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Exits polls for regional elections put the far-right National Front led

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by Marine Le Pen ahead of the centre-right Republicans

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are political commentator Lance Price and the author

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The i leads with Storm Desmond, warning there's more high winds

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the Times says the environment agency is now reviewing

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its flood defences after the deluge from Storm Desmond overwhelmed new

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The Financial Times runs with the news that France's Far Right

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National Party is leading in the first round of regional elections

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The Guardian headlines Storm Desmond, and also carries concerns

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by the police that the Leytonstone tube attacker may have been inspired

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The Daily Mail carries an interview with

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a commuter who took on the knifeman at Leytonstone tube station.

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The Sun also carries a picture of the dad who was knifed in his

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the Daily Telegraph quotes an unnamed Scotland Yard commander,

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who says it was alarming that armed police had not been present

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And The Independent leads with the devastation following

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Storm Desmond and puts Carlisle as one of the town's worst affected.

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We are going to start with the flooding in the north of England and

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the Scottish Borders. With a newspaper from Carlisle. The picture

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of rescue team bringing a woman and her dog to safety through the

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floodwaters. It is very heartening, I always find, how stoic people.

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They do seem to rally around in times of trouble. It is good to see

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a paper like this one in Carlisle coming up with a positive front

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page. They could have been complaining about cuts to flood

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defences and instead they are concentrating on the efforts of the

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emergency services but also in the story inside the paper on the way in

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which local communities have been rallying around, local businesses to

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-- donating food and money. A similar picture is on the Times,

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with another woman being brought to safety. And do not forget the pats.

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People refuse to leave their homes if the animals cannot come as well.

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This was just overwhelming. It raises the obvious question. We will

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not be able to build barriers that can cope with every single

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eventuality. It is obviously not just a question of rainfall. It is

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about land use, defences in the area. There will be a lot of picking

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up. It exacerbates it. As Matthew says, these are record levels of

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rainfall. Nobody was expecting this kind of circumflex stance to prop up

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so quickly. It was only 2009 that they were inundated before. I was up

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in the north. It was unbelievable to see it coming down. We are going to

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see more and more of these stories. We have got a huge climate meeting

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taking place under the auspices of the UN in Paris. It does not have

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the kind of news value of a natural disaster. But the stakes are

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absolutely the future of civilisation. It will be good to see

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more reporting coming out in Paris. Stay with the Times. Commuters put

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on Terror alert. A place issue which make issuing a warning. The police

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treating this as a terrorist incident.

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-- of the police issuing a warning. There are scant details from the

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story. It does not sound like they have got any link to any bigger

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organisation or any evidence that this individual was a member of a

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larger group. Clearly the motive that may have been terrorist

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inspired. The question that several of the papers are asking is whether

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there were enough police on hand. But it seems they did a pretty good

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job. Now in custody. We just know it is a 29-year-old. Do not know much

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of the detail. This quote, the response of somebody who saw this

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happening. The suspect was supposed to have said, this is for Syria. You

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could hear very clearly on the film recorded this person, presumably a

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Muslim himself, saying this. I think it was just a very British way to

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deal with it. That response in its self is a very tissue response. The

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way in which the police on the scene dealt with it quick and effectively.

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It is heartening that we are able to deal with this without being shot

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dead. If this was America, that would have been the outcome. The

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Daily Mail, an engineer who is featured. Clearly he stepped up and

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took on this knifeman. You can see children were terrified. He had the

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courage to confront him. But the bit that really jumps out, there were so

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many opportunities where somebody could have grabbed him, but adults

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were standing around filming. We have enjoyed watching the clip and

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seeing the drama, but it raises a question, when there is a whole

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group of people standing around. If it is terrifying, run away. But we

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need to have a national conversation, if there is a crisis,

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it is not acceptable to stand around and film it and you could be

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helping. But do we want people to go and have a go? Also, the police are

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appealing for people to show them these pictures. They are extremely

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useful. Maybe we should have a rule that gets people to involve and then

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film, rather than the other way around. There was the foiled attack

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in France if you weeks ago. There was an off-duty American servicemen

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who stopped what would have been a massacre. It would take a very brave

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person. It should not be general advice. The Daily Telegraph, police

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missed it. They might have known that this could have happened? Do we

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want armed police on every street corner in every underground station?

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It seems the police could have dealt with it quickly. The idea that this

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has led to Christianity in decline. Is it sensible to have it at the

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heart of public life? The research has been going on for two years. I

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find the conclusion is extraordinary. As Janet Peters

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propped up by so many of our institutions in this country. --

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Christianity. Relatively speaking, fewer people follow the Christian

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faith. To have seats reserved for Anglican bishops in the House of

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Lords is one thing. And also the BBC comes in for some criticism as well.

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The story in the Daily Telegraph says there should be nonreligious

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messages. It does strike me as extraordinary that every Sunday

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morning when I turn on my radio, I get an hour's Kristian service. --

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Christian. The Queen is also the head of the church. This report is

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recommending that in the next coronation service, other

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participants from other faiths should be given a prominent role. I

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think what you said it's absolutely true, but a lot of people in this

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country will feel profoundly unsettled by this kind of

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suggestion. Basic Christianity as part of the British identity. This

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is going to be a delicate issue for the government to navigate,

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especially when there are concerns. Prince Charles said he wanted to be

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the Defender of the Faith. The Front Nationale are set for a historic

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result. They have done well in the regional elections. Better that ever

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since the party was founded. A search of the far right. It mirrors

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what we have seen in other countries. It is a worrying portent

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of the political landscape in Europe. Nicholas Sarkozy said he

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would not go into partnership with the Socialists to stop it. When her

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father got into the final round of the presidential election, there was

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a package of parties that stopped him winning. There will be a lot of

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Front Nationale councils all around France. Looking at page three of the

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Times. BBC tried to defeat dad 's Army. The series poking too much fun

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at the Second World War? This is news to me. I grew up with it, I can

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virtually recite the dialogue. It is such a part of national life. It

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almost did not get made, because BBC bosses were concerned it was edgy to

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start making fun of the war effort. This was in the middle of the 60s,

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when the BBC already, satire was alive and well. It was taking the

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Mickey out of politicians in a way we have never experienced before.

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But somehow the home guard was beyond the pale. But they still went

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on to make of the series that took the Mickey out of everybody. It

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shows why focus groups should be ignored. They had a viewing with a

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focus group who hated Dad's Army. The writer had to fight hard to get

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it made. They showed Dad's Army two samples of viewers who did not like

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it very much. That is it for the papers tonight. Thank you very much

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for taking us through the stories. That is it from us. Next up, the

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film review.

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