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Islam or pay a protection tax. Coming up: Dawn Of The Planet Of The

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Apes and the rest of the latest releases.

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Time for a look at the front pages. Thank you for joining us. Most of

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them are leading with the plane crash. The Times shows some of the

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80 children who died. The families of a British lawyer and a bankable

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top armed rebels deny access to the tragic that is of flight MH17. ``

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tragic victims. The Telegraph takes a similar line, saying that the

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victims have been robbed of their dignity by the rebels. And an

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official photograph of Prince George on his birthday. The crash in

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Ukraine and the Gaza conflict share the same headline in the

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Independent: The innocents. The front page of the Sunday Herald says

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one third of the plane victims came from Commonwealth nations. As you

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can imagine, it is hardly a surprise that MH17 has not disappeared from

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the front pages of the papers. It probably will not for some time. The

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Sunday Times is a harrowing front page. It's dreadful. These could be

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your own children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews. Ordinary little

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children whose lives had not even started and they are just some of

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the 80 children who died in this appalling incident. And it brings it

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home, the human cost to this. People like us, people like people we know.

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That is the awful tragedy. The other story on the Sunday Times is the

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hard edged side to this, which is a powerful piece by David Cameron, I

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think, where he has written, calling for some action. It has some attacks

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on European partners. And what is interesting is that like President

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Obama, he is pointing the finger of blame at the separatist and on

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Russia for backing them. Without any doubt at all will stop it is very

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strong language. It is a fine piece. He is giving Vladimir Putin an

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ultimatum. He says that unless he changes his approach to Ukraine,

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Europe must change its approach to Russia. What he means by that our

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sanctions but you get the impression that he is going further than that.

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This is making Vladimir Putin and international pariah, completely

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freezing him out, unless Vladimir Putin starts doing what needs to be

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done and the first stage will be to allow unfettered access immediately

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to international investigators. He makes comparisons to Lockerbie. Yes,

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he does. The horrors of Lockerbie that he remembers from when he was a

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young man. Similarly, the images of MH17 will not leave us. The Sunday

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Times says there is new evidence of an intercepted phone call, which,

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again, point very clearly towards the Kremlin, saying that the

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missiles were smuggled into Ukraine into the night `` in the night.

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David Cameron is talking about European partners. He says he has

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seen the reluctance to challenge Russia. Is he saying in the EU is

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not doing enough? Absolutely. And they do tend to be the countries

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with closest physical proximity to Russia and the most direct

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experience. And in a horrible twist of the tragedy that is unfolding,

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this could be quite an important moment for David Cameron. If he is

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seen to be the tough man of Europe on this instead of saying that we

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have to be grateful to the Russians for their gas and oil and so on, he

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actually could make a statesmanlike... This is nothing

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short of an ultimatum to President Putin and Putin has to respond to

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this literally immediately. The Mail on Sunday also focuses on the

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victims. They are looking at the British victims and two families in

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particular. Yes, two families of a lawyer and a banker who died with

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their wives and five children between them. They were going on

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holiday. John Allen and his wife and three sons. Andrew Hoare, a banker,

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with his wife and their two sons. The human cost. It brings it

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home... There has already been a huge human cost anyway before the

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plane crash in this conflict. What this does is tipped the

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international condemnation. Innocent people who were simply flying over.

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They would not even have known they were flying over Ukraine. They were

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on their way to conferences, holidays or whatever and they were

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blown out of the sky. That is what brings the horror... In the

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Observer: Armed rebels deny access to the disaster site. Quick to jump

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to the conclusion they are trying to cover up the evidence. We do not

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know but again, we have to look back at what Putin is saying. Either he

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is a very bad liar or not good at telling the truth but either way, he

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has been dissembling all the way through. Everything he says sounds

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hollow. The onus is on him now to sort out the investigation. That

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means immediate access to the crash site. These are pro`Russian

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militia. Surely there is some control over them. He can force the

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agenda. He will show that he is trying to find out who did it. We do

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not know who pulled the trigger of the missile but we do know that

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somebody did and that person must be found out as soon as possible. It is

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a confusing situation on the ground. Our reporters say you do not know

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who is in charge when it comes to the rebels. However, direction does

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probably have to come from Russia, as the Observer says. Absolutely.

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And Putin has it within his power to say that we must prove

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internationally that we can deal with this properly. The Independent

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on Sunday reminds us that the conflict in Ukraine is not the only

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one Taking Place in the world. Indeed, there are many. But two

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emerging ones. And their headline focuses on the victims. It is a

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stunning photographs, `` it is a stunning photograph. The independent

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without exception has stunning photographs. Carrying the wreckage

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of flight MH17 in Ukraine and carrying the bodies of children

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killed in Gaza. It is a powerful message for a Sunday newspaper. As

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people around the world call for an end to the bloodshed in Palestine,

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political leaders unite to call for an end to violence in Donetsk we

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report with the blood of innocents are being spilt. These are not

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soldiers, these are innocent people. And a reminder that there is an

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awful conflict going on in Gaza as well. And rather like Ukraine, the

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whole danger of Gaza is that it will keep escalating and escalating.

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There is no sign of any side pulling back. There are ceasefires here and

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there but they come to nothing until again we get pressure on both the

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Israelis and the Palestinians and Hamas to stop the fighting. This is

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going to carry on and it will get worse. That is the point. And both

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conflicts rely on the international community to try to end them as well

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and bring peace. The Sunday Telegraph. We will take a look at a

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slightly different story, now, because this is a headline I'm sure

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people like you, Nigel and Joe, did not think you would be reading

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tomorrow. Voters approve Cabinet changes. I'm actually surprised

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about this. What's David Cameron was trying to do was not so much make

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his Cabinet reshuffle a positive, he was removing negatives. We're coming

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up to the general election and all of the politicians will be trying to

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do this, jettisoning things that are unpopular. In Nick Clegg's Chase, ``

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Nick Clegg's case, it is the bedroom tax. In David Cameron's case, it is

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not having enough women. But this has turned out to be popular with

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the voters. This reshuffle, even more so among Tory voters. Maybe it

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is having more impact than we thought it would. I think that is

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actually the truth. Westminster watchers are looking for the

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minutiae and are being caught on the hop by William Hague and Michael

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Gove, obviously, but down at the local pub, people think actually,

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that's all right. But it has to be said that there is an interesting

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interview with Ken Clarke in the Observer, who has said some

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rather... He has thrown some cigar lead and hand grenades into the

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commentary. And Owen Paterson is also writing in the Telegraph today.

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`` cigar laden hand grenades into the commentary. This shows that

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policy still matters when it comes to the voters, not just

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personality. But the fact that it is Ken Clarke saying it makes me think

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this is just the opening shot of what he will be doing over the next

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few years, campaigning. And so the subtext of what he is saying about

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the recovery and that it is fragile, but most importantly the idea that

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we cannot go it alone, breaking away from Europe... He says it will not

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be wonderful if we break away from Europe. I think that if you put

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everything he says against that backdrop of his fanaticism for

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Europe... And returning to the Sunday Telegraph, because for a

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moment we could perhaps try to forget about some of the horrors in

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Ukraine and Gaza and for a fleeting moment, we could turn our attention

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to one particular very famous, very important one`year`old boy. If you

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could put a sepia filter over that photograph, it could be his father

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and his band father. The most extraordinary commonality. And ``

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his father or his grandfather. The most extraordinary commonality and

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the same wardrobe, it seems. They have slipped his hair back to make

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him look like he is out of the 1930s. He says he looks like Winston

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Churchill. As do all babies! LAUGHTER. But he is dressed like

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Winston Churchill as well! It shows that the monarchy is still well and

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truly alive and has a future in this country. And as you say, we need

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something that is quite cheering and what is nicer than seeing a baby

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take his first steps? This must be a delight for the Queen as well who

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has no doubt been worrying about the future of the monarchy in British

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society. This is good news for the Queen. Of course. What she can see

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is that the monarchy continues. The line is pretty much worked out. Is

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it how she would like it to continue, do you think? She has

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changed things. You have to remember how much she has been able to change

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the way... Or allow the changes. If you take the watershed of Princess

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Diana's death, she was the one who decided they had to come to London

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and not day in Balmoral, had to come and talk to the people, be among the

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people. Those things for her decision in the end. And that was

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quite important. When you look at the younger members of the Royal

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family now, they are doing their duty, going around the world and

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seeing people. It does show that the monarchy has a future. It seems a

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younger, more relaxed generation. Yes. I think back to the opening of

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the Olympic Games and there was a genuine sense of affection of these

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people who could teach politicians a thing or two. Thank you. Coming up

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next, the Film Review.

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