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Labour reveals more details of the tax deal between the Chancellor and

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Google. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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at the papers. With us is the deputy opinion editor. You have been

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rebranded. Neil Midgley is still the media commentator at Forbes. The

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front pages. Starting with the Observer. It says David Cameron is

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considering plans to allow unaccompanied migrant children into

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Britain. The Sunday express leads with the falling on a plan to attack

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London, Brighton, Bath and Ipswich. Conservative infighting deepens over

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staying in the European Union. The independent shows rows of cars under

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snow on the US East coast. The Sunday Times has the story that a

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former British spy will expose what he says was an MI5 knowledge of

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torture at Guantanamo Bay. Let's begin with the Telegraph, give a

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share in the Falklands to Argentina says Corbyn. What is he proposing?

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Many people compared him to Michael foot taking the leadership of the

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Labour Party in the early 80s and it looks like Corbyn is trying his

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hardest to turn the next election in 21983 and a Tory landslide by

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apparently telling the outgoing Argentine ambassador to the UK

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Alicia Castro that there should be a power-sharing deal over the

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Falklands. In the same manner as Northern Ireland so Argentina would

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get a say in how they are run. It is a view. It's interesting that the

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plan was first discussed before Jeremy Corbyn became leader which

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implies maybe the whole thing was a story from before he was leader and

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it's not actually a current dialogue airing on. It has only just come to

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light now that he is leader. It is just the back catalogue of Jeremy

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Corbyn being slowly released. A retrospective! When he was on The

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Andrew Marr Show he did talk about the Falklands and in a way, if you

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look at it logically, why should Britain have these bunch of

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Ireland's that are just off the coast of Argentina on the other side

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of the world? Obviously the reason... Why should it? Mainly

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because Argentina invaded the islands and because of that it is

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rewarding that illegal activity. Therefore it would be seen as

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rewarding a bully but it can be the only real explanation. Isn't the

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more common-sense reason which is that the islanders themselves

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rightly or wrongly want to be British? Overwhelmingly. Because

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they are. If you are a colonial power you can go to Ireland, drive

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away the natives and install your own population. By your logic

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whatever happens they should hold them in perpetuity. It happened a

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long time ago and they are descendants of the original

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settlers. The idea of democracy is a grey area in this case. I'm not sure

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it is. They are an indigenous population, whether you like the way

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they got there in the first place or not. These are windswept islands in

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the South Atlantic with a small number of people who are Brits and

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want to be British. It's not like Northern Ireland where there are

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genuinely two sides and there are still people who want to be part of

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the Irish Republic and some sort of deal had to be done in order for the

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people who live there to get some sort of satisfaction but in this

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case we are talking about satisfying the theoretical requirements of the

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Argentine government, and presumably electoral popularity for whichever

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party is in power in Argentina. Whether this is an old story or not,

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if Corbyn wants to give a bump to the Tories in the opinion polls,

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there is no better way! It is absolutely true that British people

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want the Falkland Islands to remain British which doesn't necessarily

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mean it is correct, whether it is justified, but certainly

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electorally, if I was Jeremy Corbyn I would leave that aside. I have let

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them disagree long enough. I enjoyed that. Well done. MPs need help

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against violent public according to a report by psychiatrists? This is a

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deeply worrying report in a way. Obviously the fact that MPs are

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getting abused as they leave the front door is really awful and you

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can see that there are stories, regular stories in which MPs are

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vilified and accused of fiddling expenses and all manner of things.

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They are talking about having to see their therapists and take medication

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for anxiety or depression because of their experiences at the hands of

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the public with marriage is close to breakdown. One MP has to get her

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husband look down the street before she can leave the front door and has

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panic attacks several times a day. These people are running the country

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and they are meant to be debating and looking after our interests and

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if they are all in need of extreme psychiatric help then it does make

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you worry about how we are being represented. And also their mental

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health and what on earth is going on that has created this situation? It

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is a very serious story, one mentions marriage close to breakdown

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the spouse was holding BMP spouse -- the MP spouse responsible for the

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amorous attentions of a constituent which is difficult to navigate. It

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is a difficult story. My response was that a lot of Labour MPs of

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course potentially need help against violent supporters of their own

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leader! He made threats against them on Twitter the day after they voted

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in favour of bombing Syria. They now face deselection. Any violence,

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humour aside, any violence or threat of islands in politics is not the

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British way. It is not acceptable. In the age of social media where

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people can make very nasty threats at the click of a button very

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publicly, it makes it even more difficult. I think that is right,

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because the threats that you mentioned come through Twitter and

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Facebook. People have much more... They can talk to their MPs and have

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more contact now than they had before. They can never switch off.

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Always accessible. Britain poised to open the door to thousands of

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migrant children. The PM is considering calls by charities.

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There has been criticism for months about the fact Britain is not doing

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its fair share to help those trying to reach the EU. Yes, and apparently

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around 3000 unaccompanied young people, this is the key. It is not

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children who are migrating or who are refugees with their parents,

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these are kids who have somehow got separated from their parents. And

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who could potentially fall prey to people traffickers and apparently

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the UK might back seat to a charitable request to take some or

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all of those kids in. On a humanitarian level you have to say

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it's hard to see an argument against that. The one thing that did cross

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my mind when I read the story is the law of unintended consequences, what

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do you encourage in the future if you say in unaccompanied child, we

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will take them in no matter what? Do you then encourage people in Syria

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or elsewhere to push their kids out into the world by themselves? And it

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has to be properly planned, if these children are coming to the country

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they have to be put in safe environments and they would be the

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responsibility of social services which in many places are stretched.

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It's not to say that people shouldn't try to do it if that is

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the decision. The pitiful pledge that David Cameron made a few months

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ago to take in 4000 migrants a year when hundreds of thousands are

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coming into Europe, at least this goes a little way to redressing

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that. These children are deeply endangered. I don't know many

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parents who would send their children out just on their own, to

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children out just on their own, to take their chances in Europe.

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Parents are already risking their lives by taking them on small boats

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from Turkey. Absolutely, and we know the risks that families are taking

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and these children may have been separated in the perilous crossings.

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They have already been suffering I being separated from their family

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and they are young and unaccompanied. If Britain can do

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something to help it has to be applauded. Look at the Independent

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on Sunday, schools are being told to drop university snobbery and stop

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thinking that a degree course is better than having a skill. Discuss.

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Is it still? We have had 20 years in which higher education has been seen

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as the entry to achievement and aspiration... And higher earnings.

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As has always been the argument when tuition fees have been introduced

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and increased, you know, graduates will get higher earnings and we have

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had 20 years in which we have now achieved 50% of the population going

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to higher education, and it now seems that the government's

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education Minister Nicky Morgan wants to turn back the clock and

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have children going back towards apprenticeships even if they are

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qualified to go to university so it seems a very strange thing. There

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are some statistics. A recent study by the Sutton trust, and educational

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think tank, found that 65% of teachers would not advise a pupil

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with the grades necessary for university to pursue an

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apprenticeship. What are the other 35% doing? If the kid is bright

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enough to go to university, and all other things are equal, they should

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be going to university, surely? It depends whether their preference

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would be to have an apprenticeship in something else that wasn't so

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academic necessarily. Maybe more practical. There are not degrees in

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everything but there are in like subjects and if you're

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apprenticeship will be in napkin folding or something equally light,

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then there is and a great deal to choose. We need more plumbers and

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electricians and engineers. If those are the kind of apprenticeships that

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Nicky Morgan is pushing, then of course for the right candidates that

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is the right thing to push. If you have got a kid who has got the

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grades to study maths at Imperial College London, to say, it is

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equally valid for you to think an apprenticeship in hairdressing is OK

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is bonkers. We have too many kids going to university. Lifting the cap

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on student numbers. It is getting so expensive that many people will

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choose not to go. The Daily Mail, Muslim peer says, axe minarets to

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make masks fit in. A bit of architecture competition? Baroness

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Warsi, always good value. She will launch a competition to design a new

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mosque will stop boosting religious tolerance. -- a new mosque. She

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thinks they should fit in better with the British landscape. Maybe

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that means having steeples or bell towers or pews or stained glass.

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Instead of... Mosques do have minarets,... The idea is that they

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call people to prayer, but now they use loud-hailers and they don't need

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a minaret. It is rebranding is land? Making it British. -- rebranding

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Islam. Lots of people think Islam is from the Middle Ages and they see it

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as... The regular media portrayal of Islam is as a religion living in the

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past and she is attempting to redress that by modernising it. In

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some ways it may actually help, it seems a crazy idea, but why... I'm

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not Muslim and I don't know the essential elements of a mosque, but

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possibly minarets aren't? He has looked perplexed throughout the

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entire review. It is a perplexing story. I love it actually. They will

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be back again perplexed or not at 11:30pm. Thank you. Coming up next

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it is Reporters.

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