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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers
With me are here in our London studio ` Eleanor Mills, Columnist
and Editorial Director of The Sunday Times, and from Salford, the
Tomorrow's funk pages `` front pages.
Hairy Cornflake Faces Porridge is the headline on the Sun.
It refers to former DJ Dave Lee Travis who could be facing prison
after being found guilty of groping a TV researcher almost 20 years ago.
And two leaders, two gaffes on the cover of The Independent.
Ed Miliband forgot to mention the deficit during his party conference
speech and the Prime Minister was overheard saying the Queen purred
down the phone when she was told Scotland had rejected independence.
The Telegraph leads on the UK potentially joining international
air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq.
David Cameron says we cannot opt out of the fight.
The Express has the same story claiming that
the Prime Minister will authorise those strikes on Wednesday.
And the Guardian says Ed Miliband played what he hopes will be
his trump card as his ?2.5 billion pledge put the NHS at the heart
And the Times leads on the news that the wife of Alan Henning, the
hostage, has received a recording from him pleading for his life.
Let's begin with the Guardian. Aspect out of a photograph alluding
to events in Syria. `` a spectacular photograph.
Pick up on that one and your thoughts on how the Guardian is
covering that story. It is a very dramatic photograph on the front.
Details of the coalition President Obama and John Kerry have managed to
put together. Britain is not part of that coalition. It would have been
almost unthinkable that the United States would put together a
coalition on something as important as this and Britain would be on the
sidelines at one point. We know the reasons why. We know the reluctance
of the British people to get in engaged in this, or what we believe
to be the case. We can see a very dramatic stepping up of United
States is action, launching these attacks in Syria, possibly having
advised the Syrian government, but not consulting them about what they
were doing. An interesting distinction. No sign of the British.
That might not be for much longer? I have just come back from the Labour
Party conference and was a lot of talk about this. Talk about Scotland
quickly switched to a recall of Parliament, likely to be on Friday,
the day of Nigel Farage's speech. This is a coalition of Arab allies.
I still want to portray this as a Western crusade against Islam. If
you have five Arab allies, all taking part with America, it is hard
to be characterised like that. Allies with predominately Sunni
Muslim population. Yes, it undermines the claim of an Islamic
caliphate. You both touched on that point of Britain's lack of
involvement so far, do you agree with her on how soon that might
change? Yes, it is very likely. I am still in the north`west and the same
sort of conversations are being had. People are asking each other how
quickly do MPs have to be told before the recall of Parliament and
some speculation over whether or not the recall was not announced so as
to give Ed Miliband the chance to deliver his speech before the
announcement was made. You are the, and Eleanor was here, so it seems
sensible to move onto Ed Miliband. He pledges to put the NHS at the
heart of the election battle. I sat through this speech. I was waiting
to be inspired. All the polls suggest that Labour was great the
election, so I was sitting there waiting to see a prime ministerial
presence, shades of Tony Blair and was a lot of expectation. Last year,
Ed Miliband did very well. But I thought this was a disappointing
speech. It felt lacklustre, there was a lot of fidgeting going on in
the press section, it was full of platitudes. The pledge on the NHS
was the moment when confidence got to their feet and cheered. But that
was the only moment of drama and what was quite a long speech. The
Labour Party are going to cheer when you say you will give more money to
the NHS. But much of the rest of it is things we have heard so often
before. Mansion tax, tobacco tax. His big freeze was together we can.
It felt like a real amalgam of things we have heard before. I was
not that impressed. And the people of envy were not that impressed.
Were you impressed? I'm afraid I was not impressed. I used to work for
the Labour Party, and I used to work on these speeches so I know how
difficult it is and how hard it can be to inspire the audience. Tony
Blair could do it, I'm afraid that Ed Miliband didn't today. There was
not that sense of excitement. People were not spilling out of the
conference hall seeing what a fantastic speech it had been. The
whole feeling of the conference has been rather flat. It doesn't feel to
me like a party that thinks it is on the threshold of power. I have been
to fringe meetings talking to Labour MPs and candidates and I'm afraid
the general mood is not that dissimilar to what Eleanor has said.
What about his forgetting an important date? This speech was
believed in advance to include a section on the deficit, but in this
final conference address before the general election and not speaking on
the economy is extraordinary. There was nothing on education, welfare
reform, but a lot of areas that were not touched on. The NHS is the easy
one. You will always be cheered for talking about saving the NHS. In
terms of the overriding narrative thread that made it clear exactly
how a Labour government would be different, that was lacking. Let's
move on to the Daily Telegraph. Their front page refers to the
stories we have discussed so far and also what David Cameron said about
the Queen. This was a conversation that was overheard and he claimed
that the Queen purred. This is David Cameron divulging that when he cold
the Queen to tell her, she purred. And either teared up a doubt, that
was not picked up by the microphone was not picked up by the microphone
We all remember Helen Mirren in the Queen. And Tony Blair. These things
are not meant to come out. There will be some red faces at number
ten. It is not exactly surprising that the Queen is pleased, the
pairing is hilarious, it is like George Galloway in the Big Brother
house. `` the pairing like a cat. In a way David Cameron makes it a story
about himself, the definition of relief is when you tell the Queen it
is OK. He was dreading ringing her up to tell her it was not OK, even
more than he was dreading the break`up of the United Kingdom.
There is a cartoon on the right saying it is Prince Philip for you,
Prime Minister, he is not purring. LAUGHTER
Dave Lee Travis has just been found ill to one of these charges. ``
found guilty. I do not think it is massively surprise in, he is being
sentenced on Friday. One of my colleagues on the Sunday Times went
to interview him and he did something similar, we were not
surprised. Final thoughts on that, Lance? Your headlines talk about
hairy cornflake facing porridge, quite a good headline from the sun,
we do not know if he will go to jail or not. He has been likened to Jimmy
Savile, he has been found guilty and it is a terrible offence, but
compared to Jimmy Savile and the scale of the rapes he was involved
in, I think that actually DLT may feel a little aggrieved to be
compared with Jimmy Savile. That draws matters to a close, thank you
to both of you. You will both be back at half`past 11 for the stories