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stop him playing in the fifth test. That is in 15 minutes, after the


papers. Hello and welcome to


our look ahead to what the papers With me are Kate Devlin,


the Westminster Correspondent for the Herald, and Amol Rajan,


editor of the Independent. The Metro's front page has more


on the police search of a property in Berkshire owned


by Sir Cliff Richard in connection with an allegation of a sexual


nature dating back to the 1980s. Sir Cliff says the accusation


is "completely false". "Eurozone recovery shudders to a halt" is the


headline in the Financial Times, and it reports calls on


the European Central Bank to take The Express also has Sir Cliff


Richard on the front page, and says That story also features on front


page of The Daily Telegraph. The paper also has the headline


"Thousands saved from Iraq death Finally, The Guardian reports


that the UK is ready to arm Kurds And it pictures teachers jumping


with joy after the success Let's begin with the Metro. We


clearly can't linger on it for too long as there is only a certain


amount we can say. The headline is Sir Cliff's fury over child sex


police swoop. This was one of his properties in Berkshire being


raided, says the paper, the police. There was no arrest. Sir Cliff is in


Portugal at the moment with his sister. He says he has been aware of


allegations made against him, but he says they are completely false.


Let's move on to the Guardian. The headline is, UK is ready to arm


Kurds. Move to help forces facing Isis, or Islamic State, draws


Britain back into the crisis. Kate, we firstly heard the government


saying, we are just going to be providing humanitarian assistance.


No suggestion of any military involvement, but now the story is


moving further? It is. Downing Street hinted at this on Monday,


when they were asked if they could be involved in arming Kurds. They


suggested that they would look at this kind of thing, but this seems


to be a clear moving on from that position. You are right, it comes at


a time when Number Ten has very much tried to emphasise that we would be


involved in the humanitarian end of things. This moves on from the


immediate crisis, and starts to look at how we are going to try and


tackle Isis, or is Islamic State, in the longer term. It is desperately


trying to keep the country together. There is the immediate humanitarian


thing, with all these Yazidis who need to be held in the short term.


Iraq is a country which has seized to exist in any meaningful sense.


This is about working out what on earth we can do to try and


consolidate the Middle East and stop it becoming a power vacuum. It seems


to be a strategic decision that the people who are best able to resist


the Islamic State advance other PKK, and there was a feeling that by


arming them, we can do something about it. It is terrifying to look


at a map of what used to be Syria and Iraq. You have a quasi state


being set up by these fascists. A caliphate, as they call it. It


sounds so grand. When it is actually sinister and nasty. Which is not to


say that this is not controversial. The Guardian points out that the UK


once again bears responsibility for deaths in Iraq, and that will be of


interest to the public. The moment when troops on the ground are put in


physical danger, that is a much bigger political gambit. This was


initially about high`tech equipment and surveillance and technical


support, which is a very different cup of tea from saying, here are UK


soldiers who are going to be putting their lives in danger. We have not


got there yet, but it feels like the momentum and the threat from Isis


are such that that could come further down the line. The United


States are doing all they can to make sure they do not have to send


troops in, although they did talk about the siege of Mount Sinjar


having been broken, thanks to to some kind of US personnel. It was


not as bad as they initially thought. President Obama got elected


off the back of saying Iraq was a dumb war. He has been in charge of


try to take American troops out of Iraq. He does not want to be the guy


going into his final years as president his second term, sending


more troops in. One quick Newsline on this is that Nouri al`Maliki, who


has been the leader of Iraq, was deposed. He resisted it and has said


tonight that he is actually going to step down. There is a replacement


for him, who we hope will be more effective at keeping Iraq more


stable. Yes, that came as a surprise to a lot of us, because he had been


holding out for a third term. It was inevitable. Let's move on to the


FT. Eurozone recovery shudders to a halt. Flat growth prompts calls for


action by the European Central Bank. This is Germany's economy not doing


as well as they had hoped in the last quarter, and France not putting


on any growth in quarters one and two. And Italy. It is astonishing


that we have had this huge crisis for a long time, going back five or


six years. We thought it was something that attached itself to


Europe's periphery, countries like Portugal. But Germany, France and


Italy, three of the biggest economies, have not grown in the


last two quarters, which is astonishing. After the crisis, there


was a lot of quick action by policymakers, lots of fiscal and


monetary stimulus to try and help sort the euro area out. The FT have


an editorial saying, for goodness' sake, let's not sit on our hands,


let's do something like wanted to easing to try and drive the economy.


But one of the people driving that was Germany, the beating heart of


the Eurozone economy. The problem is, with the dismal numbers coming


out of Germany, does she lose her authority, which was very


instrumental last time? This is all in the context of incredibly grim


stuff to Europe's East, which is Ukraine and Russia. There are


currently 300 vehicles being sent from Moscow in a weird convoy


towards Ukraine's eastern edge. There is a feeling that actually,


war might be about to erupt along Europe's eastern edge, which will


have a huge effect on gas prices and so on. It feels suddenly like Europe


has plunged into turmoil. Reading further into this article, I did not


realise this, the Netherlands economy actually contracted at the


beginning of this year. So as you say, it is those economies that you


normally think were stable and robust, even they are suffering. And


this is at a time when you have an implement in Spain `` use an


implement in Spain is over 50%. There was a feeling in Britain that


maybe we are through the worst of it. This would suggest that some of


the systemic problems that 2007 showed up around Europe and the way


its banks were operating have not gone away and we need urgent action


to address that. And there are still some banks teetering on the brink in


these countries. The problem is, while we think it is great that we


have managed to recover and we are leading the way, Europe will be a


drag because we are also interconnected. There is a political


dimension, which is that lots of people on the right of British


politics argue that Britain ought to remain outside the euro. This is a


vindication for them that it is a good thing that we were not dragged


into this euro hell. Let's move on to the Daily Express. Page seven,


patrol boats on stand`by to head off channel migrants. Apparently, there


is a feat of Border Force ship that are going to try to intercept


migrants trying to reach Britain from Calais in small boats. We have


seen boats of Lampedusa, the island of Italy's coast, having to do this


on a daily basis. Malta is being swamped by people desperate to get


away. But they have clearly come a very long way if they have managed


to cross the English Channel. Absolutely. They are desperate to


get here if they are crossing one of the most busy shipping channels in


the world in these tiny little thingies `` beanies `` dinghies. It


looks like a toy. A child's toy that you would use in the swimming pool.


It is a perfect story for my comrades at the express. It has got


war, patriotism, migrants. And these huge military vessels. The idea that


what we have to do is used military vessels strikes me as mildly


ludicrous. But the Daily Express are worried that these people are going


to take their jobs and so forth. But what happens to them when they are


picked up? They enter an asylum system, which we have got incredibly


good at running in this country. If they are fit for asylum, they are


given asylum. If not, we send them back. But because our asylum system


has been so terribly underfunded and badly run, you end up with a lot of


people who either end up becoming illegal migrants, or they are stuck


in asylum centres for years. If we could sort that out, this would be


less of a problem. But this is going to be the kind of story that many


people will point to, because we know immigration will be a massive


subject in the run`up to the next general election. Absolutely, and


this kind of thing, stopping boats with refugees on them from trying to


land, has dominated Australian politics for the last ten years. One


of the people involved in that has been Lynton Crosby, who is now


advising David Cameron. It has had a really divisive impact on Australian


politics. But actually, you could argue that it has very much help


them right in that country to power. Kate has just come back from


Australia. I am not envious at all(!). The Daily Telegraph


front`page has a couple of stories. Everyone was so shocked earlier in


the week when we heard that Robin Williams had died and it appeared


that he had taken his own life. Now, his wife says he was in the early


stages of Parkinson's disease. And this may have worn a relation on the


fact that he chose to commit suicide, we don't know. Very


difficult for somebody like him to have to face up to that and tell the


public about. And very difficult for his family, because his wife has had


to say he was sober when this happened. So in the 48 hours after


losing her husband, she is having to make very public statements about


what happened. I feel for the family. It must be very difficult.


And above that, the abuse on Twitter. It is astonishing. You look


at social media and think, what sort of person feels that the thing they


really want to do when Robin Williams commits suicide is abuse


his daughter? There was a story it today when his daughter thought


about leaving Twitter because of the abuse she got. She closed her


account for a while. It is astonishing that social media, which


gives us so many opportunities and has been so in reaching in so many


ways, also means it is quite hard to have a private family tragedy these


days. Robin Williams is clearly an exceptional case, but the fact that


his wife has to manage this media operation at a time when she should


be grieving for her husband is appalling. This is the story about


A`level results. Record numbers of students going to university even


though there has been a small drop in the grades and no one seems to be


troubled about that? It is interesting as has happened under a


Conservative led government. They oppose the Tony Blair opinion of 50%


of children going to university. It will cost a lot of money. One way we


are supposed to be providing for these children under student loans


is that we were going to sell off the student loan book. Vince Cable


admitted that was not going to happen. There is a danger here. On


the other hand, investing in education is a good thing. The guide


for whom this is bittersweet is Michael Gove, the former Education


Secretary. These results are a triumph for him and he wanted more


people doing tough subjects. Lots more people are doing those partly


because they have taken up the baccalaureate. He also wanted more


people going to university but he wanted to expand access and there


seems to be a suggestion from these statistics that has happened. It is


sad for him. He wanted people getting more top grades and that has


happened. He will be looking at the headlines tomorrow morning and


thinking that should have been his glory. It is time gone. Just a


little voice in my ear! That is all from the papers. It is a sign of


madness, Boyce is in your ear! My guests will join me at 11:30pm.


Thank you both for now. Stay with us on BBC News. We will focus on the


police search of a part went `` of an apartment belonging to Sir Cliff


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