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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers

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With me are the political commentator

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Jo Philips, and Nigel Nelson, politics editor of Sunday People.

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The Observer reports that leading Conservative Eurosceptics have

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branded David Cameron's attempts to reform

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the UK's relationship with the EU as a farce, and warned that the new

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National Living Wage will undermine efforts to cut immigration.

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The Mail on Sunday leads with the resignation

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of the chairman of the influential campaign group Conservative Way

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Forward - a victim, it says, of the bullying row sparked by the apparent

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The Sunday Express carries the news of the death of Jimmy Hill on

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its front page, while also detailing the number of household guests the

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The Independent on Sunday says as many as 50,000 children

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in the UK are being home-schooled, and warns that many may be

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Women will be allowed to take part in frontline combat within months,

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according to what the Sunday Telegraph says are radical

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Let us begin. Who wants to start? The Observer, the story that has a

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familiar feel to it. We are getting back to yet another what is the

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Labour Party going to do with Jeremy Corbyn? I think it is being slightly

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reheated. Quite an important person saying things today. It is a

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speechwriter and strategic for Tony Blair who is now a headmaster, and

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he wrote an article for the Observer today, which is a mouthpiece to get

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to the Labour Party. He says the demise of new Labour and the

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election of Jeremy Corbyn will kill the Labour Party unless there is

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something, a new progressive project. Where have we heard that

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before? We heard it before with Tony Blair, Mendelssohn, and it is a

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devastating critique of Labour's use and values. I think it is more

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interesting than the stuff about Jeremy Corbyn, where he says Tony

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Blair squandered the chance to wrap the Tories out of power and ensure

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the 21st-century was a Labour century. That is perhaps more

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instructive. He says labour under Jeremy Corbyn is to parties, and

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there is no way they can come together. There are the Jeremy

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Corbyn supporters, and then the rest, a moderates. Not happy. The

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last thing the Labour Party want is to have another election. The

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Parliamentary party are determined not to do that. But it seems to be

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is a gamble on Jeremy Corbyn getting fed up and quitting, and there is no

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suggestion he will do that at the moment. He seems to be loving the

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job. He will stay at least until 2020, I think the man himself is

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saying. I believe that. I think he is enjoying himself. His smile has

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gotten a little bit ago. He does not smile often, but he is a bit more

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cheerful. -- a little bigger. Labour MPs can't do much about him. They

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can nudge a leadership challenge, pass a vote of no-confidence, but

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they cannot keep him off the ballot paper, so the membership and letting

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in again. It comes back to the same thing. Do you want to be in power,

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would you want to carry on being ideological leap perfect? I work for

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the Liberal Democrats, we are much more comfortable opposition. Let's

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move on to the Telegraph. The headline says it all. Women soldiers

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to go into combat. We think we know what this is

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new determination it should happen. The idea is that will happen to get

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there we thought. The Telegraph is talking about within the next few

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months, rules will change allowing women to serve on the front line. To

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my mind, it seems entirely sensible. If you decide to join the army or

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navy or air force or whatever, I would think it is not the whole

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range of jobs to be there for you. Maybe you want to be a medic, but if

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you are a bloke medic and want to serve on a front-line, you can.

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Women can't. In the age of equality, they must have the right to do that

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job if they want to. It seems to be eminently sensible, and it has taken

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too long to come around. This is David Cameron are going to Ministry

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of Defence to do this, apparently. Are you happy with this's yes. It

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seems anchors but if you join the force you cannot go into combat. --

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bankers to me. Some people say it is not such a good plan. A lot of

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people do think that. They need a good reason. Women are police

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officers and go into extremely enters situations risking their

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lives. There are an endurance crews, fire crews. -- endurance. We are

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talking about picking up guns and shooting. Isn't it just about

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employment rights? It is a special drug, but the fact that it is part

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of the job, should not both genders be allowed to do it equally if they

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choose? It is like saying if you want to work with a bus company, you

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can only be a bus conductor. I know they don't exist any more. There are

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plenty of women drivers. But once upon a time, people said women could

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not concentrate in traffic. Drivers facing tougher fines in the Daily

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Telegraph, if they want to cut mobile phone accidents. I agree. I

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am sick and tired of seeing people drive with a mobile phone in their

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hands. This is saying drivers who flout the law will be fined ?150,

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and will have no points added to their licence. This is not

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hands-free, this is holding it in your hand. Lorry drivers will see

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the maximum number of points double up to six, and others will face a

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driving ban. This is coming from the government and is going out to

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consultation next year after not very many, 500 accidents, but it is

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that level of irresponsibility that people think the car is then living

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room. It is comfortable, it is nice, they have navigation, they can play

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music, and they are in to other drivers. You only have to stand

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outside a school and see that people ignore parking restrictions are now

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on their phone. -- immune to other drivers. I am happy for a crackdown

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on this. But you are talking about banning them. I would like to see

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that. It makes a nonsense of the that. It makes a nonsense of the

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justice system. People go to jail for longer for murder than

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burglary. The same thing must apply for drink-driving where it is in

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immediate then when you are caught. If we decide about phones are up

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there with drink driving and are as bad, they should say so and have the

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identical penalty. I was reading headlines that the police say we do

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not have enough officers to enforce this. That will be a difficulty.

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There is a perfectly valid argument to say, do you want to use police

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resources, who are already stretched, and other it now

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important things, but a short and sharp campaign of instant burns or

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an instant six points on your licence, that... -- bans. It is the

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degree of the offence. A survey showed recently if you are using a

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mobile phone while driving, you are more distracted than if you are

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drunk. In which case, they should change the offence and make it the

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same. Let's move on. Sorry about that. Good to hear a vigorous

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expression of views. The front page of the Sunday express. A very famous

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face, to me Hill. Dying at the age of 87. -- Jimmy Hill. I remember him

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mostly for much of the day, and reading the obituaries that of, at

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today, it was starting to find out how much he did for football. --

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match of the day. They say he created the modern game of English

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football. Things like doing union work when he took on the maximum

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wage which was at one time ?20. Now they get ?20 per second. That was

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who did yours, and he paid the way that be raised. He introduced three

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points for a win, making the game more interesting. It seems so

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obvious now, and yet obviously he was the pioneer for this whole

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thing. And football pundits, he got retired football players into the

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studio, which we take for granted now. It was his idea. He changed the

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way we broadcast and cover football in the same way Cliff Morgan did. I

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think it was in charge of outside forecasts. He was part of the fabric

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of our Saturday afternoon on Saturday evenings on the television.

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-- outside broadcasts. It is sad someone so vigorous and inventive

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and pioneering should be struck down with Alzheimer 's disease and uses

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lie. A lovely men. He grew a beard, didn't he? It was a trademark in a

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way. He recognised one of our sports experts were saying that football is

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part of entertainment, entertainment for the whole family. That was his

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biggest contribution. Yes, and it was things like back when he first

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started on match of the day, he had to see the game and then fly back by

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helicopter to do it. That was part of the entertainment value, as well

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as introducing games on Friday. One must throw. A lot of papers talking

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about this. -- one last story. There is a picture of Cambridge that could

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be spring. What is going on? Who knows? I have people coming for

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drinks and I am thinking about not serving motorail or stop it is dark

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at 3:30 PM, but it is as warm as summer. -- mulled wine. It is

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exceptionally mild, and it is playing havoc with guidance. It is

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incredibly wet. ! Gardens. People in Korea and Scotland know that. It is

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playing havoc with farming. Vegetables are rotting in the

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ground. Gardens open to the public have nothing to show in March

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because the daffodils will have been and gone.

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I was a bit of a climate change sceptic for a while. All you have to

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do is look at the climate has become to know there is something really

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happening out there. We have to leave it there.

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