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That is after the papers. Hello and welcome to


our look ahead to what the papers With me is media commentator


for Forbes.com, Neil Midgley, and, from Glasgow,


Scottish columnist We can look at the front pages


first. The Daily Telegraph claiming the BBC has told the presenters and


stars of the last night of the problem is not to mention the


Scottish referendum, with fears the corporation could be accused of


bias. The Financial Times reporting that Scottish banks led an onslaught


against Scottish independence. The Guardian have Oscar Pistorius. He


was cleared of murdering his girlfriend. But he will have to wait


until tomorrow for the final verdict. The Sun newspaper leading


with a story about Strictly, but carrying a poll that suggests the no


vote have a 58 to 48% lead `` 52. The daily record has the story of


the jihadi bride vowing to kill and to die a martyr. And the Daily


Express saying that house prices have increased by an average of


?26,000 in the past year. We will start with Scotland. The Financial


Times. Kevin, business onslaught over the yes vote. It has all been


about the corporate world today. Five banks have indicated they will


move their headquarters, their company address, south of the border


in the event of a yes vote. Several high street retailers, such as John


Lewis and Marks Spencer have suggested that prices, somehow, will


go up in the event of a yes vote. I think a lot of the onslaught was


expected at some point and it was obvious it would happen when last


week's polls suggested much against predictions down south that is the


yes vote was level pegging with no. A lot of Scots will be is slightly


cynical as to why this has happened now, why the banks, for instance, if


they are afraid of currency uncertainty, why they are doing it


now, rather than in seven days, when it cannot affect the vote. And there


is the strong whiff of orchestration by number ten in collusion with the


Better Together campaign, which leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. A


suggestion this has been orchestrated by David Cameron. He


would do that, would he? At this stage in the campaign, number ten


pulling out the stops. There was a reception for business leaders on


Monday and arms were twisted. An interesting part of the FT story is


that Marks Spencer will pitch in tomorrow. This is not just a no


campaign, this is an M camp paid now! The big guns are coming out ``


campaign. There has been an argument about the banks and why they are


moving to England. Alex Salmond saying the jobs and operations will


be here. Part of the issue according to the Financial Times is the banks


are worried the rating agencies will downgrade them if they are part of a


smaller economy and that they will not have the Bank of England as the


bank of last resort. It will be a big issue for an independent


Scotland that they lose that as part of the union `` what they get as


part of the union. The ban, the headline, the BBC banning talk of


the referendum for the last night of the Proms. I do feel sorry for the


poor old BBC at times like this. I have written my fair share of


negative stories about the BBC, at the BBC has to you try to stay


impartial. That is in any political matters. And to have political


slogans, electioneering from presenters, performers, at the last


night of the Proms would cause a huge impartiality headache, because


it is difficult to make sure you have similar quantities on both


sides, if you allowed it. But it does feel like the BBC has been


po`faced and overly serious when you think that the last night of the


Proms, rule Britannia, Jerusalem, the most patriotically night of the


year. You cannot deny that this is going to have a bearing. Viewers in


Scotland will make up their minds based one way or the other of the


waving of the union Jacks. They will be able to bring banners. They can


have campaign banners. Kevin, will that make people sway one way or the


other? I cannot see it. There is something faintly ridiculous about


this story. Are they really going to be seeing `` saying to performers we


do not want a mention of the referendum. I doubt it is the top of


the agenda, the performers on that night. Will they banned music by


Elgar, for instance? Do they think we Scots who enjoy classical music


may be swayed to stay in the union because of a sharp burst of


Jerusalem? I doubt it. Our hearts are stirred by that music anyway,


whether it is stirred the union is another matter. The Times newspaper


and the Sun newspaper have this new poll that puts the no campaign of


52%, yes on 48%. This is back to the figures we we used to. I know the


Sun newspaper is presenting this as the no campaign regaining lost


ground. If you were to ask people in the yes campaign where they would


like to be with seven days to go, I think within two points of victory


is exactly where they would like to be. The thing about the yes campaign


is that they have access to more volunteers and they have a more


sophisticated and better organised electoral machine. In the next seven


days, not a street in Scotland will be without yes campaigners. There


are more of them, they are more evangelical than no campaigners and


to be within two points of touching distance with all this campaigning


still to go, I would say it is where they would like to be. We can turn


to the Guardian, who have a powerful picture of Oscar Pistorius crying in


the dock. He has been cleared of murder, but no judgement yet coming


from Judge Masipa in Pretoria. He may well yet to be found guilty of


what I think is called culpable homicide, manslaughter, which is,


roughly speaking, as a former solicitor, means killing someone


when you do not intend to. The judge has said that Oscar Pistorius acted


unlawfully. Firing a gun at anybody behind a closed door is unlawful and


dangerous. And so he may well still go to prison will stop I am struck


by the drama. You pointed to the picture on the front page of the


Guardian. If he does not go to prison, he has a career in Hollywood


ahead, the amount of crying, vomiting during his testimony, can


you imagine his O on speech with this level of emotion? `` Oscars.


And this final twist in the court case. We expected a conclusive


verdict and there has been another cliffhanger. You could not script it


better. What is your take? Congratulation to


the arts department because that is an excellent front page with a


superb picture well used. It will grab people on the newsstands


tomorrow. I saw the judge giving the reasons for the first part of her


verdict today and although I do not have a legal background, I would


suggest it would not provide much comfort to Oscar Pistorius and his


team in terms of what can be expected tomorrow if she is already


talking about unlawful. Thank you very much. We will be back at


11:30pm for another look at the stories making the news. At 11


o'clock, Alex Salmond accuses Westminster of laying as banks and


businesses expressed concern over the economic impact of Independence


`` bullying. Now time for the sport. Louis Van Gaal parade his new


signings and he says he released Danny


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