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


With me is Oliver Wright, Whitehall Editor of The Independent


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


protect toddlers from religious extremism. The US weighs up air


strikes is the headline in the Guardian as the Islamic militant


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Either side refusing to seriously contemplate any alternative to the


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


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


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


people in the nationalist movement are puzzled that he has been


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


there are many other parties which support independence and many people


who support it who would not describe themselves as members of


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


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


concerned, absolutely there is nothing to stop Scotland printing


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


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


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


world. When Ireland became independent it did precisely this,


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


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


alternatives, the independent Scottish currency, joining the euro,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


applications for other people, slowing down heart disease, some


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


statins as well, considerable evidence that they are benefits to


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


terrible tendency in this country, especially the popular press,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Indeed, as you indicated, the administration is obviously very


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


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


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


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


and eventually after great reluctance, the Western powers had


to intervene because it was an humanitarian emergency. People


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


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


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


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


appropriate, as would providing more material assistance to the Peshmerga


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


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


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


significant acquisitions of armour. A limited intervention on


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


will almost certainly have to resign, and Boris is positioning


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


the party and take back from Ukip while being slightly socially


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


departure from the EU because he has staked his reputation on


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


discussing. Coming up next, Sportsday.


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