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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 the journalist and author Rachel Shabi

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and Toby Young, author and associate editor

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Tomorrow's papers, starting with the FT.

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The FT's main picture features three serving leaders implicated

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in the Panama tax leaks story - Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson from Iceland,

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Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, and Vladimir Putin.

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The Kremlin said "Putinphobia" was behind the leaks.

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"Wish you were hiding your money here" is The i's take

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They say that half the companies exposed are based in

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The Telegraph lead on a poll claiming that the EU Remain campaign

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is gaining ground with the headline, "project fear is working".

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A handful of walnuts a day could help us live longer

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by preventing heart disease according to research published

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Back to the Panama Papers in the Guardian.

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They put David Cameron centre stage, they say the PM has insisted his

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late father's offshore fund, which avoided paying any tax

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That's also the top story in The Times.

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They claim that Ian Cameron's investment fund paid no UK tax

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And The Mail also go with those leaked documents,

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"Cameron dragged into Tax havens storm."

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No letters talk about some of those stories. We will start with The

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Guardian that has access to a lot of the leaked material. Rachel, tell us

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what they have on their front page. There are going with David Cameron's

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father. They are focusing on a couple of things on the front page,

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they followed from these leaks but also David Cameron and the fact that

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his father avoided paying UK tax. David Cameron has insisted that this

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is a private matter and he says it was looked into if years ago, or he

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responded to it if you years ago. This is problematic when the father

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of the Prime Minister is making use of these tax havens. I don't think

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it is problematic. There are two things I find really annoying. The

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liberal left led by The Guardian condemns The Daily Mail as morally

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disgusting for using Ed Miliband's father to attack him when they ran

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that story about Ralph Miliband. Why is it acceptable to use David

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Cameron's father to attack him when it is unacceptable to use Ed

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Miliband's father to attack him? Whatever your view about the

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morality of using tax shelters offshore to legally avoid paying

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tax, I don't see how David Cameron can be held responsible for the

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actions of his father. If he can then every single Guardian

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journalist is equally responsible because they use the tags heading in

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2008. -- they use the tax haven. If the Prime Minister's late father is

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named in these kinds of documents it would be strange of the newspaper

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didn't mention it. It would be audited and mention it but the

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suggestion is that there is something dodgy. He benefited from

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his father's perfectly legal use of tax shelters, but he had no choice

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over whether to benefit or not. He had no choice about whether to

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benefit but he could stop bashing people who do not have the

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privileges he had, but more importantly he is the Prime

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ministers since he has the power to close these loopholes. The whole

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thing that it's still annoying is not who has benefited or not, it is

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the fact that the people that are benefiting from it are so closely

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allied to the governments that failed to prevent its. This idea

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that the Prime Minister has the power to close the loopholes is only

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partly true, because if you're going to resolve this issue, and you can

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debate how serious it is, it has to be global. Of course, I'm not saying

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the David Cameron is any more guilty. There is a conclusion of the

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leaves are perpetuated the system and they are in it together. It is

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an important story and it reveals the extent of corruption by

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political leaders across the globe, but the attempt to turn it into a

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partisan issue and to use it to bash the Conservatives or capitalism or

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the leaders in the West is ridiculous. The only way you can

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improve it is not a partisan story is that there was a progressive

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Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn and they did not close the

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loopholes. Then you create accused them of being hypocritical. George

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Osborne has close more tax loopholes in his six years than Gordon Brown

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did in ten years. That is why said a progressive Labour government. It

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strikes me it is not necessarily a left- right issue. The issue of

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whether people should pay the right amount of tax. That is what is so

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annoying to most people is the fact that most people are bearing the

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brunt where we are paying our taxes and taking collective responsibility

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for the running of the country and elites are not. They are getting a

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way out. It emerged that the last general election that Labour's

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greatest and it was the tax avoid. One of the reasons Ken Livingstone

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lost the mayoral election was because it emerged he was avoiding

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tax, powerful illegally. This was one of the loopholes that George

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Osborne shut down. We need to move on. The Financial Times, they are on

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the same story. They have taken the more international view of it in

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terms of who else is mentioned and might be feeling uncomfortable. I

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think this is a blow against David Cameron and it will be forgotten

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about in 24 hours. I hope it will not. The story about Vladimir Putin

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is much more serious. The story is that people closely connected to him

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are funnelling billions of pounds through these offshore tax shelters

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and investing in the alias industries -- in various industries.

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It paints a picture of Vladimir Putin at the centre of a web of

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corruption, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has been

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following his regime. This will hurt Labour because of links with

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Vladimir Putin. You are now free styling to ludicrous degree. I am

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denying that connection. We should focus on... We must... No leader is

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any less more guilty than the other. To say that Vladimir Putin is more

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corrupt... To say he is more corrupt then David Cameron is wrong? You

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have to let me finish one sentence. There are other things coming and we

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will hear about other leaders. This points to corruption on a scale that

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is very widespread. I do not think it is justifiable for the Kremlin to

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accuse the British media or the global media of being against likely

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near Britain because other leaders have also been accused. -- being

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against Britain. -- Vladimir Putin. Somehow the accusations against

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Vladimir Putin cannot be presented as being similar. They are all

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avoiding paying tax. I'm going to move it all now. There is another

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subject here you both agree on, Project Fear is working is the front

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page of The Daily Telegraph. We were talking about this earlier and we do

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agree that who can trust the polls as they seem to be swinging every

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day. I don't think anything can be revealed from which way the polls

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are going, but I do think that the gentleman quoted in this piece has

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said the one true thing he will ever say which is that the outcome of the

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referendum will hinge on which side can turn out their supporters. I

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think that is likely to be the case. I fear that a lot of people will

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stay at home. I think The Daily Telegraph has over emphasising the

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results of this poll, the paid for it. It is the telephone poll and

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generally they show a stronger trend to remain badly. The general trend

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over the past couple of weeks has been towards leaving rather than

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remaining, insofar as there is any detectable movement in the polls and

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we need to take it with our pension of salt especially as they could not

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affect the last general election results. Rachel made the point about

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turnout been key. The campaigns are virtually tied at the moment so this

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idea of the people who are not sure whether they will bother will make a

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difference. Project Fear doesn't alienate a lot of people. They will

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be less likely to vote and the lower the turnout than were likely they

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are to win. You could argue that the campaign to leave is also quite

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fearful and they are turning people away in equal numbers. Note The

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Times. They were talking about people preaching jihad. This goes

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back to 1993. It is a terrible story. The story has been uncovered

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by Andrew Norfolk from The Times and is producing good journalism these

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days. This story is that one of the biggest Islamic sects which controls

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almost half of the 16,000 mosques in Britain invited an extremist cleric

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for a 30 day visit in 2003. He went on a tour of the mosques lecturing

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young Muslims and urging them to seek weapons training in Pakistan

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and they are linking this to one of the London suicide bombers, who it

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seems attended one of these lectures. It speaks to the wider

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story about the tolerance within our own news on community for Islamic

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extremism being far greater than is often claimed by representatives of

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the Masonic unity. I don't think it points to that at all. This is a

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really frightening story and it is very troubling if it is true. I

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don't think there is intolerance for Islamist extremism amongst British

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Muslim communities. I have spent a lot of time with those people and

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they are just as worried as anyone else. There was a BBC poll a few

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years ago after the Charlie Hebdo though murders where a large number

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of Muslims said that they got what was coming to them. I don't think

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they said they got what was coming to them. Are we talking about

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Charlie Hebdo? There is a difference between condemning what happens to

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the cartoonist which everyone does and, at the same time, questioning

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the kinds of cartoons they were running. No one is suggesting that

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to question Charlie Hebdo is to condemn them to death. A bit like to

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get one more story and if I can. I know you sought earlier ritual. It

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is in The Telegraph. This is a story saying that magicians are failing to

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check children because they do not blink as much as adults and the

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premise of this is that slight of hand happens when you blink and

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because children do not blink predictably... It seems like

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complete rubbish. The notion that children are not taken in by magic

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because they blink too much. When the magician takes the woman out of

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the cabinets and Solitaire and have, the rest of us are blinking so we do

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not notice. It was on the front of The Telegraph so it must be true and

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accurate. On that note thank you both very much.

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Thank you Rachel Shabi and Toby Young.

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These headlines have just come in. There is an alarming rise in

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children self harming. The Daily Mirror says that the Prime Minister

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also has questions to answer. And The Independent says that Europe

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closes its doors to refugees under the EU's repulsive. Do not forget

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that the front pages are lying on the BBC news website where you can

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read them in detail. You can see us there as well. Each addition of The

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Papers was posted on the page shortly after we had finished. Now

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it is time for the weather. The heaviest of the showers have now

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faded away. There was thunder and lightning earlier Ron but that is

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now mostly gone. For the rest of the night

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