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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers


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


at the Guardian and the political correspondent


The Sunday Times, which carries pictures of some


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


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


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


The Observer leads with the government's internet surveillance


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


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


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


The Sunday Telegraph carries a picture of Prince Harry handing


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


capability. The suggestion is that although there is insurgent activity


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


more bearable to the Liberal Democrats. How much backtracking is


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


We will not do all of this completely ridiculous stuff.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


understand why ministers are spending a lot of money


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


former supermodel, and Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire media


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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