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investigating a knife attack at Leytonstone underground station, are

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urging witnesses who filmed the incident on their mobile phones to

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elections suggest the far-right National Front party, led by Marine

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Le Pen, is leading in six of the 13 regions.

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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 political commentator Lance Price

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and the author and journalist Matthew Green. Tomorrow's front

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Let's begin where we must begin, with the appalling weather

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conditions that have brought flooding to parts of the country

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that really didn't think they were going to have to go through it again

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just yet. Here is one of the local newspapers. A picture on the front

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of a rescue boat with a woman being led to safety with her dog. By few,

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in circumstances like this, so appalling for people to have to go

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few, the way everyone rallies around is moving at times. -- Matthew.

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Absolutely. It's refreshing to see a regional newspaper featured on the

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programme. It's rare we have that privilege. It's nice to see a

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positive headline. Heroes. They are emphasising the great work that is

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being done by the emergency services responding to the disaster with this

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striking image of this poor woman being dragged along in this dinghy

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by these rescue workers. You would normally see cars and there is one

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in a background in flood water. At the bottom, it says devastation as

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floods cause chaos again. These are supposed to be rare events and yet

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this part of the country, the north-west and the Scottish borders,

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seeing it too often. That's absolutely right hand inside the

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paper, as well as these stories about the way in which the

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communities are coming together, businesses are donating, individuals

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are donating to try to help those who have been caught up in it all,

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is this sense of disbelief they could be going through it all so

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quickly after the floods of five or six years ago. The other thing of

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course that must distress people locally, and many of them have

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problems with insurance payments. If you live somewhere where you have

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been flooded before, your payments go through the roof and if it comes

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round a second time, he might find yourself in difficulties. Very

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difficult to get renewed insurance if at all. On the Guardian, it says

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we never thought this could happen again. Victims of 2009 floods aghast

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at new devastation. New defences have been put in but not equipped to

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cope with this colossal amount of rainfall. Yeah. I suppose the

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question is do we look at this at the micro scale, what defences we

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are using, agricultural policy, we forest in except, or do we zoom out

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and think about what is going on in Paris at the moment with a climate

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conference? It is remarkably absent from any of the front pages. It's a

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big, too weak, UN summit which is determining our future policy on

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global warming. In some senses it's critical to the future of the human

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project. You would think they would be more excitement about it on the

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front pages every day, rather than just occasionally. Maybe so in the

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next couple of days. We can come back to this at 11:30pm. Staying

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with the Guardian, another story, police look at Isis influence on

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horrific tube attack. A stabbing, an appalling act of violence, that

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might surprise people that police are regarding it as a terrorist

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incident. Often when there has been an attack of this kind, we tend to

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know something about the perpetrator fairly quickly and are able to make

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an assessment whether it was indeed a terrorist related offence. We

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haven't had answers to this question so far today. It may be, of course,

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that this was just a troubled individual. And not part of any part

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-- conspiracy or related to Isis. Of course, the authorities have to

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assume the worst. They have to look to see if there is anything more

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serious behind it. As yet, there is no evidence of that. Though, the

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suspect was arrested for attempted murder and is in police custody but

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the Metro's headline, you ain't no Muslim, bruv, which is what was

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supposed to have been said to the suspect. I am sure lots of people

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have seen the clip where the attacker is being tasered by

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repeated shots from the police. He falls to the ground in this dramatic

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scene and someone shouts, you ain't no Muslim, bruv, from the sidelines.

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This has been trending on Twitter over the weekend. In a way, it sums

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up that spirit of defiance and the anger as well that onlookers were

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feeling. One of the stories were saying that someone was throwing

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bottles at him. They were not taking it passively. And all the

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condemnation. The story here is about Muslim leaders rallying around

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to condemn this individual, who is now a terrorism suspect. They

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denounced his actions. Moving on to the Express. Foreigners must now pay

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to use the NHS. I thought they were always meant to, for certain

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treatments, Matthew. With all of these funding stories, the challenge

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is to pass the wishful thinking and headline from the nitty-gritty of

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how much money is going to be raised. I'm not going to embark on

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that project on hair but that is the question we have to ask, isn't it?

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We don't have the inside story. There are obviously huge questions

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about the future of the NHS. Billions of pounds are going to be

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needed to keep it afloat in the coming years. I'm not sure these

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measures will make it. The headlines are quite misleading. The detail is

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much more complicated than that. It's not all foreigners. Anybody

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with an EU passport or from within the economic area is still entitled

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to free treatment. There is the question about what we are asking

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doctors and medical staff to do, whether or not they suddenly have to

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become the front line in determining whether people are entitled to free

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treatment or not and whether that should be part of their job. They

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might have to ask for a credit card. We clearly don't want to go

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down that road but nor do we want the time of GPs being wasted. Let's

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look at the FT for a couple of stories. Firstly, National Front set

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for an historic French result. The exit polls saying they are ahead in

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the first round of voting, admittedly, there is another round

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to come in six of the 13 regions. They are doing very well and some

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people will seek to interpret this as a reaction to Paris. I don't

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think it is necessary that at all. They've been on a steady rise in

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France for some time. If it is confirmed in the second round of

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voting, these would be Interestingly, we've got the

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National Front first and socialists of President Hollande

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were in has made it clear he is not

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interested in any pact which means that their chances of coming top of

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the poll in the second round of voting in a week's time is very

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high. The National Front have tried to link immigration with the risk of

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terrorism, haven't they, in recent times? That is very much the case,

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particularly in the wake of the attacks in Paris and the big

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question is, looking forward to the presidential election in 2017,

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whether this is a straw in the wind that shows Marine Le Pen could be a

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presidential contender. It is a remarkable change in their

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landscape. It's whether those regional results translate into a

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national level and from which they don't, as we've seen in our general

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election. Marine Le Pen has actually managed to reconfigure the image of

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the National Front in a way that right-wing parties in this country

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struggle to do. She has presented himself as a credible candidate.

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Whether they would be an anti-National Front packed in a

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presidential election is an interesting point. The other is that

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although the Socialist party are trailing in the low 20s in these

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results compared to the projections so far tonight, President

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Hollande's personal ratings are way above that, they are touching 50%

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after his strong reaction to what happened to Paris. He seems to have

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benefited personally, without having a knock-on effects to his party.

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It's a confusing business. Cameron moves to bypass lords of the other

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headline on the FT. The Prime Minister seeks to neuter the upper

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house. The Lords are causing the Prime Minister problems, when vague

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said we don't like your tax credit changes. It is perhaps not

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surprising that David Cameron would respond to that and the plan,

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according to the FT, is to essentially review the role of the

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peers in terms of what kind of veto powers they exercise of a certain

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types of legislation, so-called secondary legislation. You can see

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why they would want to do that. The Tories have 251 seats out of 822 in

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the Lords. If Labour and the Liberal Democrats get together, they

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outnumber them quite substantially. And they are not elected. For many,

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many decades, there was an in-built Conservative majority which

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frustrated governments of any other complexion. Cameron has got a

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problem. He can try to threaten to create lots of extra peers which no

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one believes he is going to do. If he goes round this route, the danger

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is that important stuff gets classified as secondary...

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Constitutionally, that's dodgy going forward. We will have a longer

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version at 11:30pm. Matthew and Lance will be back again. Coming up

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next, it is time for Click.

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