31/10/2015 The Papers


31/10/2015

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are Randeep Ramesh, who's the Social Affairs Editor

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at the Guardian and the political correspondent

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The Sunday Times, which carries pictures of some

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of the 25 children who died in the plane crash in Egypt's Sinai.

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But it leads with the suggestion that ministers have U-turned

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on tougher school tests in the face of teaching union opposition.

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The Observer leads with the government's internet surveillance

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plans - it says the Home Secretary has been forced to backtrack.

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The Mail's focus is the Iraq War - it claims that ministers

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at the time were told to burn a top-level document questioning

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The Sunday Telegraph carries a picture of Prince Harry handing

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the Rugby World Cup to New Zealand's captain - after his side's

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And public spending cuts is the top story for the Sunday Post -

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it says that teachers have been forced to hand out bookies' pens

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We are going to start with that plane crash that came down in the

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Sinai Peninsula earlier today. Did ISIS take down the plane? They have

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very much humanised this for us with three of the 25 children who are

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thought to have died. It is an interesting choice of pictures. The

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question is, did ISIS take down the Russian airliner? I focusing on some

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of the victims, beautiful children caught up in this tragedy, it plays

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into this argument that the Russians are just like us. They will also

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suffer. Given all the stuff we have heard and who to turn acting in a

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belligerent manner in Syria, the question is whether ISIS have the

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capability. The suggestion is that although there is insurgent activity

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in the Sinai Peninsula, whether they would have the capabilities to do

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that, given this airline was flying pretty high. The answer to the

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question is, we do not know. There is no evidence. There is no evidence

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suggesting they did not. It fits, the best conspiracy theory, it

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sounds right. But Russia has launched attacks in Syria, some of

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which were against ISIS. They would have the motive. It makes sense if

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ISIS were behind this. From Egypt's point of view, a technical fault

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will be, if you can say this, a more palatable outcome for this story.

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They will not want any suggestion of terrorism against people who are

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flying home from a nice holiday. A ?50 million campaign to persuade

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tourists driven away from Egypt to return. Not good timing from them.

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Suggestions it is just a mechanical fault. It is probably out of their

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hands. The experts will decide. Looking at the Daily Mail.

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The Iraq War cover-up. A document that only a few people saw. This was

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the original opinion, that it would go to some kind of legal challenge.

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Now we have this different version of events, slightly different. And

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you wonder what happened. You do. You will probably find out in the

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Chilcott report next summer. It is nearly 2 million words long. The

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mail has decided it is a cover-up. The interesting thing is, the people

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involved in Chilcott see what they have been accused of. We had Tony

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Blair apologising. He said, I am sorry we did not have better

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intelligence. He is presumably trying to head off any criticism.

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Somebody knows they are in the firing line. One of the recipients

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refused to burn it. He is distancing himself from all of that. David

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Blunkett and Gordon Brown did not get to see the document. But Jack

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Straw did. And Jeff says, I will not be making any comment, but the

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remark in question did not come up during negotiations. People cannot

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resist making comments. Of all the people he would give this a place

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to, would you give it to the one who everyone knows as a buffer in?

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A plan to snoop on Internet use. Moves afoot in the Lords to tone it

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down, do it over, amend it sufficiently to make it slightly

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more bearable to the Liberal Democrats. How much backtracking is

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this? I can understand why. This appeared in a number of newspapers.

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We will not do all of this completely ridiculous stuff.

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Ministers will still be able to decide who gets snooped on, but the

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judges will be able to rubberstamp the decision. That is not much of a

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backtrack. Judges have to decide when it is issued. It seems like a

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classic, we are going to do something very bad. It is very

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complex stuff. We can see what is recorded and who records it. It is

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quite complex. People can understand being snooped upon. Exactly what is

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involved is kind of difficult. It might be necessary to toughen up the

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laws to some extent to track down terrorists. Looking at the Times,

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which I have thrown away. Jeremy Corbyn saying that he cannot

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understand why ministers are spending a lot of money

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commemorating a war. Be fair to him, he said this in 2013. And it was at

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an event organised by the morning Star. He was preaching to the

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converted. We have a clipped version of what he said. Given that many

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historians have said, you might understand what he was trying to

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say. It is classic Tory Black Ops. Looking for stupid things Jeremy

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Corbyn has said. Daft things he has said that over the last 30 years.

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Who got that job? Some minion. It would be quite fun, I suspect. He is

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not going to be allowed to forget it. It is a donkey jacket moment.

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The Tories will say he is a threat to national security. That looks

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possibly even hypocritical. Shall we look at the Sunday Post? Let us look

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at the Sunday Post. There we are. Exclusive, schoolkids left to usable

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keypad is. -- bookies pens. Why? Because there is money. There has

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been cuts to local authorities. Up to them how they spend that money

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and where the cuts for. Some schools have as little as ?1 per week to

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spend for basic equipment per pupil. Like exercise books, stationery,

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jotters. It is a serious story. And this is a good way of getting into

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it. Having to pilferage is little blue pens from bookies is shocking.

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And the SNP will be judged on measures like how well they are

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doing. They will be measured on how well they will be able to deliver a

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referendum on independence. The dream is still to be dreamt, or

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something like that. Maybe the balance will switch in the run-up to

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the Scottish election. We will have to wait and see. Going back to the

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Mail on Sunday. Have a look at a new couple. In the form of Jerry Hall, a

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former supermodel, and Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire media

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mogul. They are not a glamorous young couple. Not beautiful young

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people on the front page. We cannot accuse them of that. Why are they on

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the front page? They are a slightly odd couple. Of all the couples who

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might have put, Jeremy Hall and Rupert Murdoch. My eyebrows did not

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rise when I saw that they work together. Rupert Murdoch, the

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strange that the billionaire. He has managed to do it again. --

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attraction. They look very happy. They are very happy. They are

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wearing the Australian flag. I am sure we all wish Mr Murdoch at the

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BBC... That is the papers for tonight. Lovely to see you both.

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Coming up next, it is the film review.

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