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

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With me are Martin Bentham, Home Affairs Editor

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at the London Evening Standard and Benedicte Paviot,

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Welcome both. We are a bit late starting and I know you don't like

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that. Let's start with the front pages.

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Maimed by fun park's bonus culture - that's the Metro's take

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on the Smiler Ride roller-coaster crash at Alton Towers

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Today was the opening the sentencing hearing where Merlin Attractions has

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been warned to expect a "very large fine".

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The Express says the economy is booming after the Brexit vote -

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which they claim is according to Treasury figures.

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That's a similar message from The Times - they've interviewed

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a German businessman who says that Britain could be better off

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than other EU countries within five years.

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The Guardian has been doing a year long investigation into the trade

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in endangered species and the link to organised crime

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The Telegraph has an undercover filming of the England manager Sam

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Allardyce. They allege he used his position as England manager to

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negotiate a very large deal and offered advice to businessmen on how

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to get around rules on player transfers. Mr Allardyce has not

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responded to the allegations yet. Bearing that in mind that we only

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have part of the story, a quick look at the Daily Telegraph's splash,

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England manager for sale, it says. This is a report in this one

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newspaper. They have used secret filming. It is an investigation by

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the Telegraph which alleges that Sam Allardyce used his position of

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influence to sell advice on player transfers. There are no proceedings

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at the moment. We have not heard from Sam Allardyce or the FA yet. It

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looks like a significant story. We have not had any response at all so

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we cannot comment on the rights or wrongs of it. Sam Allardyce faces

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questions on his judgment. This will be an issue that the FA and Sam

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Allardyce will have to address. What can you add to that? It is just a

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one-sided report. That is right but it is clear that the Daily Telegraph

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saying there more revelations and there is a ten month investigation,

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nothing proven and as you said, the FA wants to see everything that the

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Daily Telegraph has got. ?4000 fee and a headline to say England

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manager for sale is more than embarrass them. We will wait for

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details and a response from the FA and Sam Allardyce himself.

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The Times, Brexit will boost Britain says a German business chief. Who is

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this? It is the chief executive of a publishing house. He is quite

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heavyweight. I have just come back from Germany. The mood there was one

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of pragmatism, interestingly. He is saying that actually, Britain will

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do better because of Brexit. He claims in the long run, better than

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continental Europe, and continental Europe may suffer more from Brexit

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than England itself. That is quite a claim. It is very early days yet.

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What he does also underline is this is a very important wake-up call for

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Europe to refresh its political approach. We know there is a wake-up

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call for continental Europe and the other EU countries, and that is what

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EU leaders were beginning to try to address in the Bratislava summit.

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The Daily Express has something similar. Whatever happened to the

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scaremongering as it was described that we would end up in recession?

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That has not happened yet. It is definitely the case in the short

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term that the worst predictions are not being realised. Whether it turns

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out to be real down the line is another issue. But these comments

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from the boss in the Times are very powerful. The Express story actually

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is slightly overcooked I think. It is forecast by economists that the

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Treasury gathers each month. In essence, what has happened is the

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predicted growth is up to 1.8%, which had got down after the

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referendum. It has now got back to the pre-referendum level. It

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substantiates the argument that there has not been this great

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falling off of activity. It does not quite go as far as saying we are in

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bloom territory. Staying with the Express as the French tell Britain

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you must pay for the migrant crisis. Martin, they are saying we should

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not use Brexit as a reason to wash our hands for responsibility for the

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people stuck in the jungle. I don't think we are. We are spending quite

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a lot of money in Calais already. There is a lot of French politics

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going on here. The French president is under an enormous amount of

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pressure from the right, the main right-wing and Marine Le Pen on this

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issue. He is saying, it is the first time he has been to Calais for four

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years, he is trying to say I will be tough and do something about this,

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but at the same time, not wanting to let us off the hook. But I think we

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are quite clear in this country we are trying to do things here. We are

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building security fences and trying to address some of the migrant

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issues. Just briefly, he has left it until now to visit Calais? Why would

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you want to visit somewhere which is obviously very problematic. You let

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your minister of the interior who has gone several times with the

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former Home Secretary Theresa May go there. But we are in the lead up to

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the presidential elections. I should briefly point out that Britain has

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committed ?85 million to reinforce security in Calais. One person who

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is hopping mad is this side of the Channel and that is the Dover MP

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Charlie Elphicke who says Britain has paid millions for walls and

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fences in Calais. He is right. Yet the French keep asking for more. Our

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money should be spent on more border controls in Dover and the English

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Channel. Expect this to rumble on. President Hollande says the jungle

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will be closed by Christmas. The big question on French television

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tonight is will be people come back to Calais? What is French for

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jungle? The jungle. Corbyn steps back from damaging trident row. They

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are all in agreement in the Labour Party apparently. The official

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position is we support the renewal of Trident. They are all in

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agreement except Seamus Milne stepped in and took out, tweaked

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they are calling it, a piece in Clive Lewis, the Shadow Defence

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Secretary's speech, about Trident. He said there would not be a change

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in policy. We are told here by the Guardian that there will, when it

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comes to it, although there are strong differing views, there will

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always be a free vote, but Jeremy Corbyn and his Shadow Chancellor Mr

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McDonnell are going to be free to basically disagree with that policy

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and speak out. This is an issue of a bit of responsibility from Corbyn

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and McDonnell will stop they have realised that in essence, the

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Trident debate is almost over now it has been voted through in Parliament

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and so on and actually, it is perhaps a diversion to try and

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reopen that front in the party. It is a festering wound. The GMB union

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are keen on retaining Trident because there are a lot of jobs

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involved. Corbyn and others are vehemently opposed to it. Why fight

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this battle when in essence, the actual battle has been taken and

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you're fighting over something which you probably cannot change anyway.

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They are trying to concentrate on other issues like economic issues.

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And unity in the party. That old chestnut. The Guardian, revealed,

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the men behind the trade in Endangered Species Act. This is

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exposing how organised crime is at the heart of a lot of trafficking

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and the killing and maiming of endangered animals. What is

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interesting is some of the detail. They have some brothers and have

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listed some of the animals which have been smuggled in.

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There is some collusion apparently from the state. It is much more

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organised and approved. Coincides with this huge conference taking

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place about endangered the in Johannesburg. What is striking is

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when you look at the BBC and other news channels which I've been

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covering this, it is worth $23 billion a year, animal trafficking

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is the fourth most lucrative black-market industry after drugs,

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people smuggling and arms smuggling. That is staggering. It is often for

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rhinoceros horns linked to things like traditional medicine in China.

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Either because of medicinal virtues or sexual prowess or both. We

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discover today, thanks to Alastair Leithead who has been in Kenya, that

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pangolins are the most trafficked creature. I had never seen one

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before. It says here that their scales are alleged to help

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breast-feeding mothers. Tigers are in imminent danger. Only 13,000

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rhinos are alive today, 5% of the number four decades ago.

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Let's move on to the Daily Mail. How Mrs Clooney has warned that a ?4000

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worth of clothes in four days. What strikes you about this, Martin? The

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figure. The financial figure. I do not think I have spent ?34,000 on

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clothes in my entire life. It does not say she has spent it, just she

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has worn them. The voice in my ear says it is not that much money. I

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don't know where she shops! It seems Mrs Clooney does not shop in the

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high street. She has got the money, she has earned it, he has earned it,

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what is the problem? She tries to help some of the most oppressed

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people in the world. It is a good message to send out that you don't

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have to wear something different every single time. Looking elegant,

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and she always looks elegant and actually looks rather stunning, I

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think it is maybe too much attention paid to clothes. Maybe it is. Let's

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pay attention to what she does with her time. That is it for The Papers

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tonight. The front pages or online on BBC website. It is their seven

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days a week. You can see us as well. Each night's edition is posted on

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the page and on iPlayer. Thank you to Benedicte Paviot and Martin

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Bentham. Have a good evening.

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