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

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With me are Ayesha Hazarika, the former Labour political

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adviser and now comedian, and the Conservative

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...

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The Times leads with the Labour Party's cleat manifesto, saying they

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are facing a doctor to the Guardian takes a different angle saying the

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party is rallying around the proposals.

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The Independent picks up the Bank of England's

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latest forecast, which suggest incomes could get squeezed.

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The Financial Times notes that Japan's Soft Bank

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is investing $500 million in a UK tech start-up.

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The NHS makes the Mirror's lead story -

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with nurses urging the government to end a 1% paycap.

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The Express focuses on what it calls a "dementia crisis",

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reporting that some families are being forced to pay ?100,000

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Let's begin on the first of our papers with the front page of the

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eye. Labour's ?50 billion wish list. Ayesha, presumably it hasn't

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actually been costed as that, that is their best guest. -- best guess.

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I think the diggers will be a slightly movable feast but it's not

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about the figures, it's about the bold political signal that Jeremy

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Corbyn was sending out today. We have had two years of Jeremy Corbyn

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today, a lot of criticism, but his team came out swinging today,

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absolute cobblers. Some would say this was Michael foot tribute act --

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absolute Jeremy Corbyn. He has not shied away from putting forward his

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choices, his policies, and there is a very clear choice on the ballot

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paper. I think the Labour Party have managed to convert, everyone is

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talking about it and people are certainly talking about the boldness

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of it. Tim, you get the front page of the eye and then you get the

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alternative take on Ayesha's which is fantasyland. Boyle the

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Conservatives be licking their lips over this? I think this has worked

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well for the Labour Party over the last 24 hours. They have had good

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publicity and Jeremy Corbyn looks like a happy warrior on the news

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tonight. It's a contrast with Theresa May's quite scripted style

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but the one thing that isn't in the leak was the costings. I wonder

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whether there's a gap now between this leak and the publication which

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the Tory party will fill. I'm sure that's what the Tory campaign

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strategist will now do, so that perhaps on Saturday or Sunday's

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papers, the will be attacking Corbyn before Labour get their costings

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out. The Tories will try to have the first strike. Often a story that

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looks good for the first 24 hours can take on a different life

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afterwards. In a way, we're already starting to see this. The male are

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saying this will cost every family ?4000 but I think the calculation

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that Corbyn's team have taken on this is that the average family will

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not get bogged down in the costings of this, they will see things they

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like, and they think as well because there was a lot of talk of the media

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being biased against Corbyn and things like that, and a lot of

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people get their news three Facebook and social media, I think they are

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taking quite a bold move to try to make an emotional, populist appeal.

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You are doing a very good job on this. God loves a try. You are right

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about some of the press on this and there was acquired last night from

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Margaret Thatcher which was that the problem with socialism is that

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eventually socialists run out of other peoples money. I think that's

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problem with this. Labour lost office because they look like they

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spent too much money and they couldn't control public finances. I

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would say one thing on that. There was quite a howl of discontent about

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how much people feel on inequality at the moment. Even though the

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dominant narrative is against Corbyn, you can never say never. The

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polls have got it wrong in lots of elections. Not this wrong. We will

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come back to that. We will look in passing at the front page of the

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Guardian. If the eye is the positive and the Daily Mail is no negative,

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the Guardian is looking for middle ground. That is a pretty straight

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headline. I am more worried that Star Wars is 40. I remember going to

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it as a kid. The daily Mirror might make you feel even older. The actor

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who played cat weasel has died. There's a childhood memory many

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people will have. He looks a bit like Jeremy Corbyn. Right, you are

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off Jeremy Corbyn's Christmas card list. Although if he doesn't win

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number ten and there is every Mac, it might be a job for him. It is

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interesting that in the phone in Theresa May was in this evening, the

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first question came from a nurse. The NHS has always been a difficult

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issue for the Conservative Party at elections. Even know so much has

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been cut during these years of austerity, plenty of budgets

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typically associated with the Tories, the defence budget, the

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police budget, the Conservatives have kept putting money over and

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above inflation into the NHS but it's still their Achilles' heel.

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It's still something the public worries about. Do you think they

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worry about it in a sense that they worry about the political damage

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that health is finished you can do to the Conservatives? Even though

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the Conservative governments have probably been running the NHS longer

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than Labour governments because they have been in office for longer? I

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think they should worry about it. We have been fortunate not to have

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extreme winter is the last few winters get the NHS has still been

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at the brink. We only need a bad winter in the next few years and it

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really will be tested to its limits. I think the health service is one of

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those issues that is very symbolic of the Labour Party and people

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always fill the Labour Party is more likely to look after the NHS. And

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that sometimes constrains what the Labour Party feel they can do. In

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terms of having a radical agenda and talking about modernising the NHS. I

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think the NHS will loom large in this campaign. Brexit is not proving

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to be as much of a lightning conductor issue as they thought. I

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think health and education and things like social care will be very

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important. Social care I agree with you. In the Copeland by-election,

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the Labour seat held by them for decades, Labour ran very tough scare

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stories about the local hospital and the Tories still won. I think that

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the leadership issue and also the nuclear issue. I think there's a

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chance that Labour have overplayed this card and made it too political.

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True, but there is also a lot of public sympathy for... When you have

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stories of nurses writing to the Prime Minister talking about their

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pay, when you hear that nurses have got to go to payday loan companies

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and to food banks, begging the Prime Minister that they are in poverty,

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that is very emotive. It is interesting that you brought

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that up because I've put this to a party spokesman from Labour and the

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Conservatives. I said, Labour you are saying vote against the Tories

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because the Prime Minister has said it may not be appropriate to keep

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the maternity unit at this hospital and people should perhaps travel

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further. If you vote Labour you will be sending a message, but their

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policy wasn't necessarily to do anything different and equally their

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policy decision would be made by health service managers not by

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politicians. Similarly, the Conservatives were saying our local

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candidate supports keeping this hospital whatever the local

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candidate might have said. That was equally dishonest because they

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weren't making the decision either. What is it about health that

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politicians think they can play these games are public expectations

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or is it our fault as well? I think it is difficult because it

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impossible to be giving the honest about the health service challenges

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that are faced. Even an infinite amount of money might not be enough

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because of the challenge of the health service. It's such an emotive

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issue because what's hard for any political party is when you are

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essentially in a short-term cycle, to look at the health service

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properly, to really review it and make it fit for the future, join it

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up with social care, have prevention strategies and things, that's

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radical thinking that's probably 15 or 20 years down the track. And when

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there are financial restraint as difficult as well. I think that's

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Labour's problem, the financial restraints. It's a card the

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Conservatives are good at playing, you can't look after the National

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health service, you don't look after the economy properly I think that's

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why it won't work the Jeremy Corbyn because people don't think he's got

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a basic level of economic competence. I don't know if people

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think that Theresa May has the level of empathy to look after NHS. I have

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to ask you, are you missing being in the thick of it? Are you missing not

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party headquarters this time round party headquarters this time round

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because you have both been in the past? I have to say I have and

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that's partly because working on an election campaign is that a

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fantastically interesting thing for all the good things and bad things

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that go wrong. There's a lot of adrenaline and it's exciting. Not

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much actually because I think the campaign is quite dull. I think the

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exciting thing will be afterwards, potentially the ructions within the

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Labour Party, Theresa May getting together whether -- getting to grips

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with the Brexit negotiations. If she wins. I think she just might.

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Don't forget you can see the front pages of the papers online

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It's all there for you - 7 days a week at bbc.co.uk/papers -

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