14/07/2014 The Papers


14/07/2014

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

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attention turns to the Olympics in two years' time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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main story is about Cheryl Cole changing her name after getting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the withdrawal from Iraq looked terribly competent either. Nor has

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Northern Ireland about the opposition to the idea that women

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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they had peace negotiators to work out a framework by which

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Conservatives could remain within the church and still have female

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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fractious. Nadine Gordimer, Evergreen, ageless and an

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

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I was born in South Africa and might parents were political

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

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

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

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when there were almost no voices prepared to stand up against

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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it completely blew that vision of the Afrikaans state being a

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

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

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

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

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different places in the world in different backgrounds, fighting for

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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up now, World Cups forestay.

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