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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 Miranda Green, the former press secretary to

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the Liberal Democrats and Liam Halligan, a commentator, at the

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Telegraph. Tomorrow's front pages. The Financial Times says the

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government has ordered a review into the sell`off of state assets just

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days before MPs publish a report into last year's privatisation of

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Royal Mail. Teachers could be stripped of the right to hold

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rolling strikes, without fresh ballots, according to the Telegraph.

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The Express says following four simple rules could add ten years to

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your life. The charity Christian Aid has branded the singer Katie Melua

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"a fallen hero", after she was named in a list of celebrities involved in

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a tax avoidance scheme. The cyclist Chris Froome is shown with blood on

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his face on the front of The Guardian, after multiple crashes

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made him abandon the Tour de France. After the Home Office lost records

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about allegations of child abuse, The Independent claims documents

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relating the transfer of fugitives have also disappeared from the

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Foreign Office. Tax avoidance schemes are the main issue on The

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Times. It claims some tax avoiders won't have to pay back the money

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they owe, because inspectors didn't challenge their tax returns in time.

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And the Daily Mail explores an unusual theory for Brazil's World

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Cup semi final defeat. They ask if it was down to the pop star Mick

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Jagger. So let's begin... I am interested to hear your views on

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that. The Times, it has been made a celebrated cause in the last few

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months. Yes, the attempts to tackle tax avoidance. This scheme was used

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by 1600 people, not just celebrities but also doctors, barristers and so

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on. Those people try to shelter billions of pounds in revenue in a

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complex mechanism involving fabricated losses that they could

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then offset. What I would say in their dissent is that `` defence, it

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is not that many people in the grand scheme of things. It is a good story

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that you have to look into the numbers to see the scale. I think it

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is because of staff shortages. Is this illegal? No. What is the

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problem? That is a metaphysical problem. Most would say that you

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have a moral obligation to arrange your tax affairs but I think many

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people would reasonably say that if you set up a company's structure

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with the sole intention of importing taxes rather than carrying out

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commercial affairs, in a court of law, you will often be judged to be

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E `` evading. Many of these celebrities are people who work with

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major charities, and that is the point here. Herston eight put out a

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statement saying that it is morally wrong for people to avoid paying

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their fair share `` Christian Aid. Particularly for celebrities who

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have a relationship with these groups. It is a great story for the

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Times, they have made the running on this one. But if you are a celebrity

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and have loads of cash and handed over to your financial advisor to

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deal with as they see fit to be advantage to you, `` be, are you

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going to say how are you doing this? Of course you are. What am I

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going to say? Katie Melua is one of the few people who paid the money

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back before she was required to and so we should be making that clear in

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fairness to her. It is not just celebrities, there are lawyers and

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doctors and so on. Ignorance is no excuse before the law. But it is not

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illegal. No, but in the current climate where the fiscal laws are so

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tight on so many people, they do come under scrutiny and rightly so.

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Some missed their own deadline which is amusing. We're going to go to

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this one, no hope of limiting migrants. After David Cameron's

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extraordinary victory and defeat over failing to prevent Jean`Claude

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Juncker the coming head of the European commission, we have moved

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into the more serious business of whether or not Britain can bring any

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concessions out of our European Union partners on our terms of

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membership, on the way it operates, in order to try to get a yes vote in

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the referendum. Here we have a story which we are likely to see many more

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of in the next year or so which is Russell 's saying, no, not really.

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David Cameron had a meeting with all of the Eurosceptic MPs including the

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UKIP representatives and Jean`Claude Juncker has said very clearly that

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free movement is not something that is going to be limited in the future

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and that is, of course, the fundamental right within the

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European Union to go and work where you want to. He is really upping the

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ante on Cameron saying that he doesn't believe that everyone moving

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around the labourer market is a parasite or a criminal `` labour. He

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is paraphrasing the rhetoric of some political parties and has been

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reported to have put his thumbs up off`camera but it was actually on

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camera when a Labour MEP brought it up. Do you think he will be voting

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for a Labour at the next election? I think it is unavoidable. There is no

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question of any negotiation. He got his what he is basically saying ``

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that is what. He is basically saying to Cameron, this is what happens

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when you mess with me. But what you are seeing in this story is what you

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see again and again, a throwaway remark leading to what the British

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Eurosceptic press can use to create the most perfect headline. Free

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movement is a marginal issue as only something like 3% actually choose to

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utilise it. Now David Cameron is saying that important concerns are

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being dismissed as marginal issues. You must vote to leave. He was

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pushing his finger over the red button on that one. The Telegraph,

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we must stop roving school strikes. Much of the public will be surprised

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that the ballot for this strike that is taking place tomorrow actually

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took place many years ago. The summer of 2012. We have one in 8

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million children `` over 8 million affected and that is the issue that

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David Cameron is flagging. He is putting pressure on the Lib Dems and

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on Labour. Ed Miliband is saying that he doesn't support or oppose

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the strikes, it seems to be a classic case of say nothing and then

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you will get elected. But the Lib Dems are going to come under

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pressure as well. There seems to be an error about what David Cameron is

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trying to do here `` air, which raises into the voters minds, Tori

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performs about trade unions back in the 80s `` Tory reforms. They may

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also include manifesto laws which means unions must have a majority in

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order to be able to vote. This strike is not only an a mandate that

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his two years old, it also includes less than one in ten actual

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teachers. It is a difficult one for the Lib Dems. They're going

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to work out where they stand on this and at the moment, they are making

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it clear that they don't want any change. I think it is very

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interesting where the public would be honest. I tend to feel that there

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is not a great appetite for a ban on strikes in certain sectors, key

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public sectors like transportation. I don't think a crackdown is the

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answer. But to this issue of rolling strikes, what they called a ballot

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for discontinuous action, which means that the union can decide to

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call a walkout whenever they want, I am not sure that the public would

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see that as a fair way of going about things. I think there may be

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room for reform there. We're going to hear a loss about this going up

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to May 2015. They will be trying to expose Ed Miliband as not wanting to

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come down on one side or the other. That's right. Even the leader of one

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of the unions has said that it is time for them to make up their

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mind. Labour has no friends on either side of the dispute. That is

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from their own supporters. Now the Financial Times. The issue of

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privatizing of the Royal Mail which is very controversial for the

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reasons that the share price rose considerably from where it had been

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set on the day of flotation and Vince Cable has been under fire

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continuously since that time for the handling of the privatized Asian. ``

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privatisation. He has called an investigation as to how they raise

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money and it will involve a former Labour minister who is an expert on

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city affairs. A group of MPs are about to ask `` reduced a critical

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report on privatisation. Many made an absolute killing buying and

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selling shares in the prior week 's. They have been flogging them off

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straightaway. Absolutely and ministers are now saying that a

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further ?20 billion worth of assets sales could be considered. I think

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it is probably an attempt by the business department to make some

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preemptive action. This guy is very financially savvy. When you do have

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an asset sale, you do undervalue it deliberately, don't you? If it is an

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IPO, a share flotation, there are other ways of doing it. You do not

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necessarily need to sell it directly into the stock market. There are

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many ways to do things. We have ?20 billion worth of sales slated over

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the next few years. A number of assets, nuclear asset, Royal Mail

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and it was tough on Vince Cable. They sold off 60% of it and it went

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up huge amounts. That was just froth. You could say that that is

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several hospitals lost by the government. They will have egg on

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their face, imagine if it was the other way around. We're going to go

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very briefly onto this one and you will have to explain it. Rolling

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Stone laughed off the idea of being cursed. He has got a Brazilian son,

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Mick Jagger, from a sling and back in 2010 in South Africa, he wore a

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Brazilian shirt and they bus to Holland and so we can't always get

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what he wants... Very good. Can't get no satisfaction. He has said

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that he took advantage Dove response ability of the first `` he took

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responsibility for the first goal but not the other six. Very good.

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That is all for now, be sure to stay with us at the top of the hour for

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more on the airport security issue. But now, what is the score at the

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World Cup? It is time to find out.

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