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explosions. Action heroes take to the big screen. Plus, all of this

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week's other top releases. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are Tim

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Montgomerie from the Times and James Millar from the Sunday Post.

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Tomorrow's front pages. The Financial Times claims many global

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banks may no longer be able to count on the support of the US Federal

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Reserve if they get into trouble. The Telegraph carries an interview

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with the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, in which he says British

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fighter planes and surveillance aircraft are being used in the fight

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against the Islamic State fighters in Iraq.

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The Guardian also leads on that story. Below a picture of Britain's

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successful 4x100 metre women's relay squad. The Metro has the latest on

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the group of Afghan Sikhs found inside a shipping container in

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Tilbury Docks. The paper calls it a "metal coffin".

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The Express says the Prime Minister will announce the creation of

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specialist welfare teams designed to target what it calls "Britain's

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worst families". The Times leads on British

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intervention in Iraq and also claims that an independent Scotland could

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ditch the monarchy. The Mail warns that Britain is being

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dragged deeper into the conflict in Iraq. The Mirror reports from what

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it calls the "hell" of a clinic, dealing with Ebola sufferers in

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Liberia. Plenty to choose from. Let's start with the Mail. The

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headline, Britain dragged deeper into Iraq conflict. Do you want to

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start with this, James? Interesting headline. Being dragged in is an

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interesting way of phrasing that. The Mail obviously believes we are

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being cautious about what we do in Iraq. There's all this talk about an

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extended mission. But no clear word on what that mission is and how far

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we are going to end up owing. And talk about this being weeks and not

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months? Yes. I wonder whether it will be more than that. My

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understanding is that David Cameron does want to intervene to tackle

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ISIS, not just to deal with the immediate humanitarian crisis, which

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is why the Mail is unhappy. It wants a limited intervention, just to

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focus on the plight of the Yazidi people on the mountaintop. The Prime

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Minister believes this Islamic State controls so much territory now, has

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so much money, is so sophisticated in its techniques, we don't tackle

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it now, before it gets even more power and influence, it will cause

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problems not just in the region but potentially threaten us. He doesn't

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want to get too far ahead of public opinion. That the angle taken by a

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lot of papers. Interesting, the word "dragged". The Mail sorry to be are

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being dragged in and the Prime Minister is actually wanting us to

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be more and more involved. But he may get some resistance from the

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Mail if he does go that way. Over to the Times. A story about Scotland.

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This should definitely go to you, Tim. An independent Scotland could

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lose the royal family. There is a rather difficult quote from the

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director of global policy institute. They will go for a republican system

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within the EU, the paper says. Is an interesting one. It's not

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desperately new, as it points out. The justice secretary raised the

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prospect this year of a referendum on elected state. That was in the

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Sunday Post. Slightly stronger than words from the director of the

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policy institute. Not quite sure why they have given this quite so much

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of the show, other than perhaps because there is the argument in the

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Scottish independence referendum, that continue to be kicked around,

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and there aren't many new arguments. I can see the newsdesk thinking it's

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a Scottish independence stories they will whack it on the front page. I'm

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not sure whether I'm allowed to say this but I am bored about the

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independence debate. We've had all of the arguments rehearsed. Perhaps

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if it was close, it was going to be a close run thing, it might be poor

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exciting. But all of the opinion polls since just `` seem to suggest

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that the union cause, the no vote, is gaining support. Not some of the

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papers in Scotland. The polls... The average does seem to suggest a no

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vote. Some show it closer. But this is obviously a story to try to take

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the debate into new territory. But I say God save the Queen and hopefully

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we will have the Queen for much longer! It does save the Queen is

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known to be strongly prounion. If you need to state that in a news

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story... And Scottish Nationalists are split on the monarchy. The yes

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camp is undoubtedly split on this. Alex Salmond says it will keep the

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monarchy. But there are many in the broader yes movement who are opposed

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to that decision. Going back to the Daily Express. Welfare squads target

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problem families. Who would have thought this. They say more than

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500,000 households in the UK are effectively costing so much in terms

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of benefits and problems, the paper says, had initially there were

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120,000 problem families. The latest initiative would target a for the ``

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a further 400,000. That seems a very wide reaching number of people. It

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was about three years ago that we had the London riots. This was an

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initiative that followed those riots. One of the civil servants in

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Whitehall was given the responsibility of tackling this.

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What we discovered in those riots was a small number of families

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seemed to be the cause of an awful lot of the social disorder, not only

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that we saw on London streets be generally. The Sunday times story

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today, that the Express is following up, some families were calling out

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the police two or three times a week. Someone visiting GPs multiple

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every month. The burden of these families on our welfare services has

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been so great. This is an initiative really that the said also that his

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running `` that is being run to ensure that one person is

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responsible for their problems and to try to co`ordinate help for them.

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This is a really good example of government intervention working and

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tackling the serious social problem. Are you convinced? This is

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a Tory government intervening in families. David Cameron and the

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Tories like to see families as the building blocks of society. But they

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are also supposed to be about nonintervention. This is intervening

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in a very conservative way. But the Conservatives aren't libertarians.

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Some believe they are against government completely. Every

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Conservative government spent a lot of money on the state. Social

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services. This is about ensuring that money is spent not picking up

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pieces of the families and communities have fallen apart, but

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spending it earlier to keep families together. The reason the Express

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talks about this is the Prime Minister is going to give a big

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speech on the family tomorrow. I think he will probably be

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disappointed that it is only the Express that has it on the front

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page. Iraq is of course dominating the news and wiping everything else

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of the page. Even what we believe is going to be in it, that's why we ``

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they chose not to cover it. Off to the Independent. The headline,

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struggling hospitals in denial of a poor care. This in an interview with

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a professor, who is effectively saying as chief inspector of

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hospitals that are hard core of struggling hospitals are in denial

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about quality of care. Very worrying. I am always the first to

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knock story that aren't worth a front page. I think this is a good

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exclusive. The professor is a serious name, a serious player,

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given the stuff that went on at Mid Staffordshire hospital and various

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other hospitals. It is very worrying. They don't seem to be

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learning their lessons. The latest in a series of rather scary NHS

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health stories. Yes. We don't seem to be seeing what I think the

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government certainly wanted, that when we have these bad stories we

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will get some of the worst hospitals beginning to emulate the better

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hospitals. In the NHS theirs and `` there's enormous diversity. But we

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also have some of the worst hospitals, as well as the best. This

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inspectorate, alongside transparency, where we get

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statistics from hospitals on how they are performing, in terms of

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treating cancer or death rates, that allows us to at least understand

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which hospitals are falling behind and which perhaps need emergency

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intervention. Of course it goes on that always grab the headlines. OK.

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Daily Telegraph. House prices. The Daily Telegraph reports a sharp fall

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in house prices, apparently. It's a crazy market. We've had all these

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stories from the last couple of years, which I haven't really

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understood, of booming house prices. Some London boroughs going up by

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20%. This seems to be some kind of correction to that. I think it

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probably was too much froth in the market. But it's not great for the

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Conservatives in a way, the head of an election. If people think the

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house prices are falling, and potentially we have interest rates

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on the way up at the end of this year, early next year, it is not an

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ideal mix. Of course for people trying to get on the housing ladder,

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it's good news. But young people don't vote in the same number as

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homeowners. So, we have a bit of a problem. Bad news for government?

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Basically, this is good for the country, good for people because

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they need to be able to afford to buy houses in that sense that if

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you've already got a house you don't want to think that your net wealth

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is decreasing. That will affect how you vote at the ballot box,

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hopefully. This is optimism, the last story in the Guardian.

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Britain's women's 4x100 team celebrating. I don't know how often

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picture editors have three victories to choose from. The cricket, the

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athletics and the women's rugby. Interesting that the Guardian has

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gone for the athletics, which is possibly the least significant. But

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perhaps it is the most sustained success. Have you been following any

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of these? It's a great moment for women's sport, especially in the

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rugby. We have the Times, the Telegraph and the Express, all with

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pictures of women in sport. Great to see it properly applauded and

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recognised. Thank you very much, Tim and James. That's it for the sour.

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