15/06/2014 The Papers


15/06/2014

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up a stage of the British baton relay. The Commonwealth really is on

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a tour of Scotland ahead of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Hello

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and welcome to a look ahead. We are looking at the papers. I am joined

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by two reporters. Let's take a look at the front pages. The Independent

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leads with the reported execution of dozens of Iraqi soldiers by

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insurgents. The Financial Times also highlights the crisis and says

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President Obama is deciding whether to launch the strikes. The Daily

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Telegraph has the same we'd but focuses on obese patients having to

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have any chess beds widened. The express revealed that delaying

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retirement by two years good boost pensions by 25%. And Tony Blair

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distancing himself from any responsibility for the problems in

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Iraq. The Daily Mail looks ahead to the football game against Uruguay.

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Now that you would expect on a number of front pages. Islamist

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execute dozens of soldiers as Iraq slides towards sectarian war, says

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the Independent. The pictures have not been independently verified yet

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but the feeling is that given the tactics used these beheadings and

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executions might be true. You'll macro it is the latest brutality

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across the region. As the Independent puts it, the country is

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sliding to all`out sectarian war. The advance of Isis is slowing as

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they reach Shia dominated areas. It depends on whether it should be

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allowed to turn into an all`out sectarian war. It is the tragic and

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brutal situation. Any analysis of who is gaining territory? It is a

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volatile situation in Iraq, the government seems to think it is very

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gaining the upper hand in places. That needs to be treated with

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caution. These pictures have not been verified and while it is

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reasonable to assume Isis are brutal and have a trademark of death squads

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and headings, to assume they carried out these attacks, there have not

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been any independent eyewitnesses of bodies or believes. The figures are

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they being wildly in figures of the arrested Iraqi army, it is going

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from hundreds to thousands. We really just do not know. This is

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what Isis wants us to think and once the Iraqi army to think. This is

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propaganda. It is debatable as to how much support they have in the

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wider Suni population. Some of the soldiers who appeared to be killed

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in the massacre were Suni, it was not just Shia soldiers who died.

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That is true. It will not be supported by a great number in the

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region. They have not been allowed to take power in the region because

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of mistakes that have been made by Baghdad and the West. Either way,

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this type of intimidation is very typical of Isis. They are letting

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people know what is in store for them letting people flee. They have

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been able to sweep through the region with these kind of tactics

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and that may stop given that it is getting closer to Baghdad. It speaks

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to the discontent with the current Prime Minister. He is the one we

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have been throwing money at. He has been the strong man entrusted to

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hold it all together and has only entrusted brutal authorities Ian

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tactics of his own. It speaks of discontent with that government that

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Isis have been able to do this. They have been providing the very social

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services that the Iraqi government has failed to do so the fact people

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are acquiescing if not actively supporting their military successes

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is no great surprise in that context. Onto the Financial Times,

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how they are treating this story. The headline is, Iraq militants

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advance slows. A few days ago the Iraqis were saying we need some

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international support for this, now it appears they feel they might have

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regain the initiative. A couple of days ago Barack Obama was saying he

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needed time to think about this. He is under pressure from some back

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home. Now we enter American politics when it comes to war. The case of

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this particular story reports a South Carolina Republican who says

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we must cooperate with Baghdad. Anyone who understands this will

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know this is an extraordinary U`turn. She he is one of the most

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outspoken conservatives. For him to make this enormous U`turn speaks

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partly to the turnaround in the situation in Iraq itself but also it

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says something about American politics. The Republican party. That

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they would make such an extraordinary about`face. Not just

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about Barack Obama but in order to do this constant sense of having to

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be involved and moving with the tide to be seen as driving the situation

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in the Middle East. For a party who until recently was being macro Iran

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is the greatest threat to world peace, to say we have to stand by

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these guys as we take on the Suni militants. Since McCain on words

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they have been calling for military strikes which, for anyone who has

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been following this since 2003 knows, it is pretty much the worst

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thing you can do at the moment. It is one thing to see a war you do not

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like but within a matter of days to change your mind about who the war

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should be against. I have been reading this article about what

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Lindsay Graham has been saying to CBS in America. Why did we not do

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away with Stalin? He was not as bad as Hitler. It is better to deal with

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Iran than what is going on in Iraq. It is the antithesis of the sensible

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vision of the world to say make a deal with Stalin because he is

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better than Hitler. It is a childlike analogy to make. This

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whole debate is full of childlike analysis. One thing which keeps

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coming up is was it better under Saddam Hussein? I do not know how

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many more Iraqis have to die before we can answer that question with a

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yes. It clearly was. The Daily Telegraph says you Millie did and

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executed by jihadist firing squads. `` humiliated and executed. The

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picture shows men taking aim at what appears to be Iraqi soldiers in

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plain clothes. Tony Blair has been on the TV today heavily criticised

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for putting the blame on the current generation of British politicians

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and also saying the atmosphere and conditions of the moment are to

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blame for what is happening now, not the 2003 invasion which he was keen

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to lead us to. A lot of this blueprint for peace in the Middle

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East is quite sensible. The problem is that you can never detach it from

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the man himself and his record. One year ago he was advocating a war in

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Syria. More importantly, you cannot detach it from the fact in 2003 he

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with. One might say in order to make an omelette you have to break a few

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ex`at this advice comes from the man who threw eggs on the floor, stamped

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on them and said this makes a complete meal. I want to note the

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moment at which some of his politicians who are now getting this

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advice, who were around then, at what point will be turned to ours

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and the macro sorry for creating this victory should and now

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arrogantly telling us how to clear up. Was it the initial determination

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to see regime change that was wrong? They did not have a plan in

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place for when the country fell. There was no need for the invasion,

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it was illegal and contravened all the conventions. There was a brutal

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dictator in place. That is remove dictators, why tech Saddam

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Hussein? The lack of consideration for Iraqis and not having any kind

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of follow`through or that the state was completely gutted, all of the

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institutions dismantled, the military and

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security, then these sectarian tensions were actively

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the Coalition Government in the aftermath will stop. Full. I want to

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move onto one other story on the Telegraph. I'd macro NHS having to

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reinforce beds to cope with beasts patients. It is just one of many

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measures to cope with morbidly beasts patients. Politicians have

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been banging on about not messing with lives of the individual. I

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agree with them, we do not want to be told what to do. Things like in

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schools, sports should be important and you should eat healthy food. We

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need to be honest about the weight problem in this country. To talk

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about it in popular culture and reintroduce a sense of self

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responsibility, people taking responsibility for their own

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condition. One in ten deaths in England and Wales is related to

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obesity so this is a health crisis. There are concerns over the cost of

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alcohol, we learned when we can smoke, the marketing of tobacco, why

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not food? That is a very good question. There should be this

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debate and some restrictions. This might be where we disagree. The

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sugar campaign should run similarly to the one we had recently on salt

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so that the companies that make all this high sugar content food and

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drink are required to label and find alternatives. That is one side of

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the debate. There is a correlation we cannot ignore between austerity

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driven poverty and obesity. That has already been shown in certain

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sectors. That is it from the papers for this hour. He will be back just

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after 11. Steve files on BBC News. Our world affairs editor offers his

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opinion on the crisis in Iraq. It is time to re`enter

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