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explosions. Action heroes take to the big screen. Plus, all of this


week's other top releases. Hello and welcome to our look ahead


to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are Tim


Montgomerie from the Times and James Millar from the Sunday Post.


Tomorrow's front pages. The Financial Times claims many global


banks may no longer be able to count on the support of the US Federal


Reserve if they get into trouble. The Telegraph carries an interview


with the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, in which he says British


fighter planes and surveillance aircraft are being used in the fight


against the Islamic State fighters in Iraq.


The Guardian also leads on that story. Below a picture of Britain's


successful 4x100 metre women's relay squad. The Metro has the latest on


the group of Afghan Sikhs found inside a shipping container in


Tilbury Docks. The paper calls it a "metal coffin".


The Express says the Prime Minister will announce the creation of


specialist welfare teams designed to target what it calls "Britain's


worst families". The Times leads on British


intervention in Iraq and also claims that an independent Scotland could


ditch the monarchy. The Mail warns that Britain is being


dragged deeper into the conflict in Iraq. The Mirror reports from what


it calls the "hell" of a clinic, dealing with Ebola sufferers in


Liberia. Plenty to choose from. Let's start with the Mail. The


headline, Britain dragged deeper into Iraq conflict. Do you want to


start with this, James? Interesting headline. Being dragged in is an


interesting way of phrasing that. The Mail obviously believes we are


being cautious about what we do in Iraq. There's all this talk about an


extended mission. But no clear word on what that mission is and how far


we are going to end up owing. And talk about this being weeks and not


months? Yes. I wonder whether it will be more than that. My


understanding is that David Cameron does want to intervene to tackle


ISIS, not just to deal with the immediate humanitarian crisis, which


is why the Mail is unhappy. It wants a limited intervention, just to


focus on the plight of the Yazidi people on the mountaintop. The Prime


Minister believes this Islamic State controls so much territory now, has


so much money, is so sophisticated in its techniques, we don't tackle


it now, before it gets even more power and influence, it will cause


problems not just in the region but potentially threaten us. He doesn't


want to get too far ahead of public opinion. That the angle taken by a


lot of papers. Interesting, the word "dragged". The Mail sorry to be are


being dragged in and the Prime Minister is actually wanting us to


be more and more involved. But he may get some resistance from the


Mail if he does go that way. Over to the Times. A story about Scotland.


This should definitely go to you, Tim. An independent Scotland could


lose the royal family. There is a rather difficult quote from the


director of global policy institute. They will go for a republican system


within the EU, the paper says. Is an interesting one. It's not


desperately new, as it points out. The justice secretary raised the


prospect this year of a referendum on elected state. That was in the


Sunday Post. Slightly stronger than words from the director of the


policy institute. Not quite sure why they have given this quite so much


of the show, other than perhaps because there is the argument in the


Scottish independence referendum, that continue to be kicked around,


and there aren't many new arguments. I can see the newsdesk thinking it's


a Scottish independence stories they will whack it on the front page. I'm


not sure whether I'm allowed to say this but I am bored about the


independence debate. We've had all of the arguments rehearsed. Perhaps


if it was close, it was going to be a close run thing, it might be poor


exciting. But all of the opinion polls since just `` seem to suggest


that the union cause, the no vote, is gaining support. Not some of the


papers in Scotland. The polls... The average does seem to suggest a no


vote. Some show it closer. But this is obviously a story to try to take


the debate into new territory. But I say God save the Queen and hopefully


we will have the Queen for much longer! It does save the Queen is


known to be strongly prounion. If you need to state that in a news


story... And Scottish Nationalists are split on the monarchy. The yes


camp is undoubtedly split on this. Alex Salmond says it will keep the


monarchy. But there are many in the broader yes movement who are opposed


to that decision. Going back to the Daily Express. Welfare squads target


problem families. Who would have thought this. They say more than


500,000 households in the UK are effectively costing so much in terms


of benefits and problems, the paper says, had initially there were


120,000 problem families. The latest initiative would target a for the ``


a further 400,000. That seems a very wide reaching number of people. It


was about three years ago that we had the London riots. This was an


initiative that followed those riots. One of the civil servants in


Whitehall was given the responsibility of tackling this.


What we discovered in those riots was a small number of families


seemed to be the cause of an awful lot of the social disorder, not only


that we saw on London streets be generally. The Sunday times story


today, that the Express is following up, some families were calling out


the police two or three times a week. Someone visiting GPs multiple


every month. The burden of these families on our welfare services has


been so great. This is an initiative really that the said also that his


running `` that is being run to ensure that one person is


responsible for their problems and to try to co`ordinate help for them.


This is a really good example of government intervention working and


tackling the serious social problem. Are you convinced? This is


a Tory government intervening in families. David Cameron and the


Tories like to see families as the building blocks of society. But they


are also supposed to be about nonintervention. This is intervening


in a very conservative way. But the Conservatives aren't libertarians.


Some believe they are against government completely. Every


Conservative government spent a lot of money on the state. Social


services. This is about ensuring that money is spent not picking up


pieces of the families and communities have fallen apart, but


spending it earlier to keep families together. The reason the Express


talks about this is the Prime Minister is going to give a big


speech on the family tomorrow. I think he will probably be


disappointed that it is only the Express that has it on the front


page. Iraq is of course dominating the news and wiping everything else


of the page. Even what we believe is going to be in it, that's why we ``


they chose not to cover it. Off to the Independent. The headline,


struggling hospitals in denial of a poor care. This in an interview with


a professor, who is effectively saying as chief inspector of


hospitals that are hard core of struggling hospitals are in denial


about quality of care. Very worrying. I am always the first to


knock story that aren't worth a front page. I think this is a good


exclusive. The professor is a serious name, a serious player,


given the stuff that went on at Mid Staffordshire hospital and various


other hospitals. It is very worrying. They don't seem to be


learning their lessons. The latest in a series of rather scary NHS


health stories. Yes. We don't seem to be seeing what I think the


government certainly wanted, that when we have these bad stories we


will get some of the worst hospitals beginning to emulate the better


hospitals. In the NHS theirs and `` there's enormous diversity. But we


also have some of the worst hospitals, as well as the best. This


inspectorate, alongside transparency, where we get


statistics from hospitals on how they are performing, in terms of


treating cancer or death rates, that allows us to at least understand


which hospitals are falling behind and which perhaps need emergency


intervention. Of course it goes on that always grab the headlines. OK.


Daily Telegraph. House prices. The Daily Telegraph reports a sharp fall


in house prices, apparently. It's a crazy market. We've had all these


stories from the last couple of years, which I haven't really


understood, of booming house prices. Some London boroughs going up by


20%. This seems to be some kind of correction to that. I think it


probably was too much froth in the market. But it's not great for the


Conservatives in a way, the head of an election. If people think the


house prices are falling, and potentially we have interest rates


on the way up at the end of this year, early next year, it is not an


ideal mix. Of course for people trying to get on the housing ladder,


it's good news. But young people don't vote in the same number as


homeowners. So, we have a bit of a problem. Bad news for government?


Basically, this is good for the country, good for people because


they need to be able to afford to buy houses in that sense that if


you've already got a house you don't want to think that your net wealth


is decreasing. That will affect how you vote at the ballot box,


hopefully. This is optimism, the last story in the Guardian.


Britain's women's 4x100 team celebrating. I don't know how often


picture editors have three victories to choose from. The cricket, the


athletics and the women's rugby. Interesting that the Guardian has


gone for the athletics, which is possibly the least significant. But


perhaps it is the most sustained success. Have you been following any


of these? It's a great moment for women's sport, especially in the


rugby. We have the Times, the Telegraph and the Express, all with


pictures of women in sport. Great to see it properly applauded and


recognised. Thank you very much, Tim and James. That's it for the sour.


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