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Welcomed our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are Joan Bakewell. Good evening. Let's have a look at the

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front pages. Theresa May accusing European politicians of making

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threats against Britain in the i, she claims they are doing it to

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affect the general election result. Same story in the FT. She said that

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some in Brussels to not want Brexit talks to succeed. And the headline

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in the Daily Telegraph, Mae unleashes fire at Europe. It also

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makes the front page of the Daily Express. -- Theresa May unleashes

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fire at Europe. The Metro's main story is the student Damon Smith,

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who's been found guilty of trying to set off a home-made bomb on a Tube

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train in London. Police are urging more schools in the capital to

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install metal scanners to protect children from rising violent crime

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in the Guardian. The Times says more than 5 million people could be stuck

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on waiting lists for NHS treatment within two years, according to

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documents seen by a health Journal. And the daily Mirror says the

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Hollywood actor Brad Pitt has admitted to having a drinking

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problem in an interview which has come after his split with Angelina

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Jolie. Let us begin. The Daily Telegraph headline, Theresa May

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unleashes fire. Would you start us off, she is using colourful and

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forceful language. It is extraordinary, on the steps of

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Downing Street she unleashes this vitriol, saying that the EU is

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trying to wreck the election. She has been called the new iron Lady,

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explaining that the EU needs to keep out of our elections. Very, very

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strong fire against the EU. Remembering our history a bit,

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everybody knew about Margaret Thatcher, do you think she is

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Margaret Thatcher Mark two. I hate to be sceptical, but there was a bit

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of Donald Trump, the best defence is fence. How do you take the

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coronation of Theresa May off the headlines? You say here is our enemy

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across the waters. How'd you get all of the Ukip voters on board? You

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create the enemy out of the EU. Is that too sceptical? No, well, what

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do you think? I'm more sceptical. She is fighting two battles. She is

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fighting the election. And also fighting Brexit. Two are obviously

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incredibly mashed, but she's going for the election first because that

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is what she's got to win in the short term. She's doing it by making

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a pitch for the Ukip voters, who now are not sure where to go and she

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doesn't want to lose them. She doesn't feel she has to worry about

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Jeremy Corbyn so she is attacking and browsing up that fierce British

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spirits, we won't take it, we will fight them on the beaches. There is

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a bit of that. And there is nothing like insulting people to rally your

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supporters, a wonderful picture of the election. And talk of other

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people getting involved in other people's elections. No Russia, not

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yet. The cartoon in the Daily Telegraph. He is very gifted. Prime

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Minister, the Brexit bill is 100 billion euros and the EU wants to

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know if you would like to add a tip. Very good. Let's go to the FT. This

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was the newspaper that yesterday had the story that the amount of money

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that is going to have to go to Europe would be 100 billion euros.

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That is before a lot of other arguments. They've got a lot of

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stuff about the famous dinner? It has been very interesting since it

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leaked from the Frankfurt newspaper about exactly what went on and who

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said what. It was absolutely like a dire situation. About hatred, and

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threats, and it was reported as terrible. The FT broke the story of

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the hundred billion amount of money. And it says it was triggered by

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reports yesterday that Germany, France, and Poland were pressing for

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Britain to pay this bill on leaving the EU. There has been a claw back

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since. The people involved, some of them at that dinner, have been

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saying tonight that it is not going to be that steep. That she is an

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honourable woman playing a good game. Words to that effect, anyway.

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And ameliorating the hostility and the intensity of the hostility. This

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is Martin Sa'u Meyer, chief of staff to Junker. Coming out with 100

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billion euros and David Davies says, well, that is their opening gambit,

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we will anchor it to the other side. -- but

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Selmire has come out and said that. He's trying to play down as a tough

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negotiator. Everybody is posturing and we can all relax. Considering

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there is an election, this is the issue she is making the headlines

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with, we haven't heard any Tory policy, we haven't heard their

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manifesto, we don't know what they stand for, but we all expected to

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vote because she is strong and offering strong government in the

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face of our enemy. We know who the enemy is. It is focused absolutely

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on her. I heard her speech. The word me was used a lot. You teach people

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to negotiate. Do you think they are doing a good job of it? Absolutely.

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It is all about anchoring your position in one extreme. And the

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other. And hopefully not insulting individuals along the way to such an

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extent that you have no room to manoeuvre and come to an agreement.

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To the extent that Trump said, of his opponent, he said, you know,

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lock her up. When the election was over he said I didn't mean it, it

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was a tactic for the election. Perhaps all of this is a tactic for

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the election. When we get round to it they will be nice as pie, give or

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take, and it could be a soft Brexit. Fake news, that expression hasn't

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been used, thank goodness. Let's talk about the money. Enormous sums

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of money are being thrown around. But we have to be careful, I think,

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because it sounds as if we will have to pay them a vast amount of money.

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But actually, we will in the end, if we believe the reports, be owed a

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lot of money, as well. It is money we would have been paying anyway.

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This is the exit bill. You know, the divorce bill is the wrong way of

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phrasing it, it is money that we would have been paying in any case.

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And we are continuing to pay it a year on year until we have Brexit,

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which isn't on the horizon for a couple of years. Couple of years,

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this is just the beginning of a lot of Brexit and exit. Thank you. We

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can move on to the Guardian. We have this story. It is about school

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scanners. I cannot find mine. It's on the bottom. What's interesting

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is, it sounds enormously sensible but the police are urging to take

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action to stop people stabbing each other to death. What could be more

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sensible than that? However, when you look into it, it presents

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certain problems because they are suggesting that schools have

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scanners and the children go through, the knives are discovered

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and everybody is pleased. But at the end of the story it says that most

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of the killings are done in the street, at the school gate. After

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school, in the evenings. That's right. It is a marvellous impulse,

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quite the right impulse, but it doesn't answer the problem which is

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the enormous increase, 24% in the last year of deaths in the capital.

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Young people are killing each other and something has to happen. It is a

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well meant gesture. This is a slight echo, probably not quite so bad, of

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what has been happening in America the years. Terrible things happen in

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the schoolrooms. The debate is not just about scanners, it is whether

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staff should be armed and so on. The issue in the US is guns. Here it is

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knives. It is unfortunate, the idea, but many schools in the US have

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airport tight security, as well, because you either go in that

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direction, or you have people armed. Neither one of good. Having these

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arches perhaps stigmatises a school. On the other hand, if I was a parent

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I would feel more confident by that. But the police say the real issue is

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we need to find where these nests of knives are and take care of it that

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way. And also, just because it doesn't happen in school doesn't

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mean it won't happen when kids are going home or going to school. The

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police say we need to find the stashes. Where they are being kept.

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They are not being kept at schools. Parents would feel relieved to know

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that their children will be safe for a few hours. Terrible statistics.

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Crime generally is on a downward trend, we keep being told, but this

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sort of crime, violent crime and crime affecting young people, as you

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say, seems to be ballooning. I don't know why it should be so. Boredom,

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dissatisfaction, horror movies, frightening thing is happening. The

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world is unstable in many ways. There is a great sense of unease

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about communities. Perhaps they have picked that up. I don't know.

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Perhaps it would take somebody wiser. A lot of different

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approaches. Not one thing. Talking about the world being an uncertain

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place, we go inside The Times about Facebook moderators. Mark

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Zuckerberg, the boss of Facebook, this is all about. Would you explain

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what is being proposed. We are seeing horrible things on Facebook.

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You can put up videos of suicides, murders, and the feeling is that

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complaints are made constantly to Facebook and they are not

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responding. Facebook says they get 1 million such things and they cannot

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cope with it. They are hiring 3000 more individuals basically as a

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rapid response team to be able to look at what is being posted.

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They've already got 4500 already. Adding another 3000 is quite

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extraordinary. But it is what they need to do in order to make sure

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that paedophiles are taken off-line immediately, or terrorism, promoting

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terrorism. They have another issue where Facebook is being used for

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piracy. What people do is they will take live sports programmes, or

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other ones, and immediately live stream them and the content. That's

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also been mentioned. They have been pretty slow about this. It is a

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nightmare world we are looking at. Appalling things you can see.

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They've been slow. They should have been able to predict this, certainly

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with the huge industry of pornography that is worldwide and

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known to be, and has been for decades, and they have been slow to

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set up these monitoring systems. Thank goodness they are on the job

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now. When they took down images, the iconic one of the young Vietnamese

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girl from the napalm attack running, that was taken down because it was a

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nude little girl and considered a concern. They were then criticised

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for that. It is difficult. Always difficult. Very briefly, a small

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story on the front of the FT. About the Turner prize. They are doing

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something extraordinary. I am thrilled because it is, for the

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first time, they have short listed and made it eligible for people over

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the age of 50. Several of them are over 50. The work is very

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exhilarating and tremendous. My complaint is they cap it at 62. That

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is ageism. Why have they done that? Somebody at the age of 63 is capable

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of art? And they are turning away from The Unmade Bed, The Cow

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hopefully something better is coming. But it all looks jolly good.

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People between 50 and 62 are young, aren't they? Children. You can see

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the front pages of the papers online on the BBC website. It is there

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seven days a week. If you miss the programme you can watch it later on

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the BBC iPlayer. Thank you both. It has been delightful, as usual.

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Goodbye. This weather pattern keeping eastern

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coastal Park School, the West wall, and most dry is set to continue

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until next week. -- eastern coastal

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