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Sheffield. Mark Cavendish has claimed his third

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stage win on the Tour of Turkey. That is in 15 minutes, straight

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after The Papers. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are Beth Rigby,

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deputy political editor at The Financial Times, and the writer and

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comedian David Schneider. Let's look at the front pages. We are going to

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start with the Daily Telegraph and the arrest of Gerry Adams, which

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features on its front page. The Sinn Fein President is being questioned

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tonight about the murder of Jean McConville back in 1972. According

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to the Guardian, there has been a huge surge in work is tied to zero

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our contracts. The main Jeremy Paxman who is quitting Newsnight.

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Financial Times has news of Government advisers apparently

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making money during the privatisation of Royal Mail. The

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express says an EU tax which could damage UK pensions has been given

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the green light. The picture is of Bob Hoskins, who has died at the age

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of 71. The actor also features on the Metro's front page. The lead

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story is a warning from the World Health Organisation about the

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effectiveness of antibiotics. We are going to chat through those stories

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in a moment but we will start with the Daily Telegraph. Gerry Adams

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arrested over a 1972 murder. He has been linked to this in some quarters

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for many years that he has always denied it. An astonishing story

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breaking tonight. It has just broken and the Daily Telegraph have managed

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to get it on their front page. Gerry Adams has been arrested in

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connection with the murder of Jean McConville in 1972. The background

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to the story is that he was implemented in the killing ``

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implicated in the killing by IRA veterans who gave taped interviews

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for a Boston College project. These have been passed back to the Irish

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police. He has been arrested tonight. He strongly denies the

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involvement in it. The political fallout of this is huge,

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potentially. It has come in just as local elections are happening. Sinn

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Fein is saying it is completely politically motivated and one has to

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wonder what will happen to Adams in terms of his career within Sinn

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Fein. Is this the moment that he steps back, he retires? OK. These

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are of course all allegations and he denies them all. He would argue,

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David, that we are in the middle of an election campaign, the European

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and parliamentary elections and so on, and the timing is interesting

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because the allegations have been swirling for years. I am sure that

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is a thing that he could say and perhaps it is the case. I don't

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know. What worries me, as an Englishman sitting here in England,

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you see Martin McGuinness with the Queen, something you could never

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imagine in the 70s. You sort of go, oh, and you get misty eyed about it.

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I was in Northern Ireland a couple of weeks ago and it just reminded me

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that the bitterness is just under the surface for a lot of people.

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That is what worries me about things like this. Hearing the details of

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the murder, it brings out all the animosity that is just under the

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surface for some people. Sure. The allegation was that Jean McConville

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was a spy working on behalf of the British security services, and that

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is why she was targeted by the IRA. Hearing those stories reminds people

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in Northern Ireland of how far they have come. Again that is the English

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being misty eyed and being a hippy, but you hope that they remember that

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this piece that they have now is worth preserving. The danger is that

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it pulls them back. On tape from beyond the grave Brendan Hughes, a

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leading IRA man and former close associate of Mr Adams, said the

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direct orders to kill Jean McConville came from Gerry Adams.

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That is what he has alleged. The PSNI finally got their hands on

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these tapes. It was a long and drawn`out process getting these

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tapes from Boston. As we have been saying, he has denied any

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involvement in this and Sinn Fein is suggesting this is politically

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motivated. So we will see what develops there. Let's go on to the

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Telegraph. David, huge surge in workers tied to zero our deals.

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Cable urged to focus on employment issues. Whenever I hear the

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Government talking about hard`working people I feel they

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should be talking about hardly working people. Now the issue is not

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unemployment but underemployment, this zero`hour thing. The Government

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is crying out loudly and proudly about unemployment figures, but

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there are so many people, and I know this from personal experience of

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care workers that I come into contact with with elderly parents,

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who are run zero`hour contract and don't have the security of knowing

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how much money they will have. This is the underbelly of having

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relatively stable employment through a very deep recession. The

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unemployment figures have actually not been as bad as people expected.

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But the quid pro quo is that people are working on much poorer returns.

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Some people like that. Yes. That is the point the Government makes. Some

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people like to have flexible working because they are caring for children

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and elderly parents and so on. But the figures. One main people when a

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year ago it was 583,000. `` 1.3 million people. It sounds like

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unscrupulous employers are going for it and they can do what they want.

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Labour are really on the attack on all this and it all plays into their

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cost of living crisis argument, that they understand what real people are

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going through and the nasty Tories don't. In Vince Cable's defence, the

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Lib Dem Business Secretary, he is actually very concerned about

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zero`hour contract but he is working in a coalition with Conservatives.

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Two years ago they were trying to completely deregulate employment law

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through the reforms that were a series of reforms put forward by a

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Tory donor that said let's do away with maternity and paternity rights

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and completely deregulate the employment market. Vince Cable

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managed to block that. What he is going to try and do, I think, and

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zero`hour contract, bar the worst excesses of it such as exclusivity,

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where an employer does not give you a contract but then says you must

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not work for anyone else, which is deeply unfair? He must empathise

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with that because he had exclusivity for the coalition! How he must want

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to work with Labour on bass and tear up his own zero`hour contract! `` on

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this. What comes into this is the debate on minimum wage. I think it

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is absolutely incumbent on the Government of that as the economy

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does pick up that they are seen to be tackling zero our contracts and

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poor employment conditions for people and tackling low wages.

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Otherwise they are not going to bring people with them by 2015. I

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hope so. What they are doing is saying, don't look at the people

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suffering, look at the great statistics and the unemployment

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figures. But in their defence it is surely better to have a job in a

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recession even if it is a pretty awful job? But that is how people

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are exploited. You say it is better to have a job. Be grateful. But if

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you can't live on the money that you own, that also creates problems.

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Then they need to have top ups from the Government, housing benefits. It

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is about paying a decent wage, not any job. Employers need to make sure

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that as the economy picks up, there is a trickle down to workers. I

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think if they don't do that... Labour will continue to talk about

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the cost of living crisis? Yes. I don't think it is politically

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tenable for the Government not to do more on both these things. OK.

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Staying with the Guardian, Paxo is off. Clive, don't do the same! The

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BBC would collapse, man! No, no, I'm holding his place up... There is

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more pressure on you now. The end of an era. It really is! You know, we

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sort of suspected something when the beard appeared, personally. When a

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man who is tired of shaving, he is tired of life at the BBC! That is

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what I reckon. I thought... He stopped wearing socks as well with

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his shoes ` no, I have made that up! What happens under the desk stays

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under the desk. If only people knew what was going on under here! Yes,

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it is really ` obviously, his house style was being fed up. It is hard

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to really notice that he's now REALLY fed up. Also, in Westminster,

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if you are talking to a politician and they have got to go on Newsnight

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and you say, "Who is on tonight?" It is Paxman. They are terrified. He is

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so effective at what he does. I think it is going to be hard to ` he

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is irreplaceable. Yes. I saw Piers Morgan tweeted... There you go.

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David Moyes is free now! That can only end well. On a serious note, it

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is a blow. He's come in, he's reinvigorated the programme. Within

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my kind of little bubble in Westminster, the programme is

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getting traction and people are watching it again and people are

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talking about it. Then he loses his start player. That is difficult.

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Apparently, he informed the BBC last year, so the BBC has known... Was it

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around the beard time? It all makes sense now! So, the impression is

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that he knew this was coming and hopefully he's been plotting a

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succession, if that is the right word. Clive, come on! Easy. Do your

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pitch now. A couple of people, two have suggested it might be a good

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idea. Why would I leave a programme like this? Why would you? Just

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kidding! OK. We will go on to the Metro. This is scary. This is a

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story saying that antibiotics are becoming useless against

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increasingly resistant strains of bacteria. This is a World Health

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Organisation warning. It is funny, isn't it, that in the West, in

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modern Western society, advanced Western society, we are now

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developing, you know, advanced oncology drugs et cetera and if your

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cancer, 50% of patients survive a decade or more. Yet, right at the

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other end of basic medicine, companies obviously aren't

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developing antibiotics that actually protect the mass majority of the

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world. It is a really worrying story. Yes. I interviewed a

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microbiologist tonight who said they have known that this kind of problem

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was going to be developing over the last few years. And the World Health

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Organisation, the authorities around the world, haven't really got on top

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of the situation. There is a sense where, you know, I mean we are all

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to blame. Blame was placed on patients failing to finish courses

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of treatment. We were so ` 20 years ago, we were very casual about

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antibiotics and it is all coming home to roost. We only get the

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front`pages. I don't know what the action is that we need to take. Who

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says we have to act quickly? You feel you do have to do something

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about it. Alright. OK. I this I we will end it there. No time for Bob

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Hoskins this time round. Beth, David, you will be back in an hour.

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Thank you for that. Stay with us because at the top of the hour, we

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will have much more on the news that the President of Sinn Fein has been

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arrested over an historic murder inquiry. We will have the latest

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from Belfast. Now, it is time for Sportsday.

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