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Dublin, to mark the centenary of the Easter rising against British rule.

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Hello and welcome to our look at what the morning papers will be

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With me are Martin Bentham, the Home Affairs Editor

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for the Evening Standard, and the broadcaster Shyama Perera.

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Let's start with tomorrow's front pages.

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The Financial Times writes that business leaders are warning

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their investors that the trend in global tax crackdowns will hurt

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The i headlines that teachers are demanding an end to school tests for

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primary school students saying the system has an exam factory culture.

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The Daily Express warns of travel chaos on Bank Holiday

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Monday saying Storm Katie has the potential for a month's worth of

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The Daily Telegraph headlines the rift in the Tory party

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deepening after accusations David Cameron is ignoring ministers

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The Guardian leads with a call from the Shadow Chancellor to scrap

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a ?3000 tax cut for the rich, which he says shows we're not all

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The Mirror covers the death of a 7-year-old girl who died

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after the bouncy castle she was playing on blew away in Essex.

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The Daily Mail also has the same story and reports

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on growing demands for a ban on the inflatables at public events.

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And the Times carries a warning from Presidential hopeful

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Donald Trump that Britain is no longer safe for Americans to travel

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We will begin with Donald Trump's warning to Americans, that Britain

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is no longer safe. The presidential contender raising the alarm after

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the attacks in Belgium last week. A lot of Americans will think that

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anyway, won't pay? Yes, and although he has made some outlandish comments

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before, in this case he is very much in the mainstream of American

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opinion. He is saying that there is a danger in Europe, and therefore it

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is not safe. I'm not sure that he is saying people shouldn't go there,

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that Americans couldn't visit, and nor would that be the case. What he

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is saying here is in line with US travel advice, which is to say there

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is a danger and a threat across Europe, and there might be a tax on

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restaurants, sport events, or religious festivals. People should

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be aware that there may be potential attacks, but don't think it should

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stop people going about their business, coming to visit, going on

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holiday in different places. Let's hope it doesn't create paranoia in

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America. This is a man who wants to build a wall between the US and

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Mexico, and the Mexicans pay for it, why do we give to monkeys about his

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opinion? It is ridiculous. If Americans are listening to this and

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really think Britain is not safe, they ought to look at how many

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people are killed in gun attacks in their own country each year. That

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far outnumbers the number of people killed in terrorist attacks across

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the whole of the European mainland. We should not be going to the US, if

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this is a measure of what is safe and what is not. Let's move on to

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the other story. Millions hit by George Osborne's stealth raid on

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wages. This is to do with an increase in national insurance

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payments. Apparently he brought it in three years ago, 40 quid a month

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for someone who is earning ?40,000. This is our state pensions which

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they keep telling us not worth anything, so we ought to be taking

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out other pensions, and our children should learn that they are not going

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to get anything. Nonetheless, they are still taking money from us for

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pensions, and this is an extra ?40. Martin, you can probably put it into

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a better context. It is basically getting rid of the second pension,

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and people will have to potentially pay higher national insurance. It

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will particularly affect people in the private sector, which I thought

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had mainly disappeared anyway. In essence it is saying it could cause

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some employers to close their pension schemes, and at the same

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time if the government wants the people to provide for themselves and

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their role age, hitting pensions is not necessarily a good way of doing

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that, because people end up with less money. Except it brings in a

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lot for the Treasury. A quick look at the i, teachers demand no more

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tests. We had this coming from the NU T conference in Brighton. It

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seemed to go back and forth with school tests. I think the union has

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pretty much always disagreed, but I think they have a point. I think

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there are two macro issues. One is the content of the test, which they

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are saying are confusing and not properly thought through. And the

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other tests are too difficult. The other issue is the number of tests.

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I think all the way through, there is an enormous amount. I don't know

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which is the better method, but what we need to do is find out why so

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many 11 -year-olds going to secondary school have insufficient

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literacy to make the step up to secondary school work, and why they

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will often leave school without education and training. Surely a

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test would tell a school if a child is struggling. Well, they apparently

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do now, but it doesn't improve on the number of 17 -year-olds who are

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semiliterate. Palmyra has fallen out of the hands of the so-called

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Islamic State again. It was fantastic to watch the footage of

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this on the news. Obviously, we can't see inside Independent, which

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I thought were finished, so I'm surprised to see the front page. We

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are pleased, thank you for sending its. Obviously it is fantastic, I am

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one of those people who tries to leap ahead in their brain and

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thinks, this is a great coup for the Russians, and does that mean it is a

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great coup for us ultimately in strategic and political terms? They

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have got it back from ISIS, but what does it mean in terms of the future

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of Syria. Surely it mean that President Assad will have a future.

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I think that is the case. What is tremendous news really is not just

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the liberation of the architectural site, but also the fact that it is a

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significant blow for the Islamic State. Hopefully, all the problems

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we have seen in Europe and Brussels last week, and they see Islamic

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State is defeated in Iraq and Syria, it will just get worse and worse

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rather than better, which is obviously what we hope will happen.

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The FT, and the Pope's message. Defending migrants as the flow

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slows. Is this part of his Easter message, expressing dismay at the

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way migrants are treated. What was interesting is this figure, saying

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that daily arrivals from Turkey to Greece are down from 930 278 since

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the EU deal was agreed that people would be sent back from Greece to

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Turkey. Then there would be an admission of people from Turkey on a

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1-to-1 basis. If that figure becomes a reality over or retract the

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period, it would be a very positive thing, because you don't want people

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coming over and risking their lives and having that is their only route

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seeking refuge from Syria. When it was first introduced, it made no

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difference. Hundreds of people took that perilous journey across the

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sea. I think once they are on their way, even psychologically, it is a

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journey that has to be completed, or they lose their lives. It is one

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that message gets back, when people start to understand there is a

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different mindset, and that takes time. There are all sorts of

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potential problems, they might find other ways of trying to do it. The

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people who are there can be on the top of the queue to come over. And

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other story on the FT, Japan's hard up pensioners turn to crime for free

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board and lodging behind bars. I think pensioners in Japan are

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suffering the same gradations as our pensioners claim. They are behaving

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badly in order to be put behind bars, because thankfully in Japan

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there is only 70% occupancy of their prison cells. If you get a cell in

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Japan, you have your own pretty and your own TV, and you don't have too

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worry about being put in a cell was somebody who is not suited for it.

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On that basis, for pensioners, there is quite a good deal to be had in

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the prisons. But it is more than just a disrespect for the law, isn't

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it? It does suggest... It has been calculator that a lot of people are

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committing crimes, and the suggestion is they are doing it

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deliberately. The other side of it potentially is the suggestion that a

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lot of elderly people live alone, they don't get any support, and

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therefore they can't sustain themselves, particularly those who

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commit crime, come out of prison, had no family, and much like younger

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people do in that situation, if there is no support around and they

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fall back into it and commit crime again. It is like warden controlled

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residential. On that basis... We make people pay for that over here.

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Let's move on to a story we are a bit clueless about. The Daily Mail,

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how to diet in your sleep. I was just having a little look on the

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internet, and the Daily Mail ran a story about this three years ago.

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Slim while you sleep, it is coming to do with eating smoothies. We hope

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this is true, don't we? How might it work, let's speculate. You stay up

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late scoffing chocolate biscuits, so... Apparently when you sleep it

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does something to your metabolism. There was a doctor who used to say

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to it in a 10-hour window. If you had your first meal at 9am, you

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finished at seven p.m.. He said he could eat whatever you wanted in

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your 10-hour window. Ultimately, it is eating less and moving more. We

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talked about this on Friday night, I think. I have been told I was very

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rude to shush you. John Kerry has said he is concerned about Americans

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travelling to Europe as well. That is the paper for tonight. Lovely to

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see you both, thank you for giving up your Sunday evening, your Easter

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no less. Up next, The Film Review.

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