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

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

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

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

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before the financial crisis. The Guardian reports on expensive

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housing developments segregating less wealthy neighbours.

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The Times says the US is urgently investigating reports that Islamist

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

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bring down a commercial jet. The Scotsman pictures Daniel Wallace

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

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

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her son. New missile threat raises fears for

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

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

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

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

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

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

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popular route passes over a key stronghold in the self declared

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

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

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

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

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level of civilian aircraft and harrowing images. This is something

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

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control taking into account these concerns to change the roots of

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

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The United States is investigating whether they obtained the missiles.

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There is no evidence they have. Intelligence sources are very

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

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They are investigating. It says the Pentagon has ordered American

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

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

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a difference with Ukraine. The separatists had already shot down

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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That is probably a conscious uncoupling from the Tony Blair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ronald Reagan says when politicians have to make those kind explanations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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robust evidence coming out of America, that when California banned

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

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

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

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seems that the evidence is ambiguous. There is concern among

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

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

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

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

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

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

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flatulence. Poorer residents are being forced to use different

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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mutual understanding. Even though developers essentially say that if

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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giving us access to videos of admission interviews that

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

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

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

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

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

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

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talking about employment and voluntary and involuntary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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reading and almost 5`page about one university in this

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

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say is: We are Leeds. Thank you for joining us. And at midnight, we will

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have more on the economy. Time for the latest from the Commonwealth

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Games.

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