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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be


bringing us tomorrow. With me is Media Commentator for Forbes.com,


Neil Midgley, and live from Glasgow is Scottish Columnist for The


Observer, Kevin McKenna. Tomorrow's front pages, starting with... The


Times has the results of the new YouGov poll, the paper says support


for an Independent Scotland is on the slide.


The Sun leads with a story about 'strictly', but also carries the new


poll suggesting the No vote have a 52`48 percent lead. The possible


rise on the cost of living in Scotland if the UK were to split is


on the cover of the Daily Mail. Potential price increases also if


independence goes through. The Daily Record headlines the story of a


Jihadi bride, vowing to kill, and to die a martyr. The Daily Telegraph


claims the BBC has told the presenters and stars of the Last


Night of the Proms not to mention the Scottish referendum amid fears


the corporation could be accused of bias. The Guardian pictures Oscar


Pistorius on its front page. The paralympian was cleared of murdering


his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp today, but has to wait until


tomorrow for the judge's final verdict. The Independent features a


striking picture of Oscar Pistorius, leaving court, surrounded by camera


crews. So let's begin... No where to start but Scotland so it is to you


first Kevin. This new poll highlights support for Independent


Scotland on the slide. It is the Times which has probably been the


most hostile and anti`independence papers to describe a situation. We


are two points away from touching distance, away from the just over


50% required, so to describe that as a slide is a bit adventurous, I


would say. 48% Yes and 52% No. They are referring to the big visit


yesterday within the study also found the politicians. It is a


combination of a lot of things. What is interesting is what the internal


numbers beyond the headlines indicate. The number of undecided


voters is down 24%, down to 6% now. About 10% consistently have been


undecided. Also, people apparently, according to the Times, are being


persuaded by business leaders, the Westminster party leaders and so


forth but they are going to be worse off `` that they are going to be


worse off. There has been a 6`point rise in six days of the number who


think the country will be worse off so whether the business leaders have


been orchestrated or not, it seems they are doing the job for the No


campaign. Alex Salmond is deeply uneasy about some of the headlines


coming`out. The Scotsman says that he demands a probe over the treasury


briefing. He said he would expect there to be an investigation into


this information leaked to the BBC about the plans that a number of


banks and retailers are making in the case of a Yes vote. He is saying


that the leaking of sensitive market data from the treasury to the BBC


ahead of the RBS announcement that it would relocate its headquarters


south in the event of a Yes vote probably broke several rules. But


this also affects the narrative of the last three days. The onslaught


of big business and corporate interests of the right and the


Conservatives, all stampeding North to tell the country... What next,


there will be a plague of locusts if all the headlines are to be


believed. The Guardian had mortgages going up today with a ridiculous


report into Telegraph suggesting that Mark Carney, the governor of


the Bank of England, was claiming that individuals in Scotland would


face tax rises of up to ?18,000 per person. Given that the average wage


in Scotland is around 20,000, we would be going back to the Middle


Ages that that rate. What do you make about this? He is looking at


the Scottish Daily Mail. It says that bread and milk and clothes


prices would all be going up. It is fear `based campaigning. The kind of


negative campaigning that has been proven to work very well, especially


in the US. This is the distinction between the campaigns. The Yes


campaign is built on hope and the No campaign, by necessity, has had to


be built on fear because the No campaign is protecting the stages


quote. `` status quo. President Obama won on three words, yes we


can, and Alex Salmond is not as galvanizing but that is boiling down


to what this campaign is about and it seems that these nuts and bolts,


these daily issues about the price of milk are swaying some voters. We


will move on from Scotland in a moment but first, do you feel we


will see more of a focus on the economics as we have seven days to


go? What will be the overriding line of argument? I don't think the No


campaign has anywhere else to go, they have run a dismal campaign in


Scotland. It is inevitable that things will turn to the economy, it


was always going to be expected by the Yes side. I think you will hear


Alex Salmond paint a more vivid picture in the next few days of what


can be done and achieved in a country that already has the 18th


best and most affluent economy in the world with all its renewables,


the oil, which, depending who you listen to, is a lot, and other


countries who would like to have what's Scotland has. I think they


will say it is a once`in`a`lifetime opportunity to run our own affairs


and also to get the government that we always vote for. We will see but


for now, let's turn our attention elsewhere. The the Independent with


this extraordinary photo of Oscar Pistorius leading court in


Pretoria, cleared of murder. This extraordinary turn of events where


the judge sort of left another cliffhanger. It was almost as if it


was a scripted drama. It is hard to remember that this is about a


horrible and tragic that of a young woman whose family is still


grieving. There is all this theatre and you see these dramatic


pictures, Deezer brilliant pictures, here is one of Oscar Pistorius


surrounded by a pressing crowd of reporters `` these are. There is


this theatre and trauma but there is a very sober business of the law at


the central rabbit. `` centre of it. The judge said that the


prosecution failed to prove that he had the intent to kill Reeva


Steenkamp and what we will hear tomorrow is whether his actions,


which have been described by the judge as excessively forceful,


whether that amounts to culpable homicide. We don't know what she is


going to say tomorrow or what the result of any judgement will be in


terms of a prison sentence but do you think in the light of the


coverage this has had that Oscar Pistorius, his image and his


athletic personality can be rehabilitated? One paper suggested


that by being found not guilty of murder, no matter what happens


tomorrow, he stands to make millions of pounds which would suggest that


they are not expecting a stiff sentence if he gets done for


manslaughter. The Daily Mail says disbelief as he is found not


guilty, not sitting on the fence and telling it like it is. Now, David


Cameron to push for UK strikes on ISIS in Iraq but not Syria. This is


dovetailing President Obama's plans to hit Islamic extremists and it


also shows that David Cameron seems to be slightly at odds with the


Foreign Secretary. It is a curious story. Philip Hammond has said that


there would be no airstrikes and now we see that number ten doesn't have


that exact policy. It would be completely expected that David


Cameron's policy on this would dovetail with the White House,


especially as President Obama has already managed to get a coalition


of ten Arab states to back him which makes it a little bit safer for


Cameron to make this cautious statement about airstrikes. What did


you make of this? It doesn't look right for the government in terms of


the presentation of it. It looks like a bit of a shambles. The


Foreign Secretary seems to be ruling out airstrikes in Syria and then


Downing Street comes out and says that he was talking about the


parliamentary vote they had last year ruling out airstrikes against


Bashar al`Assad. They said he was not talking about airstrikes against


these rebels. It shows just how difficult intervention in the Middle


East is because in Syria, the people who are perceived in the West as the


good or the bad, they keep changing by the month. You think, what would


have happened if we had gone in and made airstrikes? Would that have


strengthened Islamic State who now are the main opponents? Highly


problematic as you say. We're going to finish with the Financial Times.


I know this story caught your eye. Scientists grind coffee bean DNA in


the search for the perfect cappuccino. I am a complete coffee


addict. My is called Starbuck after my coffee habit. What they have done


is sequenced the DNA of a coffee bean. Not the coffee beans that we


have in lot days and cappuccinos `` lattes, but another one that paves


the way to genetically modified coffee. In the 90s, we were worried


about mutant foods and now we are not worried about mutant coffee, if


they decide to genetically modify it, it is a chilling but. They say


it would help producers get over things like drought and they could


make them very resistant. Would you drink genetically modified coffee? I


don't know. Occasionally I want to put in a little bit of whiskey or


Bacardi just to help it along, so what that would do to genetically


modified coffee, I don't know. It is probably immaterial. A nice little


nod to Scotland there. Thank you very much. That's it for The Papers


this hour. Thank you Kevin and Neil. Stay with us here on BBC News: At


midnight Alex Salmond accuses ministers of bullying regarding


Scottish Independence. But coming up next it's time for Sportsday.


Hello, welcome to Sportsday with me, Katie Gornall. Coming up: Louis Van


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