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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be

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With me are the political commentator Lance Price

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and Caroline Wheeler, political editor of

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The Metro leads with our top story tonight, the terror

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The paper features a picture of the suspect being wrestled

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The i shows the man being led away by officers just a few hundred

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The Telegraph front page is also dominated by that story.

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But the paper also reports that allies of Boris Johnson

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believe he could be moved from the Foreign Office

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The Foreign Secretary's sister has joined the Liberal Democrats.

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As European leaders meet to discuss their strategy

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for Brexit negotiations, the FT says they are preparing

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to recognise the potential for a united Ireland within the EU.

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Hundreds of headteachers warned the Prime Minister that education will

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collapse without what the paper describes as proper funding. Here,

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the head of the NSPCC has warned that social media companies should

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be fined if they fail to protect children online. And here, they look

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ahead to the release of Marine A tomorrow.

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Ladies first, the Guardian. The terror story. A little after 2pm,

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2:22pm, a man was arrested in his 20s, very close to Downing Street,

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it appeared that in his rucksack was a series of knives. Not very long

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ago we were hearing of a similar style of attack with a knife when

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another assailant broke into the Houses of Parliament compound with a

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knife and killed a police officer. It has echoes of what happened then,

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but on this occasion the interesting thing is that it appeared the

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security services were on to this individual, a number of the papers

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have splashed on this story, with the notion being that either a

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member of his family or somebody within his community had become

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suspicious about his behaviour. There is lots of different elements

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of detail that we have been given about how he was tracked down, the

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notion that he was followed onto a tube and when he got quite close to

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the Houses of Parliament, he was closer to Downing Street when he was

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swooped upon and arrested. That is when they made their swoop and they

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stopped it, so there were no consequences, no death, nothing. You

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have worked in Downing Street, would you have take a trip there, what has

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struck you about the story. Caroline is right to say that the most

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interesting thing is that he did not succeed, and the police and security

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services did what they were paid to do. We are always being told in

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briefings that the police foil an awful lot of attacks that we get to

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hear nothing about, but this was played out on the streets, with

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cameras and people filming on their phones, so we could see how

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successful a well briefed, with good intelligence, operation can be. If

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he was followed on the cube, the police would have deliberately tried

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not to have arrested him on the cube, where he could have done more

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damage, they waited until he was in the right position, where they could

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disarm him and make sure he could not do any damage. The daily Mirror

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has this shot of his face. It spread online. What struck me about this

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story, they waited until he was off the tube, he got above ground, but

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what a location for them to swoop. Exactly. It was so public and it was

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intelligence led. I was walking down Whitehall, it seems to keep

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happening where I am not far away. I was walking down Whitehall at pretty

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much the time that this was happening. The only signed I could

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see. There was a crowd of people around the entrance closest to the

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Downing Street entrance, the Houses of Parliament. It was indicative

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that something happened, but a very different atmosphere from that which

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we had with just five weeks before, where there was a very real sense of

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panic, a feeling that they did not know what was going on, a sense that

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there may have been one or more assailant at the time. It is clear

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with this that it was a well contained police operation, there

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was no sense of panic, people inside the building were aware there had

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been an incident, but there was not the level of concern or panic, there

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was more of a sense of the police having it under control, it has been

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dealt with, almost a suggestion that it was much less of an event than we

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had had with the attack five weeks ago. They knew he did not have

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accomplices, there was not the risk of the early attack that there was

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somebody else will stop the interesting thing was the headline

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on the Daily Mirror, the smirk. He appears to be looking right pleased

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with himself, even though he has just been arrested. One concern I

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have with him being on the front of the newspapers is I worry that the

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people who do these things come for whatever reason, ideological

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notoriety is one thing they are notoriety is one thing they are

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seeking, and we are doing them a favour by putting them all over the

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papers. You think it should stop at social media? Certainly not, I am

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not saying journalists should not cover the story, but it was an

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incident that will still put quickly, there are not issues

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resulting from it, apart from giving the services a pat on the back.

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There was the notion of whether or not you splash with the picture of

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the assailant or whether you went with the victims who had lost their

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lives five weeks ago. The Daily Telegraph has the same image, but

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the story we have picked out on the front page, we had to touch on Boris

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Johnson. He would be disappointed, I am sure he watches! Religiously, to

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see if he will get a mention. You got a mention. It is not anything to

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do with mugwumps. Did you know the word? Charlie And The Chocolate

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Factory? Something to do with American politics, but I could not

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have explained, but now I know. We are now clear about it. But this is

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something which he is more concerned about, his own political future, and

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whether or not, if Theresa May get a very substantial majority, she can

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dispense with him. She has already joked she could dispense with him.

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Why was he needed? He will be leading figure of the Brexit

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campaign, he led the campaign with a certain panache and all of the style

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we associate with him, the question was whether he could knuckle down

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and do a serious job in Government as Foreign Secretary. Some people

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think he has, some people don't think he is a credit to the

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Government. Theresa May is sober, she may not be impressed by some of

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the hijinks. At the weekend it was the Sunday newspapers in the wake of

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the election that began the speculation around reshuffles. It

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was the story that is still several weeks hence. And we were taking

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briefings, the suggestion was that the highest offices would not move,

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Amber Rudd, Iris Johnston, Philip Hammond. As time moved on, there was

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a question that began to emerge around Boris, the notion that he

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might be sidelined from the campaign, a suggestion that he would

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not go down well in some of the northern seat, he was too posh, and

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it jarred with the big's daughter image that she is trying to portray.

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There were stories in the media this morning suggesting that ministers

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are briefing against him. I don't think he has been briefed against in

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the way that some embers of the Cabinet are being briefed against.

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We don't have long, let's turn to the Financial Times. A bit of Brexit

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in Ireland. This is interesting, and curious, the suggestion being that

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EU diplomats might be raising the prospect of Northern Ireland voted

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in a referendum to rejoin, or join the south, to have a united Ireland,

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and state in the EU. And that somehow this possibility would be

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enshrined in the Brexit treaty, because the Irish Government would

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like it to be, just off the Spanish Government would like Gibraltar to

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be included. It is bizarre, I suspect it's diplomats in the EU

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wanting to make life difficult for Theresa May, talking about a united

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Ireland and Gibraltar. And this weekend, the other European leaders

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meet behind our backs to talk about us. How dare they! How dare they

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unite to oppose the British Government, shocking! The Times has

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another serious story, very quickly summarise this, Internet safety. How

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on earth do you begin to tackle it? As a parent it is a nightmare, the

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notion that your children are on their iPad, you cannot police what

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they are looking at, although there are that you can adapt so they

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cannot look at certain things. It is probably the biggest risk in terms

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of safeguarding for parents. We have the suggestion from the NSPCC that

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social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter should be fined

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if they fail to protect children online. How do you do that? It is

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very difficult. You could put health warnings or age warnings, but that

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will not stop people. It might be an invitation. It is policing the

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Internet. The same with terrorism. I think people at home using the

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Internet will think, this is what politicians should be worrying

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about, rather than throwing insults around. Thank you for your time. A

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visit from us, goodbye. Mother Nature has been

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keeping us on our toes.

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