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28/04/2016

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be

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With me are the former Conservative MP and the Managing Director

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of Bell Pottinger, Tim Collins, and the Guardian's Deputy

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The Daily Mirror leads with the anti-Semitism route which has

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escalated in the Labour Party. Financial Times has a story about a

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slowing US economic growth. The New Day leads with the woman

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who gave birth after a car crash which the paper says

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reversed her menopause. 'Work is key to a longer life'

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is the Daily Express's headline. It details new research into how

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working beyond retirement age The Guardian leads with

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Ken Livingstone's suspension from the Labour Party,

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including what the papers calls a revolt among MPs about

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anti-Semitism within the party. The Daily Mail is also leading

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with the former mayor's suspension - 'Labour's Civil War over

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anti-Semitism' its headline. 'Throw Livingstone out

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of Labour, MPs demand' The Daily Telegraph shows an image

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of Labour MP John Mann who publicly accused Ken Livingstone

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of being a 'Nazi apologist'. Let's begin. Obviously the

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Livingston story is dominating. It is interesting the way the story

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developed. The Daily Telegraph has reported about Ken Livingstone being

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barked at on a staircase. This all started with Ken Livingstone

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apparently trying to make things better after having to -- after the

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Labour Party having to suspend a member yesterday for anti-Semitism.

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He tried to defend her in a media round, and it just got worse and

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worse through the morning. This picture on the Daily Telegraph front

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page indicates the point where Jonathan Mann was haranguing him

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when Ken Livingstone had been on a radio interview. It is quite

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extraordinary. It is remarkable that this is happening just one week

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before critical elections for the Labour Party, and many Labour MPs

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are saying how angry they are that this can all meet damage Labour's

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prospects. Extraordinary altogether. Ten Livingstone, an unusual figure,

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but he seems to have Doug himself into an arm is whole and kept going.

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-- into a whole and kept going. These headlines are... The Tories

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have been very quiet, and why shouldn't they be? The headlines are

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a nightmare, a week from elections. This confrontation here as well.

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There was one Labour MP who said it was as if Ken Livingstone had gone

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from studio to studio acting like some sort of political arsonist. It

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is difficult to... The story is developing at your own paper. You

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have got the front page that no sign of John Mann and there but

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absolutely surrounded by eager journalists wanting to, not

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believing the story is being delivered to them right on camera!

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It is very difficult. There is a sort of pattern of behaviour. As far

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as Ken Livingstone is concerned, he is somebody who likes the limelight

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and reacts viscerally to what he perceives to be a tax on left-wing

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or minority causes, especially when he considers it to be by the media

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or some sort of establishment. This is the man he would say that he

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would like to see the Saudi royal family hung from lamp posts. That is

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no excuse at all, but I would say there is a pattern of behaviour. It

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is worth remembering that only a couple of months ago, Jeremy Corbyn

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appointed Ken Livingstone to be co-chair of Labour's policies Board,

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and then he goes out to make the sort of remarks again. A short time

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ago, he was not just a long-term friend of Jeremy Corbyn, but someone

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that Jeremy Corbyn trusted with this review of this policy in this area,

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and now he has been suspended, and is facing a number of calls for him

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to be thrown out of the Labour Party entirely, not just suspended, but

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actually injected from the party. I have spent long periods of time

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working with MPs, they aren't tearing their hair out. There are

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people who are decent and the Labour Party who can understand what is

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happening to their party and that's people in the far left are doing

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this to the reputation of Labour at such a critical time. There is no

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shortage, and all of these front pages, of Labour MPs who are deeply

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unhappy. I am happy about this but I am happy and away that the party has

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been led since Jeremy Corbyn... This is a Tory approach to say this is a

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proxy row for control of the Labour Party. It is not an invention in

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that sense, but it is a proxy row, is it a proxy row about the future

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of Jeremy Corbyn and so forth? I don't think so. It will play out

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over the next couple of days. Ken Livingstone is set the shadow of

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defence needed psychiatric help previously. And it turns out that

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Kelvin Jones had spoken out bravely in public about his own mental

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health problems. Ken Livingstone refused to apologise and apologised

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by social media the next day. Very eccentric and defensive... Whether

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it is a metaphor for the Labour Party is another thing. It is not

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just one person. The whole leadership team, these are people

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who are out of the Labour Party mainstreamed for the last 25-30

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years, people who were deliberately kept out, they were not trusted by

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those people who formed Labour governments. They are now in charge,

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and although Ken Livingstone has had some extraordinary comments that

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have revealed some of his thinking, it is just one individual. There is

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a rail problem with the Labour Party. -- a real problem. You are

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not saying John McDonald is anti-Semitic? No, I am not saying

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that at all. Some of the rivalry between John McDonald and as Ken

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Livingstone is part of what is going on. Let's move forward. We have the

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MPs who had at least apologised. Ken Livingstone has not apologised. Can

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you see him being thrown out of the Labour Party? Yes. They clearly

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will. There has got to be an inquiry, but you would have to say

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that if this was a self-inflicted wound, nobody else responsible, and

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if that proves to be fatal, and he has to leave public life and

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politics, as has been subjected by some, he has no-one else to blame

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but himself. Let's move onto a completely different story but one

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that might have more repercussions, I would have thought. The Financial

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Times front page. Slow down in US growth sparks doubts over economic

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durability. Financial speak, but a serious issue. Extremely serious and

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it is forming a pattern of behaviour which is quite worrying. The first

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quarter is always a sluggish and shows a growth of 0.5%. That is

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quite a problem. Business investment is down, consumer spending is down.

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This is starting to follow a pattern of behaviour. Japan might have

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tumbled back into deflation. We have this Chinese figures showing that

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Chinese growth is the lowest it has been for seven years. China has been

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trying to rebalance their economy from trade to domestic consumption.

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The Chinese figure looks quite good. If you talk about the UK, the UK

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figure this first quarter is 0.4%. We have got no problems there.

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George Osborne says our pressure is not necessarily going to come from

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China or the US, it is going to come from the threat of Brexit. George

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Osborne is a man we take very seriously. He says that if we have

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this threat weighing down on our economy... There was eye opening,

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you start pointing out the Financial Times says there is a slowdown in

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Japan, a slowdown in the United States, a slowdown in Brazil. These

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are all because of the Brexit! Businesses in Brazil are not saying,

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I am really worried about the Brexit for random so I will not invest. But

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what Paul is saying, because he is right about what George Osborne said

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about the UK slowdown, we will hear over the next two months that

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slowdowns, drops in the global stock market, a 10% drop in the stock

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market globally in January, we will keep being told for the next two

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months that any setback is because of Brexit. These figures absolutely

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demonstrate that that is rubbish. The world is slowing down. It will

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be blamed in the UK on the uncertainty of the referendum and it

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has nothing to do with it. For people wondering, what has it got to

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do with me? What would you say? What it means is that we know, Gordon

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Brown famously said he would abolish boom and bust, no-one can do that.

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Economy is growing in sharp spurts and they sometimes a slowdown and

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sometimes drop back. For the next year or two, there will be an

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economic slowdown, maybe even another recession, maybe not a

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depression, and we need to be ready for that. We probably need to

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tighten our belts again. We have heard that one before! If June 23

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goes well, we will see a bit of a surge. If we do not leave, there

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will be a surge, you are right. We have got long on this one, work

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being the key to a longer life. Do you intend to work forever? It is

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one of those things, a well-founded study from Oregon saying that you

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increase your life expectancy were cut your risk of dying, which is a

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different thing, if you carry on working. Only 20% of people in their

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late 60s carry on working. Express readers will get quite excited about

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this but the government would have a bit of a problem on their hands. My

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father-in-law is convinced that he has been right about this. He and

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his work colleagues all retired from their big job building submarines

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years ago and he carried on doing other work and he is healthy and

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well into his 80s. So, it is true. Inside page of the Daily Mail, best

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headline of the day. Marvellous! It is fantastic. The Royal Mail wrote a

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letter to the owners of this cat saying they have had a health and

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safety risk assessment about it and the caps could not be delivered. A

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very fierce black and white cat! That is it for tonight. -- the cat

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could not be delivered. Before you go, these

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front pages have come Don't forget all the front pages

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