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signals to your TV. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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

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Craig Woodhouse, who's Political Correspondent at the the sun, and

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the Mirror's Deputy Political Editor James Lyons. Here are tomorrow's

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front pages. The Guardian leads with the release

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of Gerry Adams from police custody tonight. The paper says the Sinn

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Fein president insisted his party still backs the police. The

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Telegraph is dominated by a picture of Mr Adams at his news conference

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this evening. The paper's other main story is news that there's been a

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large rise in the number of housing estates being pushed by planners in

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England. A warning by the fertility expert

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Professor Robert Winston is the Mail's top story. He tells the paper

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breakthroughs in IVF could see rich parents paying for brighter

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children. The Express leads with a claim by

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financial experts that pensions will be boosted by a 15`year boom in

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stocks and shares. And the sun leads with allegations

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that two pupils at a school in the Midlands tried to poison their

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teacher. Let us begin with what has been happening in Northern Ireland

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with the release of the Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams without charge

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after four days in police custody in Antrim. We'll stop with the Daily

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Telegraph. There is that picture of him with Martin McGuinness, a man

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who has used probably more intemperate language during the

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week. I suppose that is what everyone was looking for in this

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press conference, the tone that Gerry Adams wanted to strike after

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clear and and discussed, as Sinn Fein described it, that he had been

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held for this long. Also be Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland

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talks about Sinn Fein bullying the police service. Tensions are

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extremely high. There was some ugly scenes outside the police patient

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when Gerry Adams was released. In fact, they took him out the back

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while there were the coin land Rovers at the front. Some would say

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his press conference was almost statement like. He said he did not

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like the food and he did make reference to be dark side of the

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British state which he blamed for his arrest. He said he has been

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volunteering to talk to the police for months and then this comes out

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of the blue as an election campaign is hotting up. He also went out of

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his way to talk about the past being in the past and the IRA has gone

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now. He said that the old guard, whether they were Republican or

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Loyalist had no place in the current Northern Ireland after being peace

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process. That is what everyone here in Ireland was waiting to hear.

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Tensions have been rising all week really and it could have gone

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completely the other way had he come out and taken the opposite tone. The

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fear was we could have gone back to the dark days of the 1970s and 80s.

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It is not totally over. The family say they will take civil action. The

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police have handed the release file to the prosecutors, so charges could

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be brought. In terms of the immediate threat to peace in

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Northern Ireland, that seems to have been dampened down. The head of

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public prosecutions in Northern Ireland has had to step away from

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the case because he acted for Gerry Adams in the past. The world is very

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small. It is right that tonight people will be breathing a sigh of

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relief about the things Gerry Adams said, but there is more trouble down

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the track. We heard from Peter Hain, the former Secretary of State

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for Northern Ireland. He said he does not know whether this is going

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and the soldiers involved in bloody Sunday will have to be arrested and

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questioned by police. In some respects you do have two treat the

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past differently. The Guardian says we still back police, says freed

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Adams. There are tensions simmering under the surface all the time and

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it is so very easy to cut through that veneer. For all Gerry Adams

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saying the past is the past, it is not for the family. It is still

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there and running sore. Bloody Sunday is still a running sore. We

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have managed to compartmentalised the past were certain extent, but it

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is still there. Let us move back to the Telegraph and look at the issue

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of school holidays. As we know the summer holidays aren't far away.

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People are trying to book a holiday and finding that it is shockingly

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expensive and David Cameron is sympathising. James, let me explain

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the story before you wade in. Travel companies are deliberately putting

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up prices during the school holidays. Isn't it odd that a

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conservative is complaining about the free`market, supply and demand?

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It certainly is. He is not actually complaining about it, he says he is

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best rated. He says the way to solve this is more competition, spread the

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holidays out, get more people flying with different families. But he says

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travel companies are deliberately putting on the prices which is what

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happens with supply and demand. Isn't it just the way the market

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works? Absolutely. If there was more competition, it would be fine. I

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think James's issue is this is a sky that does not need to complain. Mr

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and Mrs Cameron take home the best part of ?400,000 a year, forget

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about their inherited wealth. Maybe we're going to see Ed Miliband

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freezing holiday prices. This is cost of living crisis territory for

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him. It is one of the few things he has not waded in on. He'll be saying

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that airlines should be forced to bring down the prices during the

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holidays and those of us who don't have children should not be

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subsidising those who do. Surely what David Cameron is saying is,

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well, people will grow with him `` people will agree with him. I agree

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with him. Holiday companies need to bring the prices down. He's talking

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about sharing the frustration with parent struggling to take their

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children abroad does not quite ring true. He did go to Cornwall for his

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holiday, but then he went on a luxury break on a flotilla of boats.

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These things don't boil away inside me like they mislead dude to you.

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James has lots of these stories. The idea that schools can now decide

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when they have their holidays and to stagger the school holidays, partly

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to help children because there is that six, seven`week period where

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children don't learn anything. It is compensated situation. What do the

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talking about? Is he saying Leicestershire goes on these weeks,

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Cornwall on others. Is he talking about mixing counties. A lot of

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schools now share services. I for one would really like to see the

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long summer holiday go because I don't think it is very good for

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children. It is tied to the agricultural calendar which was

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important when I was growing up, but probably not now. Did you have to

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bring the Hain? I certainly did. It is not great for children spending

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six weeks at home, not doing very much. I think a change would be

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good. That's fine in summer, but you can't move Christmas and Easter. The

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same thing will happen over those weeks. Not many people go away for

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Christmas and Easter. Most people sit at home and eat chocolate. Maybe

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I am missing a trick. Now, fertility gurus are warning time will come

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when the will be able to alter the appearance and ability of their

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children by tinkering with their genes. The rich could pay to have

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brighter babies. This is a worry. This man really knows what he is

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talking about. I did see this story and do a double`take, but when you

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see Winston's name, you do take it seriously. I don't know how he comes

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up with these things. Enhanced intelligence, musical ability and

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strength. I do know if you can get all of those in one child, or you

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can pick and choose. But we do have ethics board that determine how IVF

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is used, don't we? Yes, I'm not sure how they would oversee this and

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don't understand it. It seems like scaremongering, that you are going

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to have super elite families that only want a child that is 40%

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stronger than their current child. Really? ! Are people going to do

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this, or are they going to have children in the way we have had

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children for thousands of years. You get what you get and you love them

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anyway. It is part of the lottery of life. The Daily Express and

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pensions. I am a bit puzzled by what is happening with pensions. Millions

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set for pensions windfall. The Daily Express and other papers seem to be

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changing their minds about this, about how healthy people's pension

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pots are going to be. It depends on when in the future you dip into

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those pots. This is addicting a 15 year boom in stocks and shares. I

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don't know quite how they have looked into their crystal ball and

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addicted that. It sounds like Gordon Brown's statement that he would

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abolish boom and bust. Eight Tory boom and bust, remember that, it is

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important. Stocks and shares soar away for 15 years, that is great

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news for everyone, until the next bust. So your advice is to retire in

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14 years' time? Put it all read and out in 14 years' time? Absolutely

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right. Is this wishful thinking? They do say that we should look at

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spots and shares for the long`term. Well if this is their prediction, I

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would like to read their racing tips. There are a lot of unknown

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variables at the moment. From next year, most people will get their

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hands on their pension pot for the first time and spend it as they

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want. But if you have saved the money in the first place, you might

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not do that. You could plough it into the stock market. You will

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probably see people putting their money into property. A lot of people

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will get their pension pot and think, I want an income and the best

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way to do it is property. There is a new housing boom sweeping the

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country. We'll talk about that later. Craig and James will be back

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with us at 11:30pm. Do stay with us because we will have more on what

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Gerry Adams had to say after being released from police custody. Time

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now for Click.

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