06/06/2014 The Papers


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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers


will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are author and broadcaster,


Dreda Say Mitchell and David Williamson of the Western Mail.


The Independent has a striking image of a lone piper


Arromanches. And asks, as the world remembers D`Day, "what, if anything,


have we learnt"? "The Great Escape" of Bernard Jordan makes the front


if anything, have we learnt"? absconded from a care home to join


his comrades on the beaches of The Daily Mail.


pictured on the front of The Daily Express as she lays a wreath in


Bayeux but it headlines the arrival of monsoon weather this weekend. The


The Western mail reports that Peter Hain will stand down as an MP at the


general election. And the financial Times says Western authorities have


handed Turkish authorities a list of 5000 people they fear are trying to


travel to join Al`Qaeda groups. Where else should we begin but the


incredibly moving commemorations we have seen on the beaches of Normandy


throughout the day. A gift for photographers, and the papers making


the most of the pictures they have been offered. D`Day, the final


tribute, commemorating the invasion that rescued Europe from the Nazis.


That is 99`year`old Bill Price on Gold Beach. Men of this age,


determined to be there, even if they are frail and ill. That makes you


feel choked, just to think of that. It does, really. One of the things


that really moved me was not just that they were there, but their


families were there. I remember yesterday watching a programme on


someone pulls my granddaughter was talking about her grandfather who


had just passed away. She had a wonderful picture of him with his


medals, but also has a handsome young man. Prince William was


talking today. Young people mustn't forget. That is why it is key that


we continue to commemorate this as long as we can. That is what makes


this poignant. Yes, it is a special anniversary, the 70th. The next


commemoration, the big one, the 80th year, these men will not be here.


They want. And when you think of how society has changed as a result of


their victory, these are the men who made possible the birth of democracy


across so much of the world. And some of them, like Bill Price who we


see standing here, have lived to see their victory. When we talk about


the numbers of the fallen, the 4000, more than September the 11th, that


personal experience of disaster and tragedy, suddenly perhaps in our


society after 9/11 macro, we have been reminded that history is full


of surprises. History follows a narrow course of events, and these


men define the course of events that made democracy and freedom possible.


And now as we look at the rest of the world thrown back into


uncertainty and new threats, we can't take this for granted, now


that the Berlin Wall is down. The Independent also have a very


beautiful picture on the front page, a piper playing a lament on Gold


Beach as the Royal Marines landing craft arrived at Arromanches at the


start of the D`Day commemorations. But the headline, the world


remembers, but what, if anything, have we learnt, making the point


that there were diplomatic manoeuvring is because of what is


happening in the Ukraine, in Syria and how it is spilling over and


affecting Europe. The divisions within the European Union, that all


of that was present on these beaches today. It is the whole thing about


human beings. Do we ever learn? I don't think we do ever learn. It


seems when you look at history, we are always commemorating wars. Some


that we think are just, and this was definitely a just war. That is one


of the reasons I think we have to commemorate it. It is also the 100th


anniversary for the great War, and here we are again with all these


conflicts. In my home, I have a fabulous carpet that I bought in


Syria. I often look at it and think, I can't get on a plane and go there


now. I sometimes think, are we ever going to learn? I sometimes think,


we are not going to learn because we we are not going to learn because we


are human beings and I wonder if conflict is part of our psyche. That


context makes the events of D`Day more extraordinary. Here were


nations coming together in the biggest ever invasion force. This


was not an invasion to occupy, it was an invasion which literally


confronted evil, and one. And then left. We are still talking in school


rooms about battles from over 2000 years ago. I think, as time passes


the events of D`Day will become more extraordinary, simply because what


other precedent is there for a battle of freedom? Another


interesting thing, and why I think we need to commemorate the D`Day


landings and what happened in World War II, is that there is no grey


line with this will stop it was a just war. However, I think we have


moved in modern times, if you think about the Vietnam War, the war in


Iraq, the forces that were in Afghanistan, what is happening in


Syria, we have these wars that are very grey, not so clear`cut. It


would be very interesting in the future, are there going to be


commemorations of those wars? If you think about the Vietnam War, it is a


war that in America people don't really talk about. So I think this


one is a very important one in terms of reminding us about our values as


human beings in society. The Daily Mail says after Charles accused


Putin of behaving like Hitler, the Russian leader brazen it out on


D`Day. Is that the right verb? Millions of Russians died in the


Second World War. Exactly. Millions of Russians will be watching him


there and remembering the sacrifices that their communities made. And the


danger is in reporting anything like this that we see it as rain much a


European event. This genuinely was a world war. Today, the politics that


Putin stands surrounded by our not just European politics. Through the


Cold War one of the criticisms of the response from the West was that


we always thought whoever was the Russian premier was thinking about


Europe, when they were thinking just as much about China. And now he's


looking across and seeing China's ambitions in the South China Ocean


and such things. There is an opportunity for Russia still to be


brought in from the cold, and Putin still has an opportunity to go down


in history as a great state maker. The pressure is on him to make


overtures of some sort to the new President`elect of Ukraine. He is in


no doubt about how the Western leaders feel that his relationship


should progress with Ukraine. I think one of the issues is that some


people would disagree with how we are talking about this and would say


that Western leaders have two make overtures. Once again, the conflict


in the Ukraine is one of those that is not clear`cut. If you stand on


both sides, you can see where they are coming from. What is interesting


with this story, there is a wonderful quote. Mr Putin cut an


isolated figure while otherworldly does clustered around the Queen. So


you get this image that everyone should be together but nation states


are not actually together at all. should be together but nation states


Like David Cameron's entreaty that they should do that. Let's take a


look at a lighter story from the D`Day commemorations on the Daily


Mail. Navy veteran defies care home ban and absconds to join comrades on


D`Day beaches. This is a man by the name of Bernard Jordan, who lives in


Hove. I think at 89, if you are a veteran, you can do what you like


today. I think he should be able to do what he likes every day. There is


poignancy to this story. He was one of the men who came back from the


beaches and was part of the generation that created the welfare


state. It does make you think about how many other heroes are sitting in


nursing homes, which this year has come up the agenda so much. If we


are going to honour their contribution, it can't just be for


one day. It has to be the care that they receive. Absolutely. That is


one of the issues that came out of this, and even some of the use of


language `abs gone, escaped. It gives a view of what we think of


care homes. Don't you think they are saying it in a valiant way, good on


him for doing it? Yes, but underneath there is this thing about


how we treat older people in care homes, and a sense that we will all


end up as older people and are we going to be subject to carers? If


lots of veterans were in care homes, why wasn't there a concerted


strategy to get them to Normandy? Mr Jordan, also a former mayor, decided


to come back early and is on board an overnight ferry. We understand he


found the whole experience far more emotional than he expected and he


missed his wife. I hope you have a comfortable berth on the ferry back,


Mr Jordan. One more story. The Western Mail. We have to have that.


Peter Hain top stand down. 23 years Western Mail. We have to have that.


Peter Hain top stand down. he has been the Labour MP for Neath.


They will miss him there. One of the things that are outstanding about


Peter Hain is he was able to combine the micro`and macroin an outstanding


passion. He was able to command in the world stage, arguments and at


the same time would be fighting about the closure of a court there


and there was never any conflict between the two. You were aware of


him a very long time ago because of his involvement ` he was very, very


focal antiapartheid campaigner. I studied African history. He was one


of the pivotal people for me because ` I believe, you know, he talks


about ` both his parents were part of the Liberal Party in South Africa


and they were antiapartheid activists. He remembers as a


teenager, the police turning up at his home and coming to look for


documents. He was part, when he came to London, Stop the '70 Tour and the


South African cricket and rugby tour if '69 and '70. Do you remember all


of that, New Zealanders digging up pitches. When you look at Peter


Hain, you have a real grossing of a life in politics, not just in


Parliament, but as a young man, at the grassroots fighting for justice.


He is said it is not over yet but he is making us wait to see what he is


going to get up to next. That's it for the now but my guests will be


with me in the next hour to look again at the papers. Stay with us


for more from the D`Day commemorations in Normandy.


Coming up now, time for the sport. Hello and welcome to Sportsday.


Andy Murray is out of the French Open. He lost in straight sets to


Rafael Nadal who will now play Novak Djokovic in the final.


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