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Sherwood is still in the frame. More goals for Great Britain at the


athletics championships in Swansea. We will have all the details in 15


minutes after the Papers. Hello and welcome to our look ahead


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


journalist Lucy Cavendish and Reuters correspondent Tom Bergin.


Thanks both for joining us this evening. Tomorrow's front pages


first. The majority of the papers lead with the murder of US


journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants.


The Independent says Britain and America can no longer ignore the


rise of a caliphate in Syria and Iraq.


America can no longer ignore The Express says the masked man who


appears in the Islamic State video is now the world's most wanted man.


The Telegraph says David Cameron has asked for patience in tackling


British jihadists British Muslims are helping police and security


services to track down extremists in the UK, according to the Metro.


The Guardian says experts are racing to identify the militant in the


video who spoke with a British accent.


The Mail claims the jihadist in the video has been identified as a


Londoner known as John. The times says he's now a top target


for MI5, MI6 and the SAS. Meanwhile, the Financial Times leads


with the split within the Bank of England over whether there should be


an interest rate rise. Let's begin. As we have been saving,


newspapers dominated by the story about James Foley. `` saying. The


Times has the angle that the hunt is on for the man featured in the video


who it looks like might well be British. This is the next phase in


the story from the point of view of the newspapers, certainly, we have


had the news very well covered today by the news channels and internet


websites. The focus today is on this individual. Obviously, the fact that


he is British is shocking. There are questions as to who he is. They use


voice recognition software. Looking at the accent he has and where he is


from. Apparently, east London is the area they are focusing on. The


authorities will have snippets of the recording they could compare


with other intercepted phone calls. The hope is they might be able to


identify the individual. It will be a tough task. In the video, he has a


small amount of face showing. It will be a very tough task. I would


like to comment on the picture on the front of the times, because it


is extremely moving. `` the Times. They look absolutely devastated. It


rings the story home in a human way. Going back to the manhunt `` brings.


There is some sense that he has form, that he has been out there for


quite sometime and has risen to some sort of rank. It seems relatively


unbelievable that no one knows who he is or has any sense of who he is.


As the Guardian says, they have said he has been involved in hostage


negotiations. He has come from some work, he hasn't appeared from


nowhere. You mentioned the Guardian. Looking at the headline, similar but


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


hands. That refers to the fact that there are other journalists still


held hostage. There might be 20. The photograph and video images released


show one of the other individuals currently being held with threats


made against his life. The threats are that if there are further


airstrikes, airstrikes. The policy is that there


wouldn't be any quid pro quo. These people are very much at risk. Syria


has become one of the most dangerous areas for reporters at the moment.


The statistics are horrific. Both in terms of deaths and kidnappings.


This puts a shiver down people's spines. The news from Reuters and


elsewhere, this was a focus of discussion as well as being the


story people were working on. Lucy, the way that it was reported to have


been done in this video, and as the parents say, they feel haunted. It


makes me feel so, so upset, the thought that you could actually see


that happening to your own child is absolutely appalling. As I said


before, the Islamic State have been committing all sorts of atrocities,


they have been beheading people and children have been holding up


pictures of head as if it is true the hunting and crucifixions and


women and children being buried alive. Something has got to happen.


The world is absolutely shocked by what is going on. It's not just this


story. There are journalists out there covering this story, trying to


interest people in what is happening and they are losing their lives. A


quick look at the Telegraph. Again, same story, different headline, and


different news of the picture involved, another life in British


jihadist's hands. Another journalist parading in front of the cameras. No


doubt, pressure on politicians in America and the UK. Something must


be done. But, what? Of course, the independent very much focuses on


that as well. There is a Catch`22 `` the Independent. It isn't an easy


situation become involved in. We know that from previous involvement


in Iraq. There are also, occasions because Western governments are keen


to pressure Baghdad to come up with a conclusive government than was


previously there under Nouri al`Maliki. The feeling is that if


the US intervenes too readily, it removes the pressure on the


government in Iraq and in Baghdad to be more inclusive and again, that


might recreate the conditions that help foster Islamic State. Might


inclusive of who? The Sunnis Mac. `` Sunnis. He referred to the front


page of the Independent. There is a map on the front, which the red


areas where it says, ISIS residents. `` presence. A lot of the headlines


are quite, this is happening, that is happening, though where it are


quite, this is happening, that is happening, though where do we go


from here? I would be interested to know what is said on it. No wonder


it `` no one does have the answer. Hopefully, the Independent can give


us some pointers stalwart no doubt, despite the terrible tragedy, this


is a situation that would be days or weeks, we suspect it won't he ``


might be months or weeks. There won't be rapid military involvement.


Perhaps, a step up for military support for the Kurds. It seems that


France and Germany are moving closer to that. There isn't evidence that


this is something that will be... I don't think it can just be up to the


Kurds, you know, to get rid of this. It is a difficult situation.


Other stories making the headlines. Let's look at the Financial Times


because there has been... This got swept away early in the news agenda


about interest rates. The headline that the Bank of England split


signals end to era of low rates because two members suggested rates


should rise. We are at an historic low of 0.5 of 1% and it looks as


though the pressure is growing and it is likely to come. The pound


strengthened because of that. This was unexpected. It probably would


have been the news story of the day is it wasn't for other advents. We


have had record low interest rates for a long period of time because


the economy has been in the doldrums. Now, it looks like things


have been turning. People weren't expecting murders of that bank to be


voting for hikes. We aren't out of the doldrums yet. Recently, it has


been weak. I am not sure how many viewers feel comfortable, especially


with wage disinflation, whether they feel ready for interest`rate right,


rise. This is really the question. `` interest`rate rise. Those with


mortgage debt, this is a big story. This is a very bad idea for those


with debt. Most people don't think the standard of living has gone up


and most people's wages haven't gone up. I think it will be crippling for


the average person. The timing could be interesting. If they are looking


at spring next year it will be close to the general election. I would sit


on it if I was them. They are independent, I think. They will be


happy about it. Might be some interesting conversations between


the Exchequer and... There might be hopes with certain people in the


Exchequer that that move would be taken. It is on a knife edge and


there is a political gain here as well, a backdrop, but of course,


there is the Monetary Policy Committee which are independent. So,


yes, they shouldn't be taking account of these things. Lastly, we


return to the Guardian, which this time has a story about GCSE. In


about ten hours, there will be the opening of envelopes, protecting,


e`mails, results coming through. You have a look about a mum who has been


there, done that. I have been there and I have done that. This


particular story suggests that because of the way that the recent


changes to exams have been made, which is that they are awaited at


the end, the results I weighed at the end, rather than taking stages,


that the seeds and `` is advantages of some schools `` weighed. Yes, and


I am fed up with this changing idea of what is right and what isn't


right. On the other hand, we have this thing where people were tested


over a period of time. Now, suddenly, it is at the end, so that


people I know who have taken their GCSEs at this year take the entire


summer sitting the exam. That is very difficult. They need to sort


out what they are doing. Exam grades are fluctuating massively. There are


students tomorrow who will wake up expecting to get As and they will


suddenly get Cs. It is very disappointing and concerning on a


personal. What it seems that too many must have accrued without hard


exams at the end, which is what Michael Gove was doing. It is not


just the ability to perform. But what about those who say that life


isn't like that? In one sense, if you are coming at it from the point


of view of employers, you want employees to deliver well all the


time, not just to be occasionally great. You can make the argument


both ways. This is a technical issue and it is shifting the balance from


60`40 back to 40`60. People of the future depend upon it. It is


difficult to know exactly what the facts of this case are and I suppose


this is why it ends up being, on the one hand, a risk, but the education


regulator says there is no risk, no one will be disadvantaged. Lucy, is


said that girls tend to perform worse than boys in this system,


anyway. Girls perform better in coursework because, you know, we are


well`behaved and put our energy and effort into it, whereas the boys


wait and then cram massively and do a big flurry at the end. I think it


is sexist, actually. Guilty as charged. It will affect many, many


people. Thank you very much indeed. That is it for the papers this


evening. Thanks to our guests. Stay with us here at on BBC News because


at midnight we have more on the international outrage after the


murder of James Foley I an Islamist militant. Coming up next, it's time


for Sportsday.


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