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of their first match tomorrow against the West Indies. That is in

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the next 15 minutes, after the papers.

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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 Head of News for The Times Fay Schlesinger

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and energy correspondent for the FT Kiran Stacey.

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Let's start with the New Day. Fay, the great British schools shake-up.

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An interesting choice of picture on the front page. I have no idea what

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it is. I think it is a sponge and a classroom window. The shake-up is

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about a bit more than sponges. They are all going to become academies?

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One of the key announcements from tomorrow's Budget will be that by

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2022, every school in England will be an academy. That means they go

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from being under the control of the local authority to getting their

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funding direct from the Department for Education. It is a big change.

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We have had local authority is running our schools since 1902, sat

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over 100 years. The theory is that you can have more power for the

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people. It will put the power back in the hands of those that want to

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run the academy chintz. If a school refuses to turn into an academy,

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there will be taken over by the government, so this is a real push

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to get standards up. We are almost inexplicably behind on maths

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especially compared to places like Shanghai. And we cannot work out

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why, so this is a push to give more power to these schools to do better.

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They will also allow schools to open for an hour longer and give them

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funding to do so. Kiran, the jury is out as to whether turning a school

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into an academy mix the standards better. Sir Michael Wilshaw, the

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chief inspector of schools, only last week said that in three or four

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cases, it has not worked. It is always going to vary, because it is

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giving more power to the people who run these schools. So some will get

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better and some will get worse. One theory is that a lot of them have

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got better so far because it gives schools a bit of extra cash and a

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boost in confidence. And parents decide, I want to send my kids there

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instead of the comprehensive down the road. So it sucks pupils away

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from those comprehensives. If every school is an academy, we will see

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whether the theory works across all schools. If so, great. But if what

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has been happening is that good pupils are sucked out of other

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schools, we will see this model fail. Fay, no national collective

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bargaining as far as teachers' salaries are concerned. And no

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national curriculum. It is a freefall. It is a real mark of this

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government that they are trying to put power back in the hands of

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people. We have seen it with clinical commissioning groups within

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the health service as well. They are trying to move away from having the

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local council in control and putting it back into the hands of those at

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the coal face. It is a bit of an experiment. It is great, as long as

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it is then carefully controlled. When we start seeing standards

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falling, you have to wrestle control back. There is a big question about

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what happens to failing academies. We are not sure what will happen to

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schools that do not succeed when they turn into academies. Maybe the

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government has to step in. It could be a big centralisation programme.

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It could end up not being power to the schools, it could be the central

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government taking back control. Now to the Financial Times. Kiran,

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Osborne to break promise of fiscal claustrophobic? It is a good

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headline. George Osborne is going to have his hands tied tomorrow. There

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is a spending gap in his Budget of ?18 billion because although the

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economy is growing, wages are not. That means the tax receipts are not

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flowing through to the Treasury in the way George Osborne thought they

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would. So instead of being able to have a big giveaway as we get

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further through this Parliament, he is going to have to make further

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cuts of about 4 billion by the end of this Parliament. That means when

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it comes to Budget Day is like tomorrow, he will not be able to do

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what he loves to do, which is pull a rabbit out of the hat at the end.

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Don't speak too soon! Well, he might pull a rabbit out of the hat, but it

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will not be an expensive one because he doesn't have the money to play

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with. So we think he's going to miss one of his big fiscal targets, and

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that is cutting debt as a share of GDP. He promised he would cut it

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every year. That will not happen, because the tax revenues are not

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flowing through. Fay, how does the Conservative government continue to

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sell the austerity line before the targets are being missed? This is an

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argument that junior doctors make. If you are trying to scale back, why

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are you not hitting your targets? For Osborne, it plays into his hands

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to have an element of economic instability, both in the run-up to

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the next elections, and also in the run-up to the EU referendum. He

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wants us to stay in the EU. Any sense of not being on course

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economically would play into the hands of those who want to stay with

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the EU, because we don't know what happens with Brexit. This is the

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political calculation Osborne has made throughout. He has missed

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target after target, but each time he has said the alternative is

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worse, so stick with me. That has become even bigger for him now that

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Jeremy Corbyn is in charge of the Labour Party. The Independent,

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Russia set to ditch Assad. He has pulled his forces out of Syria. This

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piece is arguing that the West hopes that is the case. We had the

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extraordinary announcement yesterday that Putin would pull out a loss of

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his forces. There is a whole set of things at play. He might be wanting

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to concentrate on Ukraine and has too much on his plate. He has

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massive financial problems with the state of oil at the moment. He might

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feel, I made Assad stronger and now I can get out and still keep him as

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an ally. Or he might be saying here is a weak leader and we will get rid

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of him. There is no one to replace Assad, frankly. But if he does bail

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out on him, we could have to delete different landscape. We are running

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out of time. Kiran, there is a reason you are sitting to Fay's

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left! A little item on the front of the Daily Telegraph. BBC battle for

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prime spot on the sofa. That is because Louise Minchin and the

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replacement for Bill Turnbull, Dan Walker, are sitting on the sofa and

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having a Barney as to who sits on the left are going to the viewer and

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who sits camera right, viewer right. Kiran? This is a revelation to me.

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Apparently, the camera left seat signals seniority in TV circles.

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This is something we newspaper hacks had no idea about. We have our own

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equivalent. If you open a newspaper, the right-hand page is more

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important because people look at it first. I guess that is the argument,

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that because you read from left to right, when you look at a screen,

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you look from left to right. This is a key argument about sexism at the

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BBC. I think you will find that watching television news with

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co-presenters works on every challenge Click channel. You will be

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back in an hour to look at more of the stories behind the news. Now,

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Sportsday. Hello, I'm Olly Foster,

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these are our headlines this

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