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-- that is it from us. Coming up next is The Papers. Goodbye.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are Martin Lipton, Deputy Head of Sport at The Sun,

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and Bronwyn Curtis from the Society of Business Economists.

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The Metro features the Sports Direct billionaire boss.

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On the front page photo, Mike Ashley empties his pockets

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The same story is on the cover of the FT. Sports Direct boss flashes

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the cash, says the headline. You can read more on Theresa May's

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statements on state education in the Daily Telegraph. In the Times, the

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opening of the Rio Paralympics. The Daily Express says that house prices

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are to rise and the British economy is to boom post Brexit. So let's

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begin. Where shall we start? The Daily Telegraph has a story that is

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going to be controversial, and will run and run. Stop school selection

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by house price, says Theresa May. This is a comment she made this

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evening. Bronwen, did this catch your eye? It did. It would be nice

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to stop school selection by house prices. There is no doubt we don't

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want a situation where we have an elitist education. I think Mrs May

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is trying to democratise education. She is talking about bringing back

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grammar schools, which were banned by Tony Blair in 98, and having

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tests for all sorts of people, but more based on IQ tests, so that

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coaching, which is what most parents will do to get their children into

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these good schools, they will not be able to be coached to get in. Is it

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possible to democratise state education by having more grammar

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schools? There lies the issue. What is interesting here is that this is

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going to be the flagship domestic Kolisi for the next four years, it

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seems. With the whole Brexit debate, with what happened internally,

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grammar schools and their return seems to be a key thing for this

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government. Theresa May, in this statement to a committee of MPs,

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talked about the financial element of it rather than the education

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element. Maybe she was preaching to the converted, but the language to

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justify this is clearly going to evolve through the period. It is

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about social mobility. Mrs May has made it clear that that is something

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she wants to do, to try to change Britain for the better. But the

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counterargument is the one being voiced in the Guardian. A former

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Labour Cabinet minister speaking there. This isn't education

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selection, he says, it is social selection, and there is the

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dichotomy at the heart of this debate, and the issue that the

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government has. They have to win this argument, to get a more

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rounded, overwhelming support for this policy. Somewhat instinctively

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backed it, but others will say it is a return to the divide of grammars

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and secondary moderns. And secondary education for those who are not part

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of the elite. Schools post war were hugely part of a change for the

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better, and the way up out of poverty for many people into a

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wealthy lifestyle. The problem for many people isn't so much grammar

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schools. It is what else you have along with them. People do tend to

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think of grammar schools as being engines whereby certain children can

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do very well. It is what happens to the others. And one in five adults

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struggle to read and write, and there are 6 million illiterate

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people in the UK. I can see what she is trying to do. You really want a

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broad education for everyone. For those who are not going to make it

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in, what happens to them? TU detector reading these two stories

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-- do you detect, in these two score is, any attempt to redefine what

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grammar schools are? Theresa May seems to be talking about a

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different kind of education, inclusive and not exclusive. But the

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nature of a selective system is not inclusive. For those who are

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beneficiaries, though, this could be hugely positive. They could have a

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way out of a social strata that they might not have otherwise had. There

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are no right answers. We have had free schools, academies, the

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abolition of grammar schools in the 70s, and the introduction of

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constant change. What we do need is an education system that works. The

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current one does not work for many people. But persuading everyone that

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this is the answer is going to be a tough call. And comprehensives have

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an element of selection as well, because of streaming. They have too,

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because otherwise you are holding people back. Naturally, there will

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be some sort of selection. Now the Times front page, with a different

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story entirely, but another Theresa May announcement. She is a busy

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woman! MPs to leave Parliament in ?4 billion restoration plan. The first

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reaction is, they are going to spend ?4 billion on these MPs? Why should

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they do that when we need the money for other things. However, if you

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look into the story, you can see that the Palace of Westminster is

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the UNESCO Heritage site, and it is falling apart. It has water damage

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and asbestos - all sorts of things. So it does need to be made better.

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That we have to do, I think. Whether it is ?4 billion, or whether it is

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going to be ?8 billion, which it might be... If you get an estimate

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for building work, you double it! Post Brexit, you cannot even get

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people into do it! This will not start until 2022. And it is a

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six-year ill think project. Building projects don't seem to run to time.

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It is going to be controversial because of the expense, but it needs

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to be done. And the shape and look of Parliament will change. If you

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are having the Commons and the Department of Health building... It

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will not looks like Parliament as we know it. Maybe that isn't a bad

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thing, that we are used to the particular Guyot Grossi of

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Parliament. That is going to change, -- the particular geography. Why not

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just move to Manchester or Birmingham? Yet you could not allow

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Westminster to fall down. It is one of the greatest ill things, one of

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the jewels in England's crown. Apparently they are going to do as

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much of the building work from materials sourced within the UK, and

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they said this was something not possible before Brexit. I didn't

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quite understand that, but I think it is good if they do that. Now,

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possibly, they won't have any choice! Let's move on to the front

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page of the Metro, which has a picture that features on several of

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the front pages. The headline refers to the boss of Sports Direct. He

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happened to have a bit of petty cash in his pocket! Holding and folding

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seems to be his think! He likes to have a few bob. If you were to put a

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list of unpopular business leaders, Mike Ashley would probably be quite

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high up. I don't think he is quite the unacceptable face of capitalism,

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that people ask we wish about him. He's at his own warehouse in

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Derbyshire and had to go through a security screen, where workers are

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paid less than the minimum wage, and he's got all that money in his

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pocket. He was emptying his pockets to go through the security

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screening, and he pulls out ?50 notes. It looks utterly shameful.

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What do you think? Perhaps he doesn't care. Perhaps he just

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forgot, because it isn't good publicity. That's when you know...

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It would take one of those workers in the warehouse 139 hours, or 3.5

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weeks, to an that on the minimum wage, it is the worst sort of

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headline you can imagine. But I don't think he cares. He owns a big

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proportion of the company, and enough not to worry about what

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people think. The share price has plummeted, but he has made his

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money. He is a billionaire already. It just shows how little he cares

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about what people think. It is only going to affect his reputation. It

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seems like every day this week, there has been another story about

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Sports Direct, from the behaviour of workers inside the factories, to

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ending zero hours contracts, which is possibly quite a positive story,

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which people see as more controversy. His stewardship of

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Newcastle United hasn't ween a great success, but he has overridden the

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popular will. Another shareholder revolt today. I have the idea, I am

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a majority shareholder, I will do what I want. He will not listen to

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any views diverged into his own, and he courts controversy. In the

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Financial Times, a story about employment and employees. Graduates

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truly in love with banking are sought by match-making style tests!

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Behavioural analysis technique, where they can match up people who

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come from murder -- more diverse backgrounds than the Ivy League. So

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they use these techniques to match up what would be the best sort of

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corporate finance junior banker. This is quite subjective. Very

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subjective. They are using some of the tech leaks used on dating

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websites, but a number of different banks are doing this now, because

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they want to reach past the top schools to other places. Some are

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even doing things like what they call at Barclays contextualised

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screening. What that means is, when they talk to these people and do

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these tests, it gives the less advantaged more credit, so they will

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have a chance of actually getting... So the idea is to get to a bigger

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number of people and get them into the elite jobs in banking. I think

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that is good. Whether the systems work is another thing. You are

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trying to use objective criteria to determine a subjective choice, which

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is rather bizarre. We are talking about big companies, Deutsche Bank,

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Citigroup, Goldman Sachs... If they are all doing it, it is interesting

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that so many companies are looking to introduce this screening system.

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I'd like to see how long it lasts. In the end, it tends to be the same

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people who get these jobs. Very sketch to call! Thank you both very

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much. Don't forget that all the front pages are online on the BBC

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News website, where you can read a detailed review of the papers. It is

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their seven days a week on our website. You can see us there as

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well. Thank you once again. Goodbye. More of us saw the sunshine today

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than

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