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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are the journalist and broadcaster Eve Pollard and

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:

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The FT leads on an investigation by Revenue and Customs

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into claims foreign sellers on Amazon and eBay are dodging VAT.

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Agencies are creaming off up to half of fees paid by NHS hospitals

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for locum medics, according to an investigation by the Telegraph.

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The Metro says that Christmas shoppers queued

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in a six-hour traffic jam to get out of the Bluewater centre in Kent.

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Figures showing more than a million migrants entered the EU this year

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That story too in the Guardian, which carries a photo

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of refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos.

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And the Mail says that 100,000 illegal migrants were stopped

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The i says that five of the world's big investment banks paid no

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corporation tax in Britain last year despite making billions in profits.

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The Times says that tens of thousands of European Union

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officials are to recieve a payrise worth 100 million euros.

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The Times seems to be suggesting that it is a nice Christmas present.

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Pay rises and bonuses to cost 100 million. Is this just the straight

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reporting of Christmas bonuses? Straight reporting I'm sure, but it

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will have its influence on the EU debate. Nigel Farage is quoted here,

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surprise surprise. Guess what, he is not happy about it. It seems to be a

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lot of money, the bogeyman of the recent debate, Jean-Claude Juncker,

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he will get and extra ?8,300. I like the fact that they mention Aaron

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Mannan, Lord Hill, he looks to be in line for an extra ?2200 -- they

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mention our own man. We know that the banks will be dishing out

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millions and millions in bonuses, just after Christmas is over in the

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New Year. What is the big deal? I can see what you might get a bonus

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if you have done your job. Do you know how many people work for the EU

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in Brussels? Occasionally it has to move to Strasbourg it is otherwise

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people would get upset, but do you know how many work for them? Rather

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a lot. 55,000, bonkers! This is the beginning of the EU debate and I

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don't want to vote emotionally, because if I did that is the sort of

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story that makes me want to leave. We would be walking out tomorrow.

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But it does seem that 55,000 people to run this... To run this huge

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organisation. When we went into this, I called my children Claudia

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and Oliver so they would have European names and we would be all

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full of free trade and working everywhere and speaking French,

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well, they both do, but this is not what I signed up for. All of this

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cash going out to bureaucrats. What are they doing all day? Once you

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have seen the figures and had the outrage, what do you do? One could

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argue that if we were better at play in Brussels, if we played a more

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constructive part in Brussels then maybe this sort of thing wouldn't

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happen and we wouldn't spend so much time moaning about it from the

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sidelines. They will not write off Brussels expenses, because the

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accountants say they don't add up. We complain about the way Brussels

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works, but perhaps if we were more involved in it and we sent better

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people, our best people to represent our country, Brussels might not be

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so dysfunctional. I would beg every newspaper to get a private

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undercover staff in Brussels. It would cost a fortune, if you have

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ever had a cup of coffee in Brussels it costs a fortune. I have indeed

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had quite a few and they are expensive. The Guardian, just over a

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million refugees have tried to reach Europe or have reached Europe this

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year alone. I think that is an enormous figure, but I'm not

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surprised because the news has been full of people coming from the

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Middle East, from Turkey, from wherever. It is quite interesting

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that two thirds of them have landed in Greece, and we still don't know

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what to do with them, we still haven't sorted out peace for them so

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they can go back to where they came from. Of course, a lot of those

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refugees are economic refugees... Not a lot of them but a certain

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percentage. It is a terrible problem for Greece and for Europe, and yet I

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feel very sad for them because what kind of Christmas are they going to

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have? As you say, some of them are economic migrants, but the majority

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of them are Syrians, people fleeing war. And once you reach the refugee

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Convention, it says that you can claim asylum in the country where

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you land. And that is Europe. One of the things that worries me when you

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see these pictures, they are obviously distressing in their own

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right, but I feel that we haven't even begun to grasp the scale of

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this. There are massive flows of people, conflicts that are driving

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people to leave their homes, and they have the ability to move, by

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one way or another, they are moving and I think that we tend to deal

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with these things piecemeal when actually we need... Actually, a lot

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of people say that they will want to go back to Syria. Well, once you see

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film of Raqqa, and then you see Europe, I'm not sure that many

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people will want to go back. This is certainly what the UN would say, the

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debate about migration has been about how different states can stop

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it, put up barriers, not actually adapt to it and deal with it and

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make the systems and processes within individual countries workable

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to deal with this kind of thing, because you are not going to stop

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these people. As you say, compare Syria with... Oxford Street... Which

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would you choose? The terrible thing is that there is no plan or cohesive

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plan, there is no real advice from the United Nations either, frankly.

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The idea that you can just have basically walls all barriers and

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that. People, it won't. That is the beginning of the end of the EU,

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isn't it? That is the whole thing about Schengen. Australia, they put

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up walls, they lock people up in camps. Hungary is building walls.

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Some of those countries that have emerged fairly recently from being

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under the Communist foot, they will think, I am not giving up this whole

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future I dreamt of of capitalism and entrepreneurialism because we have

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all these strangers in our midst. Once Donald Trump has built his wall

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across the border of America and Mexico, then... Let's worry about

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Europe first! The Daily Mail continues this, the number of people

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trying to get to the UK has doubled. 100,000 illegal people stopped at

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the UK border. The UK border force has filed 30,000 attempts, and it is

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quoted that this is something that will occupy the minds of ministers

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for sometime come. You would wish it would, but it probably won't,

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because they seem more interested in the battle they are having among

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themselves about whether we should stay in Europe or not. There are

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real things happening that they should be applying their minds to,

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but they are not really. What one was hearing today of some of the

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truckers who are caught up in this situation, particularly at Calais,

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you feel great sympathy for them. They are just trying to do their

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jobs and feeling that they are being menaced and no one is helping. These

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people who are climbing on trucks and threatening to kill people, they

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are living in France. There is no danger in France, there is no war in

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France, why won't they stay in France? Why do they want to come

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here? More jobs here? Are there more jobs? What I want to say is that

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there is something about the way Europe is treating these people,

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perhaps. I have to say, possibly as a woman, I would rather live in

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France if I was awesome and I didn't have wear a headscarf, but these are

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men. I think you are looking at this from a Western perspective, you are

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thinking of red wine and cheeses. Nothing wrong with that. I think if

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I had the choice I would live in Britain. I think if you have

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community connections within the Ethiopian diaspora or the Afghan

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diaspora, they are here, they are not in France. I understand that,

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and Algerian and Moroccan ones in France, in which case you could

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probably get the OK to come and live here she went through formal things.

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The French have made it difficult for asylum applications, and the

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process is much trickier over there for some reason. Maybe the French

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know something we don't know. Let's quickly move on, the independent

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front page, the Brits are going back to Helmand Province. At the moment

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it is just ten advisers, that looks like the Taliban could overrun the

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place. It does, and we have been asked to go in again and help out.

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Very distressing for the families of the soldiers who went there, many

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soldiers died, British soldiers died or were badly injured, and many will

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feel that they are almost back at square one. We ask a lot of our

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service people, which is perhaps why we should think twice before cutting

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the Armed Forces, as we seem to do. Eve, beneath that picture, top five

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banks pay no UK corporation tax. The Chancellor said that he was going to

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come down on this kind of thing, didn't he? I thought he did and I am

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waiting for him to do it. It is rather like those companies that

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sell a lot of stuff in Britain and then pay no tax. We shouldn't

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reinvent the wheel, we should make sure that we follow the same rules

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that other countries do so that all these banks and companies that sell

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and do very well in Britain, pay their taxes here. It must it

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possible to see what other countries do. Very difficult, the most

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Chancellor can do is sabre rattle. It can't be that difficult, in

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America if you are bank pay tax to the IRS. They are tough. I think it

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has to come from the top. I guess they will say, George, if you are

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tough with us, we will take our business elsewhere. They always say

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that, but who is going to leave London? You are going to leave

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London, you want to go to France! Finally, the Daily Telegraph.

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Nativity film banned for being too religious. Isn't this crazy? I think

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you will remember a few weeks ago these cinemas said they would not

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have the Lord's prayer as an ad, and they are now stopping a Nativity

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film saying that they have a policy banning the political or religious

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advertising. At least they are consistent. This is a Church of

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England country, the last time we watched. We are down here, Church of

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Scotland further north. Yes, as much as I admire the advertising media

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society, when you are in the cinema you are looking at where you can put

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your coat, will the woman in front stop jumping up and down, how soon

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will be ads be over and can you watch a film? My feeling is, show

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all the ads you want. As long as they follow the rules of advertising

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and behave themselves, I think it is outrageous they don't have this is

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shown in cinemas. Cinemas are run by commercial companies, if they have

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made a mistake was in the blue the public will let them know. I suspect

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you will find that these newspapers are more outraged than the public

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are. Sure. I suspect that is probably the case. Thank you both

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are coming in. Stay with us, you stay at the top of the hour, but

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now, Sportsday. --

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