16/09/2014 The Papers


16/09/2014

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And Greg Norman as he plans to be back playing golf next month.

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

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us tomorrow. Joining us from Glasgow this evening is Torcuil Crichton the

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Westminster Editor for the Daily Record and here with me in London is

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the Guardian columnist Hugh Muir. The Daily Telegraph reports women

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could prove the decisive factor in the Independence vote, according to

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their latest poll. The Times says David Cameron has no

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regrets over his handling of the Scottish referendum.

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The Scottish Daily highlights that the future of the Union lies in the

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hands of Scottish voters this week. The Independent also reflects on the

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growing tensions surrounding the campaigns ahead of Thursday's vote.

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As well as reporting on the referendum ` the Guardian carries a

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story that US ground troops could be sent to Iraq. The Metro has the

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story of the families of two Britons paying tribute to their loved ones,

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who were killed in a Thai resort. Alex Salmond has called for a final

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push with the polls being too close to call.

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With the Scottish Sun giving their own take on the battle for the yes

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and no votes ahead of Thursday's referendum.

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We are going to start with the Scotsman. The poll has no in the

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lead, but he is closing the gap. 48 against 52%. That is well within the

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margin of error. It absolutely is. This poll shows yes closing the gap.

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It is only one of three polls tonight. The Scotsman has 52`48. The

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Telegraph has 52 `48. The Telegraph has 52`48. `` Daily Mail has a

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52`48. Just 48 hours until this is all

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over. Scotland still does not know its future. Scotland does not know

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its future. The English and the Northern Ireland do not know what

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the union is going to look like. Given how far the no campaign was,

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should it have been this way? We did not think it would get this close.

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It has been a pretty deficient no campaign. The SNP have run a

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brilliant campaign. They have. Alex Salmond is a formidable campaigner.

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The no campaign was too technocratic in a way. This was a story about

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Britain and the unity of Britain and making the case to Scotsman about

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there being something valuable to remain part of. I am not sure that

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case was ever made until the past few days. The problem the no

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campaign has is almost everything it says, everything it offers and has

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been offering just looks like a panic measure. It is easy for Alex

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Salmond to characterise it as a panic measure. It should never have

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got into this. The no campaign might just get in over the line. In a way,

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the yes campaign have already won. This is not going to go away. Unless

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the no campaign when big, and it probably will not. Britain has got

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talent against the X factor. Alistair Darling on the left, Alex

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Salmond on the right. It is not Alistair Darling who has been

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leading the charge. It has been Gordon Brown. A still trusted voice

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in Scotland. A very prominent figure, Gordon Brown. David Cameron

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has been passionate about the union. All the focus groups show them that

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people in Scotland did not look back at the UK and the sentimental

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feeling of the history together. It was mostly about how it will affect

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their pocket. There is that emotional resonance. That appeal to

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solidarity and social justice. These things have been stolen from labour.

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They needed to get Gordon Brown back in. The front page of the sun is

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very interesting. For those viewers who have not been brought up on a

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diet of the Sunday Post, that reference is a diminutive friendly

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reference to Alex. It is Britain's got talent against the X factor.

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Rupert Murdoch has not called that. He usually backs winners, he always

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backs winners. It is so close that he has not jumped on either side. He

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flew into Scotland on the weekend, Aberdeen, Glasgow, every pub, every

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coffee shop, every overheard conversation is about one subject.

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The referendum. Scotland is boiling over. Even then, the Sage of the Sun

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could not call it. Briefly, sticking with the Scottish Sun, the effect of

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Gordon Brown. Across the country, they did not trust him to run the

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country. And yet he could be the man who saves the union. It was a slip

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of the tongue when he said he would save the world and it did not

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happen. That he could save the union. He does have that passion. I

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do not see why it was necessary to have a very managerial approach of

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Alistair Darling on his own. You could have had alongside it someone

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who could give a speech, who could communicate. You campaign in poetry

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and govern in prose. I do not see the Alistair Darling as much of a

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poet. It is interesting about politics. In terms of timing, people

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really want to lift the spirits, rise above and allow us to have

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thoughts about who we are and why. Instead we have been talking about

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the money. The finances, the currency. They have not done

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anything in terms of politics. He was in England would not have seen

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the first debate. Alistair Darling won that one. He scored a massive

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hit against Alex Salmond. Alex Salmond was staggered. Alex Salmond

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got his act together for the second debate. That was seen across the UK.

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That change to be moved backwards back towards the yes campaign. ``

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changed the mood. It has been backwards and forwards. Across

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Scotland, across the press, every day. A dour ground war campaign

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would never allow the no campaign to win. They might just get a very

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narrow vote that creates problems in narrow vote that creates problems in

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the future. Let us go to the Daily Mirror. Scottish referendum turns

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nasty as Ed Miliband talks about intimidation of no supporters. This

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just goes to show just how intense the campaign is going to be with one

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day to go. Absolutely. It is sad that these accusations are being

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thrown of bullying and claim and counter claim. Given how important

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this is, I suppose we cannot be surprised that people will do what

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they can to get an advantage. Ed Miliband's appeal for calm, saying,

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let us keep this civilised. It has been reasonably civilised on the

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streets. But given just what it means for Scotland and the rest of

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the country, one is not surprised there is a little bit of jostling.

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You are in Scotland at the moment. How would you characterise the

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campaign over the last few days? Has it a little bit nasty or aggressive?

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Absolutely. It was not pleasant at all. There was a mood of

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intolerance. Whenever a labour politician gathered, there would be

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ambushed by yes supporters. It happens to Gordon Brown, it happens

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to Ed Miliband. We had the battle in Glasgow where MPs were mobbed in

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Central Station. There was a shout of. People are passionate, it is

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important. Politics in Scotland has been turned into people yelling yes

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or no at each other. We saw it when Jim Murphy on his soapbox, he

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realised the crowds were organised against him. I think there will be a

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real need for the Labour Party to reassess its self. It is revealing

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that labour seems to be getting just as much antagonism as the Tories.

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You would expect it of the Tories. But labour should have considerable

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support. But that has not really happened. Going to the record. The

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front page that. Dad was a proud son of Scotland. That is why he would

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have said no. Alex Salmond above him. The first day of the country.

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It is the collapse of Labour support that has seen the success in this

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battle so far. The yes side could never went on just SNP support

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alone. They needed an alliance across the spectrum. We have seen

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support from the hard left in Scotland. In the last couple of

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weeks, when Alex Salmond was pushing the idea of staying in the union a

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dangerous threat, he got the Labour vote. It will be seen how successful

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it has been. Scotland has been on a knife edge. 51`49. Almost too close

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to call. There have been some Labour voters for years who have been

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pulled across. We are just going to go briefly to the Guardian and your

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paper. US ground troops will join Iraq is in ISIS fight. President

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Obama said there would be no military action on the ground. Now

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the defence chief has said it will happen if things have to change.

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That would be very significant. He really has to move very carefully

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with the American public. He may just about able to get by with

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airstrikes. The idea of more than that, it is going to be something

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that people will be wary of. Martin Dempsey has been saying that

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possibly they could have ground troops. Maybe he was just answering

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a question honestly. If it does not work, the next logical thing to have

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to do is to put boots on the ground. But it will be a big step. And one

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suspects he might have to go to Congress about that. That is what

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this is all about. The pressure to be the Chiefs of staff telling the

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politicians that he could see a time when US troops might have to be put

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on the ground. There are already several trips in a supporting role.

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Against ISIS. He thinks he could see a forward operating role for these

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troops. These bombing attacks against ISIS. Slowly, surely. All

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right. I am going to have the car to offer. Thank you so much for joining

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us. `` have to cut you off. Thank you. It is

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at the top of the owl, two days to go before Scotland decide its

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future. Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm

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