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BBC Two. Now, the papers. Hello and welcome to our Sunday


morning edition of The Papers. With me Ian Birrell,


Contributing Editor of the Mail on Sunday and author


and Foreign Correspondent, Today's front pages? The digital


Independent carries an image of the man who's on the front


of virtually every paper - The Express on Sunday shows


a picture of Muhammad Ali in his later years, with the quote


"Don't count the days, The Sun on Sunday shows a picture


of a young Muhammad Ali back when he was still


known as Cassius Clay. The Observer also shows a picture


of Ali and in the corner has a poignant quote


from President Obama and his wife. The Sunday Times also has a picture


of Ali but leads on reports that the Royal Navy have been asked


to patrol the English Channel to look for migrants


trying to get to the UK. The Mail on Sunday leads with claims


that the campaign for Britain to leave the EU has been infiltrated


by dozens of far-right extremists. A look at the pictures first. We


have spoken a lot about Muhammad Ali of the West 24 hours. -- over the


last 24 hours. Clinton said he did not know if he was a boxer on a


ballerina, and you get a sense of the Grace from the pictures. All the


papers have a stunning array of pictures, including some of the


greatest sports shots I have ever seen. Also, his dignity, political


power and importance comes across. The writing reflects it. There are


wonderful pieces about why he was the greatest sports person, what he


was like to see, his extraordinary stop- start career, winning the


title three times. And the incredible political legacy. A man


at the peak of his ambitions and career, a world title holder,


stepped back and said, I will not accept the draft, and took on the


forces of the United States Establishment, successfully. And for


such noble reasons. It is incredible, when you sit back and


consider that, today, could somebody really do that? They would be a


product for corporations. They would be savaged in the media. And it is


important to reflect how important he was in the history of the


century. This is a guy from the age of 25-29, the peak of a sportsman is


career, everybody knows that, was out. And he did not have too. He


could have gone to the Army and got a soft option. But he just refused.


Exactly, it was Muhammad Ali being himself. He showed you can just be


your own person. That was what gave him such an iconic status. His


refusal to do what he was told. And it was not just at that time, he was


obviously a polarising figure and then, but in later life he was a


hero of the Grace who brought to confronting Parkinson's disease. An


extremely difficult and debilitating illness. He lit the Olympic torch in


Atlanta in very moving scenes. It was that grace he brought to that


struggle as well which rounded out his legacy. Extraordinary man. All


of the papers have done well in that. Some of the other content. The


Sun, and this is part of our Brexit section which will go on for weeks,


Boris Johnson, you cannot trust the Prime Minister. You have got people


who sit down in Cabinet, the very top of the government. And they do


not trust each other. And they say it publicly. We go from a story of a


man of incredible ability and integrity... To talk about Boris


Johnson. Behaving in the Ashley opposite way with shameless, self


serving attempts. Attacking the Prime Minister first on immigration,


now on the economy. And this is a man who wrote two versions of his


column, reportedly, because he could not decide whether he wanted to go


in or out. He was once pro-immigration and now sounds like


Nigel Farage. Saying that the government which she is a part of


cannot be trusted on newcomer. Bottomley shameless. -- cannot be


trusted on the economy, utterly shameless. He is saying that we


cannot avoid further bailouts down-the-line particularly if the EU


brings in new members. But you are right, it is hard to take him


seriously on any of these issues now. Your own paper has much on


Brexit, or otherwise, including David Cameron suggesting that those


who wish to leave have got it all wrong and are living in cloud cuckoo


land. Looking at the splash, far right in plot to hijack Brexit. And


on the inside pages... If I can get a bit, where are we? Here we are. A


double page spread. The neo-Nazi Brexit supporter, and a number of


stories about various individuals with far right connections who are


part of the Brexit campaign. This is an important story. We had Michael


Gove talking about a campaign of hope and optimism. And today he is


talking about a one nation campaign, a progressive cause. Yet the reality


is he has sided with, unfortunately, people like Ian Boris Johnson, they


have sided with some of the most malevolent forces in populist


politics today -- he and Boris Johnson. That is why it is supported


on board by the head of the National front in France. Far right leaders


in Holland. And now we see here that it is also supported by a host of


very unpleasant people. Not just ultra conservatives. People jailed


for thuggery. Out and out Nazis. This is not just about smearing


people. You need to sit back and ask, why do people like this support


the idea of Brexit? Cause, as Michael Gove says, they want a fair


immigration system? That is unlikely. This is a divisive group


of people pushing an isolationist, Little England cause, and that is


the reality, people who I respect, who are moderate, pushing for noble


reasons for a Brexit, still need to consider why these sorts of people


also backed the same cause. Unfortunately they are divisive,


attempting to stop immigration, and to withdraw Britain, not about


sovereignty, but to pull back from and become isolationist in the


world. When you see a woman with a swastika on her breast supporting


this, yes, it is only a small part of it and there are plenty of good


reasons not to want to be in Europe... Yes, and the campaign can


say, we can help it if some people on the fringes give out leaflets and


set up stalls. Yet this rogues gallery assembled by the newspaper


is pretty shocking, isn't it? This chap sitting with his we want our


country back sign between the graves of the Kray twins, that is pretty


disturbing. This guy went to jail for several months for violence.


Yes, and several others are associated with the BNP, the English


Defence League, this woman has a Nazi swastika tattooed on her


breast, and is out there handing out leaflets. At the very least the


campaign should do something to distance themselves from these


people in a more strident way. There is an old phrase, you are judged by


your friends. Let's move on to the Observer. It has some interesting


analysis on North versus South, young versus old, the new fault


lines of the UK political map. A bar chart, even I can understand that,


where you can see that Labour supporters mostly support Remain,


Ukip supporters support Brexit, if you are university educated you are


more likely to support Remain, and so on. This is a very divided


country. Across the West we are seeing it. We see it in Austria, we


see it with Donald Trump, and we see it in Britain, a division in


attitudes. Although I would love to find the 3% of Ukip supporters who


will vote to stay! That could be a statistical error, I am not sure!


Over 60s are most likely to vote, which is alarming for those who want


to Remain, but also, those with a higher level of education are also


more likely to vote Remain, so we must be careful not to judge too


much from this, but it does show a division, and why the future of the


country, the young people, 18-39, are so strongly in favour of


staying. It is interesting, I was told by a key campaigner wishing to


stay that the most powerful message delivered to those who want to go,


and who tend to be older, is, think about your grandchildren. And we can


see why. Because there is an age divide. And the future of the


country is with people who wish to stay in Europe. That is such a


problem if we go out from Europe, when the next generation so clearly


want to stay. The interesting thing is the correlation between the Leave


voters and areas of economic decline. There is a growing gulf


between London and the rest of the country. Whichever way the vote goes


that is a real priority for the government to address. London should


Brexit from the UK? In many ways it already has! I did argue that in the


FT! Many places have just been abandoned to their fate and no


government has come up with an effective solution. It is


understandable, why people feel so angry, when they have been


abandoned. Exactly, yes. Royal Marines may be called into the


English Channel. I must declare an interest. I live in Kent and see


frigates going up and down the channel quite often. Maybe they are


just fishing, I don't know. They have not actually found anybody


landing, one or two boats as you know have been rescued over the past


year but the MoD say there is currently no request for a presence,


so if you have that as your splash, and get that response by 10am the


next morning, you cannot be pleased. That is not what you want, on a


Sunday morning, only getting one go a week, to have your splash


demolished in that way. The truth is there had been a few attempts to


cross the Channel by some people but this story is very overinflated. The


idea there is an invasion of people waiting to come across by boats, I


speak to people and places like Jordan and Turkey, if you have the


money you just fly over. You don't need to risk your life in the


world's is used maritime area. -- busiest. It is very busy and


dangerous. There is an interesting story about a former French


paratrooper who took across 12 Albanians on his yacht, simply


cruised up a river in heaven and dropped them off at the key and then


went to a point after. This was a few years ago and he could court and


fined of course. -- Devon. Whether the Royal Marines would catch him I


am not so sure. The headline is perhaps the problem with this story.


Royal Navy called in to hold migrants makes it sound like there


will be destroyers and battleships. Where would we them actually? The


new aircraft carriers! There are a few boats the Royal Navy users to


control fishing grounds... As we know, it is not about physical


action, it is about intelligence and... Much bigger forces are at


work than can be held back by a few boats. The easiest way to stop


immigration is to crash the economy! The Chilcott report. It says


Alistair Campbell is in the clear but Tony Blair will, Cropper, that


is basically what they say. I am wary of these stories, there are a


lot of leaks from people attempting to protect themselves. We are


getting a semblance but we will not know until the report comes out in


July so we need to be wary. I'm in the excitement before Hutton, all


these stories breaking out, then it was the biggest whitewashing


history. So we need to be cautious. But many people will be very happy


if that does have his reputation trashed. -- if Tony Blair has his


reputation trashed. I am not so sure Alistair Campbell should escape


scot-free given his own activities. From the story it does sound like


the Tony Blair camp is in crisis mode, thinking about how they will


respond. But not the Campbell camp! Exactly. Walking away, Whistling!


For me one of the stories of the week is this awful story in the


Observer, the billion-dollar trade behind the scandal of the Asian


Tiger Temple. We were wondering, what on earth are similar tigers,


these dead tiger cubs, doing in the fridge in this... An extraordinary


story. I recommend reading this. It shows the way that conservation and


tourism and what seems to be a trade in wildlife parks, have all been


blurred. 250,000 people a year visit to see these beautiful animals, they


thought they were seeing a conservation project, actually it


seems to be some kind of factory to exploit tiger parts and sell them.


And they are saying it is not even that rare, it happens elsewhere. The


statistics are horrific. Not just the legality, but also these


creatures are endangered... The many things we cannot do anything about,


but we should be able to do something about this, shouldn't we?


We would think so, and that is why so many law-enforcement officials


raided this temple and found these awful scenes of tiger carcasses in


freezers. Yet the story points out that happens in many places. And


there are only 3000 tigers left in the wild. Which is why the price


they command in China is so high. ?40,000 for tiger skin. It is that


the demand which is driving the trade. The only way to stop it is to


try to persuade Chinese and other countries, in Asia, to stop seeking


out that these products. Again, interestingly, it is environmental


groups, environmental investigation issues, they actually stopped this,


not the authorities. We hear that time and again, actually the


authorities do not do much until forced. Now we are seeing the same


trade with lines, also endangered, and all sorts of other animals. --


lions. The authorities need to take a tougher line on this. Thank you,


Ian and Matthew. We take a look at the front pages every evening at


10:30pm and 11:30pm here on BBC News.


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