14/07/2014 The Papers


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more with the World Cup in 15 minutes.

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Welcome to our look ahead at the papers. With me other times, most.

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Let's start with the Daily Telegraph. It is leading on the

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Cabinet reshuffle. The headline Hague out in colour of middle`aged

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white men. The Guardian is running the same story, Hague resigns in

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genetic Tory reshuffle. The time: Hague to step down in Cabinet make

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over. The Daily Mail describes the reshuffle as a purge of the

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middle`aged men. Whilst the Metro reports foreign patients will be hit

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with 150% bill in an NHS crackdown on health tourism. We'll start with

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the developing news about the reshuffle Jenny. Haig resigns in a

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Tory reshuffle. 26 years, who can forget when he first that up in

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front of the Tory party conference and now he's going. I'm afraid for

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once the headlines are true. If you are a political watch this is Jim

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attic. There was no hint to this. A lot of people said Haig was fed up

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of the role and front line politics and wanted to spend more time with

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his piano or speeches both of which is very good at. I think it was news

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to everybody in the political world that he would be going today. Neal,

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a bit of a surprise but he will still be hanging around as it were.

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The general election campaign really does start here. It is been said by

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Downing Street he will have a big role in the election campaign. He

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will be campaigning, he has a northern accent. This is a rarity in

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the old Etonian modern cabinets. He will no doubt be campaigning in the

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marginal constituencies in the northern cities where the Tories

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need to win to get an overall majority after the next election.

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And he, as leader of the house will be involved in any delicate

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legislative business between now and the election. His departure and the

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departure of of all the old goats, you might say, Kenneth Clarke and

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that generation, leads the way for a lot of women, apparently. This is

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still to come, who will fill these roles, but we are told people I

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estimate Fay, Liz Truss, are going to be promoted, there were rumours

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about the Culture Secretary job. I do object talking about people

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leaving as old goats arrest the Guardian says. On the whole, there

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is scepticism on the whole but there are lots of good people here like

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Damian Green, David Willetts and Dominic grieve. None of whom I agree

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with politically but they are people who are devoted many years to public

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service and are trying to do the right thing for the country. They

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work hard behind`the`scenes and they are honourable people and at the end

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of the day we ought to do at the end of their political careers, it was

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famously said all ended defeat, in this way we ought to take an account

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into this. They have done their best. It is an electoral decision

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though isn't it. I'm not disagreeing with their going. I'm not

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disagreeing with their going. Under a rugged three way. The man we

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understand who will overtake this is Philip Hammond. I saw him earlier

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and he was speaking French. And he was looking pleased. I should've

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sussed. The foreign`language and the smile on his face. What do you think

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that'll mean in terms of policy, he's a bit of a right of William

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Hague isn't it? He is thought to be. It is all new and hard to tell. What

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I have heard is that the defence Department will be very good pleased

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that he is gone. He has made itself unpopular by cost`cutting and people

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thinking he is a bit of a technocrat. He is not hot on charm

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and does things by the rules. He would be contoured Angelina Jolie

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question mark I think any man would be. Is a sexist? No it's just a fact

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of life. Is a technocrat someone you would want to renegotiate treaties

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in Europe? Could that be the thinking here? There are divided

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opinions here because people think in order for the Tories to convince

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their internal critics whether they are Tories or electors in general,

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they need to see a Eurosceptic is making the argument for them in

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Brussels. Only that way will the British believe they have people

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generally fighting for their interest. The counter argument is if

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you have someone going in being bullish, is he not going to put up

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the backs up of all the EU members. Let's move the Daily Telegraph. Its

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front page again, Haig out. William Hague out in colour of middle`aged

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white men. If you're male and pale then you're out.

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LAUGHING Can I point out we still have a

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large tub of male and pale men in the cabinet full stop we any of

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three women out of 27 there. On the assumption that all men will be

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replaced by women, which I doubt, let's remember that this is the vast

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majority and as I said we should praise the work that these people

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are done, it is incredibly overdue that there are lots of talented

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women in Parliament. It has been interesting to see over the

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Coalition Government how few reshuffle is their bin. When you're

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in coalition, that is normally the nature of the beast. No mere

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division of a Cabinet post between two coalition parties. In the last

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Labour government, in its dying days there was a reshuffle almost every

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ten minutes as people reshuffle themselves out of governments

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because they could not deal with Gordon Brown. William Hague has been

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an excellent Foreign Secretary and he has been there a long time,

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personally I support jobs Osborne as Chancellor to. I think there is a

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benefit to having the stability. That is Cameron 's argument

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definitely. He hates shuffles as it were. He has tried to hang on to

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people as long as possible and in some instances, Maria Miller,

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potentially too long. Why this happening now? We're year out why

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now? For exactly that reason. I think it was wise of Cameron to make

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the commitment to try and keep people in their roles, otherwise the

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civil service can run rings around ministers. As often happen in the

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Blair years, a minister hanging around to several policy was

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invented was small. It is critical for the Tories, although the economy

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is approving, they still are not improving very much in the opinion

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polls. As Neil alluded to they look at the Tory party is an issue bunch

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of posh boys. Given when Cameron came in, he said he would target a

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third of his cabinet out swimming, and at the minute it is one third of

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the target he's reaching, it is about time he gave people a few MPs

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to reflect some experience of the lives everyone else is leading. That

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is the suggestion. The people is putting into his knee positions are

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going to be the ones trotted out on programmes like, they will be the

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face. These be the faces of the general election campaign I imagine.

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To some extent. To some extent I think will see a lot of Cameron.

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Sure. At least be a few women in the wings now though. Maybe a non`white

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women. One of the things, she is a backbencher now, people think should

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be if section it as minister. One of the things that worries me is that

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Cameron does not extend far beyond his comfort zone. I've had no

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rumours he is interested in promoting Sarah Williston who was

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elected as a Tory and has been most unconventional in her job as a

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politician. She has come in to say Sears to serve the interests of

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their constituents and not to follow the rules of cut country. She speaks

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an intelligent mind and causes problems for them and they don't

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seem to use her talents. That is a black mark against Cameron. Ken

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Clarke is leaving after many years. Michael Heseltine paying tribute to

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him today said, some might feel he is out of step with current Tory

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thinking, a little bit old. If the Tory party is out of step with him,

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then there is a problem. Is there a sense that hears of an age that is

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not relevant any more? I was reading earlier and that there will no

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longer be a one nation Tory representative in the Cabinet. Ken

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Clarke and Michael Heseltine are both like that. Ken Clarke was

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famously against `` was famously in favour of Europe and believes in

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that paternalistic one nation, bringing everyone together type of

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Conservative thinking. That is opposed to the more devices thinking

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with which the Conservative Party has become branded. David Cameron

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did his best in trying to persuade the camp `` the country that the

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Tory party had changed and did not succeed. People just do not believe

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that this is a Tory party that believes in the good of the whole

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country. I think David Cameron is a one nation Tory, that is where he

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puts himself. He is not perceived as such. That is definitely where he

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would stand. The fact that the party is more divided than he would like

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is a different thing. I think Michael Heseltine was referring to

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the fact that Ken Clarke is fond of Europe and currently it is difficult

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to express enthusiasm for Europe in the Tory party. David Cameron has

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had to bend to all of that. He has had to put forward a different

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policy. This reshuffle is about presentation, it is not about policy

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or changing anything. It is too early for us to know that, we do not

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know who the key people are. When we talk about William Hague having a

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northern accent, we heard that the Chancellor was about to embark on a

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tour of the North. He will go round all the areas where the Tories have

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been unpopular and announce new infrastructure schemes. He has got

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?100 million to allocate and it could see schemes in very unlikely

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places. Places may now feel that the Chancellor is giving them money. The

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Tories have to do something if they want to be the biggest single party

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and they want to win. They are still not doing well in the polls. You

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will be back in one hour. We will talk about other subjects. Let us go

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to Westminster and talk to Chris

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