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League results, and on the pitch with referees learning to use the

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vanishing spray. Don't banish! See you in 15 minutes. `` fannish

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

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With me is Oliver Wright, Whitehall Editor of The Independent

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and in our Edinburgh studio, author and journalist, Iain Macwhirter.

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Boris Johnson says it will be easy to wind power is back from the EU as

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long as the pie minister gets tough. The Metro has news that a

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44`year`old man is to be charged with manslaughter after evidently

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giving his 17`year`old daughter ecstasy. Chloe Wilkins collapsed and

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died at home in in July. The Telegraph says the new Education

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Secretary is to push for British values to be taught at nursery to

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protect toddlers from religious extremism. The US weighs up air

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strikes is the headline in the Guardian as the Islamic militant

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group IS continues to make gains in Iraq. The Daily Mail says NHS

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operation waiting lists of the longest they have been in six years.

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The Daily Mirror says the gang that of the deadly attacked and killed

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two students in Malaysia were high on crystal meth. An image of Iraqi

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refugees fleeing the militant group IS dominates the front page of The

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Times, saying a mass exodus of Christians are fleeing from Muslim

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extremists. Let's begin with the Telegraph, specifically in Scotland

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which makes sense to go to you, Ian, referring to Alex Salmon, saying he

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refuses to back down, a reference to what he said in the Scottish

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parliament following his debate with Alistair Darling. He sees it as

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sticking firmly to the line that there will be a currency union with

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the rest of the UK after independence. In fact the pound is

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not if you like English property. It is much Scotland's pound as the rest

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of the UK because it was originally a financial expression of you like

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of the 17 seven union, it is not the property of either side `` 1707.

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Either side refusing to seriously contemplate any alternative to the

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pound. No idea of a Scottish currency of its own, like the

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Norwegian kroner, or the Danish kroner, or indeed the Swiss

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currency. Many countries in the world have their own currency. Many

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people in the nationalist movement are puzzled that he has been

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reluctant to have a plan B. The take of the newspaper isn't hugely

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supportive of Alex Salmond's position, I think it's fair to say.

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The Telegraph even in Scotland is in favour of independence. I think they

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have a point. After the debate, the no campaign has Alex Salmond on the

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Runs in the wave it wasn't before `` On the Runs run `` on the run. It

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strikes me that if they leave the union, the politicians who

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controlled the debt have the right to say "I'm sorry, but we are not

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prepared to let you carry on using the pound. You can carry on using it

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as a currency but you cannot be part of the currency union." The argument

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of Alex Salmond is that if he gets his way and Scotland votes yes,

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while the politicians in Westminster are saying what they say now, they

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will have to rethink if the Scottish people have voted in the way that

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Alex Salmond would like. This isn't just about Alex Salmond and the SNP,

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there are many other parties which support independence and many people

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who support it who would not describe themselves as members of

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the SNP. It is wider than just Alex Salmond and that is one of the

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unfortunate ways the debate has been pitched. As far as the currency is

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concerned, absolutely there is nothing to stop Scotland printing

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its own Scottish pound, setting it as a one`to`one parity with the UK

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pound and continuing on that basis and having a currency board as the

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monetary authority, a system that has been used widely across the

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world. When Ireland became independent it did precisely this,

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coining its own Irish pound and British, UK pounds continued to

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circulate for 50 years, until it joined the euro. There are many

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alternatives, the independent Scottish currency, joining the euro,

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or having a currency board. The Daily Telegraph, is another story

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that caught your eye. New aspirin, in quotes. Perhaps we need to

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qualify that, because it isn't aspirin. This is another wonder drug

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story. It looks like it has potential, you would say. It has

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already been prescribed to people who are suffering from diabetes. The

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Telegraph are highlighting a study over a long period of time, looking

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at the life expectancy of the people on the drug. What they found, when

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you took out other factors like obesity, smoking, lifestyle factors,

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people who took the drug are more likely to live 50% longer than those

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who are not on the drug. The Telegraph suggesting that may have

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applications for other people, slowing down heart disease, some

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sorts of cancer. They looked at a previous study that was done into

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mice, good news for them, finding that their life span was expended by

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one fifth `` extended stop for `` extended. We don't often hear good

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news for mice in these stories! Do you buy this one? I don't, I am very

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suspicious of these wonder drugs that tend to crop up, when other

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drugs are losing their patents and the drug companies are in need of

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numerical drugs to restore them to profitability. We have this with

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statins as well, considerable evidence that they are benefits to

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people with heart conditions but it isn't a wonder drug and we have a

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terrible tendency in this country, especially the popular press,

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picking up something like this one week which appears to be the

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solution to all medical problems, discovering later that it isn't. I

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think that this drug has been around for a while, it isn't a drug

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company. This is a drug that has been around for a long time. This is

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a study looking at the people who have taken the drug over a period of

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ten, 15 years, and it is something that is reasonably cheap, but he is

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right that the media are guilty of dressing up a drug as a wonder drug.

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Drugs have side effects, but drugs like statins have saved the lives of

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thousands of people. But I don't think one should take the opposite

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extreme and save that you shouldn't take any drugs at all. You should

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just be careful. The headline is eye`catching, but what we said about

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aspirin yesterday, and now we have "new aspirin", which we've

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established isn't aspirin at all! A bit like new Labour! The Guardian

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front page, a story we have been leading with, the US weighing up air

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raids to stop the surge of jihadists. Oliver, clearly thought

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being given in Washington to what they make, or may not do in Iraq. A

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terrible dilemma. It more pictures of fleeing families, displaced `` it

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is really grim. It is awful. The Obama administration is in a tricky

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situation. A couple of months ago they will doubt air strikes and now

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they seem to be suggesting that his back on the table, in a limited

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sense. And the idea of humanitarian aid drops. They don't want to be

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seen to be propping up the regime in Iraq, the regime of Maliki in Iraq

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which is deeply unpopular. They need to find different ground. Any kind

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of bombing is pretty indiscriminate and pretty difficult. The only way

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you can do it really is to have boots on the ground which isn't

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really a possibility. The keywords in the headline, "weighing up", it's

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a question of what they can realistically do, if anything.

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Indeed, as you indicated, the administration is obviously very

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cautious because this isn't the first air strikes in Iraq, but it

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would be the first since the Iraqi war and they don't want to repeat

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history. Somebody's going to have to intervene here. There are disturbing

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echoes here of the ethnic cleansing that took place in Kosovo in 1999,

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and eventually after great reluctance, the Western powers had

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to intervene because it was an humanitarian emergency. People

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fleeing for the hills, an unacceptable situation. One reason I

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fear this has been neglected in Western public opinion is because it

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is coinciding with the crisis in Gaza. This in many ways is more

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serious than that. It's also a situation when air strikes would be

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appropriate, as would providing more material assistance to the Peshmerga

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forces on the ground, those opposing the IS. It is a relatively small

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organisation, Islamic State. It has managed to acquire significant and

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France is in armour, arms and ammunition from the Iraqi army ``

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significant acquisitions of armour. A limited intervention on

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humanitarian grounds seems to be unanswerable. I'm going to move on

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because we spoke extensively on this slot yesterday about a man by the

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name of Boris Johnson. He features on the front of the Daily Express.

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Interesting to see how they have taken it forwards. The Daily Express

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went quite big on the EU yesterday and they are doing the same again

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today. They say the shake`up is simple, we just need to get tough,

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he tells Cameron, the day after saying he wants to be an MP. Try

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telling that to Angela Merkel! Don't be under any illusions, this isn't

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about the EU, it is about Boris and a future leadership Challenge Cup if

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Cameron loses in 2015. As clear as that already? Yes. `` a challenge,

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if Cameron loses. If Cameron wins in 2015, Boris really isn't a threat. I

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can see Cameron sending him off to become the Health Secretary, maybe

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something else that would damage his reputation. If Cameron loses, he

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will almost certainly have to resign, and Boris is positioning

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himself to the right of the party on Europe as the person who can unite

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the party and take back from Ukip while being slightly socially

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liberal. The idea that any EU negotiations is easy is "for the

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birds", because it won't be. It is, the gated and technical. What is

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your take? This is the kind of thing that annoys a lot of people in

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Scotland because they say that if the glass go council leader was

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considering becoming an MSP, would it be all over the UK press? Of

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course not. It's a compelling story, on personality grounds if

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nothing else. And as you rightly indicated, this is a question of

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who's going to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and possibly

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the next Prime Minister. This is really hard ball politics. Boris

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Johnson is absolutely going for the goolies here because he knows this

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is a situation that David Cameron cannot cope with, Cameron is boxed

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in. He cannot turn around and say that he would contemplate a British

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departure from the EU because he has staked his reputation on

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renegotiating. He has David Cameron in a corner and this is going to be

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a very interesting stand`off because the Cameron supporters are not going

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to allow this to continue, they can see the threat, they know where

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Boris is vulnerable. The interview with him before, questions about his

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probity, journalistic past, his private life. You will see a lot

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more of this coming out in the press as he gets closer to Parliament. On

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that note, we will come back and do this in an hour. Thank you for

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joining us. That's it for the papers. Back at 11:30pm. Stay with

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us because we will have more on the situation in Iraqi, as we've been

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discussing. Coming up next, Sportsday.

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