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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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Including how often should you wash your genes? -- jeans?

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With me are Martin Bentham of the London Evening Standard, and

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with: The FT says that

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George Osborne will announce ?4 billion worth of spending

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That story also leads the i, which says that the gap

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between Britain's rich and poor is now wider than ever.

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The Metro says that campaigners attacked Mr Osborne over proposed

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Boris Johnson has called Barack Obama's plan to warn Britons

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against leaving the EU a piece of outrageous and

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exorbitant hypocrisy, according to the Daily Telegraph.

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The Sun says that the BBC show Top Gear was accused of disrespecting

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the war dead after filming a stunt near to the Cenotaph.

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The New Day has an investigation on the cost of childcare.

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It says nursery care for two children costs more than

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The Daily Mail leads on the German regional elections,

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reporting that voters have delivered a crushing verdict on

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The Times also splashes with that story, reporting that the hard-right

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Alternative for Germany had upended the political order.

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That is where we are going to begin. And the regional elections for

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Germany on the front of the Times. Angry voters flocking to a new anti-

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immigrant party who not so long ago Angela Merkel didn't seem to be too

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concerned about. They didn't exist not so long ago. They were set up a

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bunch of academics who wanted to oppose the single currency, the

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euro. Three years later they say things like... They have beaten her

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and a lot of the areas,", which is very worrying for her because the

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position is clear. They don't want any refugees and also they have said

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that one of the things they might like to do if they couldn't stop

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them coming in was shoot them at the border. Is this truly what they say?

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Yes, and it says that in The Times, it must be true! This is a party

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that is very right wing. They have never had such a right wing,

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populist party do well in Germany before, and they are a serious

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threat to Angela Merkel who is up for election nationally next year.

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Even her own party, her own government, has thought again about

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the massive immigration on such a huge scale. They did have another

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populist party in the 1930s as I recall. Angela Merkel had a

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generous, well motivated policy which has rather backfired

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politically and indeed in general, because as you have said, the

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government has to try to find solutions to this absolutely

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unstoppable flow of people coming over, that is not just Germany, but

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other countries in the European Union which are struggling to cope

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with and are finding it very hard. You have had similar attempts to

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restrict the arrival of anti- refugee policies in various other

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countries on the route to Germany, and you have now got a new plan, of

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course, where she wants to innocence have people being sent back from

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arriving in Europe and returning to Turkey. She is trying to sell that

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plan to the rest of the EU. This comes at that time, and basically

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there is an enormous problem, on top of which she is now paying an

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enormous price back home because although they have not won the

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majority of the vote or anything of that sort but as you have said it is

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a very significant vote for people who are from a perspective that

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doesn't really... It is also an area that doesn't have many migrants in

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it which has delivered the biggest vote towards this new party. To fill

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you in on that, they once said that they should be shot at the border as

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a last resort. Very moderating! Looking at the Telegraph, Boris

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complaining about hypocrite Obama. This is Barack Obama, who is due to

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come over here and will be reiterating that the US would like

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us to stay in the European Union. Boris is saying actually, coming

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from the United States which resist any kind of international

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jurisdiction, and is very protective of its ability to run its own

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affairs and so on, this is great hypocrisy and shouldn't be listened

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to, in effect. That is in essence the argument he is putting across.

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Lots of world leaders, the Chinese have also been asked what they think

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about Britain's future, should we be in or out? Of course we will ask

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them, and Obama says we should stay in because we would have an

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influence on the world stage but here in the Telegraph, Boris, the

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aforementioned he, is giving a whole lot of reasons why the Americans

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don't kneel to almost any international jurisdiction and he

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gives all sorts of examples of why the Americans do not and we have two

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in Europe, which he is citing is one reason why he thinks we shouldn't be

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staying in that, and he thinks the Americans should get off turf. And

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actually, what the Americans think, and part of the reasons the

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Americans want us skin is so they can exercise an influence with a

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State which is sympathetic to their worldview, not in terms of economics

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and International relations, which can exercise influence which they

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will like the rest of the European Union. In other words, it is in bear

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interest and not necessarily ours. And actually, with all these other

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countries we might want to stay it is really our decision -- in their

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interest. Before or after he had been to Cuba, I can't remember

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which. Obama, not Boris. They don't get a chance to vote, but we can.

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New attack in Ankara. Officials quick to blame the Kurdish group for

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the latest outrage. There are various Kurdish groups, of course,

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at which the Turkish government is trying to clamp down on. Well, there

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is a massive problem with Kurdish groups in Turkey at the moment,

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according to the politicians who run Turkey, they have a severe problem.

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And this is their third considerably horrible attack in the capital and

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the last six months. And Kurdish groups, of course, would say that

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they are not treated fairly, not treated equally. Some arguing, some

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commentators saying that this might push the government towards some

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kind of negotiation with these groups. Well, they did have a

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ceasefire agreement with the Kurdish groups until last year, it didn't

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break down completely, as a result of the bombing carried out by

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Islamic State, it was blamed on the Kurds. Was responsibility on the

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Turkish government, the people themselves, or the Kurdish groups

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responsible for these attacks subsequently, this one is one of

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several, they have reacted against that crackdown by the Turkish

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authorities in this sort of fashion. If this particular attack, which is

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unconfirmed, is by them. Of course, the Turkish government has often

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pinned the blame on them and so on. So it is a very, very difficult

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situation which seems to be being inflamed and getting worse rather

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than better. We are about to lose The Independent, which probably

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means eventually it is not going to exist. Let's hope not. I hope not as

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well because I think that front-page picture is probably the best of any

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of the papers today. Let's go back to the Times, with three stories,

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The Times is doing well out of it tonight, mathematics crisis is

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putting British pupils at the back of the class. I feel like I have

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read this headline many times. That is part of the point. This is the

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OECD which is saying that we have a curriculum which is a mile wide and

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an inch deep and the pupils only have a shallow grasp of the subject.

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We have had numerous attempts to rewrite the maths curriculum. All

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sorts of changes including more algebra and so on and yet here is

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this conclusion is saying that actually we are not doing very well

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at all. That actually one thing it says here which is quite

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interesting, to our concern with financial education, one of these

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things that they say everybody should be doing about, they are

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saying actually we are spending too much time on the practical things

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rather than actually understanding the real concepts of maths. It is

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saying we spent too long on memorisation, and I think we learned

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by rote, or we used to. I can still do my times tables. This is an

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incredibly... I can't remember anyone like the OECD, the

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Organisation for economic co-operation and development, and

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this is their head of education who are saying it, so it is an

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incredibly strong source. I look at secondary school maths, it doesn't

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look that different from the maths I did. It is very different from the

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Chinese, that is the point he is making. The Chinese learn for

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example love of maths and using it in their lives. The evidence is

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these days in grounding it in real life examples. That is what they are

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saying is actually wrong, and that we need to know the theory and the

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depth of the subject rather than practical things and how to apply

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it. It says Chinese students can think like scientists. We are often

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made to think that what the Chinese do is a very traditional, old-style

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learning, with at all drummed into them and not actually thinking so

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much in that sense. They are saying it is the opposite. If we looked at

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our schools, it is very difficult to get good maths teachers and in fact

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they are trying to offer bribes to get good people to become maths

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teachers. I bet if we looked at the gender analysis we would find fewer

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women do matter and certainly far fewer women become scientists so we

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do have a problem. Now the question of the day, how often do you wash

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your genes? -- jeans? I am slightly concerned that Daniel Craig is the

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picture here. The thing you looked up was that you shouldn't wash them

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at all. I had a quick look online about how often you should wash your

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genes. Does Daniel Craig not wash his at all? I'm sure he does.

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According to the CEO of Levi Strauss, the answer to how often you

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should wash your genes is never. He never washes his. -- wash your

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jeans. It has more to do with environmentalism than hygiene. You

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should put your genes in the freezer once a month to kill off the

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bacteria. Imagine how grubby and smelly they would be. We are

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fascinated by this, aren't we? I am fascinated because I have learned a

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lot about Martin and a straw poll of one person, two to three times it

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gets worn and then washed. It is a great tease because it makes you

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want to read the article so it has worked very well. I am a bit worried

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about Daniel Craig. If I ever met him I shall ask him. It has worked.

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And finally, Best in show. The picture on the front of the Times is

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a very cute fluffy West Highland terrier who has won top prize at

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Crufts. We have picked this because someone on Twitter asked us to say

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something chirpy. It has been so horrible today. So this is your

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chirpy bit. And of course I am Scottish and it is a West Highland.

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Do you watch this? Know, and I don't have a dog however that is a very

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good dog and deserves to be on the front page. It does look very

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sweet. I imagine it has been washed and shampooed and conditioned and

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blowdried to within a an inch of its life. Very cute, well done Georgy

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girl. Most people have got elaborate -- Labradoodles.

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We now know about Martin and his jeans. It was all right, we survived

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it.

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