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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are the author and journalist Matthew Green

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Darren Lehmann says she is exquisite on Twitter. There you go.

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Trinity Mirror launches New Day, kicking off its front page with

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a report which highlights the plight of 40,000 infant carers.

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The Financial Times carries claims from the British Retail Consortium

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that one million jobs in retail will disappear by 2025.

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The Daily Express states migrants will have received benefits to the

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The Metro headlines comments from Eurosceptic cabinet minister

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Iain Duncan Smith, who says David Cameron has a low opinion

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of the British people for suggesting a Brexit would be a major gamble.

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The Times focuses on the growing fury of Cabinet ministers who

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support a Brexit being denied access to official EU documents.

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The Daily Telegraph headlines a leaked report,

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which suggests up to twenty-thousand people in need of emergency care

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were denied immediate access to ambulances so that officials could

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The Daily Mail leads with claims from a new book,

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which suggests former prime minister Tony Blair decided to invade Iraq

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The i headlines a report which says Chancellor George

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Osbourne's Northern Ppowerhouse is seriously lacking.

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-- Powerhouse. We start with something completely new. The New

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Day is a new paper from the Trinity Mirror promising not to tell us what

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to think but to be impartial. The front page has a story about stolen

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childhood and 40,000 infant carers in this country. What of the look of

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the papermasse I think it is openly. -- what of the look of the paper? It

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is a new paper which is a good thing. If you ask if I am pleased if

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it is a new paper, I am thrilled but I don't think it is laid out very

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well. It has a strong story on the front page. We are always sorry to

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hear about child carers. I am surprised because the paper says it

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is there to be upbeat and optimistic and will provide a different

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perspective. It has begun with this very important but depressing story.

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We said before we can hardly believe it is only nine days since learning

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the Independent would go online only and yet here we have a publisher

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deciding there is an appetite for this. The idea of a business model

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consisting of growing trees, chopping them down, turning them

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into newsprint and printing something that happened yesterday

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and distributing it to large numbers seems 20th century. It is great to

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see such a bold move into the market. We can be more broadminded.

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We are delighted for the readers. Let's hope there will be some. They

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are giving away free copies. It will be 25p and then it will be 50p. They

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have managed to get the Prime Minister to write on page 12 about

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the story of the year, the Brexit campaign. He is setting out his

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stall. How anti- Brexit e-cig? -- is he? It is familiar ground, talking

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about how complicated and uncertain it will be if Britain leaves the EU,

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raising questions about trade deals and the relationship with the EU, so

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there are no surprises. Nonetheless it is a good start for the paper. I

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am glad you were paying close enough attention or we could have had more

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trouble. There is balance in the form of a teacher who is undecided.

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She does not know whether to stay in or to leave. What are her concerns?

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She does not understand the issues. I have really been surprised by the

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Europe today because I thought most people would make their decisions on

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an emotional basis. Just thinking their gut instinct is in or out,

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which is how most of us make political decisions but I am struck

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I how many people over the last ten days who say they want to hear the

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argument. That is because it is so complicated that we have no idea

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whether or not it is good or not. We don't know how trade deals work.

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Shall we ignore that foreign? I think it was mine. I am terribly

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sorry. I thought I had turned it off. If you are trying to call, she

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is on telly, please wait. We are discussing serious matters. You may

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never have me back. We will, of course. This is what makes the

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papers what it is. It is live TV. Exactly. To finish that point, if

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one side or the other can make it clear to all of us, in a language we

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can understand... (CROSSTALK). The issue that will galvanise the

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outvote. Immigration is easy to understand but... A lot of people

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want to know what the future is for their family. It would mean ten

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years of uncertainty, and we know how much markets hate uncertainty,

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and the pound has already taken a hit, hasn't it? Why could it be so

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complicated and a long process? This is a leaked government report

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analysing what would happen if there is a vote for a Brexit and it is

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going into the details of how complicated it would be to extricate

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ourselves from this arrangement we've been part of for 40 years.

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There is trade with the other countries in the EU, everything from

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fishing rights, agricultural policy, security arrangements, and

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we have to renegotiate another 50 trade deals with other countries

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outside the EU that are covered in the EU trade deal, so it is an

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absolute nightmare. There are plenty who think it is doable, that it is

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just the paperwork, but it is about sovereignty, having control over as

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in destiny. Those in favour of a Brexit like Boris Johnson has said

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there could be up to a decade of uncertainty. They acknowledge it

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will be complicated. The argument is in the long-term it is worth

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extricating ourselves. It is something we can't really tell. We

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have had a very complicated time trying to get the simple agreement

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out of the EU about how we have different states at the moment.

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Imagine having hundreds of thousands of negotiations with the EU and

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other countries. It will take a very long time. The Times, rising fury of

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ministers muzzled over Brexit. Demanding answers from the civil

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services chief. Certain ministers are not being allowed access to EU

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documents. Do we know what they are? I am not sure. It is a good story.

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Eurosceptic ministers have been told they can't access briefings to do

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with the referendum. Ministers like Iain Duncan Smith say what it means

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is that they don't have free access to the papers affecting how the

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departments operate. And the Times have been sensible, of course, there

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is an impartial civil service meant to service the government, it cant

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start writing anti- EU briefings because ministers want them --

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can't. At the same time we have ministers who don't know what's

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going on. You can't have two types of ministers. Couldn't we have

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foreseen this coming? Well, it is very complicated. If the government

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is supposed to be impartial but ministers equal, you can see it is

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difficult. You don't want people to act against you using government

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statistics. It is the internal feud dominating debate, rather than

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whether it would be better to be in or out for Britain. We look at the

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Independent. Northern poorhouse is the headline. Ten of the most

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struggling towns and cities are in the north. The North really needs

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the Powerhouse... Before that, it is unusual to see a newspaper printed

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outside London on this programme. What do you mean? We should have

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northern newspapers. Oh, dear. Don't start. It comes up again and again

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and we hear it from all of the London press. We don't get papers

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outside the capital. That is not quite true. The Sunday Post, the

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Herald. Occasionally. The New Day, the northern paper. I suppose I am

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making a facetious point, but... We do do the Western Mail occasionally.

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To the story, it is a new report saying that ten of the UK's most

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travelling cities are in the north, which is not much of a surprise.

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There has been this northern powerhouse initiative launched by

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George Osborne to devolve political power. The report is saying that it

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is not delivering results. You say it would be OK if we had HS2? There

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is no mention of it in these pages. It is saying that there are hasn't

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been much of the strategy and it says that in deprived areas, telling

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them to get on with it, is not working. UK Imams travel to Iraq. At

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a time when leaders are under pressure to combat extremism, it is

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an extreme initiative. It is completely new. Different from what

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we have had from education in schools. It is sending Sunni Imams

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to the front lines to learn from people living under ice is really

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like to come at and say to the people who listen to them, you know

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it is not going to paradise but having a nice time now. It is quite

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perilous. It could be depending on where they visit. How close they go

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to the ice is controlled areas. It goes to the core of the question

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about how to combat radicalisation among Muslim youth in the UK. It is

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great that Imams are doing this and it is important to have the message

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broadcast through the mosques, the mainstream asks, but one of the fact

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that have emerged of late is the influence of the Internet and this

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culture of jihadi cool which so many young men seem to be hypnotised by.

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That is very slick propaganda, through preachers in the Middle East

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and other parts of the world broadcasting their worldview to them

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and whether or not the message of these well-meaning imams will reach

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of these young men is open to question. It has to be worth a try.

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The FT, luxury flats lose foreign buyers. I never thought I would read

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that. This is the closest we have come to a good new story apart from

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the fact that there is a beautiful dress on the front of the Times

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which lifted all of Azema experience. Especially Matthew's! --

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all of our spirits. We were hoping that apparently the market is

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falling in the luxury market even for flats in Battersea Power Station

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which have got 24-hour butlers, it means perhaps developers will stop

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marketing their flights abroad to the multimillionaires and build

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flats at Londoners can live in. Is there an off money in affordable

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flats? I can only afford a 12 hour service for my butler. I can't

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afford that. Jean Cabut unaddressed. I think no one can. -- I can't

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afford this Dolce and Gabbana dress. How much would it be worth? Into the

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hundreds of thousands. It is the rolling for me, anyway, which is why

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I won't be buying it. She said. Anyway. I don't know how happy

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Matthew has been with the selection of papers tonight. We will try to do

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better next time. Lovely to see you. Thank you. That is it for the papers

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tonight. Thank you to Matthew

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