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Hello and welcome to our Sunday Morning paper review.

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With me are the Sun's Deputy Head of Sport,

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Let's have a look at the front pages.

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plot by Islamic extremists to take control of her school.

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leads with a leaked report warning of chaos and uncertainty for EU

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nationals living in the UK after Brexit.

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reports of child sexual abuse claims against former

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The Sunday Express carries a story about young

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children of alcoholics calling a helpline and asking to be read

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bedtime stories when their parents are drunk.

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reports that Russia plotted to remove the government

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of Montenegro and assassinate its Prime Minister last year.

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The Sunday Mirror claims a convicted rapist who claimed a

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?2.5 million lottery jackpot with a deliberately damaged ticket

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had bragged to his friends about the plan beforehand.

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The Montenegro plot. This is clearly sourced by Whitehall. The Russians,

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her friends in eastern neighbours, tried to subvert the Montenegro

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Government and ferment and violent overthrow the state with an attack

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on parliament and a planned to assassinate the then Prime Minister.

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He has no stood down and been replaced by his deputy. There is a

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clear worry from Moscow that a lot of satellite states will become more

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westernised and Montenegro are one of those. It is the process becoming

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a Nato member and seeks to become an EU member. At this very detailed

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report in the Sunday Telegraph and appears to show the sheer scale of

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the Russian involvement and they have form. Look at what is happening

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in Crimea and think a lot of the sphere of the next step will be

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similar sportss plots in the Balkans, in Estonia, Lithuania and

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Latvia with the Russian minority might be used as a pretext for

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something else. It is was like fiction but it is fact. Martin is

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right. That is formed for this. But also not to support Vladimir Putin

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in any way are endorses worldview, but from the Russian perspective it

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will of course look very threatening that Montenegro wants to join the

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EU. That it has application in play and also wants to be part of a call.

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It will see it as a European judgment on its territory. --

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encroachment. This idea of a Russian plot led by two intelligence

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officers to lead a revolt against the democratically elected leader.

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This is from the United States textbook on the CIA was involved in

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all sorts of plots to do the kind of thing. It even had a school of the

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Americas which is a school for political clues.

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-- coups. We see what has happened in the Ukraine with the Orange

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Revolution and the pushback and people being thrown in jail because

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the opposition leaders. Russian opposition leader suddenly had these

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investment charges against them. And clamp-downs on the free press and

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the authoritarian measures. It is then a stark context because we then

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have this between Trump, which is to be the bulwark against Russia, and

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Moscow for whatever reason. These things of piquancy and Westerners

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for us in Europe. -- resonance. We're talking now about business

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rates. Everywhere I go, every shop I going to be talking about business

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rates. Completely. People are really worried about losing the premises.

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In my area it's all independent retailers like the dry cleaner and

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the grocer who have petitions that say these business rates are going

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to force us to close and that does seem to be the picture across the

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UK. You say that all the papers have done pretty solid reporting from

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high street talking to retailers. This is the first time in seven

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years in business rates have been recalibrated according to property

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rises. The disparity in the rates is what is causing so much concern.

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Some large businesses such as sports direct who were named in one of the

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papers the other day, it is facing a cut while smaller and independent

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businesses are not. I think that is a genuine fear that the old fashion

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high Street is going because I will get is a homogenous situation when

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every turn looks the same. You end up with nothing that differentiates

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one time from another. And some other things that my paper covered.

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Changing the rates for the football clubs. And if you're an Internet

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business you do not have a building. Not only is it completely

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unaffordable but it will force them to close. Set against the giant

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packs that corporations seem to benefit from and this thing about

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not being enough our being able to avail themselves of tax loopholes.

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To not pay what you think would be an appropriate level of tax. It is

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hitting the national supporters of the Government. -- natural. You know

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that MPs are worried. This online from the Government saying there

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will be no U-turn which means they will make a U-turn. They will then

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say they have listened to the people. The Observer raises concern

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about EU citizens after Brexit. This is EU nationals who are now in the

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UK and have been for some time. That thought to be 2 million. They have

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lives and families and children and work in school and the rest of it.

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Their features completely uncertain because they are being as pawns in

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our negotiation about withdrawal from the EU. On top of this there

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has been a leaked report that says because there are weaknesses in the

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British immigration system and the way that charts and processes of

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non-British citizens and it is just not up to the job of being able to

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filter carefully select should be here. That is adding to the

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uncertainty. A previous court case for many years ago would have it

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they would say that, wouldn't they? It is interesting that one of the

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pieces in the Observer suggest that had much scheme for the National ID

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card been approved ten years ago this would have been an issue that

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could have been avoided. The problem, it is claimed here, is that

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there is no real logging of people coming to the country. The fate of

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British citizens in Europe is also uncertain. It is interesting now

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that the trigger for Article 50 leaving the EU is going in front of

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the House of Lords, this issue is one that might be sent back to get

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an amendment is slapped on it. It is causing a lot of distress and I

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think a lot of the Lords have a political freedom and political

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space to be able to look about best cleanly and say this is just

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completely ludicrous. It is not fair to do this to people. There has been

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inconsistency. Affordable to those clear a lot of Brexit ears were

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saying there would be no impact on foreign citizens are British living

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abroad. -- Brexiteers. One would hope that could be a sensible

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solution probe could say this is where we stand. People are rightly

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fearful of where they're going. The Sunday Times has an article about

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what is known as another Trojan horse plot. This is an old term with

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a a primary school sent an e-mail to a local council to say that she

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believes there is a plot to force a particular conservative branch of

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Islam onto the school. -- Oldham. There were issues in Birmingham and

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Tower Hamlets and Luton. This is one of the journalists hobbyhorses that

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you can see why there are issues there. She is claiming she has had

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death threats. It is a very strong statement, an e-mail sent to her. I

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have very strong reasons to believe this is happening. I am the subject

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of death threats and aggression to my car and a verbal abuse and

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attacked physically by a parent. This goes back to 2013. It will

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concern people. The Birmingham are quietly went on for a long time and

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while some of the claims were dismissed the thrust of them were

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our peril. -- where upheld. There were cross-party concerns in the

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city as well. The danger is you end up branding everyone is a

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fundamentalist and trying to attack and destroy what is the norm in this

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country. It is an issue that has to be looked at. It is an issue that

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needs to be reported responsibly and I'm not sure that this front page in

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the Sunday Times achieved that. As you rightly said the Trojan horse

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plot, number one, in Birmingham was not as big as people thought. There

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was an official Government cross-party enquiry into it that

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concluded that a lot of the fears were unsubstantiated. None of that

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is to take away from what this headteacher has experienced and her

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concerns for our own safety which is an incredibly frightening. But we

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are in a context where the Muslim population in the UK is very

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besieged and it has become acceptable to scapegoat and demonise

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that minute in a way would not do it any other community and I think that

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needs to be care in the way this is reported because the impression

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created is that we are dealing with Islamist extremists and conflating

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that the religious conservativism which acts which different things.

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And making much more about the naturally is the case. I want to

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look at the mail On Sunday briefly. Allegations against Edward Heath. We

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have known that ever teeth and others have been accused for some

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time of widespread paedophilia. Lee and Britain died just before he was

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officially cleared. His family blamed the failure to exonerate him

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as a contributory factor in his death. Another Lord was also

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accused. A lot of the allegations have been viewed as being fantasy,

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basically. This one particular called Nick who has been seen as a

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source of a lot of his allegations. However this is the Chief Constable

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of Wiltshire Police who is investigating. It is sources close

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to him. They say he is 120% sure of the allegations against Edward Heath

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had totally convincing. The rationale for the stories he did

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drive a car. One of the claims made by those who supported Heath and

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dismissed the allegations are that he could not have driven to commit

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these offences because it did not drive. He was always driven by the

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Government driver. There are photos in the story of him at the wheel of

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this rubber 2000 car that he bought. -- Rover. Other witnesses talking

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about him say that he did drive a car. Maybe it is a little chink of

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light for those who believe in it. There are a long series of quotes a

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from the source. Close similarities to accounts given to those who have

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come forward with same names and times and places and incidents

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coming forward. Stories and details dovetail. Contains disturbing stuff.

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Investigators have been shocked by what they have learned. Fast Edward

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Heath cannot reply and respond to these now. Rachel, do you like

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football? Like underdogs winning. Should we say "bigly"? The FA Cup

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has been fantastic. Yesterday was a bigger shock of the lot. Lincoln

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City going to bodily who play pretty much a first-team. -- Burnley. The

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first time in a hundred years and non-league side is whose last eight

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of the tour. Satellite playing Arsenal Monday night. Millwall won

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yesterday. That was lost, there victory over the champions. --

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Sutton. They would all want magister united away. It would be all over

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television and the biggest payday. -- Manchester United. They probably

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would not want Millwall home. We take a look at tomorrow's front

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pages every evening at 20 to 11 here on BBC News.

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We have a westerly breeze today. The best of the sunshine will be across

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more sheltered eastern parts of the UK and signs of cloud breaking up in

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Suffolk earlier on. Grey skies in Cheshire River could find some

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