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All of that as well as the other top releases in the Film Review.

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

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tomorrow. Thank you for joining us. First, let's have a look at the

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headlines. The Observer has a warning that poor school meals at

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academies and free schools could be fuelling an obesity epidemic. The

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Independent on Sunday has a cartoon and reports of Nigel Farage

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surviving a week of difficult headlines apparently unharmed. The

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Sunday Times also has a story about UKIP ahead of key European

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elections. A new twist in the so`called Plebgate scandal,

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according to the headline in the Mail on Sunday. The Sunday Telegraph

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has the tragic deaths of five richest military personnel after

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that helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan. `` five British

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military personnel. The Sunday Express has a potential breakthrough

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in the Madeline McCann case. We should begin with this cartoon

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image of Nigel Farage on the front page of the Independent on Sunday.

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Interesting questions being posed by the paper. Will nothing think Nigel

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Farage? Pressure over jobs for his relatives has not put off voters.

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And it says that Ed Miliband is on the back foot as UKIP target

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northern England. We will be looking at some of the latest opinion poll

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has commissioned by the Sunday Times later, but let's talk about this

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first. What will bring him down if anything? He is riding a wave of

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popularity. I don't think anyone should have to apologise for having

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a German wife, by the way. What is important is that Ed Miliband is on

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the back foot as UKIP target northern England. This is a concern

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for Labour. UKIP has been polling very well in some of their heartland

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seats including around Manchester. UKIP has a very strong appeal to

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what one might call older, traditional, Northern, working`class

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Labour voters. In the 1970s, Labour was a Eurosceptic party. It promised

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a referendum on the issue in the 1970s. Those voters have seen the

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Labour Party moved to becoming a European party under Tony Blair and

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disconnected from some of the issues in those constituencies. It is very

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much the older voter caught up in the Nigel Farage appeal. It also has

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something to do with how he put his message across. What about you,

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Matthew? There is no doubt that he has an aspect of Teflon to his

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image. He has had a difficult week and yet according to the Sunday

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Times, they have become the most popular party in terms of the

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European elections. This is an opinion poll commissioned by the

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Sunday Times. Exactly. But this will invite more scrutiny both on Nigel

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Farage and on his party. I think some of these stories about

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candidates holding racist views, things like this will eventually

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begin to tarnish the appeal of UKIP even among older voters. And I also

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think there will be more scrutiny on policy. We'll know that they want to

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withdraw from the EU, we all know their opinion on immigration. But if

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they want to be a credible party, they have to have policies on

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education, health and taxation. And it seems to be a ramshackle set of

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policies. The Guardian front Page said exactly that earlier in the

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week. And yet the main parties are riled by UKIP. They may come under

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more scrutiny but it does not seem to be sticking. This is something

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that happens Cuba relatively. It's not just one of stories that change

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public opinion. `` this is something that happens she militantly. The

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more people that come out after being revealed to be racist the more

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that exposes their policies to internal contradictions. These

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European elections don't matter that much. How many of us know our

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European Member of Parliament? Not many. I do. We have eight MPs

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representing our region. Thank you. I think the concern for the main

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parties is that these are all plays from the traditional book. Paint

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them as racist, find some person who has said some racist things and you

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have a news story. One of the concerns for the main parties is

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that this is not working with this new type of politics and every time

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they try to attack Nigel Farage through these traditional means...

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Exactly. And that is, as it were, the marketing message that the

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mainstream political parties have to learn from Nigel Farage. When he

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answers questions, he does not come with the normal, formulaic, pre`

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staged answers that have been given to him by spin is. He seems to

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answer in the way that someone would answer if you asked them a question

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at a local pub. Look at the other politicians. Boris Johnson, Tony

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Banks, Ken Livingstone. Very different political policies but the

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same kind of cut through, the same kind of what people would describe

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as honesty. That has a certain amount of political resonance. We

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have to move on. Sticking to the front page of the Sunday Times,

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there is another story here. Paedophiles to be treated as

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terrorists. In the Queens speech, new legislation will be introduced

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which will mean exactly that. Sexual predators who download manuals on

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how to groom their victims will face the same sections as terrorists who

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download guide to making, saying it closes a loophole in the law. This

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does not sound like a massive issue. This is the top line from the

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government's threadbare when speech, which will happen in June

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but is supposed to happen in May. This is on the Parliament has very

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little to do. Everything in the coalition agreement they could have

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got through has already got through. Anything that is left, it's very

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difficult for them to come to an agreement on what to do. They got

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the big ticket items done first because they were worried the

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coalition would fall apart, that is the theory. One reason why the

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Liberal Democrats asked to fix the parliamentary term was that they

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were concerned that David Cameron would pull out the rug from

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underneath them. One of the unintended consequences from that is

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we have a parliament that should have ended around now, so there is

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little left for them to do. Other things that will be included in the

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speech. A serious crime Bill modelled on America's anti` Mafia

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laws. I'm not sure what that means. A crackdown on zero hours contracts

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and an amendment to trespassing laws that will allow shale gas companies

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to do fracking on private land. It is certainly pretty thin will stop

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the headline grabbing policy is on zero hours contracts, those

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exclusivity clauses that allow companies to bind workers to zero

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hour deals and not go elsewhere. However, I do not think that the

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Queens speech is going to be the definitive issue in the next

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election. If it had been full of philosophically coherent policies,

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it would make no difference whatsoever to the opinion polls. The

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issue is going to be the economy. The economy is growing, unemployment

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is falling and employment is rising. Growth is about 3%. And crucially,

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living standards are going up. The question is, how will Labour

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responded to that? I don't think in political terms this is going to be

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politically important. Will ethics play a part as well? Essex? I

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thought we were talking about football. The front page of the

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Sunday Telegraph is a sorry about England becoming a post` Christian

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nation, according to the former Archbishop of Canterbury. However,

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there is an opinion poll done by the Sunday Telegraph, which seems to

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refute that, in which more than half of people regard Britain as a

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Christian country. First, it's Britain and not England. That is

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different. In northern England and Northern Ireland, church attendance

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is higher stop its interesting we have the former Archbishop of

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Canterbury being so pessimistic about his own faith. He has left

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now. Does he think it has all gone to pot now that he has gone? Even

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though the polls slightly contradicted the assertion that he

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makes, broadly speaking, the general tend is away from organised and

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disorganised religion and towards secularism. Do you think Muslim

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populations would agree with you on that? I think if you look at this in

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20 years, Muslim people born to Muslim parents in this country will

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have often turned away from Islam and towards the killer is. And this

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is because precise effect of science. The explanations that

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theologians `` and towards secularism. And this is because of

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the effect of science. The explanations that theologians have

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given has given way to the scientific evidence. And this will

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also apply to second and third generation immigrants in this

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country. I believe this is a positive trend. I believe he is

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right to identify it. But I also believe the Church has done good

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things as well and I don't have a problem with Christians or

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Christianity. How does this square with David Cameron's comments about

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Britain being more evangelical? I think he was making a mistake to use

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that word. To be fair, he was actually spot on to describe his

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face as classic FM in the Chilterns in that it comes and goes. England

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has never really been... It's more like a social club than a religion.

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But the point is that David Cameron was trying to reach a part of the

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Tory heartland that had become disenchanted with him over same`sex

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marriage and that was why he was talking about how he has in the

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words of Alastair Campbell found God. Football. Almost like religion.

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The Express has an exclusive saying that Louis van Gaal will get the

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Manchester United job. What did he say to that team to get them to win,

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Ryan Giggs? It was an immensely impressive victory for Manchester

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United after a rather gloomy season that saw the end of David Moyes's

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equally gloomy tenure as manager. Ryan Giggs, one of their iconic

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players, has taken over for the last few games of the season and it is a

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very good start but as you have rightly pointed out, this article

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says that Louis van Gaal, the 62`year`old Dutchman currently with

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the Holland national team, has agreed to take over. He is very

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tried and tested and has a strong reputation in global football. And

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the supporters will be pleased that a nine has now been drawn under what

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has been a rather poor and distributable sacking, where it

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leaked out before David Moyes had been told about it. Thank you.

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That's it from the papers for this evening. Thank you for joining us.

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Breaking news now that we have been following all day, leading on that

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helicopter crash

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