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been not bidding for the World Cup as long as Sepp Blatter remains in

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charge of FIFA. That is in 15 minutes after the papers.

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Not our normal studio as you can see ` we're live

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on the banks of the River Clyde to mark the eve of Glasgow 2014.

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With me are Richard Walker, the editor of The Sunday Herald and

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Lindsay McIntosh, Scottish Political Correspondent for The Times.

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They'll be taking us through their pick of tomorrow morning's

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First, let's look at tomorrow morning's front pages.

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And the Independent says MPs are warning of a sharp increase in

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the sale of weaponry to Russia, just as the European Union considers

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widening sanctions against Moscow over its support for pro`Russian

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They've been blamed of course for downing the Malaysian airliner.

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The Financial Times says the head of the French Socialist party has

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accused David Cameron of hypocrisy for urging Paris to scrap

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the sale of two warships to Russia when so many Russian oligarchs have

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For the Telegraph, it's a photograph of the Queen's racehorse, Estimate,

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who's tested positive for the banned substance morphine, that features

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But the paper also says the SNP leader Alex Salmond has broken his

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own self`imposed ban and already talked about Scottish Independence

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even before the Commonwealth Games has officially started.

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The Guardian leads with the Trojan Horse report from former

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counter`terror chief Peter Clarke into allegations of a hard`line

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And The Mail, which also pictures the Queen with her racehorse

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at Ascot, says David Cameron is under pressure to return

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donations given by Russian oligarchs to the Conservative Party.

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Let's begin our more in`depth look at the papers. Yes, this is in

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context of the Malaysian airlines crash, and as the world decides what

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sanctions to put in place we have a report coming out from the committee

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on export controls which shows there has been a 52% rise in the licenses

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for exports to Russia of ammunitions in the last 12 months. This comes

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after David in the last 12 months. This comes

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after Cameron addressed the Commons yesterday and criticised the French

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for their warships they are exporting and saying we need to take

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a hard line on this, and it also comes on the day when the EU nations

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were meeting to discuss what sanctions they could put in place.

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This throws open the issues individual and countries will have

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and how the sanctions will affect them. What are your thoughts on

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this, Richard? It is not a great front page for the prime minister,

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is it? It is not, it is hardly a surprise return sells arms to

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Moscow, Britain sells arms to almost everybody. But is a shocking and

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shameful list, Huffington Post reported one year ago that the UK

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sells ?12 billion worth of arms to the world's worst dictatorships. It

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is a real embarrassment to David Cameron. Not a surprise because for

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this Government, business and profits are number one priority and

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morals are nowhere to be seen. We need to look at what David Cameron

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does in terms of sanctions that are imposed. The timing of this report

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is unfortunate for him, and does he stand by the stance he has taken?

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That obviously happened before this terrible tragedy in Ukraine. That's

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right, but many of those contracts are still in place. Who would have

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thought that would be the first question David Cameron would ask his

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advisers before saying what he said? You are right, there are real issues

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around what pressure can be put on Putin to act on this. I think it is

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a really important issue. What is another important issue is why

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Britain can sell arms to these dictators and nobody questions them.

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I think we need to look at the policy over that. It needs to be

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dealt with at some point in the near future. Let's move on to the

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Financial Times, David Cameron accused of Russian hypocrisy. They

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are also reporting across the papers that the Labour Party are taking the

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opportunity to say, actually, David Cameron pointing out that the

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Conservative Party are accepting donations from Russian oligarchs.

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Yes, I'm not sure what the detail is, I would be wary about party

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political politics coming into this at this stage, but in terms of the

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City of London, that is the issue being referred to in the Financial

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Times, the accusation of hypocrisy over Russia which came from the

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French socialist leader. The suggestion was that David Cameron

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needs to clean up his backyard before he starts criticising the

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French for their dealings. Each country in the EU has got its own

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economic reliance and dependence with Russia and one of those that

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David Cameron will have to look at is London. It will be interesting to

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see what they come up with. Let's move back to the Independent and the

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other main story, depressingly familiar, a picture of Gaza and the

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terrible conflict going on there. This is a pretty shocking image,

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showing the father of a nine`year`old girl and his face in

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absolute dismay and grief and horror. What you can see in soft

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focus behind him is an image of the nine`year`old girl being carried by

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a relative to the hospital. These images coming out of Gaza, within

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this they are not showing anything macabre, just showing the extent of

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the human suffering here and it is horrendous. It is an example of how

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photography can really ram home the reality of the situation, and also

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change public opinion. There is no doubt innocent children are being

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killed and that just has to stop. There needs to be a real attempt to

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bring both sides under some sort of control, but certainly America has

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got a responsibility to be more forthright with Israel because I

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think if you look at the relativity of what is happening there, I think

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the missile strikes in Israel are clearly wrong. I think the balance

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is skewed with their firepower that Israel is using in Gaza. 28 Israeli

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deaths, much higher possibly than Benjamin Netanyahu would have been

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expecting, and yet there is much discomfort about the levels of

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suffering in Gaza. It is a very complex situation that has been

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going on for as long as I can remember. It waxes and wanes in

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terms of public opinion and publicity, depending on what is

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going on in these pictures and the ones we saw last week, they would

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certainly serve to put it further up the political agenda. We can only

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hope there is a renewed emphasis on finding a way to have a cease`fire.

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Let's look at the Herald because this is the reason we are here, the

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eve of the Commonwealth Games tomorrow. It has been a great day

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here in Glasgow, the sun has been shining. The sun always shines on

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Glasgow! It's true! It has been an absolutely beautiful day and you can

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really sends the spirit. You guys spend much more time in the city

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than I do, but... It is really busy, there are people from all over the

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world and there is a real sense of anticipation. A real sense of people

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supporting the Commonwealth Games here and tomorrow night will start

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the party, the likes of which the world has never seen. We don't know

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much about the opening ceremony. But we did not know much about the

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Olympic opening ceremony either, which took us by surprise. We did

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not know the Queen was going to jump out of a helicopter. Identity that

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will happen tomorrow. But we don't know who will jump out of what.

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There are rumours about certain things which I won't spoil by

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repeating them. What I have heard, I have to admit, I was a bit cynical

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about it as I was about the opening of the Olympics, and that event blew

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me away. From what I have heard about tomorrow night, it is going to

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be absolutely fantastic. I can hardly wait. Maybe you can tell us

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about the theme, Gallagher us, this impish, self`deprecation with a

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swagger. Maybe a bit of self`confidence. Yes, definitely a

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bit of a swagger. You need to experience it to understand what it

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is but you will see it here. We are hearing from the guy who has

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orchestrated the opening ceremony that it will have a Glaswegian

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accent. I'm not entirely sure what that means but it sounds brilliant.

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Looking at the front page of the Herald, the leaders hail city

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transformation, ?1 billion investment, 4500 athletes from 71

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nations, but is it all good? I spoke to a couple of taxi drivers, maybe,

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who are a bit annoyed about the inconvenience. Never take the

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opinion of a taxi driver! Others have been happy about it. Any

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negatives? Yes, some people are unhappy about certain things that

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have happened. Some people believe that their own areas are not getting

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the investment and the benefits that they would expect from an event like

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this. You can completely understand that. I think it is overridden by

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the benefits of showing Scotland as it is today and Glasgow as it is

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today, to the world. That is a tremendous opportunity. I think the

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world will be duly impressed. In terms of the few negative headlines

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we have had in the build`up, they have been pretty minimal, compare to

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major events. Like the Olympics. There have been teething problems,

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issues with the opening ceremony, FA chairman Greg Dyke tells MPs

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the FA will not bid for FIFA tournaments, as long as

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Sepp Blatter's in charge. Alistair Cook keeps his captaincy,

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as England name their squad

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