09/08/2014 The Papers


09/08/2014

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up isolation centres. A blue drama `` blue`collar drama

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starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in the film review.

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Welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us

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tomorrow. With me are the political commentator Jo Phillips and Nigel

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Nelson. Let's get on with it. Let's start with the Sunday Telegraph. The

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situation in Iraq dominates most of the front pages. The headline says,

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save us from death. Obama vows to smash the militant in northern Iraq.

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The Observer also highlights how minority communities are fleeing

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from the Islamic State fighters. It points out that tradition aircraft

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have joined the relief effort. A picture Baroness Warsi is on the

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front page of the Independent. The former Tory Minister resigned over

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Gaza. Now she is speaking out. The mail on Sunday claims that a UKIP

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MEP is coaching candidates to emulate the public speaking

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techniques of among others, Adolf Hitler. UK airport staff are set to

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strike over fears they will be the first to catch the deadly Ebola

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virus if it comes to the UK. Let's begin. Thank you very much for

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being with us. Let's start with the horrible picture on the front page

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of the Sunday Telegraph. A harrowing eyewitness account. The first

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Western journalist to get into the mountains where the Yazidi Kurds are

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stranded. Yes. Through his copy, you can see that he is quite angry about

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it. He is on the frontline of what is going on. He makes the point

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about Americans dropping aid from 15,000 feet. Without a parachute. It

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then breaks open and is useless. The other point is that he makes in the

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story, the aid delivered so far is not enough to stem the growing

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humanitarian crisis. Journalism has changed hugely. In the old days, a

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reporter in the field was the only one who experienced first`hand. Now

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you get journalists back in the office in London, following the

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whole thing on Twitter are in real time. He was telling me about ISIS,

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one kilometre, two kilometres away. That was coming off Twitter.

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Everybody is now involved in the journalistic community. ISIS are

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very sophisticated on social media as well. Even the refugees, they

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have been talking to Reuters on mobile phones, saying they have no

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water, but they have mobile phones. It is very bizarre. There is

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something absolutely pitiful and poignant that you can have a mobile

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phone signal but you do not have any water, all in`off to it.

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Helicopters, how ridiculous to just throw it out the window? The

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temperatures of 50 Celsius. In terms of the diplomacy on that, we have

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been hearing that the US has launched four more airstrikes to

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defend civilians. It does not say where. But let's issue and it will

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probably be here. Obama is saying that it is a long process. He has

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hoisted himself slightly by getting out of the Dunmore, only to go back

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in again. It will now be a long haul. It does not sound like they

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have any sort of long`term plan. They either have to go in very hard

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and make sure you do the job, because ISIS, or Islamic State, are

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advancing very rapidly through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon on. At the same

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time, there is not much about Gaza on the front page of the papers. I

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think there will be a lot of people who will be looking at Obama and

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David Cameron, and other leaders, saying that you are doing this here,

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what have you been about Gaza? We have been hearing that today,

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protesters in central London. They are demonstrating against Israel's

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actions in Gaza. Some people call it hypocrisy. There is a fantastic

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quote on the front page of the absorber. `` the Observer. From the

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Archbishop of Irbil's Catholics. There are only 40 Christians left in

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this area. It is so in printed into our memories of childhood and Bible

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classes. He says, trust is broken. 2000 years, all these minorities

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have lived there. Now they have to leave. It is quite interesting about

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the timescale. What Obama is signalling, this is a much bigger

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job than just refugees. They are hugely important. It back in the

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situation, America wants regime change. They want the government to

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stand down and a new one in its place. There is a lot of diplomacy

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on the basis that we would not invade again. To get it sorted out.

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At the moment, the absolute priority has to be those up to 150,000

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people, on that mountain. Let's look on the story on the front page of

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the Observer, about care work is going on strike. The headline is not

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particularly about the care workers. It is about a very rich

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man, a private equity firm, buying up UK nursing homes and are

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proposing, allegedly, to slash workers' wages. He is the managing

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director of Bridgepoint capital. They have brought up Care UK, who

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run quite a lot of care homes. This is a dispute that has been going on

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for several weeks, among carers, who are having their wages cut. This is

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a bigger story, for many reasons. If you pay people appalling wages for a

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job that every single politician says is the most important, and we

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want to treat the elderly with respect, what about treating the

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workers who do the job with respect? All sorts of questions about

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privatisation of healthcare services, questions about the

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profits that are made. Inside the Observer, a former editor, he has

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written a really good think piece about the state of capitalism. It is

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not tell you anything that you would not expect the Observer to say...

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But what it does talk about, which I think is quite interesting, about

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trade unionists. We have all got mixed views about trade unions. They

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have been lambasted quite often. But when you look at people in this

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very, very low paid, low prospect, low skill set. You see what unions

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are for. That is another side to the story. There are a some instances

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where the day can run industries more efficiently than the dull, but

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this is talking about paying the people who work a decent living.

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There is always going to be a pragmatism. The money is not

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therefore the day to pay for everything, but there is a balance.

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Let's have a look at the Sunday express. Page two. Will be a level

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purchase the results collapse? `` purge. Will it be reflected by a dip

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in grades? A fascinating story. I have a youngster who is in the

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middle of all of this. So I am kind of living with it. The issue,

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Michael Gove was absolutely right, that you cannot have grades

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constantly going up so you could not distinguish who really was a

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top`class student, and who wasn't. He has made the whole thing a bit

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more difficult. So there will be a greater spread. What the story seems

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to suggest, the universities are decrying that. If you do not get

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three a stars, you do not get the university of your choice. But there

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will be plenty through the clearing system who will be able to find a

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course elsewhere. But if Michael Gove has left the Department of

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education with a mismatch between the universities and the grades that

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people get, they will be a problem. We will find out next week when the

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results come out. Because there is such competition for places, if

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universities are still asking for a triple star, or whatever, and very

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few people get it, then those places will have to be field. That is the

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point. It may well be that there will still be enough places, but

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your first choice, if you do not get the grades, you do not get back. To

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complicate things slightly, you have got the International baccalaureate

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coming in. Also Cambridge preuniversity qualifications. They

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are also in the mix. Students will be getting courses based on those

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two as well as the grades coming up. What are your children's grades

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expecting? He tells me that he would do terribly well. We will see. Let's

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go to the Mail on Sunday. A big headline. UKIP tells its youth wing,

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copy Hitler. Really? I know. This is in the Mail. He is facing a storm of

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protest. At one point, he was involved with the Conservatives. He

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is an MEP. He has been training one of the UKIP members who are standing

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`` thinking of standing in Parliamentary elections. He is

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giving advice on how to be better orators. He says that they should

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take tips from a hateful figure who achieved a great deal. He talks

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about Hitler being a magnetic and forceful public speaker. To be

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fair... We must be fair. He said, this is the performance. It was very

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much about the techniques of it. There is a statement that the Mail

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has given us. It says: I was talking about a whole range of public

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speakers. I also mentioned Tony Blair. At no point did I endorse

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Hitler or anybody else. We were only discussing public speaking. Hitler

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and the Nazis were monsters and I am angry that I'm being asked questions

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about whether we would wish to be linked with them. Yet another cheap

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shot to deal with from the media. That is going to sell copies. It is

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the one bit of fun in the papers. Fun? Wow. What have we come to. He

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also named Mussolini. An awful lot of politicians to talk about the way

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that Hitler actually spoke. It was an extraordinary performance.

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That is it for the papers. Coming up next it is the Film Review.

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Hello and welcome to the programme. Joining me is Jason Solomons.

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