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

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With me are Laura Hughes, political correspondent

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of the Daily Telegraph, and the journalist and political

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Welcome, good to have you here again.

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Let's have a look at the front pages.

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The Telegraph leads with Boris Johnson attacking

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what he call's David Cameron's "Agents of Fear" in the ongoing

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The Sunday Times has the same story plus a warning

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from the Justice Secretary, Michael Gove that the "EU fuels

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The Independent has an exclusive on what it says is a cover-up

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of the treatment of terror suspects in the UK.

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"NHS to harvest babies' organs" is the rather alarming headline

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The Sunday Express says Britannia will no longer rule the waves

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claiming the EU wants to take charge of the UK coastguard as part

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Welcome to both of you. Laura, let's begin with the Sunday Telegraph, a

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couple of stories, Boris Furia over EU bullying scandal. This is all to

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do with the suspension of the British Chamber of Commerce director

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general? Yes, the BBC should take a neutral stance, but he said they

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should be out. It caused controversy. It's been claimed that

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Downing Street lent on the board, the BCC, they said that the comments

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were inappropriate. They say that conversations did not happen between

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the board and number ten, Boris is having fun, this follows from

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project fear, he says. He says agents of the are putting pressure

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on businesses and people, bullying is absolutely shocking. It is strong

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language from Boris here. It is a good opportunity for the campaigners

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of the EU to leave the EU. What do you make of it? It's interesting,

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John Longworth said it was his personal view. Surely, being head of

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the BCC, he says it is not going to be taken on a personal note, he must

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have realised it would have cost uproar. Members of the board are

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split. -- caused uproar. We will see more stories like this, it is

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inappropriate not have a view on it. We've seen some division, people for

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the Brexit or the vote, that exit, whatever it is called, they say they

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are being bullied into not giving a point of view, it is interesting,

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because the government has allowed ministers to vote. They are

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campaigning, I think the Tory party will face a meltdown at some point,

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they are at each other's throats. The fact Boris Johnson calls it

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scandalous, it is part of his way of talking. It is interesting, we had

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this Iain Duncan Smith earlier in the week when he implied one of the

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government documents on the subject was like the dodgy dossier over

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weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The implication is the Prime

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Minister cannot be trusted on it, but the theory is people like Iain

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Duncan Smith and Boris Johnson will be sat around the table again with

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David Cameron on June 24, do people find that credible in Westminster?

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It's a collective responsibility in his own cabinet, he has key players,

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divisive and strong people like Michael Gove, Iain Duncan Smith,

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he's really interesting because he is in charge of benefits and migrant

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benefit issue will be a big one when it comes to voters choosing whether

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or not they want to leave the EU referendum. It ties into the

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leadership contest. We have reported before that after the referendum,

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the next leader of the Tory party, if Britain votes to stay in, would

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have to come from the vote leave campaign, it could be Boris or Priti

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Patel. It's interesting, having that in the back of your mind every time

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you hear these big characters making comments like this on stories.

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Another story on the front of the Telegraph, different reasons why

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ministers are falling out, over Sunday trading? It links into what

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Laura was saying about collective responsibility, we will see

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disagreements, people are more courageous about giving out their

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opinions, they will see a Cabinet reshuffle, this is about Sunday

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trading hours, an issue the government has raised before. The

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vote is on Wednesday. According to the story, two ministers, they

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aren't named, I don't know if it is on the inside, I don't make so. In

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addition to 50 MPs, they may vote against us. We know Labour will vote

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against, the SNP it is not clear. It is about the government could lose,

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potentially, or get a large opposition within their own party

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it's not clear how the vote will go but it is coming up on Wednesday.

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The SNP, it's another example, like the hunting law, the government gave

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up and said there was no point in trying to bring it back because the

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SNP would vote against. They can reach across the House of Commons

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and join forces, the same with Labour, it is a cross-party

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rebellion that is happening. That is trouble. Let's move on, "Britain

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will no longer ruled the waves". This is on the Sunday express. It

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would make anyone set up. I wonder what they think about the EU, the

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first line of the article says that the EU has drawn up plans to seize

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control of the British coastguard. You read through the whole story,

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its difficult to say whether these plans have been given the go-ahead

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or whether they are considering it, but it is clear the British

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government's view is that Britain is not part of the Schengen area. So

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far, everything coming from the government is that we are not

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included, but having said that, some of the language in how the story is

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written, you would think that Russia is controlling the coastguard. It is

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about the migrant crisis that we're having at the moment in Europe.

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Britain so far has been at bay from accepting refugees that coming in

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from Syria and other places of conflict, in addition to some

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migrants in different parts of the world. However, they say that the

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Eurocrats, bureaucrats from Europe, they want to take control. It is

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difficult to know whether this will go ahead. Given that Britain at the

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moment does not have this problem, why would you put more forces at a

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time when the EU has to put extra resources in from where they are

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having to deal with it. Is that necessarily a naval border that

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you'd need to defend in the same way? The Daily Express has come up

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with it wonderful illustration on the second page, I don't know if we

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have it on our screens, it's an image of the white cliffs, and I

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don't know whether -- don't know where they founded.

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There is the lion protecting Britain... Manning the seas. There

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is a ship in the background. She does not look fearsome, this

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Britannia. She looks quite relaxed! That is why we have to protect her.

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It is time for the lion to roar. This headline, I think it would have

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a lot of people picking up the Mail on Sunday, it is a striking

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headline. The NHS to harvest baby 's organs, does the story live up to

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the headline? It is about the decision that hopefully no woman

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would have to go through, or parents, they baby that -- of a baby

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that has defects that means it is stillborn, or they have to choose to

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abort. If you carry on with a nine-month pregnancy, have the baby

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born dead, but harvest the organs. It comes at a time when you have

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only had 11 organs donated in two years. There is a problem for babies

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being born. 11? Yes, only 11 under two months have become organ donors

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in the last two years. However, the way it comes across, it is true. It

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is a medical dilemma, whether the medical capabilities are there or

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not. To go to full term, knowing that a child is unlikely to survive

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will be so severely disabled, she, the mother, and the father, they

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make the decision, they may have chosen an abortion instead? It is

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described as "Ghoulish". By Doctor Trevor Summers, of Saint Mary 's

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University. You do have a crisis in organ donations, I think it says

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that there are 7000 people in Britain currently on the list but

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you have three dying every day because they do not have access. For

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a number of reasons, people are living longer. People are not

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offering up organs. It raises the question of, it is, before, whether

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some kind of opt in, or if you are automatically in unless you opt out,

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that could be a better option rather than going down this route. Unless

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there is something particular about a baby's organs that is lacking in

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adults or children... They are healthy, fresh... You can see that.

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One of the things that is interesting... It is a hard

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conversation for a doctor or nurse to have with a parent. This issue

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would not be raised, they say, when a woman is considering abortion. It

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would not come into the decision-making phase, it could

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start that way, but what happens in five, ten or 15 years... They are

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making clear that no one would be obliged to do so. Equally, you can

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imagine parents at a vulnerable point, they must be concerned about

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whether there would be pressure implicitly because of the

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vulnerabilities. They've changed the rules so I think that previously, it

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was illegal for any baby to donate an organ before two months, but they

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are relaxing it. I think people will be talking a lot about that story

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tomorrow morning. I'm glad we have it on this paper review.

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Let's move onto The Sunday Times. Two interesting stories, on the

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left, this organisation that is after your money again! Yes, this

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is... Apparently there is a loophole of ?115 million per year of people

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accessing BBC programming through their iPhones and iPads through

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iPlayer, I frequently use it and think it is brilliant. You can use

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it as long as you are in the UK or are using a VPN outside of the UK...

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You are not supposed to do that, we will brush over it! You get access

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to programmes that you would only have with the TV licence, it means

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new legislation that means you had to buy a TV licence. The point of

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this is that it really makes it a subscription, how is it different to

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Netflix or others? I don't necessarily think it is a bad thing.

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It is the principal, we have to think of ways to keep it going, but

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more of us are turning to online programming. The TV licence concept

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is becoming dead in the water. Perhaps this is the way to go?

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Laura, will everyone sign up if they had to pay for it? We will see. I

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don't know, it's a general problem that we have in the newspaper

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industry, even... Even more than we do. If you love it, pay for it.

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There are people behind the scenes putting it together for you. The

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Telegraph does not mean you had to pay for it? You can get a lot of

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online stuff off of the paper's website. What about publications you

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write for, is it common? In the Arab world, you still don't have to pay.

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We are probably 10-15 years behind the UK, it is the US is even more

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advanced in the sense that it is further ahead. People buy carbon

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copy papers more than you would find here. To go back to the BBC issue,

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there are amazing programmes people will pay to see. We've realised it

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when they sell some of their programmes. Let's squeeze in one

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war, OMG. The! Will not be allowed. -- the exclaimation mark will stop

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being used. Seven-year-olds, they are not going to be allowed to be

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used the exclaimation mark. It would be used in the Telegraph? I don't

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recover the used a exclaimation mark in an article! I will keep it in my

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head. I will try! Thank you to both of you, we will be back in one hour.

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George Osborne to cut tax relief on pension contributions.

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we send out correspondents

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