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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are Joseph Harker, deputy opinion editor for the

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Guardian, and Neil Midgley, who's media commentator at Forbes.com.

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And he is great at pulling faces, according to a review on Twitter. --

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a viewer. The Observer says David Cameron

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is considering plans to allow thousands of unaccompanied

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migrant children into Britain. The Sunday Express leads on the

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story that the RAF has foiled a plan by so-called Islamic State to attack

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London, Brighton, Bath and Ipswich. The gloves are off, says the

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Sunday Telegraph, as Conservative infighting deepens over whether to

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stay in the European Union. Buried by a blizzard -

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the Independent on Sunday's cover photo shows rows of cars under snow

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on the US east coast. And in the Sunday Times,

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the story that a former British spy is to expose

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what he says was MI5 knowledge What is happening with the Labour

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Party is reminiscent of the 1980s, many people say, and this is another

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story that adds to that. Why is Jeremy Corbyn proposing this and is

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it recent? This might not be a new proposal. It might have been

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something that he said while in the outer reaches of the Labour

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backbenches, which is to say more than six months ago. They are

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reporting this story as though he is in top-level negotiations right now

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and that this is his number one priority. I somehow doubt that. But

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it is true that many of the questions on The Andrew Marr Show

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when he was there were about 1980s things. The reason is that those are

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his opinions, by and large. He is very ideologically similar to the

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leadership of the Labour Party in the 1980s on the issues that he

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considers important. Those are the same issues. Eight may be

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ideologically similar but that does not mean that his main focus now is

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not on modern events. The Labour Party's sole focus for the last few

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weeks has been unilateral nuclear disarmament, which is about as 1980s

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as you can get. Not quite the same. We have army generals questioning

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whether Trident should be renewed or not. That is not the issue. The

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question is whether Jeremy Corbyn... Some say he wants to

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dialogue with Argentina over the Falklands and the outgoing Argentine

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ambassador to the UK said that Jeremy Corbyn is one of ours. A

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greater electoral gifted one sentence to the Tories is hard to

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imagine. -- gift in. The people of the Falklands have never expressed

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an opinion of wanting to belong to Argentina. That is correct about the

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history of the Falklands is that Britain invaded these islands,

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populate it with its own people and then after that says that everybody

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wants to be British. Who was there before them apart from the

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penguins's the fact is that the islands are very close to

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Argentina. Is a kind of empire throwback and it is very popular in

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this country. Britons look very favourably on the umpire, obviously

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ignoring some of the slavery... -- the British Empire. I'm going to

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give Peter the final say. Let the descendants of the Spanish who

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slaughtered Indigenous Americans give the land back and then we will

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talk. MPs need help against violent public. Psychiatrists having to work

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with the Home Office. It is very tough on a lot of MPs, it seems, and

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I think that a lot of this is down to social media, where they get the

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abuse. Threats online. Stella Creasy also had her constituency office

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ticketed around the time of the vote for air strikes on Syria. And many

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people say things online in the heat of the moment and it sounds awful

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and you just don't know whether to take it seriously, when somebody is

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threatening you. This is making a lot of MPs very nervous. Some talk

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about being afraid to go out there from door, being treated for anxiety

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and depression, marriages breaking down because of the pressure... I

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think there are possibly two parallel issues, although they are

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connected. One of them is that there are constituents who are either

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threatening and he's making them feel afraid if we, whether that is

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social media or elsewhere. But in the Labour Party, there is also a

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nasty faction, again reminiscent of the 1980s and the far left,

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which... You may laugh but they have threatened violence against MPs. I

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think individuals have threatened MPs. Whether they are Labour Party

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members or whatever is... But the key to it is that Jeremy Corbyn will

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not fall for Richard Lee denounce those people. -- not completely

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denounce those people, who are his ideological supporters. He does

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denounce those people who are threatening his opponent in the

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Labour Party. This is a huge organisation... The did a survey

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this last week. It was of Labour Party constituencies. There has been

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a massive increase in support for Jeremy Corbyn and a massive increase

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in membership but they are more interested in campaigning on social

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issues and things like that than trying to oust current MPs were

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deemed to be right wing. We have quite a lot to get through. Britain

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poised to open the door to thousands of migrant children. We have had the

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very meagre and mean spirited pledge by David Cameron to take in 4000

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migrants per year on hundreds of thousands of them are coming into

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Europe at the moment. It is very much Britain not doing its fair

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share to address this crisis. But there are 3000 unaccompanied

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children who have been somehow separated from their families and it

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is now feared they could be at risk of falling prey to child

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traffickers, and so David Cameron it seems willing to step in at that

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stage to help them. You have got to have the services in place here for

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when they arrive... I think there was a high water mark in terms of

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British public opinion about migrants and migrant children, in

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particular, that photograph last summer of that poor little boy

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washed up dead on the beach. Clearly if there is a humanitarian crisis

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involving unaccompanied children... You would hope... It was Margaret

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Thatcher who said surely it is not beyond the wit of man to fix that

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sort of thing. There are not that many people involved. There is

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probably opinion polling on this but I don't censor a great swell of

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public opinion in this country now in favour of letting in more

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refugees. I think it has subsided. And I wonder... Somebody has to take

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care of these children, whether it is social services or someone else,

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and I wonder how many bighearted British people are went off to

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foster or adopt the parent was Syrian child if we let them in? --

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off Syrian child. Probably quite a lot. Quickly, the main picture

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here. New York in America's east coast buried in a blizzard. You can

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barely tell that they are cars under all that snow. We also have live

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pictures from Times Square tonight. This is the beauty of live

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television, everybody. There is. Is looking pretty but it is lethal in

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places. How many people? 17. It was only 13 an hour ago was clearly a

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lethal storm in the US. And it seems that people are unfortunately going

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out and travelling when they are best to stay at home. Schools told

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to drop university snobbery. We should think of friendships and

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skills as equivalent. So says the Education Secretary, which is quite

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a strange turn around and that we have been trying to encourage young

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people to go into universities of 20 years now, opening the system.

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Increasing tuition fees because it is such a valuable thing to have a

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degree, and now she is trying to turn the clock back. On the one

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hand, if children are not suited to university, it is a good thing that

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they are not laden down with massive debt are laws by these tuition

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fees, but on the other hand... The Conservative Party are supposed to

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be part of ambition and the idea that they just trying to dissuade

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people from getting a great education at some of the great

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institutions is quite strange. I think that as a practical matter we

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need more young people to be taking on apprenticeships and things that

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we need young people to be qualified to do, such as coding, planning,

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being an electrician and holding trades. London is crying out for

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skilled workers in all of those fields. And so I can understand why

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the government would want to boost the idea of apprenticeships as a

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concept but whether we like it or not, young people are bright or less

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bright and the right of the child, the more suited they are likely to

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be to go to university and get a good degree in a proper subject and

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go on to make a lot of money for themselves and their country. You

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need to have proper alternatives. Some schemes have been criticised as

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not being robust enough or fit for purpose on the apprenticeship sided

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thing. Government after government has to find some way of replicating

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the German model where they do have robust apprenticeships in trades and

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where that is seen as a valid and worthwhile and laudable thing for

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young people to do. In this country, no matter what they degree is in or

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where it comes from, we do tend to put that in terms of status above

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those who did not go to university. And if there is a blurring of that

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distinction, that would be all to the good. Let us finish with the

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Times. Stinky teenagers losing sleep. There is a very good reason,

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apparently, to insist that your teenager's bedroom is regularly

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ventilated. Apparently, yes. Windows should be opened and the heating

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turned down because the recirculation of germs and

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everything else in the rooms of teenagers can cause insomnia and

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have the effect of lowering their educational performance. In fact,

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they are so concerned, according to this report, that they are wondering

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whether teenagers need sleep education lesson, which is something

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I never considered any of my kids needing. Most of them just want to

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sleep forever. And the later start time for school, which I can imagine

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going down very well. They have tried that in some places but then

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they have to stay behind later. I like this story. It does give every

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parent of a teenager, and I have three and I'm not going to see if

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any of them marks Digi or not, but it does that make any of them are

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stinky or not but it does give you an excuse to tell them to clean the

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rooms. There is a good chemical reason. I'm going to cut that out

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and take it home and show mine. He is not stinky but he does not like

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to have us window open. Coming up next,

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it's time for the Film Review. You should come back again together.

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You have to pull faces and fight. It would not be good on the box office

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if you just agreed.

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