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Titanic has been sold at auction for a record fee, it was written eight

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hours before the ship hit an and sank. `` hit an iceberg.

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Welcome to our look ahead at what the papers will be bringing us

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tomorrow. With me is the parliamentary editor of politics

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Home.com, and the political editor of The Times. We start with the

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Observer. School meals could be fuelling an obesity epidemic. The

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Independent, reporting that Nigel Farage has survived a difficult week

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of headlines and harmed. The Sunday Times also leads with UKIP. A new

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twist in the so`called Plebgate scandal is the splash on the mail on

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Sunday. And the Telegraph, leading on the tragic deaths of those

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petition military personnel. `` British. And the Sunday express, a

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potential breakthrough in the Madeleine McCann case.

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Let's begin with those headlines. Gentlemen, the Independent on

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Sunday. A cartoon picture of Nigel Farage. It reminds me of a guard in

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front page earlier in the week. It has been an interesting week for

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UKIP. The Westminster village perceived his interview with Nick

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Robinson as a bit of a car crash. And a story about using actors in

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their party literature, employing his wife who is German, but these

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are very SW1 attacks. Lots of UKIP attack throughout the country comes

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from older voters in particular. They are more likely to see through

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this and just think that these attacks, if you support Nigel Farage

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just broadly, without knowing much about politics, you would expect

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these attacks from national newspapers. The success of UKIP is a

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double edged sword. They will be pleased they are leading Labour in a

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recent Sunday Times poll but it will increase scrutiny. Who knows their

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policy on education? Health? That is why it reminded me of the Guardian

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story. Highlighting that they don't have any MPs are any well`publicised

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policies besides immigration. Yet rival parties are worried. They were

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talking about a flat tax of 31%. Increasing expenditure on defence.

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Primary school economics. Now they are looking to flirt with Labour

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voters, pulling votes from both major parties, they are talking

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about a higher tax rate. Abolishing the bedroom tax. All sorts of

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claims, yet no scrutiny commensurate with the current polling. I think

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that will change, and when it happens, Nigel Farage, who

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unquestionably has a huge amount of popular appeal, that will diminish

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as policies come under scrutiny. He is a personable face, coming across

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quite well, doesn't he? Most people in this country have no idea about

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the European Parliament, tonight for these elections is around 40%, you

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will get protest votes, UKIP will do well. The party in government will

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do less well. That is why the Tories are at a high for MEPs, the last

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round of elections was during the Gordon Brown premiership. The front

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page of the Sunday Times, a picture of Nigel for Farage, and saying that

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UKIP is leading on 31%, three points clear of labour, and the Tories are

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languishing on 19 points. Probably within the margin of error. But this

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is interesting. The front page of the Independent. Cross`referencing

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each other. Yet Nigel Farage and his popular appeal seem to have a Teflon

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quality. Picking up on what Tony said, European elections, they don't

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have a big effect, people use it as a protest, but I suspect there is

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something else at work, and it is the persona of Nigel Farage. There

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is a real trouble in politics. Vocabulary issues. If you ask a

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politician, why are you favour of the minimum wage? They will say,

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because I think it is right. That is not an answer or an explanation,

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just a restatement of a preference. There is this linguistic routine

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politicians clock but, Nigel Farage actually gives an answer. That is

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why he gets this idea he is honest. Yet he is quite duplicitous if you

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look at the facts of his expenses, but he looks honest simply because

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he comes out with an answer. Let's move on to the Sunday

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Telegraph. A picture of Bernie Ecclestone with a much taller women.

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We had an interesting story that the Telegraph is claiming as an

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exclusive, an interview with the former Bishop of Canterbury, saying

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we are now a post`Christian nation. He says Britain is no longer a

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nation of believers. Your take on that? It is also interesting that he

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says he generation of widespread worship is over. For the Muslim

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population, that is not true. In terms of Christian, he is

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pessimistic. He was my favourite Archbishop of Canterbury I must say.

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Did he make the top ten? Get voted off? I never liked the beard! It was

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untidy! You were saying, he's been pessimistic. But look at the

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polling. More than half the public regard Britain as a Christian

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country. 52% described themselves as either practising or non`practising.

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There could always be a religious revival which is why I think he is

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been pessimistic. David Cameron said we should be more evangelical. I

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have no idea if David Cameron actually knew what he was saying. To

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a lot of gay people that sounds quite scary, that our rights will be

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taken away. Incredibly cack`handed for the Prime Minister to attempt to

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insert himself into a religious context. It won't be the last time.

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People are much more quiet about their Christianity.

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Even though he is pessimistic in the context of that hole, the overall

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trend, the last couple of hundred years, it is towards secularism.

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That has accelerated. Science is replacing previous explanations

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given by theologians. I suspect that both amongst Christians and other

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faith groups, including Muslims, people often talk about muscle

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children growing up to become slums, I don't think that will

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happen. `` muscle and children growing up to become muscles.

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I think this trend towards secularism is inexorable. And these

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comments something we should worry about? I wouldn't. It is positive.

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It is just the case that religion used to be compulsory. Now it is

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not. And that is good for the church, because it is full of true

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believers and not just people who go because society expects them to. The

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Observer. Top doctor slams school meals policy for viewing child

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obesity. An interview with Professor Terence Stephenson, the chair of the

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Academy of medical and royal colleges. He says that because

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academies can opt out of nutritious guidelines then some children are

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not getting healthy food. It is a fair point. The excellence of the

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Jamie Oliver experiment is it created an evidenced `based approach

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to school meals. A certain set of schools were given nutritious

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lunches, they tracked to see what happened in terms of educational

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attainment, concentration, absenteeism. The figures improved.

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They standardised this across the country. A sensible move. What I

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didn't know until I read the Observer is that free schools can

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opt out and as a consequence are offering less nutritious meals. That

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is bad for students. I favour a variety. When you have variation you

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find the things that work. But we have already had a controlled

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experiment, why not stick to the standard? There is no evidence in

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the story that kids who go to free schools are more likely to be obese.

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It is based on an interview with, admittedly, an expert. He does not

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have any science behind what he is saying, it seems to be an

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assumption, prejudice on you are right, free schools have opted out

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of this. This reminded me of another story this week, the story of the

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Trojan case in Birmingham. Hardline Muslims trying to influence what was

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being taught in some academies. It goes to this apparent disconnect

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between academies and state schools about who is in control of

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academies. Is that relevant here? In that case, state schools were being

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allegedly targeted. That story had a lot of warnings in it and it was

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confusing as to whether Muslim parents were trying to become

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governors. We do have Islamic schools that run perfectly well and

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are respected. You agree there was an evidence `based approach to the

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introduction of standardisation is nutritious meals but you are

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querying whether free schools have opted out in such a way to reduce

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standards? Scientists measured. I am not sure `` you on not sure anyone

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is a scientist, this evening! This man is clearly a genius, Ryan

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Giggs, doing something at Manchester United. He is the football

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whisperer. What did he say? United had a good result. Four ` zero after

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a poor season with David Moyes sacked as manager. He has gone on

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holiday to the United States. Ryan Giggs, who scored the iconic goal in

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the FA Cup semifinal replay against Arsenal, one of the great figures in

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Manchester United's history. It is rather wonderful, starting as a

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caretaker manager. The problem is they are almost certain not to take

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him on as a permanent replacement because they have targeted the

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Netherlands coach. It is interesting that they played with a more

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flamboyant style. A criticism of David Moyes was he was too

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pragmatic, which betrayed Manchester United's traditions. The Sunday

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Times, dad 's Army. To be revived as a film. The classic comedy series

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drew 18 million viewers. Bill Nighy We'll be in it. They will not be

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able to fight actors like Arthur alone. People who can inhabit those

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characters `` Lowe. It will be great, or it will be a disaster.

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Thanks. Very interesting to talk to you. We will talk to you again in an

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hour. Stay with us. At 11pm a report from

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Afghanistan on the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of five

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British personnel. But next, Reporters.

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Welcome. From here in the world News room where we send out

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