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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are Press and Journal's Westminster correspondent,

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Lindsay Watling, and broadcaster David Akinsanya.

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The Sunday Times reports that David Cameron is being warned he may

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face a leadership challenge even if Britain votes to stay in the EU.

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The introduction in the House of Commons this week

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of the government's Investigatory Powers Bill is

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The Observer has an interview with the Europe

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Minister David Lidington, who says Britain voting to leave the EU would

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The Sunday Express leads with a survey suggesting 25 out of the

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28 EU member states feel negatively about the future of the EU.

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And sticking with the EU theme, the Mail reports on divisions within the

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Conservative party, with reports of the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

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clashing with a long standing Tory eurosceptic MP Sir Bill Cash.

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Let's begin with the Observer. Brexit would spark a decade of

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economic limbo, claims a top Tory. The G 20s say that it would be a

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risk to the global economy. A lot of talk about that today. It is scary

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stuff, people are jostling for position, saying this way is bad in

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this way is good. But whether or not that is getting through to real

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people, I don't know. The G20 has just taken place in China, and

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people are saying it is a big risk to the world economy, and I think

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that is what they are homing in on. It is interesting but that is added

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to a state of post- G20, including officials that were travelling with

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them, 15 of them aren't even in the EU. It is a strange thing for them

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to do, and the suggestion is that George has pushed for them to say

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that. It could be that the likes of China were thinking about

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themselves, not the EU. They are thinking about the global economy

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and how it may affect them. It is a coup for George Osborne in terms of

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getting a statement like that, because it adds ammunition to their

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narrative, but I think he said yesterday that there would be

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profound economic shock if it and voted to leave the EU. The Energy

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minister said that was absurd. Again, there are divisions within

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the party. And individuals. People are changing their minds. Boris

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Johnson, he changed his mind, everyone thought he would go the

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other way, but he switched to the out campaign. It just feels like

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there are a lot of people positioning themselves. Isn't that

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happening in the public as well? The politicians have perhaps been

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thinking about it a lot longer than us. But there are clearly some

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people, other politicians who are lined up, but there are still people

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who are deciding. Boris Johnson said he decided a while ago but it was a

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long and hard decision. I have friends who are literally only

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interested in the immigration debate, and that is what they will

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base their decision on. They are not thinking about whether there will be

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less business or whether the pound will be affected, they have a very

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clear position. But I think the majority of people haven't. I think

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most people make up their minds perhaps if they go to vote, if they

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go to vote at all. Of course, they might not vote at all. The Mail on

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Sunday is describing it as a meltdown. Suggesting that the

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Conservative Party is in trouble with its divisions, but it could be

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argued that they are just reflecting what is happening across the

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country. Yes, and just because people are members of the same party

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doesn't mean they will have the same views on everything. David Cameron

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has given his... He has suspended collective Cabinet responsibility to

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allow them to campaign however they want. I think potentially it is

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quite dangerous going forward. We saw towards the end of last year

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fierce divisions within the Labour Party and that has been very

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dangerous for them. I think the risk is that there will be divisions that

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can't be healed, coming together afterwards. It is certainly being

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written about. What happened between Sir Phillip Hammond and Sir Bill

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Cash? There has been some colourful language and name-calling, which we

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have heard in the Tory party before. There are nasty things being said to

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each other, and apparently Phillip Hammond, who is the Foreign

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Minister, is usually quite calm guy and quite laid back. You can see

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here that he... Bill Cash latently published something that he asked

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him not to, so what does he say about transparency? Why are they not

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publishing everything they know, why is he in trouble for this? As we

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move closer to the referendum, it will be ramped up more and more,

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there will be a lot of nastiness and to-ing and fro-ing. Are worrying

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headline for David Cameron, Tory threats to cast PM half EU vote.

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Where is this coming from? The question has always been that if he

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loses, and Britain does vote to leave the EU, he would have to

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resign. He has said that he wouldn't, but this is going one

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stage further. It is suggesting there could be a leadership

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challenge even if Britain votes to stay. It is all to do with the party

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being disarray and fears of a split. So, what we were just talking about,

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Cameron really faces the challenge of keeping it together. It is all

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very well for people to disagree, it is how they disagreed. They are

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saying a vote of no confidence could be called off the back of this

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infighting, and a senior backbencher is saying it would be doable. More

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than 140 MPs are committed to leading the EU. A tough week the

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David Cameron, many people in the party coming out against him. He has

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brought it on himself, he is the one who offered the referendum to

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people. That people haven't had a say for a long time. But it is not

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like... He started it, didn't he? But they have been divisions for a

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long time. But he needn't have done what he did, and I don't think he

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will stay as PM anyway. He has a few years yet, he might stick around a

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bit longer. But it is a risk for the PM. That's right, and especially

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within the party when you know there are so many Eurosceptics. I always

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understood that about the Tory party, that a lot of them were anti-

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Europe. It will be interesting to see what happens in the Conservative

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Party after the referendum, because those rifts will suddenly have to

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work together again. In some shape or form, either in or out of the EU.

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People on the periphery, there will always be defined camps, but I think

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in the mainstream people kiss and make up. Shall we move away from the

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EU? Let's talk about charities. We are talking about these people who

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we see in the charity industry with clip boards, asking us for money.

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Like I said before, I am happy to give a pound or ?2 into a

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collection, but they want you to stop and take ten minutes, then get

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a 12 month standing order from you. They are getting on people's nerves.

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This is coming because the chairman of the Charity Commission is saying

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that if charities don't get themselves in order they will have

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to face regulations, and we have all heard about the issues to do with

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agent -- H and K. I don't give much money to charity now, because I

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don't like the idea of them sitting in posh offices. Do you avoid them?

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I do, I often walk on the other side of the road. We haven't got time,

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have we? That sounds like an awful thing to say, but you are actually

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trying to get somewhere and you don't have time to stop. I know you

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both like Adele. She is celebrating her recent success. This is about

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the price of tickets that are going on sale. If I had the money, I

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probably would, and she is one of the greats of my time and it would

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be great to go and see her. It is probably worth the money. She won't

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like this, will she? No, she tried to stop touts from reselling her

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tickets. They are selling at 290 times the original price. That is

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crazy. A seat with a face value of ?85, calling for more than ?25,000.

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We just have time to talk about barmaids... I shouldn't have said

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that, but I am reading the headline! Barmaids barred by law.

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Anything that refers to the sex of the person. This is specifically

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about hoteliers all -- advertising for barmaids. We had dinner ladies

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and they are now midday supervisors. We have the issue of paperboy, you

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can't advertise for a paperboy. My view is that the bigger issue is the

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paperboy being paid the same as the paper girl? In some cases there is

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still a gender pay gap, and in some cases not. A lot of it is habit and

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slip of the tongue. And what we are used to. It is also about the age.

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It is not just about sex, but age. You can't ask for a recent graduate

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or a mature person. You can't ask for a Polish builder, either. No,

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because you are discriminating. I still call a policeman a policeman

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sometimes, obviously if it was a woman I wouldn't. The same mankind?

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Humankind, person kind? I was a barmaid for years, and I have no

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objection to be calling that. I was a paperboy. I was a paperboy. It

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didn't last long, because I have never been good at getting up early!

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Thank you both for joining us today. You can watch it on my player in a

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