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

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With me are Michael Booker, deputy editor of the Daily Express,

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and Jack Blanchard, political editor at the Daily Mirror.

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The Telegraph reports that Britain's economic security

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is endangered by an over-reliance on taxing the wealthy.

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The Financial Times carries a portrait of the Chinese

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dissident Liu Xiaobo, who died yesterday.

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The Express claims there are new health risks

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The Mirror reports moves to change organ-donor rules so that people

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would automatically be considered donors unless they opted out.

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The Daily Mail says people who suffer suspected heart attacks

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will have to wait longer for an ambulance to arrive.

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The Times leads with a warning from Scottish and Welsh politicians

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that they will block Brexit legislation.

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The Sun reports anger from the families of victims

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of the Hyde Park bombing on finding out the prime suspect got legal

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Stories that look at Britain's public finances. Firstly, the

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Financial Times, the finances would fail stress tests set for banks, one

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watchdog. These tests were put in after the financial crash, to make

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sure that they could cope with further shocks. It turns out the

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economy can't, and it is bad news if you are suffering from austerity

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fatigue. They say that the Government finances would fail the

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tests, that we can growth rates mean recession is inevitable. And

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unsustainable path that we are on at the moment, it will cause chaos if

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there are any problems. It is not great news for the politicians, who

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are keen for us to start spending. We are told the Conservatives have

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seen some of the ideas to get the young people on board from the

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Labour Party, spend more money, on tuition fees and things like that,

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from the state, but that will not help, according to this. It is not

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great news for the politicians, but good news for Philip Hammond, as he

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likes austerity. Spreadsheet Phil! Good news might be pushing it. If

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you are the Chancellor, it is a long and terrifying report by the OBR, it

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is about 300 pages, and anybody who has read the whole thing will be

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broken! I have read the main bits. Not just the executive summary? I

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could not possibly comment! But it is not good news for anybody. The

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other important thing is that we are not in a position to deal with

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anything going slightly wrong, and there is something going on at the

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moment called Brexit, which may add uncertainty over the next couple of

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years. If that did go badly, it appears we are facing another big

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serious financial problem. Take us to the Daily Telegraph, the same

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story from a different angle, it says squeezing rich harms the

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economy. The Daily Telegraph, Conservative supporting paper, has

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picked out part of the report and says that one of the findings is

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that the country is very reliant on the richest people at the top of the

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economy, which is risky, if something happens to them or to

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their area of income, like what happened with the financial crash in

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2008, it leaves the public finances vulnerable. The Telegraph says

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Labour's plan to tax the rich more to fund public services is risky.

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Talking about fleeing the country, there will be tax incentives for

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rich people as well, especially after Brexit. But it stop mention

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that the report also says the last seven years have not left the public

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finances in a good place, and it is equally grim reading if you are a

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Tory Chancellor as if you were a Labour Shadow Chancellor. It is a

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sobering analysis. If you are not that rich and you are looking at

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this newspaper, you will think, they have the world's smallest violin,

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that is a point of view. Austerity will not end any time soon.

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According to this lot. Contains a U-turn on Paris climate deal, here

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are the first lady and the president of each country. They are having

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dinner tonight. I wonder what they are having. He likes ketchup with

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everything. I am not sure, the chef has won 21 Michelin stars. What has

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been happening? The first time they met was awkward. But he has put on a

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good show for him this time. They kept doing these funny handshakes

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are trying to outdo each other, it was ridiculous. It seems to be more

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about how they touch each other these days! It is a fascinating

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first summit, they are chalk and cheese. Relatively new leaders. One

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of them is this old crazy guy, you do not know what he will do next,

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you did not know what his politics are, the other is a centre ground,

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young, great hope for the Liberals of Europe. They are clashing

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together in Paris, you would love to be a fly on the wall. The talk is he

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is coming round to a U-turn on the Paris climate deal, but he will say

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anything to anyone, just to get out of the room, then he changes his

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mind. He thinks no body can hear him over there. Do you not think that he

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is feeling isolated, potentially's I don't think he ever feels like that.

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I think his ego is so big, maybe people say things to him and advise

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him, but I think he quickly goes away... Last week he talks about

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this brilliant trade deal we will get, but where is the meat on the

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bones? Out of the country at that is it. We will see, but he seems to

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say, however that room, just to get out of the room. He told Emmanuel

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Macron's has -- wife she is in great shape. What a charmer. For a woman

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of... I should not say that! Revolt over repeal Bill power grab. We have

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got the bill that will bring EU law when we leave the EU into British

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law. What is the power grab? This will transpose these European laws

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back into British law so we can stick with them or not at our

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leisure, there is not a sudden change on the first day, but what

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has upset the Scottish and Welsh governments is that when we get

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these powers back, they go straight to Westminster, and Westminster may

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or may not deemed that Scotland and Wales can have the powers, and they

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think it is unfair, we are supposed to be a devolved nation, there

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should be a much more integrated approach to how we devolved powers.

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If you are a Scottish Nationalists and you are keen to push the idea

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that Westminster is taking powers of view, Theresa May has given them

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another opportunity to do that, I put in this bill in this way, and

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Labour have said, we don't agree, we think the assumption should be that

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the powers are devolved to the administration is unless there is a

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good reason. And there should be scrutiny in Parliament. You have a

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two-year window where they can think with certain laws at their will. It

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sounds like they are going to. On the one hand Labour and the Lib Dems

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would think this is a bad idea and they are worried about the oversight

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and whether the Tories will start fiddling with things, but at the

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same time they were always going to have a go, because they see Theresa

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May is weak, and they will keep going. They talk about a political

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quagmire, Tim Farron is talking about how this will bring down

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Theresa May eventually. With the best will in the world, you can see

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it happening, to cast this will drag on. Whether we come out in March

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2019, when you see how much they are trying to slow this thing down, I

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would be very surprised. This is the first in a series of big Brexit

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bills for a weakened Prime Minister who has no majority to get stuff

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through, and Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP can chuck rocks at it,

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and it will cause a massive problem. Do they then want to get the public

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in flamed if they will do that at every single step? More and more

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people will get upset. It is called sovereignty! Yes, but a lot of

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people have voted for this. Taking back control for our Parliament!

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Heart attack weight longer for an ambulance. A big shake-up of the 909

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service, it will slow things down. 4 million calls a year which they say

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will no longer... If you are unconscious or not breathing, they

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will send an ambulance within seven minutes. In a way, you are hoping to

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be not breathing, so you get an ambulance! A strange thing to hope

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for! They say it will help target the more serious ones, cos at the

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moment there is an eight minute limit. But they are doing is to send

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out a motorbike in the initial incident, which gets there on time,

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with a motorbike cannot get you to hospital, so they give you in

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initial care in some cases, but they cannot transport you. This is a

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function of cuts? They say not. It is backed by the ambulance Chief

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Executive 's and the British Heart Foundation and the strokes

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Association. The NHS have got these people onside before they have

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announced that, because they knew that headlines like this... It does

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not look great in a headline. We don't know yet what the impact will

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be, but their assessment says it will save lives. If the call is made

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and you are still breathing, but 30 seconds later you are not,... The

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assessment is wrong. How is these are bribing shops to stop them

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taking cash? They would prefer to get rid of cash. They say to shops,

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we will give you this free stuff as long as you make sure there is no

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cash anymore. They are doing it in America, handing $10,000 each to 50

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small businesses. It will be coming here at some point, and you can see

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how it is attractive to small businesses, but there are people who

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do not lose -- do not use cards. We are not all as modern as you! You go

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to a bar, you buy a drink, it is done. It is easy for you to take

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your money. I want it to be easy. How do you put money in a charity

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tin? Direct debit every month. An answer for everything! Very

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benevolent! Finally, sport, Venus rising, Johanna Konta out, but not

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down. Straight sets, Johanna Konta lost to Venus Williams. Venus

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Williams is the favourite again now. Incredible how she is still so

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powerful after so long. It is a lovely story for her to be back at

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the top again, and for Johanna Konta, who has been on a fantastic

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run. There was a point in the first set, a break point, if she had got

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that then, it would have been very different. But in the big games, you

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have to take the chance. Venus has come in under a cloud, after the

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crash. She has had problems, it is good to see that it will be good for

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her, and everyone is behind it. I printed up a load of Johanna Konta

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Christmas T-shirts. You still have it wrong! I cannot shift them now!

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Just change the date, next year. We got excited. You cannot get too

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overexcited. I don't care much for tennis. She is in the top five now.

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We still have Jamie Murray and Heather Watson in the doubles, with

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their partners Martina Hingis. And the football season is only a few

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weeks away! Every silver lining has a cloud!

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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 seven days a week at bbc.co.uk/papers.

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And if you miss the programme any evening, you can watch it

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