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league action and Ireland's favourite cricket, the Twenty20

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World Cup. That's all in 15 minutes after The Papers.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are Sue Matthias, of the FT, and James Millar,

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The Times says Britain is suffering from a sexting crisis with tens

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of thousands of schoolchildren caught sharing sexual imagery online

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The Independent reports on warnings that the North of England is

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in danger of becoming a cultural wasteland as town hall leaders are

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The Mail says the true scale of immigration to Britain by EU

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citizens is being kept secret by Government officials.

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The Telegraph reports benefits payments to

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the disabled are to be reduced in a move that could clear the way

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for George Osborne to cut taxes for the middle classes in the Budget.

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The FT says Mr Osborne faces an ?18 billion black hole that has opened

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The Guardian reports on a warning that Britain risks becoming

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"permanently divided" as a result of intergenerational inequality.

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And the Sun has what it calls an "exclusive investigation" into

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Starting with a couple of stories to do with the economy. Firstly, the

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FT. George Osborne faces ?18 million black hole is the headline. Before

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Christmas we seem to -- seemed to be in a fine of the ball. Yes, and his

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last statement was fairly generous. Now it has become quite awkward. ?18

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billion, which sounds like quite a lot of money. As you say it has

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opened up this black hole since then and what it means is that

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essentially we will have to be back to austerity. Do we know why there

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is this huge Blackall? The Blackall was there before Christmas. -- black

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hole. It's just they didn't know it was there and he tells the

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Chancellor how big the economy isn't all of this. Is it a he or she? It's

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a heady. -- a he. And he has said the economy is 1% smaller than he

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previously said, leaving the Chancellor with a bit of a problem.

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It signalled the end to the worst of austerity. He won't be going back on

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it immediately because there is an EU referendum insight and he is told

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to not rock the boat. Happy days are still here for a little bit longer.

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So do we just sit there with this debt? Waiting for it to happen, yes.

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The interesting thing is that George Osborne has been in charge of the

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economy for six years and it isn't actually fixed. He has had quite a

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long run of this. It doesn't make him look very good. You just wonder

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if the wind will start blowing the other way. Jeremy Auburn will --

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Jeremy Corbyn will suddenly start looking good! In your opinion! He is

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now talking about fiscal credibility. But George Osborne is

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getting a kicking. Well, let's see whether The Daily Telegraph has a

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different opinion. There are some winners and losers. Yes. The

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Telegraph is broadly in favour of cutting welfare and tax breaks. It

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doesn't sound like it. The devil is in the detail. The welfare cuts will

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fall for disabled people. 600,000 disabled people will lose a portion

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of their benefits, to save ?1.2 billion. This will increase the

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threshold, which is something the Tories said they would do in their

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manifesto. So it isn't going to kick in straight away. People will have

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to wait for the change to their tax status. That's right. Really what

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this is suggesting is that this is a trade-off. That he is handing the

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middle classes or the lower middle classes a sweetener and that a lot

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of disabled people will suffer as a consequence. So, again, a bad

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headline for George. And something Labour can work with. You might

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still not want to benefit on the backs of disabled people having

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their benefits cut. It is quite a nice story in a way. The straight

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story, in that your view on it depends on the views you bring to

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it. The Telegraph pushing a particular point. The Guardian. A

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permanent divide. Social mobility tsar warns of an existential crisis.

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He has been looking at this for a while. Who are the real losers? The

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Guardian has been following this story all week. In fact, they had a

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massive splash at the beginning of the week. This so-called lost

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generation. They are really, from this point of view, being shafted by

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society in that they will... They will never probably be able to

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afford to buy a home and employment is going to continue to be difficult

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for them. Pensions when they are older. Any remedy suggested? Yes, go

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and vote. This crazy idea, go out and vote. The reason the Chancellor

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protects pensioners from austerity is because they vote for it. If you

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don't like what's happening with young people, get out and vote and

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then they will start paying attention to you, rather than being

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millennial is. They aren't whining about being millennial is, this is

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not something conjured up out of thin air. Absolutely not. They

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should go and vote and they haven't been and we are just saying of the

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EU referendum vote coming up, which will affect the prospects of a lot

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of young people, most of them will be at Glastonbury and they won't be

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voting. James is so miles how he says it but he is actually very

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rude! I am not going to put it like that. They should go and vote! But

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you could be a little gentler. The Daily Mail, migrant numbers. Tell us

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the true numbers of EU numbers. Suggestions of the figures being

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covered up. It isn't an especially new story. It is slightly

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complicated. In terms of the figures, there a difference the

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figures of the number of migrants and the numbers of national

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insurance numbers given. That's because the office of national

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statistics records the number of people staying for a year. Anyone

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who turns up gets a national insurance number. So you're two

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different things. I've got a Social Security number for America but I

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don't live there. Yes, but the government has it within its power

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to give out the figure for the number of active numbers. What is

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the suggestion as to why they aren't giving it out? The suggestion is

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that... Where is it... They haven't got time or it is too expensive to

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do. Yes, it is such a big decision. What's the problem? People who have

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and -- NI numbers, they weren't working on the black economy and are

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properly -- probably only here for a short amount of time and they are

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paying taxes, contributing. But they might be getting in work benefits.

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There are couple of stories. The Daily Mail says the issues are

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different, but the government can clear this up and I've not. That's

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important. But the story about migrants claiming enormous amounts

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of benefits has already been disproved. They are not. They are

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contributing more in taxes than they are taking benefits. It's something

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David Cameron wanted to bring back from the negotiations. Living on the

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Daily Mirror. There's no actual substance to this story. Are ripped

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stars driving meant to eating disorders? The suggestion that this

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very muscular men are having a negative impact on the younger men,

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boys, teenagers, who feel they also need to look like this. Well, I have

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no idea whether this is true or not and whether the ripped stars are

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having this effect, but it seems an arguable that more men are suffering

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from eating disorders, whichever report you look at. And men are more

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concerned, especially young men, maybe older men as well, are more

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concerned with their looks, their physique. Whether it is these two

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particular men, I don't know. That's just a handy picture. Even that, it

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is almost a sign of the way things are going. The number of pictures

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with pretty ladies on the front, and they put the ripped men on the

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front... It is on the quality of us thought that we aren't necessarily

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after. Exactly what feminists and suchlike didn't want or don't want,

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which is to drag everybody down to the same level. It is about raising

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everybody up. The Telegraph. Driverless cars heading to a road

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near you soon. Not just cars, great big vehicles that travel in a long

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line. Yes, they are all in line together but through the miracle of

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technology they are observing proper, safe limits between them.

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But how fast can a travel? No idea. As fast as you want to make them go.

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They are talking about 50 mph, which keeps a short gap. There are drivers

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present but they're not involved in driving until they leave the

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motorway. Are you excited by this author of five? I am neither excited

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or horrified. They are the only options I gave you! Please pick one.

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I think driverless cars are the future. I think they raise all kinds

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of incredibly interesting questions, such as who is liable. Is it the

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robot? Is a technology? Or is it the human controlling it? Just do it and

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see what happens. Don't worry about things like that. George Osborne is

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featured in this story again. He is promoting this. Is he going to make

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money out of it? He wants Britain to be the world leader in this

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technology. Finishing with the FT. Demand increases for disgraced

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insurance service. This is prompted by the Maria Sharapova testing

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positive for a banned drug. The sponsors are having second thoughts

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about whether they want to be associated with her.

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This is about celebrities doing anything that will damage their

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brand. If you have a celebrity, in this case Maria Sharapova, although

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some of her sponsors are staying with her, but if you have a

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celebrity who is endorsing your brand and then goes off and does

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something incredibly damaging to the brand, such as, I don't know, taking

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cocaine in nightclubs or whatever, then you can be insured against that

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disgrace. I have never heard about that before. That is why it is

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interesting is because it is new. And it is social media as well. Not

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just taking drugs, but sending a tweet that is deemed a bit racist,

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all of a sudden you have a nightmare run your hands. It perhaps applies

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more in the entertainment industry, the music industry, where the

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stars... You kind of want... The brand is almost hired them for those

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bad boy, bad girl ideas. That is the Papers for tonight. It is lovely to

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see you both, honestly, it really is. Up next, Sportsday.

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