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Britain. And Lewis Hamilton leads the way in prep is ahead of the

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Spanish Grand Prix. `` practice. Welcome to our lookahead to the

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papers tomorrow. With me are the journalist Jeremy Cliffe and the

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novelist Dreda Say Mitchell. First of all, the Rolf Harris trial

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on many of the front pages. The Daily Mail focusing on a letter he

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claimed he wrote to the father of one of his alleged victims.

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The Mirror also leading with Rolf Harris.

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Then Britain's Camp Bastion shame, a photograph of a serviceman posing

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with a dead insurgent. One of the two serviceman apparently sent home

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from Afghanistan. A special report from Ukraine, where

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there have been violent clashes between government forces and pro`

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Russian separatists. Russia celebrating victory Day, the

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defeat of Nazi Germany. That is in the FT. President Putin prompted

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protests from the Ukrainian government by visiting Crimea.

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The Guardian claims that NHS hospitals are in need of thousands

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of extra nurses. Then take that Gary Barlow, the front page of the Times.

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A hefty tax bill after signing up to it tax avoidance scheme.

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And the Express has a story that the Queen has been told to take it easy

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after Prince Charles stood in for her during an official ceremony.

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Let us begin. As we were saying, the Rolf Harris trial really featuring

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on a lot of the front pages. We start off with the Daily Mirror.

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That quote apparently coming from a letter that the court heard. All of

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the court reporters have picked up on this letter in the first page of

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this trial. He was apparently writing to the father of one of the

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alleged victims. Begging for his forgiveness and dramatic language.

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He said that although he was saying he had this relationship, he

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disputed the relationship had begun when the alleged victim was

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underage. Absolutely. He said that it was when she was 18. She is

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alleging that it was going on for 16 years. One of the incidents took

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place in the same room that his daughter was in. This was his

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friend's daughter. I think it is interesting with that headline.

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People would look at it and I hope that they do read the letter to see

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that he is alleging that she was not underage. Just looking at that, you

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might think that he is confessing to the allegations put before him. We

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will leave that to the jury. Let us move on to the Guardian. The story

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at the bottom, Nigerian forces were warned over the kidnapping. Amnesty

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International alleging that there was a tipoff and Nigerian security

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forces failed to act. Absolutely. Jeremy put it well earlier when he

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said that Amnesty International have been talking to a range of people. A

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number of things have come out. One of the things that Amnesty

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International is alleging is that the Nigerian security forces did not

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do anything because they had a lack of resources and they were not

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prepared to engage with well armed men. We are talking about the Armed

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Forces. The economy is one of the most buoyant economies in Africa.

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One of the other thing that Amnesty International says is that they

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talked to residents and they said they got calls warning them and when

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they called the local military post, people did not answer the

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phone. This is really disturbing if this is true. Given those accounts

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by locals, the response from the Nigerian army is really bizarre.

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They have called these rumours and allegations. It seems oddly casual.

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You were talking about resources and they were making the case that they

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did not have the wherewithal to go in against Boko Haram. The change

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might be that British and American advisers on the ground. What kind of

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strategy might we see? In the short term, hopefully all the resources

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will be there to try and find these girls. The terrain they have to go

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into is very difficult, but there is the issue of whether they are still

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in Nigeria or Cameroon. Who knows. This has brought up so many things

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about Nigeria that need unfitting. It almost seems like the

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international community cannot do that for them, only the Nigerian

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government and its people. There seems to be so many divisions, so

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many geographical divisions, religious divisions, this country

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needs to stop for a moment. Britain and America say they are sending

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experts. But this is not going to be a military intervention. They are

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being very cautious. People are keeping hope, but it is a difficult

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situation. Gary Barlow. Take that, Gary Barlow. This is apparently a

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?20 million bill for tax avoidance. To be fair, it does not appear to be

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a comment from him or his accountant. The allegation made by

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the judge in this case was that he was using an investment vehicle to

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put their money in something that would avoid tax. If it transpires

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that he was involved in this decision or was simply ignorant, you

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would wonder what it would do to his image? He trades on his patriotic

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credentials. You wonder whether this will damage that. Celebrities have

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gotten into pretty hot water on this before. Absolutely. We are not sure

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what his comments. As a British citizen sitting here, I am thinking

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that everybody should pay their taxes. ?63 million from world tours

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and see these. `` CDs. If people are doing tax avoidance and they are in

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the public eye, they have two think very carefully. It is not just about

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money, it is an issue about themselves. For somebody like Gary

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Barlow, think of all the young people looking up to him. What would

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they think of this? The fact that somebody so famous has been caught

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avoiding tax is great for the Treasury. This will persuade a lot

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of other people to find out how they are managing to secure such a low

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tax bill. This is part of a drive by the government to crack down on tax

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avoidance. Let us turn our attention to a very different thing. These

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reports were fairly disturbing pictures dating back to 2012.

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Britain's Camp Bastion shame. British service personnel rejoicing

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over the bodies of dead Taliban fighters. I hope not. People

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rejoicing. Some of the servicemen who did this, if it is proved that

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they did this, it was one of those moments and they look back and

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think, I really wish I had not done that. It makes me think sometimes

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about the whole issue about war when we go into particular countries. How

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it sometimes can change people and how people actually behave. The

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important thing about this story is how the Ministry of Defence react to

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it. That this cannot happen again. We heard that two members of the

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staff have been from frontline duties. Britain is pulling out of

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Afghanistan by this year. By September there should be no troops

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left. The Taliban has started its attacks on coalition forces. This is

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grotesque in and of itself. It poses a risk to soldiers still out there.

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It is a fantastic recruiting agent for the Taliban. That is yet another

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reason beyond the horror of the images that they should take it

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seriously. There is a quote from another serving member of the Armed

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Forces saying that these incidents and an extra weapon to the Taliban.

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`` are an. And another story having parents and, I knew it. Schools have

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been told to let some children start a year later. Guidance from the

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Department of education. This refers to children born between April and

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August. The younger half of the school year. They do slightly less

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well because they are slightly less developed than their peers. A lot of

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parents would like the opportunity to hold back their children's

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starting point. So that they have the extra bit of time to develop. A

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lot of councils have said no to this. But thanks to guidelines from

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the Department of education, from now schools will have two give

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parents the chance to put children in the group below. Will we see a

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lot of people doing this? But also you have the problem being passed

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along. Exactly. I would like to see where the evidence comes from. I do

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not think that everybody believes that is the case, that some children

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are less developed. `` summer. It depends on your educational

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experience. Some schools, a lot of schools what they do is that they

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will stagger their intake. A lot of children coming in in the autumn

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tomes and then in the summer terms you have younger children. Children

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develop at different speeds. We are agreeing a lot. Going to the FT. One

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that will make people chuckle. Rooms with a view. A dreadful pun. How

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does this work? This has made me laugh so much. It seems to have had

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so many problems from the get go. This is about its wonderfully

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luxurious hotel. The architect has designed some of the corners so they

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have got class. When it becomes evening, a act like mirrors. People

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are able to see in other people 's rooms. Plus the hotel give people

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the Nokia was so that they can look at London. `` binoculars. The

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problem is, people do not want to put down deadlines because they pay

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a lot of money to get a good view. `` the blinds. Let us finish on the

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Express. The Queen told to take it easy. We were mentioning the

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suggestion that Prince Charles had stepped in because she was

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struggling a little bit. You have to feel sorry for her. The description

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on the front page of the Express is that she was struggling to get up

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the wooden steps. You just think, poor old dear. Isn't it time we let

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her go off and watch the horses? The did that in the Netherlands. The

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suggestion is that she would never agree to that. She seems very

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committed. She is and 88`year`old woman who seems committed to her

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job. She does appear to recognise that sometimes she cannot meet those

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commitments. She would pass them on to her son. I felt for her. I find

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it hard enough to get up this as myself. `` these days. Thank you.

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We will get an update at midnight on the latest developments on the

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violent clashes between Ukrainian troops and pro` Russian separatists.

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Coming up next, it is time to Sportsday.

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