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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what 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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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with this.

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The Treasury has given millions of pounds intended for war veterans

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to some unknown charities, claims The Sunday Times.

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The Independent leads with reports that fish

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intended for human consumption in Africa are being used

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The Daily Mail reports on a Syrian migrant

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using a fake passport to reach the UK on a Ryanair flight.

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for the death of an Iraqi teenager 13 years ago,

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that's on the Telegraph's front page.

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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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A couple of stories on the Sunday Telegraph. Betrayal, as soldiers

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face Iraq prosecution. These are servicemen who could face trials.

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That is even though they thought it had been investigated and put to

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rest. That is right. Three servicemen accused of involvement in

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the death of an Iraqi teenager in the immediate aftermath of the

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invasion in 2003. They have already been three military investigation

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which has cleared then. Now it is looking like they may face another

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trial through a separate process and prosecution. Obviously, to have to

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go through the same trial twice, that is going to be stressful for

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anybody. Especially for military personnel, one of whom is reported

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to be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and injuries. What

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is the justification? The issue is not so much that it is stressful to

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go through the same trial twice. It is a fundamental principle of

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justice that if you are tried and found not guilty you cannot be tried

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again for the same crime. This... It looks as if the Iraq Historic

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Allegations Team set up by the labour government to investigate

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various allegations of wrongdoing by British service personnel in Iraq

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are recommending that this investigation be reopened and that

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these three men be charged again. But actually the allegations which

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this organisation was set up to investigate were made by a law firm

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which closed in the summer over alleged regularities which seems

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scandalous. The Telegraph. Tory MPs set up a new group to push for

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Brexit. Who are these people? How many are there? Three Conservative

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MPs have been named in this story. The new group is called Leave Means

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Leave, an echo of Brexit means Brexit from Theresa May. Sir Gerald,

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Dominic, the former Justice Minister, and Owen Paterson, the

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former Environment Secretary. There are three others involved as well.

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It looks as if they are pushing for Theresa May to trigger Article 50

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sooner rather than later. They are urging her not to accept a deal

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which involves written remaining in the single market. -- Britain. They

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are claiming that no deal is better than a bad deal, especially if it

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involves us making trade agreements with those outside the EU. Why are

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you shaking your head? LAUGHING. It is the golf of

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rationality these people seem to be on the other side of. It looks like

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a car running towards the cliff and they want to press the accelerator

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rather than steering to an arrangement that might not be a huge

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blow to Rajesh business. If the country wants to leave the EU,

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meaning getting out of the single market, the only way to control the

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borders, get on with it, say some people. Or maybe try and figure out

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some sort of solution that causes the least amount of damage to

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Britain's economic success and global standing. How damaging do you

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think it would be to the British economy if we had no trade agreement

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with the EU when we eventually did leave the EU? That would not mean no

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trade with the EU. That would mean trade under WTO rules rather than

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free trade agreements of some kind. That might not be disastrous if we

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had compensation through other trade agreements with other places. What

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will that be, five years? Ten years, before we get that new deal?

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Legally, I think we need to leave the EU, withdraw from the EU, before

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we can start making free trade agreements with other parts of the

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world. But we don't have to make a free-trade agreement with the EU. We

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are ticking along quite well before we even started having this

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conversation. It seems like a monumental task now to try to

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totally re-engineered this enormous system, for what actual gains at the

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end of that? The gain is that we can... British sovereignty is

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restored to the British Parliament. Is denied per cent of our laws are

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made by a 28 unelected officials. -- 58. It is just kind of like a

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face-palm moment when groups like these are trying to do something

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when the government does not even know what Brexit means. It seems

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like a total folly. I don't think groups like this will have a great

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deal of influence. Theresa May is anxious to forge a deal which

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commands consensus. They want to help Leavers and Remainers. I feel

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reassured. The act of alchemy that is about to help us out of the

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situation. It is a bit late now. Scandal as millions disappear from

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the Treasury. Funds given away without checking. Funds given to

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charities, various charities, to try to help the many, many service men

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and women who are leaving the forces and need support. This is a huge

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issue. I have written about this in my new book Aftershock... A

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shameless plug. But go on. LAUGHING. It looks at this very

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subject. 100 years ago we had an epidemic of shellshock on the Battle

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of the Somme. Sentries have passed and we have not got a system in

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place still to help soldiers and other service personnel suffering

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from psychological injury. -- centuries. The government has thrown

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money at a number of charities, some of which which are doing great work,

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but there are many which have great questions over then. There is a

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political vacuum in Westminster to look at this problem and get all the

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parties involved to come up with a solution that actually... Or a

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system... That actually works. But it hasn't happened in. If you

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formalise it and do it through government it is going to cost the

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taxpayer a lot of money. I think this looks awfully like the scandal

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we saw last year over Kids Company with the Department for Education

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giving large amounts of taxpayer money to them without doing proper

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due diligence. This look the same. ?35 million worth of libor fines

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were set aside by the Treasury. And that money is pledged to these

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various charities that work with those suffering Post-Traumatic

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Stress Disorder it looks like not much due diligence was done before

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deciding who to award this money to. The Sunday Times the cancer

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treatment to pay for HIV drugs. It protects healthy people from

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developing HIV. There are three people who the paper has identified,

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Toby, who might as a result of that miss out a life-saving cancer

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operations to pillow these three people have got a rare blood cancer.

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They have had a number of treatments to prepare them for a potentially

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life-saving stem cell transplant. But they have now been told they

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cannot have this operation because the NHS has been ordered by the High

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Court to set aside 10- ?20 million to pay for any treatment which is

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designed to prevent people who are at high risk of getting HIV rather

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than people who are actually suffering from HIV. A preventative

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drug programme, this is. The reason this is a little bit scandalous is

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that it seems to prioritise spending on preventative medicine rather than

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treating those actually ill. Moving on to the Mail on Sunday. Anarchists

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flying on Ryanair. Tell us about this. We could do with more

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information on these. Oh, come on. This group, No Borders, accused of

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stirring up trouble with migrant and refugee camps across Europe We don't

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have much more information on the paper. But the story boils down to

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the fact a Syrian migrant was able to buy a cash Ryanair ticket in

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Athens airport, use a fake passport to get through security, then claim

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asylum. What sticks out to me is that he did present himself to

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authorities and claimed asylum so he has therefore been discovered. May

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be the banner headline should not be as alarming as it should have been.

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He says he could have been a jihadi. He was not. Vital African fish

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stocks raided to feed the West, that is on the Independent. This is

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confusing on a number of levels. The impact it could have with food

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security in Africa. The story is that West African fish stocks are

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being diverted by various large Western food organisations. And the

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fish, instead of feeding hungry West Africans in coastal communities, is

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instead being used by these large organisations to feed pigs,

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chickens, and salmon, in the developed world, in order to produce

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cheaper meat and fish for us. And the justification for it, it is hard

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to find one. Making money, isn't it? That is the justification that is

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trashing the oceans globally. This is a huge problem for, obviously,

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West Africans living on the coast, who depend on fish for a large part

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of their protein intake. Let's look at the bigger picture. Have seen

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fish stocks declining around the world, a certification caused by

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greenhouse gas emissions, coral bleaching from the coral reef to the

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Caribbean. -- acidification. The Sunday Times. She has done us proud

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to be big headed babies are brightest. Who is the brightest

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here? It is not me. I have a small head. Strangely shaped. I have a big

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one. Is filled with useful brain? At least metaphorically. It is an

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interesting story. It is not that the circumference and volume of your

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head could be linked to medical and intellectual health. But this data

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looks robust. It has 500,000 people as a dataset studied over quite a

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long period of time. One of the interesting aspects of this study is

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that they have... As reported in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, 17

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genes have been found that dictate quite easily who will go to

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university. This is the problem with a tutor-proof test to get into

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grammar school. You could just measure their heads. That sounds

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simple. Like go around with one of those sticks to find out who goes

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in. It sounds like we are close to unravelling something major about...

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Were you about your tummy to be quiet? No.

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LAUGHING. That is the papers for the night. Toby and Matthew. Both of you

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are big headed. Good work, both of you.

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