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Welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us

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tomorrow. With me randy Ramage, the Guardian's chief leading writer, and

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the Spectator's political correspondent, Katie.

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The daily Mirror leads on the news that British Gas is putting up

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electricity prices by 12.5%, even though its boss admitted wholesale

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costs have fallen. The Daily Telegraph focuses on what the paper

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calls a row between the government and British Gas over the cost of

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green energy subsidies. The Times claims Jeremy Corbyn is under

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pressure from Labour MPs to condemn President Maduro's violent regime in

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Venezuela. The Guardian has details of a number of tycoons who have been

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revealed as the owners of more than 1600 empty properties in the London

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borough whether Grenfell Tower fire residents are still without homes.

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Long queues at some European airports, British tourists are

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queueing up to four hours because of the botched introduction of EU

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border checks. The sun says the BBC is facing accusations that the new

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Mary Berry show is just a great British take-off copy -- Great

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British Bake Off copy. The 12.5% rise at British Gas. This story in

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the Daily Mirror focuses on the boss. This is from a man who admits

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electricity costs have gone down but he will put prices up for 3 million

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people. There is outrage. And it is probably justified, given people are

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finding themselves with their wages stagnating and prices going up. And

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it is a big rise, you will notice 12.5%. Yes. Their justification is

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that the costs have gone up, including, they would say, some of

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the green stuff, put on by the government. They are blaming the

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government's Green levy and their policies. The government have tried

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to distance themselves from that. It isn't a great look for the

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government. One of the things to May promised was a cap on energy prices.

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But as with much of the doomed manifesto, it has been dumped.

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People thought this would be protected but it hasn't been. The

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just about managing she has talked a lot about, not much help for them.

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We were told you could switch to another supplier but it doesn't

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always work. It doesn't often. And those are often the most poor and

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the most vulnerable. British Gas are putting out a rebate for its poorest

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customers. But this, I think the rise is just too fast. It is four

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times inflation. It is too big at a time when people are struggling to

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pay the essentials, whether that is water, gas, electricity, they are

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going up faster than anybody's wages and that is where the problem lies

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for the government. British Gas say they are the last of the company 's

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to do this. It just seems that if you switch it off. Make any

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difference. It sparks everybody else off to put up their prices. Exactly.

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Let's move on to the Daily Telegraph. Priti Patel, the

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International Development Secretary, demanding restraint on civil service

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pay. Talking about the crazy salaries, saying it isn't in step.

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It is about public sector pay, about people struggling, their wages not

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going up. Now she has said that now it's time for restraint. It bothers

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me. Out of step with public opinion. Public opinion on something like

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hanging is bad. If you went with everything in public opinion you

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would not be in office. You way up reasoned argument and make a

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decision. This does not sit very well with somebody like me. As for

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the salaries, ?300,000, I mean, the boss of British Gas gets ?4 million.

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If we are talking salaries then people get more angry about the

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British Gas man than they would about someone they've never heard of

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it was probably dealing with a mountain of paperwork caused by

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Brexit. It is a lot of money. ?150,000 is a lot of money, given

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the average salary. A teacher, a nurse, lots of others will be

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thinking, hang on, this is not fair. There is so much about the public

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sector pay cap. This might be part of the government's tactic. They

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won't let the whole thing. You might see certain sectors being lifted,

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such as nurses. This might be laying the groundwork. Or it could be Priti

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Patel trying to deflect attention from the foreign aid Budget, which a

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lot of people think is a waste of money. Will they left it? Each pay

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body gives its own version. They can pick and choose. They can go with

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public opinion. Let's move on to the times. The story about Uber. Do you

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use it? Yes, and I have paid the surge before. What is it?

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Particularly on a Saturday night, you go on your phone can you try to

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get one, it says there is a surcharge, so you have to pay more

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than you normally would. That means it is busy. The paper is claiming

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that the drivers have been colluding with each other to gather in areas

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and switch off. Then when the surge goes up, they go and pick up. I

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admire the entrepreneurial spirit here. Maybe it is good that people

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without a stable contract do something like this. Do you think it

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is a good idea? I don't use it. How come? I cannot use my iPhone. Maybe

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you should use it because it seems these guys can play the system

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better than Uber can. I suppose it is something they would do. If you

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are being rinsed by the company you might want to do it back. There has

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been a lot of protest about their pay and conditions. Uber Dom have

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said that it was based on drivers who were in many cases untrue. --

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Uber have said. Patients living in the same street

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getting different NHS care. This is about GP surgeries. We have heard so

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much about not getting enough appointments and all the rest. They

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are saying you can have a different experience even if you are in the

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same postcode. I must admit this is an old story made new. Are we in

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August yet? It postcode lottery story. You live in the same street,

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you go to a different GP. Because budgets are controlled by different

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bodies, different clinical commissioning groups, they will

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offer different levels of care. It's obvious. You have to find somebody

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on the board of a local authority -- on the board of a local authority.

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Two bodies would offer different services. That is part of the model.

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It's true. But it is an oddity of the system where you -- if you

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happen to live on a border. It is a good story but a whipped up story.

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Your newspaper, the Guardian, which would never have a whipped up story.

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Never. This is about tycoons and empty homes. A solid piece of

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journalism which came out because there was a freedom of information

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request everybody got. Did a straight story about how many empty

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homes there were in the Kensington area. That was where -- that is

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where the Grenfell Tower is. There was a much more juicy story about

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Russian oligarchs and Sheiks an TV executives having empty homes in the

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area. It is a good story. Does that go along with Jeremy Corbyn's idea

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that people don't have housing and they seize these properties. Will

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that happen? It is difficult in practice. What this story does is

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placed into a narrative of us versus them. The idea that these people are

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so far removed and it's so unfair. When you see the names you think, do

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they need a home they are not going to use? When lots of the Grenfell

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Tower survivors still haven't been rehoused or they have rejected their

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offers, it just puts more pressure on the council to sort it out. It

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was a huge story. Still being covered. Are there any updates on

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how many residents are still without properties? I think there are 150

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resident families. 46 were made offers. Very few accepted. It is to

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do with the quality of accommodation. I think they are in

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temporary accommodation at the moment. It is the kind of, do they

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want to move out of the area question. It hasn't been handled

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well by the council. Which is why they have relinquished their

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responsibility to do with it. But it is a difficult time for anybody to

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live through all of that. Let's move on to the Financial Times. The

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Eurozone growth accelerate after populist electoral threat receipts.

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We are not sure if it is an acceleration. In August

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acceleration. The Eurozone expansion is at 2.1%. Britain is at just 2%.

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It is a tiny advance. Somebody said there is increasing evidence of a

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diversion. That makes the headlines real. The populist threat has

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receded. Le Pen, all of these guys did not break through. But we still

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have Poland and Hungary unwinding the constitutional protections in

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Europe. It probably hasn't reseeded entirely. Are they trying to make

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this into a Brexit story? I think there is an undercurrent. At the

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same time these are just figures. The growth has gone from 0.5 to 0.6.

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Obviously good for the Eurozone. But we can't really read too much into

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that. Absolutely. Metro, the kind of picture you do not want to see

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before going off on holiday. Are you off to a European airport any time

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soon? You might be in trouble. British tourist jetting to the

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continent are facing queues of up to four hours. Airport hell for the

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Brits. What you make of it? It's terrible because I am going to

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somewhere in Europe later this month. They have tightened up the

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Schengen area checks because of attacks. And there was a plain

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breakdown. Those two things meant there were very long queues. --

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aeroplane breakdown. New controls have been brought in. Sounds like

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they did not have enough staff to deal with it. It was a busy weekend.

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Not really to do with Brexit. But because we are not in the Schengen

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free movement area, it does mean that the Brits are being hit by

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this, I guess. It looks like you will get the queues regardless of

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being in or out. I'm just glad my next holiday is in Britain. I will

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avoid this. Very sensible. Let's move on to the story of the day.

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Great British ripped off in the sun newspaper. BBC bosses are facing

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accusations that their new Mary Berry cooking show is just a copy of

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the Great Baking Bake Off. -- Great British Bake Off. Obviously it has

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gone to Channel 4 and the BBC has a new cooking programme. Do you watch

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it? I don't. I am happy that Mary Berry will be back on TV. She is a

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bit of a national treasure. For ?75 million? I think Channel 4 probably

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have a reason to be slightly worried. There has been a comment

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from the BBC press office. They have been swift in their response. They

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have said that it is not -- they have said that they are different

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shows as those watching Wilsey. Great. It is technically true. --

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those watching will see. No matter how much you spend on a format, you

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cannot stop Mary Berry appearing on the BBC. They have said that there

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might be some baking in the BBC series. I don't think you can own

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the concept of baking. If they get the whole cast they might have

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trouble. If it is just Mary they will probably be safe. She won't be

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doing something like the Krypton Factor. There will be other TV

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programmes. Thank you very much indeed for all of that. Don't

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forget, you can see the front pages of the newspapers online on the BBC

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website. Thank you to my guests. We will see you all on another day.

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Thank you very much for

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