20/09/2014 The Papers


20/09/2014

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

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With me are the broadcaster and campaigner David Akinsanya,

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and the political commentator and journalist Miranda Green.

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Tomorrow's front pages now. Starting with...

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The Observer leads with Labour plans to raise the minumum wage to more

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than ?8 an hour, as the party's conference prepares to get

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The Mail on Sunday says the Prime Minister has warned Ed Miliband

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in the wake of the Scottish referendum.

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A similar sentiment on the front of the Sunday Telegraph,

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this time from Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

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Writing in the paper, he says Scotland should not gain any more

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while Scottish MPs still have a say in English affairs.

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The Sunday Post features another 'vow' from Westminster leaders `

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that further devolution for Scotland will be delivered.

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The Sunday Herald has a striking picture of St George's Square in

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Glasgow, it was the only paper backing referendum before the ``

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backing independence before the referendum.

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And former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is criticising the

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Prime Minister saying the Cabinet was not consulted about details of

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the referendum, including the question of the ballot paper. It is

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a bit late for that! This is the Mail on Sunday. This is appearing

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outside Scotland. The Scottish front page is very different. A Prime

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Minister warns, do not sell out England. This business `` I will

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show you the Scottish version in a second. This is a pole being carried

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out that apparently shows furious over how much money goes to

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Scotland. The sentiment seems to be people want it to stop.

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This process has taught English people are a lot of things Scottish

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MPs have a say in that we do not have a say on. The West Lothian

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issue. And I think people are waking up to it and they understand there

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are issues if Scotland are going to get more powers, English MPs might

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be calling for changes. The warning is to the Labour leader

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here. Making capital out of this. In the run`up to the general election,

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there is a lot of mileage for the parties.

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There is. The unfortunate thing gives that in the run`up to the

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Scottish referendum, all the parties were trying their best not just to

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appear unified in what they were promising the Scottish people to

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secure this no vote but also, they were promising that after the

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referendum result was announced, everybody would work together to

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resolve what we knew would be difficult constitutional questions.

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They were already promising so much to Scotland, there were going to be

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knock`on effects on the rest of the UK. We knew there would be knock`on

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effects for Wales but also for the northern cities of England which are

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very upset about the idea of the Scots get more money per head of

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public funding and that they have these powers to run their own

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affairs when somewhere like Manchester is an enormous economy,

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why should they not be getting devolved powers? This was going to

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happen and people knew it was taking place but what is extraordinary is

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that we are not yet 72 hours after the referendum result and it has

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thrown the political world into chaos. It is a plump for Ed Miliband

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`` problem for Ed Miliband because David Cameron has set a trap by

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saying they are going to give a new package for Scotland by the end of

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January, a very tight timetable to work out what that would be. He has

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also said they have to have a fairer deal for the rest of the UK

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alongside that. The Labour Party is saying they are being bounced into

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this. Alistair Darling is saying that is

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not negotiable, the timetable. These are the results of the poll. Who

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persuaded the Scots to stay in the UK? Gordon Brown coming out on top.

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A favourite moment in the referendum campaign. It was the Queen is Mac

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life for people to think carefully. I do not know where they did this

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poll, not Scotland! Ash the Queen's plea.

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They are as skiing if more devolution would make it impossible

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for a Scottish MP to be Prime Minister in the future. `` they are

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also asking. When you think of how many prime ministers have been

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Scottish MPs, that is a big deal if the rest of the UK no longer feels a

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Scot is appropriate as a leader for the UK.

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I want to show you, our director is not expecting less... `` expecting

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this. The Scottish Mail on Sunday, the Scots back the SNP that they do

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not want to see another referendum. `` but they do not. It shows how

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different it is from the English and Welsh and Northern Ireland first.

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The Sunday Telegraph, the Justice Secretary tells the Scots, get off

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my lawn! Chris Grayling. It is quite nasty already.

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It is more of the same, this idea that Scottish MPs are going to be in

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the house of Parliament voting on things affecting England only. As

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the Justice Secretary, he thinks it is his place to say that.

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We heard Alex Salmond has been speaking to Sunday Politics tomorrow

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at 11 o'clock tomorrow morning, he is saying the parties are going back

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on the speed at which this is meant to happen. Downing Street say the

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three prounion parties have set out a clear timetable. Lord Smith of

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Kelvin will oversee the timetable. The powers of tax spending, welfare,

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agreed by November and legislation published by January. It is not as

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quick during the latter is ages of the campaign.

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Gordon Brown, David Cameron is and remains Prime Minister of the United

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Kingdom, but he devolved constitutional decisions to Gordon

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Brown. His personal nemesis and his predecessor as Labour Prime

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Minister. Gordon Brown promised this deadline of Ernst Knight. This

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complicated Scottish side of the Constitution will be sorted by Burns

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night. `` deadline of Burns night. It was promised so they have to

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stick to it. And you have to resolve and you have to plan how to resolve

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these English issues and the wealth issues. `` Welsh issues.

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The other story, stop the flow of `` `` money and guns to jihadists.

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Pressure growing and countries like Kuwait and Qatar said to be

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providing money to the militants. What comes out of this article is

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that it seems, it is a Conservative saying that because there are so

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many investments in this country, we are afraid to confront Qatar about

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the systems in operation providing money and arms to the jihadists. It

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may be that people are thinking we are not pushing as much as we should

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be. And there is a recognition having

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too much Western involvement in the problems in Iraq and Syria will be

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counter`productive and they need to bring in the Arab states.

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It is complicated because we are criticising the funding going into

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the opposition groups in Syria who are opposing President Assad but we

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in the UK have been sending in funding and support to opposition

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groups in Syria because we have been trying to get rid of President Assad

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and now he is not going. You have to be careful who you

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support. It is incredibly difficult and there

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is a sectarian divide in the Middle East which we found on one side of

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the sectarian divide... So we are criticising others for funding and

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it is a bit late for that. In 24 hours, 45 thousand refugees

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were coming from Syria into Turkey. That is contained within that bit of

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the article but so many things going on. They are not working.

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It is over 60,000 now. Even today, it has gone even further.

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An interesting and weird details... There has been a lot of interest in

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the last 48 hours on how the votes of Scottish MPs might have changed

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things. If you took out the votes of Scottish MPs last year, David

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Cameron's resolution and Syria and possible military intervention in

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Syria would have passed. So it seems these constitutional arguments are a

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bit of a turn off to everybody else. But substantial decisions

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taken by the UK could be different in the future.

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Ed Miliband is pledging a big pay rise for Britain's poorest workers,

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we are likely to see announcements. ?8, a big increase on the minimum

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wage but still not a living wage in a lot of places.

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It is ?8 by 2020 which is a long time.

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We do not know what inflation is going to be.

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Yes. The thing about the minimum wage which came in after the Tony

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Blair victory, the landslide in 1997, it is the perfect policy

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because it is a real policy that changes people's lives and it tells

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you something fundamental about values of the party and who they

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stand up for. So trying to make something new of that policy, the

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minimum wage, to achieve a victory in next year's election makes sense

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for Ed Miliband. But it may not make sense when you look at what it is

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worth to people. This beam of the cost of living and living standards,

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the working poor, is very important `` beam. Placing this story in the

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Observer, they are trying to get back onto their agenda for the

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conference season. The question will always be, how do

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you pay for it? In 2020, how much is ?8 worth? And

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how do we pay for it? He has not said here.

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He will be pressed on it. Employers will be paying it because

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it is wages. The trick with the minimum wage and the reason it is

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set by an independent body and the level it should be is because you

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have to be very careful you do not destroy jobs by making a minimum

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wage to high and that is why the debate about the living wage and the

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minimum wage can get so complicated. I am sure tomorrow a lot of

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economists will be questioned about whether this is a realistic level

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and poverty campaigners will be wondering if this is a level that

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will make a difference. Another story here, use the tax

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kicks, Desmond Tutu here, peace prizewinner, saying people should be

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boycotting internationally mining companies, oil corporations and

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businesses that trade on fossil fuels during the comparison with

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what's top of the apartheid regime. `` with what's top old.

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There was so much to boycott! Gold and fruit. It is a good idea but I

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think the governments should be putting pressure on companies and

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most of the things we talk about are things we all need. I cannot stop

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dying petrol. We also need those companies to provide jobs? We do,

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and also, something that is quite interesting from Sir Desmond to is

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this idea that there is too much pressure from international bodies

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on the developing world to cut back on its climate change and carbon

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gases when the developed world has enjoyed the benefits of all of that

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development already and this is an emerging theme and has been for

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several UN meetings on climate change. The idea that the developing

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world is feeling hard done by and sum saved they should be paid

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compensation, if you want us to not develop in the way you have, pay as!

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`` us. I want to return quickly to the aftermath of the referendum and

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in the Sunday Post, it says Scotswomen are set to dominate

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politics and girl power, there is Nicola Sturgeon, the hopeful

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successor to Alex Salmond. I wonder what that will be called? Tartan

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Spice? They say they have got their organically and not through any

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special treatment. No positive discrimination or anything. But it

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is to make up and one down because Ruth Davidson in Scotland was the

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undoubted star of the campaign and Nicola Sturgeon is the up and Nicola

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Sturgeon is the up`and`coming female leader in Scotland has been almost

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invisible and is facing possible leadership problems. She might not

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be there forever, it might be very short lived. That is it. Lots to

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discuss. So, around and David will be back again at 11:30pm for another

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look at the front pages. Stay with us. The latest on Alex Salmond and

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his accusations at 11pm. Coming up next, it is reporters.

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