16/06/2016 The Papers


16/06/2016

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Let's look now at tomorrow's newspapers.

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With me are Paul Johnson, the Deputy Editor of the Guardian,

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and Tim Collins, a former Conservative MP and

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Managing Director of Bell Pottinger Public Affairs.

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Of course, there is only one story we will be talking about. The death

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of Jo Cox is reflected on all the papers. We will show you throughout

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our discussion. A very stark front page coming up. That tells us

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exactly who Jo was. Proud to be a Yorkshire woman, a mother and

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dedicated MP? This is a truly full story. It is almost as if it has

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reverberated right the way through the nation. A lot of people sitting

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at home tonight will somehow feel that they knew her. She was utterly

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decent and committed. She was fair and open. She was obviously a

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politician with a real conscience. The places she travelled to, lived

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her life completely in the service of others whether it was in

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international affairs or more recently as a West Yorkshire MP,

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politicians from all parties had so many wonderful things to say about

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her. They have. You talk about the places she went. She went to some of

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the most dangerous places you would think in the world. Was near,

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Darfur, Syria. She always came back home safely. But in her own home

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High Street she was not able to be safe. As Paul says, it was

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particularly tragic because she leaves behind two very young

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children who will not see their mother again. It is terrible. She

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believed in a better world and fought for it every day. She has

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these small children who were often to be seen in portcullis house if

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she was not going to be home in time to say good night to them. It is her

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husband of those children you really think about. It is not only that she

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had this marvellous life of public service. There are lots of people

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who didn't know her, like me, but I almost feel like I did because of

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the things which have been said about her. It's not just that that

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wonderful life has been brought to an end, it is that these others,

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particularly her husband and her children, will have their lives

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totally transformed for the worse in a way which just seems unimaginable

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and impossible to understand. I have been thinking all afternoon and

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evening how wonderful it would've been to have known her because of

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the tributes which have been paid to her. The statement from her husband

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within an hour or so of dying, having put that picture on Twitter

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which he only took yesterday, he has said we need to make sure the hatred

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which killed her as the thing we battle against fun no-one. This is

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now starting to be reflected. We have some comment in the papers.

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There appears to be a bit of a change going on. There is a piece by

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Michael Deacon on the front of the Telegraph which says public

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discourse about politicians has turned ugly recently. He has said he

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is sick of the poison which has been poured into the system. People

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should stop thinking we are ruled by the cabal is of the greedy and

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callous. It is a very powerful piece. But some of the people

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pouring poison into the system are some politicians themselves. I

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wonder whether this tragedy will change some of that. The referendum

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campaign has been suspended for 24 hours. It would be quite a

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remarkable thing if the town did change. It would be lovely.

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Strategically it be in the interest for both campaigns to be positive.

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Rather than knocking seven bells out of each other. Maybe after this

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tragedy they will do that for that reason. Ball is right. The piece on

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the front of the Telegraph, the whole thesis is saying that after

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the MPs expenses scandal, we have decided to think of all members of

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Parliament, right, left, senior, Junior, as corrupt and trying to

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milk the system. And that really is not true. The vast majority of MPs

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do the best service for the public they possibly can. And the story we

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are hearing about Jo Cox me I hope encourage people to understand that

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she coolly was an MP different from that. -- clearly. Polly Toynbee

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talks about a chilling culture war breaking out, divide deeper than she

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had ever known. A tweet from Robert Harris, the former political editor,

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he talks about the referendum in terms of being depressing, divisive

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and you pick -- to pick the tests -- Cupid litters. .

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We know there have been tragedies in the past. We also know that for what

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it is worth the early indications are that the person arrested appears

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to have a history of mental illness. You simply cannot see that they are

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attached to one cause another. It important to recognise this as a

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charity, whether people agreed with or didn't agree with her, the

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strength of British democracy is that constituents can go and see an

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MP and mustn't lose that. We must I hope be more civilised in our public

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discourse. I really hope neither campaign tries to take advantage of

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this. We always think it is so much more difficult to get hold of a

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weapon legally in the UK. That will raise questions. This thing is

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puzzling. On makeshift gun, whatever that is. A knife was involved in 12.

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There was a lot of reporting tonight about the individual who has been

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arrested. He lived with his grandmother for many years. And odd

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job man. None of these things sort of ad up in that sense. A lot of

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attention on the words which are apparently shouted, Britain first.

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Some reports are saying it was put Britain first. It adds a chilling

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element to it. The far right political party of that name have

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said the condemn what has happened and are not aware of the person who

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was involved. Absolutely. The Guardian wrote an extremely good

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editorial on the subject of the Orlando tragedy earlier this week,

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pointed out that in that context we need to be calm and not judge groups

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according to what individuals to. And I think that it is true for this

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as well. The sun has used a picture that Brendan Cox treated of Jo when

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he had heard that she had died, it was sometime before we had those

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reports the hospital that she died at 2pm this afternoon, but it raises

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questions about the safety of MPs. She was doing what MPs do all the

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time. She had a surgery that would've been advertising the local

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paper, so everyone locally would have known what was going on. Some

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MPs operate on a system whereby you have to book appointment, others say

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you can turn up randomly. He appears to have just been outside. I really

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think it is important. One of the real strengths of the British

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system, in America people represent ten times as many as they do here,

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so you can't have that kind of relationship. Most of Europe had

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different voting systems. QB have the ability for an MP to be part of

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the community and I really hope you don't lose that. It's such a

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precious part of how we are governed in this country. Especially for Jo,

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who was

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