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his mother Diana was pictured seated alone more than 20 years ago.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are Laura Hughes, political correspondent at the Daily

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Telegraph, and Mihir Bose, who's a columnist for the Evening Standard.

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The Mail headlines with new allegations about Culture Secretary

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It claims he sent a photo of highly sensitive cabinet papers to a woman

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A crisis is looming in primary school places in England,

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with a shortfall of 10,000 places expected in four years' time.

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The Sunday Express dedicates a full page to the photograph of the Duke

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and Dutchess of Cambridge visiting the Taj Mahal and replicating

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The Sunday Telegraph quotes a senior Government minister saying

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Britain could face an economic shock similar to the banking crisis

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And The Sunday Times writes that the former cricketer Sir Ian Botham has

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backed Britain leaving the European Union and said Britain should "stand

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Let's begin. Starting this evening with the Observer. The story that is

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all about a letter that parents will get through the post in the next 36

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hours or more. That is a whether or not their children have got into

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their chosen school. This headline: That the letter parents would be

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looking forward to, hoping their little Johnny or Sarah got into the

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primary school of their choice, probably near home, and the stories

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about what will happen in the next few years. There will be a shortage

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of 10,000 places because the government's policy is for a cat

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is, not allowing schools to build new ones and so on. -- policy is for

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a cat is. The Local Government Association is unhappy about it.

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This is a recurring problem in our schools, which is going on for a

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long time, where we don't seem to get our school policy right. And it

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is a great imposition on parent can't get the primary school of

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their choice. Which school send their child to? They have to look

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into private education, which is still only 7% who go to that. It is

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a great strain on resources. That is an important point. Yes. I think

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there will be protests against what is happening. It is obviously coming

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at a time where the government has said they will make all schools into

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academies. Certain Tory MPs are also opposed to the idea and worries that

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for parents to read that someone from Leeds says there isn't enough

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room and there aren't adequate resources to teach the children who

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are there, so they have to turn other bits of their schools into

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learning facilities. How many children are going to be in this

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classroom is? How are students going to cope and what will be the

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standard of education? You mentioned leaves, there are number of other

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places as, including a couple of Burroughs in London. -- Leeds. OK,

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moving on. A couple of Brexit stories. In the Telegraph the

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headline is, Britain faces economic rupture if we leave the European

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Union. This is because of the long-awaited treasury report. Yes.

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Eagerly anticipated treasury report. This is the government setting out

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their position, what the Treasury thinks the impact will be if Britain

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leads the youth. As you might expect they fear it might not be very good.

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Today's Telegraph warns it would be economic self harm to vote to sever

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ties with Brussels in June. He also says that it would be blue collared

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workers, people who work in manufacturing and those sorts of

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industries, who would be most hit by this. He is the new Work and

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Pensions Secretary, the new face of the split in the Tory government at

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the moment. This isn't a surprise. Each week we are getting something

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from a minister still loyal to Cameron coming out and saying

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exactly what the government would like. And this week the work and

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pensions secretary in this particular article. Also worth

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mentioning, Mihir, a number of other ministers saying we are getting this

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sort of information all the time. Chris Grayling making an important

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point, that David Cameron had said, leading up to the negotiations, he

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said, if we have to leave Britain could still survive outside the EU.

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Now the government seems to be saying they can't survive outside

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the EU, they will face a crash. So in some ways the debate between

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ministers is sharpening and it is interesting that this debate between

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ministers is much sharper and much more interesting than any debate

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taking place between Labour and the Conservatives. Same story, different

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newspaper, the Times with an unusual headline. Botham swings back for

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Brexit. Yes, it is Sir Ian Botham, today backing the Brexit. It's a bit

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of a type onto the Boris Johnson speech. It is more of a headline. As

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wonderful as he was, we know his great cricketing deeds, but the idea

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that we should take politics cues from him. It is contradictory

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because he said he was a cricketer, but cricket is a gain of 11 people

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who play together. The EU is supposed to be a team, so I don't

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know what the contradiction is. -- is a game. But it is ridiculous to

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bring people like this into the argument. Is the basis that if you

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can hit the ball for six we should take lessons from that and decide

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what the policy for the next generation should be raced on his

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opinion? There are many nonsports fans who won't even know who he is.

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Yes, as a contest earlier I didn't know who he was! I understand why

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they did it. People are bored of one minister saying, oh, no, he is

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scaremongering, he is lying. It is a bit of fun. For those who know who

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he is a fun story, but for my generation I don't think it means

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that much. They probably thought he was Boris Johnson's brother or

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something. The Mail. It is really going very big on John -- John

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Whittingdale. MP's porn star lover showed Cabinet papers. This is of

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course about the cabinet minister John Whittingdale who had a

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relationship with a woman and that was when he was head of a very

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influential group looking at the media. And then discovered through

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contact with a journalist that she was an escort and then finished the

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relationship. Here we are going into even more details and The Daily Mail

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is quite big on that. Yes. What is interesting, this is the Mail on

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Sunday, use paper of the year, this fascinating is we know how the

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earlier story about John Whittingdale came out. It is

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what... If you recall, when the story came out about John

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Whittingdale having had an affair with a sex worker, Hacked Off said

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newspapers deliberately didn't print a story because they wanted to

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influence or hurt a gun to the head of John Whittingdale newspaper

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regulation. But it seems as a result of that they will actually encourage

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this sort of story, which is just the sort of story... Intrusion into

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privity which Hacked Off said newspapers indulge in too much. The

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fact that the Mail has devoted six pages to it, they must have been

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working on this story for a long time and waited until the other

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story came out before printing. And of course we don't know if the

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allegations are true. And he says as soon as he found out he finished the

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relationship anyway. There's a huge amount of pressure now on John

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Whittingdale and all sorts of allegations. But the Mail have been

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working hard. It does seem strange that they have all this information

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in the space of a few days. It makes you think that they knew a lot more

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than what they said. There is pressure on him, but he is entitled

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to a private life. And he wasn't married. He wasn't. And Hacked Off

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is the group that Hugh Grant has been involved with and the whole aim

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is to stop the press unnecessarily intruding into the private lives of

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celebrities. John Whittingdale is a public figure, but I am not sure

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what the public interest is in this story. There are pictures of this

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meeting, but I don't think it is... Let's see where that one goes. Onto

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the Independent. A story that has come out over the last few days.

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This is a survey. The majority of people want all tax returns to be

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published. Everybody? 49% say we should be like the Scandinavian

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countries. I must say that is a very depressing opinion poll, if it is

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accurate. I certainly don't want to know what your tax return is and I

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don't know why you should want to know mine. To have this sort of

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information, I don't know what people in Sweden and Norway do with

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this information, but we seem to have made people who pay less tax,

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using the laws of the land, as somehow moral lepers, as if they

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have behaved morally badly. The law should be changed if we want people

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to pay more tax. Not ask people to say, yes, we should stand the moral

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high ground and pay as much tax as possible. And 13% of people admitted

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they use the cash to pay a bill or some other transaction to avoid

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VAT. That's the thing. At a practical level, when you say to

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people, do you want to give your children as much money as you can

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when you go? Most people would probably say yes. So if it went to a

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vote, and it was decided we should have new laws, stricter laws, and

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we've got a very complicated tax code, I think quite a lot of people

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don't understand it. This whole thing has got very confused because

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those papers, some people were doing illegal things, money laundering,

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that kind of thing, but a lot of this kind of stuff and white

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politicians in this country have done have not been illegal. It is

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just ethically wrong. David Cameron wasn't doing anything illegal, but

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44% of the survey believe his approach to his public finances is

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morally repugnant. It comes back to this question of moral behaviour. If

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you behave according to the law, that's what you are required to do.

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That's the definition of morals and tax. The Sunday express. The

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full-page photograph of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in front of the

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Taj Mahal and of course they have put the picture of Diana on what has

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become Diana's venture. Absolutely. Diana probably to find that it. I am

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not sure if before Diana sat on the bench more than 20 years ago,

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basically telling the world that her marriage was coming to an end, I

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don't think the band was that important. Briefly, did that pass

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you by? Or do you think it is a good front story? It is a good story. I

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love the fact that working palace says it has nothing to do with

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Diana, all tourists do it, of course it does! But they have come out and

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said" you memories", which was interesting. They due to both of

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you. Coming up next, The Film Review.

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