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Papers. Hello and welcome to our look at the


morning's papers. With me are the Times columnist,


Jenni Russell, and the broadcaster David Davies.


Let's start with the front pages. The Financial Times reports on the


investigation into Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF, who's


caught up in a corruption scandal from her time in the French


Government. The Telegraph looks at the council


officials in Rotherham who it says failed to act to prevent the sexual


abuse of more than a thousand children.


The Sun has an interview with a woman who tells of her abuse by


gangs of Asian men, which started when she was eleven.


In an interview with the Guardian, the deputy children's commissioner


warns that children are at risk of serious abuse across England because


of a culture of wilful blindness about the scale of sexual


exploitation. The Express urges David Cameron to


get tough with foreign benefit cheats.


The Mirror leads on the warning from Britain's most senior police chief


that hundreds of Britons who fought in Syria and Iraq have returned


home. The Mail focuses on Rotherham and


those in charge at the council over the last decade, who it says won't


accept the blame for the scandal. And the Times says David Cameron is


hesitant about agreeing to join US air strikes against Islamic State


militants. Let's begin with the Daily Mail. There is a picture of


format people who it claims, we won't take the blame. They are


senior officials at Rotherham Council. If we are to believe that


no one other than the former leader of the council in rather excerpts


Annie responsibility for what happened, `` accepts. `` rather run.


`` Rotherham. Joyce Thacker and others, who do they think should


accept the blame? Presumably, a number of people should be


responsible for what happened to 1400 children over a remarkable


number of years. Initially, what struck me was the silence of so many


of the authorities yesterday. Now, today, one or two people have stood


up including the Police and Crime Commissioners who is fighting, he


would have to say, perhaps even a surprising rearguard action


because, having been elected, I don't know what the turnout was in


Rotherham, South Yorkshire, for the Police and Crime Commissioners, but


removing a Police and Crime Commissioners seems to be pretty


easy to get one in on a low turnout but it might be difficult to get one


out. He feels there is a collective responsibility. He was the leader,


the head of children's services during some of the time these


offences took place. Over the last 16 years. He would rather lead dumb


`` rather leave the Labour Party. His defence has been extraordinary,


saying these are systemic failures, failure of the system, as if the


people in the system don't have agency. The investigators, the


police, the bosses who didn't want to hear the truth, we no reports


from 12 years ago said there were reports of abuse. And in 2003, 2006,


and everyone hoped the problem would go away. It is not plausible that


these people shouldn't be held to account. The police are getting off


lightly. People on the front of the pages are council officials of


various kinds and yet the police were often called to episodes where


we had teenage girls found in bed with Asian men distressed, naked,


underaged and no action was taken by police. They were deeply complicit


and should also be named and blamed. Shaun Wright claims it came as a


huge surprise. That is wilful blindness. If you have no idea, if


this isn't a single isolated case, 1400 children, it isn't possible


that he heard nothing about it during those years as director.


Where does his confidence come from that he still carries the confidence


of the people of South Yorkshire in him staying in his post?


Presumably, he thinks he has fought hard to be in the post and that he


has the legitimacy, when Police and Crime Commissioner, the arguments


won't, for Police and Crime Commissioner, who thought it was a


good idea, but the arguments won't ever properly propounded either


government and the end product was the hopeless levels of turnout that


climaxed in the West Midlands. No one, when they planned the Police


and Crime Commissioner, thought of a situation where you would get rid of


someone fast. There isn't a mechanism to get rid of him. There


won't be another election for four years. I would like to ask him


personally, but does he feel that because you can't kick him out, he


doesn't have to leave. Or is he believing he is such a brilliant


Police and Crime Commissioner that he should stay? We are less than 36


hours on from this and my instinct is that the political pressure will


be too much. The Labour Party, the Home Secretary, it will be


interesting to see. One distressing thing is that some people who have


worked in institutions for ever get a sense of complacent


invulnerability. They think the system works or doesn't work but


none of us need to take responsibility. It's not my fault.


Everyone else knew and no one did anything. That doesn't work in the


contemporary world. Care chief played down sex claim concerns in


the Times. Joyce Thacker, features on the front of the Daily Mail. She


told a meeting that agencies needed to retain a sense of proportionality


about sex abuse because they only accounted for 2.3% of the council


safeguarding work Rotherham. `` safeguarding work in Rotherham.


Investigations by the chief reporter at the Times which led to the


enquiry that came out yesterday. Andrew Norfolk published so many


details about the appalling nature of what was going on that in the end


people had to take notice. When you have... That report yesterday was as


startling as any I can remember in modern times. When you have


something like that, people trawl back to see what deed, who said what


over the past six months. This is two years after commissioning the


report and long after she would have read the reports in the Times which


have been vindicated by the official reports. There is no justification


for downplaying the seriousness of this you would also have to remind


Mr Vacco that 2.3% of the council safeguarding work as she puts it


amounts to 1400 cases of abuse. Some safeguarding. The Mirror. 250


jihadis back in Britain. These are Britons who have gone, not to


sightsee. You would love to think the government had a clear policy at


home and abroad as to how to tackle the murderous thugs of Islamic


extremism. The Metropolitan Commissioner at home throws in his


two pennyworth, it is a real worry. They are in a network of terrorists


with 250 Britons who fought in Syria and D`mark are already home and more


will want to come home. `` Iraqi. My namesake, the former Home Secretary,


David Davis, his call has been backed by Mr Hogan Howe, stripping


citizenship from Briton is to go to war to fight alongside Islamic


extremists. I suspect we will enter a period of great debate about


people's civil rights and when people come through airports and


when do you take away passports? All of those issues. I suspect, if you


have a crystal ball, we will hear a lot more about it in the future. It


is difficult. We are a member of the international community. You can't


take a passport away. Some say that if you do, they go into a black hole


and perhaps they could become even more, what's the word West they can


go into areas of life where they can be even more of a problem for


society. You can't make people stateless. We are civilised society


and we need evidence. Collect intelligence on people, but it is


playing to the gallery, the Mandi district people's passports. I would


like people followed. `` the manned. `` Dem and. How do you track


these people? I don't want to trivialise this. I remember these


arguments in 2000 when we had a problem with English football


supporters are broad and we were told you can't take passports away


from people in a civilised society. Some of us absolutely supported


that. Equally, we knew who were the group of people, a significant sized


group, who were consistently going abroad, causing problems for our


country and surprise surprise, legislation was produced to enable


passports to be taken away for periods of time. That is different


from making someone stateless. You can remove someone's passport and


prevent them from travelling but David Davis's proposal was saying,


he no longer have citizenship. The Daily Telegraph. You have been


working on this story for the Times, Jenny. Declare the social mix


of your staff. This is a report by the social mobility commission that


says that class should be as important in any recruitment


decision as race or gender because return is in a strangle hold of the


traditional elite `` Britain. The figures are shocking. Three quarters


of High Court judges and half of all senior diplomats and permanent


secretaries, something like two thirds of the Cabinet and one third


of BBC executives have either been to reach or private schools and the


dominance of this tiny group of people who are educated in only 7%


of the population educated privately means that those with talent and


mobility don't reach the top `` Oxbridge. It isn't good for the


country because we aren't using talent properly. You are in an


interview and what, does someone say, or school do you go to? Do they


listen to your accent, how posh you sound? I think this is the failure


of the generation and of the education system under successive


governments. I want to be clear what my old friend, former Labour Cabinet


minister who became the coalition social mobility Sara, I am glad to


see he is alive, Alan Milburn, what does he mean when employers should


make a contextual evaluation of academic achievements to give


greater weight. Does that mean to give those with good grades at poor


performing schools? If you went to a private school and got an a grade,


but the person at a state school gets to be great, they should get


the position ? That is because students in the system have been


cramped. There is so much self`motivation from children from


state schools. It is the case that if you go to Winchester, Eaton,


Radley, and get fantastic teaching, that isn't the same as going to a


tough competence is where the teaching is terrible. Look at the


character, diligence, ability, and nurture that. I am on your side. I


am worried as to who is playing God in this. Who is deciding that, by


the weight... `` by the way. They are asking you to think about the


fact that people come from different backgrounds. There is a untapped


potential. It isn't coming through. They say to businesses to work out


fast track schemes for people who have been to university so you don't


just pick people who have gone through the system. When you are an


infant in a working`class household you get spoken to less than in a


middle`class households and hear far less encouraging words. From that


time you are disadvantaged onwards. At the moment, the system doesn't do


anything but widen the divide. We have been trying to do this for 20


years. That is why it is said we need a national campaign on this. We


have been trying to do this for so long. We have to do something


different. What if I went to a not very good private school? You are


not in the same class as an eight Tony on. `` Etonian. I will come and


have breakfast with you any day. It has been brilliant having you. Stay


with us on BBC News. More on Shaun Wright's resignation from the Labour


Party in the wake of the abuse enquiry. The worlds of sport.


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