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

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With me are Anne Ashworth, Assistant Editor of the Times,

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and the writer, broadcaster and Evening Standard columnist,

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A warm welcome to both of you, thank you for being with us.

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The Independent on Sunday leads with an excusive -

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saying Barack Obama will use a visit to the UK next month to support

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David Cameron's campaign to remain in the EU.

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The Mail on Sunday have disclosures from a new book

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by the former Liberal Democrat cabinet minister -

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David Law - who describes the "simmering tensions"

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between the Prime minister and the tory EU Brexit campaigners,

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The Sunday times say Palace officials have

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stepped in to prevent the Queen from being used as a political

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football during the referendum campaign.

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Turkey's bid to join the EU could have a major effect

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The Observer says the Chancellor is under pressure

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to ditch promised tax cuts for the well-off in

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trains on HS2 rail scheme are at risk of derailment

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That was a quick preview, let us look at them in a little bit more

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depth. Wide-eyed to kick-off for us, and independent story about

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President Obama's visit, President Obama was quoted this week as being

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less than comp entry about David Cameron over Libya? I wonder if this

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is a kind of making up for it because he was quoted in the

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Atlantic magazine being very hard flattering about Mr Cameron in

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particular in relation to the management of the transition of

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Libya to a safe state. It seems as though he will be coming to Europe

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next month, and he is going to plead for Britain to stay within the EU.

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It is, the EU and the vote is the only show in town on the front pages

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to night but this is a very different look at it. That Obama

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obviously, once to buddy up again with his brow Mr Cameron. But will

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his Broe wants to buddy up with him? Well I think that in world politics

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you have got to be bigger than that, I am sure that probably he is not

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quite a lame duck president yet. He is still Mr Obama, they will be

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quite a lot of excitement to see him arrive here and I'm sure that

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Cameron will try and make the best of the visit. Do you think it will

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be a slightly awkward meeting? Or will they let bygones be bygones? A

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week is a long time in politics. What is interesting is the fact that

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the Magnum president wants us to stay in Europe is not news, they

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have always want us to. The goal said that we would be the American

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road and horse. What is interesting is that his campaigning skills would

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be useful -- De Gaulle said. How he could persuade people to stay in,

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how would his campaigning skills be used, Cameron and Obama would be a

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joint appearance. Did they not have, one, maybe a barbecue? Maybe they

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would have afternoon tea. German sausages. Anyway, we are still on a

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European thing because the papers are very much focused on the

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referendum. And the mail and the Mail on Sunday have got a lot of

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stuff about Michael Gove and Boris Johnson, two of the leading leave

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campaigners. When I saw this front page I thought wow, so much there,

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that Michael Gove's job might be under threat, that Boris wants to be

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the next Prime Minister. And that, it is a Council various

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conversations and we don't know quite at what time. Including there

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seems to have been a conversation at the very highest level -- to have

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been a conversation had the very highest level by replacing Romanian

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fruit pickers with old age pensioners, who would be paid

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minimum wage. It is a whole conflation. This is all about a book

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by David Laws, a former Liberal Democrat minister. The problem is we

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do not have the extracts from the book, it is difficult to judge but

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it seems that he has had access to Nick Clegg and Nick Clegg has shown

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him all of his papers and so on. So the book promises, based on what

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they have said, it promises to be full of Revelation. There is a line

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from Cameron, calling goes a Maoist. He seems to be a curiouser kind of

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Maoist. -- calling Michael Gove. There is also an interesting

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conversation between Clegg and the Queen, about this proposal for the

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first-born even if they are girls can succeed to the throne, and he

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asked the Queen are you happy with this? And she said by then I will be

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dead. So it seems to be, in recent years political books have not

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provided us with a lot of material. These quotes and impressions from

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over a number of years. A number of years and conversations that have

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been brought together, we don't know how many of these conversations have

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happened recently. In the last few weeks for example. I would have

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thought that these conversations would have taken place during the

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coalition and of course the Liberals getting back into power after a long

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time kept very detailed notes and things like that. I suspect, the

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selling point of the book will be the comment about Europe and so on.

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Because the Liberals are against going out. Let us move on to the

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Sunday express, still on Europe, it is all about Turkey, and their bid

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to join the European Union, being described as a game changer in the

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way that it might make Britons think about whether or not to stay in

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Europe. In the referendum. Is that right, would that be a game changer?

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I am slightly baffled by this because we know that Turkey is

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nowhere near joining the EU, it is an aspiration rather than a plan.

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And I am not quite sure exactly why this would be such an influence.

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They are using the migrant crisis allegedly to try and persuade the EU

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to sort of take them further along the road towards accession to the

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EU? Given that the news coming out of Turkey is becoming quite

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dictatorial, shutting newspapers, things like that, I think the image

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of Turkey if you like is not a great one. If there is even a long-term or

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a medium-term threat that Turkey would join the EU, I think in the

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argy-bargy of the debate, that is not going to swing votes but it

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might be a factor in a very close race. Do we actually know on what

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basis people are going to make their decision on the vote? I would love

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to know what is going on in the minds of ordinary people and what

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they make of this great mountain statistics and use being thrown at

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them. Identity people in elections make up their minds in the last

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minute. -- I don't think. People who are concerned with politics are

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debating all of the time, most people are not worrying about the

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EU, they would only make up their minds. I think there are quite a few

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of don't knows, and what will affect them is not the economic numbers but

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immigration. The fear that we are being flooded and the fear that we

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are losing control of our laws, those two factors will play a big

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part. Let us move on to the Observer, because they have got a

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budget story. George Osborne's tax plans, we will hand billions to

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Britain's wealthiest. This is the the point at which you start to pay

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higher rate tax. We have had fiscal drag, a lot of people playing higher

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rate tax who by no means are hugely wealthy, better off than most but

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not the super-rich. It is the aspiration that we should only start

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to pay higher rate tax at earnings of around 50,000. It is quite

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controversial because you might say that those people don't need tax

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concessions and that low-down people need to be paying a lot less tax.

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But it seems to me, that it would be a good way, of appealing to a great

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many voters. In the budget, to say that you are no longer in higher

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rate tax, look what I have done for you now make me Prime Minister which

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is what Osborne wants to believe. Osborne has so far not played his

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cards very well, she has had to backtrack, lost out in the Sunday

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trading laws. And this one can't be an omnishambles. It can't be and one

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doesn't know what happens with EU referendum, if you get the budget

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wrong and the wrong side of the EU referendum. Leadership between him

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and Boris? At the moment I would make Boris slightly ahead. We have

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just got a minute or two ahead, a quick look at the Sunday Telegraph,

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they have got an HS 2-storey. Trains will go too fast apparently for the

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tracks. I thought that was the idea that they went too fast? Yes but it

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doesn't seem it was taken into account. I'm slightly dubious

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because I think it was the first thing on people's minds, as to

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whether the tracks could take those speeds. But doesn't this story

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reflect the fact that many of the Telegraph readers are posted HS two,

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it reflects where the baby is coming from because there is quite a lot of

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opposition from Tory ranks. It is going to cost a rout 50 billion. --

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about. There is a big constituency who don't believe we should have HS

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two. The two papers that you are very sceptical about. Thank you very

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much for being with us, we will see you again later. Next, we are going

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to have a look at the weather with Nick Miller.

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Hello, after stormy weather had become accustomed to something

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completely different in the week ahead as high

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