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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 Jack Blanchard, political editor at the Daily Mirror

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and broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer.

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The Daily Telegraph reports that Scotland First Minister Nicola

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Sturgeon is already planning to abandon the SNP's policy

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of rejoining the EU immediately after a vote for independence.

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Referendum matters also lead in the Times -

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which has conducted a poll which the paper says shows

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the majority of Scots want to stay in the UK.

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The European Court of Justice ruling that companies in the EU can ban

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staff from wearing visible religious or political symbols

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The resignation of Charlotte Hogg - the new deputy governor

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at the Bank of England - is the main headline

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in the Financial times, which reports that her departure

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strikes a blow for gender equality at the bank.

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The Daily Mail leads on MPs concerns and criticism of social media

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content providers like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for failing

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to tackle online hate crime, terrorism and child abuse.

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The Sun leads on the Royals, reporting has been criticism over

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the Duke of Cambridge for missing the Commonwealth Day service at

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Westminster Abbey yesterday and reports that he performs fewer royal

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duties than the Queen. Let's begin. We are starting with

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The Times. Who would like to begin with the Scots wanting to remain in

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the UK, according to a new poll? We are seeing quite a big backlash

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against Nicola Sturgeon's call for a new referendum. Several front pages

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are pushing back at her. The most significant one is in the The Times,

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during the first poll of Scottish voters and it is not good news for

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her. She is 14 points behind getting a Yes vote in a new referendum,

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according to latest survey. This is not a foregone conclusion. If you

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read the immediate response when she made the speech, it was almost as if

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that is it, Scotland has gone. In fact, she still has a big hurdle.

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There the usual caveats for polls and a long way out from a

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referendum? They started out a long way behind before the last

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referendum. It is only if you exclude the don't know's. A lot of

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them to make their minds up and it is all to play for. The reality is

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that everybody I have spoken to since this was announced says that

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there will be a referendum, it will not be the dates she wants, but one

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thing people will not commit on is whether or not she will win it. It

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is a game of brinkmanship between Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon. It

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is awesome to watch, a fantastic soap opera. The permutations are

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fascinating, with the EU factored into this one? Let's go on to the

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Daily Telegraph, the headline there, Sturgeon abandons bid to stay in the

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EU. Take us through the detail of this. This is about the fact that

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the whole point of this, the entire material change of circumstance that

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was in the Scottish National Party manifesto is leaving the EU, the UK

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is leaving and they want to stay in. But apparently, according to

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sources, she is abandoning this bed because she thinks actually, I think

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about one in four independence voters in 2014, they voted for

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leaving the EU. There is a risk of 400,000 supporters saying, hold on,

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we wanted to leave the EU. A compromise position, joining the

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European free trade Association, the one that Iceland is a member of, and

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Norway, access to the single market, free movement of goods, services and

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people, that would be the middle ground. That would not involve

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waiting for years to apply to join. Has not been confirmed yet by the

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SNP, it is a story the Telegraph are running. They haven't said anything

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so far. What is interesting is that it shows the Brexit split that

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corporate and down the middle also applies in Scotland. There is a

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vague idea that everybody in Scotland loves the EU and that is

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it. That is not the case. If Nicola Sturgeon is going to win the second

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referendum, she needs every boat you can get. She has her own balancing

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act. Same with Theresa May, she has two please the Scots, but she risks

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angering the English roaders, and there are more of them than Scottish

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voters. Interesting looking at the tone of that. Something else, away

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from Brexit and the independence referendum in Scotland, onto the

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Metro, bosses can ban burqas. They have ruled that bosses across Europe

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are allowed to ban religious were in the place of work, as long as it is

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not specific to one religion. This is a very divisive issue. A lot of

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groups like Amnesty International, they are very upset with the ruling

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because they think it fuels people's bigotry, in effect, but on the other

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hand a lot of people will say it is up to employers. Will a lot of

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businesses choose to ignore this? It is not binding, they are just giving

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advice. This is the thing, it is not just about banning the burqa, it is

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only in an office and they would have to have a specific reason, like

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you are working in a hospital, you cannot have jewellery, it could not

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be that customers might not like you wearing it. It is bizarre we make

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this a liberty issue. Countries like Turkey, mainly Muslim, it is

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actually banned, wearing even the he -- hijab in public places. In Iran

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and Saudi Arabia you are basically flogged if you don't where it. In

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Indonesia, at least half of women there did not wear a headscarf. When

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we say it is freedom of expressing your religion, there are still a lot

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of debate amongst Islamic scholars about if there is a requirement to

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wear it. There is no requirement to wear a Christian cross. It is across

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the board. I don't think there is any need for people to bring

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religion into the workplace unless it is relevant to work. If they want

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to, why not? Who cares? Why do you need to? I don't need to do

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anything. If somebody wanted to bring in... I'm not saying it is the

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same thing, but wanting to wear a T-shirt that was highly political,

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people might say, I'm not happy about that. In football, we often

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people to wear a uniform in the workplace, I think it is reasonable

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for bosses to do that. What one person thinks as a neutral thing, or

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a religious symbol or not, that can vary. You are not allowed to wear a

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lot of religious symbols in France, in many public places. Employment,

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schools, universities. The Financial Times, this is about the exit of

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Charlotte Hogg, the Bank of England new deputy governor. She has not

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been on the role very long, she has resigned. Remind the viewer 's wife.

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Because she forgot to tell... -- remind the viewer 's why.

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Unfortunately her job involves writing the rules which say you have

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to disclose these things. It's quite important if you are going to be the

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person that rights and enforces these rules. It is also the fact she

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wrote these rules. The idea that it is a big secret, she is the daughter

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of an aristocrat dig former Tory. She is the granddaughter of Lord

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Chancellor 's. Her mother was involved in politics and is a life

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peer. The odds they did not check her Wikipedia page or check her

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family entries and know what her brother was, I find that unlikely.

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One would imagine it is a bizarre oversight, she assumed it was such

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common knowledge that everybody knew that her brother worked for

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Barclays, that she forgot to make a note of it. But if you write the

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rules... George Osborne used to work for her father. Posh people all know

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each other, in case anybody wonders. They were all that university

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together. He was asked if it was about sexism. There has been a

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debate, well, we have lost a female governor of the Bank of England,

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lack of diversity. This is a white, aristocrat Oxford educated girl, I

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am not sure she represents a full diverse range of people in the

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country. The Financial Times has a photograph of two golfers,

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holiday-makers on the 18th hole. Muirfield is admitting women. Women

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of the world rejoice, you can't play golf at this ludicrous old golf

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course in Scotland that has been banning them for however many

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hundred years. As if we are supposed to be impressed they have finally

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dragged themselves into the 20th century up there. Who would even

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want to go there? I don't want to play golf, not at all. But if you

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did, you would think... They were not allowed to host the open, if a

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club said they were not open to black people, you would not be

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allowed to host it, that is their choice. As a feminist, as I get

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older, I think I don't care about these things. If you want to sit and

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drink gin and tonic at the 19th hole and moan about your wife, I am not

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bothered. They were dropped from the list last year, this year, look,

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they have changed their mind. I think money might have spoken.

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Dragged kicking and screaming? Maybe that is not fair, but clearly there

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has been huge pressure. The amount of money they would have got from

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hosting the Open, suddenly they're serious ethos about being men only

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has gone. Left me shuffle back to the front page of the Telegraph. An

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interesting one. A lot of people will talk about this. End of the

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line for first class? We are talking about first-class carriages on busy

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trains. We have all been there without a seat and the first-class

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carriage is virtually empty? The Telegraph found that during

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rush-hour, these trains, absolutely everybody is in each other's armpits

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for hours, half of the first-class seats are empty. Nothing more

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infuriating. You walk down, going past empty carriages in first class,

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you get to cattle class at the back, everybody is crammed and it is

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ridiculous. You know they are charging hundreds of pounds for

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seats that nobody can afford to sit in. It was a great idea, why do

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people need a slightly bigger armchair? If somebody else is

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paying, they are lovely! Yes, your expenses! Less than a fifth of them

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were full or nearly full, some had only three four people in a carriage

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of 48 seats. This is what people are paying for. All of the seats are

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full, the people are very cross. It is just on very crowded commuter

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trains, on smaller trains they are the same seats anyway. An

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interesting one, lots of people will be watching that. Thank you very

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much indeed. But is it for The Papers. You can see the front pages

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online on the BBC News website. It's all there for you - seven days

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a week at bbc.co.uk/papers. And if you miss the programme,

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any evening you can watch it Thank you Jack Blanchard

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and Julia Hartley-Brewer. Hello, that big snowstorm in the

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north-east of the USA will still be around in parts of New England,

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