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parties today. He could have been pushed further on that. Now we will


have a look at tomorrow's newspapers.


Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers


With me here in London is Craig Woodhouse, Political


Correspondent for The Sun and, in our Glasgow studio, Jeane Freeman


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with the Independent, which leads


with the resignation of Conservative Minister Baroness Warsi which, it


says, has sparked a rebellion in the party over Gaza The Metro covers the


end of Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone's bribery trial


following a ?60 million pound payment from the 83`year`old.


The Financial Times also follows the story, and says the settlement


The Express warns that energy bills may soar as suppliers scramble to


The Telegraph says Britain's first genetically modified crops will be


harvested within weeks following a research trial Hertfordshire.


And on the cover of the Guardian is a write`up of the referendum TV


debate, with the paper saying Alastair Darling landed a barrage


We will start with the Independent, which leads with the resignation of


Baroness Warsi, saying that she sparks a Tory rebellion over Gaza,


implementing the thought process, I suppose, that others could follow?


Absolutely. This is a claim she has made subsequently as well, that


there are other party `` others in the party, maybe even other


ministers, who might be prepared to resign. This came after an


incredible resignation statement, the likes of which we cannot


remember in Westminster, saying that the position was morally


indefensible and that it could have implications for breeding new


extremists in Britain who could turn against Britain. She certainly is


pulling no punches. Other Conservative backbenchers have


already come out in support of her, whereas others, including the


Chancellor George Osborne, are on the other side of the fence, saying


that her resignation was disappointing and frankly


"unnecessary", which is pretty strong line which from the


Chancellor of the Exchequer. And Jeane, we remember David Cameron's


big announcement, that Baroness Warsi was going to be sitting in his


cabinet, the first Muslim female in a British government cabinet. Do you


think this is a major blow for David Cameron? I think it is a bit of a


blow, because I suspect that, perhaps not in the language she


used, but there is certainly growing disquiet around what is happening in


Gaza, amongst the British population. I think it is unsettling


for him. The interesting thing is not only what she has said and the


language she has used, but that she has resigned when he is on holiday.


That is designed to discomfort and wrong`foot a political colleague,


and I think that also partly explains to things. One, weight is


saying in the Independent, that Boris Johnson appears to be


supporting her by saying that the Israeli action is disproportionate,


and it also partly explains why George Osborne has come out so


strongly in his criticism of what she has done. We will look at the


Telegraph, which puts it a bit more bluntly. The headline, another


minister could quit, Baroness Warsi warns Cameron. This could not be the


end of it. David Cameron has criticised the amount of civilian


deaths in Gaza. What exactly is the issue that Baroness Warsi and


potentially other ministers have? This is the thing that was slightly


perplexing about the whole thing. She has not resigned on a point of


principle like going to war. She appears to be resigning on a point


of principle about language. It is all about this use of


"disproportionate force", which triggers, under international law,


the ability to take action against people. That word, disproportionate,


which senior ministers will not use, and which Boris Johnson did use, and


which Baroness Warsi would like to have seen used, she also caused for


us to immediately cease arms sales to Israel, which is something that


although the government is reviewing it, it seems unlikely. The Telegraph


says another minister has threatened to resign. Any idea how senior that


minister could be? No idea. We only have her word for it. The incredible


thing about this resignation is how she controlled it herself. She did


it on Twitter, she put her resignation letter out on Twitter.


Normally Downing Street does it. She controlled at herself, and as we


have heard, the Prime Minister was on holiday, unable to do anything


except point at fish, seemingly. Jeane, do you think this is


something that gets public support, when ministers quit like this? I am


not sure. If people have particular views one way or the other, in terms


of Gaza or Israel, then yes, it will get support. But by and large, the


public do not pay that much attention, to be honest, two


ministers who come and go. And I suspect a significant number of them


do not even know who Baroness Warsi is. They will glance at the


headline, but move on. Another leading story in the Telegraph is


the blackouts that left England in the dark over the Scottish


referendum debate last night. Just explain to us what happened, Jeane,


I'm sure you watched it where you were, but could watch it on TV. I


could watch it on TV, but the problem was that the STV Livelink


through the Internet went down. So people outside of Scottish


television's broadcasting area could not access it. And that actually did


include some people, from what I could see on Twitter, some people in


the southern parts of Scotland who could not access the debate either


through television or through the Internet, and that seems to have


been the problem. The demand was high, and their airline crashed. It


appears that people have not been as passionate about politics in


Scotland as they are now since 1919. There seems to be a real


passion about this referendum in Scotland? I was not around in 1919.


Well, I have read about it. Yes, it seems amazing that we could not


watch this down here. It will not just dismay non`Scottish people down


here, but it will especially dismay Scots who are living in England and


Wales who want to follow this debate and who would probably quite like to


have a vote in it, although they cannot, and this idea that you have


to try to find some kind of hokey Internet linkup, trying to watch


some sports betting the `` you may not be supposed to watch, it is kind


of farcical. This is of huge importance to Britain and the United


Kingdom and it should have been on international television. I felt it


was OK. It was not particularly stunning from either side to be


honest. Your point about Scots being involved passionately in political


debate is absolutely right but it is not through televised debate, it is


through the many public meetings and discussions on high streets that are


coming about that is involving large numbers of people of note political


party. People who have never been engaged in political activity before


who are now coming out on wet nights, sunny night, and asking very


serious and very thoughtful questions. If if nothing else, at


the end of this, we will have a very politically literate population in


Scotland. That is a good thing. How difficult are you finding it to sell


to southern people? It is tricky because people do not have a vote.


It is still important. It is difficult to engage people in


something they didn't have a say in. I would be interested to see the


general election turnout in 2015 in Scotland at dealers and carry from


this. We will look at the Guardian the Alistair Darling adds baggage of


blows to Alex Salmond. It is people talking about who won. The ICM poll


for the Guardian said that Alistair Darling won by 56%. We have became


analysis within seconds of them analysis within seconds of them


finishing who the winner is. The key question seems to be that Alex


Salmond could not provide his plan B if Scotland could not use the pound.


This is a fairly clear victory. If the vote went 56`44, the would`be


clamour for another vote within a few years. That is a view on


Alistair Darling 's that there has to be a crushing victory. Do you


agree with the headline? I do not agree that he landed a bad age of


blows. It is clear to see that Alistair Darling was strongest when


he was talking about currency but he floundered when he was asked to


describe alternative powers that the prounion parties are offering to


Scotland in terms of taxation. That is deeply unclear. It was relatively


evenly balanced. The interesting thing for me was that I am not


convinced that we saw the best of our First Minister in terms of the


passion that he has for the kind of Scotland that he wants. I am not


convinced that Alistair Darling was nearly challenged enough in his


constant assertion that being part of the UK was a good thing when you


look at some of the difficulties that people are facing in terms of


welfare cuts, food banks and all the rest of it. It was a debate for me


that was disappointing. There were some balls that were not landed. ``


some blows. The Guardian poll reflects the ball that was taken


before the debate. The No campaign did not do any better and neither


did the Yes campaign. It sounds like that. To remind you at home if you


want to watch the debate in and fill it will be broadcast on BBC


Parliament at 7pm tomorrow. You can make up your own mind about who did


well in that debate. We have time to look at the metro. It dedicates the


front page to Bernie Ecclestone and his ?60 million payoff. This


incredible story out of Germany that a man facing a massive bribery trial


has somehow managed to have this trial removed from his head for the


cheap house of ?60 million. It is sparked some anger. It seemed


slightly amazing that this is a way that you can achieve justice. Bernie


Ecclestone is known as Aquila dealer has managed to do it again and


remains innocent of all charges. The really interesting thing is that it


is jaw`dropping that it could happen. In terms of Germany's legal


framework it is entirely legitimate for him to have done this. He has


taken the opportunity that was there in that legal framework and he has


negotiated himself a good deal for justice. Thank you for taking us


through the papers from Scotland. Thank you to you cake as well. ``


Craig. We start at


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