14/07/2014 The Papers


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yellow jersey. We will reflect on the World Cup in Brazil, as our


attention turns to the Olympics in two years' time.


Welcome to our lookahead at what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow.


We will start with the Daily Telegraph, which is leading on that


cabinet reshuffle. The Guardian takes on the same story, Haig


resigns in dramatic Tory reshuffle. The Financial Times also leads with


a story about William Hague, adding that David Cameron is planning a


younger cabinet with more women. The Daily Mail describes the reshuffle


as a purge of middle`aged men. The Sun also reports on that, but the


main story is about Cheryl Cole changing her name after getting


married. The Daily Mirror has details of Cheryl Cole's recent


wedding, but its main story is tonight's big political news. Hague


out in Cameron above. The Times also reports on the cabinet cull, and


that the Church of England approves women bishops. The Metro talks about


a crackdown on the NHS. Haig quits as Cameron clears out the


cabinet. Yes, he will be going from House of Commons, as well as the


government, after 26 years. This is of course the man who was once a


schoolboy, making that famous speech to the Tory conference, saying, I am


the future. Well, he ain't any more. It is a very depressing sight, a


16`year`old so wrapped up in politics. He was very wrapped up in


politics at that point. He would be a big loss to the government, he has


been a competent fighter. No big gas under his leadership of the Foreign


Office, and obviously there were some big things going on in the


world that could do with a safe pair of hands `` gaffes. Think we are


right to stay at the start of this coalition that he would avoid


reshuffling is much as possible. The three big offices have remained


constant. I don't think we can be that approving of his tenure in the


I think a lot of people would say that it is not clear what Britain's


place in the world is. He apparently suffered very badly after the defeat


on Syria, because he couldn't take his own party with him. I haven't


got what they wanted out of Europe, and I can't say that Afghanistan and


the withdrawal from Iraq looked terribly competent either. Nor has


our support for the Arab spring, or him wanting to arm the Syrian


rebels, saying that would all work out as well. Right! Think he is a


very nice man, but you can't say it was a perfect success. If you look


at the disaster we had in the invasion of Iraq with the Labour


government, these were obviously actions taken... If you want to


compare disastrous foreign policy in the past 12 years, to rather


unimpressive stuff in the last four. Anyway, moving on. He had a lot to


mop up, with Iraq and Afghanistan, I will grant you that Syria and the


Commons defeat... It sounds like a joke, but it is important is how he


pronounces his words. He could be used as someone who can get the


message to the north. Sign that he will be the leader of the Commons,


he is fantastic at making speeches. Is not in the Tories little circle,


and they need that desperately. Not as desperately as they need some


women and some people who aren't white. A purge of the middle`aged


man. Esther McVeigh is in. The reason it is a purge is because


their run nothing but middle`aged men in the cabinet. The call Kenneth


Clarke middle`aged, aged 72, I think that gives all of us a lot of hope.


There is a serious point, only three women in the cabinet. Before people


get very excited about all the men going, let's not forget that if all


seven that have been lost will be replaced by women, there are still


twice as many men and women in the cabinet. We know that won't happen,


because we know that Phillip Hammond is going to William Hague's job. At


last, some women are going and some talented women `` some men are going


and some talented women will have a chance. Today, it was said if there


was a risk whether this would favour gender over talent. All those years,


it was only men who knew what they were doing. Even with the women they


were trying to hang on to, David Cameron really tried to hang on to


the culture Secretary, even though it was clear to all of us that she


should go, he didn't do a great job in first place. No one was saying he


was choosing the correct women in the first place, although he had few


to choose from but he has overlooked talented women because they weren't


party faithfuls. He has taken on some rebels, Andrea Levenson is very


impressive, with a very sharp green, and only just got a promotion


as a junior minister. If we go to the Daily Mirror, it has taken a bit


of a different tack to all the other papers on this. The implication is


that William Hague was pushed, and didn't quit. I would be astounded if


the Daily Mirror had this inside track from inside the Tory party, as


a Labour loyal paper. I think they tried to make mischief. David


Cameron knows how valuable William Hague is, and he wouldn't have...


Keeping sea has been brilliant, he would have hung on to him. William


Hague has been getting rather bored with the job, it is rumoured. He is


fed up with the travelling, and he is brilliant at writing books and


giving speeches, and he likes to play the piano. He wants a change.


Didn't he do it during his last Wilderness years, a 2`man show,


didn't they go around the country? Are you serious? Yes. I wish I had


known, I would have gone. We are going to leave talk of the reshuffle


and go on to the Daily Telegraph. A very big picture on the front page


of a female reverend. The Church of England could be getting women


bishops next year. All three houses of the Synod have voted down, there


was a shock decision against two years ago, when it was blocked. That


was a great shock, and obviously the church is way out of step with the


rest of the country. And even there was a threat of Parliamentary


intervention if they haven't done it. For those of us who don't, who


aren't church`goers, it all seems a bit otherworldly. I don't know, one


of my first jobs as a reporter for the BBC was to make a film in


Northern Ireland about the opposition to the idea that women


would become priests at all. They were just about to. There was such


venomous hatred in the idea that women had a right to appear as a


representative of God. There was huge resentment, and there has been


a lot of that still. One of the moving things was that the Guardian


has a quote, saying it took a closing speech of real passion from


an evangelical Christian to round this up. Your fate is my fate, is


all of our fate, and everyone us has a responsibility to make sure the


searing vision of the risen Christ goes out to the people. I am an


atheist, but I hear a chill down my spine when I hear that. Apparently


they had peace negotiators to work out a framework by which


Conservatives could remain within the church and still have female


bishops. They actually had people who deal with violence and war


negotiating within the church to try to get this framework worked out.


Can we send them to Israel now? And Syria after that? The church still


have to deal with the vexed issue of homosexuality. I think the


Archbishop of Canterbury has been on Newsnight, saying there is going to


be a guided conversation about issues of sexuality. If you are


going to keep the Anglican Church, not just the Church of England but


the Anglican Church across the world, it is necessary. And assisted


suicide, which is another issue that will be discussed and could be very


fractious. Nadine Gordimer, Evergreen, ageless and an


inspiration to all writers. She has died. This means a lot to me because


I was born in South Africa and might parents were political


revolutionaries, and contemporaries of Nadine Gordimer's. I grew up


reading her books. It is easy to forget that she had a very difficult


time of it. To be a liberal, and a woman and a writer in South Africa


when there were almost no voices prepared to stand up against


apartheid. She was loathed by the regime, meaning she was voted by


many people within it. She had quite an isolated life for decades. There


were just a couple of lone voices against apartheid in a very hostile


environment. She was immensely brave to keep writing like that. People


forget that once South Africa change, she did not then become a


heroine. There is nothing that quiet revolutionaries hate more than the


revolutionaries from before the revolution. What she was one of the


first people Nelson Mandela visited when he left prison. She said, how


could white South Africans feel that they are the master race, when they


walk around in very tight khaki shorts? I read that years ago, and


it completely blew that vision of the Afrikaans state being a


wonderful thing. She just blew it with a few well chosen words. Well


chosen words were the tools of her profession. It seems like only


minutes we were sitting around this table discussing the death of Maya


Angelou. It is so sad that these very strong powerful voices from


different places in the world in different backgrounds, fighting for


so many of the same things, racial and sexual equality. I hope this


means that some people who have never read her would feel inclined


to try. What would you recommend? Burgo's daughter, about 80 girl who


realises about apartheid. She wasn't simplistic, she was sophisticated.


It was great to have you in. At midnight, we will have much more on


the rapidly developing reshuffle at the heart of government. We already


know William Hague is leaving, what other changes can we expect? Coming


up now, World Cups forestay.


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