23/09/2014 The Papers


23/09/2014

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who knows about the ringing true fees `` plus a man who does about

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winning trophies arrives at Gleneagles.

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

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With me are here in our London studio ` Eleanor Mills, Columnist

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and Editorial Director of The Sunday Times, and from Salford, the

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Tomorrow's funk pages `` front pages.

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Hairy Cornflake Faces Porridge is the headline on the Sun.

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It refers to former DJ Dave Lee Travis who could be facing prison

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after being found guilty of groping a TV researcher almost 20 years ago.

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And two leaders, two gaffes on the cover of The Independent.

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Ed Miliband forgot to mention the deficit during his party conference

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speech and the Prime Minister was overheard saying the Queen purred

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down the phone when she was told Scotland had rejected independence.

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The Telegraph leads on the UK potentially joining international

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air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq.

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David Cameron says we cannot opt out of the fight.

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The Express has the same story claiming that

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the Prime Minister will authorise those strikes on Wednesday.

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And the Guardian says Ed Miliband played what he hopes will be

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his trump card as his ?2.5 billion pledge put the NHS at the heart

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And the Times leads on the news that the wife of Alan Henning, the

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hostage, has received a recording from him pleading for his life.

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Let's begin with the Guardian. Aspect out of a photograph alluding

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to events in Syria. `` a spectacular photograph.

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Pick up on that one and your thoughts on how the Guardian is

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covering that story. It is a very dramatic photograph on the front.

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Details of the coalition President Obama and John Kerry have managed to

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put together. Britain is not part of that coalition. It would have been

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almost unthinkable that the United States would put together a

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coalition on something as important as this and Britain would be on the

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sidelines at one point. We know the reasons why. We know the reluctance

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of the British people to get in engaged in this, or what we believe

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to be the case. We can see a very dramatic stepping up of United

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States is action, launching these attacks in Syria, possibly having

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advised the Syrian government, but not consulting them about what they

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were doing. An interesting distinction. No sign of the British.

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That might not be for much longer? I have just come back from the Labour

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Party conference and was a lot of talk about this. Talk about Scotland

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quickly switched to a recall of Parliament, likely to be on Friday,

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the day of Nigel Farage's speech. This is a coalition of Arab allies.

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I still want to portray this as a Western crusade against Islam. If

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you have five Arab allies, all taking part with America, it is hard

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to be characterised like that. Allies with predominately Sunni

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Muslim population. Yes, it undermines the claim of an Islamic

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caliphate. You both touched on that point of Britain's lack of

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involvement so far, do you agree with her on how soon that might

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change? Yes, it is very likely. I am still in the north`west and the same

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sort of conversations are being had. People are asking each other how

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quickly do MPs have to be told before the recall of Parliament and

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some speculation over whether or not the recall was not announced so as

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to give Ed Miliband the chance to deliver his speech before the

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announcement was made. You are the, and Eleanor was here, so it seems

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sensible to move onto Ed Miliband. He pledges to put the NHS at the

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heart of the election battle. I sat through this speech. I was waiting

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to be inspired. All the polls suggest that Labour was great the

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election, so I was sitting there waiting to see a prime ministerial

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presence, shades of Tony Blair and was a lot of expectation. Last year,

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Ed Miliband did very well. But I thought this was a disappointing

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speech. It felt lacklustre, there was a lot of fidgeting going on in

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the press section, it was full of platitudes. The pledge on the NHS

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was the moment when confidence got to their feet and cheered. But that

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was the only moment of drama and what was quite a long speech. The

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Labour Party are going to cheer when you say you will give more money to

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the NHS. But much of the rest of it is things we have heard so often

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before. Mansion tax, tobacco tax. His big freeze was together we can.

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It felt like a real amalgam of things we have heard before. I was

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not that impressed. And the people of envy were not that impressed.

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Were you impressed? I'm afraid I was not impressed. I used to work for

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the Labour Party, and I used to work on these speeches so I know how

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difficult it is and how hard it can be to inspire the audience. Tony

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Blair could do it, I'm afraid that Ed Miliband didn't today. There was

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not that sense of excitement. People were not spilling out of the

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conference hall seeing what a fantastic speech it had been. The

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whole feeling of the conference has been rather flat. It doesn't feel to

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me like a party that thinks it is on the threshold of power. I have been

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to fringe meetings talking to Labour MPs and candidates and I'm afraid

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the general mood is not that dissimilar to what Eleanor has said.

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What about his forgetting an important date? This speech was

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believed in advance to include a section on the deficit, but in this

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final conference address before the general election and not speaking on

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the economy is extraordinary. There was nothing on education, welfare

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reform, but a lot of areas that were not touched on. The NHS is the easy

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one. You will always be cheered for talking about saving the NHS. In

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terms of the overriding narrative thread that made it clear exactly

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how a Labour government would be different, that was lacking. Let's

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move on to the Daily Telegraph. Their front page refers to the

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stories we have discussed so far and also what David Cameron said about

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the Queen. This was a conversation that was overheard and he claimed

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that the Queen purred. This is David Cameron divulging that when he cold

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the Queen to tell her, she purred. And either teared up a doubt, that

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was not picked up by the microphone was not picked up by the microphone

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We all remember Helen Mirren in the Queen. And Tony Blair. These things

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are not meant to come out. There will be some red faces at number

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ten. It is not exactly surprising that the Queen is pleased, the

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pairing is hilarious, it is like George Galloway in the Big Brother

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house. `` the pairing like a cat. In a way David Cameron makes it a story

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about himself, the definition of relief is when you tell the Queen it

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is OK. He was dreading ringing her up to tell her it was not OK, even

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more than he was dreading the break`up of the United Kingdom.

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There is a cartoon on the right saying it is Prince Philip for you,

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Prime Minister, he is not purring. LAUGHTER

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Dave Lee Travis has just been found ill to one of these charges. ``

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found guilty. I do not think it is massively surprise in, he is being

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sentenced on Friday. One of my colleagues on the Sunday Times went

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to interview him and he did something similar, we were not

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surprised. Final thoughts on that, Lance? Your headlines talk about

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hairy cornflake facing porridge, quite a good headline from the sun,

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we do not know if he will go to jail or not. He has been likened to Jimmy

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Savile, he has been found guilty and it is a terrible offence, but

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compared to Jimmy Savile and the scale of the rapes he was involved

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in, I think that actually DLT may feel a little aggrieved to be

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compared with Jimmy Savile. That draws matters to a close, thank you

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to both of you. You will both be back at half`past 11 for the stories

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tomorrow.

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