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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 Alison Little, Deputy Political Editor

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at The Daily Express, and Ned Simons, Deputy Political

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The Financial Times reports that new demands driven by France

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and Germany have raised Britain's Brexit bill

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The Metro leads with Theresa May's claim to Jean-Claude Juncker that

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she'll be a 'bloody difficult woman' during the upcoming negotiations.

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The "I" leads on what it describes as "misleading

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warnings" about statins, saying thousands of Britons

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are dying of heart attacks and strokes as fewer patients use

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The Daily Telegraph says it has learned that the Government

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is mulling over plans to offer cash hand-outs to diesel drivers in a bid

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to encourage them to scrap polluting vehicles.

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The Daily Mail says the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are seeking

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?1.3 million in damages over the publication of topless photos of

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Kate taken by paparazzi photographers in France.

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We will start with the Daily Express - keep taking your stat ins. A

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number of other papers have this on the front page as well. Lots of

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concerns about the side-effects of statins, but this report seems to

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suggest that those effects should not stop people from taking this

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life-saving drug. The belief is that statins... I am doing a Diane

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Abbott! I knew I would do this. 300,000? Don't you mean 300 million?

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Statins? ! They are actually saying that patience, if they know they are

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taking statins and are told about the side-effects, they will start

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feeling them, like restless muscles and poor sleep. If they are not told

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and they don't know they are taking statins, they don't feel them. So it

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is psychological? Yes, psychosomatic effect. Some of the professionals

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are saying when you take medicines there is a huge list of side effects

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because the manufacturers are trying to protect themselves, so they are

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saying, don't list the side-effects because in themselves they worry

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that people, the patients into experiencing them. The fact is, Ned,

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this suggestion seems to be that there may be issues on the side, but

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it is worth taking them despite that. Gasbag, and it is weird. We're

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used to package is having more warning. You think about cigarettes

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and alcohol, all the warnings. Now they are saying, no warnings. I

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think people think that every day there is a different story about

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drugs being good for you are bad for you. It is difficult for the

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consumer to know what to do, really. Dump at the warnings on, then. Then

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they will have no idea! On the front of the metro - Theresa May, I will

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be bloody difficult to Jean-Claude Juncker. It is not even her line,

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which winds me up a bit. It is what Ken Clarke said about her, caught

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off Mike on Sky News. This is a clear attempt to paint her as a

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strong negotiator. Like fact that when she comes up with a good line,

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that grabs the front pages, it is not even has. I cannot even imagine

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Theresa May swearing, even in private, even when she stands on a

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plug. That is why it doesn't feel right. It felt right in Ken Clarke's

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mouth - a bloody difficult woman! As Ned were saying, it was in pretty

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much all the papers, the lead story on the Ten O'Clock News, on ITV,

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here and everywhere. It seems to have done the job, Alison, of

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responding to what could be bloody difficult negotiations, frankly,

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from Jean-Claude Juncker, Guy the horse

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that -- Verhofstad. There was another story we will look at on

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that, but it doesn't do her any harm. People who like Margaret

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Thatcher will be attracted to this idea. The fact that Theresa May says

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very little, if you watch interviews, she can't offer half an

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hour and say very little, so one statement like that that is slightly

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swearing, suddenly it is the most interesting thing is she has said

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all week. Does it mean that everyone is to become a sailor over the next

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six-week, turn the air blue then keep the front pages at the? She has

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got Horace for that. -- she has got Boris Johnson for that. All the EU

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sources are coming out, and there was a report in the German

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newspaper, and now every news outlet, the BBC as well, going to

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their own sources and saying, how difficult will you make it for

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Britain? Jean-Claude Juncker and others, it is almost as if he is

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trying to undermine her election pitch. Mrs May's official spokesman

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told lobby journalist this morning when asked, Theresa May will be in

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charge of the talks, assisted by David Davis. It undermines her

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strategy, because she is trying to say to voters, who do you want

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talking to the other 27 leaders - Jeremy Corbyn or me? And they are

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saying, you are not going to be talking to us anywhere. It will be

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interesting to see how she responds. How can they make a remark? More

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hard-core Brexiteer 's will be outraged. Of course they were going

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to be like that. The idea that it would be this rational process, this

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is politics. I don't think we should be surprised that the negotiations

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will be like this. What might you say, of course, it was likely to be

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difficult, of course, it will be a tortuous process was perhaps. That

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has not been what David Davis, John Redwood, Jacob Rees Mogg, Iain

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Duncan Smith, that is not what they have been saying. Iain Duncan Smith

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and Jacob Rees Mogg, it will take two years to sort this out. Not a

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problem. And a lot of people believe that. You don't know how long it

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might take. This could be bluster. The start of negotiations, a lot of

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tough talk. It doesn't mean that it will be that hard and it could just

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take the two years. It could end up being a very good deal, but the idea

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that there wasn't going to be a lot of noise around it - that was always

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going to be the case. It could be incredibly hard and we could end up

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crashing up with no deal at all, and that what the Brexit campaign said

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was a little optimistic, perhaps. The front page of the Financial

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Times - the side bar, Diane Abbott's issues today, which are taken, but a

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much more in-depth analysis of the problems concerning the Shadow Home

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Secretary. On the inside page of the Times. Labour policy in tatters

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after Abbott's interview to forget. After my own very poor start to the

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session, she is a very experienced politician and television performer,

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and it was a terrible interview. The Times got a fantastic picture of

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Nick Ferrari. He looks so happy, and he did so well, he absolutely

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skewered her on her vagueness. Not only is this the woman who would be

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Home Secretary in six weeks if Labour wins, she was not just

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faffing, she did not correct herself. She did not immediately

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correct herself about how much the policy would cost. She lost it. I

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don't know what happened. The line from The Times, and it is great,

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they are saying it gets even worse, because labour say that this policy

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will cost ?300 million, and they say it will be even more because they

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haven't factored in training and equipment and inflation and things

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like that. Very hostile. Ned, even if she had got the figure she was

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hoping to grasp, that figure is wrong anyway, and it plays into this

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whole sense, for some people, that Labour are just not with it, not on

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it. I think that was why this was quite damaging. Diane Abbott, in

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defending herself, it plays into the attack line that Labour are not

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competent and do not have their act together. A lot of Labour policies

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are popular. The Conservatives will say that even if the idea is a good

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one, you have not costed it properly and you are not able to articulate

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it, let alone put it into practice. And I think that is why it did

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matter and it was not just a small gaffe. It was deserving of the

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reporting that went around it. Briefly, Alison, the Daily Telegraph

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- Tory cash hand-outs to scrap diesel cars. Ministers under

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pressure to get tough on drivers and improve air quality. Ahead of

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Thursday's council elections, which some people keep forgetting about.

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This was after the Government said it would appeal against the High

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Court decision last week, which said that they cannot keep delaying this

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until after the election, so they have had to come out with this and

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they are talking about this idea, and saying that as early as Friday,

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probably an inconvenient time for us, some compensation to diesel

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drivers who want to replace their cars, their engines, or to retrofit

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their engines to be clean. I am outraged that some of the car

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companies, I think they are bang to rights for falsifying their air

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quality tests, which then led people, encouraged people, to buy

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these diesel cars, and it the taxpayers, who are going to end up

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bankrolling it and not the car companies. I don't understand. It is

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an interesting point, Ned, because the Labour Government, in allowing

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car manufacturers to continue making diesel engines on the quid pro quo

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was that they would find a cleaner way of doing it and they were given

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time, and they have not done it. Also, the wider point, it is good to

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see the environment back on the front pages. Air pollution is

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particularly an issue which affects a lot of people, children in schools

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and cities so it is good to see that back now. Finally, the Guardian,

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Ned, three pictures there of the Prime Minister eating a chip. It is

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not quite her Ed Miliband bacon sandwich moment. In such a

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controlled campaign, with events in close rooms with activists and few

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members of the public, any photograph like these, where she

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looks slightly more human, you could argue it makes a lot better. The

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chip looks worse than she does! Her nail polish matches the ketchup. Are

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you saying its planned? A planned chip. This is not a mill

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abandonment? Now. OK, right. Alison, Ned, thank you for looking at some

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of the stories behind the headlines, and thanks to you for watching. --

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this is not a Milind Tandon moment? After Monday, a chilly night to come

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across the clearer floral parts in the north and west of Britain. Here

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is a view from Ayrshire. It was in western Scotland that the

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