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nervous wait after he cited for making contact with opponent's eyes.


-- an opponent. to what the the papers


will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are Deborah Haynes,


who's defence editor with the Times, political editor


for the Daily Record. The Daily Telegraph, get us started


on this, Deborah, Cameron will back the Muslim veil ban, we knew what he


wanted to do about people speaking English, this goes further. The


Telegraph has picked up comments made in an interview by David


Cameron with the Today programme this morning, and it talks about how


the veil could be banned for students at school, institutions


such as courts, people arriving at the border. He is not saying it goes


as far as a French style actual ban, but in certain situations he says


that he could see the sense of, you know, Muslim women not being allowed


to wear the veil, which, you know, the Telegraph goes into depth about


how this will reignite the debate about whether it would be a French


style ban over the veil, and he also, it also goes on to talk about


a range of measures that the Government is preparing, apparently,


to stop British Muslims from being radicalised and travelling to join


Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which seems to be the foundation for


it all. Indeed, Torcuil, this is the second leg of it, the idea that


those who do not speak English and be encouraged to do so, even though


the funding for that was cut in recent years. This will be day two


of Cameron's clamp down on Muslims, as you could portray it, because he


managed to conflate and confuse the story on the radio, ?20 million to


fund education for Mars and women coming into Britain who do not speak


English, that is fine. -- for Muslim women. He managed to conflate that


with radicalisation, with the fear that the Government and lots of


people in Britain have about parts of the Muslim community being


radicalised and going to fight for Isis, and this was not clever


politics. The Telegraph have taken the quotes, shaken this about a bit,


and managed to put this into the day two story about the veil, which


opens up... It has been talked about for some time, in France too. For a


lot of people, it will resonate, they may think we should go down the


French road. The French road seems prescriptive to me and other people,


and even Cameron himself says that people are free to wear what they


want within reason, but there will be places, courts, hospitals,


perhaps council buildings... Schools is an interesting one. At the


barrier between the private and public breaks down in these places,


people become part of a bigger society, which is what is behind


this whole thing, about trying to get citizenship and a sense of


Britishness and a sense of belonging, because there is this


uncertainty and fear now about whether we live in one community or


two or five or ten, the sense of community breaking down. Let's move


on, right, Torcuil, the Financial Times, the big story of the day, the


problems with steel, Tata cutting 1000 jobs in Port Talbot, and the


Chinese getting the blame. The Chinese, quite rightly, getting the


blame! There are other factors, it has to be said. You have to blame


the phenomenon of globalisation, really. Basically, the world


produces too much steel, and there is no demand for it. China produces


1.1 billion tonnes of the stuff, and we only need 1.6 billion tonnes per


year. There is no greater symbol of that than the car park at Port


Talbot, where the steel is stacked up in the car park, because they


have got nowhere else to put it and they cannot sell it. The FT has gone


on moving the story forward from the job losses, 750 at Port Talbot, more


in the North of England, they have moved it on to this thing called


market economy status, which is what China wants from the World Trade


Organisation this year, and it looks like the WTO might give them it, a


market where what I am willing to pay for the commodity is what you


will sell it at, and the state does not have any interference in the


market. Of course, China's mass of control of its economy, it is not a


market economy yet, and experts have been warning that granting China


this status would cost Europe, one of the biggest markets, it would


cost it 3.5 million jobs, and something like ?228 billion of lost


orders. All very good and so forth, but, Deborah, the impact on Port


Talbot, we have seen it in other places, Middlesbrough and so on, it


is not just the jobs immediately at risk, other industries and


businesses, little businesses, cafes, bus companies, everybody


suffers accordingly. Absolutely, such a wide reaching issue. There


was like a debate in Parliament today about defence is used, talking


about the nuclear deterrent, and the replacement of the submarines,


asking whether steel for that project will be British or Chinese.


So it touches all walks of life, and this story in the FT is a very clear


about the impact, and it seems like this is going to happen. It is just


a massive correction anyway that, you know, the whole world deals with


producing and purchasing steel. Linked to that, and other FT


front-page story, Deborah, about what is happening in the oil market,


Iran apparently threatening to increase production considerably.


The price is already going down like a stone, surely it can only go down


further. Fascinating story, we have had years and years of diplomacy


ending in this historic moment, the sanctions that were imposed on the


Iranian regime to stop it from developing a nuclear bomb have been


lifted, and immediately it is very orchestrated, isn't it? Clearly a


lot of planning, people knew this was going to happen, and immediately


they have ordered an increase of 500,000 barrels a day in its


production, and apparently Iranian tankers loaded with 50 million


barrels of crude... Half a million. 50 million barrels setting sail


following the lifting of the sanctions. I love these little


details! Very interestingly, the price of oil went down to $28 per


barrel, which is its lowest level since 2003, and you have got major


banks warning last week, or predicting last week, that it is


going to go even further, down to about $10 per barrel. That is a


level we have not seen since the Asian financial crisis. A heck of a


difficult situation for everybody concerned, but the net effect will


be oil going down, which is good in some ways. Cheap petrol. But not


many other places. Good for filling your oil tank for your stove this


winter, or if you are driving onto the fork out of the supermarket


petrol station, paying less than ?1 per litre. Bad news if you work in


the North Sea, bad news if you live in Aberdeenshire or the Northeast,


some of the highest earning postcodes in the UK will be hit by


this, and not a street, Robel Village will be affected by a


downturn in the North Sea. -- not a street, road or village. MI5


declared best LGBT employer, maybe some people will think what that


means? Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, gay would be the short


code we would use. Stonewall has declared that MI5, the Secret


Intelligence Service, is the best employer in diversifying its


workforce, getting different people to work for it. The question is, how


do we know that? Aren't they meant to be secret agents?! And the story


behind that, MI5 is recruiting furiously just now to counter the


terror threat that it meets from Islamic fundamentalism, and the


number of staff they employ maybe far in excess of that. Interesting


how Islamic State have a hardline rule against gay people, checking


them off buildings, a bit of a counter narrative, it shows how


different we are. Certainly a surprise. Deborah, the Sun, crack


shot this, what is this about? This is


part and parcel of a big kind of story, a much larger to do with


after the Iraq invasion, and also the war in Afghanistan, lots and


lots of claims being made about alleged abuse by British forces, and


it has resulted in this huge historic allegations tribunal being


set up by the MOD, independent of the MOD, to look into these


allegations, and there are 1500 allegations that are being looked


at, affecting almost 300 soldiers. There is a sense of outrage on the


part of the military that, you know, it is ambulance chasing lawyers,


that sort of thing. This particular story? This particular story is


talking about how, allegedly, a British sniper is being probed for


killing an Iraqi who was about to throw a grenade because he did not


shout a warning shot. He would have been the first sniper in history to


do that! On the streets of Britain, police have to shout a warning, but


I am not sure that it ever applied to soldiers in any war. Soldiers,


like policemen, have very specific rules of engagement depending on


their theatre of war, where their operations are taking place, but for


a sniper to shout a warning is crazy. It feeds into this whole


story, the background about ambulance chasing lawyers trying to


sue British soldiers a sickly fighting not just to defend the


country but often fighting for their lives. -- basically. We have to


leave it at there, Deborah, Torcuil, thank you very much indeed. We will


be back at 11:34 another look at the stories making the front pages


tomorrow. -- at 11:30 for another look. At 11 o'clock, we will have


more on the steel industry crisis, but coming up next it is time for




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