20/08/2014 The Papers


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There were more golds for Great Britain in the IPC European

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athletics Championships in Swansea. All of the details coming up in 15

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minutes on the Next sports day after the papers.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are the journalist Lucy Cavendish and

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Thank you for joining us this evening.

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All of the paper 's lead with the murder of a US journalist James

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Foley by Islamic State militants. The Independent says Britain and

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America can no longer ignore the rise of the caliphate in Syria and

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Iraq. The express says the masked man who appears in the Islamic State

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video is now the world's most wanted man. The Telegraph leads with David

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Cameron asking for patients in tackling British jihadists. The

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metro says British Muslims are helping police and security services

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to track down extremists in the UK. The Guardian says experts are racing

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to identify the militant in the video who spoke with a British

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accident. Let's begin with our look and we will start this evening with

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the Guardian. As we were saying most of the papers are dominated by this

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video and the indications of it. Apart from the obvious tragedy of

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this story it didn't break terribly happily for the papers in terms of

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the timing. They will be trying to come up with new lines. I think that

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is exactly the problem. When I woke up this morning it was all over the

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media and this shows you newspapers are behind. Online they are not but

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in terms of your newspaper in your hand they have defined a new angle

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because everyone has almost read about the story. A horrible and

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horrific story. They all have to go on and make a decision about what

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photographs and pictures they choose to show and do not choose to show.

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The Guardian has gone for a close`up of this man who everybody is trying

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to work out who you is. Potentially he is from here. They believe him to

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have the first named John. This is apparently it. Lots of lingo stick

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experts have obviously been analysing the video, and think that

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he is from the London area. That is the big story for the newspapers

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that is running. And not just the papers poring over trying to find

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out who this man is but the security and intelligence services also. That

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gives plenty of background materials for the papers to go at. This has

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got to be the angle now, who is this person and who are the people behind

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it? The Prime Minister says it looks like it was a Britain. As the

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Guardian itself has reported extensively, with intercepts of

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mobile phone records and this sort of thing, there is the opportunity

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for the security services to check the voice, not only by experts

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assessing geographically where they come from but actual recordings they

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may have. With these capabilities they may put them into play at the

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moment. For the newspapers this will be the story, who is this person?

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Not much to go on, the accident and the shape of the head but we cannot

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see much. The Guardian has interviewed a former hostage in Iraq

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who recognised this individual and said he was one of three who were

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involved in a number of hostage situations. So, yes, this will

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occupy people for some time to identify this person. The subheading

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on the Guardian says experts raced to identify London, but the main

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headline, manhunt for a British murderer with hostages' fate in his

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hands. That is also the angle effectively being taken slightly

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differently now on the Daily Telegraph as well. It has a fuller

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picture but with the headline: Another life in British jihadists'

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hands. Lucy, that is a big concern because it is estimated there are

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several journalists who have been captive in various parts of the

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Middle East. It has changed the relationship between journalists and

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what is going on. In years gone by, many years ago, there was a white

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flag raced over journalists because they were doing a job and reporting.

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I think they felt relatively immune from being captured and paraded and

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used in the way that is happening now. We were discussing earlier

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about why that is and there is some idea there is a rise in social media

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and TV that actually gives some weight to capturing journalists and

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parading them in this way. The photograph on the front of the Daily

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Telegraph is shocking of another journalist. And obviously

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journalists have lost their lives over many years, Mary Cole Bill lost

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her life. We know it is a frightening thing to do and a brave

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thing to do. `` Marie Colvin. And they are trying to expose some of

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the issues at stake here. Absolutely. I'm sure it was the same

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here in the BBC newsroom and the Reuters newsroom, the topic of

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conversation for people who had concerns for colleagues in this

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situation. Incredibly dignified statements from the family of Mr

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Foley today, making those points. Obviously the talk here was this was

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revenge for the attack. The suggestion perhaps that if there are

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further attacks other journalists would be at risk. I suspect the US

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won't put too much weight on that. It is an immediate reaction to these

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events. One could argue that these kind of events are as much targeted

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in engaging the US to provoke a reaction as much as they are some

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kind of revenge attack. Looking onto the Independent, we often get

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headlines that tell us what the next step is, or where we are going. I

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wish he would tell me what the next step is. The Independent is asking

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that very question, it has a map of where it says IS is present. It

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seems quite confusing. Where do we go from here? It's a very open

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question. Yes and I hope I will open the Independent tomorrow and find

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out what the answer is it is right now I don't think anyone has an

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answer. Tom and I were discussing various possibilities, the entire

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world going in there to stop it happening which is not possible. I

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don't know, I suspect people are sitting there wondering where we are

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going from here. President Obama says he will not change his policy.

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There is another journalist on the front page of the Telegraph looking

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in a desperate position and we are in a desperate state. I've no idea

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what the answer to that is. It seems to be a Catch`22 situation. On the

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one hand the obvious answer is to go in and take some kind of military

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action. There are so many problems with doing that, not least of them

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is the concern that that removes pressure on the Baghdad government,

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sorry, Baghdad's new leader to come up with a more inclusive government

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than al`Maliki had. This paper captures it, we have to do something

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that we don't know what it is. We have to be clear. The atrocities

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have been happening before this. This has just brought it into our

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Muliaina, this person, we think this John is from the UK. The beheadings

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and burying people alive, this has been a terrible state of affairs

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over the past few weeks. David Cameron returning from holiday and

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many said that he should have returned early and parliament should

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have been recalled. The pressure is mounting on the government to do

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something. It's easier to say to do something but what? The situation in

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Syria has now changed as well. I imagine there will have to be

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patience which is what he is what he's calling for. And I can see

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continued pressure for trying to get something done on the Prime

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Minister. Absolutely. Britain has not been to the fore of this in the

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way the US and France and Germany. It is difficult for Germany to get

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involved overseas because of their background. Perhaps there will be

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pressure and the UK will move forward in those areas like

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providing arms. It is a tragic story, but let's move on to a

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slightly lighter note, back to the Guardian. It is the second story

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with the headline: GCSE changes disadvantage to schools with tough.

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It is GCSE results day tomorrow so the clock is ticking down. This

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story, Lucy, particularly poignant in so many households. Poignant in

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many households, especially ones whose children have taken their

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AS`level is and find them downgraded. We will not say who. We

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will not name any names. Not just in the Cavendish house but across the

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board. I would not be happy about these downgradings and upgrading is

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and telling pupils what their A*s are and now they are C grades. It is

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incredibly confusing is and they keep changing the system, one minute

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they are going back to a levels, the next year getting rid of AS`level

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is. It leaves pupils in a difficult position and I imagine there are

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lots of people waiting for their results tomorrow thinking, what is

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going to happen to me? And they may not get to carry on and do the

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things they want to do and that's not great. You cannot keep saying

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you were an a grade student at now a C grade student. What is being said

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here is the government's decision to effectively take the exams at the

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end rather than stagger them will affect some schools much more than

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others. Exactly. It is a he says she says kind of story. Some schools

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have a preference for staggering them, as you said, and the waiting

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macro is currently 60 ` 40 towards coursework and that will be inverted

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`` waiting. They say this will not have a negative impact and nobody

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will be hurt but it is such high stakes for the individuals. You can

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say there has been grade inflation and the Department for Education

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should do something about that but at the end of the day individual

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children will have their futures at risk. The statistics say boys do

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better taking lots of exams at the end rather than girls who work more

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steadily over the year. Moving on to the last story we are going to cover

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this hour. Back to the Daily Telegraph and a story I know that

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you are keen to comment on. I don't know if it was because it was a bad

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weekend, but how to keep your barbecue food safe. Do you want to

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explore that? As a Reuters journalist I don't usually like to

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offer opinions on things but they say we should not barbecue things,

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we should cook it in the oven and lightly singe it on the outside. To

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give it a horrible barbecue flavour! Not to burn it is too much because

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then it would have carcinogenic build`ups. The fun of the barbecue

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might be lost by doing that. Have you got a fancy one? He has a gas

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one, it is not a barbecue, it is a total fake. You cannot have a gas

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barbecue. You are not a fan of barbecues? I'm sick of them, it is

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always covered in horrible soot and the chicken is or was pink and

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everybody gets sick. I think they should ban barbecues. Strong stuff,

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Lucy. Thank you very much for your input this hour. It big thanks to

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Lucy and Tom and they will be back with me in about an hour's time for

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another look at the stories making the news tomorrow. Stay with us on

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BBC News because at 11pm we will have more on the international

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outrage after the murder of American journalist James Foley by an

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Islamist militant. Next it is time for sports day.

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