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13/12/2015

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me is Parliamentary Journalist, Tony Grew and Caroline Frost,

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who's Entertainment Editor at the Huffington Post Tomorrow's

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The face of Marie Le Pen dominates the front of the Guardian,

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after her far-right National Front Party failed to win control of any

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The Times goes with the same story, saying the National Front bandwagon

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had been brought to a juddering halt by French voters.

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The Metro has more from Shaker Aamer, who claims that Tony

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Blair knew he was tortured while he was a Guantanamo Bay detainee.

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A spokeswoman for Mr Blair says he has always

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The Telegraph reports on Boris Johnson calling for Britain to be

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granted a an EU opt-out, in order to impose a ban on migrants benefits.

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On the same issue, The Mail says David Cameron is ready to drop his

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The Chancellor's promise to protect police spending comes under fire

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It says some areas of the force were not included in the pledge.

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The Express reports on a Rightmove study, which says house prices went

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up by ?1700 pounds a month over the past year.

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And the Daily Star says George Michael is being lined up

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Let's begin with the serious stuff. What has been going on with France.

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The picture on the front pages Marine Le Pen accepting that she

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didn't win any of the 13 regions despite the fact that last weekend

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they were ahead in six of them. Following on her family's reputation

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for failure in elections, her father ran for president in 2002 and was

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beaten by 82% -18%. Tactical voters delivered a massive No to Front

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National and it seems the same thing as happened. They regularly get

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around Wendy % of the vote. There is a strong undercurrent of that --

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20%. But the prospect of them winning regional Council, it is

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something a large majority of French people do not want to see and that

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is why we have seen the results we did today. We can tell from the

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comments by the likes of the French Prime Minister that they are not

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complacent with the number of votes that they did manage to win. He said

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they deliberately avoided any gloating or sense of triumph. Any

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kind of real chest beating. He said the message has been received. They

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still did achieve mayors and councils and he said they have to

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listen to the electorate and learn lessons. And as was mentioned, those

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previous result in prior elections. One thing I found really interesting

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was the French Prime Minister saying, we have to give back the

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people to vote for and not just against and I think that is a lesson

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you can find in every Western democracy. What we have seen here is

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a vote against but the new Republican Party needs to really get

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the messages and place by the time the next French election happens

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that people can vote for something. The fact that there are so many

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people who feel disenchanted with the established political parties,

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that is exactly what Marine Le Pen has been saying since they lost. She

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says they are being victimized and intimidated. She has also accused

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her rivals of calumny and defamation. She thought she was

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going to be the voice of people who have deeply embedded and passionate

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views. And obviously there is this dynastic element as her niece was

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also up for election and also failed. They had a week to think

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about it. And they have gone away, and the thought of it actually

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happening, something a bit more moderate was called for. Three

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decades of failure, good, it's called democracy. Tony Dawson like

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them -- Tony doesn't like them. benefits, greedy bankers and junk

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food firms. What is all this about? This is about the big trip to

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Brussels this week and the word chaos has been bandied around in the

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Daily Telegraph. Basically he has been talking about this whole EU

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referendum, but he's not talking about the four-year ban on migrants

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getting work benefits and this is what he was meant to go to Brussels

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with and bring back. A few days ago they realise that have been

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cancelled and would not get the sufficient amount of agreement from

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Council members. If anybody else has any ideas, they will need to show

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them. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the Prime Minister

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cannot negotiate his way out of a paper bag. He has entered into a

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farcical procedure in which he is talking tough with Europe... It is

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not finished yet. It is. One thing he was

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and he has no support around the table.

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pre- briefed him that he was going to have to drop it, that it wasn't

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going to happen, and now his position is that they just want

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something that will stem the flow of EU citizens coming into the UK and

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they don't care what that is. Isn't that asking them not to claim

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benefits for four years, that is not something that. Them from coming

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in? Those are his words and not mine. He is now saying to the 27

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leaders around Europe, who I'm sure find this whole thing hilarious,

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he's asking if they have any other ideas. I don't think that is good.

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Boris has another idea. He says we needed EU opt out similar to the one

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that Denmark has -- need an EU opt out. He has mentioned this strange

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clause, budget is about property laws and the idea that non- Danish

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residents aren't allowed to buy property in Denmark. Therefore, he

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is wondering if the same opt out call as can be applied to these work

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benefits so that somehow we can still stay at the negotiating table

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but opt out when we need to for these very important rules that

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pertain to us more than other countries. It sounds complicated

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because it is. Boris is trying to be helpful. I think he's tried to help

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his own career. There are 27 other countries around the table and that

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is the problem that David Cameron has. Buying property and entitlement

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to benefits are two entirely different things. I would be very

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surprised if other European leaders, who have made it clear to David

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Cameron face to face that they are not happy and will not approve his

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ban on benefits, I don't think they're going to be very pleased.

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Isn't Angela Merkel try to help the negotiations? She does want to be

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helpful to David Cameron at the French president is completely

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opposed to any changes that will disadvantage his citizens, Azhar:

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two are a major player in the union. -- as our Poland who are a

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major player in the union. Moving on, this is to do with child

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protection? Yes and this is horribly frequent on newspaper front pages

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where we see these horrible tales of children being neglected by their

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parents and also by social officers left in charge of their care. Now it

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has gone one step further with the government saying, if you cannot

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control the welfare of your child or the child to whom you're

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responsible, that authority be taken away from you. He said Sunderland

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Council will have that authority taken away first and many others are

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under watch. Sabu is going to go in and take over? This is the point --

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so who? It will be run by a voluntary trust, the head of

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children's services in another counsel. It is good for him to get

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in his pulpit and preach against hard-working social workers.

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Basically the problem is that he has cut billions of pounds from social

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work across this country and from councils more generally. But even

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years ago, before the cuts were even talked about, there were serious

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failings in some areas. I completely agree and the government is not

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attempting to improve services in those areas or found them properly.

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They're attempting to dismantle councils. This effectively means

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that Sunderland will have no child protection officers run by their

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counsel. That responsibility will be taken away from them. But if the

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result is better child protection, will taxpayers mind? Children have

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to be the priority but my fear is that there is an empty vessel of

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local knowledge and understanding of the particular problems in those

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political areas. They would still continue working in those areas,

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we're not suggesting that people from the other end the country would

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be brought in. But this is a systemic attempt from the government

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to dismantle local councils, to hand schools that fail to charitable

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trusts, to Academy chains. This is a wider part of try to weaken

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councils. A couple of minutes to deal with two big subjects. Strictly

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Come Dancing, I know you can't believe it, but one finalist is

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through for the first time in 13 years. In the semifinal this

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weekend, three of the main newspapers have it on their front

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pages and a couple of them have the X factor final and I think that is

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corresponding with the ratings of both of those programmes this year.

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The Metro has both of those stories on the front pages. She looks very

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pensive. Then the youngest ever winner of the X Factor. But the

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Daily Star is where we're going to finish because there is talk that,

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who is going to be X Factor Judge? I believe it is George Michael, the

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popular entertainer. Look at his enthusiasm. This is enormous. Can

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you tell us why? There is an aspect of this related to Simon Cowell,

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because we really thought it was on its last legs this season. Everyone

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has been talking about the wrong things, anything but the talent.

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This will be big for them. It would be amazing for him and many fans who

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will be sitting on their seats and tuning in every single night just to

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see him again. He has been off the scene where he has aggressive Garbo

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aspect to him -- Greta Garbo. Thank you Tony Grew and

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Caroline Frost.

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