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Iraqis continue to build on today's progress to form a conclusive


government. Hello and welcome to our look


ahead to what the the papers With me are the FT's Deputy


Political Editor Beth Rigby and John Kampfner who's Director of


the Creative Industries Federation. Let's take a look at what we have so


far. Trials are underway on a new drug that can allow damaged hearts


to recover without the need to major surgery in the Daily Telegraph. A


migration warning that claims thousands are massing to cross the


Channel, in the Daily Express. Iraq's Prime Minister appears to


have lost his job in the wake of jihadists sweeping across the north


of the country, in the Guardian. The woman whose baby buggy was swept


onto the tube lines, this will be dominating the front of the Metro


when commuters pick it up tomorrow. That same images on the front of the


Daily Mail, the paper also claims that the human rights act allows


judges to, they say, make up the law. The crisis in Iraq dominates


the front of the times. And Darius aircraft will be assisting the US in


the operations in the north of the country. `` armed RAAF aircraft. ``


RAF. We will talk about Iraq in just a moment. Let's begin with a story


that is on the Telegraph. That is the surprise was a nation of yet


another minister from the Foreign Office. They seemed to be dropping


like flies. This is Mark Simmons. According to the Daily Telegraph,


?120,000 will not buy family life. Is this what it is really about?


He has resigned today. Apparently it was agreed three weeks ago, but


there was a big summit in Africa. As the African minister he wanted to


leave that summit. It looks fishy because of the timing of Baroness


Warsi stepping down, but I have spoken to other former ministers


today and they say that was the reason and his replacement new about


this three weeks ago when there was the reshuffle. He's had some time to


read up then. The way the Daily Telegraph have done this is to take


a swipe at him. It's all linked expenses and the expenses scandal


and campaign they ran. The rules changed in 2009. Mark Simmons is


saying he is resigning because of family reasons. Stepping down as an


MP, as well. He makes the point it is difficult to have a family life


when you are living in a constituency hundreds of miles away


from Westminster, and then you are commuting down in the week to be in


Parliament. Although I know the headline of ?120,000, it looks


ridiculous and ludicrous, actually the issue of MPs expenses is


something that has been raised by all Parliamentary groups on how to


get more women into Westminster. Under the current system it is


actually very hard to have a flat in London that you can claim on


expenses big enough to have your family fare. Especially if you have


young kids. Do you think this is in sync with the readers and the


general public opinion towards this? `` family there. It hasn't


been sympathetically written. It hasn't. It is on two levels. The


consequences for our foreign diplomacy are not great. We have the


Israeli`Palestinian conflict, everything that is going on in Iraq


and slightly relegated but still very, very boiling up at the time is


Russia and Ukraine. Lots of things that don't make the headlines that


diplomats have to be aware of. We just have this constant churn of


ministers. You can talk about somebody reading up on Africa. I was


being tongue in cheek. CHUCKLES Quite often they read the briefs on


a plane or on the way out, but this is damaging. Is there a sense,


because I heard this, and not for the first time, but perhaps now


hearing it in the Cameron years, foreign policies driven by Downing


Street, and maybe the Foreign Office doesn't feel as important a place as


it once did? `` foreign policy is driven. Absolutely. The departure of


another foreign policy minister is indicative that it appears in


masculine to do, as somebody put it to me. `` emasculated. He seems to


becoming more interested in foreign affairs. Baroness Warsi said that.


She said George should have used is in the woods more. He might want to


be Foreign Secretary in 2015. All Prime Minister since Margaret


Thatcher, and possibly before her, distrusted the Foreign Office. You


can argue the rights and wrongs, but the idea that anybody who spends,


whether it is an ambassador, or a civil servant, or least of all a


minister who spends too long, which is normally more than a year or two


in a particular specialism, is regarded as going native. But what a


lot of countries have is people who know the subtleties. One of the


reasons the Iraqi war went so badly is because we didn't understand the


subtleties of the region. `` Iraq war. Ministers have been at pains to


say over the last few days, we are not going to rerun the Iraq war, no


boots on the ground. Over the weekend there were comments that we


should be considering at the very least civil forces. Now Britain is


considering a combat role in Iraq. This situation is really fluid. What


Downing Street was saying 72 hours ago is slightly different to the


language 48 hours later, and then into today. Actually, when you look


at what Philip Hammond says, the new Foreign Secretary, he says he


doesn't envision a combat role at the present time. And there is the


wriggle room. I think what has happened is they are keeping


watching brief on this. Thinking if this escalate and President Obama


asks us for support, we have to take a decision. And that could be the


key point, if that were to happen. You were there for the Iraq war, you


watched all of the permutations in the run`up in 2003. If Barack Obama


says we are going to do something, is it inevitable that Britain are


going to have two as well? Will we have a repeat of what happened in


Syria. He is distinct from previous US presidents. He is much more


reluctant to commit. He is a great admirer of the drone, and he thinks


the drone controls all military problems. A base in Nevada, or


wherever else it is, you know, Star Wars style, you can send these


drones into the sky and zap your enemy. Obviously the great advantage


of that is it does not bring back your own body bags, so it in Nice


that is is the population. But in many ways it doesn't solve the


problem. `` anaesthetise it is the problem.


In some ways, I think this is a classic in search of a story story.


But Barack Obama felt the need to be seen to say something, even if he


wasn't saying anything new, dare I suggest, in his statement. Is camera


now going to feel the pressure to pop up in public to say something


about Britain's involvement? `` is David Cameron. I think he's feeling


the pressure. The wounds of Syria are still raw. He went to Parliament


ask for help for intervention. He was turned down by his colleagues,


as well as opposition MPs. And now... Potentially the same


situation is coming up again. Now, how does he handle it? But the cause


is the same, it was the failure of Iraq in 2003, and Afghanistan. A


different lead up, but appeared to be anything but an emphatic success.


For all of that you must be seen to be doing something in Cobra meetings


and everything else, I would detect a reluctance on both sides. In the


Guardian, they are also talking about Iraq. Its main front`page


story, this is on the politics in Iraq and Nouri al`Maliki. The


pictures are confused. The Guardian seems to think he is out, but


judging by what has been happening tonight, he is not going to go


quietly. How much further does this complicates the calculation in


Washington? Barack Obama said in his press statement, which we just saw,


that he and Joe Biden had spoken to the Prime Minister. Interestingly, I


thought the most interesting word he used was, we urged him to choose a


Cabinet that is inclusive of all Iraqis. Because the consistent


accusation against Nouri al`Maliki was that he was sectarian in his


thinking. And as a result, cemented and exacerbated some of the divide


that already existed. Let's move down on the same paper to A`levels.


If anybody has got children of that age they will all know that Thursday


is results day for England and Wales. Interesting here, as if we


hadn't had enough shake`ups, we are going to get one from Labour if they


are elected next year. So, Labour are saying they will overhaul the


A`level system of the Michael Poke era. Michael Gove is trying to back


load everything. Like I did back in 1885! CHUCKLES


You know, when you would take all of the exams at the end. He wants to


have an exam `based system. Labour say they are going to rethink it.


They said they are not going to scrap AS`level is. `` AS`levels.


Michael Gove was keen on that. Michael Gove was the reforming force


for the Tories. He moved out from the department, and was effectively


demoted in the last reshuffle. Why did that happen? Part of the charter


was because he is so politically toxic `` chatter. I think part of


this is that Labour feel that education is, you know, education


and the NHS, two areas where Labour can make some ground up against the


Tories. And I think we are going to see lots more stories about them


trying to appeal to what is effectively that crowd when it comes


to labour on education policy going into the election. We heard from


Barrack,. Let's not dwell on A`levels. `` we heard from President


Obama. Let's go to the Daily Mail. These pictures are extraordinary.


They make me shiver. We were running them on the channel a short while


ago. This is a buggy being blown onto the tracks in an underground


station. It's astonishing. It is one of those stories which is much more


salient and poignant on television, or by any other such medium. It


doesn't quite capture it. But it is a classic, by the grace of God.


Weather breaks not on the buggy? But everybody has been there. `` were


the brakes. I have taken my toddlers on the tube. I was wondering, why


are the brakes not on? But it is so stressful to get on and off a tube


with a buggy. She probably thought, well, I will leave them off. The


advice is, don't jump onto the tracks. But you're going to, aren't


you? Absolutely, what an amazing mum. That is it for the papers. My


guests will be back again at 11:30pm. Coming up next it is time


the sports day. `` for sports day.


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