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weekend. Super league action and Ireland's fate. That is all in 15

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minutes after The Papers. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the the papers will be With me are Sue Matthias of the FT

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and James Millar of the Sunday Post. The Times says Britain is suffering

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from a sexting crisis with tens of thousands of schoolchildren

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caught sharing sexual imagery online The Independent reports on warnings

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that the North of England is in danger of becoming a cultural

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wasteland as town hall leaders The Mail says the true scale

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of immigration to Britain by EU citizens is being kept secret

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by Government officials. The Telegraph reports benefits

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payments to the disabled are to be cut in a move that could clear

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the way for George Osborne to cut taxes for the middle

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classes in the Budget. The FT says George Osborne faces

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an eighteen billion pounds black hole that has opened up

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in the economy since November. The Guardian reports on a warning

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that Britain risks becoming "permanently divided" as a result

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of intergenerational inequality. And the Sun has what it calls

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an exclusive investigation into Victoria Beckham's

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fashion company. A lot of focus on George Osborne

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tonight. He might not like it. The Financial Times front page showing

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no preference at all. George Osborne faces an ?18 billion Blackwall and

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there are deeper spending cuts to come in the budget. Seems to have

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got his sums wrong. It is a bit awkward. This is one of a number of

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George Osborne related stories today and general budget related stories.

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It has been discovered that the official size of the UK economy in

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2015 was 1% smaller than they thought it was. That does not sound

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a lot. It represents ?18 billion. How has he got it wrong? He will say

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he hasn't got it wrong, it is the budget of fiscal responsibility that

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come the predictions and they are to blame for the rubbish collections.

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But then the Treasury has to find the money to bridge the gap? He

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likes to fix the roof when The Sun is shining, but according to the OBR

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The Sun was shining in the autumn and he did not fix the roof. It can

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work the other way around. He can benefit from this. He did in

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November when it turned out that he had more money than any had to he

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did not have to cut the tax credits. This sounds like it is going to be

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back to this territory and it is unfortunate really. All someone has

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to imagine how George might be thinking about this, not the most

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popular man in Britain next week probably. He might be with some

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depending on what he chooses to do. The interesting thing is that there

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are a few of these George Osborne stories around. Usually the Treasury

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would be pumping out stories to every paper with its prebudget

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teaser, but they do not seem to have done that, perhaps because of the EU

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referendum, hence you get the stories that the newspapers, with

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themselves and their choosing to kick George Osborne. The Daily

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Telegraph looks at money in a different way. Welfare to be cut by

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?1 billion to pave the way for tax breaks. On the one hand we have this

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Blackwall but he thinks he can find another billion pounds to help the

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middle classes. Usually the argument is is that if you give the money to

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low paid people they will spend the money anyway. It is a bit of a

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George Osborne kicking story but it depends on your point of view,

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whether you are receiving welfare or you will be on the receiving end of

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the tax break that probably determines how you approach this.

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What is going to apparently mean is that he's going to raise the

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threshold for 40p tax, so hundreds of thousands of people will be

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pulled out of the higher tax rate. By raising that to ?50,000 is not

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called to happen until 2020, so how that help now. He's trying to push

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on with this because it was in the manifesto but I am wary of the idea

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that the 40p tax rate is for the middle classes because the average

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income is in the mid to high ?20,000. We're talking about the

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squeeze middle, you're not rich when you are earning ?50,000 of the

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people might like to earn that much. But in parts of the country that

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amount of money is not huge. But affects hundreds of thousands of

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people then that is substantial. This is being offset in The

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Telegraph against potential enormous losses to disabled people. Disabled

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people will lose our proportion of their benefit and they have already

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seen it squeezed. He will reject the points system so that you get less

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points if you need help going to the toilet or getting dressed. It sounds

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like an unsavoury way to save money. Welfare has been kicked into touch

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by the Lords, but they have been warned not to do the game. Yes. In

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The Times, schools are hit by sexting academic. Children risked

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damage. It seems that the argument here is that if there was better sex

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education, mandatory sex education, they could address these issues and

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warn children about the risks of getting involved in sending images

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of themselves. There is one thing I don't understand first paragraph

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refers to children sharing sexual imagery online. I thought sexting

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meant sending pictures to each other. Once it is out there it can

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end up online. They do define it as sharing the in mobile phone, WebCam,

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or website. There have been experiments to show children if you

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send a picture how far it can go and how quickly, but the worrying thing

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is that it is not just children who are seen in some of these pictures.

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It is tricky because as grown-ups we did not have sexting, and you think

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it is a terrible thing. Rightly or wrongly, it is a normal thing. It

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seems to be something that a lot of kids do. More than one in ten cases

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involved an adult. A terrible story of the 16-year-old sharing a with

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the paedophile and possible gang grooming going on. The numbers are

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really large. 44,000 secondary school pupils in the last three

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years. A teenager can end up with a criminal record, because it is

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illegal to send these images, even if it is of yourself and is to

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someone you know. They want schools to have to report it when they come

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across it, at the moment it is at the discretion. It seems

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straightforward, do mandatory sex education, but the government voted

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it down recently. I struggled to see what the problem is. Does preclude

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schools, even if they are not having to give sex education, they can

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still talk about these issues, can they not? It would send a strong

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message of the government said you had to do sex education. A pitcher

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story now. The question that is posed is whether America is being

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made to hate again after another incident of Valley -- incident of

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violence at the Donald Trump protest. There are protests taking

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place at some of his rallies, which are supposed to be peaceful but then

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violence can flare. It is hard to follow and really understand. I

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don't know quite what Donald Trump is about at the moment. The story

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today seems to shows using supporters to jump in and have a

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goal and the good fight, and at the same he is presenting, beginning to

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present, are much more nuanced image. He is trying. It is open to

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interpretation. He could be speaking metaphorically and saying stand up

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for yourself. I'm trying to be generous. He did say there is land

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his America that is quite inflammatory. If someone turns up at

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his rally and shows something, and someone had the guy in the face. He

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was interviewed afterwards and he said he deserved it and if he comes

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back again he will kill him. There was a reporter who was verbally

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abused as well by one of his officials. There is an area of the

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bully about him and his campaign. It is going to be interesting to see

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how that begins to develop as he moves towards the nomination. It is

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tighter than we are led to believe. We can say with The Independent. The

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betrayal of the North, it can be turned into a cultural wasteland due

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to the closure of galleries and museums. Some difficult decisions

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that councils have to make and it seems that museums could be for the

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chop. George Osborne in the frame again here. It is his austerity

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measures. They are forcing the slashing of the budgets. Museums are

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closing their doors all over the North. There was a report earlier in

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the week saying that he was going to allow higher council tax hills,

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wasn't he? It would be up to a council tax to decide how to set the

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level and spend the money. If they wanted to raise the taxes they would

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have the money to save these resources. The northern powerhouse

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needs to involve culture. A lot of people in Whitehall think the zero

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is -- think that the North is a cultural badlands and when they

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think of culture they think of London and the museums they like to

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go to that get the attention. The northern powerhouse is centred on

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Manchester, Leeds, not Durham and there is a number in here which is

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worrying, in the small print here, that Durham County Council faces

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cuts of more than ?370 million. That is a massive figure. Not all aimed

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at the arts, but as a whole. The culture of the North is not purely

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in their museums. What I'm trying to say is that the northern powerhouse,

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that policy isn't evenly spread across the North. Finally, letters

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look at The Daily Telegraph. Driverless cars in Haddington Road

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near you soon, including heavy goods vehicles. All connected with one

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driver. There will be a driver in his lorry. Not a driver, a person.

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She will not actually be touchingly real. I think we should have robots

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touchingly real. That is coming. How do these things work? Magic. It is

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delivered cameras and lean fencing technology meaning the vehicles

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follow each other. They maintain a safe distance between them. When one

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stops the other stops. Robots are better than people at this sort of

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stuff. The interesting question is who is liable if one of those things

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cost of the serious accident? Sending robots to prison. We know

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how well automated systems work in the studio with cameras doing their

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own thing. Thank you for now. Thank you Sue and James,

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you'll both be back at 11.30pm for another look at the stories

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making the news tomorrow. But coming up next,

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it's time for Sportsday. I'm Tim Hague and we have

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plenty for you tonight. Rafael Benitez is named

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the new manager, after Steve McLaren

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