08/08/2014 The Papers


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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing


us tomorrow. With me are Louise Court, editor in chief of


Cosmopolitan, and Sue Matthias, editor of the Financial Times


Weekend Magazine. Several of them have the US


airstrikes in Iraq on the front page. The Daily Telegraph is


reporting government sources who, the paper says, have not ruled out


British airstrikes. The Times has the same front page photograph `


showing American fighter jets on one of their aircraft carriers. The


Daily Mirror is saying that members of the British SAS have been sent


out to Iraq. The Independent also leads with the US airstrikes in


Iraq, showing President Obama speaking to the Jordanian King on


the phone from the Oval Office. The Daily Mail looks at new guidance


from the government's health advisory body on the safety of


drinking alcohol two days in a row. And the Daily Express is warning of


severe weather ahead, as the remnants of what was Hurricane


Bertha arrive in the UK on Sunday. We will begin with those on Iraq.


The Daily Telegraph is the first front page. Britain considers


airstrikes to avert genocide in Iraq. Obama orders a second attack


on jihadists. Hundreds of Yazidi women have taken captive. It seems


we need to be rather careful with the suggestion being made here on


the front page, because Downing Street are saying to our


correspondence, but this has not been discussed at all. As you were


saying just now, it seems that David Cameron is stepping back quite


firmly from the idea, which has been reported not only by the Telegraph


but some of the other papers we will be looking out, that British


intervention could be imminent. In fact, what the Telegraph says in the


second leg of its story, is that if this situation were to deteriorate,


that Rajesh forces could take part `` British forces. They are saying


they haven't discussed it at the Cobra meeting, but what they had


discussed is the humanitarian effort that Britain will make with these


airdrops of tents and food and water, for people who are a mountain


without any supplies. The conditions are terrible, very hot


temperatures, children are dying of dehydration. You would need 24 big


US planes every day just to get enough water to the people. It is a


massive operation that has to step up. But that is all we are


committing to at this point. As welcome as that would be, the US


seems to have enough air power to do the job on their own, it would


appear. Absolutely. And there is talk of the Iraqis doing their own


initiatives as well. It is not just US planes. We will come to that when


we look at the other papers. Let's have a look at the Times. The US


bombs jihadists. A picture of a fighter jet on an aircraft carrier,


preparing for two sets of strikes. Given that in June, the Americans


couldn't find the political consensus to mount the strikes, when


they were asked to do so by the Iraqi government. This time, the


impetus is greater? Yes, Obama said that they wouldn't be going in


unless there was a change of government in Baghdad, and that is


really what everyone has been waiting for, and probably still


hoping for. Obviously, recent events, the events of the last day


or two have pushed matters further and much faster. What is interesting


is that so far we haven't seen the comment pages of the papers, but


there seems to be very little criticism emerging from any


direction, regarding the American action. The Financial Times leader


supports Obama's decision, calling it a risky but right. Also, it


points out that there is a very real danger of the whole of Iraq being


overrun by jihadists, if not prevented. I think everyone is


hoping that Iraqis themselves will manage to master resistance. Let's


have a look at the FT. This is not troops on the ground, they were


pulled out in the three years ago. The latest focus and concern is the


city of Irbil, which is in the Kurdish autonomous area. We


understand from people we have been talking to tonight that they have


their own army, who are extremely useful and better equipped than the


Iraqi army to keep the IAS militants at bay. `` ISIS. I think in a period


of two months, they have taken something like a third of Syria and


a quarter of Iraq, so they have made massive inroads, and it is a


situation that is developing so quickly. Also, it will inevitably


affect oil. This is happening in the oil`rich parts country, and that


impact is mentioned. Western forces are beginning to retreat, and the


airstrikes have coincided with the first signs that fighting in the


north is starting to have an impact on oil operations. A London`based


company has suspended its output, amid concerns about stability in the


country. The effect that will have in prices, it is a big worry. The


other part of this story that perhaps it FT is looking at, where


other people aren't, if the losses that the ISIS group themselves might


have sustained. They come across as being this sort of invincible


jihadists movement and that it is capable of such atrocities that even


Al Qaeda has disowned them. Yes, in all these papers, the FT is the only


one which points out and reports about losses which ISIS have


suffered during this American airstrike. And that is as a result


of the airstrike, rather than ground offensive is. Indeed. They are


reporting that a large number of militants have been wounded, killed,


and evacuated to hospitals in Mosul. It strikes a slightly


different note, and I'm sure that by tomorrow, far more will emerge about


whether the balance of the conflict is leading in a direction. The


impact it is having on airlines is an issue as well. There is a lot of


discussion about whether airlines should be flying over conflict


zones. Yes, again, towards the end of this story, there is a report


about British Airways, which has taken the decision to suspend flying


over Iraq, Qatar Airways have done that already. It is interesting,


some continue flying while others don't. It is very worrying,


especially after the Ukraine crisis. The Daily Mirror have suggested that


the SAS has gone in, deploying special forces while the US is


carrying out air strikes. An unnamed source says there has to be boot on


the ground element. How we can prove that, I don't know. Speculative, a


little. Some of them are out there, somewhere. The Daily Mail, don't


have a drink two days running. This is the latest advice from Public


Health England, which says that one day on and one day off is needed,


because daily drinking is a contributor to health risks. How


much? A glass, a pint? We just don't know. It sounds like sensible


advice, doesn't it? A little bit unrealistic. Completely unrealistic,


according to one MP. He took great delight in saying it is completely


unrealistic, people have the common sense to know how to look after


ourselves. But we don't, isn't that the point? It depends on how much


you drink each night. You will have this report now, and then there will


be another one in a month saying that the glass a day is exactly what


you need, because it controls will BP... There is always a different


health report that is contradictory to the last one. `` it controls your


blood pressure. There is an indication here that it is a nanny


state meddling in our lives. This front page is obviously taking a


very different approach to the news of the day from all the other ones.


They have decided completely to avoid it, and give the readers


something a bit more light`hearted, and a bit nanny state to get our


teeth into. We always like to bash the nanny state, don't we?


Absolutely. The football is about to start, as well. The Daily Express.


Beware storms. We mentioned in the last hour that we are in the silly


season where there is not much to report, so a weather story needs to


be reported. Not so this year, because there is plenty in the world


happening, but the Daily Express is sticking to its weather story. This


story is coming in from the Caribbean, a 60% chance of hitting


us, and come Sunday we will be sitting around and it will be like


autumn outside. I have changed my plans. We were going to be


travelling, and now I don't think we will. We don't want to be blown away


in the storm. I would like to draw attention to this wonderful Met


Office graphic of this big yellow balloon. That is not what you called


it earlier. No, condom I think was the word that sprang to mind. It is


like a moon man... `` Moomin.


The decline in the number of letters being sent. The Royal Mail are


having an issue about how many collections, what time of day, they


can possibly from a business point of view sustained. It is not


sustainable, evidently. The humble letter has been superseded by


e`mail, and no one is posting anything much any more apart from


birthday cards, which will be a great loss. But what is booming is


their parcel service. Royal Mail leads on to fight another day, but I


think the red postbox's days are probably numbered. They were saying


that there will possibly be even more will rule postboxes opened or


staying open, where you can't get to wait post office, you have no choice


but to use them. `` more rural. There is an age issue here. For a


lot of younger people it would be a problem, and for older people it is


a problem. Everyone talks about the future of the Royal Mail, it is


always the past that people want to preserve. We don't really seem to


get a delivery necessarily every day. Hour days pretty good. People


aren't writing you enough letters. I shall have to get my vellum and


Quill out. The junk mail comes through, that never gets lost in the


post! Thank you both very much. Stay with us on BBC News. At midnight:


the Pentagon launches a second round of air strikes against IS militants


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