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We'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment.

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Police investigating the suicide bombing in Manchester on Monday have

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The Conservatives and Labour promise more action to minimise the threat

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of terror attacks in the wake of the Manchester bombing.

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Thousands of British Airways passengers have faced a second day

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of delays and disruption following the massive computer

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failure which grounded all BA planes at Heathrow and Gatwick yesterday.

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We've tried desperately to contact BA by email, by phone,

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on their website and also trying to find ground staff,

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and we haven't seen anybody on the ground at all.

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Landslides and floods in Sri Lanka have killed at least 150 people

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and the country faces the risk of more mudslides as

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

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With me are John Rentoul, chief political commentator

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at the Independent, and Ruth Lea, economic adviser at

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The Financial Times leads on the IT chaos causing

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misery for BA customers, but carries a photo of a rather

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happier-looking German Chancellor at a campaign event.

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The male report claims of a moronic cover-up over cutting costs on

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computer systems. The election campaign is the main

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story for the Telegraph. It claims that Jeremy Corbyn has

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been denounced by members of his own party after attending

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a ceremony in honour of a terrorist. A key legal power has been used only

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once to control British jihadists, say the times.

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The Mirror has a full-page photo of some of the 40,000

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people who took part in the Great Manchester Run.

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The paper calls it a "defiant act of solidarity".

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A terror warning is the top story for the Express.

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It reports fears that Libya has become a breeding ground

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British Airways, the photograph says it all, a female passenger looking

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absolutely exhausted and desperate, sitting on a trolley with her bags.

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Here it is, camera three! The worst chaos I have ever seen, the quote

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from a pilot. Half term misery as disruption to continue for days.

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Very, very few BA staff seem to know what is going on or the Indy

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terminals explaining to passengers. It is a terrible story. This

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weekend, as half term starts, bank holiday weekend, the worst possible

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time, and it makes me worry about whether I have backed up my

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computer. You take these things for granted, you should computers will

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work, and when they don't, you ought to have back-up systems, and it

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looks as if cost-cutting means that they do not. It aims to have been a

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power failure which has brought the system is down, but the union were

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quick off the mark, they said, you outsourced a lot of this to another

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country. That is what the Financial Times say, because of the

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cost-cutting, we do not know, but we are so dependent on the systems, if

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they go down, it is a tragedy. We only have to think about the

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ransomware virus, damaging the NHS. There does not seem to be adequate

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back-up, either in BA or in the NHS or anywhere else if something goes

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badly wrong. If it is a problem with cost-cutting, they are going to lose

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a lot of money. The Telegraph is suggesting that compensation

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payments could be ?50 million and loss of goodwill and loss of

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business could be another ?50 million. Some terrible statistics.

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The ineptitude staggers you. This is what comes across to us, passengers

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cannot get any information. The company does not by what has gone

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wrong. They are not sending anybody out. They have nothing to say,

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everything stops. It shows how dependent companies are. Even if

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everything stops, having people out there, surely, would be a sensible

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thing to do, offering people refreshments, accommodation, health,

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advice. They do not have the contingency plan. People complaining

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they did not have food or drink. The minimum you can do is keep people

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reasonably comfortable if they are going to be stuck in an airport

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lounge. They did not seem to have anything. The only common sense or

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comments that seem to be coming from the cabin crew. They have said, we

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are not doing -- going anywhere. They will have to start talking

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tomorrow or Tuesday, after the bank on. The Financial Times, Angela

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Merkel holding a large rear. She is in Munich, signalling that Germany

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and France will have to get closer together, because they cannot rely

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on Britain and America anymore. It is farcical. She says, we can no

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longer rely on the USA, because Donald Trump was less than polite to

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them in Brussels at the Nato meeting. He told them to pay up,

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because of the Nato members, only three or four meet the 2% of GDP

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target, one is the UK, Greece, France and the USA. Germany is way

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behind. She is one to talk. But the idea that the US or the UK will walk

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away from Nato is absurd. When it comes to the UK, Theresa May went

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out of her way when she invoked Article 50 to talk about security

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cooperation. She had said as Home Secretary being in the EU was

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important for security. She has done one or two U-turns. Joking apart,

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when she sent her a letter to Donald Tusk, she made a big issue about

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security. The UK will not walk away from the security agreement with the

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EU. I do not think she is a fan of Angela Merkel! Off the back of the

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G-7 summit, when they were trained to get people on the right page over

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climate change, the United States could remain isolated if they do not

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carry on with the Paris accord. The important thing, apart from the

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quantity of beer that Angela Merkel is trying to drink... Did she drink

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it all? Angela Merkel is running an election campaign, as Chancellor in

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Germany, and this kind of anti-American talk goes down quite

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well with the German electorate. That is the true story. It tells us

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her direction of travel. Where Germany will head if she is still

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Chancellor. The Brexit negotiations start in the middle of June, you see

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positioning going on in the EU, toughening up the talk. It is big

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talk. There is so much of that. They are politicians, that is the

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problem! What will we do without them? The daily Mirror, a fantastic

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picture, he streets of Manchester filled with tens of thousands of

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runners taking part in the great Manchester run, putting on a show of

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solidarity. Life will carry on as best we can. It makes you proud of

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Manchester. I don't live there, I have not lived there, but one of the

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striking things about the response to Monday's awful events is the way

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that Manchester has asserted its identity and sense of solidarity,

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and I have found it very moving. When people started sinking the

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oasis song at a memorial service, and this again, it is wonderful. I

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am very proud of them. I come from just south of Manchester, I can put

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a Manchester accent on, I can be right authentic! We must have known!

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I go back to my received pronunciation! I agree with

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everything John has said. The Mancunian people are the most

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wonderful people, they really warm. Out of this appalling tragedy, it

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seems as though you have seen the good side of nearly everybody in the

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community, whatever their religious persuasion. One of the most touching

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scenes was with a Muslim gentleman with an elderly Jewish lady, and

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they are very good friends. Part of a multi-faith forum. I thought, that

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is so right, and to see him there was so incredibly helpful. The

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spontaneous applause when the balloons were released in memory of

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one of the victims when her parents turned up to set them off in Saint

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Anne Square. Lots of little moments which have been extremely moving.

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More and more arrests today. A 25-year-old man, and more raids in

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different parts of Manchester. Obviously, still an investigation

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going on, which is why I thought it was a bit unfortunate that the

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politicians started arguing about the politics of it on Friday. I

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thought it was too early, I thought, leave the political arguments until

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this week. Campaigning was suspended for several days as a sign of

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respect. Let's look at The Times. Power to ban UK jihadis has been

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used just once. These are the temporary exclusion orders. They are

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to stop various people coming back into the country if they have been

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in various suspect countries. I am not a security expert, you have to

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be careful what you say, but perhaps the services have to tighten up

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big-time. It is not just about these orders, I would not be sorry to see

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the control orders brought back. They were introduced in 2005 and

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dropped in 2011 at the behest of Nick Clegg. They are essentially

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house arrest for people under suspicion. We have to take this

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terrorism seriously, no doubt, and if it infringes some freedom of

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movement, that is part of the balance of trying to get this right.

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This is symptomatic of the fact that the security services have to be a

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little bit, or substantially, more security minded than they have been.

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It explains what it means, you can be kept out of the country for up to

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two years. It is not inconsiderable. It is a case of slamming the stable

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door after the horse has gone. From what we have learned about the

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perpetrator of the Manchester bombing, he seemed to be coming and

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going from here to Libya without much attention being paid to him,

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and that has got to change. That is what this is about. Travel documents

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can be cancelled, they can refuse re-entry unless they agree to

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restrictions, or reporting to police on a regular basis. You would

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imagine that would be quite helpful to the authorities. That ought to be

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happening more than just once. I wonder why it has not. We are not

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experts, but it suggests they have just been rather lax. The bomb was

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on the radar, he was one of several hundred that the security services

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were looking at, and somebody from one of the mosques in South

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Manchester had reported him as being suspicious in his attitudes. They

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will just have to tighten up all round. It will be good to know who

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decides who is subject to these exclusion orders. The Home Secretary

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is to sign it off, that somebody at a lower level has to decide. Let's

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finish with the Independent, back to politics, and the campaign up to the

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election, which is not too far away now. An exclusive, Labour most

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trusted to protect pensioners, the poll is a major setback for Theresa

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May. We have a lot of polls in the independent, but this is

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significant, because the Conservative vote depends so much on

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older people turning out, because they turn out much more than younger

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people. I think the significance of the social care proposals in the

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manifesto, which have not gone away, has not been sorted out, has

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unsettled a lot of old people who are going to have their free care

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visits withdrawn if they owned their own house. That is going to have an

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impact. It has still not been made clear, the original selection --

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suggestion would be a cap, then the Conservatives suggested, which came

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to the surprise of the party, that you would have to pay everything in

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your estate up to 100,000, which flipped it round completely... That

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what the big change. It was reported in various bits of press, they took

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at the idea of the CAP, because it had originally been in the

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manifesto. That was not a clever thing to do. It was not just about

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the social care, which is a terrific worry for anybody in their 70s and

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upwards who need care, and there are an increasing number of them, but

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the means testing of the winter fuel allowance, and the end of the triple

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lock. All in all, adding it up, it seemed an absolutely anti-pensioner

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manifesto. A lot of the narrative was that a lot of these people, who

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are going to vote Conservative anyway, will do no matter what is in

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the manifesto. How certain can they be? That is why it is so

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significant. You cannot take people for granted. If you unsettled

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people, they are not going to vote Labour may not turn out to vote at

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all, and if at the other end you have Jeremy Corbyn promising free

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cherishing and succeeds in mobilising young people and getting

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them to turn out, you could see a dramatic effect. Almost twice as

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many people trust Labour to protect pensioners than the Conservatives,

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that does not break it down, and fishing, into age groups? Whose vote

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will be affected by this? Your concern maybe younger people who are

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concerned. Maybe, authority would expect it would be the older people

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who would be more concerned. But it is one explanation as to why the

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Tory poll lead is narrowing quite substantially, although it still

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suggests that Theresa May is en route for a fairly large overall

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majority. But it does not look quite as secure as it looked a fortnight

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ago. It does not. Let's leave it there for now. You will be back

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later. Don't forget all the front pages

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are online on the BBC News website, where you can read a detailed review

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of the papers. It's all there for you seven days

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a week at bbc.co.uk/papers, and you can see us there too,

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with each night's edition of The Papers being posted

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on the page shortly Ruth is so polite, always saying,

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