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end to the crisis in Syria at the start of a three`day tour to the

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Middle`East, which will also take in the West Bank and Israel.

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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 Yasmin Alibhai`Brown, columnist from the

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Independent and Martin Bentham from the London Evening Standard.

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The Observer claims that the UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, will use his

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party's success in this week's local elections to draw up a list of 20

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parliamentary seats to target at next year's general election. The

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Independent on Sunday's front page gives coverage to calls for Nick

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Clegg, the Lib Dem leader, to stand down.

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ongoing row over Prince Charles' ongoing row over Prince Charles'

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comments about Russia's President Vladimir Putin. The Sunday Times

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leads on a story about calls from some Conservative MPs for an early

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referendum on Britain's membership of the EU. And the Mail on Sunday

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devotes its entire front page to a picture of the man suspected of

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killing six people in a series of drive`by shootings. They express

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also covers the shooting but its main story relates to the rising

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value of the pound, which experts say is good news for British

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holiday`makers. We will begin with the Observer. Triumphant UKIP draws

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up a hit list of 20 key seats to storm Commons. We should not be

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surprised about this? I just wish we would keep our heads and keep some

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proportion. Of course they are high. I don't think it will be 20,

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myself. But they will attempt to get people into Parliament. The whole

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personality of Nigel Farage at the personality of Nigel Farage at the

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moment. He is the face. Finding even 15 equivalent people, I hope they

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will. You hope they will? If they want to do it, let them do it. You

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are not a fan of UKIP? Let them fight the election, but the mistake

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is to make them the centre of the story, which they have been for over

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two months. Keep our heads. Even the council elections, they got a small

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proportion of the thousands of seats. Is there a durability of this

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interest in UKIP and will they attract enough people to stand in

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these seats? I am sure they will attract enough people to stand, but

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whether they get the seats, is a different issue. For the next year,

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they are going to be on everybody's mind. All of the political parties

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and we have seen that in all the papers. People across Westminster

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and across the country in political parties will be reacting to what

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they see the UKIP threat to be in their particular policy areas and

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trying to counter it. They are worried about them taking a few

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thousand votes. It will be a problem for each party in certain seats. It.

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The main parties being dismissive of UKIP? They should not be dismissive

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of them, but also we should not be obsessed that the only way forward

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is to imitate UKIP. It is part of the Democratic competition. But for

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me it is the Tea Party moment. Remember the Tea Party in America,

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it is exactly like this. Showing up the other established parties,

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unnerving them. But they are part of the republican movement? No, they

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have done what UKIP have done with the Tories. They have said, we are

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the new kids on the block, where are they now? What UKIP does do, and it

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is part of the Democratic rosettes, there has been an attempt to shut

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them down saying they are saying racist things and people don't like

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and trying to shout them down. That is what parties have got to take

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notice of. They have attracted 17% of the vote in this election. They

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are attracting support. Why that is, is something all of the parties have

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got to think about and respond to it. We have had this in the past

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because Labour in the last election admitted they did not address the

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immigration argument. I don't agree with you that they have had no

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access through the media. They have had disproportionate access. I did

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not mean in the media. The media has helped them. If I was in the Green

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Party, I would be upset over the media attention they have got. To

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say they have not been treated fairly by the media is false. I was

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talking about the idea that when you get a party coming from the margins

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and they take some hardline positions, like in this case,

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immigration. There is a tendency to shout them down and said they are

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saying things unacceptable. But that does not resonate with a lot of

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people in the country who think, they are talking about things in the

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country we want to talk about and not being talked about sufficiently

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by the mainstream parties. Let's have a look at those other parties

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who have had their noses bloodied. They haven't. That is just a cliche

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that we use. Lib Dems in a bid to oust Mr Clegg. How safe is his

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position? Who else would there be? There is talk about Vince Cable. But

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the Lib Dems have to be frank with a disastrous scenario looming. For any

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credit the coalition gets from voters for bringing the economy

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round, if people take that view, that will go to the Tories and not

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the Lib Dems, I suspect. Those Lib Dem supporters who were attracted to

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them being to the left of Labour are now in Peoria ate at. They are

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losing either way. Nick Clegg did not keep his pledge on tuition fees,

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which was a catastrophic mistake on his part. It is what they had to

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show to their supporters. I remember Nick Clegg in the first debate in

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the last election. Everybody responded to him like they are

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responding to Nigel Farage. He was new and not part of the

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establishment. These things are appealing for a little while. I

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don't know what will happen if the results for the Lib Dems carry on

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being as bad as they are. I have one off them, like many other people,

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but I did respect Nick Clegg for doing those debates because it was

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brave to come up with powerful arguments to stay in Europe. I did

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add my VAT. This is the response from the Lib Dems. Their spokesman

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has said these concerns about the results should be taken seriously

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but the party should not have its message distorted by needless

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infighting. After every difficult election, some colleagues will have

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concerns that should referring to the leadership. He goes on to say we

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knew these elections would be tough and it is always disappointing when

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councillors lose their seats. Now is the time to get our message across

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and shout what we are doing in government. The needless infighting

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is the eye`opener and tells the story of all the parties. Every

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party now, over the next year will be thinking about what their

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position is, how they will respond. You have the stories about labour

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and Ed Miliband and so on. Tonight you have the Lib Dems talking about

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Nick Clegg. And then the focus on the Tories on what they should be

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doing. Every party is worried about their leadership. Let's have a look

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at what they might be doing in the Sunday Times. Tories press PM to

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call an early EU vote. What the parties should do is come together

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against the divisive politics of Nigel Farage. It is important. I

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wish we had had an early referendum. Before 2015? Yes. It has

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created this mood that people are not asked about this important

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decision. The last time they were asked was 1975 after we had already

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joined. I do in `` understand that feeling. What should the question

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be? Should it be in, should we be out? David Cameron is right by

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saying we need to have something to vote on. He wants to have a

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renegotiation. What we should have had a vote on is Lisbon in the last

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treaty when there is something substantial to vote on. We haven't

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had those votes and that has created pressure for a new vote. There could

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be three options, in, out, stay in and reform. Let's move on to

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something other than the elections. The Sunday Telegraph. President

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Putin hits back at Prince Charles. It is a conversation Prince Charles

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thought he was having in private. But you're never with a microphone.

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Vladimir Putin suggesting it was an acceptable and not very royal in his

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behaviour for Prince Charles to have compared him with Adolf Hitler. Hot

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water again for the Prince of Wales? President Putin has regally

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dismissed him. He has said, he is a well brought up person. So pay with

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a withering dismissal. I can understand the anger. How can you

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say this when 26 Russians died in the Second World War. Million.

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Million, sorry yes. We were never taught this at school about what

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happened. So not to remember that was unfortunate. President Putin is

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hitting back here, but it is in response to questions he was asked

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and it does appear he is not trying to inflame the situation, he is

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trying to play it down by saying Prince Charles knows he should have

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known better. He is a bit like Prince Philip. Perhaps been too many

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moments from him. The Observer, fair trade goods not helping the poor.

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That would be upsetting for people who seek out fair trade products.

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I was born in Uganda and I make it my business to support businesses

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from that region. I think people are happy to pay more for fair trade

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products. Unfortunately we do not have the rest of the story because

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he cannot see the explanation. This is regarding wider wages are lower.

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It is apparently taking the same equivalent type of production of the

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same products and coming up with this conclusion. This is an economic

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professor at University of London who has said it has not improved the

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lives of workers. We will try and get statistics for the next hour. We

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will be back again for moral look `` for a look at The Papers. The

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headlines, a man has been arrested for the shooting at the Jewish Ms

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Hume in Brussels. Coming up now, Reporters. `` Jewish Museum.

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