15/05/2016 The Papers


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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers


With me are the Iraqi-British journalist, Mina,


and the Political Columnist for The Independent, Steve Richards.


The Mirror describes the incident at Old Trafford as a blunder,


after the discovery of a training device led to Manchester


A similar headline in the Metro predicts red faces


A disappointed pair of United fans is the image


on the Guardian, which also reports on fears of a


The Telegraph also focusses on the bomb scare


in Manchester and also has a picture of the Queen


The Queen is also on the front of the Times,


which also reports on millions of pounds being invested in Google


by the Church despite the web-giant's record on tax.


The backlash facing Boris Johnson for his comments


about Hitler and EU is the Eye's top headline.


Let's begin with the Daily Mail's coverage at Old Trafford -- Daily


Mirror's. Big match called off after suspect device left after training


exercise. The papers haven't held back in their criticism? And it was


because there was a dummy device, a lot can be said about the decision


to cancel the game, the first Premier League game that's cancelled


because of security fears, but no one can doubt the fact you need to


make a difficult decision and say we have a device, let's do this. The


blunder is the fact you have a private firm responsible for this


device being left in the rest room at the stadium. The words we are


seeing in the papers, blunder, fiasco, dummy and so forth are


playing on the word dummy bomb and quite rightly so. People have


travelled to the game, it's so important, people want to see what


happens and it will actually take place tomorrow but the fear and


panic you have that 75,000 people had to be evacuated safely. There is


anger but there is more anger about the fact the device was left in the


bathroom and not being cleared out after a training exercise last


week. The mayor of Greater Manchester and the Police


Commissioner criticising whoever did this. Reading the headlines, blunder


is now coming up a lot. It's not, though, this was a terribly confused


event, they are saying blunder, you quoted the mayor of Manchester as


well saying that. The blunder is not in the decision to call this huge


match off, it was in leaving this device from a security exercise last


week, that is the blunder. This will turn into quite a big story and


these premiership matches are worth a fortune, the stakes were quite


high, Manchester United were playing for a place in the Champions League


and it was called off because of the consensus emerging in what has been


a complicated and confused and fast moving story towards the sense now


that a terrible error has occurred. An hour ago we were talking about


security implications and all the rest of it, but now it's looking


like the focus on who and how was this device left from a security


exercise a week ago. In some ways maybe they should be praising the


reaction a bit more in the papers. For all they knew it was a bomb. 20


minutes before kick-off, absolutely. A brave decision. Moving


on to the Times, lots of stories to pick from the front page of the


Times. But we are going to focus on the headline about security firm


fake bomb triggering evacuation. A more held back headline, more about


the facts rather than who is at fault. Each paper is trying to work


out exactly what happened, who took the decisions, what was the context


in which this device was found, the private security company and the


implications of that. It will be a massive operation to get the match


going again. The stakes will be high for Manchester United. It works as a


news story on so many levels. As we mentioned earlier, there are massive


security implications now for big football live events, these huge


stadiums. At the same time there's huge sums of money involved in every


game and a decision to call one off is a massive, massive decision! The


blunder headlines that are coming out and the statements from people


in Manchester are more about the origins of this device than the


decision to call it off. And the fact it remained there before a


match, there will be head scratching because of that tonight. The Daily


Telegraph says football bomb scare sparks Euro 2016 fears. Even this


was a blunder that somebody left behind, there will still be


questions about how it was able to remain for as long as it did. The


good part of the story is we are asking questions without an attack


happening. All too often you get an attack and people are asking about


the security protocols, I'm sure there are protocols but the fact


there was a device in a restroom that had been there several days


before the match raises questions. Perhaps this pushes more scrutiny


about the plans before Euro 2016 and other things in the summer, and it


is on Tuesday, you're right, but this is the problem with reading


tomorrow's papers tonight. Thank you for that. This is me quoting a


paper... We are in Monday morning territory now. Apologies to the


viewers. That has really confused the viewers watching it on iPlayer.


We have totally lost them. The Guardian sticks with the theme of


terrorism. This is interesting, isn't it, Steve? A bold statement at


the beginning of the year that there would be thousands more police


officers on the streets, this seems to be down to shortages and people


not wanting to step forward. It's a classic example. Often prime


ministers and home secretaries make statements and there's an assumption


that things will change overnight and they hardly ever do for all


kinds of reasons. This reason it appears is that there's a reluctance


from police officers to go ahead with this because culpable at it


used is a bit confused in British law. It seems as if there will not


be the numbers police regard as necessary in the near future --


culpability. It seems they are looking for about 3000 volunteers to


come forward to fill 1500 extra needed volunteers of police officers


that our armed. It's difficult because of culpability and also we


have a culture in the UK of people not carrying arms. You said earlier,


what happens is when you have police officers carrying arms you have


terrorists and criminals and others carrying arms as well. It changes


society and that should be taken seriously. It's interesting, the


whole of the front page of the Guardian, I don't know if we can see


it on the screen, it's really interesting because you have the


photo of two people who were looking forward to seeing the match, and you


have the story about the Manchester United bomb, then you have the story


about the shortage of armed officers. What's interesting is the


whole of the front page virtually is in the context of the threat posed


by terrorists. There hasn't been an attack... I know people are always


warning that one is likely, that's the phrase I think, but there hasn't


been. But just the possibility could command with two entirely different


story is the whole of the front page of a paper. Terrorism is a


nightmare, you have the disappointed child in the arms of his father on


the front page at Old Trafford, but some of those tears will be shocked


and dismayed, I presume it is his father giving him a coach, he will


be glad he's OK, and you have to balance that with keeping him safe


with armed officers -- a hug. Our shopping centres will be disrupted


and so will our travel to work, it's a balance between freedom and also


making sure we can do things safely. British people tend to get


on with it when you look back over the decades. It's not the first time


we've seen this kind of threat. The balance between the two, it was and


remains an issue to some extent with Northern Ireland, both within


Northern Ireland and on the mainland. And that threat is


reimagining. Indeed. The whole threat of carrying on as normal


while being protected is massively complicated and will produce endless


front pages in the weeks and months to come even if, touch wood, we


don't get this attack. Boris Johnson doesn't escape some of the front


pages, this is the i, we can see the headline. I know this is something


you feel strongly about, Steve? This referendum is producing wacky front


pages. The Daily Mirror on its front page has Cameron writes for the


Mirror... Yes, really. Even they are joking about it, it must be one of


the first time is a Tory Prime Minister has written for the Daily


Mirror putting the case for the In campaign. Then you have Boris


Johnson being put under intense media scrutiny and political


scrutiny... Although he's one of the most famous politicians in the


UK... For the first time in his career. The comparison he made, he


was making the point that Hitler wanted a superstate, and he was


arguing the EU is basically going to become a superstate and Britain


should get out of it. But by using Hitler... You saw what happened to


Ken Livingstone the other day, you generate a kind of feverish


response. But the question is whether it gets the response he


wants. I don't think it will be the kind of thing that will convince


undecideds that he will become this great authoritative figure to


follow. It certainly gets headlines and he's on the front pages again,


he's on the front pages a lot, but that doesn't necessarily mean votes


for the Out campaign. I think he's having quite an erratic campaign so


far. Not that surprising. It's his first big national campaign. Cameron


and Osborne have fought general election is. Labour politicians have


fought general election is. This is his first big exposure. -- general


elections. As mayor of London, even though it's only London, it is the


capital and he's been on the international stage for a long


time. He knows exactly what he's doing and he is saying surely this


is an experienced campaigner. He is banking on getting emotions going


and he also wants to grab headlines and be in the news for as long as


possible and he's planning his next move is. I'm not sure it's a wise


way of doing it but he thinks this bombastic character...


Internationally we are seeing people getting attention because of


statements we find ridiculous but people are saying, he is speaking


off-the-cuff and that is attractive --. It will be interesting to find


out if he has made a thoughtful calculation. Politics is.


TRANSLATION: Pouring in front of our eyes, you have Donald Trump in the


US and other outsiders in Europe flourishing -- politics is


transforming. There was a survey a couple of weeks ago that said both


campaigns were lacking fact, both of them were lacking proper hard facts


about what this and that meant. A lot of it was presumptions and


feelings and predictions. I don't blame them for that. At the moment


we are Bombay bombarded by fax and it becomes impossible to make any


judgement at all. -- bombarded by facts. Every now and again the BBC


does fact checks and they find that one assertion doesn't go with the


facts. This is a battle and of course you are going to use all


sorts of emotional stuff to win your argument. The biggest


numbercrunching is people that are undecided and they may not vote,


that's the biggest problem not for politicians only but also for


journalists. We have to leave it there but thank you for taking us


through the papers. I'm sure we would have had plenty more to say.


Thank you for joining us as well. Stay with us, coming up next is The


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