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

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With me are former Foreign Correspondent and author

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Matthew Green and the journalist and writer Toby Young.

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The Treasury has given millions of pounds intended for war veterans

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to unknown charities, claims the Sunday Times.

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TheIndependent leads with reports that

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in Africa are being used as animal feed.

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on a Syrian migrant using a fake passport to reach the UK

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Three servicemen face prosecution for the death over

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of a teenager 13 years ago - that's on the Telegraph's front

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Princess Eugenie seeks the Queen's approval

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for her upcoming marriage, according to the Sunday Express.

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This death of a teenager, this seems to be an issue which never seemed to

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go away. This as a result of a in Dasher investigation carried out, a

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government-sponsored investigative team set up to investigate

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allegations of war crimes against serving British soldiers during the

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Iraq war. In this particular case, the three servicemen, who have been

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told they may be facing charges, have already been cleared by a

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military investigation by 2006 of any wrongdoing in connection with

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this case. So this has caused consternation among the various

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ex-military serving MPs. Should a line be drawn under this? If it is

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deemed to be a criminal matter? Nobody denies that British soldiers

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need to be held to account if there are substantial allegations made but

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they have been through a judicial process already on there being

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dragged through with the possibility of another investigation. The

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psychological strain, not just on the three individuals, who are being

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put on trial again, but for other service personnel who may be

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connected to them all the fear they may be pulled into similar

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investigations, is huge. I am certain that there are military

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families up and down the country horrified by reading this and very

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worried about what might happen next.

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Another story, we have got long, I know Toby is champing at the bit!

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Tory MP sets up new group to push for Brexit. The group is called

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leave means lean. We know Brexit means Brexit, but nobody can tell us

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what that means! The comedy continues. Theresa May has a

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terrible task trying to execute something other than a total train

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wreck with Brexit. And looks like there is a hard-core of Eurosceptic

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Tory MPs who want to put pressure on her to go for hard Brexit, who don't

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care about access to the single market, they just want Britain out

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of the EU as soon as possible, come what may. This party is seems to

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have national interest at stake, but it seems to be riven by some strange

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mania. You may be reading too much into the Sunday Telegraph's

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headline, if you go into the detail, it only names three. Three, I

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thought says six? That doesn't as the pigment. Dominic Rob, Gerald

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Howarth and another. But it says the group supports John Whittingdale,

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who was part of the Vote Leave campaign and who demanded last week

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that the Article 15 process be triggered in a matter of weeks, not

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years. But Donald Tusk says that Theresa May has tipped him off that

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the process. In February, that is not far off. Yes, and Theresa May

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does not want to go into the next election with a question hanging

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over half. She doesn't want to refight the referendum in the next

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general election. She wants to fight Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party and she

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is more likely to win if she fights the election on that basis.

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The Sunday Times. Scandal as war heroes charity millions banished.

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The suggestion that the Treasury gave away funds without checking.

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You have done a lot of work with service personnel, particularly what

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happens to them when they leave. These charities are doing a job on

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behalf of the state? This is a hugely important story that the

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Sunday Times has identified. The government knows that it has a huge

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problem in dealing with thousands of men and women coming back from Iraq

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and Afghanistan who have psychological injuries that can take

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many years to surface. We don't have a system in place to provide them

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with the care that they need to have a chance of getting well. The real

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tragedy is that with the right help, even people who feel damaged to

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their very core can sometimes make remarkable transformations. But

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throwing money at charities and hoping that that will somehow work

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is failing and this story is just another piece of evidence to support

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that conclusion. Isn't it the case that there are some good charities

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and some bad charities and some are well run, and some not? Yes, and the

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difficulty here is that, if the Sunday Times was right, is that a

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fund was set up by George was born in which 35 and in pounds were put.

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These funds paid by banks and -- 30 ?5 million. There was pressure to

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get this money out to charities and and the Chief Executive of one

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charity, not one of the ones accused of misusing money, he has said that

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they found ?5 million that has been misused and he thinks it is the tip

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of the eyes bug. But you wonder what else we do? I don't suppose the

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government wants to have to try and provide this kind of support on the

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taxpayer? That may be the case, that's a political decision. But

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there needs to be somebody in Westminster who is in charge of this

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brief. There is a Fetterman 's Minister, but there was nobody at

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the top of the pyramid -- veterans minister. But there is nobody at the

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top of the pyramid so is making sure the money is being spent on the

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right people in the right way. There has been a policy of shovelling this

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money at charities with different ideas and clashing personalities and

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expecting that it will deliver adequate service. Part of the

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problem is that there are large sums of government money going to

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charities. This feels like an echo of the case last year involving Kids

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Company which found that -- in which we found that money had been

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channelled to a charity that had not been properly scrutinised.

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This paper has found three people who are suffering from a rare blood

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cancer who might not get a stem cell operation because the NHS has got to

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fund this HIV drug. Is this just a case of competing demands on NHS

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funds? This is quite an alarming story and it says that it looks as

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though it is the cost of this particular HIV treatment which is

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why it is being stopped. And I guess it is part of a larger story about

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the NHS is being strapped for funds. And the NHS has been told it had to

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at least consider funding this HIV treatment by the court. It's a

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dilemma as to whether you invest money upfront to prevent a higher

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cost further down the line... With HIV sufferers. Yes, but in the

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meantime you see people losing out. It must be heartbreaking for people

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going through this chemotherapy to be told that this treatment will not

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be available. Mail on Sunday, migrants flying

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migrant in on Ryanair. I'm not sure has a bit airline is, but the

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significance of what they have done is what, Matthew? Dramatic headline,

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the story is not quite so dramatic! A Syrian migrant has apparently been

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given a fake passport, bought a Ryanair ticket in cash, went through

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the checks on a fake passport and came to the UK where he probably

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claimed asylum. Sounds like the system is working quite well if he

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turned himself into the authorities on arrival! But fake passport? Yes,

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the story is the creation of this anarchist pro-refugee group, no

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borders. This is the kind of thing that people will do to show that

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there are loopholes in anti-refugee security apparatus. If anything,

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this will make the British Border Force tighten controls on refugees

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potentially coming in on full staff bought on airlines rather than

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actually help the No Borders calls, so it is an odd one for them to be

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involved with. They have shot themselves in the foot. Typically,

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the stories are done with newspapers with anti-refugee agenda. We only

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know of one particular case but it highlights the fact that it can be

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done, people can get through. Yes, but that's not really news, is it?

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It's a new way of doing it, by a different group.

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Let's finish with this story in the Independent. It's a fantastic story,

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a picture of fishermen in Senegal landing a cache of sardines. You

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think, fine, but the argument is that it is exclusive, these fish

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stocks are needed in Africa and they are being brought to the West. Yes,

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that's the story. That the potential impact on the population of West

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Africa. It can be devastating. Because they won't have as much fish

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to eat because their fish stocks are being depleted by these various

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companies who are funnelling the finish to check on, salmon and pig

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farms in the West. I'm not sure from the fish point of view it's such a

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tragedy, the story says "Fish destined for human mouths in South

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Africa", it's as if the fish swimming happily towards a west

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African mouth and they have been rudely diverted by Western capital.

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A strange way of framing the story. But there is a series is seeing in

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that the state of our oceans, it is parlous. The population of fish

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stocks, fished by humans has collapsed by 50% over the last few

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decades. We know that climate change is causing ocean acidification and

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be seen the bleaching of coral reefs in the last few months. This is a

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tragedy for fishermen in West Africa but it is a global problem that we

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will all pay the price for. The argument of this article is that

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this food is needed in Africa, a constant which of course has food

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insecurity. Yes, fish is the main protein source for coastal

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communities. But the fact is, this fish is being hoovered up by these

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enormous floating industrial plants. They look like Manhattan tower

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blocks on their sides at night, covered in light, hoovering up these

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fish and they are being pulped and used as chicken feed so that we can

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have cheaper chicken. It is obviously insanity. It is the kind

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of thing that is wrecking the planet. That is it for this hour,

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but Matthew and Toby will be back at 11:30pm when I'm hoping that we will

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be able to do the Sunday Times story, big headed babies are

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brightest. We will be measuring our crane and -- craniums. Next on BBC

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News, Reporters.

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