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

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With me are Tony Evans, sports columnist for

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the London Evening Standard and Caroline Wheeler,

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political editor of the Sunday Express.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with

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The Sunday Telegraph leads on disquiet among military chiefs

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at a secret criminal investigation into British troops accused

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of mistreating two Iraqis - themselves believed to be

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responsible for murdering two British soldiers 13 years ago.

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The Sunday Times publishes a hitherto unseen article written

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by Boris Johnson on why the UK should remain in the EU -

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the paper says it was written two days before the now

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Foreign Secretary came out in favour of Brexit.

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The Observer splashes on criticism of the prime minister's so-called

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obsession with grammars by the head OFSTED.

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The Express warns that thousands of chemists will close if spending

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cuts due to be announced this week go ahead.

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The Mail on Sunday gives its front page over to the SAS soldier who's

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facing murder charges after admitting shooting dead two

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or three fatally wounded Iraqis during combat.

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We must not confuse Sunday versions and weekday versions. They are very

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different. We will start with the Sunday Times. Boris and his case for

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the UK to stay in Europe. What is going on? He wrote two versions of

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the peace. Obviously. He decided at the last moment which when he uses.

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According to this what he did was he wrote the remaining piece to clear

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his mind and put the counterarguments and make sure that

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he was on the right path. We believe him, millions would not. It is a

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friend of ours, a friend of the programme, Tim Shipman, it is his

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new book called all-out war. He must be so happy you have plugged it. It

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is his new book which is out just in time for Christmas. He should pay me

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for this. Embarrassingly for Boris Johnson the book says that the

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unpublished argument rehearsed warnings that Brexit could lead to

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an economic shock, Russian aggression and Scottish

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independence. That was written to make days before he came out in

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support of Brexit on February 19. This piece seems very kind to Boris.

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It also mentions further on that he did not do it, back Brexit, because

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he wanted to be Prime Minister. He was warned by his campaign manager

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that if it did come out for Brexit then he would be put in with the

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cast of clowns, people like George Galloway and Nigel Farage. He

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thought it would damage his chance of becoming Prime Minister. I have

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no extra sympathy for Boris Johnson except for one lion where he says he

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wanted to punch Michael Gove. We do not condone that sort of behaviour

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here. Prescription for disaster says the Sunday express. This is

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Caroline's pet is. Next week we understand there is going to be an

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announcement by the government that they will unveil spending cuts for

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chemists which could result in up to a quarter of them closing. As

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parents, for example, a chemist on your high street is an extremely

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valuable asset. There has been research done to suggest that people

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think a chemist is one of the most valuable assets on the high street.

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I think we have all been in that situation where we have an ill child

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who has a developing cloth or a temperature and we need to get

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advice. There are suggestions that the community run ones on the high

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street are going to come a cropper and are going to close down. We have

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been running a campaign saying that this is not on. It is not a great

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deal of money and government turns and they should reverse it. People

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do value services like this. We do but not the Conservative Party

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because it is part of an ideological attack on the health service. Cuts

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have to come from somewhere? There are lots of places where you can

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trim budgets without affecting the health service. They would like to

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push us towards an eye direction of an insurance based healthcare

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system. I get that from their thoughts and actions. They don't

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make us do that. They will. A big argument is that many of us use our

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pharmacies instead of our GPs and that keeping pharmacies open is

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cheaper than hiring more GPs. There is a lot to get through today. The

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Sunday Telegraph. Are we outraged at the betrayal of up Iraq war troops.

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This goes back 13 years. Two British soldiers were murdered, the two men

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suspected of that have complained of ill treatment at the hands of

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British soldiers. The only possible betrayal in this has taken 13 years

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because these two Iraqis were accused of murdering British troops.

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But the full force of the law. But British soldiers were accused of

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maltreatment. And if they did they also deserve the full weight of the

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law because it's not mistreat prisoners or suspects. One of the

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taken so long? It has been a secret investigation? This is being

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investigated thousands, thousands of these caves there are so many that

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it has taken this long to get through. That is a scandal. But the

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scandal is also about the large amounts of money the lawyers have

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been earning pursuing these cases against people doing their work in

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the line of duty. He sang back, however, I am not saying that they

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should not be investigated because if there are allegations were cannot

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call for a moratorium on it. The other military story. The despicable

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betrayal of an SAS hero. He has been facing eight murder charge for

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possibly shooting three Iraqis who were mortally wounded. Again, a

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similar article to the Sunday Telegraph except this time it is an

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SAS this is a hero. What they are describing is that this officer was

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involved in mercy killings, the suggestion being that the Iraqis

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were mortally wounded. I think it is an alarming allegation at any case.

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It is insidious and the fact is to call him a hero, what gives him the

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right on the battlefield to make decisions that these people were

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mortally wounded. It is a confusing place. It may be confusing and

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morality might go out the window if he has done this it is wrong and it

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is against the Geneva Convention and it needs to be investigated. And if

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he has killed people... Again, it has taken 13 years and that is what

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it comes back to over and over again. The length of time it has

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taken. The new do something atrocious not it is not fun for

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anybody. Especially this case which is about telling people it should

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have come to a head much earlier. The Observer. The chief of OFSTED

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same zip session of Theresa May with grammar schools. In a Michael thinks

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they are divisive and the focus should be on other types of

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education. All the research, everyone in education suggests that

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grammar schools are actually, they do not help social mobility. They

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don't improve education. It seems a throwback to the days of the 1950s

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and the image of Britain as a grammar school, cricket and you stop

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what he is saying that it should not be about grammar schools and whether

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you think they are good or bad. We are meant to be focusing on our

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vocational education. But from having spoken to just been grinning

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recently, that is exactly what she's doing. She is not saying grammar at

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the expense of anything else she sang a grammar for some children who

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are progressing in an academic level but for other children who want a

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vocational qualification they will focus on those in terms of growing

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homegrown skills. It is decisive, however because you end up with two

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levels and grammar schools will always be seen as the better of the

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two. That is exactly why we should not return to that. We have come

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from technical schools, grammars and secondary modern. Your focus on

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vocational skills, but it wasn't. You are here, you got here. From

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very different ways no doubt. Corbyn accused of creating a safe space for

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anti-Semites. Across group have looked at what is going on inside

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the Labour Party. The Select Committee has been looking into this

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issue of anti-Semitism and they have singled out the Labour Party for

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serious criticism, suggesting they have become not only a safe space

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but also institutionally anti-Semitic. Two important points

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here. One is that this is cross-party. It had three Labour MPs

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on it. The claim that Corbyn is making that it is politicising the

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issue and is anti- labour falls down in the face of the fact that Labour

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MPs backed the findings and have served on the committee. The other

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thing that clearly comes out of this is that the Labour Party had its own

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enquiry into anti-Semitism led by a member and this report went further

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than that review. This suggestion is that the leadership is inconsistent.

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One of the things we have seen through Jeremy Corbyn's hole period

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as leader is that there has not been enough strong leadership and has not

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been enough direction for the Labour Party. If things are allowed to

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drift they will get worse and the comeback to say it is... We should

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leave it, given that it is a cross-party committee it does seem a

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bit weak. We still have the Independent. A picture of the women

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of Donald Trump supporting him as he goes onstage at another campaign

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rally. Standing by their man. After all he has said about women. Facets

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of Dolly Parton! There is a whole section of disenfranchised American

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society who will support Donald Trump. That was Tammy Wynette. Stand

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by your man. It was, it was. There is a whole section and some of them,

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there is a whole section of American society that no matter what Donald

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Trump does they will vote for him. They are so out of sync with

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mainstream American politics. It is also to do with the fact that there

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are two generally quite unpopular candidates here. The very strange

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thing is that he is standing against a female who could be the first

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female President of America and the sisterhood has not got back behind

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her whatsoever. And, actually, they run the risk of not knowing what is

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going to happen in a couple weeks time because ultimately it could be

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elected. Sometimes it is hard to be a woman. In the Observer, Nicola

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Sturgeon... At least, I find it is. Nicholas Sturgeon, starting pledges

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for a new independence vote to save Scotland from high Brexit. She has

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been saying the same thing consistently now ever since the

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referendum on June 20 three. Basically she is trained to make

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overtures all the time to suggest that Scotland, who voted 66% to

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remain should be given a vote in terms of independence so we can then

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go it alone to make its own deal with the European Union. The problem

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is that the European Union has consistently said that they don't

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think so. Donald has refused to meet her. France and Germany has said

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that they will deal with the UK only. I don't know what she will get

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out of this ultimately. After all, she is talking to an audience that

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very much wanted to stay in the EU. If we are in for? Given that the

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commitments and the level of the referendum was that unless this

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situation changed materially, I think there is a lot of to-ing and

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fro-ing in horse trading. I think it would be one of the great ironies of

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history if the Brexit broke up the union. That would be very funny.

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Northern Ireland will not want waters with the South. Other people

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may not share your sense of humour, Tony. That is it for the papers.

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Thank you very much. We rattled through them. Purchase a newspaper

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tomorrow, that will keep us going. Next up is the film review.

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