25/07/2014 The Papers


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Welcome to our lookahead at the papers. Let us take a look at the


front pages. The Daily Mail says police will seize the mobile phones


of every driver in a car crash. Almost half the population...


The Financial Times marks the economy returning to the size it was


before the financial crisis. The Guardian reports on expensive


housing developments segregating less wealthy neighbours.


The Times says the US is urgently investigating reports that Islamist


militants in Iraq have gotten I hold of surface`to`air vessels that can


bring down a commercial jet. The Scotsman pictures Daniel Wallace


with Scotland's seventh Commonwealth Games cold metal. `` gold medal.


And the mother of three might be to make `` a three`year`old who killed


her son. New missile threat raises fears for


airline passengers. It has only been a week since the Malaysian airlines


plane came down over the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. Now the


US says it is looking into Islamist militants in Iraq who have managed


to obtain a surface`to`air missile. Extraordinary. Planes still fly over


areas where there is conflict. That is why this is a strong and striking


story. Of your paper. I should express an interest here. It says a


popular route passes over a key stronghold in the self declared


Islamic caliphate. It quotes a Lieutenant`Colonel, a former SS ``


SAS member. He makes an important point that civilian jets should not


fly over active war zones that could use high altitude air defence


systems. This is an issue of very serious concern. We are seeing the


level of civilian aircraft and harrowing images. This is something


that people will be deeply concerned about. One would expect air`traffic


control taking into account these concerns to change the roots of


aircraft so they did not go over these areas. It is about whether...


The United States is investigating whether they obtained the missiles.


There is no evidence they have. Intelligence sources are very


concerned. I am sure they are concerned about a lot of things.


They are investigating. It says the Pentagon has ordered American


special forces to confirm whether or not they possess these weapons. I am


not sure whether I am full of hope about what they will find. There is


a difference with Ukraine. The separatists had already shot down


planes. They had already shot down military planes. There is no


evidence that this will happen. I am not sure `` saying that they should


not take cautions. There will be extra fuel costs, and that is the


risk that airlines will need to make. Those are the airlines that


directed their planes away from the Ukraine and took the hit of the


extra costs. I am not saying it is not happening, but this is an


example of the newspaper moving the story along. Qualified credit. I


take that while it is on offer. Moving on to the express. Ed


Miliband, the only film style I'd like is Wallace, says Ed Miliband.


How much is a gamble is this? Saying, I am just an ordinary man?


That is probably a conscious uncoupling from the Tony Blair


years, where it is all sparkle. Ed Miliband is complaining about Ed ``


politicians talking about image. It is if few late for him to try and


convince the people that he is focusing on the material. But we


have got the election campaign, and this may turn people. People do not


like the idea that there political leaders are sleek. David Cameron has


spent too much time courting the media, commenting on things that he


should not. For me, the media of this is when Tony Blair was


commenting on the trail of a character who does not exist except


in Coronation Street. How much do you pander to what the papers tell


you you are interested in. I do not think Ed Miliband's image problem


has got much to do with people not thinking he has ideas of substance.


I agree with about half of that. Maybe 55%. The real problem is when


a politician is having to explain to the public why they are not terribly


keen on them. Ed Miliband is somebody we are not keen on the


moment. If you were to focus on substance, we would like more.


Ronald Reagan says when politicians have to make those kind explanations


about their image, they are losing. I think this is a risk for Ed


Miliband. I think Tony is right. It goes into the clear division at the


moment between David Cameron and Ed Miliband. What does he need to do?


He should start working on policy. If he wants to be seen as a policy


person, he should talk about policy. One thing that is really important


in politics is that voters are not stupid. I'm not saying Labour's


policies are stupid, just that you have to convince people that your


policies, no party and your leader are already fit for government. But


in the television age, the way you express policies and the way people


think about how you do that, the body language that you bring to


bear, all of that fits into an image that is going to generate a certain


reaction from the public and drive votes. Police will seize mobile


phones in every car crash in a crackdown on texting at the wheel.


It seems common sense. Is does. To my mind, it is a sensible policy.


Based on anecdotal evidence that I have seen, driving around the


streets of London, when people bump into you, it's often when they are


distracted by their phone. But looking at the evidence, there is


robust evidence coming out of America, that when California banned


the use of mobile phones in cars, it did not have a significant effect on


the number of accidents even when you look at traffic news and so on.


There are other surveys that present a slightly different picture. It


seems that the evidence is ambiguous. There is concern among


the police that they are seeing a rise in this. 40 years ago, you


would be surprised if you had crashed your car and the police


officer asked if you had been wearing your seatbelt or had been


drinking. Today, none of us would be surprised. Whether they have to


seize your phone... It might be in the records anyway. It might act as


a deterrent. The Guardian. Poor doors. The segregation of inner`city


flatulence. Poorer residents are being forced to use different


entrances in the same building. `` the segregation of inner`city flat


dwellers. I do see the point that people living in the same building


should use the same entrance. I take the point about community cohesion,


that we all live in the same society. That was only 55 minutes


that took! I'm material. I have been thinking about it. Now you can take


the we are all the same line. When developers are putting prime


developments in London, they often create social housing in a different


part of London. It is not just a different door to the development,


it is the social housing in a different part of the geography.


This apartheid has been going on for some time. The whole rationale for


having social housing among prime real estate is for social cohesion,


though people to mingle, for social barriers to break down and to create


mutual understanding. Even though developers essentially say that if


you share the common parts, the service charge for the socialising


will be higher, and they would say that, wouldn't they? It does hit at


the basic rationale of the policy. In London, the poorer rich have


always mixed cheek by jowl. Is a very stark bit of segregation, isn't


it? It is much to do with the way it is being reported. You have got half


in the `` you have got tough in the last hour. Esther McVey fears ending


up on welfare. We will probably see quite a bit of her in the run`up to


the election. She says she fears that she could fall on hard times


and end up living on benefits and she is calling for more tolerance


towards people who do claim benefits. This is quite a change in


the sort of... The Conservative approach to benefits claims. Iain


Duncan Smith, who has been making most of the running on this since


the election, has had a very different tone. There is often a


sense of vilification of people on benefits, on welfare, that they are


doing something wrong and are not self`reliant. And that has


stigmatised welfare. This is clearly an image thing. They have a woman


from the north of England, who speaks in a different way to Iain


Duncan Smith, saying that people on benefits need to be nurtured back


into work. It seems that independent of the tone, it is a sensible point.


In a modern and dynamic economy where people change jobs, most


people will end up on benefits at some point. And this is an important


way of making sure that people do not feel they are on the scrapheap,


that they have the opportunity to move on to something better. Isn't


it a bit late for that message? I think that the Tories have looked at


their market research and it has told them that this is affecting


them badly and they have decided to change the mood music, if not the


policy. How to squirm your way into Cambridge. Cambridge University


giving us access to videos of admission interviews that


prospective students have to go through to try to debunk the myths


of just how awful the process can be. You won't to Oxford, Matthew.


similarly nerve wracking. It was nerve wracking. I went to a state


school and never thought I would end up in Oxford. I was in a room with a


communist and a philosopher. It is intimidating if you are not used to


justifying an intellectual argument in front of two academics. We were


talking about employment and voluntary and involuntary


employment. One said if he were to put a gun to my head and then leave


this room or I will shoot you and you subsequently left, would that be


a voluntary or involuntary act? We spent the next half hour debating


the philosophical niceties of what constitutes a free act. Going back


to the story, it is a good idea to show people what it is like because


it can be intimidating and people should practice before they do it.


They do these days. Everything that is wrong with our political culture


in one anecdote. It tells you about the sort of people who write


for and read the Times. What do you mean? It is this classic... Why am I


reading and almost 5`page about one university in this


country? It is just the Oxford and Cambridge elite. And they


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