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the World Cup qualifying campaign, when they took on Ukraine.

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That is in 15 minutes, after the papers.

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

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us tomorrow. With me are Paul Johnson, deputy editor of The

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Guardian, and media commentator Tim Collins. Good to have you both here.

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They have relived a few personal insults, so they are nice and limb.

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Tomorrow's front pages: . The Express leads with a report by

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MPs that condemns proposals to allow the taxman to take money out of

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people's bank accounts without their permission.

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That's also the lead in the Telegraph, which says the Treasury

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plans, which would mean no court order is needed to take money from

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accounts, is "very concerning", given the history of mistakes by HM

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Revenue and Customs. And the Mail adds that money could

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be taken from joint bank accounts even if one partner owes nothing.

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The FT goes with Barclays' announcement to cut 7,000 jobs in

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their investment banking division, sounding a retreat from a part of

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the business that was once at the heart of its operations.

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The Mirror has a story from a family who found their grandmother dead in

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an NHS hospital before staff realised.

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The Metro claims that tenants are facing the worst eviction rate in a

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decade, with nearly 50,000 possession claims lodged by

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landlords in the first three months of this year.

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The Guardian leads with a highly critical report by MPs that calls

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for reform of oversight of the UKs intelligence agencies.

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And the Scotsman's picture story is that armoured cars are ready to

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protect Nigel Farage when he makes are returned as it's northern

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border. `` a return visit. So let's begin

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with this taxman story that seems to have affected a few of the papers.

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The Daily Express says, taxman raid on our bank accounts, plans to let

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the taxman take cash out of our accounts without permission have

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been condemned by MPs. How can they do this, because normally a court

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order is necessary? This is a terrific story. It turns out that

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this proposal, whereby the unseen hand could dip into your account and

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retrieve whatever has been calculated as missing by the HMRC,

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was in the small print of the Budget. But like many parts of the

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Budget, it was not noticed at the time. So it has taken the select

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committee and its Tory chairman to bring this to public attention. HMRC

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said there are certain safeguards here. You have got to have been

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contacted four times and you have to owe more than ?1000. But many people

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are saying this is outrageous and that lots of things will not work

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here. The Daily Mail has picked up on this line about going into joint

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accounts. If the husband owed the money, the money would be retrieved

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for a joint account. Surely any people who do pay their taxes should

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be grateful that HMRC are going to do this and claw`back some money

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that people refuse to hand over? I don't think many taxpayers will be

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grateful about this. People under part is of many different colours

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have made terrific mistakes with IT processes. The HMRC lost a disk with

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child benefit details. They have repeatedly been found to get

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calculations wrong for millions of people in terms of tax credits. This

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story gets worse the more you look into it. Paul was right. The Daily

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Express says they could go into your bank accounts. The Daily Mail says

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they could go into joint account even if one partner does not owe any

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tax at all. So much for the idea of separate taxation. And they could

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even go into your ISAs. So even those things that you sort were

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preserved for your children and grandchildren for many years to come

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could be raided by the taxman, without any notice or any court

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order. You have both mentioned the Daily Mail. Let's show the

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headline. Wife could lose cash if husband is in arrears. That article

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makes the point that many couples are independent about their

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finances, maybe even secretive. It will come as a shock to see that

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money might have been taken when you did not even know your partner was

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in arrears. That is right. There could be lots of disputes behind

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curtains there. We know that many people on PAYE are on the wrong tax

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code. So it is right that people should pay the right amount, but it

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is also right that they should be asked for the right amount, so there

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will be inherent problems with this. They are saying this will only

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happen if the taxman has tried to contact you four times, but you can

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easily see how someone could just press a button to send out letters

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on four excessive days and they just do not reach you and before you know

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it, you look at your bank account and see that your direct Brits are

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bouncing and you are falling into arrears on your mortgage. It is an

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absolute horror story. I am a former Tory MP myself and I think this

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shows that George Osborne had a tin ear on this. We have a deficit, but

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you should be thinking about how ordinary taxpayers could face

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serious financial difficulties as a result of incompetence if the HMRC

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are given this power. But he is also being told to clamp down on tax

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avoidance, particularly from those who earn a lot and do not pay much

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tax. Even so, small amounts do add up. They say it is about 17,000

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people. It could be where money is disjointed. They are talking about

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elderly and vulnerable people where post has not necessarily got through

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or contacts have not been made. There is always the course to the

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courts. You realise you have just agreed with each other? Don't

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worry, it will not last. This next story will divide you. The Telegraph

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says Michael Gove says Ofsted should inspect private schools to make sure

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that fee`paying education is held to the highest standards. Why not, Tim?

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Well, again, sorry to say this because I am a conservative, but I

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have to disagree again with a Conservative Cabinet minister. The

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key to the meaning of independent schools is the first word,

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Independent. They are not supposed to be inspected by the state. They

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are supposed to be outside the national curriculum if they so

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choose. They are supposed to be able to set their children different

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exams. And to put them under Ofsted runs the risk of turning them into

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state schools with fees, the worst of both worlds. I suspect that

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Michael Gove is trying to do some political positioning and say, we

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are not the Tory toffs. I went to a state school. I don't think

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independent schools should begin from special privileges. But the

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danger is that we are taking some of the best schools not just in the

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country, but in the world that attract people into this country

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from all over the world because of their tremendous strengths and their

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independence and the fact that they have been around for centuries doing

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things very well, and we will try and turn them into bog`standard

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bumper hence it is. If Michael Gove gives that power to Ofsted, it will

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take both worked at independent schools. It is a dangerous thing for

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an Education Secretary to do and an astonishing thing for a conservative

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Education Secretary to do. I wonder if the story is all that it seems.

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Many independent schools in this country and members of the

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Independent schools Council, which are inspected by the independent

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schools inspectorate. That body is monitored by, you guessed it,

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Ofsted. It is all very circular. It is an arm's length position for many

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schools anyway. So I do not take the view that Tim takes about this, but

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I am sure the thing about political positioning may be true. Staying

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with the Telegraph, traffic lights to stay red longer. Why? It appears

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that they have calibrated the pace at which you cross the road in the

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1950s, and it is four feet a second. But since then, we have not

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calibrated the speed at which the over 65s cross the road, and men

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over 65 cross the road on average at three feet a second, women at two a

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second. So you either have to hurry up or take your chance. The green

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flashing man is one symbol, of course. Other symbols are the cat

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down. At if you are pedestrian, you are thinking, I could give that

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another few seconds and nip across. If you are in a car, you are

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thinking, this is taking ages. But it appears we have not accounted for

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a growing elderly population which is taking a bit longer to cross the

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road. It depends on your perspective as a pedestrian or a driver. I love

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that because it is the Telegraph, all the speeds are in feet and

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inches. I suspect that with other papers, it would be metres and

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centimetres. But the point is that we are all living longer and there

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are many older people around now that were in the 1950s. It clearly

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makes sense to look at this. The AA have a sensible point, which is to

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say that where you can, or you could do it by adjusting Caps dance and

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having more of the countdowns so that people know how long they have

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got `` the countdowns. A huge amount of work for somebody.

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The Guardian, Number Ten woos Ulster MPs in case of a hung parliament.

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The paper is saying David Cameron is not afraid of playing the Orange

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card. I do think this is a slightly overtakes it `` overstated story.

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All that has happened as the Prime Minister has hosted a reception at

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Downing Street for Democratic Unionist members of Parliament. It

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was a lavish reception. Any Tory is a top Tory so if you want to make a

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point, any reception at Downing Street is lavish. I suspect there

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were a couple of sausages on sticks and not a lot more. I have been to

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some, not that particular one. The Prime Minister will hold receptions

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in Downing Street very regularly. But the DUP are going to be useful,

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aren't they? What it points to is as the polls have closed, people are

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thinking about what the permutations might be in a hung parliament. For

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the Conservative Party to only need the support of the Democratic

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Unionists, they would have to be so very close to having an overall

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majority because there are only eight DUP MPs. They are the biggest

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party in Northern Ireland but they do not have many to start with. He

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would probably want to have that in his pocket. My suspicion is that if

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David Cameron does not have an overall majority, his preference

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would be to continue the current coalition. Whether the Liberal

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Democrats or his current backbenchers would let him do that,

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is another matter. One lavish party with sausages on sticks does not

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seem like high rise to pay. This reminds you that the DUP are the

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fourth biggest party in Parliament with eight seats. It does describe a

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jolly event. The children were outside running around. It was a

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nice sunny evening and it was the evening that Gerry Adams was

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arrested so they were probably in a jolly mood. I suspect that was a

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coincidence. I suspect that there will be a much bigger story if it

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was felt that Downing Street had known in advance that Gerry Adams

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would be arrested. I suspect that was a genuine coincidence. The DUP

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is unjust and party. It is broadly on the centre`right. It is

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Eurosceptic. It is quite right`wing populist. One issue that the

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Conservative government or David Cameron in particular will would

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have is they are quite strongly homophobic and they have gone on

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record with strong attacks on gays and David Cameron is the man who

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made gay marriage legal. It would not this early in the NEC marriage.

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If we stay to the end of this review, what would be appealing

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about the DUP? Supposedly the demands they would make in a

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coalition would be local? They would be local. It would be money, it

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would be benefits in kind, infrastructure spending and so on.

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As Tim says, they are not on the liberal side. I do not think they

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would be a coalition. You would not have the DUP joining the government,

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they would not be joining the coalition. It is simply that if they

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did not have a majority they would allow it to get its own measures

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through with a few rides, just as the Labour government did in the

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1970s. That is all we have time for. But my guests will be back at

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