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

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bringing us tomorrow. With me are theologian and writer Vicky Beeching

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and broadcaster Henry Bonsu. We will be speaking to them in a moment.

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Here's an old of mine! We will look at the front pages in brief first.

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The Independent leads on the Labour leader Ed Miliband promising to

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rescue Britain's struggling middle classes.

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The Telegraph has Maria Miller on its front page. Miller faces

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questions over the tax on her home sale.

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The front page of the Metro has The Hunt For Costa Killer, The story of

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an ex`pat millionaire shot dead in Spain.

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The Guardian also leads on Maria Miller. PM At Odds With Top Tories

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As Pressure Grows On Miller. The Mail leads on To Polite To Make

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A Fuss. Elderly people enduring appalling NHS care. They are afraid

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to speak up. Here is the son which has an EastEnders exclusive on its

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front page. You are back on the BBC! I will become yours one day! You

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will. The Maria Miller saga continues even though Grant Shapps

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has asked us to draw a line under it which is possibly the worst thing a

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politician can ask the press to do. She faces question of attacks on a

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home sale. Is this a new revelation? A bit more information.

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She is in the sights of the Daily Telegraph because they feel they

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were bullied by one of her advisers a couple of years ago and they feel

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that she is vulnerable and they smell blood so they are keeping the

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story going and the latest leg of it is that she may have questions to

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answer over precisely the designation of her home. For the

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vast majority of her time in that house, 19 years, it was designated

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as her second home and then just before she sold it, allegedly, it

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was designated as her first home, avoiding 28% capital gains tax,

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netting her a profit of ?1 million, they say. There are also calls for a

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resignation. What we have seen in the papers over the weekend is

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unnamed ministers coming forward, junior ministers coming forward and

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now they are getting more senior. It is putting David Cameron and the

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government in a difficult position and it is also the wider position

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which the Daily Telegraph going to and also other papers. The Guardian

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has PM at odds with top Tories as pressure grows over Miller. It is

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not just about her any more. This is about public trust. The public

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Standards Committee is under scrutiny, whether or not politicians

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can mark their own homework and whether the public have trust in

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them to uphold things. To see the figure that she owed reduced from

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45,002 under 5000 seems a bit mind`boggling, especially to hear

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Iain Duncan Smith defending her when he leads the department that is

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responsible for benefit cuts. People are struggling with benefit cuts and

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if they fiddle their own books they are looking at having their house

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repossessed but in her case she gets a slap on the wrist and she can walk

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away. We are all feeling a huge sense of empathy for people who are

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dealing with low incomes and benefit issues so this is particularly

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inflammable in that environment I think. Iain Duncan Smith has also

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been saying, and he is quoted in the Guardian saying, that he thinks

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there should perhaps be a review of the independence of the

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investigators, will that be enough to get public trust back? Well, if

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we consider the way we have tried to reform the way the police are

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policed cop with the police complaints authority being a

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toothless tiger and now we have the IPC see that people would like to be

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reformed. If we do not allow that, why should we allow a broken system

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to continue when you have the Parliamentary standards commission

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and even their chairman says it cannot work with the MPs marking

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their own home work any more. A lot of MPs think if only the public knew

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what a great job they all do then in order for that to happen they need

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this stuff to be eradicated. Iain Duncan Smith has been calling it a

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witchhunt and saying that Maria Miller has done such great work with

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Leveson Report same`sex marriage and that is why she is under fire but

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you cannot bring these things into it. This has to be treated in its

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own merit. There are other stories as well. We will stay with the

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Guardian. Number ten plans a curb on betting machines. We have heard

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David Cameron talking about this before. Yes, I do not bet myself or

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even have a flutter on the Grand National but this is to do with

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something to do with fixed odds betting terminals which are known as

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the crack cocaine of gambling and people spend huge amounts of time on

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these losing huge amounts of money and apparently the Prime Minister

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wants safeguards introduced. This government said that new Labour had

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legalised 24`hour gambling and drinking but it has not done much

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about this. At the moment they take up 9% of high`street floor space

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with these machines. In really poor areas! They are popping up

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everywhere and David Cameron thinks you need to have more crackdowns are

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so if you have been playing for 30 minutes you need a pop`up, if you

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have bet more than ?250 you need a pop`up to tell them to consider what

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they are doing and giving the people a moment to step back. Adrenaline

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flows. I have spoken to people who are really addicted and they get

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lost in the excitement. You forget it is real money. Safeguards that

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encourage people to step back would be important. If you are betting so

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much money every minute you do not have time to think. Exactly. If you

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are libertarian you want to avoid introducing rules and regulations

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where possible and allow self`regulation but if it is not

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working then there is a role for government, even big government. It

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would not be the start of a week without a story about the NHS. The

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Daily Mail brings us this one about elderly patients who are in during

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appalling care in the NHS but they are too frightened or too polite to

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complain. This is classic British nurse coming back to bite people.

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They are saying that people do not want to make a fuss because they are

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polite and they are concerned that if they do make complaints it will

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come around and come back to haunt them in the way the staff treat

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them. It says that over half of people receiving care on the NHS are

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over 65 but only two thirds of the complaints that coming from them.

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The balance is not correct. There should be more people in that age

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group complaining but there are not so it is clear people are not

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speaking up. These are the complaints as they are being

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treated, not just. We have seen a lot of cases of elderly people being

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vulnerable and starved on wards are not getting water or food and we see

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their relatives having to do their own sting operations to show

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excepting what is happening to them and they are incredibly vulnerable

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and you see the relatives getting nervous about their care and they

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are the ones that have to speak up for them but what if you do not have

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relatives? What if you are on your own? We are all aware that we will

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live longer and struggle financially if forced Aristide follows on and we

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are worried about being in this position. There are forms you can

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fill in when you have had NHS care but that can be too late. Shall we

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go back to the Daily Telegraph. There are a lot of stories on their

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front page. The latest about HS2 and be hitches, the trains are too quick

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according to the Daily Telegraph. One of the reasons we want to spend

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this money is to reduce the time it takes from London to Birmingham or

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even from London to Manchester but apparently they will be too fast and

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they want to slow them down for environmental reasons. A committee

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is going to make this clearer later this week but then what is the

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point? It is basically a massive glitch coming in as the

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environmental watchdog says that the emissions will be a problem said the

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speed will have to slow down and if they do so down to this degree they

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will only be 25 minutes faster than existing services and if you think

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about the cash we are investing for 25 minutes knocked off the journey

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it is not much. A lot can happen in 25 minutes. The chap who build Eden

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Centre what's a couple of billion chucked his way, we should listen to

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him! A Polish MP who is living as a migrant in London has tried to

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follow the exact procedure that Polish people take with a cheap

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airline and taking a job, it is a fascinating story. This is basically

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undercover. He is doing what the Polish immigrants do to see why it

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is so good. He is attempting to live on a minimum wage and figure out why

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so many Polish people prefer Britain to their homeland. He wants to see

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why it is better and take the secrets that he discovers back to

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Poland. He says that around 70% of young people in Poland consider

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emigrating. They have a massive problem. 40% are thinking of

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applying for British nurses and ship. I can tell him, he does not

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need to go through all of this! He is putting his money where his mouth

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is. He is enduring what it is like to come over here. It is not easy.

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You should go down to Victoria Station where a lot of migrants

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arrive and also a lot of them end up living rough. Some do struggle. The

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thing about this is that the young Polish people come here because we

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are this multicultural, multiethnic, hopefully outward looking country.

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These are all the things that Nigel Farage probably hates about Britain

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and that is why the polls are coming here. There must be an election

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coming on because it says here that Ed Miliband is to the rescue of the

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middle classes. He has promised to rescue the struggling middle classes

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and warned that the cost of living crisis could last for another five

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years. Some Labour MPs are not very impressed with this. He is supposed

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to have made a big lurch to the left to keep the unions on board but here

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he is talking about Britain's great cities, unleashing them and

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liberating them and not allowing managed decline as people in the

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Tory government say. He is worried and he needs to say something very

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significant because the gap between the Tories and Labour has narrowed

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from about 15% to 1% since the budget. He needs to say something

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really significant. A lot of Labour MPs are not really sure about

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rescuing the middle classes. He needs to reach out beyond people on

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a low income so that people in the squeezed middle know that Labour is

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the party for them as well. He wants to rebuild the middle classes and he

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is highlighting the things that are the foundations of the middle`class

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such as pensions, university education, getting on the housing

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ladder, this government has put those under threat and he wants to

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restore those for the middle class who are looking at their own

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children and thinking they were worse off be worse off than they

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have been. Many thanks for taking us through some of the stories. You

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will be back at 11:30pm to do more of that. Thank you for joining us.

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Do stay with us. Coming up next is Click.

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