17/09/2014 The Papers


17/09/2014

No need to wait to see what's in the papers - Clive Myrie presents a lively and informed conversation about the next day's headlines.


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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers

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In a minute we will be discussing everything that is in the morning 's

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newspapers. With me are Richard Walker,

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editor of the Sunday Herald and of Alex Massie, journalist

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and blogger for the Spectator. Many

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of the front pages are already in. And tomorrow's referendum dominates,

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the Financial Times talks about a moment of truth as a divided

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nation heads to the polls. A special edition of the Scottish

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express. It says that Scots are being urged to reject narrow

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nationalism and save the union. The Union

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and Saltire flags occupy the Independent which calls the whole

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campaign, a carnival of democracy The message from the Daily Mirror is

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clear, don't let the sun set The map

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of Scotland dominates the Guardian Finally, the daily record lets the

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younger generation reflect both sides of the campaign and the paper

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quotes a poem from our greatest son, Robert Burns.

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Let us turn to our guests. Good evening to you. We should start with

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the Financial Times, and yours is the paper that has said yes,

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formerly. We have. That will help people understand where the

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conversations might go. What are your thoughts about the Financial

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Times this morning? We have been hearing more and more about this

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nonsense about a divided country and families torn apart and it is

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nonsense. It is a country engaged in a hugely important debate that is

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electric at the moment and the population is incredibly politicised

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and it has been following and turns of the debate and everyone

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is talking about it. We are grown up and we can disagree and still be

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friends in the morning. A divided nation is what the FT calls it, is

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that fair? It is because the nation will vote one way or the other by

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the narrowest of margins tomorrow. They talk about beauty and terror

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which is a reference to the lines by W 8 Yate `` Dudley B Yeats on the

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Easter rising and no one can complain `` claim it is anything

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like as divisive and violent as Irish history. Scotland and Ireland

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a very different places and their journeys about whatever

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constitutional settlement they end up with have been very different and

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although it is a lovely line to quote him it is not applicable in

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this circumstance. I love the reference to the fog of

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into nationalist is obvious. It is incredible. Although the fog

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descended over Edinburgh disabling. Indeed! We had a splendid backdrop

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with Edinburgh Castle. It has well and truly descended. The Independent

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has a beautiful image on the front page. The 307 year itch. Who knew

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that Marilyn Munro was appearing in this referendum as well! The

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Independent is perhaps not the most significant newspaper in Scotland in

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terms of readership but just like Richard's paper it is beautifully

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designed. In some ways it gets to the heart of the matter here and in

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Samways this is a risk `` an argument that has been going on in

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hearts if not mine is for 300 years. Something was lost in 1707, even if

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much was gained and even if Scotland votes yes tomorrow it is quite

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plausible that something will be gained even if correspondingly

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something would also be lost. A carnival of democracy is

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interesting. That is exactly what it has been. I was in George Square

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earlier and it was a party atmosphere. It'll weekend the

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streets were full of people on the stalls and there were bands

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discussing the referendum and all sorts of aspects to it. It has been

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an absolute joy. It has been a fantastic campaign. The Scottish

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Daily Express talks about the Sun setting on our union with beautiful

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pictures of flags. The express make it very clear what its thoughts are.

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The great crusader, as it has always wanted to characterise itself as. I

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think it is pretty much a front page that people would express from ``

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expect from the Sunday express. It is a nice image but I do not think

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it is particularly spectacular or a front page that stirs the emotions

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either way. It is not a classic front page. This one refers in the

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story to narrow nationalism and a complete misunderstanding of the

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debate here but it suits their agenda. Next I think we will go to

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the mirror if I can find it. Don't leave us this way. Just one flag

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this time. Yes, the blue has all been taken out. That is clearly a

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good message to take away tonight. It is not so advisable to take the

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blue out of the flag and if you are going to do with photo shop you

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might do it a little bit better! I cannot really disagree with that.

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This front page seems to be a photo shop of the same chap holding up the

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flag that is on the Daily Express front page which suggests a degree

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of, well, a lack of creative thinking on the part of these art

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directors. This has the union flag with the blue of Scotland taken out

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of it and it is a union flag with no room for Wales which is a little

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unfair. Presumably the fact the blue was taken out is supposed to terrify

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us so we know that it mustn't look like that so we must vote no.

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The Guardian has a very simple front page, pictorially, talking about

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Scotland's 4.2 million voters with 15 hours to decide. A helpful

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reminder of what Scotland looks like. Indeed. That is a front page

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which says, we don't know what to say. Here is a map of Scotland. Day

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of destiny. I am not saying that you couldn't get more cliched and

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stereotypical, but he would have to work quite hard to do so. Perhaps

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there is a bit more inside. You would hope so. From their own point

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of view, if nobody else's. Right. Well, we will go through the front

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pages and the interiors in somewhat more depth later on. Thank you for

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now. We will have much more on that in the next hour, and also, I should

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say that we will be talking to YouGov later on as well about the

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latest opinion polls. Now, let's head to Sportsday.

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Good evening. Let's start with football. Manchester City faced the

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tougher of the two matches involving the two English teams competing in

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the Champions League tonight. They are playing the German champions,

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Bayern Munich, in the opening match of the group stages. The English

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champions at

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