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Rona Fairhead is to be the new chairman will per `` chairperson of

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the BBC trust. A man will appear before magistrates

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in London on Monday morning ` charged with assault in connection

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with an attack on the Respect MP Welcome to our look ahead to what

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the papers will be bringing tomorrow. The Liberal Democrat

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commentator Joe Phillips and the political editor of the Sunday

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people. Good evening, Nigel. Let's have a preview of some of the front

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pages. So obviously, the missing boy, Ashya

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King, being found. A bit too late for some of the papers. They

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concentrate on events in Ukraine and talk about Iraq and Syria as well.

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Let's start with the Observer. Ashdown slams knee jerk Tory

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response to jihadi terror threat. Interesting, because we have been

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told by Downing Street that there is no disagreement. One would imagine

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so. It does say that Nick Clegg and David Cameron are trying to reach

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agreement and they are probably trying to hammer out a difficult

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staff because there is a whole is you about the liberties, about what

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you can do about passports, whether you can make people stateless by not

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allowing them back into the country. I have not seen in the actual

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article that Paddy Ashdown wrote, we have only got the front page. I

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think the subs will have gone for something to make it slightly more

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stunning than it really is. But Paddy Ashdown is well respected on

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foreign affairs more than anything else. He was the high revs and two

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for Osney and Herzegovina. He has a very good track record in calling it

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right. As a former special forces man he is not a bleeding heart

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liberal. What he is saying will resonate. The language and the tone

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of the language of David Cameron and to Reza May, that we are on severe

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late `` severe alert, that a terrorist attack is likely, raises a

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whole load of questions. Most people watching tonight we'll have thought

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that this is rather frightening and worrying. What it then does is

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inevitably make people look, perhaps not in the way that the security

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services would like to look, at our friends and neighbours and fellow

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passengers. It is the sort of thing that can indirectly and

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unintentionally, promotes the sort of community tensions which are not

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going to be very helpful. A climate of fear? Yes. And the one thing that

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Paddy Ashdown says which is bang on is that Northern Ireland has been

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under severe threat for the past four years, as it was in Britain for

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much of the 1980s and 1990s when the IRA were posing the greatest threat.

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So I think there was a point, which we have talked about before, do you

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say stuff to put people on alert, or do you frighten the wits out of

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them? The point is that Paddy Ashdown uses the word knee jerk,

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critically of David Cameron. And David Cameron said it was important

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not to have a knee jerk reaction! But it is important that there is. A

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knee jerk reaction is what is called for. You don't know what you are

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dealing with. We are doing the best we can over in Iraq. We are trying

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to the Kurds over there. That in itself causes a problem in the

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future because they could turn on Baghdad with the new arms that they

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have got. When it comes to terror alerts, things actually happened. It

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is not just words. It does not mean that nothing is happening.

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Headteachers are being briefed, shopping centres are tightening up

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security. There is a whole lot going on behind the scenes to make us

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safer. If you have got jihadis coming back and you don't know what

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they are going to do, I would rather we took precautions in the first

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place, rather than that something happened. You can understand Paddy

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Ashdown 's English in the end knee jerk reaction if we were talking

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about homeland security, `` if we were talking about military action,

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but not about homeland security. Azerbijan think we are gaining up

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new! I'm up to it. `` I hope you don't think we are ganging up on the

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year. Many people will be saying, people who are going off to Iraq and

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joining Islamic State, they are 18 to 25. What has been happening? All

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this behind the scenes stuff, where has that been happening to not

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notice that this group was gaining so much momentum? It seems to me...

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Letters criticising at the time, rather than what is happening. I am

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talking about what is happening. We know they present a danger, but not

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how much of a danger. Islamic State has a probabilistic and objective,

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to redraw the map of the Middle East. Then they may stay there and

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the people may not be a threat to us, but we do not know that. ``

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Islamic State has a political objective. If we go to the Sunday

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Times, they report that some of the most influential Muslims in the

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country are criticising and condemning the Islamic State as

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poisonous. And that is really where the heart of this issue can be

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tackled, within the Muslim community. Because the question that

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is not being answered is why our young men and women going out to

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Iraq and Syria in the first place? Exactly. There was an interview with

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somebody in Iraq who lost a leg who said that people are having the

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National Health Service and education to a country that is being

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blasted apart? The idea that the Muslim community is getting involved

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is fantastic. The fact that demands are doing their bit by a sea fatwa

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is against people who want to go out to Iraq and Syria is good. What we

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need to do is understand why this is happening. But the urgency is to

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prevent anything else happening like suicide bombers in Britain. But this

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is far more significant than any invention by `` any intervention by

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Paddy Ashdown. He won't like that! Tell. This is getting `` that is

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tough! This is getting the message out to the Muslim community. There

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are genuine problems getting the message out to groups of people. You

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don't want to say that that person because they are wearing these

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clothes or reading the Koran is a terrorist, any more than you

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would... We all remember what it was like for Irish people in the 1980s

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and 1990s. We remember what it was like for the Muslim community after

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911. Exactly. That is the point that Paddy Ashdown was making. The

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problem, and I think the biggest threat, the biggest challenge to

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dealing with it is that IS are so media savvy and so social media and

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the videos etc. They are getting to young people in a way that Imam 's

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and the families of failing to. Another story emerging on some front

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pages, including the Sunday Times. The news that the BBC is to get its

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first female head of the BBC trust. She seems to be perfect in every

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way. Which is why she got the job. Shall rename? Rhona Fairhead. I have

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been working on the story myself and there is nothing in the background

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that would suggest there is any problems or anything like that. All

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the problems that BBC chairman has been facing over recent years,

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especially Jimmy Savile, they seem to have gone for an archetypal safe

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pair of hands. Do you think it is in `` a financial safe pair of hands?

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She is talking about changes to the licence fee. She searches

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open`minded and she is willing to look at the licence fee and other

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forms of governance, which is presumably good news for the

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government. But we don't know much about other than what is here in the

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BBC press release. Onto the mail. An uncomfortable read

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for David Cameron on the front page of the Mail on Sunday. Shock poll,

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Cameron faces UKIP bloodbath. Nigel Farage's staggering 44 point lead

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over the Tories. This is staggering. Broadly, Douglas Carswell has a

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12,000 motor `` majority and according to the polling, he would

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end up with a 15,000 majority. I think this is probably the most

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exciting time in British politics since Margaret Thatcher fell. The

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whole landscape is changing. Everything depends on how well

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Douglas Carswell does in the by`election in Clacton. If he does

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really well, other Tories who are not sure about defecting will be

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encouraged. If he takes Labour voters away, especially, and brings

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them over to UKIP, you will have Tories with small majorities who may

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think they should do the same thing. You will suddenly see, as David

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Cameron approaches his party conference, not that far away, for

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weeks, he is losing Douglas Carswell, first UKIP MP comes in.

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Tory defections, it could well be that they might play a part in some

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kind of coalition government after the general election. With stories

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like this, people like me said commentators, this is about a

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by`election, people vote differently in general elections. We can't say

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that any more, we saw what happened in the European elections. Yes, and

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what is interesting about this poll is that Tory voters were asked

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whether they thought Douglas Carswell was a hero or a traitor.

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49% of them thought he was a hero. I think that is really significant

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because of all the parties, the Conservatives are the most loyal.

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They don't like defectors. I think it is fascinating. Just one more

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story. The Sunday Telegraph, new heart drug will cut deaths by a

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fifth. Which is fantastic. It is a new drug. It is called Elsie Z 696.

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It seems to be a genuinely miracle drug. We are talking about heart

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attack deaths going down by 20%. If we can market this drug as soon as

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possible and replace the older ones, all we can do is welcome that. The

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most important thing is that rates of admission to hospital 21% down

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which has an impact on cost. So even if the drug is more expensive, it

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save money. Thank you for taking us through the papers. You are coming

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back at 11:30pm. We will talk more about knee jerk reactions. Till

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then, thank you. Coming up next on BBC News, it is Reporters.

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