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

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Jeff With me are journalist James Rampton and Sian Griffiths,

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education editor of The Sunday Times.

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The Sunday Telegraph warns that the Autumn Statement may

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include a tax raid on middle-class job perks -

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The Observer claims Europe's leaders are to force the UK into a hard

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Brexit in a bid to see off any future populist insurgencies that

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might lead to the break-up of the European Union.

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The Sunday Times says the Queen is to invite

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Donald Trump to Windsor - with Ministers hoping

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she'll help cement ties with the new American President.

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The Sunday Mail claims that the Duchess of York has

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launched a legal case against the owners of the now

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defunct News of the World for 25 million pounds after the fake

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Sheikh sting that she says destroyed her reputation.

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The Sunday Mirror's top story is an interview with TV chef

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Jean-Christophe Novelli, whose new-born son is very ill.

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the Autumn Statement will give us some people better health checks.

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What do you make both parts of that? It is clever and as you say, this

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idea that is going to be a raid on job perks and classes, gym

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memberships, phone contracts, a lot of companies offer those now and of

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course they do cost quite a lot in lost income tax out of national

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insurance contributions so I think it will be a palatable way of

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getting money back for the state. Even the middle classes can afford

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it. The Government have made it very clear it is very interested in

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helping these managing families. Nobody will say working class any

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more because you can't say that. There has also been squeezed middle.

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By reading these salary sacrifice middle-class perks that a lot of

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people who are insecure jobs do enjoy -- by raiding, I think that

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will be quite popular and I think spending ?1.3 billion to fight

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congestion on the roads and improve our real services, that's going to

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be a winner. -- rail. It is very easy to say you're going to spend

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all this money but as we have seen with Heathrow for example, it might

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not ever happen. I live near Holloway Road in North London which

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has been dug up 40 or 50 times in the past two years which creates

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immense traffic chaos in itself. There's an interesting stat here

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that says 100 million working days will be lost between now and 2040,

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which cost 13 billion to the economy due to traffic congestion so if

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there is some way of solving that alleviating it, that's got to be a

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good idea because it will help everyone and help business

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particularly to get from a to B. Is the Chancellor suggesting it is not

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all about Brexit but it is interesting to find out the tone, a

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cautious is he going to be? People will be looking at his demeanour.

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They will and I think they will be other things on the odd statement.

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We have a story in the Sunday Times -- Autumn Statement. We think he

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might be spending millions on the expansion of grammar schools so they

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are other projects I think we will be seen as the week unfolds. As

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everything is about PR these days, it is very important to give an

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impression of business as usual. Nigel Lawson was used to say, steady

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as she goes. That's the impression Philip Hammond was to create for the

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markets. They hate uncertainty. We seen the plunge of the level of the

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pound after Brexit. Philip Hammond was to emphasise his own long career

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in business and quell fears that things are going to become chaotic.

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Let's move on to the Sunday Times. Queen to invite Trump to Windsor.

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This is a well worn path but it does them to work with foreign readers.

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-- tend to work. Donald Trump invited to meet the Queen as the

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Government employs its secret weapon to cement ties with the American

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president. One of the sources is saying that Donald Trump is a

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massive Anglophile because his mum was Scottish of course and he is

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really keen to meet the Queen. His late mother loved the Queen. He

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says, I can't wait to meet her. My mother would be chuffed. He's now

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the American president but he's also a person and meeting the Queen is a

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huge thing for anybody. I don't think he has necessarily endeared

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himself with the Scottish people because of the shenanigans with golf

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courses. But also, to be a fly on the wall, he has made a career out

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of saying the unsayable and what is he going to say to the Queen? Even

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what had immense diplomatic skills, she might be taken aback. Her

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Majesty will acquit herself fairly well. I did see one of the American

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papers, he was asked at some point about Trump Towers and its

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garishness but he said it is based on British architecture. It is more

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like Louis XIV, over the top garishness. Apparently the elevator

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door costs more than my house! It is incredible what he has done in terms

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of extravagance. He has the opulence of the French king which led to the

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French Revolution! Back to the serious world that we have to cover,

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the Observer says your's leaders are to force Britain into a hard Brexit

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-- Europe's leaders. It is hardly surprising that those left in the

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European Union don't want to give Britain an easy ride. It is

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something the EU is terrified, that if they see the British getting an

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easy ride, they are in favour of cake and eating it, if they get it

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both ways with free movement and immigration, then a right-wing

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parties are making great strides in Europe, in Holland, in France with

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Marine Le Pen. Italy is very unstable at the moment. The Prime

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Minister is likely to lose a vote on the constitution in Italy next week.

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All of these people might say, why do we need the EU? It would be an

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almost existential threat to it if they make it easy for the Brits and

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in that respect, I agree with the EU, give them a hard time and show

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them it is not easy and you will have a very difficult time as the

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tumbleweed blows across your economic wilderness. Nigel Farage,

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he is a divisive figure in her country, surely it is right that if

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Marine Le Pen wins, it would be game over for the EU, without fans and

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without her policies the EU would be finished. 60 years of EU integration

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would be at an end. The way things are going, it is not inconceivable.

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I'm told by a great number of French experts it is impossible for her to

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win. Her father was down to the last two and everybody who wasn't in the

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French National front, which was 60% of the country, ganged up and

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stopped her father getting in, but it does worry me that it will only

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be Germany left in the EU, like a Monty Python, when the black natives

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having his limbs sliced off and he says, I'm fine, I'm fine -- Black

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night. -- knight. We are much more interested in Renzi's future in

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Italy and the Chancellor of Germany's future and the next French

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president. Those are the three largest remaining economies in the

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EU once we exit, so if one of those pillars was chipped away, it would

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be cataclysmic for the EU. Let's move on to the Sunday Times. Here's

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a story we can all enjoy. Tony Blair. Who? He was Prime Minister,

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elected three times. Oh, that one! I thought he was just a rich man who

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toured around giving lectures about how brilliant he is. Tony Blair is

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saying Theresa May is a lightweight and Jeremy Corbyn is a nutter, so

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I'm back. It's a good headline! Sources are saying that he is

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positioning himself to play a pivotal role in shaping Britain's

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Brexit steel and he is scouting out a power base in Westminster and

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apparently he is setting up an institute close to Whitehall and he

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has already been holding talks with senior ministers and officials as he

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tried to re-enter British politics -- tries. He's not impressed with

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Theresa May, he says she is a lightweight and things Jeremy Corbyn

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is a nutter and the Tories are screwing up Brexit, so enter Tony

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Blair to sort it all out. I like the squad, he thinks there is a massive

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hole in British politics he can fill. I think it is a whole lot of

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people would want to put him in! A lot of us voted for him in 1987

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that he was going to change everything and he did for a few

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years but then the catastrophe that was Iraq destroyed his reputation

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and since Chilcott, he's been trying to rehabilitate himself, but the

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damage has been done, it's too late. He says he has an office he is going

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to fill with 130 staff. That's as big as most medium-sized countries.

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More people than we have negotiating trade deals. Exactly, because we

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can't find any negotiators! His point is there's a vacuum of

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leadership in British politics, that's effectively what he's saying.

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And he's right, and I never thought I would say this in a million years,

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but I agree with George Osborne, who is saying that all the predictions

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which levers said was project fear, could come true. We don't now what

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is going to happen after Brexit, to the economy or who we are going to

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do trade deals with, so apparently Tony Blair has been meeting George

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Osborne. It might seem like an unholy alliance, but it also might

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feel like saviours who are talking sense.

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Tony Blair thinks it will end in tears and bitterness, that Brexit is

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a car crash that will end in a pile-up. A lot of people think that

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is a reality. Leaving aside reservations about Tony Blair,

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Theresa May has said if you don't want to reveal your hand, but there

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are those who think she doesn't actually have a hand. I think there

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is a great fear about this pending appeal in the Supreme Court. If the

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campaigners win that appeal, which seems likely because it would be

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very unusual for the Supreme Court to overrule a judgment about the

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sovereignty of Parliament, then the Government is good to be forced to

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reveal its plans, if it has any. -- going to be forced. The other part

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of Tony Blair's supposed comeback is his reference to Jeremy Corbyn. It

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was interesting that Prime Minister's questions this week,

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given the profound changes in the world and the discontent about how

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to handle Brexit, the questions about the Supreme Court and so on.

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Jeremy Corbyn's first question was about the islanders, a worthy cause

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but hardly top of the agenda for most people who wanted to know what

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about where their country is is true. All the stories we have been

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talking about this morning, Brexit is an underlying theme of all of

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them and I think the uncertainty about where we are heading, it is

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the major thing that is facing us and for the Leader of the Opposition

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not to be addressing it at Prime Minister 's questions is wrong.

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Although I am left of centre, I think Jeremy Corbyn is a potential

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disaster for democracy because we need a very serious opposition to

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bogus Government to account, particularly in these extremely

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uncertain times when no one knows how it is going to pan out. We need

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a leader who will say Theresa May, what I never you doing? -- what on

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earth are you doing? Jeremy Corbyn did eventually mention Brexit and so

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on, but the implication of what Tony Blair is doing, or hoping to do, is

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that there is a centre ground in Britain which is not being

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represented by a strong voice in Parliament or elsewhere. I can see

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him as a kingmaker for a comeback by Osborne. I don't think he is totally

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discredited and I wouldn't wish this at all but if the economy does crash

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and burn, Osborne might be able to come back to centre stage and say,

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this is what I predicted, here I am, usage. I loved your story in the

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Sunday Times. Oxford students pick classism officer because

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working-class students have been told, did you get that from Primark?

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Michael insults, micro aggressions. -- micro insults. This is an issue

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with students, the rights of the working classes. We have heard

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officers to support... Do you mean the working class or the squeezed

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middle? The top universities are very small proportions of

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working-class students -- Oxford and Cambridge have tiny proportions, but

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this is funny and serious at the same time because student unions

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have defended the rights of transgender students, lesbian and

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guy mag students, and now the rate of working-class students -- gay

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students. It sounds silly and ridiculous and bizarre, and lots of

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student unions have chav evenings where they dress up as Vicky Pollard

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and get drunk and that is offensive to working-class students on campus.

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The thing about Oxford is you have this huge divide between privately

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educated students are incredibly wealthy and a small minority of

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working-class students on bursaries and there is a real tension, a

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social division. Students who come from working-class backgrounds do

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have difficulties getting into universities. That is the principal

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difficulty. Somebody saying, did you get your calls from Primark, on a

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scale of zero to ten, that is lower for people from working-class

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backgrounds. That is indicative of a whole attitude. I agree with you

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that if you hope these events were you looking down your nose at

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so-called chavs, it does bespeak a white attitude that somehow people

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from public schools are superior and no better -- know better. The Linden

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club highlights it will. -- Bullingdon. There is a massive

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disparity with working-class students and universities. The

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question is, why are they not going there? It is not about classism, a

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classism officer is not going to solve anything. My daughter has just

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left Lady Margaret hall in Oxford where they have started a scheme

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which will give 12 students from disadvantaged backgrounds a year's

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free tuition at Oxford at the college to see if they like it and

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they are suitable for it. It not dependent on A-levels. It is done

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through interview and an assessment of their potential. I think that is

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a brilliant scheme and is the sort of thing that Oxford should be

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doing. The final story of the day. Our future Prime Minister Ed Balls,

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the most popular politician in the country? I always try to get back to

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watch Ed Balls on Strictly anti-surpassed himself yesterday, he

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descended from the ceiling playing a flaming piano, playing Great Balls

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Of Fire and he had me in stitches. We love the Eddie the Eagle figure,

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we love the person who tries. Same with John Sergeant and Ann

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Widdecombe, we love the idea of someone fighting against the odds.

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We love an underdog in this country. Having said that, if Tony Blair is

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looking for a figurehead to take over the middle ground, who better

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than this guy who is winning more votes than the Labour Party every

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week? Maybe Tony Blair should go on Strictly!

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Just a reminder, we take a look at tomorrow s front pages every

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It was a stormy wake up thanks to Angus, it is

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