06/09/2014 The Papers


No need to wait until tomorrow morning to see what's in the papers - Martine Croxall presents a lively and informed conversation about the next day's headlines.

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which was reportedly triggered after the death of a detainee. Plans are


being finalised to fly Ashya King, the five`year`old British boy with a


brain tumour, from Spain to the Czech Republic for specialist


treatment. Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will


be bringing us tomorrow. With me are the Independent columnist Yasmin


Alibhai`Brown and journalist Eve Pollard. Previously we sold the MPs


or housing conundrum and considered a move to Scotland. The Observer


says Scots will be offered a "radical new deal" on more powers


for Holyrood to try and persuade people to vote 'no' in the


independence referendum. A new YouGov poll suggests support for the


yes vote is growing stronger. The Sunday Times claims Scotland is on


course to vote for independence later this month. The Mail on Sunday


carries a warning from the Labour leader Ed Miliband that manned


border posts could be introduced if Scotland votes for independence. The


Sunday Telegraph carries a picture of the author JK Rowling ` who


famously donated to the Better Together campaign. Their main story


is that MPs are likely to get a ten percent pay rise next year. The


Independent on Sunday also focuses on Scotland, and asks if a suggested


rise in support for the 'yes' vote could spell the end for the union.


The Daily Express claims that soldiers are on standby on the


French coast, as tensions grow about the rising number of migrants


gathering there. And the Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins is pictured


on the front of Scotland's Sunday Post, with the slightly confusing


tagline "I'm so proud to be Scots". I still haven't worked it out. Let's


begin then with the Observer. Scots to be offered radical new deal in


bid to save the union. New opinion polls shock written, apparently. The


idea of a sort of federal future is being discussed here in the


Observer. Interesting that it has just happened about ten days before


the vote. I think it is sad, because I think that we are Better Together,


but you can see that the Scots obviously believe that nobody is


taking them seriously, because this is only happening because YouGov and


other polls are finding that the vote is very close, and


interestingly, YouGov has a reputation, because it is all on


computers, of catching the young people, more than anyone else. And


we were discussing before, you can vote when you are 16th in this


election, may be your first election. You are living in Bute, or


somewhere in Scotland, wouldn't you rather it was Edinburgh running your


life? I have heard of what is happening there. I think the Scots


might be even more cynical. Might just work, if you offer Scots the


right to set their own Budget, the right to have a say over what tax


they charge? I think whatever happens, the Scots have really got a


better deal at the end of this, than anything that any of them would have


imagined. I think whatever he did, Alex Salmond really played it well.


I think some of them know things. Gordon Brown and John Prescott, I


read today or yesterday, were going to go out and fight to stay


together. Not very persuasive, those two. It certainly won't be now. And


it just seems to me that especially as was said, the Anyon Scotland feel


this is their moment. I think it away we have to be prepared for


either think `` the young in Scotland. The Sunday Times, who


commissioned this YouGov poll. We are led to believe that the Queen is


now very concerned about the idea of a breakup, and that apparently,


according to this article, there could be some kind of constitutional


crisis, as we are in uncharted territory. But there is another


poll, commissioned by Yes Scotland, the campaign for the yes vote,


saying the no vote is ahead. It is going to be close. And it will


change every ten minute. The thing is, just a few days ago, people had


written off the yes camp. Because there was a lot of push going on,


and I think there was a bit of complacency that, this is not going


to happen, and is now, it is equal. It is interesting and exciting.


People are really going to have to think. There were two polls, and


Alex Salmond did very well in the first, and `` two debates. It is


part of what is going on across the world, parts of Spain want to split


away from Spain, you've got all sorts of country saying we want to


be ourselves. And Great Britain doesn't want to be in the EU. I'm


very interested in how we use all these arguments to stay in one


union, and want to leave the other. That is true. Great Britain has a


much longer history, doesn't it? At the European link since the Second


World War `` but the European link. The reasons it happened were quite


cynical on both sides. The Scots wanted to get in, and they get very


angry when I say this. The Empire, because the English were better at


the Empire, and they tried a couple of jaunts in South America, and


failed miserably and lost a huge amount of money. So partly, it was


to get into the imperial adventure as not as anything else. The other


thing is, of course, many MPs have been Scottish or partly Scottish.


Many successful Brits have been Scots, but they usually had to come


to London. And this is the problem. As a nation, we are London centric.


They have always had to come here to make it. Maybe people feel in


Scotland, if we are our own country, they will go and develop what they


are going to do in Edinburgh. Getting to London from Scotland


might be difficult, according to the mail on Sunday. Ed Miliband says


they will put guards on the Scottish border. Inside they are talking


about the idea of a new Hadrians Wall. What are we going to have to


do, we will be penalised for taking goods back to England's? Will we


up to Scotland and talk to people in centres? Every now and then,


up to Scotland and talk to people in the street, in England, people say


they don't know who they are going to vote for, I don't know what I'm


going to do. In Scotland, they are passionate. It has made them


passionate about politics. I've got to admire them for that. It feels


like it matters to them. And I wish we were a bit more like that. Across


the country, actually, politics absolutely should be mattering a lot


more. But the first Hadrians Wall, when it was built, the first


battalion there was African. The Romans put an African battalion at


Hadrians Wall, to keep the divide. Did you know that? I didn't know


that, and it worked. The Sunday Telegraph, away from the Scottish


referendum, MPs to get a 10% pay rise. The suggestion that they will


have a salary of ?74,000 per year. The argument being, for the work


that they do it it is not a huge amount of money, but the expenses on


top. The expenses on top, which they don't have to justify, I always


find, we are journalists, and we did use to... You don't even get them


any more. They were the good old days. But you had to justify every


penny. And I can see why millions of people feel that 74,000 is a lot.


And it is a lot. We are now so cynical about MPs' expenses,


flipping houses, people making money out of property, and you have the


whole of the rest of the private sector having to survive on a 1%


rise at the moment. And I think those people in the public services


have been told over several years that they can get half a percent, if


anything, or 1%. Why are they still in this caste system? David Cameron


has said there is no way this should happen. He has talked about


disbanding the organisation responsible. That would make


politicians in an election year so unpopular, nobody would vote for


anybody. Turnout is low enough as it is. I think he is right. People


might say it is all very well to him because he is a millionaire, what


about the others who have not got that kind of money, I still think


?74,000 is enough, and if that's not enough, and if you want to put it


up, you have to be fair to everybody. Staying with the Sunday


Telegraph, one more story I want to talk about. Bookshops say non. A


memoir has been written about France Francois Hollande by his mistress.


Some bookshops have sold out in Paris. Some refuse to sell it.


Fronts is traumatised, across party lines they have condemned her. But I


want to know what she says about Francois Hollande's first partner,


the mother of his many children. Does she feature in this pity me,


sorry me. I have not read it, sadly, but I look forward to it, because we


all like a bit of a gossip. But I think that she goes on about how he


says that he cares desperately about the poor, but then called them


toothless ones. He wasn't terribly interested in scores of people in


public. It is not going to do much for his popularity. He has the most


popularity of any president in France. It is down to about 18% ``


police popularity. If it goes any lower it will sink into being as


channel. It won't help him, and a woman scorned? The only thing that


is interesting. The helmet that he wore to go and visit his mistress,


has sold out. Clearly it had its purposes. Man, men, men. The helmet


was very bitter. You always bring out such juicy titbits. It will be


sold out here no doubt. That's it for The Papers this hour. Thank you


Independent columnist Yasmin Alibhai`Brown and journalist Eve


Pollard. Stay with us here on BBC News: At midnight we'll have the


latest on the crisis in Ukraine ` where tonight there have been


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