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snooker, but he was far from his best. All that and the news about

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Chris Froome and Andy Murray as well.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are Kate McCann, senior political correspondent

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at the Telegraph, and James Lyons, the deputy political editor

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Rather contrasting stories, it must be said. The Guardian and the Times.

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The Guardian says that all sides in the doctors row are increasingly

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optimistic they can do a deal and finish this to dispute over new

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contracts and weekend working. However, the Times says the divide

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between doctors and the government has increased. Doctors say they will

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strike indefinitely after they refused to plead to cross a picket

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line. Rather contrasting things going on and all sorts of

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accusations, as usual. This is an issue that has been going on over

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many years, so it is not surprising that there will be very strong

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feelings about what should happen next and where we are in this

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conversation. What is interesting is that if you look at the article in

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the Times, there is a quote at the bottom saying that the prospect of

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further strikes was raised. Nobody wants to see this continue

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indefinitely, it says. That sounds like there is the possibility of a

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deal, so it depends on how you look at this situation. Both sides, there

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is a lot of rhetoric going on and lots of people saying we are right

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and they are wrong... There is a lot going on. But I think it is one of

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those things where it eventually there will have to be a deal. You

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say that, but it has taken an awful long time to get to this point. And

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now further strikes are being threatened, including a serious one

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in February. And a stoppage at the end of the month as well. The

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problem is that there is a lot of poor well and mistrust on both sides

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in this dispute. -- ill will. I was so surprised to see the Guardian

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earlier. The first major walkout in 40 years. There will have to be a

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deal at some point but there are accusations about NHS bosses trying

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to trick doctors into going back to work today with all sorts of scare

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e-mails. The Daily Mail can be relied upon to pursue its own line,

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I think. Striking dot is and a legacy of misery. -- striking

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doctors. What is the burden of this story? You have to remember that

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while we are talking about pay and people walking out and whether the

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will or won't be another strike, at the heart of this issue are patients

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who have had operations cancelled. Lots of people are talking about how

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they were only told by text message that some procedures had been

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cancelled. If you are waiting for a scan and you are worried about your

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health condition, that will be a major issue for years. While it is

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worth remembering that although 39% of doctors were at work today, there

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were a huge amount of doctors who were not. And whether you agree or

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disagree at what -- on what is going on, there are people who are being

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affected for it but they did keep emergency services going on. And

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this comes at the most precious point of the NHS. We are approaching

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the middle of the winter flu season. Absolutely. Another story. Going

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back to the Guardian. Most newspapers, most of the major ones

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anyway, have this story. Ices blamed for ten deaths in Istanbul suicide

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blast. -- ISIS. There have been a lot of bomb blasts in Turkey

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recently and a lot of people killed, but now it is tourists. It appears

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they were the target. This is an area where a lot of people go on

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sightseeing tours. This is an area where you could rely on there being

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many more tourists than people who would ordinarily live in Turkey. It

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is worth saying, however, that Turkey have already identified,

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apparently, that this was a suicide bomber from Syria and it is

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interesting that they were able to do that so quickly. It is worth

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asking questions about whether this person was on any kind of watch list

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or whether there was any intelligence about what was going

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on. We have said before that Turkey is struggling with the weight of the

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migrant crisis and it is in a difficult position, really. And they

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have spent a lot of time attacking the Kurds, the Turkish government to

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seeing its enemy as the Kurds, whereas the Kurds are among the

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people fighting ISIS. You also have to wonder what this might do for the

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tourism industry. We have seen similar effects in Tunisia and parts

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of Egypt. You have to wonder about the economic ramifications. Indeed.

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The Express. This story keeps coming back to haunt us after what happened

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around Christmas or New Year. Germans riot. This was a far right

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demonstration that very clearly got out of hand in

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being set on fire and hundreds of arrests. Cars

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Clearly tensions are running extremely high there after the

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influx of migrants. And Angela Merkel is under tremendous pressure.

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It looks like her hand is being forced in all sorts of directions.

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Making it easier to get rid of migrants caught doing bad things.

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They can now be deported more easily. It is difficult to see what

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she can do because I don't think this is about those attacks that

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happened around Christmas. I think this is a much broader issue. It

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must be said that this far right groups have never been particularly

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welcoming towards migrants who have come into the country anyway on any

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level, so there is an element of this which is using something which

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is really and truly awful and people should be arrested and prosecuted

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for, but as a way to say that refugees are not welcome at in

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Germany. Angela Merkel is in a difficult situation because there

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were a huge number of people who came into the country very quickly

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and there is an argument to say... Invited them in. Perhaps they were

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not prepared for the ramifications of that. But only 19 suspects have

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been identified so far and there have not been any arrests. There is

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obviously a long way to go before there is a feeling that the city is

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if again for people who are going out at night. -- city is safe

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again. The spectre of the far right rising up in Germany of all places

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is terrifying. It is. But, you know, it will be interesting to see

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what impact this may have on the negotiations that are happening on

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the EU level about Britain's Place and membership. Whether this makes

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Angela Merkel more sympathetic to British concerns about migration or

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whether she finds herself on the back foot and it is harder to get

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concessions. Another big issue on the horizon. Staying with the

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Express. They do like health stories, but this one seems like a

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good one. They do like a story about dementia, but this one looks like it

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could be promising. They have a professor from University College

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London and he says that by 2025, he hopes the dimension will be a

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manageable condition a bit like diabetes. It could be managed by

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lifestyle choices perhaps or medication. But this is interesting

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because increasing numbers of people in this country are being affected

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by dementia. It is a really awful disease because the decline can be

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rapid but it can also be incredibly slow and at the moment there is no

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real way of making people feel better about it. Any progress in

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this area is really welcome. I think that dementia is the next... Similar

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to cancer, there has been a lot of demand for a cure and focusing on it

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in research. I think that we will see more and more articles like

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this, hopefully, in the future. And it relates to what is happening in

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the NHS, generally, because with more and more dementia patients,

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there will be terrible pressures on the NHS in the years to come. The

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people suffering and the wider economy, if I could put it as

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bluntly as that... And there would be big savings if you could avoid it

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happening anyway. It would be good for all concerned. The Times.

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Pensioners freeze as energy companies chase profits. What is

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this all about? As you will have noticed, it is quite cold. It is

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certainly very cold in here. I don't know if you need 50p for the metre,

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but... Just put another jumper on. This is a study about the numbers of

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old people, almost 5 million, who will cut back on heating despite the

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really bad weather because they simply cannot afford liberals. This

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comes as the Energy Secretary is trying to get -- cannot afford to

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pay the bill. This comes as Energy Secretary is trying to get fuel

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companies to bring costs down. They all want that Ed Miliband's promise

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to freeze prices would have had the reverse effect before the election.

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She says that now that threat has gone away, they need to follow the

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market. Wholesale prices have come down and only one supplier has cut

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rules, and not I nearly as much as the wholesale price. -- one supplier

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has cut bills. One older person dies every seven minutes from the winter

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cold. Those sound like a desperate figures. Yes. And as James has

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pointed out, it is shocking that wholesale prices have fallen so much

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and yet companies, big energy companies, have not reduced their

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bills. There is also a mine in this article from a report by MPs, which

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will be released tomorrow. -- a line. People have been overpaying

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Waterville 's. The industry regulator over estimated costs for

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suppliers and so we all paid more than we should have a water. And now

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they cannot get that money back and consumers will not get a refund. The

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energy regulator has been under fire over several years for people who

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are saying they have not done enough to bring down energy prices. The

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Daily Telegraph. Oxford will not rewrite history, says Chancellor. Is

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all about that stature of Cecil Rhodes. -- it is all about that

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statue. This has been going on for a number of years. Demand for its

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statues of Rhodes to be brought down. But it goes to a bigger point

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about what university should be about and how tolerant universities

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should be and who should be allowed to speak at universities. There has

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been an issue around this conversation about people who have

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extreme views on any spectrum, whether they should be allowed to

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speak at universities or whether they should be barred or given no

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platform, as it is called. This debate about whether universities

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should remain a place where free debate should happen, even if you

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don't really like the viewpoint. Yes. The pro- free-speech groups

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popping up on campuses around the country. Lord Patten says education

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is not indoctrination. History is not a blank page on which we can

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write our own version of what should have been. Perhaps we should

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remember the wrongs that have been committed. Let us finish with

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looking back to the news that was dominating everything yesterday.

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David Bowie, dying at the age of 69. The Sun has a nice line. -- the

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Daily Star. This is about two Memorial concerts, which have been

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announced. We don't know if there will be a big funeral for David

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Bowie yet but this is a concert... Mick Jagger will be there, Paul

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McCartney, Elton John and a galaxy of stars. The front pages David

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Bowie's final photo shoot and I have to say that he looks remarkably

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happy and pleased with his lot there. That is one of the things

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that came out of the coverage yesterday, what kind of a man who

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was. He did not make a lot of the fact that he knew that he had a

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terminal illness. He kept it very quiet and was working right until

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the end. That concert, where and when? New York, March 31. We have

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Thank you to our guests. time to book the tickets. It will

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