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We'll get Mark Kermode's thumbs up or otherwise.

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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers

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With me are Kevin Schofield, editor of Politics Home,

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and Benedicte Paviot, a journalist from the news channel France 24.

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The Times leads on the news that British patrol boats,

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including a Royal Navy ship, are to be deployed to the Greek coast to

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The Financial Times reports on the death of Nancy Reagan,

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and says the former actress was fiercely protective

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of her husband, Ronald Reagan, during their eight years in the

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White House, and was a significant influence on his presidency.

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The Telegraph says Nancy Reagan was a first lady

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of elegance who left her mark on the world.

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It reports that America's political elite have been

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The Daily Mail says "An honest man was knifed by number 10,"

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referring to the resignation tonight of the director-general of

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The Metro also has the story of British ships being sent

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It quotes David Cameron as saying the Royal Navy will be intercepting

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It features an article on the great pay divide, saying women are

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?300,000 worse off. The i leads with a warning

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from the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, that letting Turkey into the

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European Union would pose a security risk because more terrorists would

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be able to enter Europe. Let's begin with the Daily Mail, and

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the story of the resignation of the director-general of the British

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Chambers of Commerce. An honest man knifed by number 10. He had ready

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been suspended and after some pressure it would seem he is gone. I

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think that word honest is interesting, because it implies that

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number 10 is being dishonest. The Daily Mail says Dave Cameron was

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under pressure to come clean about government involvement in this. John

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Longworth has resigned this evening. The Daily Mail goes on to say

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friends say they believe Downing Street had a hand in his removal,

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quote. But interestingly, it says number 10 has repeatedly refused to

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deny that officials contacted the British Chambers of Commerce only

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hours before the business group suspended him. Very serious

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accusations being made here, and Downing Street will be very unhappy

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with this headline. We are two weeks into this campaign, and blood on the

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carpet. Resignation and serious accusations about Downing Street

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behaving in an underhanded manner. The suggestion is these were John

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Longworth's personal views, but the British Chambers of Commerce which

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I'm to remain neutral. Number 10 say we had nothing to do his resignation

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-- which were to remain neutral. There is a fair degree of

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scepticism. Number 10 have gone hard producing reports with terrible

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consequences for the economy, jobs and security. So you can see why

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there is a suspicion at the very least the John Longworth has been

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forced out by number 10. On Twitter, you have been asked about how it is

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seen in France. The polls suggest the French public could not care one

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way or another whether we stay or go? The French public cares about

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the fact that there is rising unemployment, a presidential

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election looming the both of the Socialists and the right-wing

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parties are really not clear, and we could possibly have a president who

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might want to run again, Ex President Sarkozy. Of course they

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care, but interestingly, this possibility of a Brexit is being

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followed by every single EU country and is being followed very carefully

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in America. We know what President Obama and Li Keqiang and the Indian

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Prime Minister thing. People can accuse those readers of interfering

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in what is a British domestic electoral vote, and the British

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people ultimately will have their say and everyone including

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politicians have one vote, but what is clear is that if the British

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voters decide to vote for Brexit, not breakfast, possibly that as

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well, on the 23rd of June, it will be a political earthquake for the

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EU, and it will be economically damaging. It will damage the EU and

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the whole... Just more than a notion, the values of what the very

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EU stands for, certainly from the French and German perspective

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initially of getting those countries together economically but ultimately

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for peace. The French politicians whether on the Conservative or

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socialist side, the government position in France has been that

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actually they want the United Kingdom to stay. If the British

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voters decide otherwise, so be it. British values it is argued a

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somewhat different. Sovereignty is a matter we need to sort out at home

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if you are group believe campaign. Let's look at the Times. The Navy to

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stop migrant smugglers. This is a Nato mission in the Mediterranean.

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There were patrols to try to rescue people, but they were scaled back

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some time ago. They were scaled back because the belief was they were

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acting in a way where you would get rescued either way. There was not

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much of a danger. This is an announcement that Downing Street are

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channelling into tomorrow. David Cameron is going to a summit to

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discuss the migration crisis. And this announcement that boats will be

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deployed to the Greek coast to try to head off these people smuggler

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boats, these rickety boats, carrying lots of people in dangerous

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conditions to try to send them back to where they have come from. But

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everything at the moment is seen to the prism of the EU referendum. The

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last thing Downing Street want is for there to be another massive wave

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of migrants and asylum seekers and refugees coming from northern Africa

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in the run-up to the EU referendum because they fear it may be, a

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referendum about migrants. But people are dying as you say on these

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boats. You wonder what kind of patrols these are. A lot of times

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they are desperate, and they have paid thousands of pounds to make

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their journey. That's right. We had that one in the other date from

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Donald Tusk. In the Times, they are talking about having seen a draft

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summit document, the summit David Cameron will attend Monday. It says

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Britain faces being drawn further into efforts to deal with the

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fallout from this migration crisis. And they will be asked to support

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Greece where up to 150,000 refugees are expected to be trapped within

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weeks. The United Kingdom is not part of the Schengen agreement.

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Normally, this would not apply. But it says there will be considerable

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pressure that will be exerted on all EU countries including the UK to try

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to resolve these thousands of people who continue, I thousands a day, two

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land in Greece. Another EU referendum story. Charities is

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public's cash to call for in vote. What sort of rules and regulations

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are there for or against this use of public money? It seems they are not

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clear enough, because the Telegraph says Britain's best-known

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environmental charities are being accused of using public donations

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and EU donations, subsidies, to campaign for staying in the EU. The

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charities watchdog will today, Monday, issued new guidance on

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political neutrality after Friends of the Earth, the wildlife trust and

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Greenpeace made comments backing EU membership. Clearly there is a lack

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of clarity or certain charities are interpreting it in a certain way,

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and this issue of public money being donated by individuals to help the

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environment presumably a lot of those people are not necessarily for

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the UK staying in the EU, they may be for Brexit. The environmental

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regulation we follow has come to us through the European Union

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institutions. You could make the argument that what they are saying

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is basically factual. It is thanks to Europe but now reaches a clean

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and water is clean. But we are in a sensitive time, only two months into

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the campaign -- two weeks. And the death of Matty Reagan at the age of

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94. -- Nancy Reagan. A beautiful photograph on the Independent,

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Farewell to a first Lady. A photograph of her with Ronald

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Reagan, who she was married to for 52 years. Another similar

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black-and-white picture taking in 1981 on the front of the

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International New York Times. A woman who helped Michelle Obama

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navigate the role of first Lady, and one which she managed to redefine in

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the 1980s. She did redefine it, and she was a huge influence and source

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of advice and council for her husband, not just when he was

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president but when he was governor. When he was in the White House, she

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was often the power behind the throne. It is ironic that it has

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happened at a time during a year when the Republican Party seems to

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be Terry itself apart, the establishment tried just Donald

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Trump -- tearing itself. The Financial Times says when she wished

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for a meeting between Ronald Reagan and Gorbachev as well. I know it was

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a long time ago in the 1980s, but it seems like such a different type of

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politics, and of course these two were Hollywood actors. Yes, so they

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knew how to in that sense be on a stage, but can you imagine them

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reacting to Twitter or the Internet? It is such an extraordinarily

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different world. If we look at the current US election campaign. We

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could have the first man instead of the first Lady. What would it be? Mr

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Thatcher, I don't think he wanted to get involved. He liked to play golf.

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And women ?300,000 worse off over a career because of the pay gap. This

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is looking ahead to International women's Day on Tuesday. As the

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Guardian says, it is a stubborn gender pay gap which amounts to

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about 24%, according to the ONS, but the shortfall is actually nearer to

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9.4%. But still, they had a dozen pounds worse off for doing the same

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job is staggering as we approach international women's day. There

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will be a change, though. Bigger companies will be told they have to

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publish what the pay gap is. So hopefully that will name and shame

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those who don't and stubbornly refuse to introduce pay equality.

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But the equality pay act was passed 40 years ago and yet we still have a

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situation where over a career, ?300,000, it is not small change. It

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affects your superannuation as well. And out view us as banks for the

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answer. What a service, BBC papers. We aim to please. -- and our viewer

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thinks you for the answer. That's it for The Papers this hour.

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Thank you to our guests.

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