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not bid for the World Cup as long as Sepp Blatter is in charge of FIFA.

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That will be coming up in 15 minutes.

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Hello and welcome to The Papers. Not our normal studio as you can see `

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we're live on the banks of the river Clyde to mark the eve of Glasgow

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2014. With me are Richard Walker, the Editor of The Sunday Herald and

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Lindsay McIntosh, Scottish Political Editor for The Times. They'll be

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taking us through their pick of tomorrow morning's stories in just a

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moment. First let's look at tomorrow's front pages, starting

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with... The Independent says MPs are warning of a sharp increase in the

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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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rebels in Eastern Ukraine. They've been blamed, of course, for downing

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the Malaysian airliner. The Scottish Telegraph says the SNP leader Alex

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Salmond has broken his own self`imposed ban and already talked

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about Scottish Independence even before the Commonwealth Games has

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officially started. The Guardian leads with the Trojan horse report

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from a former counter`terror chief into allegations of a hardline

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Muslim take`over of schools in Birmingham. The Mail says David

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Cameron is under pressure to return donations given by Russian oligarchs

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to the Conservative Party. The Mirror claims M15 are convinced

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President Putin sanctioned the assassination of Alexander

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Litvinenko. The Herald says the Commonwealth Games will showcase a

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transformed Glasgow to the world, creating benefits that will be felt

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for generations. And finally, Alex Salmond's pledge to keep politics

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out of the Games makes the front page of The Scotsman. So let's

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begin... Richard, in the interest of fairness, you can kick us off. The

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Telegraph. It is a strange way to report the story. It says that Alex

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Salmond cannot stop all attacks from coming into the games. But then it

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also criticizes George Osborne for coming all the way from London.

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Before we get into this, I should say that your paper is the only one

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that has come out in favour of the yes campaign. The Times has not come

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out either way. As I said, it is a strange way to report this story

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because what happened in reality was that George Osborne came here to

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talk at the Commonwealth Business Conference and pledged a loss of

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money. I am sorry, but no one can say that he is not using the

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Commonwealth Games as a platform to suggest to people that they are

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better off staying in the union. Or Alex Salmond to reply to that seems

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perfectly reasonable `` for. I thought he spoke first? He may have

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but George Osborne was offering... Perhaps bribing is more fitting, and

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to suggest that it was Alex Salmond who has begun this, it is not the

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truth I am afraid. I think the Telegraph take on this is quite

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interesting because what they have done is picked up a quote from Alex

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Salmond today where he has said that he is going to have a self`denial

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pledge on talking about politics during the Commonwealth Games. He

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has said that he will get provocation from George Osborne. It

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is not exactly the strongest political statement but what we know

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is that Alex Salmond does have a tendency to use sporting events for

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political gain. Wimbledon and the poorly judged use of the word

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Sco`lympians. It is slightly dodgy. However, the comment he made at

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George Osborne is a jibe rather than a political statement. In terms of

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what George Osborne said that this conference today, what he's talking

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about is the city deal which has been to Glasgow which is money from

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the UK government for infrastructure investments which will be matched by

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the Scottish government. What he is saying is that this is the business

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branding that we can do as part of the UK. In terms of breaking his

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self`imposed ban on political speaking, they haven't technically

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started. When does it start? It could be a long 12 days for him. We

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will give him the fact that they have not started yet. It is a return

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to some of the previous statements he has made. It is not a statement

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of intent. It seems harmless enough to point out when famous Olympians

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and so forth are Scottish. Or could be a backlash, couldn't there ``

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there. If he is using it as a platform for politics? He has just

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said that he is going to do that so I since it is a bit unfair for

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people to say that he has done that since it hasn't even started. It was

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a jibe, as Lindsay said, not politics. It is also the front page

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of the Scotsman. The Scotsman reports relatively straight. I

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haven't entered into the debate for the Commonwealth Games are

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concerned. I would like to point out that it takes two sides and I think

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if the Better Together is going to do this, they have to be quiet about

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it. He is not completely avoiding politics . Maybe let us have a

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fortnight of celebrating the Commonwealth Games rather than

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having this debate. We have had it for the last two years. It has been

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incessant and rightly after the Commonwealth Games it will continue

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but let's take a moment and breathe. I agree with that but both

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sides should do it. Let's take a look at this. Politicians ready to

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welcome the world to the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

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They are focusing very much on the games themselves and the investment

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it has brought. It is a great image on the front page of The Herald. It

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is exactly what Lascaux should be doing `` Glasgow. They are talking

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about the transformation of the city which has been there for everyone to

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see and also on the investment that we have had and a little bit of the

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politics. A touch on it towards the end of that story `` they. In terms

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of the Commonwealth Games themselves, do you think there will

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be an effect in terms of confidence? When you look back on 2012 and the

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way people in London felt after that, think it will have the same

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kind of impact relatively? I think so. I took the train today and I saw

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these massive posters in Queen Street that were all positive

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messages and accompanying images and as soon as you get there, you think

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something great is happening there. I saw a report on the economic

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benefits of the Olympics in London and hopefully we will see something

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similar in terms of the Commonwealth Games. I think so. I thought the way

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they handled the London Olympics was brilliant. I thought that the

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depiction of Great Britain was fantastic. But even so, I still

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thought it was powerful for everyone. I think ours will be

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celebratory. There is a lot to celebrate about this city and our

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country. It has been transformed and I'm really looking forward to seeing

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how it comes out tomorrow. There is certainly a sense of celebration

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coming musicians on the streets and so forth. What helps is the

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weather. It is beautiful even now. Positively balmy. It is not always

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like that I have to admit but it is fantastic when it is and the timing

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could not be better. The streets are packed with people as you said,

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people from all over the world and there is a real sense of

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anticipation and celebration and I think that will just told as the

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event goes on `` build. The opening ceremony is tomorrow evening. Are

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you looking forward to it? I am. The organiser of the games has promised

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an opening ceremony that is uniquely Glasgow. I think that will be

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perfect if they take the best of our city and Scotland and show it to a

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global audience. It will be wonderful. You were going to be

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there Richard, can you see the crane on the other side of the river

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behind us? I threw myself off it. I was in a harness at the time but it

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was still very scary. I do think I deserve it. Did you enjoy it? I

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don't think there was any enjoyment at all. I was terrified. The worst

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moment was stepping off and leaping into the abyss. There was no good

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side to it. I expected to feel elation when I got to the ground but

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I am still recovering from the terror of that five minutes

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beforehand. Perhaps it will all feel worthwhile when you are at the

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opening ceremony tomorrow. That is the most I can hope for. He had

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managed to keep it quite quiet. We haven't had more than a few hints

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about what will happen. Not to bring negativity into it but we have heard

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that some things have been pulled from the event. Hopefully it will

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not impact on what they have. I have heard that they will put on a

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phenomenal event for Glasgow and Scotland. I think it is good that

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they listen to public opinion. I think people complain that certain

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parts of Glasgow are not quick to benefit from the games and residents

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don't always so good about it. I think, in general the feeling is one

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of support for the Commonwealth Games. I think that will only

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improve and increase as the day goes on. Enjoy tomorrow evening and thank

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you both. That's it for The Papers. Next on BBC News it's Sportsday.

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Hello and welcome to Sportsday, I'm Nina Warhurst. FA Chairman Greg Dyke

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tells MPs the England will not bid for FIFA tournaments as long as Sepp

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Blatter's in charge. Alistair Cook keeps his captaincy as England name

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their squad for the third Test against India at

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