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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are Sue Matthias, the Senior News Projects 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 ahead of the EU

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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, because of rising

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It quotes the publisher of the Good Schools Guide, saying independent

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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 by the European Court that

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She served a prison term for smuggling a SIM card to

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The Daily Mail has the banner headline, "Exodus".

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It says another 70,000 people are fleeing the fighting and heading for

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the Turkish border, "just one step away from Europe", as it puts it.

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We are going to start with the story about private schools. It is in the

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Guardian and also the Times, a slightly different slump in both

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papers. -- slant. Results and behaviour see big improvement. Good

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news and bad news, depending on where you send your kids? Good news

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for most people, because most people send their kids to state schools. It

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is a slightly odd story, because it is a good news story that state

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schools are getting better. Yet both papers have gone with, this is a bad

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thing for the private sector, rather than the possibly more positive spin

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on it. It is based on the good schools guide, put together by Ralph

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Lucas in the Guardian, Lord Lucas in the Times, interestingly. Justin on

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Twitter says that if that kind of story slows down the extent of long

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run above inflation school fee rises then good, but I doubt it. Supply

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and demand, I suppose. Will they drop their prices? It is picked up

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in the Times, which does report on two decades of above inflation rises

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in fees, which is pushing private education beyond the reach of the

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middle earners, and that is really the nub of the story when it comes

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down to it. The private schools are pricing themselves out of the

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market, combined with a massive increase in standards across the

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state sector. And not just in London, interestingly, where that is

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received quite a lot of attention. It is not confined to London. In the

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Times, private schools in crisis, hundreds face closure as parents

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teach fees and opt for state schools. About a year ago, in the

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aftermath of the crunch, some schools were having to look at the

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idea of going into the state sector, perhaps as academy schools or free

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schools. Exactly, and another thing I think it is a pattern is that

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parents who choose independent schools will stick with it up to

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secondary level, and then find that often they have a very strong sixth

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form college education, which is really strong. It is slicing away

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from the top as well. It is a bit rich, if you will excuse the pun,

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that these schools live by the capitalist system, you have to pay

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for them. A lot of them do, many of them have charitable foundations.

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Most of them, you have to pay for the education. I'm sorry, and I know

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this for sure, a lot of them offer bursaries and scholarships. But that

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is replacing the fees, somebody still has to pay the fee, and now

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they are having more competition and they are worried this is putting

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them out of business. The deal is you improve your standards and then

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you survive, that is how the capitalist system works. There is

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also a line in one of these reports that says that despite this, private

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school pupil numbers have never been higher. So this effect is obviously

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going to take a while to come through, so we mustn't shed too many

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tears right now. I don't think the independent system is going anywhere

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in a hurry. I am shocked at the lack of balance, the pair of you. The

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Independent, why are you laughing? I will provide the balance! I think

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this is probably the best of the front-page stories. The five

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Challenger banks were set up to provide more competition to make the

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banks behave themselves, and they are being run by Fred Goodwin's

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coterie, the people who are running RBS, you may remember crash the

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economy. He turned out to be fantastically bad that his job, and

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the people who were working with him are now running these Challenger

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banks. It is not hard to find people who would be better at running them,

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because you just find people who haven't crashed the economy? Can you

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blame them for his mistakes? He wasn't solely to blame at RBS for

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crashing the economy, he did have a large role in it though. Surely we

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can find people in the country who have not worked for RBS can a bank,

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there must be? The revelation was called " disturbing". They said

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mistakes had drained the Exchequer of billions of pounds, and that

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would not be repeated. It doesn't look good, doesn't? I think Martine

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has a point, of these individuals -- each of these individuals are good

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bankers and executives in their own right, but it doesn't look good.

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Hasn't the sector changed quite a lot since it all went wrong? Yes, it

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is a great story, because it makes you drop your post over breakfast.

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You will wonder how these people survived the crash and seem to be

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flourishing despite what happened. Surprise, surprise. Lex look at the

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FT. -- let's look at the FT. Few contingency plans among FTSE groups,

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large companies want to lie low. What is going on? Do you think these

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companies feel they don't need to worry about a Brexit? The FT has

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done a survey of the FTSE 100, and it turns out that only four of them

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were prepared to say they were engaging in any kind of detailed

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planning. Vodafone said that no planning of note was required. So,

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either they are coming over as pretty complacent, or they really

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don't think there is anything very much to worry about. Those are the

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only two possible conclusions. It is very interesting. In a way, you

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might say this is a steady as you go reassuring, this business is happy,

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David Cameron will be happy with these comments. I wonder whether

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they think they have longer than they have, it won't happen in the

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summer and they will get themselves organised just in case. I think they

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don't think it is going to happen. The out campaign will be happy with

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this. They will think that this means the establishment is

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complacent. Here we have the establishment being painted as

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taking for granted that they will not be a Brexit. The league campaign

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will be happy with this, because they will say, these guys think they

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are going to be OK, and they will try to fire up their supporters by

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giving the establishment of bloody nose. In the final paragraph it is

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pointed out that while no FTSE company said it wanted Britain to

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leave, only 18 said that they backed continuing membership. It is hard to

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predict, they haven't really come out... Abu Hamza and latest blow to

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UN sovereign tree. Terrorist daughter-in-law cannot it reported

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due to human rights. Can we have some background? It is another EU

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referendum story in a roundabout way. This is the daughter-in-law of

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Abu Hamza, smuggled a sim card to him in jail, which is not the worst

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crime, but he is a particularly nasty character, so it is a bad

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thing to have done. He was eventually sent to America. He was,

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where he has been jailed for a long time. She was jailed for a year. The

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European Court of justice, which is the UN -- EU Court, says that she

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cannot be deported because she has the right to family life. The out

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campaign is piling in saying that it means Britain cannot make its own

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laws. The timing is brilliant, especially for the Daily Telegraph.

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He has Abu Hamza, the most hated man in Britain, the European court of

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justice making an appalling decision yet again, according to the

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Telegraph. And it all comes to a wonderful climax at the end of this

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week. It comes down to the issue of you can pick and choose who you are

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allowed to give human rights. Yes, and newspapers are not very good at

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dealing with the nuance of these cases. Although, this one is

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particularly badly timed, and obviously there is an issue with

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this, but most people will think this is not a great decision by the

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European court of justice. On the face of it, it is probably are bad

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one. That is why we have checks and balances, so that everybody has the

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laws applied to them. The Guardian, the Democrats, the test of... The

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Clintons are getting a taste of the GOP treatment. This is an analysis

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of the Clinton Sanders situation, that Sanders is being hailed as

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authentic and drawing an enormous amount of support from young

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voters. He only joined the Democrats last year, he was independent before

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that. The question raised at the end of this is, is he at all electable?

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If not, why is he dead, and making a comparison with Jeremy Corbyn. That

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is why it is on the front page of the Guardian. It is about Jeremy

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Corbyn, really. We think what is going on in the Labour Party is

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somehow unique to the Labour Party, but it is not, it is a worldwide

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phenomenon of people looking for the outsider candidate. Hillary Clinton

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is not an outsider, but she is electable. I think she said

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progressive 15 times. A lot of the Twitter feeds on the night of this

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face-off were criticising Bernie Sanders' lack of foreign policy, and

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saying that he just doesn't have the experience. What am I allowed to

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call people? Clinton is the real deal, and he is having his moment,

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but as it says at the end, if he wins the nomination he might as well

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hand the Republicans the keys to the White House right now, I strongly

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suspect that is the case. But then the Republicans have their own

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issue... Astronaut Tim Peake prepares for England and Scotland's

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Six Nations clash today. The match will be beamed live to the

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International Space Station, and another costume change for Tim

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Peake. This will confuse the Russians, do they do rugby? I like

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it because you have the English flag in the Scottish flag, and his wife

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is Scottish. That has not been mentioned, but he has clearly nailed

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his colours to the mast, as it were. The annual fallout is being

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avoided by him being in space. And as I said earlier, I think we have

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just about reached peak Peake. When you are tired of space menu are

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tired of life, I think. Thank you both, up next is Sportsday.

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