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about a return to tennis for new dad, Andy Murray.

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That's all after The Papers. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the the papers will be With me are Beth Rigby,

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who's media editor at the Times and the political commentator

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Lance Price. Let's get straight to it, beginning

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with the Telegraph newspaper. Generals, we are safer in Europe.

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We've had big bosses of FTSE 100 companies, we will probably have

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bakers tomorrow and hairstylists the next day. This time, it is the

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generals who are saying we should stay in Europe? Yes, it was the FTSE

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100 Chief Executive 's this morning. Only one third? 34 out of 100, but a

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lot of that see companies never want to make any announcements on these

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kinds of matters, it is not a bad number -- FTSE. More will come out

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as there are more board meetings. We are talking about the generals! They

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are bringing in the Army! This is a letter in The Daily Telegraph, and

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forces chiefs believe that it is in our national interests to remain in

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the EU. What we are seeing here is this is the beginning of the number

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ten machine, gearing up to try to win the argument on Europe, there is

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a pol in the Times which hopefully we can get to later, suggested by

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YouGov that it is neck and neck. There are issues around national

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security, David Cameron argues that we are better off if we stay in

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Europe, Eurosceptics, and those who want to leave the EU say that it is

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Project Fear, and attempt to scare the public into staying in and they

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would like for them to make more positive arguments about staying in

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the EU rather than trying to scare us all into voting in. Lance, the

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alt camp would say that it is not Europe who defends our security but

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Nato? -- out. Yes, I am a strong pro-European, but I think defence is

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one of the weaker arguments. Britain could have defence cooperation with

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in the European Union just as easily as if we were outside. There's a

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good defensive case about the defence of the country through

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intelligence cooperation and the rest of it, and European arrest

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warrants, the idea we are more vulnerable to attack from Russia or

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so-called Islamic State is probably stretching it a little bit. But what

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is interesting is a few days into the campaign... And you are bored

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already? Not at all! It is really important. All of the big arguments

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are being deployed straightaway. Four months of this, and as we were

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saying, we've had the big businesses, now we have the

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generals, all of the big arguments are put on the table now. And

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presumably things will go quiet. Because it is so close, as that poll

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in the Times suggests. It is a knife edge, anything could swear it.

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Generals, security, that could help with swaying people one way or the

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other in the debate? I think the other point about this is that over

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the weekend with a declaration of Michael Gove, the Justice Secretary,

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and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the declaration of those

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two big cabinet beasts saying they want to support the out campaign,

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Downing Street on a back foot and want to take the momentum. If you

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think about what happened on Monday morning, every single national

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newspaper aside from The Financial Times on horse Johnson's decision.

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Not all of them complimentary. -- Boris Johnson. It was blanket

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coverage, if you like. What's David Cameron and number ten and those

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Conservatives who want to stay in, they are trying to set an agenda. At

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the moment, but -- because the campaign is just

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kicking off, there is such an appetite to cover it, you want to

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feed the media beast, feed it with your stuff, rather than let your

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opponents get theirs in. One thing that could be influential is the

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migration crisis. The Telegraph has this headline...

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If you look at the kind of issues that people tell the pollsters they

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are most concerned about, migration is always around the top. One of the

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reasons, I think, suggested in this story is that David Cameron wanted

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the referendum in the first half of the year, before the summer months

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when traditionally the numbers of migrants rise. Even now, it's a mild

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winter, and in February we are seeing figures that are way higher

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than the same time last year. Migrants coming in, it may well be

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that this is an issue that others haven't talked about. The

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International organisation for migration are basically saying there

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are 110,000 people in the first six weeks of the year compared to 7500

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in the same period last year. What is that telling us? That the

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continued civil war in Syria and the inability of the international

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community to come to an agreement to create a ceasefire is creating a

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huge migration crisis. In the story, the Telegraph say an apparent

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inability of the EU to find a joint solution to the migrant crisis, hang

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on, this is the worst migrant crisis since the Second World War. It is a

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very big problem. The situation in Syria, the problem itself, and Iraq,

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it happens elsewhere, it is not something that the EU can solve. It

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is the EU that bears the brunt of trying to deal with this. Supporters

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of the EU will say... Just one more point, we aren't a member of

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Schengen. Migrants coming into the EU, it does not mean that the UK

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will take a lot of migrants in, and refugees in. We know David Cameron

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said 20,000, that is our count... Some people would read that

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headline... We aren't talking about Britain, but there is a knock-on

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effect. In the Guardian, junior doctors declare a fresh wave... Of

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strikes. Two months. This is really getting nasty. It is. Basically,

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after two months of protracted negotiations and very public and

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bitter fighting between the Department of Health and Jeremy

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Hunt, the Health Secretary, and junior doctors, the row continues

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and threats of strikes. Jeremy Hunt has imposed this contract on junior

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doctors now, to work a seven-day week and work weekends. They are now

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saying that they want to have three new 48 hour strikes, and seek a

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judicial review in an escalation of what is already a bitter dispute.

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The Department of Health's view is that once the contract is imposed,

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then the resistance will ebb away, because a lot of doctors will find

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it is not as bad as they thought, or conditions are improved. That is the

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Department of Health. The one thing I would say about this is watchful

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Jeremy Hunt to be reshuffled after the June referendum. If you think

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about what happened between Michael Gove and the teachers... And

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Lansbury and the NHS. Yes, I think after this episode that David

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Cameron will want to... Lance, the junior doctors clearly believe

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public opinion is on their side? In this whole dispute. They would not

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be calling the kinds of strikes that would put people's hospital

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appointments off for weeks or months if they did not go the public were

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behind them. I think that they feel the majority of the public are

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behind them, let's face it, looking at any card upon about who you trust

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in society, people trust a doctor over a politician. -- any poll. I

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think people do have sympathy, the junior doctors are doing their best,

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as soon as it looks like they were asking for more money, then some of

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the public sympathy would ebb away. But we have two C. It could go one

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through the summer, it might do at this rate. -- we have to see. Do you

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like chocolate? I'm partial! Don't buy a Mars bar. Plastic has been

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found in a Snickers bar, but the Mars company makes them.

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And Snickers bar would not be such a headline! Plastic has been found in

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one in Germany. They found plastic and one, but because they aren't

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sure whether sources, and they aren't sure, because the factory

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probably produces millions of lovely Chocolate. They are having to recall

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a lot of chocolate. It is one of the food industry's biggest ever recall

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is. Will the brands suffer as a result of this? Probably not. What

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some people would say is that they are overreacting. Rather than under

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reacting. That is always a good thing. I think Perrier few years ago

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took millions and millions of bottles of of the shelves, costing

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them a fortune but protecting the brand. -- off the shelves. They are

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worth a fortune. You will be back later to discuss more of the

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stories. Stay with us, more coming up. Now,

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