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Plenty more football, as well as rugby and cricket and all the latest

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surrounding the boxing bout between Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be

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With me are Martin Lipton, the Deputy Head of Sport Content

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at The Sun, and the writer and broadcaster Louise Scodie.

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The Times says Boris Johnson has backed away from the suggestion that

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a vote to leave the EU would force Brussels to give Britain a better

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The Telegraph says the Mayor of London has appealed to Cabinet

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ministers backing the campaign to stay in the European Union to think

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again. The Independent focuses on George Osborne's warning made to the

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BBC that he may have to impose deeper cuts in public spending. The

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Guardian leads on allegations of abuse and bullying attitude for S

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run prison. There is a new biography of Tony Blair and the Government

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policy on immigration. In the Daily Express, the migrant crisis in

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Europe could destroy the EU, it is feared. Let's begin with a story on

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the Independent. We heard George Osborne speaking in China about

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this. George Osborne prepares new cuts as economic gloom deepens. Next

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month's budget to feature fresh austerity. Tax revenues expected to

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fall short of predictions. Bad news coming all the way from China.

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Certainly. Presented rather like an anvil landing on our heads. What an

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ominous story! No one is looking forward to more austerity. That much

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is clear. The way the story is presented leaves you in no doubt

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that the tone here is very much critical of Osborne's decision.

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Calling it a fateful decision makes you think we are just headed for

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more and more trouble. This will be absolutely no good. I am not sure

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anyone will welcome the posterity measures. Certainly in the

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Independent, all of the stories detailing the austerities will be

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negative. I wonder how surprised people will feel that there will be

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more cuts. Five Apeople were prepared to accept hard economic

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pain for a short-term. People were prepared to accept. This was on the

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basis that things are moving in the correct direction. Now we are facing

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more of the same and cuts upon cuts upon cuts, effectively. I am not

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entirely sure there will be the same response to rip them may have been

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between 2010 and 2015. It will be a big issue for the Government to try

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to sell more of the same. Does it not matter whether cuts fall? Of

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course it does. If people perceive the cuts are inflicting damage upon

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their lives and pain to them, often you can see in the initial stages

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people do not think it will affect them, it will affect someone else

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will do if the scope becomes wider and wider and wider, they may well

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indeed be as inevitable and necessary as the Government says the

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people will ask, why am I suffering? Then it becomes a bigger issue. That

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is often the way. That is assuming that people do not have empathy. I

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would argue with that. The cuts have been deeply unpopular from the start

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and there has been a degree of worry for other people who have been

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affected by this. There have been protests. Many saw them as a

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necessary evil. People believed that austerity was a needless policy in

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the first place. One wonders whether the former camp might shrink and the

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latter camp might grow. Letter stick with the independent and look at the

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main picture story here. -- let us stick. The gathering in Zurich. We

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have been trying to find them. They cannot believe it is not Sepp

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Blatter. Fifa picks new head for football's family. The new president

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has been voted in in the end. Only two ballots. This man, Johnny baby,

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as his name possibly translates. Gianni in panty no, tell us about

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him. He has been very senior -- Infantino. He only stayed because

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the fella who were supposed to stand, Michel Platini was forced out

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of favour because ?1.3 million payment that had not been declared

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between Sepp Blatter and himself ten years earlier. Uefa, European Fogel,

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decided it needed someone to try and run on behalf of them, not really

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respecting to win. Lo and behold Gianni Infantino is Fifa president.

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He is a lawyer, an accountant, a bright spark. He speaks so many

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languages. He is a genuine polyglot. He answered questions in about seven

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different languages. Sepp Blatter could also speak lots of different

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averages. Being multitalented in languages does not make you the best

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man to lead in world football. That art is -- there are issues with him

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but he seems the least worst alternative. There are suggestions

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it is not a new era for Fifa, it is rearranging the deck chairs. He

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stood out. He seemed to be the most genuine and heartfelt. I love the

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fact he addressed the people working for him in his acceptance speech.

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That gave a nice humane touch to proceedings. I am not the biggest

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football fan in the world. What I care for is open and transparent

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leadership. The priority in my mind is the fans. You want a leader who

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will lead an organisation who will do right by the fans. There are so

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many people spending money on football tickets and football

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paraphernalia every week. I would want the organisation organises the

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will to be one that does so in a culture of honesty. You may look

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cynical. If you honestly think anyone in football cares about the

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fans, sadly that is not the case. Football is a multi-billion pound

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business. Fifa is designed to keep the gravy train on its tracks. Sadly

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that is true. It is about guidance and leadership and everything else.

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People at the meeting are worried about themselves first and foremost.

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What Fifa needs is a complete overhaul and should be run by a

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separate set of people A few stories about Boris Johnson a membership of

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the European Union. Maher changes mind too worn out vote will be

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final. He seemed to suggest the other day that an out vote might

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encourage partners in the European Union to offer a better deal. Now he

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appears to be saying, no means no. It makes me feel very cheerful. The

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main stand out for me is that we have had months of this. This will

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make me very happy indeed. At least we know where he stands. We know

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where he stands today. It is good to have clarity. This comes on the same

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day that Michael Howard has said, actually, no can mean maybe. If we

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vote to leave, that would force the EU to renegotiate is the point that

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Johnson was saying on Monday and he has now reneges from. It does seem

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there was no certainty in their voices. They are moving from pillar

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to post. It is an issue for them. If this exit campaign will be

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successful, and believe campaign will win, they lead people who have

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some resonance with the public. They have proved they can win for the

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Tories in London, a Labour stronghold. Michael Gove, again, a

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bright man, who has come out as a leading light from the people who

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have expertise. They need to be consistent and able to show they are

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in control of this argument. At the moment there seems to be an

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inconsistency in that argument. The Daily Telegraph has said that Boris

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is urging allies in the Cabinet, the Prime Minister's allies in joining

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him. It was about the power play between Boris and Cameron. Think

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about staying in or out, it is about establishing the facts. If we had a

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leader who was laying it on the line and telling us straight, there would

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be less confusion. It is interesting. Theresa May was looked

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upon as a potential person who would vote for out until she decided to be

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in. That has caused problems for the pro-exit lobby, certainly. Brussels

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has decided not to stop us having powerful kettles. Maybe just to be a

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bit nice to us at the moment. They flip the switch on cattle herds. The

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suggestion that you would not be able to have a super charged kettle

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or toaster. -- kettle. This cannot be argued against the can it? The UK

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Independence Party person says, he is blaming Brussels for taking four

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attempts to make his toast fit to spread marmalade. You are in charge

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of your marmalade! Turn up the dial. This man believes he can have hard

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and soft do like he can have hard and soft water. In the Times, the

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date of the trip down memory lane. -- offers a trip. I cannot take

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painkillers without a fuss. Out of the three of us I am the least

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likely to remember the 60s. I was four when they finished. Just saying

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it how it is. This was a fun and fabulous exhibition with a few

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things to raise a few eyebrows. Displays are likely to feature in

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our power nudity, as opposed to usual nudity. It promises to be the

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most controversial in the Victoria and Albert history. You are a cynic!

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You are just an out and out cynic. I am very disappointed. We will be

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back with another look at the front pages at 11:30 p.m.. Coming up, it

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is time for the sport.

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