06/08/2017 The Papers


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well to be ready for the championship. We need to give

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competition also to players that need it.

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Now on BBC News it's time for The Papers.

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Hello and welcome to our look at this morning's papers.

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With me are Caroline Crampton from the New Statesman

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and the political commentator James Millar.

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First, let's take a quick look at what's on the front pages.

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The Sunday Telegraph has a photograph of Usain Bolt

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and Justin Gatlin after their controversial 100 metres final,

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The paper reports the the UK is prepared to pay up to ?36 billion

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It says it's the first time a precise figure has been proposed.

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The Independent on Sunday also focuses on Brexit

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and a warning from scientists about the government's intention

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The Observer concentrates on advice from the Children's Commissioner,

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who's concerned that many kids are bingeing on social

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The Mail on Sunday says it has found that around 40% of police stations

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have been closed down in seven years.

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The Sunday Times reports that British students

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are being discriminated against by universities, in favour

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The Sunday Mirror has a story we've been reporting on today,

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the ordeal of a British model who was kidnapped in Milan.

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And the Sunday Express chooses to feature Prince Harry

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and his girlfriend, the actress Meghan Markle, as they arrive

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Let's start with the Telegraph. The big picture of Usain Bolt. He lost

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and only got a bronze. What does that say about the world of

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athletics? It is a great picture because the winner has his back to

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the camera which tells the story. No one cares about the winner because

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he is a drugs cheat and he got booed when he won and all the rest of it.

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But Bolt took the adulation of the crowd because he has been a great

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athlete and I have to say, I'm quite pleased he lost. That might be

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controversial. It proves he is human. If he finished and had never

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been beaten, there will be questions as to how he has been so invincible.

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I think it has humanised him a bit more. Controversy about the crowd

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booing and jeering Gatlin. Some say people should just have been silent.

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Fans will do what they want to do. Booing is an acceptable reaction,

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just like cheering is when someone wins. It was interesting, the

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interviews we saw with athletes afterwards how Usain Bolt, rather

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than looking back at his or saying that he had been beaten by someone

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who had been banned for being a drugs cheat, he just talked about

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his performance. A lot of people also say that if you are dropped for

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drugs cheating once and even twice, you should be banned for life.

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Gatlin's win adds to that argument. You same bolt is retiring because he

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is 30 and knocking on, but Justin Gatlin is 35. It does seem unusual,

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to say the least. Let us move on to the main story in the Sunday

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Telegraph, the EU Brexit divorce bill. There has been talk about how

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much the divorce feel might be. 100 billion is the top and figure, but

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now for the first time, according to the Sunday Telegraph, we have got a

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figure. It is 40 billion euros, or ?36 billion. Does that sound about

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right? Who can say? So many figures are floating around, but what is

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clear is that we will pay so Boris Johnson's statement that the EU can

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go whistle, we need not pay any attention to it. We will have to

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make contributions to the EU after we have left in order to maintain

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certain benefits and smooth the way to a transitional arrangement. What

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is interesting is the sourcing for this story. This isn't one random

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person saying this, there are three separate sources in Whitehall and

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government. This is probably a fairly excepted fact in the Civil

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Service in Whitehall and it's now a question of managing the media and

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people's expectations. That is tricky because a lot of people who

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voted for Brexit will say that we should not have to pay a penny. This

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takes us back to the misinformation of the EU referendum campaign.

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People who voted for Brexit and who believe in that side of the argument

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were told that. It was wrong that they were told that, so it's

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understandable they make that assumption. James, this is something

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that has to be sorted out from the EU's point of view. If we are going

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to have a new trade agreement, this has to be sorted out. This figure of

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36 billion, I have a problem with that. I have have just been on

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holiday and I think that 40 billion euros equals 40 billion quid! It

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seems we will be paying for access to EU benefits, which will cost

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about ?10 billion a year. The actual pay-out that we have to fork out for

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our liability in terms of projects that are ongoing in Eastern Europe,

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pensions, buildings, all this sort of literary bricks and mortar in

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some cases, that they are saying will be 10 billion. I'm not sure the

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EU will settle for just 10 billion. We know what the EU figure is, it is

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60 billion. But this figure, is it the British offer, if you like and

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it's not necessarily what the EU are going to settle for? It's a haggling

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process. It is, and this is a low first appeared. I'm sure somewhere

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deep in Whitehall is the upper bound of what they will go to. That will

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be interesting. James, let's talk about children bingeing on social

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media. The children za is warning of kids being on the tablets and

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smartphones all the time. It's like junk food. It is a good Sunday story

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because all parents are concerned that the children are on screen is

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too much. But parents have been worried about that since the dawn of

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television to some extent. It is interesting because kids don't watch

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television any more. They do watch YouTube as social media. That's just

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the way it is, things have changed. There is a lot of talk about

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comparing it to junk food. I am sure parents will be screaming at the

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television right now. Stop them bingeing on social media, but how do

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you do it? The children Tsar doesn't seem to have any ideas of how to do

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this. Adults of a problem with this as well. Speaking for myself, none

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of us seem to be able to do much about it. The stories light on

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evidence that it is bad for kids. I know there is a feeling that should

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be out climbing trees rather than watching YouTube, but there is a lot

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of good stuff on the Internet. There was a balance to be struck. I

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suppose one of the things is that they don't read books as much as

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they used to? The summer Reading challenge comes around every year

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and they are encouraged to go to the library. It doesn't have to be an

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either or. Speaking of education, the Sunday Times said that

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universities are taking foreign students ahead of British students.

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Is that true? That's what the story is suggesting. It's a good story for

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the moment because we have a level results coming up next week and the

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obligatory picture of some happy students hugging each other. Female

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students. Of course. This is less a story about students are more about

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universities in the way they are funded because what lies behind this

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is not that universities wish to betray sixth formers, but just that

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non-EU international students bring in higher fees. Universities have

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had the government grants cut progressively and have to make up

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the shortfall somehow. With Brexit coming along, EU students, there is

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a lot of uncertainty about how many will be admitted, so this kind of

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makes sense. The suggestion is they can get into British universities

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with lower academic requirements. Nothing like with the A-levels,

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where you need two az and a B. Yes, they have these access courses that

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are being run by two or three big companies that they say will

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guarantee you a place at university, but you do have to passed the course

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to get in. It does play into that fear, especially if you have kids

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who have taken A-levels. Will they be beaten to the line? They are

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using figures in an interesting way. For an example, Manchester

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University, British graduates have declined by 10%. In terms of bold

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numbers, those figures will be different because there will be 10%

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of a huge bigger number of British undergraduates and 50% of a smaller

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number. The journalist dudes pose as an international student and he was

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told that he would be guaranteed a place. I think we are getting ahead

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of ourselves. I think that was just one incident. All right, let us have

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a look at the mail on Sunday. Criminal - 40% of police stations

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shut down. We think about fuh bobbies on the beat, on the street

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maybe, but this is about police stations. -- fuh bobbies. The

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figures on this one are quite controversial. There has been a lot

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of discussion after the recent terrorist attacks. I think the Daily

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Mail has gone with this because he was the Home Secretary in 2010? I

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think it is a coded attack against the Prime Minister. Good analysis.

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And, of course, Amber Rudd is the current Home Secretary and is being

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talked up as the next leader of the Conservative Party. Is it a bit like

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high street banks? Some people might argue that you don't need as many

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police stations physically as had we had in the past? What was the last

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time any of us and she went to a police station? I used to go as a

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cop reporter, but I haven't been for a very long time, but there is

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something about closing police stations. It makes you think that

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it's a bit dodgy. There seems to be only one police station in

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Northumbria that you can walk into. What people would want to know is

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because this is a worry headline, is that OK, police stations are being

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cut, but our police response times good? If I call 999 the nonemergency

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number, will someone still come and help quickly as possible? If the

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response times are good, maybe people won't mind that there aren't

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as many police stations. The last story, Prince Harry sweeping Megan

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off to Botswana. A lot of papers are wondering whether he will propose.

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Probably not! As I have learned from the mail on Sunday, they have

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previous coverage of when Prince Harry took his former girlfriend

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Chelsea to Africa with the same headline. Does the new statesman

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have a view on this? People going on holiday, but them. Are you

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fascinated by Megan and Harry? I can't say I am, to be honest? There

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has been so much bad news and whatever you think of royal

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weddings, they are big news to most people in the country, but actually

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a royal wedding to look forward to is perhaps what the country needs to

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look forward to to bring it together after all the Brexit staff. So you

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are calling for a royal wedding? That or an England World Cup win. I

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think the royal wedding is more likely!

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Just a reminder we take a look at tomorrows front pages every

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Coming up on BBC One after this programme is Sunday Morning Live.

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With the details, we say good morning to Sean Fletcher.

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