15/09/2014 The Papers


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the squad. We hear from surveys Brailsford saying Bradley Wiggins is


close to organising a new contract with Team Sky. That is coming up


after the papers in 15 minutes. Hello and welcome to our look ahead


to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me live from


Glasgow is Journalist Ruth Wishart, and academic and former government


advisor, Zamila Bunglawala. Tomorrow's front pages.


Scotland continues to dominate them with the Telegraph leading on the


prime minister's plea in Aberdeen for Scotland to stay in the UK.


David Cameron is also pictured on the front of the Guardian, which


describes how the Prime Minister highlighted concerns of what he said


would be a painful divorce. The Herald leads with a speech and a


headline, heartbroken if you leave. The daily record has a pledge by the


main parties in Westminster to extend more powers to Scotland if


the country votes no, calling it 'The Vow'.


The front page of the Mirror has a different story, leading on the


murder of two young British backpackers who were found dead on a


beach in Thailand. Meanwhile, the Times turns its attention to an


admission by the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond that the security


services don't know the whereabouts of Alan Henning, the British hostage


held by Islamic State militants. The fate of Mr Henning also makes


the front of the Independent, with the claim that rival extremists in


Al Qaeda tried to stop IS from abducting aid workers. And finally,


the Daily Mail splashes on the cancer doctor in Cambridge who's


alleged to have preyed on more than 800 sick children.


We will start with Scotland and the Times. Unionists outgunned in final


push for Scotland. 48 hours to go. The Yes campaign have more cash to


spend. Fascinating. In this final push, the pro campaign will blitz


Scotland with posters, billboards, and the Better Together campaign say


they will be doing this. It is hard to understand. If it is on a knife


edge, the Better Together campaign say they will do less media work.


John Curtice, from Strathclyde, said it is easy to say that the Yes


campaign has won this media battle in convincing people through posters


and reaching the kitchen table in terms of conversation. It is hard


when we are in the final votes, maybe the Better Together back


campaign is an... Is it strange to you that they say they will back off


a little bit? There is subtext because what happened early on is


the Yes campaign bought up a lot of billboards sometime before now. They


bought them specifically for this part of the campaign. Better


together aren't backing off, they are having trouble finding space.


Interesting. The Yes campaign have looked ahead, seen the billboard


spaces and advertising and bought it up. They have bought up a


substantial number. I saw a lot of them on the way to the studio and it


is an arresting poster. It's a baby's hand in a big hand, saying


Scotland's future in Scotland's hands. Speaking as a driver, I am


not sure how much people pay attention. Marketers will be happy.


Indeed. The Daily Mail, Prime Minister to Scots, don't go, I won't


be here for ever. Is that the kind of message that will resonate? It is


a mirror image of the other campaign. The Prime Minister is


saying, don't break up because even if you don't like me or the Tories,


famously, we only have one Tory MP in Scotland, this is temporary. Alex


Salmond says the same thing. That No campaign have tried to hang the Yes


campaign on the personality of Alex Salmond which is a polarising one.


Alex Salmond's team has said that it isn't about the SNP or about Alex


Salmond, he won't be there for ever, the Scots can vote for the work they


want to in May 2016, so don't make it all about Alex Salmond. Both


camps are saying not to personalise it but to look at it in terms of the


big picture. Has it gone too far? Has it become a campaign of


personalities? That is quite possibly the case. Both sides have


made the argument that it isn't about one man or a one party but the


way the campaigns have been run, it feels that way. The PM has said,


don't make this an anti` Tory protest vote. That is what it might


come down to four undecided people. Especially for yes voters as well.


`` for undecided. We shouldn't blame the Prime Minister for all of this.


He made an impassioned plea at this late hour. That might sway some


voters. It will be interesting to see. He reminded everybody on the


currency, passports, and pensions issue. In the emotion there is the


message about what will happen if the referendum doesn't go the way


the Tories want it to. Let's not forget that, uniquely in


contemporary politics, not this time round it is a bout party politics.


There has been a push to register voters `` about. People have wanted


to have there it ability to write registered in Scotland. Tens of


thousands haven't voted in the last two or three elections. `` to


register. That is hard for either camp to engage. For a democracy is a


fantastic way to show how a campaign can be run. The electorate is


signing up to vote. That is a good thing for any democracy. Lessons


should be learned from this in terms of how future campaigns should be


run. The referendum in callback was 97%. A lot is at stake. `` Quebec.


Menacing thugs who bully in the referendum debate shouldn't


influence voters according to a Cabinet minister, Alistair


Carmichael. Is he on to something? Has the campaign, from the yes


side, being abrasive? `` been. The Daily Mail, in its incarnations,


isn't a stranger to hyperbole. This is an irresponsible front`page based


on nothing... I won't read the quotes. The people flagged as


claiming some kind of intimidation are anonymous apart from a few


politicians. It is anecdotal and wildly exaggerated. I have spent


most of the last few weeks going to various meetings and demonstrations


and I have seen nothing of this kind. I suspect that neither has


Alistair Carmichael. I suspect he is being used because he is a decent


chap, used by the paper to fan flames of hatred. It is wholly


irresponsible of them. There has been a lot of anecdotal evidence of


people turning up to pick up their kids at school and if there is the


suggestion that they will vote no, vote for the union, they are told


they are bad parents. All of this stuff is flying around. Is it here


say put out by both sides to discredit the other? `` heresay. In


such an impassioned referendum, those headlines will arise. This is


an alarmist headline. Not showing the picture in any shape or form or


how graphic might be. In any democracy, we have to have free and


fair elections and people should feel comfortable which ever way they


want to vote. We have private voting. People should vote whichever


way they want and not feel intimidated. This is too alarmist


and extreme. The line on top says sinister rise in threats and


intimidation. Sinister? This is ludicrous. Unless you count people


having a singsong, proclaimed songs of intimidation, I don't know what


they are all about. It depends on what you think of The Proclaimers.


The front page of the Times. We are powerless to save the hostage. This


is the former taxi driver, Alan Henning, who is in the control of


Islamic State. It looks as if it will be difficult to get him out


alive. It does. The Defence Secretary says, we don't know where


he is. While the efforts will be made to find him, if we can't locate


him, it will be impossible. There was a Paris conference where


countries have rallied around suggesting something needs to be


done, whether it is strikes in Syria, we don't know. That would


have legal complications without UN backing. Something has to be done


because we have lost a British hostage as well as other countries


have lost people in this. If we don't know where they are, it proves


difficult. A military campaign looks like it will happen soon. What that


will do for this particular man we don't know. For his family, having


seen what has happened to Mr Haynes, it will be disturbing. We saw what


happened to your countrymen, David Haines last week at the hands of


this organisation in Iraq, of course the British government's policy will


be that it won't negotiate with terrorists, but we know that the


French for instance have paid money in order to release their nationals.


`` Mr Haines. What would the view, I don't know his opinion, but what


would Alex Salmond's view be if he controlled foreign policy in


Scotland? I don't know the answer to that in terms of the hostage


situation. His only recent statement has been to say that he wouldn't be


involved in airstrike campaign War foreign military unless it was


backed by the UN, Estancia took over the original Iraq war `` or. If we


employed airstrikes, where? `` a stand. If we killed people on the


ground, that would encourage the radicalisation of other young men,


which is a horrible organisation not open to logic or persuasion. If we


go to the front page of the Independent, Al Qaeda tried to stop


the kidnapped of Alan Henning `` kidnap. The point must be made clear


that Al Qaeda despises Islamic State and vice`versa. Al Qaeda believes


that Islamic State is too extreme. It echoes what happened in summer


when Boko Haram kidnapped those young girls from school. Al Qaeda


made a similar statement which was, you are going too far. This isn't


serving because we asked supposedly trying to fight for. It's in tune


with what happened earlier in summer because it is an innocent aid worker


who has been taken. There is a lot of international media attention as


well. It's counter`productive and not Islamic. Something's happening


in these factions between different communities of Islam, saying, we


don't want to be as extreme as you because it is counter`productive to


our cause. This case is an aid worker. Who is it supposed to be


helping? It is confusing in terms of who we think is extreme and who is a


moderate? Alan Henning gave up his job as a taxi driver to go out and


ferry aid supplies. David Haines was also an aid worker. It's difficult


to get your head around what exactly Islamic State is up to.


pretty pass when Al Qaeda are being characterised as the moderates.


unsavoury history as well, I think we're in uncharted waters now. Going


to the Sun, and Ruth, this says it all. Bottom Line, Scotland poll


latest, a verdict from the heavens. This is the Lord's speaking, Ruth?


Does he get a vote? Scotland is gone. A nonbeliever, I don't know if


she is speaking or not. Is she in the? She is probably black as well.


Let's not go there. I have to say however that in a world of photo


shopping, I think the Lord might have had less to do with it. To you


think that is what this is? Clearly a cynic. I live in a world of cloud


machines, so that is also possible. A fantastic graphic. Showing people


what could be possible. It is not the end of the world. Well done the


chaps at the Sun, and the Adobe photo shop machine. That is it for


the papers, stay with us on BBC News. At the top of the hour more on


the referendum as the big day draws ever closer. We will have analysis


and last`minute efforts by both sides ahead of Thursday's vote. Now,




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