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

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With me are Pippa Crerar - the political correspondent

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from the London Evening Standard - and the broadcaster John Stapleton.

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Many of the front pages are already in.

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The Independent's main story is the possible discovery

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of a new planet, ten times the size of Earth,

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The Financial Times says the falling FTSE means we're on the brink

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The Telegraph reports on a ruling that means migrants stranded

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in Calais can use European human rights laws to join relations living

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Falling global stock markets make the front page of the Guardian.

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And The Times also leads with fears over the economy,

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caused by volatility in world markets.

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We will go to the markets in a moment. First, the Telegraph. Human

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rights ticket to Britain is the headline. Four young men in the

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notorious jungle camp in Calais have gone through the British courts, and

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being ruled they can join their siblings who are already legal. They

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have been granted asylum status in the UK. These for are 316-year-olds,

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and a man in his 20s, who is apparently seriously mentally ill.

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The British court has ruled they have a right to a family life, and

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this opens the doors to many other claimants in Calais, refugees,

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joining their family members in the UK for similar reasons. The UK

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government is likely to challenge this. It raises a spectre of

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possibly thousands more refugees coming to the UK. David Cameron

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announced that written was going to take 20,000 refugees over the course

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of four years. There could be many, many more. The key thing is, they

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hadn't been granted asylum in France, which was the first country

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they arrived in. Normally they would have to do that initially. The

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centres have given them the way round that. This feeds into the

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bigger picture. Depending on what side of the fence you for on, some

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Eurosceptics are claiming Brussels bureaucrats are trying to bully the

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government. Others will say that they are trying to get Britain to

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take their fair share of refugees. But there is something called the

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Dublin Regulation, which means that if people arrive, people have too

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seek asylum in the first country they reach in the EU. If they come

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to the UK and try to seek asylum there, they can be deported as a

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result. Unless you take more refugees, the figure of 90,000,

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which is a quota. They say, unless we take 90,000, we will not be able

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to apply the Dublin Regulation. There are implications for the

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referendum. They are quite severe, potentially, because this could

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overshadow David Cameron's overshadow David Cameron's

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negotiations in Europe, and possibly lead to the referendum not being in

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the summer, but maybe as late as October, which the government

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doesn't want. The last thing David Cameron wants now is an issue as

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emotive as immigration clouding the final weeks of negotiation with his

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partners in Europe. There is a key summit in the next few months, where

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we will be able to make a decision whether he has been successful in

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his renegotiations, and then the government will press on with the

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referendum. The key thing is when it happens. The Telegraph suggests it

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may happen in June. The word is, he would like it in June. But there are

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other factors in play. The London mayoral elections are coming on, and

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it will be bad news for Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative

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candidate, if he were to find his base preoccupied with campaigning

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elsewhere. It is also bad news for those who want to stay in Europe. My

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own suspicion is, if the British public decided in the end,

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immigration would play a key factor in their thinking. If immigration

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was in the headlines all summer... If you went from June to October,

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the levels of migration would be highest in the summer months. It

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depends which way it goes. You will remember the heartfelt outpourings

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from newspapers, public and politicians when the bodies of

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children who drowned trying to cross the sea into Europe were found. You

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do not see the papers reporting so much now on the drownings, which

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continue to this day. If you have a summer of drownings, public mood

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could shift. Or it could harden people's resolve. Something else

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that is hard to read is the state of the global economy. Particularly for

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those of us who have a pension that depends on the stock market. It

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depends what paper you read. I am reading two. It reminds me of the

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quote, if you ask to lawyers question, you will get three

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opinions. There are varying views about the state of the economy. The

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Financial Times talks about the slowdown of the Chinese economy, the

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falling oil price, and the prospect of rises in the US, causing near to

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a bear market. That is defined as when prices fall is 20% below their

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last peak, which is where we are now. My advisor says, you start

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panicking when FTSE is down to around five. It is on 5.6. There is

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real concern being felt in the UK and around the world. The Guardian

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covers the same story, but the headline is about panic selling,

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fears that the global economy growing. There is a motivation of

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having a go at George Osborne and the government in charge of the

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economy. George Osborne warned us about the threats that Britain faced

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a few weeks ago, and warned not to allow creeping complacency to creep

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in. It is worrying for the economy and for the government, because he

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is building his reputation as someone who has fixed the roof while

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the Sun is shining. He has made us suffer this austerity in order to

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improve the economy, but it is a very difficult -- very different

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tone from his Orton statement. We are getting conflicting messages,

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worst of the effect of, sell everything, the party is over.

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Chinese growth is not what we expected, it isn't cataclysmic.

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Falling oil prices mainly affects the suppliers of oil. A slight

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growth in the world economy by the end of the year was predicted, so

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don't panic, was the view. We have had predictions of oil prices going

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back by the end of the year. Which one of you is most fascinated by the

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world of the space industry? It isn't me. It is so out of this world

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that I cannot get my head round it. I am probably a more regular visitor

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to the Greenwich Observatory venue, given that I have young children who

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are obsessed with the planets. A ninth planet has been found,

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according to the California Institute of technology. This planet

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is a gas giant, but not a very original name. It is believed to be

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ten times as big as Neptune, the eighth this planet from the Sun. I

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found myself getting confused with how many planets thereafter. I

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thought Pluto was a dwarf planet. I thought it was something to do with

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the mass of the planet. I recall an argument about whether it was a

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dwarf planet, when we had the mission that flew past it last year.

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Scientists have the criteria, I suppose. Even sophisticated

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telescopes have not spotted this for donkeys years. This is an

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astronomical day, because there has been this once in a lifetime

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alignment of planets that means that if you stand at the top of a hill in

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the countryside with a telescope, you might just be able to see it. I

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memorised the order of the planets after I interviewed an astronomer

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earlier on! That picture on the front of the Independent is an

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artists impression, it is important to point out. The scientists have

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described it as the most planet like planet in the solar system! If they

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had that photograph, why didn't they find it before? John, the poppy

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seller story from the Telegraph. This is rather sad. This little old

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lady, Liz Cooke, a 92-year-old poppy seller in the West Country who took

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her own life. -- Liz Cook. She had been swamped by egging letters --

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begging letters. There has been an investigation into this by a

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fundraising watchdog. In one year, she received 3200 mailings from

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charities. We worked that out to be 62 a week. They were all begging

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letters. The vast majority for them were unsolicited, sent by groups who

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had obtained the address from third parties. I think this really is

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terrible. It drives us nuts. very upset indeed about this. And

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she was a passionate supporter of good causes. She found it very hard

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to say no, so she felt totally overwhelmed by it.

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important questions to ask about data protection and who you pass

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your address on to. We have all received junk mail, and we might be

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able to dismiss them, but if you are sat at home and you receive eight or

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nine of the midday, and you are the type of person who feels compelled

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to help, these are pretty graphic images of starving children around

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the world, and it very sadly drove her to her death. And once you

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password details on, it is very hard to stop it. That's it for the time

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being. Thank you very much to John and pepper. We will be back at

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11:30pm with another look at the stories making the news.

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