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that they will be driving with him next season. Max Verstappen Is only

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17 years old. `` 16 years old. Welcome to the look ahead to what

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the newspapers will be bringing us. Richard Walker, Glasgow, you have

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popped up in the nick of time. And in the studio, from the daily

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record. Thank you the joining us. Some of the front pages:

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we are going to start with the front page of the Financial Times. Julian

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Assange, he is looking for an exit, according to the Financial Times,

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the wiki leaks found is set to quit refuge, he has been deaf to years!

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This is a farcical episode today. He called a press conference to

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announce that he would be leaving the embassy soon... Although soon

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does not mean now, or tomorrow... Julian Assange and his lawyers

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thought that a change in extradition law, which he welcomed in this long

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rambling press conference he held, he welcomed the change in

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extradition law, only to be corrected if you minutes later by

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the Home Office to say, yes, the law has been changed but it does not

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apply direct respectively. You were wanted for extradition in 2010, you

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have got to face the music. The minute he steps outside the

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Ecuadorian Embassy, there is a European arrest warrant out for him.

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He will be taken to Sweden to face these serious charges. One rape

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charge, one charge of sexual offence against a woman. `` sexual assault.

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His concern is that he will be sprayed onto an aeroplane to

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America. Julian Assange says it is not for health reasons that he is

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looking to leave the embassy, the suggestion seems to be that he

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thought that he would be able to get asylum in Ecuador. Looks that way.

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The health reports are varied, but at their worst, it was said to be a

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life`threatening illness that he has contracted while he has been in the

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embassy, although he denies that now, there is some suggestion that

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episode was a joke. Whole thing is shrouded in mystery and chaos,

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nobody is clear about what is happening. He seemed ready to step

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outside of the embassy but if he does, he will go to Sweden and then

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you will be Robert be sent to America. It would be a good thing

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for him to face the charges in Sweden but going to America would be

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very difficult and dangerous for him. They would throw the book at

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him. You say it is a good bet that he will be extradited from Sweden to

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America but that is not clear at all. If I were him, I would not be

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putting the suggestion is from some people that he should go to Sweden

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and face justice, he is not thinking along those lines. We have reached a

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pressure point. Talking about health, he looked pale and drawn, he

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looks older than 44. These two years have taken a toll. They have taken a

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toll on the budget of the Metropolitan Police as well, ?7

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million to keep an eye on the back door of the embassy! But the law is

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the law, he has got to face these charges, and one day he is going to

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have to walk out and the minute that he does, the minute that he is back

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on UK soil, outside the embassy, he is going to go to Sweden. What

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happens then is not clear. He is wanted by the US, wiki leaks, that

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is the company that he founded and funded, he has spilled the beans on

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the most tight secrets that the American military had. The person

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who stole the information is rotting in a US jail and Julian Assange does

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not want to be there. Bradley Manning, indeed. Staying with the

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Financial Times, the Kurdish have read taken eight crucial dam in

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Iraq, boosting morale over their extremist enemy, it would seem.

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American air strikes have been pivotal in helping this situation.

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It would seem that way. The news tonight is good news. I think that

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it still puts great pressure on Barack Obama and David Cameron to

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have a long`term strategy because the government is clearly did not

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have that strategy when they invaded Iraq. Right now they still do not

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have one. I think it is a very difficult and fluid situation. We

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like to look at these conflicts as good guys and bad guys. In this

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situation it is impossible to say who is who. We know who the bad guys

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are, but who are the good guys? Anything that can be done to stop

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the brutal killings is clearly a good thing. I'm not quite sure what

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happens after that, I am not quite sure how stability can be brought

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back into the area, I do not think putting troops on the ground would

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be the way to do that. David Cameron and Barack Obama are not ruling that

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out. `` ruling that out right now. You never know what could happen in

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the future. Mission creep, Barack Obama has said that because they are

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working together to get a sustainable government on the

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ground, that would prevent mission creep. This generation are

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reluctant, because of the shadow of 2003, the invasion of Iraq, they are

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reluctant. And the losses that were sustained in Afghanistan. Reluctant

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to take people in. Also, Barack Obama tonight, has said that they

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will not put boots on the ground, but there is talk of a generational

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struggle, as talked about on Sunday. The Tornado jets, the British

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Tornado jets being used in a reconnaissance role, just now. That

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role may expand, we do not know. It is to OPEC for me and lots of other

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people, that is why we are getting demands for a recall of Parliament

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and Labour calling for a clear start, to spell out where we are

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going to be in the next three weeks, three months, and from David

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Cameron has said... Echoing what Tony Blair said in 2001, after the

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twin towers, that we will be involved in this titanic struggle

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against terror, for the rest of our lives. The government at the moment

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is making it clear that it is a humanitarian effort that Britain is

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involved in and therefore, no need to recall Parliament. According to

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the Daily Telegraph, the Pope is giving his blessing to the Iraq

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mission. He is giving his blessing to certain procedures, certain

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attempts to stop it, but he seems to be stopping short of supporting US

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bombing raids, and I'm not quite sure how safety can be brought back

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in without those things. But he seems to be stopping short of

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confirming those things. A quarter of Iraq's Christians have had to

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move their home in the last two weeks. These ED 's cult, a religion,

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has been wiped out, on the mountain tops. `` the Yazidi cult. People are

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being persecuted across the world, and in Iraq they are being

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persecuted because of their religion. The Pope is weighing in on

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that. There was a day of prayer, Sunday was a day of prayer for Iraq

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all around the world. You can see why he has come in. Quite a good

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Pope, new juices his words quite carefully. But he is late coming to

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this one. And you can see, when it is being played, played this way in

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the Telegraph, you can imagine how it will be played by Isis

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themselves. Going to debt threat spells weaker pound. Keeping the

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sterling may only be a stopgap as markets get jitters over risks of

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default. You are the editor of the Sunday Herald, it has come out in

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favour of independence. Scary headline? There is hardly anything

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that Alex Salmond can say that will not result in a scary headline. What

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is basically happening now, Alex Salmond is coming up with the much

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called for plan B, which he now says is sterling for a transitional

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period. Using the pound as a formal currency, and then there would be a

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period of transition before another decision is taken, I do not know

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what that decision would be, it could be a new Scottish currency, it

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could be using the euro, although politically that is probably not the

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best course of action to advise currently. This is his plan B but

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plan B is not good enough. Now there will be calls for a plan C and they

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planned the end we will go all of the way to Z and back again! . ``

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for a plan C and a plan D, and we will keep going. The pound sterling

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is the big millstone around the independence plan, and it is dancing

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on the head of a pin. The keywords used today, adopting sterling may be

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a transitional option. You are going to weaken the pound, shadow it's

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like Panama... It will come crashing down... The keywords to use today,

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he would still like to use the pound in a currency union, that is plan

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A, that is the best result for Scotland. And the best result for

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the UK. We should be asking, why is the Westminster government ruling

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that out so decisively? Why is the Labour Party joining in with that?

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And indeed the Liberal Democrats. I think that he was full to come up

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with a plan D, because of the debate a few weeks ago. He has now done so.

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`` plan B. He has still said that plan A, formal currency union, is

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the best course of action and the best result. A lot of voters, after

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the debate, which Richard was talking about, where Alex Salmond

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was pressed repeatedly on what the currency would be of an independent

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Scotland, a lot of voters think that Westminster is bluffing. Most of

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them do, most of them do. Perhaps that is the messenger as much as the

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message, when you tell George Osborne up to Scotland `` when you

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send George Osborne up to Scotland to tell people what they cannot

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have, people are disinclined to believe them. People do not believe

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the Westminster parties, in a poll 45% people did not believe that post

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independence the UK Government would not share the pound within

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independent Scotland actually, I think that misses the point. The

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point is, the English people, would they share the pound and the Bank of

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England share it? No politician in Westminster could sell that idea to

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the electorate, and survive, it would be a resignation issue. It is

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a kind of unknown. Richard, very briefly. There is very little

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evidence to support that. As Alex Salmond has said, and it has been

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said repeatedly, pound is as much Scotland's as it is England's and

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the rest of the UK, there is no reason why you should to be able not

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to use it. The Telegraph is putting forward scarce glorious about what

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would happen if we defaulted on the debt. `` scare stories. The westerns

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to government is arguing the pound does not belong to Scotland, it

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belongs to the UK... And if you walk away from the UK, you walk away from

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the pound. just the logical extenuation of the

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argument. Richard, it is good to speak to you both.

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Both of my guests will be back at 11:30pm

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for another look at the stories making the news tomorrow.

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Richard, I want to talk to you about your circulation and your favour of

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coming out independent. At eleven David Cameron defends

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his Iraq strategy, as Kurdish forces move to regain territory won

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by Islamist militants. But coming up next it's time

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for Sportsday. Hello and welcome to Sportsday,

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I'm John Acres. Diego Costa scores on his Chelsea

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debut as the title favourites get He's not old enough to drive on the

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road, but 16`year`old Max Verstappen

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