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other structures with it. We will bring you more we get details. Now

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time to take a look at the papers. Welcome to our look ahead at what

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the papers will be bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are Sue Matthias, the Senior News Feature Editor

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at the Financial Times and James Millar, the Westminster

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The Daily Express leads with the words of the president

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of the European parliament, aimed at Britain: "Leave

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The Financial Times says Britain's biggest companies are unprepared

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for a possible British exit from the European Union.

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The Times says private schools are in crisis,

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because of rising standards in the state sector.

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It quotes the publisher of the Good Schools Guide,

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saying independent schools face long term decline.

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The Telegraph says the Moroccan-born daughter-in-law of Abu Hamza can't

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be deported from Britain because of a ruling

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by the European Court that it would infringe her human rights.

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She served a prison term for smuggling a simple card to Abu Hamza

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in Belmarsh prison. The Scottish Daily Mail reports

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that the middle classes face losing ?100 a month from their take-home

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pay if the Government goes ahead We will begin with what might be

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described by people who express opinions on these things as a bit of

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a circus that we saw in west London today. Here it is on the

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Independent. Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, standing on the

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balcony, as we have seen him before, at the Ecuadorian Embassy where he

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has been holed up for three years. The UN panel saying he should be

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allowed to walk free, this is arbitrary detention and he took the

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opportunity to speak to the crowds. Yes he did. He came out and made

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quite a long speech, talking for a long time. He was waving the UN

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report. He clearly feels completely vindicated by this, and he is

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vindicated by it. It has to be said, he is quite an annoying man, and a

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lot of people find his performance today irritating to say the least.

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But he has received so much flak that I am almost beginning to feel

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that the fact that there may be a grain of a case here. He has also

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received a lot of support from celebrities, who think he was a good

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egg and was trying to do the decent thing. He did expose a lot of

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secrets, but the fact is the Foreign Secretary stood up this morning

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saying he is absolutely ridiculous, trashes the UN report. Why are we

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doing that? Because it is nonsense, obviously. As the Independent says,

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others report. It is big report full of technical staff, but the man

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patentee hasn't detained. I was detained arbitrarily

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by the BBC because I they tend to go off him the more

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they know him. It is bizarre. makes no sense that he has been

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to rest on that, however, if he does step out into the street, he gets

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arrested and sent to Sweden. In Sweden... To face serious charges.

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Except his lawyers say Sweden is acting contrary to international

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law. I believe the reason they are saying that, I could be wrong

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because it is very complicated, I'm sure someone will correct me, he

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hasn't actually been charged. No. They have to interview him before

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they can charge him. So his own lawyers are saying, why can't the UK

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and Sweden get-together, to sort this out? Our government saying we

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have no say in this. This UN panel is ridiculous. These things always

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seem to end up in London... These people seem to be attracted here. I

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have one more question. Why does it cost ?12 million? Why is the

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policing of Julian Assange...? Lots of officers on duty. They did, but

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as it said this afternoon on your channel, police officers get paid

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something like a year. We have done the figures for this. We did it on

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the back of a cigarette packet and it does add up. I have nothing

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better to do with my time! The Express. EU boss, leave if you want.

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Is this really what Martin Schultz has said? Leave if you want, we

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don't care. No, obviously, because that would be on the front page of

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all the papers if he said that. What he has said is some people say leave

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if you want, Britain forced up he hasn't said that if his opinion.

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What is his opinion question at he says the British test our patients

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and goodwill with their continual demands. You can see where he is

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coming from. We have started saying we want this, that and the other or

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we will leave, when the EU has had other things to worry about, like a

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migrant crisis and currency about go bust and Greece about to collapse.

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One of the many issues they have to deal with and they weren't going to

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stop, Britain wasn't going to stop trying to be negotiated as because

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there were serious problems elsewhere. He is a worthy and I wish

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-- he is aware the entire referendum is about David Cameron keeping his

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backbenchers suite rather than any real desire to leave the EU. The

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headline does not reflect what was said. The FT have a story on a

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similar subject, blue chips are unprepared for Brexit. What are they

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playing at? An interesting story. The FT has conducted a survey of the

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boards of every FTSE 100 company, to ask them how their preparations are

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going for a possible exit of the UK, possible Brexit. Of those 100, it

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seems only four said that they were already engaged in planning,

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thinking about it. That seems to suggest that everybody else is just

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kind of leaning back and waiting to wake up and think about what might

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happen. I remember a year or two ago there were some consternation

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expressed that the Bank of England was even having a think about this.

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You would be worried if they weren't so? Those are the two ways of

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thinking about it. We should listen to business, but if they are not

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planning for Brexit, they don't know what they're doing and we should

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listen to them. Or they do know what will happen and so they are not

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planning. Two approaches. All bases nicely covered. One of the four

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companies is standard life. Standard Life have been through this before I

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head of the Scottish independence referendum and I see the

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similarities again with company saying it will not happen and then a

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few weeks out from the vote they will wake up and go, this might

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actually happen, we need to plan for it. Yes, except there is another

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good quote here saying Chief Executive is coming two stripes

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concerning Brexit. Those who think it won't happen and those who think

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it won't matter. There is a sort of sense that these very large

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companies will have contingency plans. They won't suffer

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inordinately, whatever happens. Moving on to the Daily Mail. A

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picture entitled Exodus, human tide. Thousands of desperate Syrians this

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time fleeing Aleppo, because Assad's troops, backed by Russian air

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strikes, are beginning to surround Aleppo. 1 million people trapped

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there. A lot of them trying to get to the Turkish border before there

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is no escape. If the conditions in that city are going to deteriorate

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very rapidly... Yes, there is a noose tightening dud about you look

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at the map and it is a classic piece of military history. This is

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happening now. I am quite pleased I haven't seen the rest of this story,

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because I fear what the Daily Mail angle on it is. One step away from

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Europe. Look at these people on what is going on in Aleppo, how can you

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turn away question mark that doesn't mean you open the doors like Germany

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and just say, come on in, but you cannot turn the speed away when the

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alternative is to go back to a high chance of death, at worst, and

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certainly very bad conditions. It is a classic something must be done.

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And it is very worrying, because at the same time, almost simultaneously

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with the conference in London, where billions of pounds are thankfully

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being raised to help people in the countries who are nearby, who can

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help, at the same time peace talks collapse in Geneva. You just wonder

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where it goes from here. There are so many other external influences in

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Syria, it is not just Assad, the free Syrian army and Islamic State.

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There are other players in the region who have vested interests.

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And Russia. Things are now moving because the Russians have put their

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heads behind Assad and stalemate has been broken, for better or worse.

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You just wonder what the other countries that have been toying with

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the idea of ramping up their air strikes are now thinking. They avoid

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said there is no military solution to this, it has to be diplomatic.

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Now we see Russia engaging in air strikes and is tipping things in

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favour of President Assad. There are solutions and there are solutions.

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No military solutions that will necessarily please everyone. The

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Russians have found a solution that will not please everyone but will be

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a solution. I just want to have a quick look at something we did not

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box up in time. I went a bit off piste and stab another paper in. The

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Guardian, soaring state schools threatened private sector. This is

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also in the Times... I'm trained to look at my guests as well as you...

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It is also on the Times in a different guise. It is. I haven't

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seen that one yet so I am not sure what the Guardian's slant is. The

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Times is reporting that owing to dramatic improvements in state

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schools, the independent sector is facing long-term decline and is

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under pressure. You kind of think... Is this the crisis? It is a crisis

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for the business of private schools, but is this a crisis for the

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nation's education question probably not. A lot of parents will think,

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good, I do have to spend that money. It is a good news story. Schools are

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getting better, that is good news. But most of them have packaged it

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up... A school that offers lots of scholarships and bursaries to kids

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who cannot afford to go. You need the parents that can pay to

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subsidise those places. State schools are good, you'd only private

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scores, right? Finally, the Times. Kicked into orbit, Tim Peake is

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looking forward to the England and Scotland match tomorrow in the Six

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Nations. You have kind of had enough of this? I wouldn't put it quite as

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strongly as that... I do think there is some sense in which we might have

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reached peak Tim Peake. He looks... He is a spaceman. It's amazing. I'm

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beginning to wonder how many more promotional outfits he has stashed

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away. A little bit like Barbie, an outfit for every occasion. No, not

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like Barbie in any way because he is a proper spaceman. The interesting

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thing is he has his England flag and Scotland flag. Is he a big rugby

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fan? Of course. Anyway, that is the papers that this hour, but we will

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be back again at 11:30pm. See you later. Coming up

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Sportsday. When we come back, more on the earthquake that has hit

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Taiwan.

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