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country's airspace. Coming up later, the technology that

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is undressing Egyptian mummies. Hello, and welcome to our look ahead

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at what the papers will bring us tomorrow. With me, the Royal

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correspondent for the Sunday Times and David Schneider. Let's take a

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look at the front pages. We will start with the Telegraph and the

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former head of the Army tells the Telegraph that the UK should recruit

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3000 troops to be based in Germany in order to make a military

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statement to Russia. The express has the headline, lifestyle is key to

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beating dementia, and says a good diet and exercise are more important

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than genetics when it comes to preventing disease.

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The Metro has details of a study claiming stress can double able

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and's chance of becoming infertile. Ed Miliband has been warned he needs

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to clearly set out Labour's strategic plans and not just hope to

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win the next election by criticising the Conservatives, according to the

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Guardian's exclusive front`page story.

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The Times says Barack Obama will call on Europe to impose more

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sanctions on Russia and meet growing concerns that Vladimir Putin is

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poised to invade eastern Ukraine. Let's begin with our papers this

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hour. We will start with the Daily

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Telegraph. The pension story has rattled on since Wednesday's Budget.

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I am sure David Cameron would have been delighted with some of the

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positive headlines after the Budget, the silver savers' budget, aimed at

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pensioners and those key Tory voters who may just be wavering. He is

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going to be continuing with this in another speech, talking about how

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beneficial it will be. We have got Boris Johnson wading in. It is quite

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interesting. He is saying that this is going to throw a grenade into

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Labour's position. Boris Johnson saying it will do story labour. I

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really think Boris Johnson is moving into the four and interestingly, he

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is coming back into the fold of Westminster. David Cameron referred

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to Boris Johnson last week as a star striker, and it seems to be a love

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in between them. That is interesting to watch. The worry is that Cameron

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will be substituted. The pension thing is interesting. You know, by a

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Lamborghini and by beer with what is left. It creates a sort of feel`good

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factor, apart from the arthritis. The problem is, it feels very

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short`term. It is like a help to blow your pension in one go scheme.

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The worry is that the consequences, for example looking after people as

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they get older, the costs will fall on councils, and will the money be

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there? Will people blow their pensions or are we not giving them

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enough credit? The argument is that people are able to make their own

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decisions. Boris Johnson is going to talk about Lamborghinis for the

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people in tomorrow's Telegraph. It is a fun line, blow it on a

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Lamborghini. Most pensioners would not afford one anyway. I am sure

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people will make sensible decisions. If technology was able to tell us

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exactly how long we were going to live, I would know I was going to

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live to 127, please God, then I can plan. It depends on the sort of

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person you are. Some people say, let's just spend it, and others are

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too careful. Even if you are being generous and going, at last I can

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get my kids a house, it still means you might be vulnerable when you

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needed when you are older. The argument is that if you are one of

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those people who blow it, would you have had a pension in the first

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place? Your point is a good one, but people change. Of course there are

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employment schemes you would go to anyway. I think this is aimed at

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people who have saved all of their lives. They certainly probably will

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not spend it on a Lamborghini, because they have saved and put

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money by. It might be quite patronising to say they will spend

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it all at once. I understand that. The issue is that it is a clever

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political move. They might have been disaffected. The young people were

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very neglected in the Budget and they have been neglected by this

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budget. They do not vote so much. 44% of young people voted in the

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last election compared to 70% of older people. It makes sense

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politically to throw things at the older people. Let's stay with the

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Telegraph. David, you kick off with this, this is about the former head

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of the army saying that Britain should send 3000 extra soldiers to

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be based in Germany to send a message to Russia. This is Lord

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Dalai to is saying this. What is happening is that Putin is rewinding

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us to the Cold War. People like Lord Dannatt need to rewind and say, we

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are in a Cold War situation. You could say that he has seen an

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opportunity to reverse these severe budget cuts in the army and say, we

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need people back into Germany. I think the problem of the modern army

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and the budget cuts and this period of readjustment we are in is that it

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is unpredictable, where we are going to need soldiers. Who would have

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thought we would be fighting two desert war is? Now, things drift

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back to a Cold War situation. What do you make of this? Clearly, things

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are wrapping up. Russia is ramping up its approach and we have got the

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NATO top commander, who is warning that Russian military action could

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build up into a land grab for Moldova. It could go much further

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than the Crimea. Obviously, Lord Dannatt, it is in his interests to

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say that we need to hire extra troops, because he is very much in

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favour of the fact that we should not be getting rid of the Army and

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making the cuts are we had. He would say that, wouldn't he? It is an

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interesting area, should we need them, and we might need to draw on

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them. Same story, different angle in The Times. It says, Obama in crisis

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talks as inflation fears grow. There is pressure coming from America,

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inside Europe, outside Europe. They say Europe needs to take a tougher

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line with its sanctions. The backdrop of this, of course, is that

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Barack Obama is facing pressure at home. He needs to look strong. He is

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under criticism because he needs to look strong in the face of Putin.

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This is him coming over and saying, you need to do a bit more, Europe.

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There is this worry that Europe is talking and not doing much action.

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This is him crying to clear things up a bit, it looks like. We have

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seen the good bits and the bad bits of the EU in this. A good bit is

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that you do need to be together. We are stronger as a big block of

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people standing up to Putin. The bad bit is that we are all separate and

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there is a lack of clarity about the sanctions. Germany get 50% of their

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gas from Russia, the French, they have other sanctions. That is where

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the weakness of the EU is exposed. Putin seems to be doing whatever he

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wants. We'll sanctions were? It is two ways and we lose out as well. It

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is a difficult situation. Onto the Guardian, with one of the stories,

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an exclusive saying there is an alliance of think tanks urging

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Labour to be bold. This following the narrowing of the poll lead that

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Labour has over the Conservatives that is almost neck and neck

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following the Budget. This is due to the lead having narrowed. Miliband

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has sneezed, and then the polls have gone down, Ben Osborne has blown his

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nose and they have gone up. `` and then Osborne. There is the sense of

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a long haul until 2015. People and the media need to generate stories

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based on polls. I look at the boldness story here and I think,

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poor old Miliband, he has tried had to be bold. He has exposed the

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division in the nation. There was the Oxfam report that the five

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richest families have the same might of money as the poorest 20%. `` the

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same amount of money. He was bowled on Syria, he was bowled about

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energy. `` bold. Some people just don't like the look of him, it boils

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down to that. There was a significant poll in the Sunday Times

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that says it is significant. It is a uke of poll that shows that you have

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got a real bounce for the Tories. `` it is a uke of poll. It shows a

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shift. This letter in today's Guardian comes from across the

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party, and you think, with friends like this, who needs enemies? What

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they are saying is that he needs to my bold. They say the manifesto

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should be more than just exploiting conservative unpopularity. I cannot

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dismiss the list of the think tanks and the media. There is clearly a

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debate going on about how bold they should be. Whether they should say,

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look at the mess the coalition have made and look at the inequality, or

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whether they need to say clearly that those are their policies. There

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is clearly a debate going on. We will go on to the Guardian picture

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story, Samantha Cameron, the Prime Minister's wife on a charity run for

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Sport Relief which has raised ?53 million so far. She was in a onesie.

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And wearing red as well! Onto the Metro, looking at stress and

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infertility. It is saying that stress can more than 881 and's

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chances of becoming infertile. `` can double a woman's chances. People

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are interested to read it, I expect. This is an American server at that

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attract 501 cobbles. `` and American survey that followed 501 couples.

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But you wonder if there is anything more gritty. It is slightly stating

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the obvious. Of course stress will make it harder to conceive. It is

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telling people to relax. These stories crop of mind there is

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something it. `` these stories crop up and maybe there is something in

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it. And the Daily Express story about lifestyle being key to beating

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dementia. Again, it has the amazing revelation that healthy living is

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better, that it is better to live well man to live badly. Smoking,

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apparently, is bad for us and exercise, apparently, is good for

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us. It is here in black and white! We are still not doing it, though!

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Thank you to our guests. They will both be back at 11:30pm. For ``

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coming up at 11 o'clock, more on the missing Malaysian flight MH370.

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