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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be

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With me are Robert Fox, who's the defence correspondent

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for the London Evening Standard, and the broadcaster Anna Raeburn.

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The Observer has a picture of a flooded street

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in West Yorkshire and it reports that many have fled their homes.

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The Sunday Express leads with that story, calling it

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"The Day Britain went under" is the Mail on Sunday's headline.

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We mention The Mail on Sunday there but we did not see the picture,

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although if we're lucky we can it now. It says it all, doesn't it? The

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UK has been hit by the worst floods in decades. Devastating images of

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ruin. You can't help thinking please can we have a better plan than the

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one that we put in place that we thought we would get away with and

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we didn't. It looked very wet in that picture. The Observer has a

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similar picture on the front page. We always think that we should have

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done more, but in this case we hoped... We had the floods and we

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had a plan and we hope that it would be enough, but sadly it was not. Now

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we are faced with something we have not seen before in there we are

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seeing flooding in big cities. Leeds, York, Rochdale. We have an

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arrangement that doesn't work. It has worked the second time around

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slightly better but that is no consolation to people who have been

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flooded for the third time. But the weather has changed and it is

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raining harder. Whatever it is, the climate change deniers may as well

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pack up and go away now. Something is happening. This is weird weather,

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when extraordinary phenomenon are coming along. They are now part of a

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regular pattern. Governments have taken a minimalist views as was

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clear last year when we saw the floods on the Somerset levels. The

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resources required are going to be enormous and we have half a

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battalion of trips out at the moment. If this goes on, we will

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have two new parts of our public service and reserves and have to be

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paid for by the government. All our European allies have this. As a

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farmer 's son I can say that another thing that is happening which is

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which is dangerous is that the soil is now saturated. In medieval times

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this was brilliantly described in the time of the great poet Monty,

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whose anniversary we have this year, it rained so hard that the grass

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turned yellow and the earth was poisoned for years. -- Dante. It is

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a phenomenon that farmers will recognise and that is where we are.

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If it is your home or your business, in it time it time and time again is

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miserable. I have not experienced this myself. My earliest memory is

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from the 1950s with my mother saying that there were a turtle floods and

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that even if they got everything dry it would still think. -- there were

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terrible floods. We're at people's businesses and the fact that the

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insurance companies will not pay for everything and money will need to be

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found. We have just spent ?2.5 million buying things that we do not

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need. That is a reference to buying things in the shops. -- ?3.5

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million. Another story about Michael Fallon

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sounding off here. What is he is talking about? The Defence Secretary

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is reading from behind because there has been a lot about this saying

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that he wants the European Convention on Human Rights

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cancelled, particularly where the armed services are concerned,

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because there is a huge backlog of compensation claims, some trivial

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and some very serious, including things related to unlawful killings,

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lifetime damage to health, and so on, and these are going to go on and

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on. I am very divided and sceptical about this because you are going to

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need some sort of legislation. I know this has been mismanaged for

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two decades and I know that the commanders and senior civil servants

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and judges are as much did they as the politicians because they were

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told that this was going to happen. He is complaining about ambulances

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chasing lawyers. He is complaining about ambulance chasing lawyers

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quite rightly in one sense, because it is a lucrative industry.

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Unfortunately, the timing of this and the mouth from which it comes...

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The timing is because they are questioning our position with

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regards to Europe and this does sound like a loyal Cabinet member

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backing up his leader because that is the position that Michael Fallon

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will take, this is something that people feel strongly about and

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everything is fair in love and war, but it isn't. There are ways to

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conduct these things. It is distasteful to find him trying to

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cut the soft now when there are cases in the pipeline. It looks as

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if he has counted up the cases and decided we cannot afford it so let's

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get out of Europe and cancelled the legislation. A lot of this is

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related to the Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe, which is

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not the same thing. People will say that it is taxpayers' money and with

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compensation cases pending on over the case that very trivial... But we

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have to go back to the phrase that was just used saying that it could

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be managed better, this is a wasteful way to manage it. This

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allows a lot of people to make money from it. The French don't have it

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because when Lord Guthrie was chief of the defence staff he was told not

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to, but he should have insisted that we have ED regularisation. The

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conditions of the battlefield are not the same as those domestic UK.

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It will be an endless point of argument and it is a very big

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industry now so it will be fought tooth and nail. The Sunday Express

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has a story on its inside page that is headlined, Christian genocide

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warning. We spoke about this before we came on air and your view that it

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is something people do not speak about. We do not speak about it

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because we like to think we are nice people and we don't have to see

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genocide in the same breath as Christian but it was very

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interesting. MPs and peers were for the government to declare the

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persecution of Kristiansen Syria is genocide. They say that this will

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help prosecute for war crimes. Genocide is not random killing but

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the systematic killing or serious farming of people because they are

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part of the recognisable group. There is no doubt in our minds that

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the targeting of Christian and other minorities by Islamic State falls

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within that definition. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury,

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mention this when he said that they were only interested in themselves

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and that anyone could be killed. He talked about girls being sold into

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sexual slavery and men getting killed. Do you think this will

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appeal, the warning that goes out from the Archbishop of Canterbury?

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Do you think it will make a difference? Is there any sort of

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sense in which this could be held back? It is part of a terrible

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situation. I am very worried because I have visited these kinds of

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Christian communities over many years and they are in a minority,

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but they have been an important minority. The Armenian community are

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essential to the business there. In Damascus there were Jews and all

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kinds of minorities. But they are now being persecuted and it is very

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interesting because controversy still continues about the Armenian

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genocide. At least 1 million died this year in 2015 100 years ago and

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they are getting it again, like the Jews they had been a very successful

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diaster and it is part of civilisation that grew out of the

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religions of the book. This is the most frightening thing about Isis

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and Al-Qaeda. The Prophet did not speak of arms but of hospitality and

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kindness. We are getting into a situation where there will be no

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questions. In the place where they hung on for two millennia vendor

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will not be. The cream is looking forward to 2016 when she will be 90

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and therefore she will not have to work so hard. -- Queen. The firm is

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readjusting itself, the Royal firm as George II called it. It is

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becoming more like a headquarters. They are doing marvellous things

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like the exhibitions at the gallery... I wonder whether the

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Queen would recognise the phrase whether she's going to spend more

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time unless some of her family. The story says she's going to spend less

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time at Buckingham Palace. But she doesn't like very much. She is

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happier at Windsor or Sandringham or Balmoral. She is elderly and she was

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to spend more time quietly. She was to spend more time in space. Most of

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the horses will be at Windsor and that is good for her. This is a

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gentle story suggesting that Her Majesty is getting older and the

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younger generation are coming up and she's going to spend less time in

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Buckingham Palace X. Thank you to you both.

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Thank you to both my guests, you'll both be back at 11.30pm

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for another look at the stories making the news tomorrow.

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At 11pm, w'll got more on the heavy rains and flooding that has forced

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hundreds of homes to be evacuated as rivers burst their banks

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after torrential rain in Northern England.

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Coming up next, Nick Hope looks ahead to Rio 2016 and assesses

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