and very moving. We

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will come back to the story, but we will deal with the new battle for

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Europe. This is Jean`Claude Juncker saying that he won't beg Britain to

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become the new boss of the EU. He doesn't seem to be making the right

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comments if he is trying to butter rock Europe, he sounds intolerable.

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Perhaps he doesn't get the fact that the recent elections, people across

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Europe and the countries that voted have voted to say, please reform

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Europe. Here we have someone who sounds like a grumpy old

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thinks there is a campaign against him being mounted by the British

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media. He is also rambling at his own allies in the party, he doesn't

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seem to recognise it is not just Eurosceptics but also pro` Europeans

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who want to see reform. There want to see a more responsive European

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community. He has quoted here, if they had not capable of making

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proposals, I will to the Parliamentary Caucus is. It is

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impenetrable bureaucratic language, and it seems to be quite

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aggressive. He says that number of the 28 leaders would vote to him.

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Maybe they didn't want to vote for him, and instead he marches

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through... To be speaking like this, he must feel that the

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Then I really rather hope that isn't, because he works for us, not

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the other way around. He is saying, you better be ready for a lot more

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dirt, well, I'm sorry, if you have a lot more dirt they don't do the job.

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It is journalists' jobs to find out what people have been up to. It is

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want his neighbours being harassed, does he?

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to feel sorry for him, he's making it easy. He is badly in need of a

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media training course. There was a BBC reporter who was

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chasing him around Parliament, the reporter was

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Britain? And he was snapping at him. Go and hide

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because that looks terrible, and it looked terrible. And people have

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long memories, too. The Daily Mail, special D`Day anniversary edition,

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back to the beaches of death and deliverance. The man featured here

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is Gordon Smith, who is 90 years old, a former Royal engineer, and

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understandably feeling very moved on the speech today. Always a

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bittersweet place of these meant to be. They have seen a lot of death,

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these poor men. He would have been 19 or 20 when he went, it is

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shocking. Our 18, 19, 20 `year`olds would be horrified that they might

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be sent into battle, because we haven't had a war for 60 or 70

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years. It is rare that a partisan paper like this has what is

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effectively a consensus on the front page. We can all agree with this,

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recognise the debt we owe to people like these guys. I think it is a

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particularly well put together pages well. The weather has done the

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photographers an enormous favour, because it looks like a piece of

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history. And the break of the weather enabled it to go ahead when

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it did. One of my colleagues is fronting the commemorations for us,

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and he commented several times today on how many young people are now

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really interested in these commemorations. They learn about it

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at school, get taken to battlefields, a lot of schools have

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already met some of the soldiers that go back. There is a lasting

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fascination my nieces and nephews are fascinated with from history,

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but also because their dads, people like me and my brothers, we grew up

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with war comics and we talked about it with them. It is handed down, and

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it is something that all generations can recognise. The reason we are

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having Jean`Claude Juncker and people squabbling over what Europe

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will look like, is because of all these people who went and fought for

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Europe. I wonder what they think of it, if they take an interest in

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modern European politics. They would probably hate it, and I wouldn't

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blame them. Every so to look back on, 100 years since the outbreak of

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the First World War, a lot of that centred later in France. There is a

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lot for us to mull over. There are the world wars, and the EU, they are

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not separate. How will Europe organise itself and maintain the

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peace? I think there is poignancy in the fact that we are seeing the new

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battle for Europe, within the EU it is not really a battle but a

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squabble between political leaders. This is the real thing. We will go

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back to Jean`Claude Juncker, Quetta can't get enough of him, can we? It

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is important who effectively runs Europe. `` because we can't get

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enough of him. The Guardian, Cameron led opposition, angry broadside. It

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is not just David Cameron he is cross with, it doesn't seem to be

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pleased with anyone. I don't think he has done an interview with the

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Guardian, but he was making these remarks in the interview at the G7

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and it was reported by somebody to the Guardian, and I think he would

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not have said these things to the Guardian. I sincerely hope. Or, he

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needs even more media training. He is a gift to journalists. He is

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grumpy, he lashes out verbally at journalists. It is very interesting

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that the European Guardian, and the eurosceptic Times, essentially have

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the same story. The message is, we don't like the way you are behaving,

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you are too high`handed, or we will vote against you. He does seem to

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have the patronage of Angela Merkel, and she is someone who carries a

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great deal of weight. They must have twisted around, because she seemed a

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bit lukewarm for a while, but now she says she does support him. He

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may have the patronage now, but I don't know if he will have much

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longer if he continues toIs it an opportunity for people who wouldn't

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have had a chance before to swoop in and out our `` mount a charm

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offensive? Angela Merkel is too well known in Europe. The last guy,

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Robbie Pompey, whatever his name was, he kept a very low profile. It

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is a low`profile, and they think that Christine Lagarde and some of

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the other names who have been mentioned are two high`profile, and

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will bring their own corpse. His profile has risen for all the wrong

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reasons. One of the key problems is that we don't know who it is who is

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running our affairs. Would it be such a bad thing to be able to put a

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face, to have a technocrat, perhaps, but at least have the idea of who

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they were. Put into a media training course first, because he is the

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architect of his downfall. Are you available to help in? I would be no

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use, because my mind is made up. The Daily Telegraph, Obama encourages

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Scotland not to leave the extraordinary union. He says it has

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worked pretty well having Scotland part of the UK. A lot of people

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seizing on the use of the word United. I don't think this is Obama

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waiting in at all, I think it is an anodyne thing to say. We all like

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strong, united things. I'm sure that Obama barely understands Scotland's

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relationship with the UK anyway. What he really said was that there

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is a referendum coming up, and it is up to the folks of Scotland, which

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he did say. Any carried on and said another paragraph about them being

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great partners, and he would like them to stay united. I'm

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paraphrasing. He didn't say very much, and I don't think... He could

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have said less. He could send an awful lot more. Both sides, yes and

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no, neither of them have seized upon this as a massive declaration of

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intent. I think he was very phlegmatic about it. I think he just

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reacted the way you would expect him to react. Alex Salmond picked up on

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it and said, yes we can. That is double`edged, because the optimism

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of the Obama years failed to do that, I don't know that Alex Salmond

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should be drinking a deep draft of that . A very shallow draught, I

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think. Show us the front page. This is the one with all the flags. And

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89`year`old veteran who took part in the Normandy landings. Those are

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thousands and thousands of thank you messages from families in Britain,

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which were planted on the beach by the Royal British Legion. Another

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beautiful picture. There was another 19`year`old who went off up a hill

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to take a very important point overlooking the beach, and he is

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using words like, there were skirmishes along the way. I think

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these guys were such understated heroes. They were 19 years old, and

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so sensible. A radical plan for teenage voting

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will see compulsory signups in schools and colleges. Is this the

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way to go? Compulsory signups? It is not compulsory voting, it is

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compulsory registration. Right. It is a different thing. Personally,

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I'm quite persuaded by the idea of compulsory voting for everybody. To

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be fined if you don't vote? I think that we have a duty to participate

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in a democracy. We have terrible problems with participation at the

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moment. But if we have a duty to, don't we also have a right not to

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vote? If that is what democracy is? The British are a nation of

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individualists. We should probably rebel against saying thou shalt

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vote. In Scotland, Alex Salmond has 16 `year`olds. And Labour have come

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out saying they would like National 16 `year`olds. Most will probably

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vote Labour. That is all we have time for. It is too short, as I

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always say. Lovely to have you here, thank you very much for

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