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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what The Papers will be

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With me are broadcaster Rachel Shabi and political

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Let's just take a look at some of the front pages before we speak to

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them. The Mail on Sunday focuses

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on pensions, reporting that Theresa May will bring in new laws

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to prevent a repeat of the Sir Philip Green BHS scandal

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if she wins the election. The Observer leads on this weekend's

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meeting of EU leaders saying they want the UK to provide

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guarantees to EU citizens living in Britain before any

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trade talks can begin. The Sunday Times reports

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that the other EU member states have rejected Theresa May's negotiating

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position and accused her of living in a "parallel reality".

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The Sunday Telegraph says the Prime Minister has rejected

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the demands coming from Brussels with politicians on both sides

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of the Channel warning that the talks could turn nasty.

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The Sunday Express concentrates -- it also features Anthony Joshua,

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who beat Wladimir Klitschko yesterday at Wembley Stadium. The

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Sunday Express concentrates on the investigation

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into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann,

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ten years after she went missing. It says Scotland Yard's

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prime suspect is a woman. And the Sunday Mirror has

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an interview with Madeleine's mother, Kate, who says

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she still buys her there we are. Now let's begin with

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the newspapers. We are going back to the mail on Sunday. Lots of them

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covering the election. What strikes me about it is Theresa May going

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into bat and Jeremy Corbyn, a bit more predictable, on the matter of

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business malpractice, if you like. Absolutely. Going after

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irresponsible bosses. This revelation came from a Mail on

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Sunday into the with Theresa May. If I lived in a country where the press

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was regulated by the state, that would be how the interview would

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read. It is very flattering. K the Mail on Sunday tend to support the

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Tories. This policy pledge has been dubbed an anti-Philip Green Charter.

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He sold BHS for a pound and left a massive pension deficit. This is the

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Prime Minister pledging to introduce regulation that. Companies from

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trading, or selling other companies, if that is a move to strip a pension

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fund. You would think that regulation would exist to stop that

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already. We go back to the days of Robert Maxwell. She is promising a

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new look to make it illegal to recklessly put pension schemes at

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risk. It is amazing that is not illegal already. It seems like a bad

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thing. She was batting on Labour's to some extent. Lots of people think

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she is parking had tank on the Labour lawn. You reach out to people

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not in your core vote. You should not be so surprised she is reaching

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out to that sort of territory. Let's go on to the Observer and talking

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about Labour. They want to outlaw zero hours contracts. That sounds

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nice ambition but they have become extremely common. This is

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fascinating. That story is Theresa May wanting to interfere with the

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free running a business. This story is Labour saying exactly the same

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thing. Labour wants to deal with rip-off bosses and the rest of it.

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This is called, unashamedly, left-wing pitch to British workers.

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Theresa May's was easy Justin is standing up to British workers. It

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is intriguing. Banning zero our contracts and putting a halt to

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unpaid internships and ending the cap for public sector pay. I'm not

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sure how it will work in practice. There is the argument of where do

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you pay for it. Zero hours contracts pledged to ban is a smart move by

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the Labour Party. It is recognising the economy has changed. One in 36

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people is now in a zero hours contracts. To be clear, people don't

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want to be on these terms. They don't want to go to work from week

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to week and not know how many hours they are working. Flexible working

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might suit some people but it is not the same as a zero hours contract

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and nothing is guaranteed. They are different things. We have heard some

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terrible stories about people on zero hours contracts. He was --

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there was someone in a sports distribution centre saying that kids

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were going home alone because parents were being randomly told to

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work extra hours. The kids could not call them because they are not

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allowed mobile phones in the buildings. You have to think, that

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kind of thing, actually we do need to have measures to stop that

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happening. Also flesh on the bones about how they will do it. It is a

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good idea. How you will do it and make sure it does not cost jobs or

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money is another thing. That is something we will not see in this

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campaign. We still have six weeks to go. Let's go on to the European

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Union being beastly to this country. A front page of the observer says,

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the EU threatens Theresa May on trade talks and citizen rights. It

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is very combo to the language. Be you has basically said to Theresa

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May -- the EU has basically said to Theresa May these are the

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parameters. We have established these parameters. We will need to

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have some agreement on EU citizens. We will need to have agreements on

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Northern Ireland and the border and we will need agreements on the exit

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bill. All that before we move on to what the future policies, the

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trading relationships and everything else looks like. That is just a

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statement of the parameters of the negotiations. It is extraordinary

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this has been played as the EU trying to stitch up... It is the

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obvious story to put on the front page for a Brexit election.

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There is a lot of newspaper hyperbole going on. Then we are

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going on to the Sunday Times. This wonderful expression about living in

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another galaxy, according to Brussels. I am not sure who said

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that. It is a bit disobliging. It is extraordinary that Theresa May is

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getting a reputation for being a good negotiator. The EU is saying

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she sucks at it she is not able to comprehend basic terms that are

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being offered to her. There is quite the disparity between her image and

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the reality. In the real world, the Prime Minister will not be doing any

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negotiating. It is up to people like David Davis and so one, and the

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negotiators. It depends on what the outcome will be. It is a

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negotiation. What the front pages are saying is the British government

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has one position and the EU has another. That is the bottom line.

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They will negotiate to try to find common ground. It does not bode

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well. This fascinating dinner in the week where the Prime Minister had a

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meeting. All these European leaders. They phoned up Angela Merkel and

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said we have a different issue. We are in different galaxies. A few

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hours later, she said, Brexit means Brexit. There is a fascinating story

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to be told about that. I would love to read about that in the future.

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Let's go onto another story. Rachel, I think it is your turn again.

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Labour donor. This is in the Sunday Times. Labour donor to stand. I

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think it is a threat to stand against him, isn't it? Someone

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called Michael Foster. Michael Foster is a publicity guy. He has

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very top shelf clients, including Chris Evans, I'd think. Top drawer,

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I think you mean. He got suspended from the Labour Party because he

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likened supporters of Jeremy Corbyn to Nazi storm troopers. Here's a big

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founder of the Labour Party. He has given more than 400,000 to Labour

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since 2010 according to the Sunday Times. He thinks that what they is

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now, six weeks ahead of an election, is to change its leadership. The

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fascinating thing is that is not backed up by the polling. Buried in

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the story is a poll. Last week, the Sunday Times did a poll made it the

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splash. This week's is buried in the story right away at the bottom. It

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shows that Labour has closed the gap to 13 point is clearly a big gap but

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it has been closed by ten points with the bat is amazing given that

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Jeremy Corbyn and his team are up against his reputation and the vast

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majority of the printed press. And yet he is catching up. Quite

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rapidly. Still a long campaign to go. If he keeps catching up by ten

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points per week he will win a landslide. Opinion pollsters have

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had an even worse time. It is noteworthy. Whatever you think will

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happen in the future. Closing the gap by ten points is noteworthy,

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isn't it? It is one poll. If newspapers are going to write

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stories about one poll, they need to choose which one they choose. Let's

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go across the Atlantic. James, we have a very familiar man giving a

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very familiar salute. An important day for Donald Trump. 100 days is or

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is a big deal in American politics. 100 days since JFK started with the

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100 days being a thing. If there were not an election on, the Sunday

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papers would be full of analysis pieces about Donald Trump's 100

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days. As it is, it is not such a big deal, which is probably a good

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thing. How many other through the want to think about what has

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happened in the last 100 days and what will happen in the next? There

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will be 1200, 1300 days to go of this presidency. I was just

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wondering if people had calendars with the countdown, crossing off the

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days. I am sure they do. That is quite a lot of days. Apparently he

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is finding it harder than he thought it would be. It is always used as a

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sort of measure about how the new boy, or new woman, is getting on.

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When you tick of the things that have been achieved against the

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things you want to do, it is controversial. There is a disparity

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between what he said he would do and what he actually in reality has

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managed to achieve. Whether that is because the legal system intervened,

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as was the case with the Muslim ban as it came to be known. That is not

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constitutional. Or whether it is parliamentarians saying, no. We are

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not going to sanction the building of the wall or the repeal of the

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Bama care. One way or another the things he has wanted to do has been

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obstructed or cancelled out. It is interesting that that does not seem

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to have really affected his base. His supporters are still really

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happy with him. Indeed. It has not really dented his popularity of

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reputation among his supporters. That is curious. It makes you think

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what actually would change that. Someone who has had a good hundred

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days is his daughter Ivanca. It is interesting the way she is seen as

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the one person who could tell the president what is going on and

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present a good place to the world? I don't really understand how this is

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possible. Members of the German press obviously should be asked. We

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actually don't know what your role is. What in fact does the first

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daughter do? You can imagine them saying, we have had a look at the

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past. This is not in your constitution. I think that is the

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question that needs to be repeated. She is seeing James as a stable

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centre in the middle of the White House. It is a good business. Who is

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she accountable to. She and Jerry are regarded as this voice of

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reason. She is his daughter. She has inherited some kind of sense. I am

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intrigued how that has fit together. It is about where he has got the

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sense from. Is it just in comparison to her father who is completely mad.

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The old sport of boxing, coming back with a wallop and Anthony Joshua. It

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was a heck of a fight. 90,000 people going mad at Wembley Stadium. It is

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a sports story on the front page. It does not happen that often these

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days. There was a time when the Grand National winner, sport does

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not get onto the front pages quite as often. At the end of the day a

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man has battered another man in front of 90,000 baying fans. The

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older I get the more uncomfortable I get. I did not watch it but I love

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the stories about a comeback from a sixth round knock-down. Everyone

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loves those stories. That is it from the papers. My grateful thanks to my

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guest. Let's take a look at tomorrow's FrontPage is --

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Just a reminder, we take a look at tomorrow's front pages every

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evening at 10:40pm here on BBC News.

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