06/09/2014 The Papers


06/09/2014

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

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

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brain tumour, from Spain to the Czech Republic for specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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independence referendum. A new YouGov poll suggests support for the

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

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

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carries a warning from the Labour leader Ed Miliband that manned

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

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

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famously donated to the Better Together campaign. Their main story

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

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

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

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The Daily Express claims that soldiers are on standby on the

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

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gathering there. And the Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins is pictured

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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disbanding the organisation responsible. That would make

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Independent columnist Yasmin Alibhai`Brown and journalist Eve

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

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

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reports of shelling during the ceasefire. But coming up next it's

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time for The Film Review. Hello, and welcome to Shetland, and

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a special edition of The Film Review at the Screenplay Film Festival. We

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are at the harbour and the Mareel Arts Centre. Mark Kermode

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