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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be

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With me are former Trade Minister Lord Digby Jones

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Let's have a look at tomorrow's front pages.

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The Telegraph focuses on sharp rises in business rates,

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saying the Government is likely to face revolt

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The mail has the same story and it says business groups are concerned

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that they could be blocked from appealing against big rises in their

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rates. The Express reports on a new study

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which says a one-off 30-minute run, swim or strenuous walk can

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significantly boost heart health. The Metro leads with the rising

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level of train delays, saying more than one in ten

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trains are running late And the NHS features

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on the front of the 'i', with an investigation

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into the future of The Times says Britain has become a

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more clean living nation spending on alcohol and cigarettes has almost

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halved in almost 15 years. Finally the Guardian puts President was Mike

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Trump -- President Trump's press conference on the front page.

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Let's begin with the front page of the Guardian. Henry. This is its

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ordinary. I watch this press conference. It was meant to be to

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announce the new labour Secretary because one resigned last night. It

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ended up looking like... Do the King, the end, the top of the Empire

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State building? The plains of firing at him any guesses lashing out in

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every direction like a bear with a sore head and back it was exactly

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the same thing. He was attacking Jewish journalists, asking

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African-American journalist to setting up... He's saying that... He

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says all over the place. Looking at the transcript, it was like a

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strimmer consciousness. The reaction of the journalists who were in the

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room they were looking at each other cackling and laughing. They were

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asking whether this is a reality show or whether this is a President

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of the United States. I suspect his handlers are going to want to make

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sure he did not want to do it again. It ended with him being heckled. Do

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you agree with Henry that he was like a bear with a sore head? Was a

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not too a certain extent enjoying himself? He solipsistic, isn't he?

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He likes being the centre of everything and everything revolves

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around him. One day coming he is going to be King Kong at the top of

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the skyscraper. At the moment, it is early days. If I was going to be

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benevolent about this, I would say it is entirely different for soppy

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journalists, the press corps are going to have to get used to a

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completely different way of the White has been run. -- for

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journalists. If people are just being upset because they are, what

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really worries me is that he is the officeholder with respect to the

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most powerful office on earth. If they start laughing at the President

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of the United States of America, if you couple that with the thing that

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ready worries me which is that all the rest of the world are going to

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have to accommodate unpredictability and whether he's going to say X and

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the next year is going to say why and all of that, you have got a very

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unstable world. This is not a small country in South America or Africa

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or Eastern Europe that is doing this, this is the most powerful

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military might honour. I worry not about whether a load of journalists

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went off on this afternoon, I worry that this is the officeholder that

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is being laughed at. Is there a sense that there is a spectacle

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around this? A jaw-dropping, we have never seen anything like this before

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and perhaps they are being distracted by that and in a sense

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what we should be concentrating on is the fact? The thing is the

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journalists, if you watch the toing and froing between them, they were

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concentrating on the facts. They pressed again and again on Russia.

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When they went from the guy from CNN to another journalist, that

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journalist asked the same question in a different way. As time goes by

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and they can to save themselves we will not let it get away with this.

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Is commander-in-chief. Russia helped steal the election.

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Constitutionally, this is very important. One thing that concerns

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me about this guy is that he has got such a thin skin. Politicians grow

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up, I know he is not one, but grow up. As a business one, you have got

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to take it. He was saying in this conference, he was told he was wrong

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that he got the wrong electoral college wins. Is that I got this

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information. Why do they bother saying it in first place? To do it

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matter that more people turned up his inauguration than his? On that

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note, let's move onto the next story. Tories face a revolt over

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nightmare rise in rates. This is about business rates and an

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impending revolt in the Tory heartland. You sound sceptical,

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Digby. This is a north-south issue. If you look at the Tory heartlands,

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if you look at south-east England, the first revaluation since 2008.

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Probably values are revalued for the purposes of reassessing how much you

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pay if you own a shop or the office of the little workshop. Up go the

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business rates. In south-east England, you have had big property

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rises in value. Up go the business rates. It is true that an awful lot

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of small businesses in south-east England will either not be able to

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afford it and therefore cut back on recruitment and cut back on

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investment, or they won't be able to afford it and go bust. If you went

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north of Birmingham and if you went north of England, there are an awful

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lot of businesses next April who will be paying fewer business rates.

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This money. Why? Because businesses have not and as much. If you're

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reading this in north England, you will think soft south. In south

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England, we will think we are the engine room of Britain, what are you

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doing this? You to see this through different eyes. The Daily Mail have

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the same sorry written up in a slightly different way. They say

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they are dealing almost 300,000 appeals. It is true. He would go.

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It's a political problem for the Government. Massively. The

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Conservative Party is only meant to be the party of Laura order and

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businesses small and large. Most people are not employed by local

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government or by national Government, they are supplied by

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local enterprises. If you said that because property rates have gone up

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massively since 2008, think about it. A lot of people who run those

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businesses will not necessarily have increased aberrant, their turnover

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will not have increased by the same amount, they will be screwed unless

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there is a relief. Conservative backbenchers are calling for that.

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It is a question as to whether Philip Hammond will do that. You are

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factually incorrect, it is not though the property rates have gone

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up since I wait, it is the value of the properties. The rates are going

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to happen overnight. It is not being brought in on a transitional, it is

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overnight. Suddenly when you are right, I misspoke. You were wrong. I

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misspoke, Digby. Let's move on. Spending on cigarettes and alcohol

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falls through a 15 year low. This is very significant. The question is

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why. There's a new one or two facts. Spending on alcohol and cigarettes.

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We're talking about the typical household who are spending ?11 40 a

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week last year on the Lee Mack and pay to almost ?20 in 2001. That is

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according to the office for National statistics. The big question is why.

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Apparently, this cutback is being led by the younger generation. They

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drink less and spend a lot more time hanging out playing video games. A

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lot of people are teetotal by religion or culture. A quarter or

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something? More than a cause of under 25 start teetotal. If's

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astonishing, isn't it? How we've moved from being binge drinkers ten

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years ago to this. This may be the result of lots and lots of anti-drug

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propaganda. I agree. And e-cigarette Uganda. If I may just say, this is a

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paper review, -- and anti-cigarette propaganda. You hear all this stuff

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and one-day porridge is wonderful for you and the next day it is

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awful. Once, on the front page we have got something that nobody can

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disagree with. Cigarettes and alcohol are bad for you and they

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fall to a 15 year low. For a newspaper to carry this on the front

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page, that is not going so badly. Digby approves. With Philip Hammond

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and the budget coming up, they are tremendous sources of tax revenue.

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When people are ill because of these they cost the NHS are huge amount of

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money. That is always been the dichotomy. They're what is the

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tipping point? What point you put the tax up so much? I can whistle

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here made Birmingham. I won't blow it but I can. Clive has a gavel and

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you can have a whistle. Let's move on, the front page the Lee Mack page

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of the expressed full stop also about health and also good news. The

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folklore and the scientific data tells you that you have to train at

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least three times a week. According to scientists here, they claim that

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a one-off 30 minute run can relieve boost longevity by warding off

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cardiovascular disease. I don't think that is enough. I think at

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least three times a week for 45 minutes ago. That is not the story

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though. I know. I am overruling the story. What you need to do is little

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and often. Where they are right is what they are really saying is get

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exercise. That is right. One of apparently is good. Lots of people

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will cheer that. Yes. Let's take you back to the Guardian. A great front

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page picture. Could mammoths will be a game? He has been desperate to do

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this. Yes. I saw this in the little corner of the eye down here. What

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we're saying is that this is Jurassic Park territory. Taking DNA

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out of an extinct fossil, putting it into an elephant which could be the

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host and the hosts starts growing hair and big tasks. An amazing

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thought. What they start doing with drivers or reflexes and all of that.

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The word that they have used in the eye of the same story was of a great

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picture in the Guardian. But they use the word the extension, they put

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woolly mammoth hybrid within two years, the extension. I thought you

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could de-extinct Bobby Charlton or George Becks. He alive. We should

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still focus on the people who are still alive -- and animals are the

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still alive rather than the ones that are extinct. I agree especially

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with poaching. I'm glad we agree on that one. Very worrying. We have

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agreed far too much tonight. They give very much. We didn't need the

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whistle. That is it that the papers tonight. Don't forget you can see

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the front page of the papers online on the BBC News website. It is all

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their few seven days a week. If you missed the programme, you can watch

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it later on BBC I play. A big thank you to Digby Andrew Henry. Thank you

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very much the headlines are coming up for you shortly.

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