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from the Cheltenham Fosterville. Thistle Cracker won the big race of

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the day. That is all coming up after The Papers. -- Cheltenham Festival.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are Liam Halligan, economics correspondent

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at the Sunday Telegraph, and broadcaster Penny Smith.

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The Financial Times leads on the aftermath of the budget.

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It says George Osborne is facing a rebellion among Conservative MPs

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over his ?1 billion cut to disability benefits.

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The Telegraph has 'Tory rebellion on welfare cuts', as its top story.

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It says backbenchers are threatening to block the Chancellor's plans to

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limit benefits for 640,000 disabled people.

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The Mirror says there is open rebellion in the Conservative Party

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Its banner headline reads, 'Tory revolt at disabled benefit cut'.

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The Metro leads with a different treasury story.

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A warning from the environment minister

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Rory Stewart that the government might introduce a coffee cup tax.

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It says there's concern over the billions of cups which end up

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New Day leads on the death of the tampon tax.

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It comes after British women have paid ?240 million in VAT on sanitary

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It says paracetamol has been proven to be useless for sufferers

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Let's have a look at some of those. The Telegraph. More details that

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Tory rebellion. The second day of the budget. Some aspects of the

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budget are unravelling. The government has a small majority in

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Parliament, just 12, we sometimes forget that. There's now alliance of

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some Tories, eurosceptics and Labour backbenchers who are punishing the

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Chancellor for taking the relatively small amount of money, ?1.3 billion,

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but a huge amount of money for the people it affects, around 640,000

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disabled people. Their personal independence payments are being

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phased out and he faces a rebellion. I suspect we will see a quick

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retreat on this, given that the government won't want to give anyone

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excuse to keep them. But it might not necessarily be to do with the

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eurosceptics. It might be because people don't think it is a decent

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thing to do when the taxes are being cut for the wealthy are 5% or 10%.

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This isn't the right thing to be doing for people who can't work. If

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there was going to be a rebellion this will happen quicker. We have

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Tory Eurosceptics and backbenchers who see an opportunity to exert

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power and that's what they're doing. But it might not just be because of

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that, it might be because it is also about saying this is not a decent

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thing to be doing. Especially when as you look on Independent we the

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wealthiest 10% by far being the biggest beneficiaries. That is

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at... The poorest in society. Today, the ISS... IFS, a respected think

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tank, have laid into the government. Stronger than I have ever seen them

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do. They have particularly highlighted what they see as the

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regressive nature of Parliament's package of measures, especially the

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increase in the higher rate threshold to about ?45,000. George

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Osborne would say, as he did in the budget, the richest 1% of people pay

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28% of income tax, which is higher than during the Labour years. A lot

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of rich people have benefited, as John McDonald said, we had lower

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capital gains tax and so on. As Penney says, the top 10% of people

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gained more than ?250 a year and the next richest gained ?150 from this

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package. Which is next to nothing for them and would mean quite a

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lot... There's a gentleman who says George Osborne doesn't have to

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worry, I do. This is a man who worried he might not be able to

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afford to replace his wheelchair. And overall spending on those

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payments is going up and the most vulnerable would be protected. That

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is the argument that he will maintain in the Commons. While he

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turns it around. But the political optics look bad. As Labour are doing

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now quite effectively, they are linking to get the places where

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there have been cuts and linking together places where there have

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been... They say clearly this paid for this. No matter which way you

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look at it, it is taking cake from the people who can't afford...

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Penney, better news if the government is looking at the The New

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Day... This is the story that VAT is going to go. Well, it appears it

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will. On sanitary products. Although, I did look at that picture

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and think, they look like world up ropes. Anyway, British women have

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paid out more than ?240 million in VAT over the past 15 years on the

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basis that these are not necessities, unlike razors for men.

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This is a bit of a nerdy story, but very symbolic. The EU has a rule

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that you have a minimum VAT rate of 5% on everything. That dates back a

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long time. Yes. If you want zero rated goods like food, like

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medicine, you have to get wages. Razors have been seen as essentials

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for quite a long time and women's sanitary products haven't. That's

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been righted now. The British government is reporting that

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European Parliament have agreed to put a statement of support for UK

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adjustment into the summit communique. Whether or not it

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actually amounts to a deal, there is some room for manoeuvre. It is

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interesting with all of this political clout. The disability

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benefit remains on one side... And also the forthcoming referendum.

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Yes, of course. You used the word prison one hour ago? -- prism. You

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have to look at it through the prism of the referendum. You should have a

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necklace with a prism on it, through which you can look at everything!

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For the next three months. Let's have a look at The Daily Mail. We

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touched on this one hour ago we touched on this one hour ago in

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paper. The coffee cup tax, which is being mooted. They are talking about

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a Tory wall. It is amazing. Up until a few days ago, when I saw it in the

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papers, I hadn't thought about it. The plastic bag tax. Every where I

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go, I think, have people stopped buying plastic bags? I have the

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little foldaway bags all the time, but I've been using those of course

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for years! You were way ahead of this. So ahead! But I always ask,

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has it worked? They all say it has. So many people say that... The

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retailers say they are issuing 80% less plastic bags, so less plastic

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that end up in the sea or in landfill. The Environment Minister,

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who is a clever bloke, floated in the Commons today the idea of

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something similar on coffee cups. The idea of getting coffee but not

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in a disposable cup. In the last couple of hours we've just had the

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fizzy drinks tax, the food industry is very powerful and the government

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needs their support on June 23, if you are looking through the prism of

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the referendum. Is it just about the referendum prism? So let's just say

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she is pouring cold water into the coffee. Some people are posting the

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coffee cup tax. It does make sense. Billions, this tidal wave of

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rubbish. And these cops are made out of a blend of cardboard and plastic.

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Apparently they are hard to recycle. So this raises the question, is it

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to raise funds or stop doing things? A bit of both. The sugar

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tax, the government said they wanted people, especially kids, to drink

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less fizzy drinks, but that hasn't stopped the chancellor pencilling in

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?450 million from this thing by... In the first year of operation. So

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he's presumably assuming that it won't work. The law of unintended

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consequences properly means people will just eat chocolate instead, or

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chocolate milk. What do you think about the chocolate tax? Well, it

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probably would help me out. I would go onto toffee apples! You are

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head-on plastic bags but falling behind on chocolate. Yes. The

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Guardian. I know this has caught your eyes. I am a school governor.

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What do you bring to the party? I tell the jokes, of course. In the

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government education white paper, Nicky Morgan the education secretary

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has apparently put the idea out there, it is obviously a white

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papers or doesn't mean it is law or will become law, that the slots on

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the boards of governors of schools reserved for parents, who don't

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necessarily... They aren't necessarily lawyers or accountants,

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just parents who are elected by other parents, those slots could be

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scrapped. I think that's a shame. It would mean if you want to be on the

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board of governors as a parent you would have to bring tangible

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professionally recognised skills, like accountancy or the law. What a

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shame. There are certainly parents out there who make school governors

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and they're not professionally qualified. They just understand

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children. Yes, and also perhaps bring something else, for example

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they might have a different take on all sorts of things like sports.

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Indeed. I wonder why the government is doing this. More accountants? It

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will be interesting to see where this one goes. Take us to the inside

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of the Mail. It is on the front page as well. Our last days of laughter

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and ice cream by Paul Daniels. His wife was his former state

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assistant. 20 years younger and at the time that caused eyebrows, the

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age difference, and of course we all remember that interview when she

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said, what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels? Debbie

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has been talking about him and saying that he always made her

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laugh, they loved every single day and he loved people and he was... He

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was a really... She talks about how lovely he was and how the last 48

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hours he was kind of underwear. She said he was happy, and confused. --

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kind of unaware. It was a moving interview. He was born in

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Middlesborough. Probably quite a lot of people wouldn't have known that.

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28 years together. She said they had a marriage that everyone dreams. It

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was a lovely interview. One of those people who had been on the

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television screens for about 25 years. So many years. Lots of

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magicians are quoting him as the person who inspired them. That was

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the other thing that has been touched on in interviews.

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We will close with the Egyptian queen story you wanted to mention? A

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tiny bit of the Telegraph? They have scanned the tomb of Tutankhamen and

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they have found that almost certainly, there would be other

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areas there behind the chambers. Two hidden chambers which may well be

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their resting place of queen Nefertiti, the legendary beauty and

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the wife of Tutankhamen's father. It is always odd, because when you say

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the mum, she is also a mummy. But how exciting is that? And unsealed

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by a British archaeologist, Nicholas Reeves. British archaeologist also

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unearthed Tutankhamen originally. Thank you very much. Coming up next,

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