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and went on to present Crackerjack and Top of the Pops.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are the journalist Benedicte Paviot from the news

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channel France 24 and the political commentator and former adviser to

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The Independent on Sunday leads with claims that Jeremy Corbyn

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is planning to fast-track changes to party policy on Trident.

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School discipline is the lead in the Observer which claims

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the prime minister is to suggest that parents should have a say in

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The Mail on Sunday matches our top story this evening,

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the swoop by police in Ghana on the main suspect police want to speak to

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in connection with the murder of Sian Blake and her young sons.

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The front of the Sunday Times also carries a photo of the suspect

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Arthur Simpson-Kent but its main story is about the junior doctors

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The planned junior doctors strike is also the lead in the Telegraph,

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with the health secretary claiming the walkout could hit A units.

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And finally the Sun splashes with allegations

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about the private life of the singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

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We will begin with politics, as we often do on a Saturday night. The

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Observer, Jeremy Corbyn urges party unity as a top MP quits. We will

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have to wait to see who this is. Yes, Alison McGovern. She has

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already quit, and one could be mistaken for thinking this is going

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to be another live resignation on the BBC on Sunday. It seems she has

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already resigned, but the Observer says she will be launching a very

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bitter attack against John McDonnell, because he in fact

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earlier this week accused the pressure group Progress, which she

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chairs, has been full of people with heart right conservative views. The

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problem with what we are seeing in this column is the development of

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another internal story to the Labour Party, as opposed to the Labour

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Party telling the world and certainly the nation, let alone its

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own MPs, what its policy is under Jeremy Corbyn. The alarm here is the

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fact that Jeremy Corbyn, although the title says that he urges party

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unity, in another place it talks about imposing unity, because he

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seems to be bypassing Labour Party MPs, because he wants to do that and

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get through his policy on Trident. Will come to Trident in a moment,

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but when you look at the state of the Labour Party, what your

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feelings? I think what Alison McGovern is right to highlight is

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this worrying development we have seen that started during the

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leadership election, which has seen a coarsening of the internal debate

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within the Labour Party, a real descent into tactics online that

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seemed to be operating online from parts of the party, which owes

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nothing to labour values, and has the Shadow Chancellor making

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comments about Labour Party members. I think they would prefer to see the

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Shadow Chancellor talking about George Osborne about policy, rather

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than making is here as claims about the BBC and the other MPs. There is

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a suggestion here that there would be a fast track way of teaching

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Trident. How would it work if this article is correct? Despite all the

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shenanigans, the position of the Shadow Cabinet is not fundamentally

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changed on Trident. It is party policy, it is what MPs stood on at

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the last election. What Jeremy Corbyn is looking to do is create a

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rival power base by using the national executive committee of the

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Labour Party as an alternative voice in this debate. But the fundamental

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mistake is the more that there is a narrowing of policy debate within

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the Labour Party, the more we will get ourselves into trouble. We

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should be looking to broaden the policy debate we are having to have

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more party members, not to mention the public, somewhere in this debate

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as well. It was the MPs who were voted in, wasn't it? Yes, in May

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2015. I know a week is a long time in politics, but surely by now, what

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would be the real responsibility of the Shadow Cabinet? What is the

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point of a reshuffle if you are going to try to bypass the Shadow

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Cabinet anyway? I think this is very worrying, and it seems like the

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party has not settled down, we were supposed to have a debate in summer,

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the reason the election had been lengthened, and all this talk that

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the media is concentrating on, because it seems to be a lot of

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internal politics going on. Let's look at the Sunday Times. David

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Cameron, I will bulldoze Sin Cara states -- sink states. This would be

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to destroy 100 of Britain's sink estates. This is to tackle drug

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abuse and address poverty. This is to try to really get rid of poverty

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in this country. But it is also making me think of what we were

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talking about earlier Ron, parenting classes. It is almost as if the

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PM's feeling about the country, the family, I think there is a real

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concern on his part that poverty and drug abuse, and families being a bit

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disjointed and living inside those estates... He says the families are

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doing their best but the environment they live in is dire and therefore

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not conducive to addressing gangs. This will appeal to a lot of Labour

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voters, won't it? I think... I am sure what will turn out to be the

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case is that the reality of this policy will turn out to be different

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from the headline here, and of course you can't talk about the

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circumstances people are living in without raising the fundamental

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issues of the fact that this is the same government that is cutting tax

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credits, that has seen a record number of people going to food

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banks. If David Cameron really wants to reduce poverty, a headline in the

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Sunday Times and about sink estates is not the way to do it. The key is

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to occupy the centre ground, because Jeremy Corbyn is not occupying its.

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Sir Philip Dilly, who got into a bit of hot water because he was here

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when all the flood problems were happening, he is the Environment

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Agency's chair, he was on holiday. Not in the part of the West Indies

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that he said he was in. On one level, if your home has been flooded

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it is ghastly, and doesn't really matter if his family relations from

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Barbados or to automaker? The reason it matters is that the initial

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statement that the Environment Agency put out was disingenuous, and

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the reason it matters in reality is because it speaks to a lack of grip

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that the Environment Agency had going into this problem -- Jamaica.

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But more than that, it would seem basic common sense that if you have

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the kind of job that he has Environment Agency, you would think

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that being around at this time would probably be a good idea. It is

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just, when people are having a really tough time, it is bad enough

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that they think, it is all right to you, you are in Barbados, he is

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entitled to don his holiday, but it is the timing. I think it is the

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fact that there was an attempt to lie, certainly to obfuscate at

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first. I like that better. And this at a time when people's livelihoods

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and homes and businesses are threatened, very understandably, to

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then have someone who was available I'm sure via Skype and e-mail and

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text message, the last thing you want to do is lie about that. It is

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unfortunate, not a good idea. Of course, when we know how much is

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paid and he is working three days a week, it gives the impression of

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somebody that is not very conducive, when there are people who are facing

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their futures, with businesses having to close down, and the

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problem of insurance, and how people will get through the coming months

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when all their possessions and livelihoods have been threatened or

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are finished. And they will have to completely rebuild their lives.

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CabiNet split over Europe censorship in the Sunday Times. -- the Sunday

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Telegraph. A suggestion that David Cameron is trying to keep

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Eurosceptic ministers on a tight rein over their messaging. There is

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a suggestion that there will not be collective responsibility, that

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ministers will be free to vote in conscience. The CabiNet split in

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itself is not a secret, but the fact that civil servants are apparently

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looking at speeches and toning down the Eurosceptic nature of certain

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ministers' speeches, and at the same time others are being encouraged to

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make Euro friendly speeches, so that is being criticised as being double

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standards. The Chancellor and PM accused of having already made up

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their minds, that they would rather stay in. What an exclusive! This is

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part of the problem, the government has to maintain its fiction that it

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somehow hasn't made up its mind about whether it thinks Britain

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should be a member of the EU. This whole problem comes back to David

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Cameron's focus, because of the nature of the splits within the

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Conservative Party, in having to focus on party management rather

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than national interest. That is what is depressing about this whole

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debate. Whatever happens in this renegotiation, some people will say

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it is enough mark others that it is not. It doesn't change the

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fundamentals of whether Britain is better in Europe or not. That is

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what the argument will be about, and we might as well just get on with

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it. Here we have a cartoon. The husband says, I can't come to

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church, the communion wine will push me over my weekly limit. You have

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got to live a little. All of these experts, whether it is statins, they

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tell you this, they tell you that, I think a little bit of alcohol,

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generally I like it with a bit of food... I think having been raised

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like that, and a lot of French people are, then you enjoy it. Some

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people said Champagne is like drinking the stars, and I like

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sometimes been closer to the stars. I like that idea. It is a panel of

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people giving advice about something people think they know best about.

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The interesting thing is the story about the Pope and the leadership

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within the church, and yet again you are seeing a change of tone from the

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Pope, the challenge he will face is trying to change doctrine, of

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course. On a Sunday, the best day of the week to start. Lovely to see you

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both, thank you. Up next, The Film Review.

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