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rail Madrid. That is in 15 minutes, after the Papers.


Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers are going to be


bringing us tomorrow morning. With me Sam Coates, Deputy political


editor at The Times, and Randeep Ramesh, social affairs editor at the


Guardian. Tomorrow's front pages, we'll take a look at what has


arrived so far tonight. The Independent says that ten different


enquiries have been launched in under three years into Greater


Manchester Police, and specifically into its handling of the rape and


sexual abuse cases. The Financial Times has a striking image of a


Russian aid convoy. Hundreds of tracks are currently on their way


towards eastern Ukraine. And a warning from Colonel Tim Collins is


the Telegraph's front page tonight. The retired military officer, famous


for his rousing speech on the eve of the Iraq war, says that Britain is


failing in its moral obligation to intervene. A photograph of the late


Robin Williams, found dead in an apparent suicide at his home on


Monday, dominates the front of the Daily Star. It is also the image


that fills the front page of Metro, which says that the agony of the


actor's final hours has been revealed. And Robin Williams and his


daughter are on the front of the Express. That paper also has an


update on its campaign to try to end hospital car parking charges.


Meanwhile, the Daily Mail speculates that financial worries may have


played a part in Robin Williams' death. The Guardian leads with news


that we have been covering here this evening, that Britain is


intensifying its involvement in northern Iraq.


Welcome to the news channel tonight. We will start with Iraq, and


particularly with what the Telegraph has to say. Colonel Tim Collins, one


of the media's favourite retired military officers. Will this strike


a bit of a nerve, do you think? It certainly plays into a growing


chorus of calls for Parliament to be recalled and for greater


intervention, and perhaps even for a direct tackling of Isis, which is


actually not UK or US policy at the moment. What Tim Collins is saying


is that Britain has a very long, historic relationship with Iraq, and


with the Kurds in particular, since we went to war to protect them in


the Gulf in 1990, and that we should do much more than we do at the


moment. He says the age drops are like a pebble in the ocean, and that


we need to get stuck in and start fighting on behalf of the Kurds, to


push back the Islamic State, and to protect the region. Randiv, he is


also saying in this interview about the danger of historic civilisations


being wiped out. We have heard a lot of apocalyptic language over the


past few days, yet there is also a poll being quoted by the Telegraph


tonight, which says that whilst most people are in favour of more aid and


the rest of it, they are dead set against any idea of troops on the


ground. It is a big dilemma for the politicians. When it comes to


ancient civilisations being wiped out, I think it is a good headline,


but unfortunately we have lost plenty of those. You can see the


wreckage in Syria, you can see what happened in Lebanon on 30 or 40


years ago. These things do disappear under the waves of war. I think the


late motif of this kind of conflict probably goes back to that Gulf War


crisis, where we set up a safe zone for the Kurds to operate, which


allowed them about 25 years of democracy. I think that is the fear,


perhaps, of this mission, creeping into a situation where we patrol the


skies of Iraq in order to insular this kind of humanitarian corridor


for the Kurds to operate and protect them from Isis. `` ensure this kind


of humanitarian corridor. That is a political decision. We have not got


anywhere near it, but that is what lies behind these Army guys coming


out and saying that we cannot begin this process without an end in


sight, and I think that end does lead you to this kind of project,


which I do not think David Cameron really wants to go to. There are a


lot of easy calls in the moment in the political world for a recall of


Parliament and for further action, but very live in peoples minds at


the moment is the experience last year over Syria, where there was no


clear plan, yet there was a recall of Parliament and a botched boat


that resulted in a slightly inconclusive set of votes in the


Houses of Parliament and Britain ruling out military action there. ``


botched vote. I think one of the things that the government is


conscious of, and which the military wants to make clear, is that you


need some sort of and endgame. So that if we did get further involved


in what is going on in Iraq, we would know what I clear objectives


were, and how they would end. And I still do not quite see that we have


got to that point. Whether it is a sort of permanent patrolling


presence, to allow a Kurdish state within a state to continue to


existing safely, or whether we look to actually try to maintain control


and maybe even decimate the Islamic State itself, which is an altogether


bigger undertaking and probably pretty difficult at this stage. I


think that is true. I think as we have found out, when it comes to


Iraq and Syria, there are things beyond our control. Baghdad, what


happens in Damascus, what Turkey decides to do eventually with the


Qataris and the Saudis, that is London's problem. It really does not


have much of a dog in this fight. The other problem for Britain is


that anything that it does do, America can do far better. And


bigger. And bigger. So there is no distinctive role. There is no need


for Britain to get involved other than a sense of symbolism and


history, and a need to show solidarity with the US and the


Kurds. And it is a lot of money just for that. Sam, you mentioned the


vote on Syria last year, and of course there was much controversy


over the role of Ed Miliband. I'm still not `` Downing Street have


forgiven him over that. But it seems that conservative researchers have


found, according to a story at the bottom of the Daily Telegraph, that


Mr Miliband is one of the biggest reasons why swing voters in the


Midlands will be reluctant to vote Labour at the next election. What do


you make of that? That is an extraordinary curious story. You are


quite used to reading poll stories, which are based on research done by


poll companies, reputable poll company to publish their


methodology, explaining how the vote is broken down in different parts of


the country. Robbie speaking, they show that the Labour Party is ahead


by something between four and seven points, on polls that are taken


nearly every day. `` broadly speaking. On the front page of the


Telegraph we have a new phenomenon called conservative research, and


hey presto, it comes out with the unbelievable conclusion that David


Cameron will win the next election because of Ed Miliband's


unpopularity. Now, he is unpopular, but the Tories are still behind. The


big question is, why are they doing this? Why are we reading this story?


What is happening is that conservatives have long presumed and


hoped that the improvements to the economy will bring with it a rising


tide of votes. And that is not happening. And so you are seeing


doggedly determined poll leads of 47% for the Labour Party, and people


in the Tory party are getting unsettled. This is, I suspect, their


attempts to calm the nerves. Do you agree with that? Do you think it is


about internal reassurance for conservatives, rather than actually


aimed at Labour, or indeed the swing voters? I think it is undeniable


that the polls do show that Ed Miliband is a weakness for his


party, but that is not news, and I think Sam is probably right. You


have to wonder, you have cut out the middleman and printed the press


release. It appears, if one can use that formulation, because this is


what the Conservative research Department would say, surely? OK, we


will move on. Enough said, as you might say. We will move on to the


Financial Times, and this image, which I noticed the Telegraph have


just managed to get onto their front page. It is this image of these


tracks with their lights on, so it is a moody, Twilight image, of these


innocent looking white trucks on the one hand, but on the other hand, if


you are a Ukrainian in Kiev, you might perceive this as a sort of


stealth invasion. You do have a split screen feeling of events in


Iraq taking place while once again that is in Ukraine are just starting


to read up again. There has long been a fear or a suspicion that


President Putin would use the next big international events to make his


next incursion into Ukraine. He has arranged a humanitarian aid mission,


280 trucks, seemingly under the cover of the International Red


Cross, though actually as it happens the International Red Cross denied


that this was their convoy this morning, in a rather powerful and


spectacular tweet. And the Ukrainians are saying they will


allow the aid in, providing it is transferred to the Red Cross. Very


murky. It does look like a military convoy, with the perfect distance


between each track. You wonder whether there are 30 soldiers in


each vehicle, standing to attention and waiting to be unloaded somewhere


west of the border. Putin is nothing if not a clever politician. This


sort of says to the west, these people require humanitarian aid, I


am going to deliver it. You cannot say that this is anything but


material support for people in need. Of course, the Ukrainians will say,


hang on a minute, you created this problem. You gave them the guns and


the weapons. the comparison is with Syria. In Russia, it was blamed, and


there are two calculations. One is that there are lot of ethnic


Russians in that part of the world, and the reception will be purely


positive. There is a need that he is answering. The West tried to look at


the difficult sanctions, which the European Union needs to get 28


countries to agree to. They could not get very far to it. Is a


newspaper man, what do you make the decision to go big on this story? On


the sanctions question, the Financial Times are nothing if not


good at following the money. That is where the Russian question is. It is


being watered down. Whilst there are distractions in Iraq, it becomes


even harder. Just briefly, let's look at the Independent story on sex


crimes. This is quite something. The suggestion that has emerged that


Greater Manchester Police face ten different enquiries into and a half


years. We have lost the end of this, but the bureau of investigated


journalism done a lot of work. It is whether they were right to proceed


with surveillance when a vulnerable child was placed in danger. The


story is so Peter Fahy. He could be in line to take over at The Met. He


is innocent until proven guilty. But there will be a question in anyone's


mind. He leads the counterterrorism strategy, and he has been seen as


being quite effective. Bell the last word is on surveillance. Police have


misused surveillance in recent years. Thank you both for joining


us. You're going to carry on looking through these, we will be back with


you again at 11:30pm, but for now, that is all for us. At 11 o'clock,


we are going to have a report from northern Iraq, where tens of


thousands of refugees crossed a mountain range is to flee from


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