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commentator. And we have the start of the capital

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one cup. That is all in Sportsday. Welcome to our lookahead at what the

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papers will be bringing us tomorrow morning. With me are the FT's Deputy

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political editor Beth Rigby and John Kampfner, director of the creative

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industries Federation. The Telegraph leads with the news that trials are

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under way on a new drug that would allow damaged hearts to recover

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without the need for major surgery. A migration warning in the Express,

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that claims thousands are massing to cross the Channel.

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The Guardian says that Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al`Maliki 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. A story we've been covering this

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evening on the News Channel ` the woman who's baby buggy was swept

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onto the tube lines ` is the image that dominates the front of The

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Metro. And the same image on the front of

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The Mail. You can see some stills. The paper also claims the Human

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Rights Act allowed judges, they say, to make up the law.

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The crisis in Iraq dominates the front of The Times, which says armed

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RAF aircraft will be assisting the US in their operations in the north

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of the country. More Iraq in The Mirror with a plea

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from the refugees fleeing the Islamists in IS saying "Save Us".

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And also on the front of the independent. An image of Yazidis

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fleeing the jihadists with the paper saying the country is descending

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into chaos as Britain prepares to intervene. Let us begin with the

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times. And what it has to say about Britain's role, potentially

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expanding role, in Iraq. The story tonight from the UK's perspective is

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the UK are sending fighter bombers to actually drop aid. The government

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line is holding at the moment. At this time, they do not anticipate

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any military intervention beyond humanitarian aid. They are also

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giving assistance to the US in terms of surveillance. John, do you think

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that can hold given the pressure was to ``? .

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There are MPs, particularly those Christian, saying our brothers and

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sisters of the faith are being slaughtered. We know how reluctant

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Parliament was to get involved in Syria. And also, the convention in

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Parliament is for any boots on the ground anyway, there must be a

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recalling of Parliament. That is something the Prime Minister will be

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reluctant to do. There is still some milage to go with President Obama

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and his statement this evening. It was not ready in the American

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population at all. `` readying. Your instinct is the UK would not jump

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ahead of the United States? We did in Libya, but it was cleared with

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the Americans. It was planned for quite sometime, the contingency. The

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jury is out. That is polite. Libya has gone down pretty fast since

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then. Afghanistan was anything but a success. We know the consequences of

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Iraq. The instinct to intervene is quite understandable. It is quite

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legitimate. Then what? And you end up owning it if you do intervene.

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Let us look at your paper, the Financial Times. It has Iraq stuffed

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dominating the Financial Times. It is not just holding back the Islamic

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State fighters, it is the government appears to be at war with itself.

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This is the developing story tonight. You saw that with the

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statement from Obama. He talks about the changes in Iraq. Nouri

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al`Maliki, the Prime Minister, has been replaced by the Deputy Speaker.

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He was educated in Manchester. The issue that the FT are raising is

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whether or not this is an emerging political crisis. Nouri al`Maliki

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says he does not want to go. The issue is whether he has any sway

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with the militarily. Militia groups have been mobilised on the streets.

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There are fears he might use force to retain leadership. There is an

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increased security presence on the streets of a date. `` Baghdad. What

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is worrying about this, Obama in the statement talked about inclusive

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government. People in Iraq would argue the sectarian nature with

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which Nouri al`Maliki ruled Iraq has given space for this insurgency. We

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have got the picture on the front cover. Let us look at the caption.

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Yazidis fleeing. It is interesting, we have this patchwork of different

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interests in Iraq. It has always been there. Part of the Constitution

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was trying to stitch it together. With all the external pressures,

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never mind the political one, the stitching is coming to part. ``

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apart. That is one of the unintended consequences of the military

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intervention. If you go across the Middle East, the most unpleasant,

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vicious, Thai radical dictators, whether you are talking about Saddam

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Hussein, Hosni Mubarak, Bashar al`Assad in Syria, they kept all the

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sectarian divides together, simply by having a police state and killing

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or putting in prison anybody who caused any trouble. Once the genie

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is out of the bottle, this is the consequence. It takes decades, it

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will take decades of nationbuilding. Moving on to

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domestic news with the Guardian. Interesting story. This is the

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Labour Party trying to take the initiative on education. Giving some

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people sleepless nights. Parents. Your daughter is waiting for her

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results? You will be interested in this. The Labour Party saying,

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contrary to Michael Gove's plans to scrap AS`level is, it wants to

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retain them? I think the idea of, I went through, everything hinges on

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the final bit. It does not suit some people. I thought we had moved on. I

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am interested in what appears to be them being quite cautious. This is

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probably one of those stories where they will accentuate what they will

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do and play down what they will leave alone. There are some elements

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of the reform that they will keep. But everything depends on the final

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call. There are many 17 and 18 `year`olds to develop at such

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different cases. `` pieces. There is the idea that the AS`level was

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thought to be better for those pupils who might not otherwise get

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to higher education. That is something people recruiting for

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universities and other institutions have valued. That might be lost. We

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are seeing a shrinking of university places anyway. A worry for those

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parents who may have children of that age in a few years. Labour

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placed the stories in the Guardian because they are pushing an open

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door. The point that you raised, this is cutting social mobility. It

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is a regimented, Victorian system where children who take longer to

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develop or children who are more disadvantaged are being shut out

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before they even have a chance to have a go. I think it is very

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politically, labour are going to go big on education into the election.

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Not least because Michael Gove has become so toxic in some quarters,

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particularly with the teachers, that he has been shuffled out of his job.

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He is the leading reformist of the Tories. Even if Labour do not win

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the next election, we have had as much reform as we can take for now?

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The other thing that is interesting where the Tories want to go,

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although Michael Gove has been controversial, what public policy

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can they really go on? They cannot do the NHS. They are not strong on

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the NHS. David Cameron tied into the aspirational nation stuff.

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Moving on to the Daily Mail. The story about the buggy being swept

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onto the tracks. Amazing pictures. Police want people to say, it is

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dangerous to jump on the rails. It is hard to imagine what a parent in

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this situation would otherwise do. Anything could have happened. What

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was the alternative? Stand there and watch. A split`2nd decision. She

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acted on instinct. 99% of people would have done the same thing.

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Whatever you see struggling in the water, you just have to do it.

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Obviously they have to say that. Nobody is endorsing jumping on the

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tracks. I heard this on the way in on the radio. I asked in the car. It

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is absolutely horrifying. An amazing mother, if it were my toddler on the

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tracks, you would just do it. You would not think, this is too

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dangerous. People will be talking about this. The thing over briefly.

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`` flipping. The Minister leaving because he cannot afford to bring

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his family down to London when he is stuck hair. The Daily Telegraph have

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put a spin on it. They led the campaign with the expenses scandal

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which brought about the new reforms. Under the new reforms, MPs who rent

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a flat in London and have a constituency miles away at have

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limited amount of money to spend at home. He says, I cannot have my

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children in London with me. We really are scraping the bottom of

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the barrel. It is August and it is summer. Deckchairs being widened.

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Even though I have been on a diet, I am having problems with the chess in

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the studio. `` chair is. 36 inch wide. Airlines in the United States

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have widened shares as well. That is the way of the demographic. It makes

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me wonder if they might charge more for it. Can you imagine how

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depressing that would be? Can I have the super`size, please? That is not

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to happen to us, we are both on diets. Thank you so much to both of

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you. Stay with us. At midnight, the latest from Iraq as western airdrops

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continue to help refugees. Coming up next, Sportsday.

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