14/09/2014 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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Hello and welcome to our look ahead at what the papers will bring us


tomorrow. Without our Angela Knight and the editor from the Independent.


It is good to have you with us. Let's take a look at the front pages


of the morning newspapers. I can show you the Independent, not sure


how well you will see it. It leads on the threat the second British


hostage, Alan Henning who's being held by Islamic State militants.


The same photo of the 47`year`old volunteer aid worker is also on


the front of Telegraph though it's main story is the comment by the


The Guardian also reports on the comment by the Queen as well the


It says the prospect of the UK joining military action against the


The prospect of military action is the main report in the Express


which claims the government is considering 'whatever steps are


let's begin with the Islamic State. And the threat now that we have been


hearing to this man, 47`year`old Alan Henning, featured on the front


of the Independent. A taxi driver from Salford. He has been taken


hostage by militants. He has been working in Syria as a volunteer.


Obviously under tremendously dangerous circumstances, very few


aid agencies able to leave their staff in the country now. Concern


has turned to Alan Henning, now we have reported on the death of David


Haines. It is quite shocking, isn't it? Like many, absolutely appalled


with what we have seen, the reports and how the brutality with which


these hostages are being dealt with. They have gone to help, they have


gone to assist, bringing aid, trying to help those who are impacted. They


are captured, I do not know how, may be traded and find themselves in an


appalling situation. I hope we can do something. Don't we'll look at


this and say, something must be done to get the hostages away. Hours and


other nationalities. We can talk about what could be done in a


moment. You raise an interesting point, we do not know a great deal


about the circumstances they are in. A great deal of care is taken in the


reporting of hostage situations. Yes, Alan Henning has been held


hostage to the last nine months. For most people, this is the first


anyone has heard of it. That has been a very deliberate strategy on


behalf of the Foreign Office, blacking out talking to media. That


position became completely unsustainable overnight, when the


video right ISIS came out. The Foreign Office had now changed their


position. There is an important and interesting question about whether


that is the right decision. You made the point, this was an aid worker


going out there to help. This will mobilise people in the Muslim world


as well, saying it is barbaric and wrong. If we had known about that


before, might the chances... Might he have been release? Exactly. What


we do not know either is if there are a lot of attempts made quietly,


privately. This man and the other hostages who were captured, it


rapidly escalated throughout that part of the Middle East.


Self`evidently, not everybody agrees with the way this is taking place.


There will be a huge proportion of people in these countries who would


say this is wrong and would not be in favour of taking hostages. One of


the reasons they say they should have these blackouts as you never


know what has been said. And if their nationality contradicts with


what they have said their captors. But when Jon Swain got kidnapped in


Ethiopia many years ago, there was a similar news blackout. He said his


captors said to him, we think you are a spy because your newspaper not


reported about it. These are enormously difficult issues. That is


right. I absolutely agree, difficult issues and you can see just why


there is a silence, a public silence was so long. But I think this is so


terrible now, this is such a huge, appalling issue, that you have to


rethink all the strategies. Including the one about what happens


when somebody is captured. Let's talk about strategy. We have here on


the Daily Telegraph the same photograph of Alan Henning. David


Cameron saying he will seek UN approval for air strikes when he


goes to the United Nations. That will not be until after the Scottish


referendum vote on Thursday. But, the view seems to be, whilst resolve


is strengthening, the position won't really change, will it, for the


government? There are a couple of things happening. Downing Street,


the last thing they want to be seen to be doing is rushing into things.


They have done things in the past to quickly in the Middle East. But in


the long`running com is much more sensible unsustainable. There is a


choreography to it. David Cameron goes to the UN next week, talks to


other Arab leaders, he talks to Obama and they try to build this


consensus. Then the following week, I suspect, Parliament we called. The


critical part here is to get partners in the Middle East, as


well. `` we called. It is for them to say the threat is on us as well.


It is on them, of course. If it is a coalition of partners in which the


Arab states are there, and maybe it is US led in some respects, but are


far closer partnership it is more likely to get the long`term


success, but it will take time. It may suddenly have been sprung on us


overnight over a short period of time, the whole of this caliphate


and how ISIS has come across to our attention, but I think it will take


some very considerable time to resolve. It has to be resolved with


those countries who are affected in that part of the world. We will come


back to the Telegraph, its lead story tonight, the Queen breaking


her silence over Scottish independence. But a quick look at


the Guardian. Stop this menace, UK steps close closer to threat of


ISIS. It will be done in concert with the United States. That is


right, and that is a way to do it. In this report it actually does


reference some Western diplomats reported that several Arab states


have offered to join. Nobody has said it yet publicly, but I think in


this article we do have some of the critical steps of what would form a


successful coalition. I hope over the next week or two weeks, as


Oliver said, it will start to come together. Build the government in


Iraq which gives an alternative. That is what has happened. That has


so often been the case, let's deal with the problem and then think


about what happened afterwards. We have seen that. You are so right.


You have to get that political leadership there as well. The Daily


Express. This is the bubbly the body meant, as you mentioned, strength in


public opinion about this. We will destroy jihadist monsters. `` of the


embodiment. The other story on the front of the express tonight is the


Queen tells Scotland to think very carefully. We may need to show


you... There we go. Described in some of the newspapers as an


intervention. The fact she worlds interviewed. It was a chap outside


church. All she said outside church was, I hope people think very


carefully about the future. Hardly incendiary stuff. But I feel that


will not stop her getting cyber trolled. Was it necessary for her to


say anything? If somebody asks you and you give the stony silence... I


think this is absolutely the right thing to say. I am very proud of the


Queen, I make no bones about it. I think she is very good at just


saying the appropriate thing at the appropriate time. If telling people


to think before they cast their vote is some way considered intervening,


incendiary and something she should not have said, I do not sit in that


camp. I think everybody has to think very carefully about the Scottish


vote, not just the vote itself but what happens after. Which ever way


that vote goes, and I certainly hope they vote to be an independent


nation but within the union, I am in favour of the union, that after that


vote, which ever way it goes, there is going to be a lot of change. For


the Queen to say, let's think about it carefully, I think that is good,


I really do. The Financial Times. I will have two holes this up to you


in an old school way. `` hold this up. Can you see it? It is this bit.


Andy Teck backlash. This is a self`critical look at how a lot of


people feel, particularly in Europe, following the revelations to


do with how our data is being used, privacy issues. All of these


companies that have grown exponentially over the last few


years, they were nothing and they have collected vast amount of


information about us and not thinking carefully that how to use


it. It causes all sorts of problems. The understatement of the year. It


says some in our industry have underestimated the degree to which


people care about their privacy, said the General Council of


Microsoft. Yes, they have underestimated. They need to think


about this very carefully. We will return to these stories and others


at 11:30pm. If you have any comments and you are on twitter you could use


the hashtag on the screen. Stay with us on BBC News, it is time for


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