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A warm welcome to our look at head at what will be in the newspapers


political commentator for the political commentator for the


Financial Times, Miranda Green, and education editor for the Sunday


Times. Thank you for being with us. Let us show you what we have of the


newspaper so far. The FT pleads with that dramatic picture of the


five-year-old Syrian boy, Omran Daqneesh, whose image has provoked


outrage around the world, at the latest bombing in Aleppo. The Times


has the same image of the young boy in the back of the ambulance


following that air strike in Aleppo. The gaijin leads with the same


picture. The newspaper describes it as a new symbol of the horror in


Syria. The Express front page says the militantly -- the Metro has the


lonely brothers celebrating their gold and silver Olympic medals --


the Brownlee Bros. The Telegraph praises the Brownlee


Bros for their historic success. The Mail also celebrates them with a


call for Sir Matthew Pinsent to have a Victor Vito parade for Team GB's


Olympic heroes. -- a effectively police. As a victory parade make


get them so why not Team GB? There get them so why not Team GB? There


would be a lot of them on the bus because so many have won medals. A


convoy. Let us start off more sombrely with The Guardian, they


have got that dramatic picture. It is a testament of the power of the


single image, to suddenly stop everybody in their tracks and remind


them what horror is going on in Syria. It is. It is a heartbreaking


image. This little boy. People say he is five but he looks younger than


that. He looks bewildered. Probably in shock. Completely alone, sitting


on the seat in the ambulance. There is a moment in the video where he


puts his hand up, feels the blood. It has gone viral around the world.


It could make a difference just like the image of the little boy washed


up on the beach in Turkey, the other little Syrian boy. That actually


prompted Angela Merkel to open German borders to refugees. And I


think the image of this little boy, there will be an outpouring of


sympathy. It is strange because this conflict is going on every day. I am


sure there are children like this in this situation every day and we do


not think about it. The awful thing is that this must be the first time


that Syria has properly been on all the front pages for quite a while


and given that this is a huge conflict, this deal of the numbers


of people who have died, the numbers who have been displaced, it is such


that it should be the number one story most of the time but because


there is no international plan, there is no international plan,


because nobody knows how to resolve it, there is this awful sense that


it has been pushed to the back of everyone's mind even though it is


going on all the time. The interesting thing about The Guardian


front page, as they have run a long interview with the Aleppo -based


Syrian journalist who took the footage that has gone viral. He says


this child is no representative of the millions of children in Syria.


That is the point. Every day children are being bombed out of the


homes anti-presents all of them. The video clip is almost unwatchable, it


is so upsetting. This is the power is so upsetting. This is the power


of the newspaper and the front page and the big dramatic picture on the


front page. Let us move on. The Financial Times


has got the same picture on their front page. Child of war is the


headline. The lead story is interesting, a post Brexit story


about what kind of Brexit it is going to be. Theresa May said Brexit


means Brexit. What does Brexit mean? We still do not really know. This


story seems to be suggesting that the city is abandoning the hope that


they will have complete access to the EU single market, and there seem


to be alternative plans being put forward. What seems to be emerging


as a model which has been cold Swiss plus, which might give us access


along the lines that Switzerland enjoys at the moment. Which is just


short of the Norwegian model, and that is part of the single market,


even though not in the EU, but then they have to accept three movement


of people. That is the crucial point. In this story it sees that


they now think the Norwegian model is politically unacceptable, so this


idea that pro-Europeans have been clinging onto since the night of the


referendum results, that there may be some way off still maintaining


freedom of movement in exchange for access to the single market, it


looks as if the City of London consensus is that that idea is dead


because it is not politically saleable. This is an interesting


story because they are proposing something that they called Swiss


plus, but they also say they do not want it to be branded Swiss plus. So


they are going to propose it, but they do not want it called Swiss


plus honour because in Brussels there is some unhappiness at what


the Swiss position is. This idea of negotiating for your favoured


sectors without having obligations of EU membership is becoming


controversial in itself. Let us talk about economic performance of this


UK economy post Brexit because The Express has got a story, following


the jobs figures of yesterday, saying retail sales bonanza defies


the fears that there will be an economic slowdown post Brexit. This


story is interesting. It's easy retail sales grew last month by 1.4%


compared with June which is above economists average forecasts. It


looks as though people are going on a post-referendum shopping spree.


There are all these amazing seals still online and I am finding it


hard to keep my credit card in my bag. One of the things that they are


seeing, the feel-good factor from the Olympics is spreading people on


to buy, but there is a big question about House prices, whether they


will go up or down, whether people will buy houses. That is more


worrying. Also, the feel-good factor created by the Olympics puzzles me.


Why does that make you go shopping? Are people rushing out to buy


trainers? Maybe they are. By gold medal? Buy a tennis court. Let us


talk about the A-level results which today. Relief or trauma for A-level


students around the country, but as education editor, talk to us. In


some ways, more people going to university, it is costing more and


more to go there, but I guess people are starting to wonder is it worth


the money, because they are racking up potentially such large bills, is


it worth it? This story is saying that record numbers of students


yesterday secured university places. And that is the big question. Is it


worth going to university? We have some of the most expensive fees in


the world, ?9,000 per year just for teaching and that is going up in


some universities next year. People are coming out with average debts of


?45,000, ?50,000. Nearly half of all 18-year-olds are now getting degrees


after three years. Where are the after three years. Where are the


jobs? Where are the jobs that they can pay off these debts? I am


beginning to seriously question this entire idea that if you get an


English degree or a history degree from a second-rate university that


that is a sensible way to spend three years of your life and ?50,000


of your money. Are they not the best three years of your life? I do not


agree. If you look at the analysis that the Institute for Fiscal


Studies have done, earnings value across your life of having a degree


is holding up. If people start to ask these questions about whether


particular degrees are worth it or not that is quite healthy because


all degrees are not the same. If we all degrees are not the same. If we


have a situation where people ask more questions before they embark on


a degree course that is a good thing. Since there are no other


alternatives, high-quality apprenticeships, it would be good if


we had more young people in the UK go down that route because that is


what the economy really needs. The other side of it is the quality of


teaching or not and whether that is worth the money. That is right.


Miranda is right. Universities need to be more transparent about what


students are actually getting for the money that the RPM. What are the


chances of getting a job of a particular greed and why don't they


publish more details about that? How many hours of teaching per week? If


you are just getting two hours of teaching per week, he matches this


costing? Universities have to step up their game. We heard the higher


education Minister saying that universities that do not improve


quality of teaching will not be allowed to raise their fees. I do


happen in a big week but it would be happen in a big week but it would be


Olympics. It is a great story. We Olympics. It is a great story. We


were watching it in the newsroom this afternoon when Alistair


Brownlee and Jonathan Brownlee got Brownlee and Jonathan Brownlee got


first and second in the triathlon. It is a good headline in the Metro.


It is. Every system or headline. One of the things that has been a nice


about this week of the Olympics, and I suppose last week with the diving,


these jewels are really quite heart-warming.


-- these duos are quite heart-warming. Even though I am not


a sports fan I am finding it deletes. Contrast that with the


strange story of the American Olympic swimmers who are accused of


inventing a story that they were robbed at a petrol station. It is


very strange. It is a very confusing story. I cannot get to the bottom of


it. There seems to be two conflicting accounts. On the one


hand you have American swimmers saying that men jest in police


uniforms robbed them of their wallets in the early hours of Sunday


and one even pointed a gun. And then the police said one or more of the


swimmers had vandalised a petrol station and got into an altercation


with a security guard. I do not quite know. And could face charges.


It could be serious because giving false testimony can land you in a


Brazilian jail for up to three years. Blame it on Rio I think was


the fleas. I have had a couple of good night out in Rio. It is a great


city. Tell us more. Maybe later. Thank you for being with us. We will


be back at quarter past 11 with another look at the newspapers but


before that he is that weather prospects.


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