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Now on BBC News here's Rachel Schofield with The Papers.

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Welcome to our Sunday morning edition of The Papers. Let us get a

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flavour of the front pages. We start with the Sunday express.

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The times are talking about the new Israeli ambassador to Britain who

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has joined the debate about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

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The Ob server has an interview with Sadiq Khan.

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The Mail on Sunday is all about the BBC and how we may be losing some

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prime-time programmes. Yes, and it will do this and they

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will do it for all the wrong reasons because certain people in the

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Conservative Party, including John Whittingdale, I cannot tell you how

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angry this makes me, want to diminish and take away the presence

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of the BBC. They want to turn us into the PBS of America. We are told

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we are a capitalist country where competition drives excellence. The

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BBC has of late produced the most extraordinary dramas. This really

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quite vindictive set of policies doesn't understand that the people

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feel passionately about the BBC. I hope people like this because this

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is happening now. I am all in favour of competition

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but this isn't a level playing field. It's all very well seeing

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have the BBC compete with ITV. The BBC has ?3.7 billion licence fee

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funds so it is not a level playing field. I think John Whittingdale is

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try to redress this because he is aware that ITV are seeing this as

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unfair competition. I do have sympathy with what he is saying but,

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having said that, it would be unfortunate if the BBC's flagship

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programmes were damaged. I would not like to see that but I think there

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is something to be done to make it a more level playing field.

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You said you would like to see people rise up against it. The

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public would have something to say about this, surely.

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I hope so and I hope there is a public consultation. But when we

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need them government really get them to us. I hope we do have one and

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they disagree with you, Ruth, because ITV is doing financially

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very well. The media expert was seeing their profits are doing very

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well. Of course but it is not a level

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playing field. What does that even mean?

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I will tell you! The BBC has the licence fee money and ITV doesn't.

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But the output on the BBC is massive with the number of channels.

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I always grovel when the worst comes to the worst. Some people would

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challenge whether the BBC should be doing programmes like Strictly Come

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Dancing at all. Why? Because they are successful?

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I don't go that far. Become irrelevant like PBS. No, the

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public loves the BBC. As for your level playing field, the advertisers

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on the commercial channels take money from our pocket five times

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more. ITV has to work to get that money by

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getting the advertisers were at the BBC does not. I'm going to stick to

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my DD is that it is not a level playing field.

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Before we get 50 cups -- the city coffers Garth -- fisticuffs...

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David Cameron 's idea for academies in schools is proving unpopular.

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Yes, the minister was heckled and asked if she was running the

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Department or Nick Gibb was, and after that there were accusations of

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sexism. I have some sympathy with the teachers, which may surprise you

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as men. I do see there is a problem here. What I find interesting is not

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the Education Secretary being heckled by teachers. That is not a

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story, that is an everyday event. What is interesting is that the

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Prime Minister is thinking about making his concessions to

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Conservative rebels and I think many of them are rebelling purely because

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of Brexit. It is to do with the discomfort and rebellion in the

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Conservative Party. We are going to talk about Labour Party but let us

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remember there are problems internally with the Conservative

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Party. You think this is internal politics?

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A party that believes in competition wants to kill the BBC. A party that

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believes in choice is now ticking choice away from education. Are you

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a party, I'm asking the Conservative Party, a party that believes in a

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variety of educational responses to educational demands and needs or are

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you a party that centralises and quite a Communist way and decides

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how everything is going to be an Academy.

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I conceded that point. I think they should go easy on the academy

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programme. But it is the politics here and recently the Prime Minister

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made concessions on the trading and build because he wanted the trade

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unions to support a -- support him on Brexit.

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Let us move our focus to the Labour Party. The anti-Semitism row

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deepens. The Sunday Telegraph said they have put together a dossier

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with what they describe of disturbing examples of anti-Semitic

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attitudes and Labour Party. It has taken off and I am glad we

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are talking about it. No forms of racism should be tolerated. But I do

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think, I sometimes wonder if Ken Livingstone is a double agent for

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the Conservative Party because what a horrible moment to have a hissy

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fit, which is going to affect the elections. The right-wing press are

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a field day and he should be banished from the party as from now.

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We do not need investigation. He is bringing the party into disrepute.

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On one side there is the Ken Livingstone issued but the whole

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point is that this has broadened into a wider debate about a

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potential problem in the Labour Party.

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What do you think? This will shock horror but I agree with her. I

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believe Ken Livingstone should just be out. He has form. It is not as if

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he doesn't make well statements. You can see how cross some of his

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colleagues are. The man is a menace and not just to the Labour Party but

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to the country. He has a menace to race relations. I think he should be

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banished to outer darkness. While we are still on this, let us

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bring in the Observer because their top story is on the same story. On

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the impact it will have on the London mayor role elections.

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I want as much outrage from the public on, what I have never seen so

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much of as the hideously racist campaign that Zac Goldsmith has been

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conducting. The letters some of us have had seeing things like you are

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a Hindu and you are one of us but those horrible Muslims are not. The

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electoral commission needs to look at how Siddique Khan is caught

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between the terrible anti-Semitism row that Ken Livingstone and others

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have created and this fall going for him because he is a Muslim. He is a

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liberal Muslim. If a Muslim of high integrity cannot stand for high

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office what kind of society are we running?

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I have sympathy with that. We are friends again and excavation

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Mark I think the whole racism thing is appalling. I have a great deal of

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sympathy with Sadiq Khan. I'm not taking sides politically, God

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forbid. Go on.

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May the best man win and I would be whole fight -- horrified if he lost

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the election because of this. If he loses it because of racism that is

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terrible. You have been on your conspiracy

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theories on the Brexit campaign some people have said with the Labour

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Party that this whole route has been stalked by embittered old Blairites.

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It could be but I think he has form of being mischievous.

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We need a proper opposition to the government.

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Tucked away under the picture from the two-day Yorkshire, the UK in a

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housing crisis. And entered to see it doesn't sound like a crisis to me

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but what is the angle. David Cameron wanted a homeowning

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democracy but new findings say four in ten people will not own their own

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homes ever. It is unaffordable housing. In London in particular and

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big cities like Birmingham. You are getting wonderful flats being built

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at people on ordinary wages working in the public service or even... We

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are a low-wage economy. They just cannot afford it. It is

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simple economics. Supply and demand. Population is rising and demand is

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not following -- supply. Successive governments haven't

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managed to get a grip on it. They have not and it is because they

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will get a grip on the subject of supply which might mean building on

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the green belt. Philip Green's wife has had an

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unusual summons to the House of Commons.

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I think both of them should be there. This is one of the saddest

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stories. I don't think any business should survive cos it doesn't

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deserve to survive but what is actually being done to BHS by a

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profligate owner and his wife, allegedly, needs to be examined by

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Parliament. They are in a tax haven. I am making no allegations but it

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happens to be the truth that she lives in a tax haven. They need to

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be questioned. It is time that this kind of capitalism was tamed.

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Monaco is a sunny place for shady people.

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Allegedly. We have to be careful. But they have been called before the

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select committee and able look at whether the funds were taken out

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while the deficit was being dulled up. And also to look at how the

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business collapsed so rapidly. I am looking forward to seeing the

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evidence. We are going to skip ahead to the

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Sunday Express because a lovely picture of Kate Middleton. She is

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going to be on the cover of Vogue. Much kinder than the Daily Mail

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because they were quite waspish. I wanted to get a flavour of what the

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opposition was doing on the other news channels and they went really

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hard on this story. I think she is absolutely a superb person and looks

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terrific and natural and is a person of the age.

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It is a controlled image. Not overly stylised and glamorous. Not

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necessarily their bogey would imagine.

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It is absolutely image making. -- not the Vogue magazine you would

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imagine. I think that is a bit hard because

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the royal family does a terrific job, if I may say so, and I think

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she is hanging on that tradition. We won't go there.

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On all the back pages, the underdog Leicester City may come out on top.

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What is so fascinating is the fact that although the city themselves

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are hugely invested in this, other fans from rival teams who know they

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cannot win by getting behind Leicester.

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Exactly Anders is one of those wonderful fairy stories. It came

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from nowhere and they are at the top. The managers from the expense

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of football teams are asking what is the magic. In the Telegraph, a

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gambler debt to pounds on the team and is now likely to net ?45,000.

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All I can say is 5000 to one, I wish I'd put a tenner on.

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Somebody put a bet on and cashed it in after one week when they lost.

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I could have bought VHS. -- BHS. Yet fully tied together.

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We do look at the front pages every evening at 10:45pm.

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