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


the BBC trust. A man will appear before magistrates


in London on Monday morning ` charged with assault in connection


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


the papers will be bringing tomorrow. The Liberal Democrat


commentator Joe Phillips and the political editor of the Sunday


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


pages. So obviously, the missing boy, Ashya


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


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


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


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


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


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


agreement and they are probably trying to hammer out a difficult


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


unintentionally, promotes the sort of community tensions which are not


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Headteachers are being briefed, shopping centres are tightening up


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


country are criticising and condemning the Islamic State as


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


tackled, within the Muslim community. Because the question that


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


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


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


National Health Service and education to a country that is being


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


forms of governance, which is presumably good news for the


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


BBC press release. Onto the mail. An uncomfortable read


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


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


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


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


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


exciting time in British politics since Margaret Thatcher fell. The


whole landscape is changing. Everything depends on how well


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


kind of coalition government after the general election. With stories


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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