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

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have a look at tomorrow's newspapers.

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

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With me here in London is Craig Woodhouse, Political

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

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

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with the resignation of Conservative Minister Baroness Warsi which, it

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

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end of Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone's bribery trial

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

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

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

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

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harvested within weeks following a research trial Hertfordshire.

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

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debate, with the paper saying Alastair Darling landed a barrage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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incredible resignation statement, the likes of which we cannot

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remember in Westminster, saying that the position was morally

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indefensible and that it could have implications for breeding new

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

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pulling no punches. Other Conservative backbenchers have

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

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

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that her resignation was disappointing and frankly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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saying in the Independent, that Boris Johnson appears to be

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supporting her by saying that the Israeli action is disproportionate,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the blackouts that left England in the dark over the Scottish

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

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

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

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through the Internet went down. So people outside of Scottish

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

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

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

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

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

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appears that people have not been as passionate about politics in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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honest. Your point about Scots being involved passionately in political

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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analysis within seconds of them analysis within seconds of them

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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describe alternative powers that the prounion parties are offering to

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

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

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

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

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convinced that Alistair Darling was nearly challenged enough in his

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Craig. We start at

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the Women's Rugby Union World Cup in France, where Ireland have pulled of

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the shock of the tournament so far. They beat reigning champions New

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Zealand 17`14 just outside Paris.

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