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

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government. Hello and welcome to our look

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

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

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

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

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

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migration warning that claims thousands are massing to cross the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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when you are living in a constituency hundreds of miles away

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

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

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ridiculous and ludicrous, actually the issue of MPs expenses is

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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another foreign policy minister is indicative that it appears in

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

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

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

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be Foreign Secretary in 2015. All Prime Minister since Margaret

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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problem. `` anaesthetise it is the problem.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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quietly. How much further does this complicates the calculation in

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

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

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

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Cabinet that is inclusive of all Iraqis. Because the consistent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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load everything. Like I did back in 1885! CHUCKLES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the sports day. `` for sports day.

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