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A warm welcome to our look at head at what will be in the newspapers

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political commentator for the political commentator for the

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Financial Times, Miranda Green, and education editor for the Sunday

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Times. Thank you for being with us. Let us show you what we have of the

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newspaper so far. The FT pleads with that dramatic picture of the

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five-year-old Syrian boy, Omran Daqneesh, whose image has provoked

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outrage around the world, at the latest bombing in Aleppo. The Times

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has the same image of the young boy in the back of the ambulance

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following that air strike in Aleppo. The gaijin leads with the same

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picture. The newspaper describes it as a new symbol of the horror in

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Syria. The Express front page says the militantly -- the Metro has the

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lonely brothers celebrating their gold and silver Olympic medals --

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the Brownlee Bros. The Telegraph praises the Brownlee

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Bros for their historic success. The Mail also celebrates them with a

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call for Sir Matthew Pinsent to have a Victor Vito parade for Team GB's

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Olympic heroes. -- a effectively police. As a victory parade make

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get them so why not Team GB? There get them so why not Team GB? There

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would be a lot of them on the bus because so many have won medals. A

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convoy. Let us start off more sombrely with The Guardian, they

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have got that dramatic picture. It is a testament of the power of the

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single image, to suddenly stop everybody in their tracks and remind

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them what horror is going on in Syria. It is. It is a heartbreaking

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image. This little boy. People say he is five but he looks younger than

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that. He looks bewildered. Probably in shock. Completely alone, sitting

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on the seat in the ambulance. There is a moment in the video where he

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puts his hand up, feels the blood. It has gone viral around the world.

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It could make a difference just like the image of the little boy washed

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up on the beach in Turkey, the other little Syrian boy. That actually

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prompted Angela Merkel to open German borders to refugees. And I

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think the image of this little boy, there will be an outpouring of

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sympathy. It is strange because this conflict is going on every day. I am

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sure there are children like this in this situation every day and we do

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not think about it. The awful thing is that this must be the first time

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that Syria has properly been on all the front pages for quite a while

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and given that this is a huge conflict, this deal of the numbers

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of people who have died, the numbers who have been displaced, it is such

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that it should be the number one story most of the time but because

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there is no international plan, there is no international plan,

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because nobody knows how to resolve it, there is this awful sense that

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it has been pushed to the back of everyone's mind even though it is

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going on all the time. The interesting thing about The Guardian

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front page, as they have run a long interview with the Aleppo -based

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Syrian journalist who took the footage that has gone viral. He says

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this child is no representative of the millions of children in Syria.

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That is the point. Every day children are being bombed out of the

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homes anti-presents all of them. The video clip is almost unwatchable, it

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is so upsetting. This is the power is so upsetting. This is the power

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of the newspaper and the front page and the big dramatic picture on the

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front page. Let us move on. The Financial Times

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has got the same picture on their front page. Child of war is the

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headline. The lead story is interesting, a post Brexit story

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about what kind of Brexit it is going to be. Theresa May said Brexit

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means Brexit. What does Brexit mean? We still do not really know. This

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story seems to be suggesting that the city is abandoning the hope that

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they will have complete access to the EU single market, and there seem

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to be alternative plans being put forward. What seems to be emerging

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as a model which has been cold Swiss plus, which might give us access

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along the lines that Switzerland enjoys at the moment. Which is just

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short of the Norwegian model, and that is part of the single market,

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even though not in the EU, but then they have to accept three movement

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of people. That is the crucial point. In this story it sees that

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they now think the Norwegian model is politically unacceptable, so this

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idea that pro-Europeans have been clinging onto since the night of the

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referendum results, that there may be some way off still maintaining

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freedom of movement in exchange for access to the single market, it

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looks as if the City of London consensus is that that idea is dead

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because it is not politically saleable. This is an interesting

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story because they are proposing something that they called Swiss

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plus, but they also say they do not want it to be branded Swiss plus. So

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they are going to propose it, but they do not want it called Swiss

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plus honour because in Brussels there is some unhappiness at what

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the Swiss position is. This idea of negotiating for your favoured

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sectors without having obligations of EU membership is becoming

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controversial in itself. Let us talk about economic performance of this

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UK economy post Brexit because The Express has got a story, following

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the jobs figures of yesterday, saying retail sales bonanza defies

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the fears that there will be an economic slowdown post Brexit. This

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story is interesting. It's easy retail sales grew last month by 1.4%

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compared with June which is above economists average forecasts. It

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looks as though people are going on a post-referendum shopping spree.

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There are all these amazing seals still online and I am finding it

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hard to keep my credit card in my bag. One of the things that they are

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seeing, the feel-good factor from the Olympics is spreading people on

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to buy, but there is a big question about House prices, whether they

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will go up or down, whether people will buy houses. That is more

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worrying. Also, the feel-good factor created by the Olympics puzzles me.

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Why does that make you go shopping? Are people rushing out to buy

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trainers? Maybe they are. By gold medal? Buy a tennis court. Let us

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talk about the A-level results which today. Relief or trauma for A-level

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students around the country, but as education editor, talk to us. In

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some ways, more people going to university, it is costing more and

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more to go there, but I guess people are starting to wonder is it worth

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the money, because they are racking up potentially such large bills, is

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it worth it? This story is saying that record numbers of students

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yesterday secured university places. And that is the big question. Is it

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worth going to university? We have some of the most expensive fees in

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the world, ?9,000 per year just for teaching and that is going up in

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some universities next year. People are coming out with average debts of

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?45,000, ?50,000. Nearly half of all 18-year-olds are now getting degrees

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after three years. Where are the after three years. Where are the

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jobs? Where are the jobs that they can pay off these debts? I am

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beginning to seriously question this entire idea that if you get an

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English degree or a history degree from a second-rate university that

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that is a sensible way to spend three years of your life and ?50,000

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of your money. Are they not the best three years of your life? I do not

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agree. If you look at the analysis that the Institute for Fiscal

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Studies have done, earnings value across your life of having a degree

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is holding up. If people start to ask these questions about whether

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particular degrees are worth it or not that is quite healthy because

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all degrees are not the same. If we all degrees are not the same. If we

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have a situation where people ask more questions before they embark on

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a degree course that is a good thing. Since there are no other

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alternatives, high-quality apprenticeships, it would be good if

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we had more young people in the UK go down that route because that is

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what the economy really needs. The other side of it is the quality of

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teaching or not and whether that is worth the money. That is right.

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Miranda is right. Universities need to be more transparent about what

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students are actually getting for the money that the RPM. What are the

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chances of getting a job of a particular greed and why don't they

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publish more details about that? How many hours of teaching per week? If

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you are just getting two hours of teaching per week, he matches this

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costing? Universities have to step up their game. We heard the higher

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education Minister saying that universities that do not improve

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quality of teaching will not be allowed to raise their fees. I do

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happen in a big week but it would be happen in a big week but it would be

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Olympics. It is a great story. We Olympics. It is a great story. We

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were watching it in the newsroom this afternoon when Alistair

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Brownlee and Jonathan Brownlee got Brownlee and Jonathan Brownlee got

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first and second in the triathlon. It is a good headline in the Metro.

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It is. Every system or headline. One of the things that has been a nice

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about this week of the Olympics, and I suppose last week with the diving,

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these jewels are really quite heart-warming.

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-- these duos are quite heart-warming. Even though I am not

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a sports fan I am finding it deletes. Contrast that with the

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strange story of the American Olympic swimmers who are accused of

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inventing a story that they were robbed at a petrol station. It is

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very strange. It is a very confusing story. I cannot get to the bottom of

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it. There seems to be two conflicting accounts. On the one

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hand you have American swimmers saying that men jest in police

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uniforms robbed them of their wallets in the early hours of Sunday

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and one even pointed a gun. And then the police said one or more of the

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swimmers had vandalised a petrol station and got into an altercation

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with a security guard. I do not quite know. And could face charges.

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It could be serious because giving false testimony can land you in a

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Brazilian jail for up to three years. Blame it on Rio I think was

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the fleas. I have had a couple of good night out in Rio. It is a great

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city. Tell us more. Maybe later. Thank you for being with us. We will

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be back at quarter past 11 with another look at the newspapers but

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before that he is that weather prospects.

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