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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 the journalist Helen Croydon and the

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...

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The Times leads on the care story we've been reporting today,

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saying that ageing parents are drawing up legal documents

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to make clear that they would rather die than allow excessive care home

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fees to eat into their child's inheritance.

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The Daily Mail has the same story, but the paper is asking the foreign

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aid budget to be used to tackle the crisis. The Guardian focuses on the

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issue in Syria and carries a picture from Aleppo with the headline, this

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is a final distress call to the world.

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nightmare with strikes by postal workers and rail staff

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likely to cause misery in the days before christmas.

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The I leads on plans for a new network of super

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selective schools to cater for the country's

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The express as a daily dose of statin 's can reduce the risk of

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developing Alzheimer's disease. We start with the Telegraph. Have

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you posted your Christmas cards yet? I do not do Christmas cards. Well,

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you are all right then. You will be laughing. The postal strike will not

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be until the 20th of December, sorry the 19th, and the last post date is

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the 20th. It is only for the people who are a bit last-minute like you.

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But it is not actually all of the post offices, it is the crown post

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offices, the main high street branches, not the little ones inside

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shops. But still it is really badly timed. Not if you are a postal

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worker who feels industrial action is the only way to sort out the

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debate over pensions and new working practices. That is the dilemma. If

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you are a trade union leader, when is the time to make an impact? If

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you still believe that strike action works, and I was talking today to a

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trade union leader, and we were talking about strike action in the

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21st-century as a weapon, and there is an argument that if you want to

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make an impact, when better to do it than now? That is not going to win

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the public support. That is what they should be doing, trying to win

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support from the public. As well as the post-office strikes, this story

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is also mentioning the rail strikes, three days this week. That is hugely

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disruptive with people coming into town to do their shopping. Everybody

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is blaming Southern with this. But it is the unions, Southern have

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tried to have talks with the unions. Oh! That is one view of what has

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happened. But I have to tell you there is another view. But, be that

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as it may, it is interesting that this is a return of what used to be

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called militancy and probably should still be called militancy. It will

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be interesting to see the attitude of Jeremy Corbyn in the last few

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days before the Parliamentary recess. He is very quiet. Whether he

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will support the postal workers, let alone the people in the southern

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region. You talked about public support and you cannot have

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industrial action in this day and age in a vacuum. If you have the

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whole of the public on your side, that is something that can be quite

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important. Is there a difference between support for postmen and

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support for rail staff? Is there a sense that the postmen, good honest

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working men and women who keep us all in communication... If it is

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people who are not getting their presence is delivered in time, also

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there have been so many post office closures recently that most of us

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cannot find a post office near to us. You make the journey and it is

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closed because of a strike two days before Christmas. I have a wonderful

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small post office run by a wonderful single woman who works and works and

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works. She is a tribute. Would she go on strike? She will confirm this,

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I have sent more Christmas cards this year than ever in my life. She

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has been there a few years. You have been known as Mr Scrooge, so I am

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quite shocked. I am only jesting! The front page of the Guardian,

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actually, no, it is not Aleppo, it is Brexit. Hammond, we need a deal,

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there could be an economic cliff if we pull stake out of the European

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Union as businesses have not had time to adjust. This is a

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fascinating battle now developing within the government. On the one

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hand Philip Hammond backing up the Governor of the Bank of England,

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Mark Carney, on having this transitional deal. On the other side

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my namesake without the E, David, and the likes of Liam Fox, who say

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apparently they are not keen on a traditional and transitional deal.

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But Philip Hammond appeared before the Treasury Select Committee today

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and said two years people have talked about it, and this could take

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rather longer. Some of the papers are saying he is thinking about four

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years which would take us up to the official date of the next election,

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in 2020. Mr Hammond had a quote that his thinking is emerging amongst

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those people, among thoughtful politicians. Where that put David

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Davis and Liam Fox I am not sure. We have got to two tier debate, hard

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Brexit and soft Brexit, should we be in the single market or the customs

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union? And now we have this other debate, is it a fast Brexit or a

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slow Brexit? You have got a two-way debate with overlaps on each one.

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And it is more and more confusing. I am not a betting man, but I promise

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you it will not be a fast Brexit. There will be a natural transition

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period, whether Philip Hammond gets what he once or not because

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businesses will need to adapt. They will need new IT systems, new

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training systems. If we have a customs union, will we need

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barriers? All the other 27 countries are keen on it as well because their

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economy has been bound up with elements of the British economy, so

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they want extra time. You are forgetting our learner to friends in

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all of this. Some of them want an immensely long Brexit. I do not

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think there is any advantage in having a prolonged Brexit because it

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leads to uncertainty. And lawyers getting a nice big fat cut. Onto

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super selective schools. What I date? This is exclusive, part of

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Theresa May's new grammar schools that she will be introducing. As

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part of that she has plans for so-called super selective schools

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which are for the brightest 2% of children. This was recommended by

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her advisers who said it would bring Britain in line with countries like

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the US, India, France and Russia who have a similar system. We do not

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know a lot about it, we do not know what this election would be. If you

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get the highest amount in your 11 plus, would you be creamed off? It

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sounds very great, less reward the brightest children and give them an

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opportunity, let's get rid of class elitism which we have had in the

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past, but this will lead to perhaps a little bit of intellectual

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elitism. We will get a situation where parents become really pushy.

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It will still favour the elite. Which is what you see in Asian

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countries, kids committing suicide because there is so much pressure on

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them. Will somebody explain to me that how is it that my country is

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moving towards a more selective system at just the time that so many

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of these other countries we are meant to be a thing are moving away

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from selection? I do not understand that, it is quite beyond me. There

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is an argument for comprehensive education that over the last few

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years it has not produced the kind of workforce that we apparently need

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to take on the likes of Germany and others. Whether that is true or not

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I would not argue with it, but that does not necessarily mean that

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selection is correct. Or the way forward and the Labour Party say

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that better comprehensive education is the way forward. A long-running

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debate. Give opportunity to all. Parents calling in lawyers over

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soaring care costs in the Times newspaper. It has been leading the

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way on this social care scandal and I use that word deliberately. It is

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a wretchedly sad story on the front page of The Times tomorrow that

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ageing parents are drying up these legal documents to make clear they

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would rather die than allow excessive care home fees to reach

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into their child's inheritance. Whatever happened to the 2015

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Conservative manifesto commitment to reform the care system for the over

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65 and all that noise over a cap? Whatever happened to the idea of an

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all-party commission? This must be the longest predicted crisis of any

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that I can think of. The government has a responsibility to keep people

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safe and sound. But this is part of it, surely, keeping people safe and

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sound in my view. The government says local councils will be able to

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raise the precept, a bit more on council tax towards social care. A

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lot of people are suggesting this is too big a problem for that kind of

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remedy. It is, the ageing population is getting worse. This is such a

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tragic story, that parents are literally prepared to die for their

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children's inheritance. It also taps into the idea that the children of

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these parents who are now going into care either lost generation, the

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ones who are suffering rising house prices and a lower standard of

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living. They are the ones now who need that inheritance of the most.

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This whole generation is relying still on their parents. We have to

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bring it to an end. That went very quickly. It has been good to see

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you. Stay with us on BBC News. The front pages are online on the BBC

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News website. It is therefore you seven days a week. And you can see

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us there as well with each night's edition of the programme. Thank you

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for watching. Nothing too extreme on the horizon

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over the next few days, but I would not rule out a white Christmas just

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yet. But it is very mild and it will stay that way for the next few days

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to

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