06/06/2014 The Papers


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Hodgson and Sir Bradley Wiggins admits he is unlikely to take part


in the Tour de France. Hello, and welcome to our look ahead


at what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. We are staying the full


distance tonight with our guests David Williamson, the political


editor of Western Mail, and the broadcaster and author Dreda Say


Mitchell. The Independent has a striking image of a lone piper on


Gold Beach at Arromanches. As the world remembers D`Day, what if


anything have we learnt? The great escape, Bernard Jordan makes the


front page of the Daily Mail. That story of the 89`year`old veteran who


absconded from a care home to join his comrades in France is also on


the front of Daily Mirror. The Times has Royal Marines waiting for


landing vessels. Its headline is a Tory manifesto to end illiteracy.


The Herald features a smiling picture over Celtic's new coach. The


news that the Labour stalwart Peter Hain will step down makes the


Western Mail. In the Financial Times is that Turkish authorities have


been handed a list of people who are trying to travel to Syria to join


the conflict. And, the Scotsman reflects the words of thanks from


leaders across the world. Let's begin with a D`Day


commemorations, of course. A number of very beautiful pictures make


their way onto the front pages. The Independent is where we will start,


with a lone piper playing on Gold Beach, has Royal Marines landing


craft arrived at Arromanches. The headline, the world remembers, but


what, if anything, have we learnt? A reminder, David, that diplomacy or


diplomatic spats are still continuing on the beaches today


because of the presence of world leaders who have all sorts of


differences, yet to be resolved? Absolutely. What we are looking at


really is a cauldron, will which has all the ingredients for something


terrifying, whether it is the Ukrainian situation or whether we


just look around the world to what is happening in the Pacific, where


it seems to be that there is regional nationalism bubbling up.


The language of violence has being used again. This is a reminder, it


is one thing to whip up a population, it is another thing to


try to bolster a political position because of a military adventure, but


this is what happens when the Dragons are let out. People who have


to slay the Dragons are brave men, we see a few of these genuine


warriors. I kept thinking as we were talking earlier, we need to be


talking about women as well. The nurses who went over not knowing the


conditions they will be working in, knowing it was a field and that was


about it. The horrors they had to deal with. Putin, Obama, Cameron, it


can't be lost on them, with all the problems we are facing, what have we


learnt? When I think about something like this, we have to definitely


commemorate and come out, but there has to be a sense of truth when they


talk as well, and a sense of honesty. These can't just the days


of commemoration, they have to be springboards for real change in the


world. I have to sound very cynical about whether leaders are going to


be really making changes in the world. I see this as a day that when


all these leaders leave and go back to their countries, do they once


again get mired up in the Rhone national issues and look at other


countries is not being friendly? `` their own. Those young men in


particular, who are now in their 80s and 90s, those men in particular,


and the women as well in support, who are remembered, not politicians.


At the end of the day, after the commemorations, it is the


politicians who will be picking up the reins and pulling people in


different directions. One of the biggest conflict at the moment is


going on in Syria, and that feels very isolated. I worry what is


happening with Syria, and it just keeps going on and on, and every


time we keep seeing these dramatic and terrible pictures from Syria,


but actually what is being done to ensure that that conflict comes to


an end? On D`Day, this is an unprecedented pooling of sovereign,


with Australia and New Zealand riding into the rescue with the US


and UK, and here we are so many decades on, and our complete


inability to broker even ceasefires in Syria, and co`operation did not


stop once war was won. The European Union was built, the United Nations


was created, and in Britain the welfare state of solidarity. All


those things do seem to have gone out of fashion. Is this an


opportunity to actually on the true achievements of the veterans, by


rebooting these ideas? That is an excellent way of putting it. But


again, sorry, cynical, I don't think that will happen when they all get


on their planes and go home. On a slightly lighter side of the D`Day


commemorations, the great escape. A veteran skips a care home to join


the tributes in France. And 89`year`old man, a former Royal Navy


officer, Bernard Jordan, who sparked a full`scale police search by


leaving his care home in Hove, because he had been told he couldn't


go to the commemorations, but he went anywhere. I think it's


fantastic, and when you dig deep to what he actually did, he said he was


off for a walk in the park, and he hid his medals under his coat, and


then he got on a coach to France. People were saying, you are not


correct, all that strategic planning, and all the things he had


to do, it really shows that he was up for it. Like I saw earlier, I


wonder if anyone thought about the veterans who are in the care homes,


and wonder if anyone thought of that. How are we going to get them


to Normandy? Or was it left at to military organisations with veteran


groups and families to get the veterans fair? I think sometimes


older people who end up in care homes, in our British society they


get forgotten. Just thinking as well, the experience it must have


been to these people to actually stand on beaches that were once like


something out of Tom Tate's Inferno. `` Dante's Inferno. To have


participated in... I think it is very hard to even try to conceive of


what those beaches must have been like. We have an image of beaches


and see, and the ocean being relaxing, and sand and stone beaches


being where you take your family. I think it is hard sometimes to


conceive of what hell it must have been for those people. Some of the


archive footage, it was so loud, with the noise, the bombardment, all


that activity. To have seen all that alive, and have parachutists coming


in from overhead, must have been quite overwhelming to the people of


France. Let's move away from the D`Day commemorations. The Tories


planning a manifesto pledge to end in literacy. Isn't it extraordinary


in 2014 that we are still talking about this? This makes my teeth


slightly grind together, as a former teacher and someone who does still


teach in prisons and young offender institutes, and go into schools


still as well. First of all, every child to read and write, the caption


is almost a tape of the Labour literacy strategy. That is, every


Child a reader, every child a writer. When I think of literacy, I


think what parents don't understand is that the literacy test that


children take in Year 6, when they are 11, is they are not sitting


reading a book. It is copper hedging. They will be asked to read


a number of texts, and asked to answer a number of competent and


questions. It's not about whether they can read it, it's whether they


understand. Some of those tests are bad, I'm not sure I would have


reached the national level when I was 11. I will let you talk, David,


because I have so much to say. My other big issue is, when people keep


talking about education, the curriculum, all they talk about are


English and mathematics. The curriculum was always meant to be


broad and balanced, we need to be talking about other subjects. The


arts at the moment, under the current administration, are going


out the door. I will come due a moment, in a sentence, if you can,


why are there still children who cannot read to the required


standard? Children develop at different ages, lots of different


strategies to get those children up to a particular level need to be put


in place. I can think of some of my friends who couldn't read as well as


me when I was 11, but when they were 13 they were outstripping me. You


have to put in the development of children. We can't make a children


feel like failures, but what schools are doing and have been doing for a


long time is putting strategies in place to make sure all children get


to expected levels. David, cheaply and! Sorry! One of the things is


that education goes so far beyond the classroom, beyond the school. It


isn't a case of the teacher doing this, it is, do you actually read


your children at night? Do you give them books, do you take them to the


live research is part of their life? Because a child's development does


not stop at 3pm when it is time to go home. What is interesting about


this story is that it is in the context of these OECD figures that


shows that compared to countries like South Korea and other places,


the UK wasn't performing very well, and in Wales this has been a huge


issue because we were the worst of the UK nations, and had actually


gone backwards in so many key areas. There was a realisation that unless


uranium is discovered in Snowdonia or something, our children are our


greatest natural resource. If this dries up, how do you begin to create


a culture of enlightenment, really? It makes it sound like it is all


doom and gloom out there, and I wish some ministers would come in to see


the schools I used to see. I used to work in the East End of London,


amazing schools doing amazing things. It is not doom and gloom.


You can't argue with the pledge as an aspiration, can you? Not as an


aspiration, but when they make it sound like there aren't great things


happening in our schools, that is what it feels like sometimes.


Sometimes it puts off very high quality people wanting to be


teachers as well, because it feels like they are going into an industry


that is not working very well. It is working well, and our schools are


fantastic, and our children are fantastic, like you say.


ill more homes in the countryside. `` build more homes. Effectively


offering an apology saying they underestimated how well Britain


would do but they said they do need to sort out the housing problem.


Christine Lagard is such a highly... People seem to worship


her. There were great hopes that she could somehow become European


Commission President. She has apparently ruled herself out. She


has still got a job, she says. Actually, Britain is doing


fantastically, but you do have a housing crisis. Should we be pleased


with this? We are doing better than the IMF told us we would, but we


have to build more houses. The issue isn't about building houses. I think


there are some other issues. It depends on where you are living in


Britain. You will be thinking, this doesn't sound like what is happening


around me. I don't perceive we are doing very well. Particularly for


people who are long`time unemployed, young people, and those


who are older people and are unemployed. Under a number of people


who were made redundant in 50s and they haven't had a job for a while.


Was talking to a number of people who were saying they want to keep


green spaces and they don't want more houses. They want a sense of


space. Not everyone living on top of each other. Too many things to talk


about. We have run out of time. These two can talk. Lovely to see


you both. Stay with us on BBC News. We will have more of those poignant


commemorations in Normandy 70 years on from the D`Day landings. Coming


up now, it is time for Sportsday. Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm


Thomas Niblock. 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. With


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