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Finally! Hello and welcome to our look ahead at what the papers will

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be bringing us tomorrow. If front pages then in English. The mail

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warns of council tax rises comes most areas face increases of 5%.

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Greek's finances are the FT's top story. The mattresses problems

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facing the NHS are even worse, reporting the 25,000 people at

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waiting for cancer treatment. And the mirror reports on the lowest

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rate of NHS spending in history. The Guardian says the Prime Minister

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faces a rebellion from your own MPs to end the child migrant scheme. The

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Times claims taxpayers and charities are fuel and the surge in fake news.

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And the express reports on the number of people trying to enter the

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UK illegally and speculates about whether Tom Jones and Priscilla

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Presley are an item! That will not feature in what discussing. It is

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not unusual! Let's begin with the Daily Telegraph. Council tax rises

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for millions, households across the country facing higher bills, not

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just council tax bills, but the parking as well. We knew council tax

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rates would go up because we always do, particularly when the government

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is short of cash because the force local governments to raise more

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money. This is a local government information unit survey and they

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have surveyed councils in England and Wales and 94% of those councils

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only have said they will raise council tax over the next year by up

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to 5%, and that may also include additional charges for parking and

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waste disposal. The accusation here then is the raising charges they do

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not necessarily need to raise under the banner of social care costs

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going up. Yes, but councils say we do need to do it, and that is

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because of the rising cost of social care. I will move us because we have

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got so much to get through. Up to 150 MPs support a motion to oust

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John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, who was very partial about

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Donald Trump and he is supposed to be impartial and some MPs have taken

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exception to what he has said about him addressing Parliament. It was

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another Trump story because it is regarding the state visit the

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president Trump is to make, Theresa May gave that invitation to the

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White House on the Queen and it was accepted by it President Trump. The

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criticism is not that the Speaker of the House of Commons said he was

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against the visit, it is the fact he went on to say it was racism and

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sexism, that is the particular parts that some MPs are unhappy with,

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amongst them a Conservative MP and former Foreign Minister who has

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tabled a motion of no confidence. He did that today. After the Speaker

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said... He wanted to bar the US president from addressing

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Parliament. Although there are 150 MPs, the vote will not be binding,

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but it is considered he would be in an untenable position if a certain

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number of MPs were to vote against him. If it is 150, that is getting

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on for a quarter of MPs. Liam, help us out with this one, financial

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Times, Greek debt sell-off. This is all to do with the dire straits the

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Greek economy and banks are in. For the last year, 18 months, this

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notion of problems in the Eurozone has gone quiet, but the problem is

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still there. Greece is still basically bankrupt, reliant on a

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rolling bailout from the IMF and European Union jointly. The ECB.

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Every year or so it has to be renewed and there is a lot of

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political argy-bargy. Greek bond yields have spiked and investors are

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losing confidence in Greece. There is a row between the EU and the IMF

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as to who will actually showed the losses the Greece will impose and

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the timing of this means that it is particularly tense because ahead of

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the Dutch and French elections, there is a lot of very tense

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politics and the Eurozone. If the idea spreads that they may actually

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let Greece go bankrupt, there will be fears about other countries going

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bankrupt. The Eurozone will have lots of turmoil and contagion.

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High-stakes stuff. Normally, we get to a cliff edge and in the 11th

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hour, a deal is done. You might feel you are over the hump and not at

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all. Angela Merkel gets tough on asylum seekers is the picture on the

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FT. Another asylum seeker story. This is that increased cash payments

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says the FT for those leaving Germany voluntarily and of

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repatriations centre to handle difficult cases. These are among

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some of the proposals of the German Chancellor just a few months ahead

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of the election. 1.2 million migrants were welcomed and accepted,

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invited indeed by Angela Merkel, but in the light of the terrorist attack

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by a Tunisian 's asylum seeker, plus the fact she is facing a lot of not

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just rebellion but problems within her party. She is really feeling the

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heat. Particularly also we have to remember alternative for Germany and

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how these parties doing. There are problems now that Angela Merkel and

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doubts about her re-election. This is different from how welcome

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policy. It sounds so nice and French. Cannot compete! I don't have

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to compete. Nothing like self-confidence. The Guardian,

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someone else feeling the heat, rebellion threat... Oh, you caught

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up finally, well done! Rebellion threat grows over may's bar on child

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refugees. 3500 loan child refugee children were meant to be coming to

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Britain and only 350 power. This goes back to the dubs amendment, a

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Labour peer highly regarded. The informal limits for loan child

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refugees that Britain would take every year was around 3500 and the

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government is saying it will be 350 and you have got the Archbishop of

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Canterbury weighing in now to this debate, saying he is saddened and

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shocked by the decision to limit these measures to only 350 children,

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saying it is regrettable. Some MPs will not let that go. The word

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close, the Guardian Singh close but Amber Rudd in Parliament said they

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are not closing it. Words matter. They do, thank you for clarifying.

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The daily Mirror, a couple of health stories... No, just the one we're

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doing now. And it is spending back to the 50s. Can you explain this?

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Health spending is increasing in real terms, it is not keeping pace

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with demand though. This is the distinction between levels of

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spending rates of change of spending. Health spending goes up

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year-on-year. What the mirror are pointing out though, they are not

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fiddling the figures, the growth of health spending, 1.1%, is very low,

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and it is not keeping up with demand. But as they also point out,

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they have done really well. They have had a statistical story across

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two pages here, it is also a chart saying that as the NHS tries to do

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with 1 million patients a day, A numbers are up 33% over the last

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decade or so, they are also showing that the UK, even though health

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spending has been going up, we are spending less than 1% of our GDP. It

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is worth pointing out. How preoccupied are the French with the

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spending of provision? Worried because there is a different system

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but it has its financial problems. I was in Paris yesterday, chairing the

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conference, and I had some of the most eminent European specialists on

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health. The state the obvious, what is not mentioned in this is very

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much the fact that our populations are ageing and we have not planned

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properly for this. This is not an overnight occurrence. This is

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something that is totally predictable and needs to be

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addressed. It is clear that in the United Kingdom, as we are now

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discovering because we are hearing all kinds of stories about people

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kept for six hours on trolleys, four hours before they can get into A,

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ambulances having to wait, and this is not just a winter problem, it is

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becoming an all year round problem and it is not for the lack of

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courage, dedication and above the call of duty and nurses and doctors.

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That is before we even talk about cancer treatment and social care.

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Public cash paying for growth of fake news. This is a really

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interesting story by the Times. It is obvious that it is happening.

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Government bodies advertise, charities advertise. And when you

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advertise virtually, online newspapers and publications, Google

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will take the ads and put them elsewhere for a fee and that is how

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are curated and spread around different websites. You are now

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getting government and charity backed adverts appearing on websites

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that deal with fake news. Which seems to legitimise the story. Some

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of these websites are nasty. They are anti-American, they may incite

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terrorists, violence, extremists. But this is what happens when your

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adverts are curated by the huge search engines and social media

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companies. You lose the control of the ability to choose where your

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brand is advertised. You do not set the parameters. The Select Committee

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is looking into Google's roll anyway. The chairman intends to hold

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senior advertising executives before MPs to explain how adverts are

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placed online sites promoting extremism, violence or news. And

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when you see a household name or legitimate business, you think this

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must be a pukka website. They have not chosen to advertise there. It is

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just how it has worked out. A consequence of fake news and how

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we're having to be vigilant about sources of news. A new phenomenon.

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No adverts here. Except for you! The's finish with a little story

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about some famous people having babies. George Clooney and his wife

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are having twins apparently. What are we meant to say other than, we

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wish you well and get used to sleepless nights? Possibly, if you

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can afford it, hire a nanny. Certainly for the first few weeks.

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But they will look great. They will have loads of help. Will George

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Clooney get up in the middle of it to do the feed? He might, don't

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sexist. I am not. That is it for The Papers before we dispatch anyone

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else. At this time of year, the battle

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between winter and spring

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