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2017. Coming up in The Film Review, maps to the stars starring Julianne

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Moore. And the rest of the top releases.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow. With me are the author and journalist Rachel

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Shabi and Matthew Green who's also an author and journalist.

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Tomorrow's front pages. The Independent leads on the chancellor

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George Osborne's pledge to cut tax on inherited pensions before the

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2015 election. The Financial Times reports on an accusation that apple

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is prospering from illegal tax deals with the irish government. The

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Telegraph also leads with Osborne's announcement to scrap what the paper

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dubs the" death tax". So too does the Guardian, which

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focuses on what it calls 'panic'among conservatives that

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there could be more defections to UKIP. It also reports that a new

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drug that targets breast cancer could extend life by 15 months.

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The Times reports on Hong Kong's crackdown of pro`democracy

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demonstrators where tens of thousands of protestors are

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blockading the centre of the city.The Daily Mail has an exclusive

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interview with brain tumour patient Ashya King's's parents."They locked

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us up and left him alone, crying like an animal" they say.

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The Mirror reports on actress Lynda Bellingham's fight with her terminal

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cancer. The paper says she wants to have one last Christmas with her

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family. And in the Sun, George Clooney shows

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off his new bride Amal Alamuddin. The couple married in Venice

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yesterday. I was saying in the headlines, the

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Conservative conference has been overshadowed by the defection, which

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is a fair assessment. It is getting there isn't it. Don't you think?

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They are alluding to the same thing, which is that George Osborne's

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announcement about the abolition of this death tax that it's been

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called, where it he is scrapping the 55% rate of duty you pay if you pass

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on a pension pot after death ``. It has been played as a Tory comeback

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from trying to assuage frayed nerves over the rather rocky beginning to a

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conference that I suppose the Conservative party assumed they

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would cruise through, it didn't turn out that way. The Guardian headline

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alludes to everything you have said, unlike the others, which isn't

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what David Cameron and George Osborne hope for. The others report

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on the tax pledge, whereas the Guardian spells it out. They are

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talking about panic over UKIP and rumours of other MPs leaving the

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Conservatives. It would be a serious blow. The question is, will the

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polls that show voters have more confidence in the Conservatives on

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the economy translate into more votes? George Oz bone will hop on

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that theme and see if he can reinforce the Conservatives economic

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credentials `` George Osborne. The Times, Osborne hopes it will steady

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Tory nerves. It has distracted the papers are way from scandal and

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defection. Do you think this is what voters want to read about? That is

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the question. This is a sweetener with an eye on the grey vote. It's a

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crowdpleaser. Osborne, by his own standards, has failed. The economy

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hasn't recovered as he pledged. In your opinion. By any measure. By the

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measures he set for himself, by the pledges he made, he has failed. He

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paints a different picture. He won't stand up at a Tory conference and

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say, I have failed. He is more likely to offer these diversionary

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sweetness. By any measure, living standards have fallen, most aren't

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feeling the effects of economic... That is true, but do people trust

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Labour to do any better, given what happened? Labour isn't offering an

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alternative. The things most people ask for and being provided by either

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party. Ed Balls didn't say anything. He said it would worsen before it

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got better. There will be more austerity he was upfront about it.

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They are following the same script. The polls show that what the public

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want, increased minimum wages, will efforts to tackle tax evasion,

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renationalisation of utilities, no major party is offering fees. If you

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are asked to choose between austerity and light austerity, it

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isn't an attractive proposition. Good news for people with pension

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pots who are about to retire, approaching 75, knowing their money

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will go further. And as living standards rise, that is

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significant. Can be sent on other things. We will stick with the

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Times, reporting on the crackdown on democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

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We shouldn't underestimate the seriousness of this and the

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ramifications not only for Hong Kong, though for the world.

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Interesting to see the story on the front pages finally, it has been

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buried for the last few days, particularly with the Conservative

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conference and also with the air in Iraq, which we will talk about in a

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moment. `` the airstrikes. These are the biggest protest since Hong Kong

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was handed back to China in 1997 and there is concern about what happens

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next. The Times leads with Hong Kong's government quashing rumours

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that the Chinese military is going to be deployed to contain the

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protest, which would be horrifying, hitting, given memories of Tiananmen

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Square in 1989. Britain is very quiet. It has been interesting that

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this isn't an international story resonating in domestic politics ``

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horrifying, given memories. It promised one country, two systems.

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What is your feeling about what is happening? Is this China trying to

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get more control? Clearly. China has written eight on the agreement made

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about the vote in 2017 `` renegged. It seems that China is carefully

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controlling the candidates you are allowed to vote for. Doesn't Hong

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Kong operate better with independence? Doesn't it produce

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more money, income, isn't it more financially stable with its

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independence rested Mark does that mean it shouldn't want a democratic

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vote? `` independence? It wants to pursue as much independence as

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possible. It won't take China renegging on agreements made a very

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kindly. It is clear where the protest is coming from. The standard

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script, quite legitimate democratic protest beaten down with

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heavy`handed policing and getting bigger. We have seen that play at

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time and again. It is different in Beijing, it is more difficult to

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predict how this will play out. Not many places where there hasn't been

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a protest in the world in the last few years. Moving onto the

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Telegraph, as you pointed out, we are going to look at the RAF's

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involvement in military airstrikes. At the bottom of the paper, we have

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a different slant on the involvement in a personal one. One of the

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pilots. David Haines, the British aid worker who was beheaded in Iraq

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by ISIS, he worked for the RAF as an engineer, and aircraft engineer.

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There is a personal element for the pilots doing these are bombing

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missions over the coming weeks `` an aircraft. That is what the story is

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highlighting. It will be personal for those pilots. That doesn't take

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away the questions about whether the strategy will work up which is

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something that was debated in parliament vigourously last week,

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though has now fallen off the agenda. There are questions about

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whether these missions will be adequate as a response. The last

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thing you want in a bombing campaign is for it to be motivated by some

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kind of justice. That should be the last thing it is about. That's what

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the debate has been about. The idea that you can bomb away and ideology

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has been proved to be and sounded many times. That's the one take away

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from the 13 years of the war on terror, that this isn't the way to

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solve the problem. It seems shocking that we are taking this same tactic

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again. Another line keeps filtering, appearing in this article, the words

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of Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, every now and then you

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hear a minister warned that there could be British casualties. There

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are likely to be headlines that a British man, fighting for Islamic

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State, dead, killed by a bomb from the RAF. It is a line that they keep

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slipping out. We will return to the Guardian now, when this story came

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through, it created quite a debate in the newsroom and it is

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interesting, isn't it? A headache for David Cameron and the

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Conservatives is Brookes new mart, who quit his post over the weekend

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because of allegations in the Daily Mirror and it now seems that there

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could be an intra` and claim brought against the newspaper `` Newmark.

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Certainly, the Guardian has picked up on this story and is raising

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questions about whether what the Sunday Mirror was doing was ethical.

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They say the story that brought down Newmark was run by a freelancer who

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had reached out using a fake Twitter account, presenting as a young woman

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to several Tory MPs. It is implied in the story that he was trawling

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for victims. People are asking in parliament if this is justified as a

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journalistic technique. Was what he was doing, sending lewd pictures,

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such a big public interest issue that it justifies what the papers

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say amounts to entrapment? It would be in the public interest if he was

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doing that on a regular basis. That's the issue. Working as a

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journalist, I thought the job was to find out what was going on, rather

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than create a situation. There is a fundamental question about the role

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of a journalist that is at stake. Do you agree? Yes. I struggle to see

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the public interest in something like this. It's not like it's

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exposing corruption or something over which there would be a more

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serious concern. The journalist could argue that he was

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investigating the behaviour of public ministers on social

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accounts. Was it investigating or was it creating conditions? What's

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emerging are questions over the images used to, so obviously... Who

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is this woman whose picture is on this Twitter at count? `` account.

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Dashing over pictures were used? `` does she know. Should he have

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resigned? I don't know if he should have resigned. It is unusual to

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defend a Conservative, but I don't think he should have resigned over

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it, I don't think that warrants it. It is stupidity. He hasn't committed

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a crime. Conversations like this would have overshadowed the party

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conference. They were nipping it in the bud. A lot of thanks to you, it

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Mr and Mrs Kruger this weekend `` Clooney. They have brought light

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relief. Just under the headline of the Conservative announcement, the

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ring that says it all. I don't know why it takes four days to get

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married, but this has been quite an extravaganza. There was a headline

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doing the rounds on social media, coming from businesswomen media, and

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it has turned it around, seeing that internationally acclaimed barrister

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marries an actor, which doesn't seem to be a statement of gender so much

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as the kind of things we are preoccupied by `` saying. You are

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just jealous. Four days in Venice. Think you for taking us through the

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papers. Stay with us on BBC News, we will be back with more after how the

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Conservatives are fighting back following the loss of a further MP

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to UKIP. Coming up next, The Film Review. `` thank you.

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through this week's films, Mark Kermode. What have we got? We've got

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