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Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine. We will hear about the other cinema

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releases in the Film and Review. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the papers will be With me are the Mirror

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columnist Susie Boniface, and the Telegraph

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columnist Tim Stanley. Tomorrow's front

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pages, starting with: The FT says the Chancellor's

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due to unveil tax rises in Wednesday's Budget,

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as he looks to protect the country from "unexpected

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challenges" from Brexit. The Times also looks at the budget -

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and it pictures French presidential candidate Francois Fillon

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and his wife at a rally in Paris, amid calls for him to quit

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the race after fraud claims. The I says Philip Hammond has

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been told by doctors that the NHS needs

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billions of extra pounds. which claims more than 600 bosses

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are earning six-figure salaries, as the health service

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struggles with its finances. The Metro has a warning

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about the mental health of university students,

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reporting that suicide numbers The Express reports research

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claiming a Mediterranean diet of fruit, vegetables and oily

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fish could slash the risk of breast The Mail has an investigation

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into abortions, claiming some doctors have

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signed them off for women The Guardian investigates

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sexual harassment and misconduct claims

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in universities, saying cases Let's begin. Times' main story. The

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Chancellor talking about tax rises as he looks to the budget. A bit of

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a surprise Mr Mark tax increases? This is his first proper budget

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since he has become a Chancellor and he has got to do a couple of things.

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The politically expedient reasons, he has to find money for social care

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and offer short-term relief for small businesses, many conservative

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that voters who will be hit with the changes. He says there will be

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higher taxes and lower spending to cover that. The problem will that

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is, economically speaking, it is very easy, especially for us

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journalists, to tell the public that it is not like household budget.

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Actually that is not quite how it works. If a government spends on the

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right thing, that generates further income because it generates tax, it

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generates wealth of people that can be taxed. If you spend on the

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correct things, in theory, you should be generating more cash. Kind

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of the Labour Party's position. Kind of. If you spend more money from

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pensions, you can generate that much money from that but if he says we

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are just going to contract, basically, and we are not going to

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spend, we will have high taxes, we will penalise people more and that's

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how we will build up a war chest for Brexit further down the track. And

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who will be hit by the tax rises? This was a broadcast. A broadcast on

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behalf of Milton Friedman. A Conservative one. Stick with us. You

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could spend and invest in infrastructure. You could also

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choose to cut taxes for people in order to give them greater Pac

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take-home pay so then they can spend and that will help the economy as

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well. --A greater take-home pay. He is trying to go the opposite

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direction and build up a chest. This is the consequence of a manifesto

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which the Times reminds us pledge no national insurance. When you do that

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and you decide you want to save money for the future, where do you

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get the money from? Stealth taxes which the Tories always used to

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accuse Gordon Brown. Here he is looking on taxes on the

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self-employed, taxes on drinkers, this is what happens when you commit

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yourself not to raise the general taxes. And the self-employed.

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Entrepreneurs who we should be encouraging? Yes, you would have

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thought. 4.5 million people are self-employed including, I think,

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most of these people around the table but most are not journalists,

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they do proper jobs. They are going to be paying a higher national

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insurance rate in the budget, we think, to pay for some of these

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things. Some of the things we just saw Phil Hammond talk about how he

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already spent a billion on our current borrowings, why are we

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spending interest on our borrowings? Not try to sound like Donald Trump

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but can't get a better deal? It is expected that government borrowing

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is down but one could argue his forecasts are a bit pessimistic

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about the impact of except when it also see that the budget is also

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expected to show that it has had no impact on growth whatsoever. The

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government is saying it will all be good and we can go our way through

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Brexit and on the other hand he is saying well, we don't know what is

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going to happen and that sounds a little contradictory. Let's move on.

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The Telegraph. Tim, your newspaper. They all have this story in one way

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or another. Obama faces Congress wiretapped enquiry. This is Donald

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Trump's early-morning tweet. Yes, suggesting that Obama had wiretapped

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him in Trump Tower. The press secretary said that he bade them at

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the Congress investigate. Will that actually happen? That is the

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interesting question. This is extraordinary. We are talking about

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federal agencies, if this is true, talking about federal briefing

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against the president of the United States who himself is breaking

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protocol, of course, by briefing against a predecessor. It doesn't

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normally happen. We are walking into a sort of chaotic situation. But

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there are reasons behind this for Donald Trump? His side has too many

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Russian dealings, it was said. The principal reason of this is that he

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is sending his early-morning tweet when he is on the toilet. Let's not

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imagine it. He is listening to the radio, he is watching Fox News on

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his bathroom console and full tweet whatever is popping into his head.

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But yes, this is how he got into power, deflecting any kind of press

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and bringing in something new. Bring out another rabbit out of the hat

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creating theatre and drama which does not move things on very much

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but moves people 's gaze array from the central issue which would be

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Russia and his contact with it. But even for Donald Trump, wouldn't it

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be silly that he has done something that there is no evidence for? It

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might turn out to be an little bit of... Deporting 11 million people

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who are a fundamental part of the economy? There are lots of things

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Trump has said and done that which are mad if you actually think about

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them logically, they are not going to work but it is not go to stop him

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saying it. Its deflection. The press cannot ignore this because it is

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very big and you just can't walk away from it. While it is done,

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other stories get eclipsed. Sometime this weekend, it is looking that he

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is cutting the climate change budget within the EPA by up to 70%. That is

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a serious policy. Him going on Twitter and saying that the previous

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president is an alien who abducted him and talking to Mars, it is

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headline grabbing and we can't ignore it. It's not as important as

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actual policy that every time Trump does something like this, it

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eclipses what is actually going on. That's why the space to ignore him

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sometimes. In France, it is so we can look at the Times which has as

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photographs of the central figures. Francois Fillon, candidate for the

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presidency, and his Welsh born wife Penelope. What is Francois Fillon

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trying to do? What is he trying to establish? The French residential

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election system is different to ours. What happens is there is

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essentially a run off so there is a final to that go through the city

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election. The other favourite at the moment is Emmanuel Macron who a

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centrist socialist type figure. Not a normal politician in the sense we

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do not have a lot of outside politics coming in at the moment.

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And let's not also forget Marine Le Pen. The thought is that he -- if he

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and Marine Le Pen are in a final run-off, there would be a coalition

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among voters, right and left, to vote for Emmanuel Macron. Voting

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against Marine Le Pen. What Francois Fillon is doing by standing, despite

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the fact he is my inner scandal which makes him unelectable, a lot

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of his support has drained away over the past few weeks, he is trying to

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ensure that he gets into the run-off and then the presidential election

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is between left and right as opposed to centrist and far right. He is

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trying to get through for the conservative vote. This picture of

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this big rally, it was important that he got in with the big numbers

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of people, like Donald Trump. I think the weather was bad. I saw

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footage of people covered in rain. He estimated that 100,000 people

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turned out. It is estimated the area that he was in good contain about

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35,000 people. Did it extend as far back as the Washington Monument? One

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white --1 reason why Francois Fillon keeps going in is because he has

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discovered a constituency. That constituency is Conservative

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Catholics who have not mobilised behind candidate like this in a long

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time. They are reluctant to lose him as the candidate because the

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alternative is a lane should pay or Emmanuel Macron. He has had some to

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say about the Algerian war which believe it or not is still important

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in France. Francois Fillon keeps on going because there is enough people

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to want him to keep on going. And a lane Juppe has something to say

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tomorrow. He will indeed allow Francois Fillon to go ahead. --A

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lane Juppe. Let's go to the Guardian. This is their lead story.

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Epidemic of sex all harassment in universities. The Guardian has dug

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up all the figures here. -- sexual. It is being claimed that a

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significant number of allegations of being made in the last few years are

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of such a great number, at least 169, that it amounts to an

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"Epidemic" of sexual harassment amongst education and what is

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described as gender violence. These are very serious accusations. They

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must all be taken seriously and anything that occurs should

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absolutely not be tolerated. One however might raise questions about

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the language of the report. For instance, the use of the word

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epidemic the described sexual harassment. It is not like a virus

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or a cold that people catch. Do they have some comparisons? They seem to.

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169 allegations against, this is university students complaining

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against staff, although that seems a small figure, they compare it to a

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survey in the States which found that reporting rates are low and it

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is about 7.7% of the total that actually got reported. Even so, 169

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allegations in five years would equate to less than 18 day. One

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sexual harassment bidet. If it were only 7.7% of the total, it would

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still only a quake 26 sexual harassment cases per day. -- equate.

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So we are saying the Guardian is making a bit too much? In terms of

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an epidemic, I do think this is the cancellation is there. Furthermore,

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I worked occasionally as a lecturer in London. -- substantiation. The

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university hierarchies, all these people, are incredibly concerned

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with student welfare at all times and I can't really imagine, if

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anyone were to complain, even if were -- it were to be looked at in a

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certain way, it would be reported on. It is down to people being

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willing to report in the way that they may not have in the past. Very

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quickly, British politics. Not quite so raucous as other places. But

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Susie, there is a story here on the front page about Jeremy Corbyn and

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his tax returns. Bless him. He has managed to punch himself in the face

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again while tried to make someone else look bad and it has failed

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miserably. He was supposed to release his tax returns to bring

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some pressure on the government and taxation and so want. He has

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actually managed to release it. It turns out he has not declared

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?40,000 incomes on it tax return which he did take and was taxed. It

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was taxed but wasn't on the form. This is not a memo he has just put

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out. This is his actual declaration to the taxman. He has not turned out

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-- -- told the taxman. What does Jeremy Corbyn know about running a

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country? But if after a life in politics you are making ?36,000 a

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year in pension payments, I would say actually he is very well

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qualified. It seems to be making some smart investment himself. -- he

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seems to. I am astonished and impressed. My late father made

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something like 12- 15,000 in pension by the time he died. Jeremy Corbyn

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has done twice as well as that. Della Mackie is not wealthy, of

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course. Not a wealthy man. We need to stop there. -- he is not a

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wealthy man. Coming up next is The Film Review.

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