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

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With me are the political commentator Jo Phillips and Nigel

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Nelson political editor of the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...

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A ringing endorsement from Nigel Farage for Boris Johnson to

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become Prime Minister is the Mail on Sunday's headline.

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Boris himself is quoted in the Sunday Telegraph

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saying the EU is pursuing a similar goal to Hitler and Napoleon,

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The Sunday Times says David Cameron fears being replaced by Boris

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It also has the story of an alleged CIA tip-off, that led

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And the Sunday Express reports on a trial being carried out

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by the government over the safety of statin drugs for the heart.

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Cameron fears Boris will be the next leader. This doesn't tell us a whole

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lot about the campaign today, but the worries over what might happen

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after the referendum. The Sunday Times has quite a lot of detail here

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alluding to private conversations. It would appear that the PM has been

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speaking privately, but it has a obviously been eavesdropped upon,

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about his concerns about what happens if he loses the Brexit vote

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with anything closer than a 53-47%, then he has no option but to step

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down. We know that the party has been rent asunder. That would pave

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the way for Boris to become a leader. I think what this is all

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about is that this whole referendum thing is that if we are not

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careful... I have just looked at the BBC's guide to the referendum, and

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it is brilliant. It is just what people need to know and understand

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about it. Whereas this is actually about who is going to be the next

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leader of the Conservative Party. So look online... It is really good, it

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explains it, it explains everything, which this is not helping. We all

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did a course before it started. We had to do an online course about it

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to make sure we knew what was happening. It doesn't help people

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who are trying to decide, does it? No, it doesn't. This story has

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nothing to do with the referendum, because it is all about who will

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succeed David Cameron, will he go, will he not go? I heard this week

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that some of the Tories are talking about bringing in Michael Gove as

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the deputy PM, and whether all that is true, I don't know. This is not

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actually down to what people care about, it is not part of the

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decision people are making, and that really does come down to, are they

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going to be better off in Europe or out of it? I wonder whether

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headlines like this on the Mail on Sunday it will persuade people one

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way or the other for different reasons. If people think we are

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heading in one direction or the other and the consequences for

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leadership will be X or Y, that could have an indirect effect. It

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could, but we are seeing something that is dominated by personalities.

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They are throwing figures at us that almost unintelligible, and again,

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what we have to get down to is what actually are the issues they are

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talking about, and are we better off in or out? There is no way of

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cutting through that kind of dross to get to the bit that you really

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need to know. This is Nigel Farage saying he has primed grenade for the

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crucial TV debate. This is about jockeying for a job, because he sees

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Boris as a future leader. It is just, get back to reality. Kiwi come

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to the issue of trust. This poll suggests Nigel... The truth on

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Europe. That is what people are telling the independent in this

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poll, which is also carried by the Sunday Mirror. What is also

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interesting is what is getting through and what isn't. It would

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seem we are still talking about 38% of people haven't made up their

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minds, and those people are who will decide the result of the poll. But

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they are shuffling towards Cameron. There are fewer of them now than

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they were a month ago, and they tend to believe what David Cameron is

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saying about the economy. Interestingly, they don't believe

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what he said about security and the risk of world war three. It is an

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interesting shift, and yet we have Boris. That is why I think

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everything is all over the place. At the moment it is too close to call.

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People like Boris in the same way that people in the general election

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like Nigel Farage. They are great fun. But Nigel Farage did not sweep

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to victory as everyone predicted. We do wonder whether Boris might have

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peaked at eight too soon. You also have to be careful of polls after

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the general election. Given the Eurovision song contest includes

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Australia, bring it on! I think this shows the confusion out there that

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people want to know the fact that they can take in not the billions of

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pounds that have been thrown around, but they are showing that the

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campaign is not quite getting through because there is no trend

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building up. It is not like a general election, although it is

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becoming increasingly about a general election in terms of

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personalities, that it is not about something that you can say, well, am

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I going to be better off... It is not being painted as this is going

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to be better for you, because it is such a long time in the future. If

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people didn't like David Cameron talking about it will mean world war

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three, I wonder what they will make of Boris in the Telegraph. He said,

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the headline is quite inflammatory. It is just a very odd thing to say,

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particularly given the recent hot water that Ken Livingstone got into,

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talking about Hitler. I am a bit surprised at Boris, he is a

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well-known historian and classicist and well educated. He said the past

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2000 years of European history have been characterised by attempts to

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unify the continent in order to recover its lost golden age under

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the Romans. Napoleon did it, Hitler did it, and it has failed because

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there is no loyalty to one state. You can see the argument he is

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making, but there is a sense of him ramping up these Churchillian

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comments, with David Cameron talking about world war three last week. We

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do have democratically elect people, and people could say there is a

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democratic deficit, but I don't think Hitler had that. It is

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dangerous for any politician to use Hitler. It should be banned

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completely. Interestingly, the EU was set up originally to stop

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another world war happening. Exactly, so why... That was a long

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time ago. To say we haven't been to war because of that is a moot point,

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we don't know. You shouldn't invoke that any more than you invoke the

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idea that world war three will start if we don't pull out. The hyperbole

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is getting a bit insane. Know, and it doesn't help us to get to the

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bottom of it. Odds plummet on Hiddleston 477. Tom Hiddleston has

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been spotted, he recently was seen in the Night Manager. He was spotted

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in London late at night with Sam Mendez and the projectors and

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producers of the Bond movies. Apparently they ran into each other

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by accident. Betting has now been suspended on it, because people

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think that Tom Hiddleston will be a shoe in. A particularly large amount

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was placed, sending their odds plummeting. After the Leicester

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win. He was fabulous in the Night Manager, but he is a bit young, I

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think. I think Sean Connery was the best. I really like Daniel Craig.

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Hugh Laurie as James Bond, why not? Statins, are we looking at that now?

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Just waiting for the voices in my head to kick in. The new safety

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alert exclusive, the government is having a fresh trial because they

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are worried about overprescribing. Anyone who reads the Express, they

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will know this is a story they have been covering, and they are claiming

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that ?1 million are being put forward to look at the side-effects,

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because there is growing concern about the side-effects of the

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statins, which were a bit of a wonder drug. They actually cause

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muscle pain and fatigue and various other things. It is difficult for

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people to know. It is something I object to, one minute you are told

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the drug is wonderful and the next moment that it might kill you. It is

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quite right that the government should have a trial, because there

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has been enough concerns about whether they have been over

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prescribed or under prescribed, and it needs to be sorted out once and

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for all. Finally, the Sunday express looking ahead to something that will

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possibly be in the Queen's Speech. A boost to Britain's space race. Stay,

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the Queen will set the government's agenda for the next year. One of the

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things the government wants to do is have ports in space for tourists.

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They want to really start to capitalise on all the space that is

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out there. The idea is that we now get properly into the space race. We

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will see details when the Queen stands up. The other things they are

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talking about is a revolution in driverless cars, which I find a

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little bit frightening. More than going into space? Yes, I think there

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is more danger with driverless cars. You can imagine some teenage hacker

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in their bedroom getting into your driverless car. You have been

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watching too many silly films. There could be a danger. Driverless

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lorries was a story, wasn't it? I think that is absolutely terrifying.

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In normal circumstances, everybody, including yourself, would be

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previewing what is in the speech next week. If it hadn't been for the

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referendum, every splash we have seen has been to do with the

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referendum. That is the kind of story that on a normal kind of

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Saturday we will be talking about. It just shows how obsessed

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journalists are with referendums. That is it for the papers, good to

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see you both, thank you very much, coming up next, looking at pollution

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in India killing the Ganges.

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