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The Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro is now rated by Samuel L.

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Jackson. Find out what Mark Kermode thinks of it in The Film Review. --

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narrated. Hello, and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the papers will be With me is the journalist,

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Lucy Cavendish, and Tom Bergin, Tomorrow's front pages then,

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starting with this. The stop story for the Times

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is about efforts by UK ministers to push for what it describes

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as "very punitive sanctions" against Russia if the country

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refuses to cut ties with President The Daily Telegraph leads

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with claims that Russia and Iran are threatening to retaliate

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against the United States with military action if the US

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launches more airstrikes on Syria. The paper quotes a command centre

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made up of Russian and Iranian forces accusing President Trump

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of crossing "red lines." On its front page, The Daily Mail

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carries the same story. It also has a picture

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of Chris Bevington, the British man who was killed in the attack

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in Stockholm on Friday. The Metro is also among those

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leading on the threats Its front page also shows

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a picture of the coffin of the Westminster Attack victim

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PC Keith Palmer prior The US military is the focus

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for the Financial Times. It leads on the US President's

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decision to increase US naval power The Independent's main story,

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billed as an exclusive, is about the rising number

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of domestic violence victims withdrawing charges

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against their alleged abusers. And the Guardian says that most

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asylum seekers are placed Lots of the papers, as you might

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expect, are going with the aftermath of the cruise missile strikes by the

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United States against Syrian forces earlier in the week. The Daily

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Mail's headline, Russia up the ante on Syria. We will hit back say army

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chiefs. Anonymous warning of real war. -- an ominous. The idea was

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chemical warfare was used by Syria and that is the red line that Barack

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Obama put down and did nothing about. He was not president then,

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but Donald Trump of course ridiculed Barack Obama's line on that. Russia

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is clearly using very threatening tones. It is hard to know exactly

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what this would mean underground. But the reality is the US has got

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troops, and according to reports, it could be 500 US troops within Syrian

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border is. So consequently, there are targets the Russians could hit.

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They could hit them and say they were aiming for Islamic State and

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create the deniable excuse. But this was done with Syria and Turkey after

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Turkey shut down one of their gets. They pulled back from that. -- jets.

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Just because we are seeing threatening statements does not mean

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Russia will follow through. The other option is sanctions, which

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would not need the agreement of the United Nations. They have not been

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able to pass resolutions because of the veto by Russia. This is

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something Boris Johnson has proposed recently. That story has moved on

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slightly. There has been a lot of worry is about the fact that Boris

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Johnson is not going to go to Russia, which he said he was going

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to do. -- worries. But we have moved on with the idea of sanctions. The

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problem with that take, and it is difficult to figure out what effect

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the sanctions have. There are already sanctions in place and that

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has not been anything clearer about what those sanctions would be. How

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would you work out whether it is having an effect. This is ominous,

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that threat of real war, that is in the Daily Mail. Obviously sanctions

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would be a better option. But what sort of sanctions can be put in

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place? There are often financial sanctions. The Times, tough new

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sanctions on Vladimir Putin. Boris Johnson says he is being ridiculed

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on Twitter by Russian people. It is like Monty Python sketch. Trading

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insults. The talk more recently with tighter banking sanctions, at the

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end of the day we could turn off the taps in the oil pipes and shut the

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Russian banks off with a swift messaging system. There are things

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we could do. The question is do we have the intention of rushing things

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that far. So far, the sanctions have been incremental. So there is more

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coherence between what the US and UK are doing than within the Trump

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administration. We have had Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN,

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sort of talking about regime change, you know, removing Bashar al-Assad

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from power. There is a big question mark about... Well, there seems a

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shift, Bashar al-Assad was never going to be removed from power, it

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felt like. And now that does seem to have shifted completely. But with no

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suggestion of what the next sort of powerplay would actually be. I mean,

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the compensation seems to be learning quite quickly, in its own

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view. President Trump said after he saw the images on television of the

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child victims, he changed his mind, which is interesting. You know,

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politicians don't usually admit making a dramatic change of mind in

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such a short time. There is nothing wrong with changing your mind. Maybe

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politicians should do it more often. But it does mean that there are

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inconsistencies that you are referring to and it is natural they

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would occur. Of course, one would hope you would think over time they

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become more consistent. It is not a good idea to have many different

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ideas. Talking about Korea and moving naval vessels over there. We

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have a lot of fronts to be considering. Now, staying with the

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Times. Sorry, I am moving on to pick the NHS seeks ?10 billion as a cash

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boost from hedge funds. Now, the government will say, hold on a

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minute, we gave you the billions of pounds extra that you needed to be

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why is this ?10 billion needed? -- needed. Partially because there is

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so much money needed, but also interest rates are so low it is a

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golden opportunity to raise money for infrastructure without having to

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go back to the government and asking for more money. Umm of course, hedge

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funds are not known for generally giving people money, and that's the

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problem, at low interest rates, and being kind to people. They need to

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make money ultimately. They are ultimately in it to make money. So,

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at some point, the NHS has in borrowing money that they will have

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to pay back, and some more, that they don't have. How is that

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actually going to work as white that reminds me of the private finance

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initiative, doesn't it? It is difficult to borrow your way out of

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poverty, especially not spending that money that you borrow on some

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kind of cash flow generating asset. The issue is that hedge funds do not

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have the biggest balance sheet in the world. Because that which they

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raise capital is significantly higher than that which the borrows

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at. If you are the NHS, the cost you could borrow money off the

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government, possibly of the Government Works Loan Board, or go

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to a hedge fund, the hedge fund will be more expensive. There is this

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real concerns are that this may not be the cheapest option. -- concern.

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How come they cannot get this money off the usual funding mechanisms

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from the government for infrastructure? Is it because it

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does not meet the usual standard to apply? There are many elements here

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which would make one be concerned that these could end up being, not

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just a windup Pailan, but quite expensive. -- pay loan. So many of

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these PFI loans that were signed previously, hospitals got into

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trouble with them. Wood and a taxpayer be concerned at the track

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record? -- wouldn't. The Sun. We will tread carefully. A campaign for

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justice says the front page. 35 years after the IRA murdered

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four-year is, the Hyde Park bomber must pay. -- four people. It is a

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horrible attack. People remember it from the images of the horses that

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were killed, very visual. They were depicted on the television and

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newspapers. There was an IRA attack back in 1982. Though it has been

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convicted of that. There have been investigations and a trial. The Sun

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is now saying they are unhappy with the outcome of an attempt to, you

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know, prosecute somebody for that to be and they want to take a civil

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action and are trying to raise money for that. -- that. That is a very

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unusual thing for a newspaper to do. And within the context of a, well, a

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really complicated conflict, which is now in the process of the end

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result, that is also bringing some risk. You have to choose which evil

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acts you want to put right. Then people could see you are picking

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favourites. The fact this is the Sun is especially the case because this

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was almost certainly, one of the most, I think, controversial

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headlines in newspapers. The Irish bustards headline. The day after.

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The Sun decided to put pictures of dead horses and said Irish, not IRA.

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That was perceived as racist. The Sun would not be an independent

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arbiter on such issues. It is definitely going to cause some

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disquiet. Newspapers always run all sorts of campaigns, but raising

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money for a court case, that is what sets this part. It is a civil case.

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Again, I would really question why The Sun is doing this campaign now.

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Newspapers have always been good at campaigning. Many are proud to say

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they do good campaigning. I am not sure why it is campaigning right

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now. And, you know, it is very difficult, because we cannot look at

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the legalities of it. It would be a civil case, obviously. We will keep

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an eye on it. The Telegraph, finally. Pay of Southern Rail boss

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almost doubles. Charles, getting on to half a million almost in salary.

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Of course, nearly a third of Southern's services were late last

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year. And chaos and misery. We have seen it all over the media and

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Twitter. Absolutely everywhere. People are having a really horrible

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time. No seats, trains all over the place, striking. It doesn't actually

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say why, but this gentleman, his salary is going up half 1 million.

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He may decide he will not take it because of the situation he is in.

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But who knows? It is a PR disaster. This is difficult. Often someone's

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pay get scrutinised. But if it is in their contract, the company needs to

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pay it. There may be no performance aspect to it either. The negative

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outcomes you are referring to, the tardiness, it may not be his fault.

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He could be being measured on different parameters. The buck has

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to stop somewhere. Yes. But it is all eagle. And it is in his

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contract. The issue is that comes into that rampant executive pay

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issue we are seeing. -- legal. We have seen it be totally disconnected

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from performance. Executive pay is rocketing up in performance is not

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doing the same thing. It keeps on rising. That is the issue MPs are

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looking at and recommending changes to. But the government has no

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appetite for that. That is it for me papers tonight. Don't forget, all of

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the papers are on line on the BBC News website. You can read a

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detailed review. It is there for you seven days a week to be you can see

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us there as well. Each night is posted shortly after we have gone

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home. -- week. Thank you both of you. Coming up next, The Film

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Review.

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