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well, 12 to 14 for Cardiff and London.

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We'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment -

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The Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, has dismissed as "reckless" calls

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for him to increase spending in his first Budget on Wednesday.

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We are spending over ?50 billion a year on just paying

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the interest on our debt, more than we spend on defence

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The White House demands that Congress investigates

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whether Barack Obama ordered wire-taps on President Trump before

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A former director of National Intelligence denies the claims.

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There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the

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president-elect at the time, as a candidate or against his campaign.

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The French centre-right presidential candidate Francois Fillon says

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he won't withdraw his candidacy - but he admitted to

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misjudgements in dealing with allegations of corruption.

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The Iraqi army says it's close to recapturing the main government

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building in western Mosul from the so-called Islamic State.

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This week how would Jacobson, master of the art of serious but hilarious

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writing -- Howard. On his latest collection of newspaper writings and

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a fairy tale inspired by Donald Trump.

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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 Mirror columnist Susie Boniface,

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and the Telegraph columnist Tim Stanley.

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The FT, which says the Chancellor's due to unveil tax rises

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in Wednesday's Budget, as he looks to protect

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the country from "unexpected challenges" from Brexit.

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The Times also looks at the budget - and it pictures French presidential

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candidate Francois Fillon and his wife at a rally in Paris,

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amid calls for him to quit the race after fraud claims.

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The I also looks at the Budget - it says Philip Hammond has been told

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by doctors that the NHS needs billions of extra pounds.

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The NHS also makes The Telegraph - which claims more than 600 bosses

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are earning six-figure salaries, as the health service

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The Metro has a warning about the mental health

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of university students, reporting that suicide numbers

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The Express reports research claiming a Mediterranean diet

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of fruit, vegetables and oily fish could slash the risk

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The Mail has an investigation into abortions, claiming some

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doctors have signed them off for women they've never met.

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The Guardian investigates sexual harrassment and misconduct

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claims in universities, saying cases are at

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Who would like to start? We will start with the Financial Times. We

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are looking at the business of tax increases, something that most

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people, this has escaped their attention. It is a bit of a

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surprise. Philip Hammond's first proper budget and it is a Brexit

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budget. He faced a choice, he could have decided to spend and invest in

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infrastructure and he could have decided to cut spending and cut

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taxes to turbo-charge the economy, or he could do what he is doing,

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essentially create a nest egg to get the country through Brexit if the

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fiscal situation is difficult so it is more about saving money with a

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bit of spending on technology and science. What this means is an

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actual tax rise, the Treasury has declined to comment, but one option

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according to the Financial Times is raising the national insurance class

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paid by the self employed by 3p in the pound. If you bear in mind last

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year was a record year for start ups and many of those are self employed

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people, that is what has got us through the recession, people

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working for themselves. To punish those people with a tax rise, that

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seems extraordinary. Very bad judgment. Putting off entrepreneurs.

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Yes, but enough self employed journalists, as well. LAUGHTER

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We know about how it works, but most people know they have to do a harder

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job than we do. There are no the 5 million people in the UK who are

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self-employed. -- there are nearly. These are people who are plumbers

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and electricians, builders, many other people. To raise their

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national insurance rate by a certain amount, it pays into this idea that

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if you are paying the self-employed rate of tax you are paying less tax

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than someone who is PAYE. We are looking for fairness. It doesn't

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take into account the fact that you don't have holiday paid for and you

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don't have any kind of medical benefits paid for when you are

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self-employed and most people don't have pensions and you don't take

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time off or have sick pay. I have a child Bhajji and I was back at work

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week later. -- I had a child last year. The Chancellor feels he needs

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to get money from somewhere. He has to pay for a couple of things and

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the reason he will be spending is because of political embarrassment.

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He has to pay to alleviate some of the problems with small businesses

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who will have bubbles with the business rate hikes, most of who are

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conservative voters -- who will have problems. And he needs to do with

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the social care crisis and that has got to come from somewhere. He has

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got to do something, then. But to take money from people who are

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self-employed, to make up for those who are running small shops in

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central London, that is robbing Peter to pay Paul. It is not

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encouraging investors and drivers. It is not the right approach when

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you are trying to tackle Brexit, to raise taxes for those who are paying

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such an important role in the economy. I think that is a mistake.

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And now to the Daily Telegraph FrontPage. Mobile World -- mobile

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web revolution. This has been money which has been announced before in

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some instances, ?1 billion investment into Brexit proved

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Britain, one of the things they will try to roll out is super fast 5G. I

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live in a rural area and I haven't even got 3G. This is the

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self-employed having another problem. Exactly! If you live out of

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London, you need to get 3G or 4G working first. The people who would

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provide 5G, they are not very keen on this kind of idea. It is a

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difficult business. It is all very well to say roll it out. Very

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expensive. I don't know how you go before you hit hate, it is beyond my

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understanding with it comes to the internet. -- H. He's putting a lot

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of money into research and development in universities which

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ties in the announcement from yesterday, creating tea levels which

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are the technological and vocational version of A-levels, so clearly they

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are putting emphasis on vocational training and research and

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development. The government has also committed itself to dominating 10%

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of the global space market by 2030 and they are opening a new space

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research centre. This is very bright and bold. They will be spending ?500

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million on helping universities to create robots who will be deep space

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mining. We went been putting man interviewed others, we are going to

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be sending robots. -- man into the universe. We are leaving the EU and

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going up into space. Maybe there is a bigger market than the EU out

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there. People might wonder about the viability of leaving Earth what is

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going on. Now Donald Trump, sighing Barack Obama ordered his phone to be

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tapped -- saying. It is not clear what the accuser is actually talking

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about, the first scandal in history. Remarkable, just a couple of days,

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635 Saturday morning, the president said on Twitter that Obama had put a

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wiretap on Trump Tower. Sean Spicer said they demand that Congress

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investigates this accusation that his boss has made. But they won't

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comment on that until Congress has, which is a way of trying to wrap the

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thing up in one go. Donald Trump, they are being investigated for

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supposed contacts with Russia, and he is serious about that in he feels

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his agenda of fielding a wall and protecting jobs should be dominating

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-- building. He is trying to turn the story into a story of the

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establishment trying to deny him the election by wiretapping and

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besmirching his election. Despite the fact he won. Yes, he is fighting

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the election that he won. Donald Trump says many things in these

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comments on Twitter. When he is on the toilet, first thing. Let's not

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worry about the circumstances! But in this case it is probable that a

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committee will probably say there is no evidence, but he is counting on

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events having rushed past. And people having forgotten about it. He

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has been called the deflector in chief. By some of his opponents.

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Yes, and Obama does not have the power to order a wiretap on any of

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his citizens. They would need to be a paper trail, disable is going on.

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This seems to be how Donald Trump is governing, to say something mad and

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then to go onto the next thing. -- to show what is going on. What he

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says changes every day, and although we pay interest to it, and it is

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fascinating in its data, it doesn't help anybody cover and analyse what

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his presidency is doing. But it appeals to his supporters and they

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love it. He is speaking their language. That is important. This is

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a theme in conservatism that has been going on now eight years, the

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press, Democrats and federal agencies have colluded in a grand

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conspiracy to stop the advance of Conservative ideas and this is a

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similar accusation to the suggestion that the federal tax department

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targeted conservative groups under Obama, the idea that the whole

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constitution has been perverted and undermined by liberals. It is

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possible there is some truth in it, Marco Rubio said the president maybe

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knows things that we don't know. He's the Republican governor from

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Florida. But it is governing by creating a persecution complex will

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and eventually this will be manifest in something else. They will turn

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against somebody. And out of France. The front page of the Financial

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Times. -- now to France. Francois Fillon at a big rally in Paris. It

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was important that a lot of people attended and they did. What is going

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on? It is complex for new readers. The French political system, it has

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a series of run-offs, everyone comes forward and says they would like to

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be president, they vote and it is the last two who go into the final.

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At this stage Francois Fillon is the principal conservative contender but

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it turns out he has been paying his wife and two children, ranging for

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them to be paid for jobs they might not have done, via the taxpayer.

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That has caused a scandal forced he doesn't deny that it. -- he doesn't

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deny that bit. He says there is a political assassination against him,

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as opposed to something which any modern political debate would focus

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on because your wife and children have been paid for work they have

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not done by the taxpayer. They need a standard bearer in French politics

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because they have Marine Le Pen coming up on the bike hand side and

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Michelle Wie one on the left. -- right hand side and then we have

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Macron on the left-hand side. It is likely that Marine Le Pen will get

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to the final round, and so it is important that the right candidate

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makes it to the final round, as well, the one who can beat her.

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Francois Fillon was regarded as the candidate but now he is tainted. So

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who is going to run against Marine Le Pen? It could be someone like

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Macron, who is regarded as a Blairite, many socialists don't like

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him. They need a candidate who is right wing, and who can take her

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voters and defeat the Front National. Francois Fillon has lost a

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lot of support and he's quite painfully fairly unelectable, you

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would imagine, but if Marine Le Pen is the one who gets into the final

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run-off and is against Emmanuel Macron, it is likely that even

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conservative voters would vote with the Blairite in order to vote

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against her. You vote against the person you don't want to get the

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job, fundamentally, in France, so the Conservatives are pushing

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Francois Fillon to go through because they don't want Macron to go

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through. It is a long game of chess. Our politics is a bit mild, I

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suppose, but the Daily Telegraph has a story about Jeremy Corbyn, under

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attack from his own side, but this is about his tax returns. Reportedly

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he released his tax returns to put pressure on the government when it

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comes to the issue of tax, but it is suggested not all of his income has

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been declared on his tax returns. It looks as though his income as an MP

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has been and his pensions and everything else but not his income

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as leader of the Labour Party which is entitled to. This is probably a

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clerical error. How much does he get? ?40,000, and that should be

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declared. No one is suggesting he is dodging anything, but this is a

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political case of shooting yourself in the foot. It was a stunt too

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embarrassed the government but instead it has embarrassed him.

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People say Jeremy Corbyn is always attacked by the media, and maybe

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they have a good point, but when they said that he has not declared

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his own income properly in this tax return, that is outrageous. It is

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not just a piece of paper where he has missed something off, this is

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his actual tax return. Oh right, we get into trouble if we do that.

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Exactly. He has been taxed at source for that money and he did take it,

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but he did not put that on his declaration. That is an oversight,

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but someone should have checked his tax return before it went out. There

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has been incompetence, but aside from all that, his income includes

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?77,000 basic MP salary and also ?36,000 in pensions income. He is

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entitled because he is over 65 to draw a pension for that job, but as

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Leader of the Opposition and someone who is talking about wealthy members

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of society who should be maybe not take the benefits they are entitled

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to, like free TV licences, winter fuel payments, why is he taking the

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?36,000 pension? It is not like he is a poor man, he already has

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?118,000 income without it. Is that not enough for him? What is he

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spending his money on? Drink? We will leave it there. Thanks for now.

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You will both be back for another look at the front pages at 1130.

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Coming up next it's time for Meet the Author.

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Howard Jacobson is a master of the art of serious fiction

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