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Hello and welcome to our Sunday morning edition of The Papers.


With me are Kate Devlin, Political Correspondent


and the Sunday Times Editorial Director Eleanor Mills.


The Observer leads with the fallout from Iain Duncan Smith's


resignation, saying the Tory party is at war.


The Mail on Sunday claims the Prime Minister unleashed a four


letter tirade at Mr Duncan Smith when the Work and Pensions Secretary


made clear he was determined to resign.


The Sunday Times focuses on what the resignation could do


to George Osborne's leadership ambitions.


And the Sunday Telegraph says the knives are out


for the Chancellor, as he suffers what they call an "unprecedented


The photograph is of the England rugby team,


celebrating their Six Nations grand slam victory.


The Sunday Express has a different lead, reporting that murder trials


could be shown live on TV, under plans to show justice being done.


And for the last ever print edition of the Independent on Sunday,


the paper has the simple headline Lights Out and a special report


There's plenty to talk about. Welcomer ladies. Let's start with


the Sunday Times. The big story today is Iain Duncan Smith attacking


George Osborne's budget as unfit. We've got a good chronological


timeline of what happened and a series of increasingly acrimonious


exchanges between Downing Street and IDS. I think this has been a


simmering boil, Iain Duncan Smith has been getting increasingly


frustrated with George Osborne. There's lots of people around and


mood music about how IDS thought that for universal credit you would


have to front-load it so it would cost a bit more to begin with in


order to meet everyone over to the universal benefit. He's been


complaining the Treasury have not been agreeing to that. The cuts to


the disability benefit is the last round of an increasingly acrimonious


series of salvos and he's marched out. It sounds like it got really


vicious between him and David Cameron with insults flying. This


thing about him being dishonourable, anyone who has ever met IDS would


know that would sting. He really believes his social justice agenda.


He is one of those politicians who mean something. He's not just in


there for the greater glory. Read the headline in the Telegraph


particularly, knives out for Osborne. It's a he says, she says.


Everyone is coming out of the woodwork. It's not pleasant to


watch. AB de Villiers it's not. It is instructed to remember that only


a month ago the Conservatives were briefing that this is not the 1990s


all over again. They were not giving to tear each other apart over


Europe. Europe is in a massive row at the moment. I think they are


tearing themselves out, I think this Thai rate would remind them of a


similar tie rate by John Major back in the 1990s. What does this mean


for the Chancellor? It's difficult at the moment. You can't


underestimate how angry rank and file Tory MPs who would have been


very loyal in the past are about this issue. It just seems to them


such a tin ear to be cutting so much from people with disabilities. At


the same time as offering a tax cut. Your paper has an interesting piece


when it talks about trying to fulfil a self-imposed fiscal issue which is


basically that George Osborne has said he would get a massive surplus


in the budget by 2020 and he's determined to stick to that. IDS


accuses Osborne of playing politics. When I was talking about IDS being


an honourable politician, I think he is desperately trying to make poorer


peoples lives better. He did have a real, seen conversion. Some of the


commentators this morning are saying, what about... Why didn't he


stick to his guns beforehand? Also, since there is no longer a


coalition, is he finding it more difficult to temper what he sees as


perhaps the things he doesn't like George Osborne doing. The other


story around today is David laws, talking about how the government


were being fishy about how much money they needed for the National


Health Service. I think that's right, under the coalition IDS had a


lot of support from the Lib Dems. And since they've gone it has become


more difficult. I think he also really genuinely loathes George


Osborne and he saw this as a point to really resign with maximum


damage. How much of a big explosion can I cause as I go. We thought


Osborne didn't really believe in we are all in it together, his playing


politics for his own ends. In his letter where he says we're not all


in this together that's very damaging to George Osborne if he's


trying to look leader after the referendum. It's a sign of the


danger that Osborne is in that Michael Gove has had to come out


today, adding this intellectual heft to the campaign to leave the


European Union. His piece in the Sunday Telegraph is so weedy. It's


trying to sit on the fence. It's not a ringing endorsement of either of


them. The front page of the Observer, the immoral cuts as IDS


called them. That could come from Jeremy Corbyn. You can see why


Cameron and people are furious. Do you think that this attack by Iain


Duncan Smith, will it backfire on him, because already Ross Alterman


is saying it's more about Brexit than cuts -- Ross Alterman -- Ros


Altmann. She says it's all to do with the European Union. I think has


well these attacks on Osborne today make it look as if it's more to do


with the European Union. What happens after the votes, suggestions


today there would be a leadership challenge against Cameron almost


immediately after the vote. Because of a weakened Osborne. That is what


the Sunday Times is saying, because this would weaken George Osborne so


much that after the referendum he wouldn't have it handed over by


Cameron. But there would be a leadership challenge. The real


spectre is Boris. He is a fellow supporter of Brexit and on the side


of IDS. Have we heard from him? He is away skiing. A really good front


page on the mail on Sunday. We are moving on to the Daily Express.


Cameras in court. This has been quite contentious. Even when we were


at first thinking about cameras in Parliament, there's always been an


issue about cameras in public places like that where public people might


be seen. It's very interesting what the pilot is going to do. It is


going to record, and not actually show but just record the moment, the


judges comments and summing up and why he has made the decision he has.


I think that is potentially an interesting way to do it. The


argument has aways been, on the one hand justice has to be done and be


seen to be done which is incredibly important to democracy. On the other


hand, fears about sensationalism and OJ Simpson's trial but also


intimidation of witnesses, to think they are going to be on camera


whenever they give evidence. It sounds like they have come up with a


slightly, possibly workable solution. Is it something the public


would want to see? I did know if they would watch it or not. The


juicy bits of trials is everyone giving evidence. I think it would be


interesting for people to see what judges say which is sensible and


doesn't get reported but in the media. I covered the OJ Simpson


trial. It was absolutely... You couldn't move away from it. It was


like the first reality TV. It's no accident that the Kardashians were


born from the OJ Simpson trial. Let's move on to the times. We have


this story about the abducted schoolgirls who seem to be have


forgotten. These are the schoolgirls, nearly 250 schoolgirls


were abducted from northern Nigeria two years ago. I sent one of our


best foreign reporters back to Nigeria, for five months she has


been trying to find out what's happened to them. Michelle Obama,


David Cameron, everyone is saying this is a stain on the soul of the


world. Michelle Obama said we have seen these girls, we would do


everything we can to get them back. There is a great story that says


that. They did know at various points where they were and they


could have got them out and nothing has been done which I think is a


massive scandal. How long did it take to do this story? Five months.


This is our big investigation and I think it's a really important piece


everyone should read. Why has it become the forgotten story? It's


quite difficult to work out. It was such a big story at the time.


Global. 6 million tweets. Every celebrity you can imagine. Then the


whole thing was forgotten. This is the problem with celebrities getting


involved in very serious, difficult international problems. I don't


object to celebrities getting involved but I think what's awful is


everyone thinks because they have sent a tweet that they've done


something about it. The reality is these girls are in the jungle,


married off to terrorists, being raped constantly no one is doing


anything about it. If it had been someone else do you think someone


would have done something about it? It would be hard to imagine if 250


white British or American schoolgirls went missing two years


on they would still be in that situation. Is there any sense


anything is being done, that there is a re-emergence of a willingness


to do something? I'm hoping our story today might have that effect.


I really think this is an outrage. Another Times story, London on


alert. This is really terrible. The National crime agency and the police


are warning we might get a situation where simile to in Paris, we got


simultaneous attacks in London. They are saying they've got the Army on


stand-by and the SAS and other units to deal with a dirty bomb. It


reminds us how serious the threat we face is. And the political fallout


from something like that. It is a huge responsibility keeping everyone


safe. You can't have 100% security. It's incredibly difficult to try and


deal with this style of attack. The police were previously told to train


for three happening at the same time, now they are being told to


train for between seven and ten. It is basically impossible. There are


shades of going back to Northern Ireland when we were growing up,


when everyone, the public has to be vigilant at these times. The police


can't be everywhere. Absolutely. It's easy for people to forget that.


If they see a bag lying beside the road or anything like that. We all


need to be vigilant. President Obama has gone to Cuba. What we make of


that? I still don't know what it's going to mean. I know what it will


mean for President Obama. He said he would do this in the very early


stages of his presidency. It's one of the things that he's trying to


take off his list. This morning there was an announcement about


Hotel openings in Cuba. American hotels opening in Cuba. It looks as


if there will be business investment on the back of this which in itself


is very interesting. I think many questions remain about what it will


actually mean in the long-term. To begin with it was going to be their


would-be flights to America. I think there's been lots of trouble because


lots of big European firms have been piling in, buying up the best sites


and the Americans are bit cross. He is going to meet, as well as Raul


Castro, the dissidents weather Raul Castro likes it or not. I think he


has two. Given how many Cubans are in Florida. It is a very difficult


one in terms of American politics. We have to end with the independent


with a heavy heart but a fantastic front page. It's really sad it's the


last ever print edition of the Independent. Run by my good friend


Lisa Markwell. Really sad from a female perspective, she is one of


the few female editors of a big newspaper. I think it's really sad.


She has done brilliantly on a Sunday to highlight different kinds of


agendas and do some fantastic writing with a tiny budget and a


team of 12. It is a plucky liked going out which is sad for everyone.


It is sad to see a whole title no longer on the shelf. One of their


hallmark has been these very eye-catching, brave front pages. And


to do with climate change. And refugees which is a subject that


sometimes gets lost. Do you think we will maintain a link with it when


its online? Would we be sitting here talking about it if it was only


online? I do read a lot of stuff online as well. But we don't sit


here talking about Buzzfeed, do we? And the thing about the mag unease,


-- magazine. People love a Sunday paper. I would say that but I think


it's true. How much will it be missed? I'll miss it. They are


moving online, they say they are going to do the kind of stories


they've always done. In terms of a physical presence, reading it on a


Sunday. But Lisa Markwell and her team went be their online.


Just a reminder we take a look at tomorrow's front pages every


evening at 10.30 and 11.30 here on BBC News.


It's the vernal equinox today, signalling for those who followed


the astronomical calendar, the first day of spring.


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