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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are Dawn-Maria France, Editor-in-chief of

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Yorkshire Women's Life magazine, and James Martin, Executive Editor

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The Observer claims the government is battling to protect a ?30 billion

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The Sunday Express headlines a new study which suggests people

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taking heart statins almost double their risk of developing diabetes.

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The Mail on Sunday claims David Cameron is considering sending his

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son to one of Britain's top private schools, Colet Court, in London.

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The Independent on Sunday leads with reports the Prime Minister is very

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close to securing a four-year curb on migrants benefits with the EU.

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The Sunday Telegraph focuses on the continuing migrant crisis,

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headlining violence at a demo in Dover and the deaths

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of 39 people, some of them children, who drowned in the Aegean Sea

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And the Sunday Times reports criticism

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from David Cameron towards Britain's top universities for failing to

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Let's begin with the Independent. A relatively familiar refrain across

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the Sunday papers is about European union and whatever deal Mr Cameron

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may or may not have achieved. I would like to talk about the UN

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Security Council that had the discussion recently about a peace

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were roadmap for Syria. They didn't mention ISIS, or what happens to

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President Assad, and all of this feeds into the migrant crisis. The

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PM will be meeting Donald Tusk, the president of the EU, tomorrow to

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talk about the migrant plan and benefits cap for EU migrants.

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Eurosceptics are saying that this isn't a deal that they believe will

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happen, and they question the pre-election pledge and say that is

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dead in the water, because the pledge did say that the EU would be

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discussing it particularly as it pertains to benefits. I think this

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is an argument that will be impossible to thrash out, really.

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This will frame a great deal of the debate. It feels like a massive rush

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going on at the moment. Jean-Claude Juncker was involved with

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discussions with the PM on Friday, and Donald Tusk and the PM will be

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meeting at Number Ten tomorrow. Number Ten is briefing that any deal

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with the EU will involve Britain, that the day after any deal they

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will be able to block benefits payments to EU migrants. So much of

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this is linked with the migration crisis. We are coming up to a summer

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period, which will potentially mean more crossings. We already have

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record amounts of people coming to the EU at the moment. We are seeing

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a 35 fold increase year-on-year in January of European arrivals. That

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is a huge number. 35 fold increase! Talking about all these people

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trying to come to the EU this year, which can only understand why this

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is going to come to a head. It is fascinating that a couple of years

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ago, if we had been talking about and in our European referendum --

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in/out. Migration wouldn't have been the top of the list, but now it is

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what everyone is talking about. Look at what happened this summer when we

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saw the boats coming to Greece and the sad story of the little boy

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drowning, and his body being on the beach. We are seeing the pictures

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now, there is no escape from seeing the reality of these people fleeing

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Syria. And indeed the ramifications. If you take a look at

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the next paper, the Sunday Telegraph, the migration crisis

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deepens. You just mentioned that memorable photograph of the dead

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baby on the beach. Images are so important, aren't they? Another

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striking image, another element of this migration story. The image of

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Aylan Kurdi washed up on the beach was a picture that seemed to change

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the issue, it changed the way wreckage people were thinking about

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this crisis. It seemed to change the way politicians approach the issue.

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This image on the front of the Sunday Telegraph today, it feels

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like a Banksy painting. You look at this, and there policeman with that

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Johns, guys holding placards. This is a picture of this five-hour riot

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that occurred in Dover today. You have buses with swastikas daubed on

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the sides of them. Antifascist protesters, far right protesters,

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though becomes out of this looking very good. It is a shameful episode.

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There were nights, knuckledusters, polls, bits of wood being taken from

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some of the protesters -- knives. I am using the word protest loosely,

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because this was never going to be a protest, it was a brawl and that is

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what it turned out to be. The media coverage of all of this, how

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difficult is it to portray all sides of this complex story? It is very

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difficult indeed, but I don't think the media are actually addressing

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the subject of what these people are facing. It looks very much like a

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scapegoat matter that these refugees are coming in and being blamed for

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everything, and is not looking at the real story of why they are

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fleeing in the first place. I think that needs to be addressed, because

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at the moment people are blaming them for coming into the country,

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they are going to take all these benefits, but behind the story they

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are people and we need to see that more. Where they have come from and

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why. Why they are coming here, because you need to be very

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desperate to make the journey in a rickety boat. Of course, as we have

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been hearing today, 39 people feared dead. Let's have a look at another

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big issue, Google and its tax havens. The Observer has a lot about

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Google, they have gone from ?130 million, which was a big number.

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This is ?30 billion! It is a story that when the government were hoping

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to open up the Sunday papers tomorrow morning, they were hoping

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that they would not have to search and find the Google story. Both the

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Daily Mirror and the Observer lead on this. Bermuda sounds nice in

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terms of the weather, and in terms of tax evasion. Essentially, this

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story is about how Treasury ministers have told the European

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Commission that they are strongly opposed to sanctions against the

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move. The reason Bermuda is interesting is because approximately

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3 billion worth of business sales in the UK go through there. Let's have

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a look at the front of the Mirror. This is a new angle, isn't it? It is

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alleged that Google has landed a lucrative deal to collect taxes,

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which sounds quite ironic, and at the same time thousands of jobs have

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been lost by the Revenue, whose job it is to collect tax. It seems

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bizarre to me that you would get Google, lose so many staff, it just

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doesn't make any sense. Aya more than happy get Google to collect my

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taxes if I can pay 3% as well. We should say, by the way, there is any

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number of columns that have said it is a disgrace. There are quite a few

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journalists who have written columns saying that they paid 3.3 billion

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dollars worth of taxes in various places, and... They have abided by

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the law. There is a moral component to this, but if the government

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wanted Google to pay tax, they could legislate to make that happen,

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albeit it might not be very effective. Maybe the only solution

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is a global deal, because otherwise you get this arms race of every

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country trying to lower its corporation tax, to try to attract

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big business. At the moment, it is Google, LinkedIn and Facebook are

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very happy in Ireland, paying tax on assets there. People like Lord

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Lawson saying maybe it is time to pay tax on sales rather than

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profits. Maybe that is part of the solution. I don't get the feeling

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that George Osborne is very fussed about changing the corporation tax

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rates. If anything, I think he would like the lower. I think you would

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like a change in the front pages. Let's have a look at the Sunday

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Times. A different angle with its front-page, and this is quite a

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striking image and a striking quote. A young black man is more likely to

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be in prison than at a university. Racism is a matter of

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life, I have experienced it myself, and recently in Yorkshire was on a

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train when I heard someone say to someone who was an immigrant, you

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have taken over our country, and so on. In their defence, the people on

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that train, the Yorkshire people, stood up this particular person.

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They said, not in our name. You might be speaking to yourself but we

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are not racist and we won't deal with it. I think it is good that

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David Cameron has raised this issue, and I think it will play well to

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minorities, who largely support Labour. He has brought this issue to

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the forefront, and is leading a review on the treatment of nonwhite

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defendants in the criminal justice system. I'm glad that he has done

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that and open to that debate going forward. You feel that David Cameron

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needed this. In PMQs, a bunch of migrants, didn't go very well. The

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Tories might have become a bit more of the nasty party of late. This is

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where an element of the PM's humanhuman side. 1% of Oxford

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admissions were minorities. That is 27 out of 2500 students. Here we

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have Jamie Murray winning the doubles yesterday, Andy Murray kicks

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off in a few hours time. I am feeling confident for him, go Andy,

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I think he can do it. Five of his Australian Open finals he has lost,

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three of them to Novak Djokovic. He has lost ten out of his last 11

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against Novak Djokovic, so... That is enough! Thank you both for your

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company tonight. Coming up next, The Film Review.

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