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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 Caroline Wheeler, political editor at the Sunday

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Express, and Joe Watts, political editor of the Independent.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...

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The Mail on Sunday leads with a story about former education

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minister Nicky Morgan being banned from meetings in Number 10

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for criticising Theresa May's choice of trousers.

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The Express warns of a ?100 council tax rise.

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AA Gill, very well-known TV critic and restaurant critic. The really

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tragic thing about this is he was only 62 when he died. He had not

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known for long that he had cancer. It was only a month ago that he let

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slip he had cancer in an article he wrote. Very painful reading, reading

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about the fact he had been told that the drug that could potentially save

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his life was one only available privately and he laments in this

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last article, which the Sunday Times published today, that he has come

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from a fairly humble upbringing, this was a shock to the system and

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the worst thing he has had to face in his life, the fact it was losing

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a battle against cancer but also a life-saving drug was unavailable to

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him and you cannot imagine that. That must be something many people

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do face. He explained that stress and strain on him join the last days

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of his life. And you admired his writing? When I was young, a lot of

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us a university doing journalism, we would be gripped by his stuff. And

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even though it had that element that divided opinion, his style really

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gripped you, that is why I'm really looking forward to reading his piece

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tomorrow. Quite an acerbic style. He was one of those critics that

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transcended the critiques. We read his stuff to read his writing. Let's

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stick with the Sunday Times. Their main story is about Brexit and

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another court case. We have just had the supreme court case all week so

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tell us about the other one. There are a number of court cases going

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on, a couple in Ireland, the main one you have had the good fortune to

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be covering all week, and this one. This is a new court case. This is

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about a challenge to the idea we will either single market. And a new

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development in this is that the campaigners who will press for this

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court case or write to the government tomorrow to basically say

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they are taking their case to the High Court in an effort to keep

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Britain in the single market. The interesting thing about this court

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case is this is not brought by remainders, this is brought by

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Brexiteer 's. In fact, peter Wilding, the chairman of the

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pressure group, has been leading the case for a smart Brexit. And another

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conservative activist, who also voted to leave, it is the idea that

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it is Brexiteers who also bring court cases. Do you think it will

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slow the Brexit process down or has that timetable been set now? I don't

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think anything is set at the moment. Things change very quickly. Before

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the Supreme Court case was going on, Theresa May was going to trigger

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Article 50 without consulting Parliament that was change very

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quickly. She said she was still stick to the schedule she has set

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up. But Article 50 is just the start of that negotiating process. There

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is talk of a transitional deal. But there are going to be the court

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cases and what this really shows is that every little chink in the

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legislation, and it is very chunky legislation, this whole process is

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full of holes, nobody knows how it will work or well it will take us,

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and it was never really written in the knowledge would be used any time

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soon. It is open to interpretation and that means there are lots of

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angles that people can bring these cases from. This is my favourite

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story tomorrow, The Mail on Sunday. Toxic texts over Theresa May's

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trousers! We have these incredible decisions being made about leaving

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Europe but the story that has gripped the imagination of The Mail

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on Sunday is this row over Theresa May's leather trousers. This is a

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pair of trousers that the Prime Minister is fond of wearing. They

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cost ?995. The former Education Secretary has been rather mean about

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these particular trousers, suggesting they cost too much money,

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and the Prime Minister ought not be wearing this. It has precipitated

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this incredible rather has ended up on the front page with this feature

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link exchange of messages between Fiona hill, who is basically one of

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Mrs May's chief of staff who works closely with her Downing Street, and

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Mrs Morgan, who has now been unceremoniously uninvited to an

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event at Downing Street. We were just looking at the story about the

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Brexit court case and that shows how divisive Brexit has been at the very

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top technical level and it goes right down to the trousers, at every

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level! The government, the Tory party in people's homes talk about

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Brexit and that is reflected in this story as well. Readers the texts

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though. Let's here a flavour of these extraordinary texts. The hill

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first sent this text to Alistair Burt, a former minister. So, after

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Nicky Morgan made her comments about the leather trousers, Fiona Hill

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said, don't bring that woman to Number 10 again, which is quite a

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pointed phrasing there. Nicky Morgan got wind of this and texted back, if

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you don't like something I have said or done, please tell me directly. No

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man brings me to any meeting. Your team invites me. If you don't want

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my views in future meetings, you need to tell them. The reply was, so

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they're! It is playground stuff but it shows how he did an acrimonious

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it is getting. When Nicky Morgan was in government, she had this

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reputation for being nice and soft touch, but she has emerged in this

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whole new Brexit world as the sort of polar opposite to Theresa May, a

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fiery and hard-headed person. Trouser gate is what The Mail on

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Sunday is calling it! Your paper, the express, a story about a council

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tax rise. Following the Autumn Statement, there was a big Guha at

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the time because what Philip Hammond did not mention was the NHS and in

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particular social care, which is this major crisis that seems to be

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ballooning every day, which is the councils are saying they do not have

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enough money to look after the elderly and the disabled within

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their care. We have the local government settlement coming up, one

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of those events we all look forward to in the Westminster calendar, and

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one of the things I have learnt that the government is considering is

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putting up that part of council tax which George Osborne introduced to

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ring fence money for social care. It is currently set at 2%. The

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suggestion as it could be raised by as much as 5%, which would push

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council tax bills up to 7%, which is about a ?107 increase next year. It

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is one of those things where the government has got to do something

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about it. My thought is that what they will do cleverly is what they

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have done with the police precept, which is to put on councils and say

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to them, we will give you this flexibility to raise the bills by

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this amount, but you've got to make the decision about how much you will

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raise it, and they would do that very quickly. This was a great trick

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of the Conservative government's great devolution plan. They passed

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are not supposed to councils. But they have also thrown upon them the

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responsibility of making these huge cuts over the last several years.

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That has put a huge burden on councils and has caused a lot of

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anger amongst local residents as well. Let's return to the Sunday

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Times because another interesting story they have got is about child

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refugees vanishing. Some of the children brought to Britain from the

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Calle jungle six weeks ago have apparently disappeared, they are

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saying. Fears they have been drawn into prostitution or slavery. I

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think this is very worrying. This is exactly what we were saying was

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happening in the jungle, that these children had gone missing from

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within the jungle. Now they are brought over to the UK and it seems

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their plight here has been no better than it was over there. The

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suggestion here is they may have been drawn into slavery or

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prostitution and David Simons, a spokesman for the local council in

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Kent, is saying that traffickers have been pursuing these young

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vulnerable refugees, often via social media, for the money that

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previously they had agreed to pay to the UK. These children have been

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through enough. Surely, they don't deserve to come to these shores and

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then find they are sucked into the same old racket? Beggar's believe

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that the British authorities had not been able to keep track of them all

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protect them. There were huge numbers. Join the debate in

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Parliament there was an underlying assumption that when they are in

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Calais, they were in a terrible state, huge danger, we would bring

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them over here and look after them and they would be rehoused. But it

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turns out that pretty quickly, we have lost track of the situation

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over here as well and they may have been sucked back into these awful

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modes of life. If that has happened, there will have to be some kind of

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Parliamentary inquiry. Theresa May has led a lot of debate around the

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amendment in getting those children over here in the first place. But

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there has always been stories about our own children going into care in

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this country and there are often statistics which suggest that

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children taken from this country are going missing. So it seems to be

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part of a wider problem. Care doesn't always mean care. Thank you

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so much to both of you for looking through the papers as we have them.

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It is still quite early and we will get more front pages in when we see

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you again at half past 11 and stop that many thanks to both of you.

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