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action from Novak Djokovic's first round contest. Plus, Brendan

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Rodgers's contract with Liverpool. That's coming up in 15 minutes after

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the papers. 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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journalist and blogger Susie Boniface aka the Fleet Street Fox,

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and Kiran Stacey, political correspondent for the Financial

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Times. Good evening to you both. Before we have an in`depth look at

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the papers, let's have a quick preview. The Financial Times says

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David Cameron has embarked on a diplomatic offensive to persuade

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European leaders to change course on the EU.Nigel Farage is pictured with

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an empty pint glass on his head in the Telegraph and it reports that

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business leaders are calling for a new deal with Europe.

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European leaders to change course The Guardian pictures Nick Clegg and

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questions whether he is leading the Liberal Democrats to a wipeout.The

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Times reports that Ukip is to step up its assault on Labour's

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heartlands. While The Scotsman says recriminations flew in Holyrood

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after Ukip won its first European seat in Scotland. Nick Clegg's

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prospects are the lead on The Independent. It says the Liberal

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Democrat leader is fighting for survival. The Daily Mail also

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considers the pressure on Mr Clegg after the party's performance in the

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European elections. Finally, the Daily Express gives readers the

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seven golden rules to help people fight Alzheimers. The express their

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trying to be different. The front pages, as you would imagine, are

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dominated by the fallout of the European elections. A tough read

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over breakfast for Mr Clegg particularly the Mail, the face of a

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leader at bay, says the headline. I am feeling sorry for him. If he

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stays as leader, possibly the worst 12 months of his life. People get

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this right up to election. When he leads the Lib Dems into the guns,

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which will happen in May 2015, they face almost certain obliteration, it

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will be his fault that matter what and will be laboured as Nick Clegg

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should have gone and didn't go. If he stays, it will be a torrid time.

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There was talk today or suggestions he could stay on as deputy PM but

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resigned as leader of the party which would be even more suicidal.

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There is a whole tumbler website of pictures of Nick Clegg looking sad.

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Another hundred pages of images today. He is a toxic issue for a lot

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of voters. For him to say that if any dilemmas would be addressed by

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me going, of course I would do it. Not to understand he is the main

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dilemma is stupid and obtuse and he is seeing what is obvious in front

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of him. The Daily Mail are trying to pressure him to go with headlines

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like that. That is how a lot of journalists would like this to pan

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out. He made it clear to Vicki Young that he has no plans to go. Why have

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Lib Dems suffered the most in the European elections? He took a bold

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plan at this European election. Usually, at a European election,

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they do well because they talk about everything apart from Europe. They

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talk about potholes and road repairs and bin collections and make it all

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about local issues. They are good at sourcing out and getting a good

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reputation. This time, Nick Clegg thought, this won't work. I will do

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this, its OK, it is under control. I will do an overtly pro`European push

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because there is a group of people who believe we should be in the EU

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and they don't have a party fighting in their corner. For voters wanting

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to stay in the EU, stayed at home or were happy to vote for the Labour

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Party because they think they are pro`European as well. Unfortunately,

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Lib Dem voters don't want to be in the EU. They vote Lib Dem for

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different reasons, particularly in the south`west. I don't think the

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strategy worked. Don't you think the televised debates was a kick in the

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face? He did so badly compared to Nigel Farage. He won a lot of people

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over at the general collection. People didn't know who he was until

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the debate. In 2010, he was the bloke who seems nicer, more human, a

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bit different. Now he gets the same thing from Nigel Farage. The they

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say they have got hold of a poll that will show he will lose his

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seat. `` the Guardian have written him off. Others say they don't know

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where this came from and that it has been leaked for political reasons

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and say that the local elections on Thursday show it was nonsense. He

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won't lose Sheffield Hallam. I am 99%. Having grown up there, I know.

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Note it down. This has been a Lib Dem seat for years. Before that, it

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was a Tory seat. It is a nice, leafy, wealthy part of Sheffield,

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not the socialist People's Republic of Sheffield that we think of the

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rest of the city as. I have read a piece by the Labour candidate saying

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that they don't think they will win it either. You have to wonder, given

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the Lib Dem reaction, who undertook this poll and why and why have they

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leak it to the Guardian? There are people in the Lib Dems who are

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trying to do something. What is important is that no big guns have

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come out and said, he needs to go. That is because his main opponent is

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Vince Cable, who is conveniently in China and is at this moment, we

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might want to get a comment out of him. Whenever there is a leadership

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challenge or argument in any of the parties, the main contender absence

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themselves as quickly as possible. John Major, when Margaret Thatcher

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had problems, had his wisdom teeth done. If a politician doesn't want

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to be quoted on the TV, it is because it is important. He decided

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to release a statement instead of going on camera. We will find out

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more of Nigel Farage on the front page of the times. He likes to hold

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an empty pint glass on his head to celebrate. He probably doesn't mind

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that photo. He posed for it. He invites photographers to the pub and

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AE range it with the pub owners. `` a range it. It is done on purpose.

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`` arrange. I can't imagine anyone who intends to be a world leader

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doing that. He has already said he is setting his sights on

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Westminster, of course he the headline, Farage set his sights on

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Labour heartlands. He has 12 months to win people over on Europe for

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Westminster. As we know, local elections, the voting in local

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elections, doesn't reflect what happens on general election day.

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This will be tough. 2009, at UKIP got to 17%. 2010, they got 3% in the

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general election. Can Farage do something different this time and

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build up enough support to take a Westminster seat? I think that he

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can. Things are different this time, UKIP voters are enthused and

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committed enough to go and vote UKIP again even at a general election. Is

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it still a protest vote? it is. But not one that will go away. People

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genuinely want to protest. They will want to protest at the general

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election as well. The question will be, if and when they do win at

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Westminster, do they do what the Greens do and fall apart because

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their leader isn't so active in leading the policy and making sure

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the structures are in place? What does one seat make do anyway? You

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wrote a paper in the mirror after the local elections but it applies

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to the European elections because there was a 33% turn out to the vote

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and you made an interesting point that there is still 30 million

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people in this country that didn't vote for any of this. In fact, they

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didn't vote at all. When people like David Cameron say that we have the

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message of the EU, are they correct? Of course not. They aren't

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speaking to the populace. They haven't heard what we all think.

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There are 46 million registered voters and only 16 million voted. If

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they voted, it could be a different result. We don't know. They haven't

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come out to vote. You wrote and local elections have a much lower

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turnout than general elections. `` euro. They are just as important,

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though they are seen as less than important. When we talk about a

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surge in UKIP and landslides and that there is a earthquake in

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British politics, there is actually an ever expanding sinkhole expanding

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at all of these politician's feet, Farage, Cameron, Clegg, they have

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had a kick in the face from voters, saying we are not interested in any

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of you. If you are a disillusioned voter, there is the zest and that

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you vote for UKIP. If you compare that with the total electorate,

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fewer than one in ten people voted for UKIP. The other nine are still

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disillusioned for some reason and are not coming out to vote for

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anyone. That is a huge issue. If we cannot raise the turnout, and the

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2010 general election turnout was only 65%, which was historically

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low, there will be a lack of democracy. We can't criticise

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countries like China, Saudi Arabia or Zimbabwe if in our own we don't

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vote ourselves. Let's look at the Scotsman, there was a surprise

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result. Even the UKIP candidate, David Coburn, looked surprised in

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that photo. That is a great photo. They have won a seat for Scotland,

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UKIP about. He goes to show that the more people that vote, the more

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realistically vault can be, the more reflective it can be `` UKIP there.

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The Scottish the SNP has always said that UKIP doesn't have a place in

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Scottish politics and this proves it wrong. One year ago, Nigel Farage

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was in Edinburgh and the reception was so hostile he had to take refuge

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in a pub. Had to take refuge... Go to the Winchester and wait this one

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out. It is clearly true that they find it much more difficult in

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Scotland and there is a much less Eurosceptic, anti`immigration vote

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there. Are they tapping into something we have seen in the rest

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of the UK? Will this become a much larger part of Scottish politics? If

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so, Alex Hammond's for your saying that they aren't various cottage

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this lot, they are racist, won't work `` they aren't very Scottish.

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They have had it up to here. It is interesting, a clever man so that

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when the people reject the elite, the elite band of people, not

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themselves for having turned people off voting, they say it is the

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peoples vote for not agreeing with them, which is what Clegg is doing

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today. To show how the picture of the European Union has changed

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overnight. The Independent has a out. Is of Germany's first neo`Nazi

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MEP. A lot of right`wing groups have managed to get seats. A lot of anti`

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European establishment seats. It's not only the UK. Interestingly, in

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the EU they are bad at cooperating with each other. One of the things

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people have voted UKIP in in this country is that they hope that

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perhaps they will withdraw us from the EU or do something about

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immigration and open borders. If every UK seat in the European

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Parliament were cooperating, that is still less than 10% of the total in

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the EU bloc, therefore for Nigel or anyone else to control legislation

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or block legislation, they have to form coalitions with other parties

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in the EU. There has been a surge, but they haven't actually got that

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much influence, have a? Not individually. They would have to

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gang up together. They will coalitions between the far right

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parties, the peoples party in Denmark, perhaps the Front National,

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and then you wonder who you sit next to and who is OK and who isn't at

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one point does the neo`Nazi vote become important `` People's Party.

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The other important thing about the elections in Germany is that Angela

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Merkel is an election winning machine. Her party actually won the

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majority of the MEP vote. It is interesting what is happening in

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France and Germany, particularly France, is that they are the two

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countries seen as the drivers of the European Union. They are seen as the

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country that supported and want it. `` support it. Let's look at the

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front page of the Daily Telegraph. Nigel Farage's pint glass photo

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there again. We will get to know a bit more about the leader of UKIP

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from his wife. It is interesting. Someone has buttonholed Mrs Farage

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at the victory party. It was ill`advised because of the people

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you have that UKIP. The chances of someone saying something wrong in

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UKIP during a party is quite high. He isn't like this at home

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apparently, he is not extroverted. He drinks and smokes too much and

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she worries he doesn't eat Ropley. He can't use a computer and most

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interestingly, there is no time for a family life and they have four

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children `` he doesn't eat properly. They watch him on the telly when

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they want to see him. That is a bit mean. It is interesting. Is it a PR

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gaffe masse warps, you have let Mrs Farage speak. Or, is it a well

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calculator thing to do. `` PR gaffe? We a problem he has is that

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he doesn't attract female voters. `` won the problem he has. If we see

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him as a family man, or not one who sees his kids often, but if we see

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his wife, his vulnerabilities... He goes to sleep when he comes home.

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One thing we can be sure Roz is that from now on, UKIP will be under more

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scrutiny than they ever have been `` we can be sure of. The level of

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scrutiny in the media they have had. They aren't used to regular,

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constant checking up on by local journalists, broadcast and print

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journalists. We have to leave it there. Many thanks to Susie and

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Ciaran. And, thanks to you for tuning in. Stay with us on BBC News.

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At midnight, the political fallout of UKIP's success at the expense of

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other parties in the European elections. Coming up next, it is

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time for Sportsday. Hello and welcome to Sportsday, I'm

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Karthi Gnanasegaram. The headlines this evening: Backing Brendan

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Rodgers, Liverpool give their manager a new long`term contract

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after finishing as runners up in the Premier League. A shock for Stan,

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the Australian Open Champion fails to

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No need to wait to see what's in the papers - tune in for a lively and informed conversation about the next day's headlines. With Clive Myrie.


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