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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 broadcaster and author, Dame Joan Bakewell

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The Telegraph leads with criticism of the National Trust for dropping

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the word easter from its easter egg hunt, and carries a large picture

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The I says opinion polls show Labour losing over a hundred seats at next

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The Express reports one in five British workers has no

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The Financial Times leads with the news that

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unemployment in the Eurozone is at an eight year low.

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The Metro reports a claim by a union leader that some teachers

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are working four day weeks then working another for free to keep

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The Daily Mail says that banks are exploiting customers unable to pay

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their credit card debts. The Mirror leads with two armed robbers who

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poured boiling water over their pension victims. The Times is

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warning of unethical behaviour by aid contractors. We'll start with

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the Guardian. Saint Petersburg. You know it well, Joan?

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And what is tucked away here is that the second bomb which did not go

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off, would have been several times more powerful than the first and was

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designed to be disguised as a fire extinguisher which had been picked

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with shrapnel. It would have been much worse than the one which killed

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ten or 11 people. Small mercies. Indeed. Absolutely dreadful. 50

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people have been injured. You know Saint Petersburg as well, Tim. This

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happened just after 2:30pm local time. Not rush hour but the damage

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that has been caused is horrific. Russia has been the victim of some

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horrible terror outrages in recent times, 200 odd Russians died in a

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plane that was brought down in shambles shake classier. Of course,

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Russia has been prepared for this for quite some time. There has

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always been the fear that because of their active involvement in the

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campaign to bomb Aleppo in disgraceful ways, that there would

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be a backlash from fundamentalists. I am afraid there is obviously no

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justification for it whatsoever. What we have seen in sick Petersburg

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today. But Russia probably is braced for it and will expect more. It

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could be checked now. -- in Saint Petersburg today. I suspect what we

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will now see is a crackdown by Vladimir Putin of the kind we have

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seen in Turkey by President and again. Using terrible terrorist

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outrages. It's a classic case of, we have an excuse now. We can go in

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heavy on the protesters. We had a democracy protests in Russia

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recently, Friday. That will have worried Britain and he now very

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sadly has, because of this tragedy, an excuse to crack down. -- that

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will have worried Putin. It's the purview of the Prime Minister, but

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of course we know who's pulling the strings.

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The BBC can't be accused of Brexit bias, because the referendum is

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over. This is according to my erstwhile colleague Mr Nick

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Robinson. Does he have a point? Of course the BBC is perfect in every

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way! Obviously when you present. You've got it, Tim. We have a remain

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here and a Brexiteers. Full balance. I think the BBC, to be fair, during

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the Brexit campaign worked incredibly hard to be balanced. I

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hear what Nick Robinson says here and it's a good defence of the

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corporation. But I think there are programmes partly because I think a

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lot of the staff in the corporation tend to lean one way, sometimes

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wonder if there is a full understanding of the Brexit position

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on some of the BBC's bulletins and broadcast. There's an awful lot of

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attempts, quite rightly, on a News Corporation like the BBC to ensure

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there is balance of race and gender among other things. I wonder if

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there is another attempt to ensure that on a whole range of political

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and ideological issues there are enough people in the newsroom to

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think in diverse ways. Who come from different parts of the country. Who

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are not all London-based, for example. I think that's unavoidable,

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because they come down to London to work at the harbour. Having been --

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to work at the hub. He says if company a announces that it will

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invest more in the UK and create more jobs, it's not our duty to

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search for a company that says it will invest less. Just to balance

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the news. It is a trap this, on the one hand, because there are now so

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many diverse hands on which we could look. There are not just two options

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in life any more. Life has become much more... OK, a bit of

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perspective as well. Like Michael Howard 's silly remarks about

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Gibraltar the other day. They were silly. And I think perhaps not

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getting it quite out of proportion like some broadcasting articles have

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done. That's part of the responsibility as well. Not to pour

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fire on some of the issues that social media pause fire onto. I

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think that was just to add to the gaiety of Nations, because it was

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just so silly. The Spanish slightly worried according to some

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commentators I spoke to. The only Brits likely to invade Spain are our

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tourists. And that's bad enough! Corbin heading for disaster in next

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month 's local elections. How low can you party go? The Labour Party

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is schizophrenic at the moment. What is extraordinary is that while a

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large part of the party is in despair, at the prospect of these

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losses which have to be confronted, Corbin's circle of supporters and

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the thousands of people who joined up under the new rules are

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absolutely passionate Corbynista 's. They really cheer him to the Echo.

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They fill the holes. They are passionate in his support. They

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don't represent the country. But they represent a very strong morally

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convinced set of political... Some of the insiders in his office have

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been resigning recently though. Are there signs of it falling apart from

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the call? I get the feeling that's because is not a very good manager

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of staff. At that thing that matters to do the disillusionment of

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politics, I think the enthusiasts remain super enthusiastic. Everyone

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else is going, but there aren't... We have to convince the public.

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Because you don't get elected. So that realisation that the public

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perhaps, it would seem, have not come on board with this whole

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project. That still isn't sinking in as far as those who are closest to

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Jeremy Corbyn are concerned that she much and only speculating here, but

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I believe. The truth will dawn eventually because of this

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government and the cruelty of the cuts. Schools running out of money

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and hospitals. Old people dying and so on. The penny will drop and

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people will suddenly see that they have been right all along. You don't

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believe that, do you? I don't believe in that particular project,

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though I do believe it's an evil government doing wicked things. You

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really believe it's an evil government? No! It's on record now,

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Joan! You had a title. As a conservative, I can't see any

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pleasure in either the complete collapse of the Labour Party. Not

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complete. Well, near collapse. Not in the North, it hasn't come close

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to collapse. Every country needs an opposition and frankly we have quite

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a week Tory Cabinet which is not being held to account in the

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comments particularly. I would welcome a Keir Starmer or a Hillary

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Byrne leaving the -- leading the Labour Party. A quick look at the

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times. Theresa May in Jordan for talks there. Saudi Arabia as well.

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We had on the 10pm news just recently. We both like this picture.

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Both of us have misgivings about our trade dependence on the spot of the

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world, but particularly Saudi Arabia. This is a country that does

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not respect women's rights particularly. Or at all, very much.

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Here we have a female leader of our country going there, and having to

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sort of acknowledged this. That's right. She's wearing trousers,

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that's correct. She's not wearing anything on her head, they may

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disapprove of that. But she's doing it in her own right. She is stepping

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down alone into a world that does not give women any kind of credit.

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That's impressive. It is. As we had only ten o'clock News, allegations

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of weapons used by Saudis sold by Britain against people in Yemen. A

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difficult relationship. "Teachers lose a day's

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pay to do homework." That's in the Metro. Stressed staff

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cut hours to free up time for marking. The teachers I know do

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spend a lot of time marking papers. Because there are so many stats,

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these various sets of things that children are to reach, they now have

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to check they are doing it at every stage. There is no freewheeling

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education in which people can coast a little and learn adjacent

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information that is not strictly governed by passing these exams or

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reaching these targets. We target crazy. I think it is so sad for

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young children when the teachers are just going crackers trying to keep

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up with it. And hit their targets said the report on the School

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reflects them well. But you have to have a bar to which these schools

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and pupils reach? That's part of the target system. That's part of the

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system we have set up. It's not one I grew up with many years ago. It's

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been accentuated. There was a time when you simply passed. In my day,

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it was the 11 plus or not. That's coming back, you know? LAUGHTER

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Easy, Tiger! Tim, for that, you have to explain why Easter has

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disappeared according to the Telegraph. The National Trust

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usually has an Easter egg Trail where kids follow their chocolate

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desires at this time of year. The National Trust are renaming it the

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great British egg hunt. Cadburys think, who have sponsored this,

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think that this will be more appealing now to non-Christians as

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well as Christians. The Archbishop of York, the most Reverend John

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Saint-Saens, is not impressed. Spitting on the grave of John

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Cadbury, is his understated reaction to this. I'm a Christian, I don't

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think this is something I particularly welcome. I think most

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people, Muslims, Jewish people, they are -- actually quite like the idea

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of a Christian country where these principles are celebrated. I don't

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think they find offensive. Neither can I get too worked up about the

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fact this is being renamed. In a slightly more lively way. It does

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mean you can flog eggs in November, doesn't it? August. It's Easter.

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It's a famous festival and just as we like to Bali or whatever, --

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Diwali. We celebrated and respected. I'm not an observing question but

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it's Easter, it is a serious festival. So let's just have Easter

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eggs. We all agree, we not impressed. Thank you very much for

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looking at some of the stories behind the headlines. We'll have you

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back soon. Don't forget you can see the front

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pages of the papers online Were going to look at the front page

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of this Sun before we leave you. It has the clear message, up yours,

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Senor 's. They spent all day working at! Don't forget you can see all the

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front pages online. It's all there for you -

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seven days a week at bbc dot co uk forward slash papers -

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