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is to explore the use of experimental treatments. Hello and

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welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us

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tomorrow. With me are Caroline Daniel, Editor of the Weekend

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edition of the Financial Times, and Eleanor Mills, Editorial Director of

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the Sunday Times. Welcome back to both of you. Tomorrow's front pages,

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starting with: The Daily Mail, which leads on Boris Johnson's potential

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return to the House of Commons, and says the news has sparked Boris

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bandwagon fever. The Guardian, on the other hand, claims the move is

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causing anxiety in Conservative ranks, over a future threat to David

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Cameron's leadership. The Times warns the London mayor faces a race

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against time to find a constituency before next year's election. While

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the Telegraph says he could become Business Secretary if the

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Conservatives win the next election, although it leads on the news that

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hundreds of thousands of people are preparing to withdraw billions from

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their pension pots over the next five years under the government's

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pension reforms. The Mirror's front page is dominated by the two British

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students murdered in Malaysia. The Financial Times says American

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takeovers of European health companies may be halted by the

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potential closure of a US tax break. The Express warns that a tropical

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storm will hit the UK on Sunday. While the Independent leads on

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coalition divisions over Gaza, and why this simian "selfie" is costing

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a wildlife photographer thousands of pounds in a copyright dispute. We

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will aim to explain in a little more detail later. We will start with the

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Daily Mail. Caroline, Boris Feaver. We were both struck, looking at the

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front pages, that most gratuitous, disgusting, awful, unflattering

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photograph of Boris Johnson, announcing his run or office, is the

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Daily Mail. It is not the most flattering, and I don't want to

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compare it with the selfie of the... But it is a startling

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comparison. The story is very anti` Boris in tone. It has this

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extraordinary fact that it has apparently emerged last night that

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his wife has given her full support to his plans, I'm not sure why that

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is politically newsworthy to put on the front page. I love the idea that

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it emerged last night. Yes, did she announced at a dinner party that she

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was supporting her husband's plans? It is far more about plot, fever,

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and dissension in the ranks. We had a discussion about how different

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newspapers have discussed it. The Guardian has gone with trying to

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cause trouble about Boris Johnson, but with very little proof, in their

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new story about claims that Tory team are divided over the return of

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their star player. In fact, it doesn't have any evidence about the

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Tory team being divided, just quotes people saying this is great news and

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we welcome him back. The comparison is interesting. Sticking with the

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Daily Mail, he already has team plotting, leadership was not told.

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I'm just not sure I believe that, particularly compared with what is

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in the Guardian tomorrow, where Johnson himself, in the press

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conference, said he was very pleased that Cameron had tweeted something

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nice this morning. He says to be fair one of the reasons for taking

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this decision, the decision to come back, was that on several occasions,

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publicly and privately, Cameron has said he would welcome things going

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this way. I believe that is true. When I interviewed David Cameron for

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the Sunday Times magazine last year, he was very kind of open to the idea

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of Waris coming back. He was fulsome in his praise, he said he would like

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him back on the bench. I absolutely don't see why Boris would not tell

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him he was making this announcement. It is all over the papers. It would

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be great and is not to do it. Tory local chairman don't like people who

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are backstabbers. `` chairmen. The sinister ideas don't make sense. I

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think it is interesting how the British press are breaking this

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down. We heard that he wasn't going to take any Cabinet position until

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after he had stopped being met. And if he was going to come back, why

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would he want to be business Minister? Let's compare it with the

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Times. Now a race against time to find a seat. This talks about where

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he might end up trying to be, and of course Uxbridge is in people's

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lines. A lot of the argument as to why he has done this now, we have

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thought that he might announce he is running for office because he has

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only a few weeks to make the Uxbridge seat. That is incredibly

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convenient to remain Mayor of London. A nice commute. The decision

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on actually standing will be made on September the 12th. He has to throw

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his hat in the ring quite quickly. The idea that he can't find a seat

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before the election is slightly laughable. You think they might make

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room for him? I think they might make room for him. It is classic

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Boris. Part of the reason people like him is the language he used

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around it. I don't want to be furtive. I don't want to be a

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modest, that is what people like modest, that is what people like

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about him. He has that bumbling, eccentric charm. And he has that

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capacity to reach the parts of the electorate the other Tories do not.

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It is a farce really, he is just as posh as Cameron and Osborne. He has

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that self`deprecating manner. People like him. 60% approval ratings in

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London, which is a Labour leaning city. One in five Labour voters

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voting for him. This is why the Tory party are excited he is coming back.

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Chuck into the mix the idea he is also talking about Britain leaving

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the EU, which wipes Nigel Farage's argument of the table, it is not

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surprising the Tories are excited. You mentioned the Guardian. Having a

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closer look now, the Tory team are divided. That is their take on it.

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As I say, reading the first four paragraphs, there is no such

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division in the Tory party over this. Halfway through the piece,

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right wingback ventures quick to express approval. That doesn't seem

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like a divided Tory team. Everyone is trotting out the same line. Twice

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in the same piece, the quote is about him reaching parts of the

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electorate that I can't reach. And Andrew Mitchell is saying the same

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thing lower down in the article. What is interesting, to pick up,

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which we haven't focused on, is the context in which Waris Johnson made

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this announcement today, it was a massive intervention into the

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Eurosceptic debate `` Boris Johnson. Huge positives about European exit.

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The language he used was about being a great European nation, with a

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future outside the EU. We don't have to be paranoid and scared about an

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exit. So his language is Orient and upbeat. Rather than being ashamed

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about `` language is buoyant. Final thought on Boris Johnson? Adam

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free, who had been suspected of plotting, says this has lit the

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touchpaper. This is really good news for the Eurosceptic element within

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the Tory party. Boris Johnson expect them to be behind him. In terms of

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Waris, this is entirely consistent. I remember when I worked with him at

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the Telegraph, when he was doing straight banana stories, he knows

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Brussels well. `` Boris. Boris Johnson knows how to negotiate with

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Brussels. He has sat in meetings talking French to EU officials, and

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this could also be a way of saying the only way to get the EU to take

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you seriously is if you paint a positive picture of how some could

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be doing well outside it. And actually, Cameron's thing of saying

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we will campaign for a yes vote, and staying in the EU as long as we get

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this renegotiation, is the wrong way to go. They have to believe we

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really might go, or it won't work. There are other stories around. Let

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us stay with the Guardian, because, it is extraordinary. On the front

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page of the Guardian, 40,000 Iraqis hired on mountain from deadly is ``

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hide. Looking at what is happening on the outskirts of Mosul. We have

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spent a long time talking about one man who might run as an MP, compared

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with tens of thousands of Iraqis. They are under threat from ISIS, who

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are highly aggressive in Iraq. The UN now says that many of them, women

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and children, have now taken refuge on a mountain which was once

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identified in local legend as the final resting place of no's art.

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Biblical symbolism, and they were being threatened with `` being

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beheaded. `` Noah`s Ark. `` Akrotiri. There is a reference to a

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particular city, Sinja, which has been totally emptied of all its

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inhabitants. Two talks of starvation, they had to walk two

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kilometres to get water. And we know these jihad as a pretty nasty people

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`` jihadists. We ran stories last week about them boasting about the

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headings. It is really horrible. Particularly in light of what is

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going on in Gaza `` beheadings. In the Telegraph, obviously a reference

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to Boris Johnson, but we have dealt with him. A ?4 billion tax bonanza.

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This is the chance to avoid compulsory annuity, and doing

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something slightly more novel instead. Yes, this is the first time

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supposedly we have a number on how many people we think are going to

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draw down on their pension savings, and rather than buying an annuity,

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they can do what they like with it. The quid pro quo was supposed to be

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that the government could advise people whether it was a good idea or

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not. This is what you need to know. The problem is the incentive of the

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government in terms of tax receipts, to have them take lots of money out,

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and actually, they then had to pay a lot of tax on the money they have

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saved. The concern obviously is that people will do it for the wrong

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reasons, because they think a lot of money now, meant a lot of money to

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me now, rather than thinking of the long`term. What is interesting about

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this is it suggests that the average amount of money people will take out

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a something like ?40,000. That is a huge amount, because the average

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saving of anyone in this country is actually only about 85,000.

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People's pensions, their whole savings, a 35,000. That does suggest

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that we are talking about wealthier taxpayers looking to take down money

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and not put it into an annuity. Probably thinking they could make

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more money by putting it into investments or buying a flat. But

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then if you take a 40,000 pounds, you will hit the top thresholds.

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Many of them probably don't realise they could end up losing nearly half

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their pension in tax. Which is pretty bad, if you think you've

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already paid tax on this. Plus the idea of what kind of investment will

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deliver enough return to make up for the tax liability? I need some

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advice. Or advice available, leaves. The Independent's FrontPage. The

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LibDems turn on Cameron over Gaza. This is in the backdrop of Baroness

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Warsi's resignation. What Britain should do about arms sales. This is

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also Nick Clegg trying to put Clearwater, clear yellow water,

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between him and Cameron on Gaza. It was very interesting watching

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Campbell on Newsnight last night. He was very much acting Baroness Warsi.

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And this is more of them `` backing. The Foreign Minister had

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also discussed quitting. Baroness Warsi had mentioned someone had, no

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names had been mentioned. Others have denied planning to resign. Nick

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Craig says that it is also the Independent Promoting their own

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story `` Nick Clegg. UK weapons were being used in the bombardment of

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Gaza, so going back to that and saying that there is unrest. What do

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you make of it? It is a round`robin of a mop up job after the big news

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has come out with Baroness Warsi, the big news story of the week. And

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this is all echoes of that. Others say they think the same thing as

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well, but it has less resonance. The issue about arms sales to Israel is

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certainly being looked at, but the idea that it merits a big strategic

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change from government, Nick Clegg already said that a few days ago. So

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the fact that other Democrats are saying the same thing is not that

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surprising. And also, it is quite weird. The Independent offer and

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tries to be different, it has strange news values tomorrow. They

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have Boris Johnson making his move at the top, and I love the monkey,

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but to have the monkey and the LibDems, is quite questionable.

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Maybe they think their readers are more interested in that. Given that

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you love the monkey, it features on the front of The Independent. Who

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wants to tell us the story of the monkey? What is fascinating, is that

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in our DNA is some obsession with taking pictures of ourselves. And

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this is certainly borne out by this photograph. This is a

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Gloucestershire photographer who went into the jungle of years ago.

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With a great camera Koopman, and this monkey grabbed it from him, and

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started taking pictures. Not all of them successfully, apparently. This

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one is rather good. This was a triumph. He took a good selfie. The

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issue is you hope to make a lot of money from these photographs, the

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photographer, and wikimedia has put it online with no attribution. And

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no royalties. Wikimedia claim he did not take it, the monkey took it.

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That is a bit unfair, the poor chap heaved his camera around the

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rainforest. The monkey did not provide the camera. He has to prove

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he set the camera angles and the scene. He wouldn't have been taking

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pictures, but you know. I love the smile. It really does look like

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selfie. Time is up, thank you both very much indeed for having a look

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at tomorrow's papers. More of course from the Papers at the same time

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tomorrow night. Stay with us here in BBC News, at midnight the Mayor of

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London, Boris Johnson, says he wants to stand in next to's election.

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