03/01/2016 The Papers


03/01/2016

No need to wait until tomorrow morning to see what's in the papers - Martine Croxall presents a lively and informed conversation about the next day's headlines.


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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 James Rampton, features writer for the Independent.

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And the academic and former government policy adviser,

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Much fancier, James you could learn a thing or two! We can look at the

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front pages. The Metro leads with the video

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released by so-called Islamic State which shows the execution of five

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individuals who they claim The Guardian newspaper has the same

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story and also mentions an English-speaking boy in the video.

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The Telegraph also covers the video by the terrorist group -

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with an image of the militant pointing a gun towards the camera.

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The BBC has decided not to show the image.

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The Independent reports on criticism facing David Cameron for failing

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to condemn the Saudi Arabian killings yesterday.

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The i headlines plans by the Government to fast-track

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The Express is warning of a pensions crisis that could last for 20 years

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as employers struggle to meet their liabilities and stump

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And in the Daily Mail... Quite a few papers feature the video said to

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have been put online by IS. Difficult to independently

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authenticated it. But here it is. In the Metro. We know the man

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previously known as Jihadi John was killed a few weeks ago. It seems

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somebody has stepped into his place. He was able to produce propaganda

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videos and clearly Daesh has replace this person because videos do get

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watched. This is about ten minutes long, five men are reported to have

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been murdered. Potentially they are British, or British spies. The

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person speaking is said to have an English accent, which is why we

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stress it might be a new Jihadi John. And also there is a boy is

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speaking with an English accent. Child soldiers are nothing new in

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the world, but for terrorism it is perhaps something new, something new

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for Daesh to be using. We do not know when it happened. People going

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back to work tomorrow, perhaps reading newspapers for the first

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time after the holidays, this will perhaps work in their favour. These

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people are accused of spying for Britain. There is no proof they were

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British, no proof they were spying. Difficult to authenticate. If that

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man was killed because of intelligence coming into the group,

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that might explain why people are being picked out as spies. Mrs

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Thatcher talked about the oxygen of publicity, demanding IRA members

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were voiced by actors. But this is a massive story with potentially a

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connection to this country and a shocking angle of a child making

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threats to kill nonbelievers. There was footage, not verified, of young

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boys killing people who were detained. To use a boy with a

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British accent to issue threats and to call David Cameron an imbecile, a

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slave of the White House, is a threat to this country, and that is

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why we have to pay attention and give it credence, even if it is not

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verified. It is making an impact. In the Guardian newspaper also, there

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is a picture. Very difficult to to know who is going to this part of

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the world. How has this child got there, has he been taken by someone

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else? If these people are British we need to verify that because the

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Foreign Office news today. There is sophisticated voiced recognition

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technology and advanced computer programmes to try to trace people,

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but even so it took months to identify Mohammed Emwazi. And also

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this is saying David Cameron has been condemned for silence on

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killings. It is interesting. Paddy Ashdown has hit the nail on the

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head. The clash between the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam is

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potentially as he says a greater threat to the west than anything IS

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can pose. It is a huge issue, a massive issue exacerbated tonight by

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Iran and Saudi cutting diplomatic relations. It means that the issue

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will get stronger. And more potent in our lives. You know better than

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us, having worked in government, what is going on diplomatically we

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will not get to see? There is often a need for a public statement to be

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made irrespective of what is going on behind closed doors. This is

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nothing new. Tensions have been rising since Arab Spring. Bahrain's

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Shia have been protesting every week on the streets. It will make more

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sense now to say publicly who it is and in this case why it is Saudi

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Arabia has done this. It will raise tensions in the world. That said,

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with the politics of Saudi Arabia, Iran coming back into the fold...

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This is more significant in the sense of there are British and

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Allied troops in this part of the world and we need to pay attention

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because we cannot see more tension rising. I want to move on. The

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pledge to fast track building of new homes. This is in a bit... Nobody

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says in a bid in normal life! We have been hearing about this for

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years. Magical houses that will appear from nowhere. Brown field

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sites. 30,000 affordable starter homes, putting aside ?1.2 billion

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for this. It is coming out today where we are getting interested in

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the news again that the Labour Party saying it is hiding the government's

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failure in creating new homes. We know those of us in the south-east

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the pressure on finding homes. I have three children and I am saying,

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how will they afford to live in London? How am I going to make them

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leave home? ! Or go to live somewhere more affordable because it

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is pressurised and there has to be something done about it. Successive

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governments have not tackled this. It is rich of the Labour Party to

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say this when they have not. 30,000 new homes when we know we need a

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quarter of a million new homes. It pales into whatever the reality is.

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The line is they will be starter homes that are affordable. I do not

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know who it is affordable for. A couple of stories in the Daily

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Telegraph with Poland perhaps backing EU benefit curb in return

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for Nato troops deal. The Polish Foreign Minister saying they might

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be willing to throw David Cameron a lifeline in exchange for something.

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In exchange for a Nato base in Poland. That is quite a compromise.

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I am sure the Prime Minister will be happy but there will be opposition

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from Germany and France. This is not just for the UK to say, that we can

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agree that, other Nato powers have to have a say. Nato is a separate

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organisation. It is bizarre. In this febrile atmosphere, is it wise to be

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like this saying we will do that? It is not the most passive state, one

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saying we are happy to see that on our doorstep. It is pie in the sky

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to think the government can make this almost behind closed doors deal

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and think no one else will, it. It is not behind closed doors. It is on

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the front page! But without reference to other countries.

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Downton Abbey has finished, which is on the other side and we should not

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talk about that! The BBC has come out fighting with an adaptation of

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war and peace. Have you read it? No. Now we do not need to. God bless

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Andrew Davies, responsible for many adaptations, such as Brideshead

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revisited. Wonderful adaptations. He has distilled a 1400 page novel into

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six hours of TV. It stars somebody from Downton Abbey. Certain papers

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complained the licence fee is a waste of money but if you watch the

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six hours of this drama, and I have been on the set in Lithuania, seeing

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an incredible re-creation of the Battle of Borodino, a key battle of

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the Napoleonic wars. 50 horses, singing a Russian liturgy. If you do

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not think about is worth the licence, you are barking up the

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wrong tree. An extraordinary piece of work that justifies the licence

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fee for me. Other TV channels are available, but we do not recommend

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them! Going back to the Independents. Ben Stokes has come to

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attention because, it says, Big Ben strikes. Hitting the fastest double

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century in Tess history. An amazing achievement. A world record for a

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double century and playing South Africa that cannot be an easy task.

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We should hold onto him. Normally when they set records, they go to

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India and join the IPL. He is a great British hero, a cliche, but he

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had Apache run of form recently but today he exploded. South Africa the

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number one Tess side. -- Test. He hit 11 sixes, a world record. And he

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is English. Well done, Ben Stokes. We will talk about that later.

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Further now, you will have a terrible cup of coffee in the

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newsroom. We will see you at 11:30pm. Stay with us, at 11 we have

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the latest on the breakdown on diplomatic relations between Iran

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and Saudi Arabia.

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