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

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With me are Caroline Wheeler, Deputy Political Editor

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and Jack Blanchard, Political Editor at the Daily Mirror.

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Good evening to you both. Thanks for joining us.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with -

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The Express leads on the build up of tension between the US

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and North Korea over its weapons programme, after Pyongyang

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The Times features a photograph of thousands attended a rally

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in the North Korean capital in support of Kim Jong-un,

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The Guardian says that a senior Washington officials spent the day

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trying to mitigate Donald Trump Jr's The Sun's front page is dominated

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by the story that police paid a convicted child rapist ?10,000

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to spy on a Newcastle The Metro alleges

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the trial of the gang could have fallen apart

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after the judge disallowed the informant's evidence

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because of his criminal history. This story also features

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on the front of the i, which claims the head

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of a government task force says the investigation

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"went way over the line". The Telegraph claims

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the EU is facing an expenses scandal after senior officials

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spent tens of thousands of pounds Some impressive opening pages

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painting a picture of a worrying world. The fact that the child

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rapist was paid ?10,000 by the police to be an informant. Quite

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staggering headline for many people to get their head around tomorrow,

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isn't it? It is. It's been discussed quite a lot in the last couple of

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hours. One of the things that is interesting about this story is the

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sun has focused on the amount of money that this individual was paid,

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who himself was convicted of drugging and raping a girl and

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inviting a pal to join in. Somebody with that kind of condition was put

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amongst very vulnerable girls. I draw upon one of the BBC interviews,

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with the person who led the prosecutions into the Rochdale

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grooming gang. The line I seized upon is this idea, he said it was

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something he would never have sanctioned, putting a predator along

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with other predators alone with prey and not being in a position to

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manage the risk to children. Are we speaking without knowing the full

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details of knowing how the investigation was conducted and

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knowing the full details. Victims of grooming who probably at some time

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didn't know they were victims of anything. They thought they were

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friends of the perpetrators. Put yourself in the shoes of the police

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officers who know that the girls have been raped and can't do

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anything about it. They must have felt this was the only option. It

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can't have been an easy choice. These cases have proved very

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difficult to secure convictions. Police have known these gangs are

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operating but the number of convictions is very small and it is

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only in the last few years we have seen any convictions at all. You

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have to accept that it is very difficult for police to find

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evidence of what is happening because a lot of these girls haven't

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in the past been in a position to give good evidence. They found a guy

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who was able to act as an informer. They held their nose and paid him to

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let them know what was going on. They have been very heavily

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criticised but this was a success. They have secured convictions and

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stop this happening. However much we don't want people to see that people

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like this have been paid, the judge said this, but secured convictions.

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A different angle moving the story forward. Police constable attacks

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failure to shame grooming gangs. The police chief is saying that there is

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not enough shame and stigma attached to child sexual exportation in some

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communities, pointing the finger at the Asian community from which these

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men came. You have to look at the root causes of why this is

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happening. There are some graphic details in some of the coverage.

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Some of the background with the men. Some of the things that they had

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said previously. Talking about white girls as, you know, white trash that

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were there to meet their sexual gratification. It's a bit worrying

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two point finger at an entire community. That's only going to

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stoke up tensions there. Particularly with the police. To

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label it as an Asian community, we are speaking about a specific group

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within that community. Not whole swathes of people in that area. What

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he's saying is that these communities we are talking about,

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they can deal with the problem from within as well and stop it from

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happening in the first place. There is a pattern here, whether we like

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it or not, whether it is controversial or not. There is a

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pattern with the people involved in these grooming gangs. It is going

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pretty far to suggest that people in these communities think it is OK.

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That is not right at all. There are communities trying to deal with this

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issue. There is a pattern to it and it needs to be addressed and it

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needs to be addressed at the grassroots level. Turning our

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attention to another very worrying story on an international scale. A

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photo there of tens of thousands of North Koreans attending a rally in

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Pyongyang. Whether they chose to be there or not is another question.

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Knowing North Korea. They are there in huge numbers. The headline sums

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up where we are at. Stop all will destroy you, Washington once Kim.

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This is a very tense situation. We have seen these flare-ups from time

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to time but never like this before and it feels like it is coming to a

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head. The reason is because North Korea are on the verge of being able

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to attack America in a way that America has never felt threatened

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before with a small state with nuclear weapons. An American

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president was going to have to deal with this situation. Unfortunately,

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... The president whose watch this happens on is the most erratic and

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unpredictable we have ever seen. It's pretty unfortunate for the

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world because you genuinely don't know what you're going to work up

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to. We've had presents before issuing very careful worded

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statements when it comes to North Korea because of the massive

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implications of any military action. Here we have a president who just

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tweets what he thinks. Exactly. That is why we see this escalation

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because of the language being used. Today talking about the size of the

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nuclear arsenal that the US possesses and can use against North

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Korea. Sorry to interrupt. Just looking at the Daily Express front

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page which carries the story. We can still sleep a night, evidently.

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Nothing to worry about. The Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has

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been trying to undo some of the potential inflammatory language that

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Donald has been using. It is something that when you've got

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Hawaii on a state of alert and being told about sheltering in concrete

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buildings in the case of an attack. That shows the level of fear that

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there really is that this is really escalating now. Part of the problem

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is these mixed signals coming out of Washington. You've got trump

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boasting about America's nuclear arsenal and threatening to use it.

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His Foreign Secretary telling Americans that they can sleep well

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and that the rhetoric isn't important and nothing serious is

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going to happen. Who are you supposed to believe? Who is North

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Korea supposed to believe? And actually it is South Korea who are

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worrying a bit more to night. They are right next door. The capitalist

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just a few miles from the body and is always a target. It's a worrying

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place to be right now. -- from the border. Some really good journalism

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in the Daily Telegraph. Revealing the EU expenses scandal. Senior

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officials spending thousands on planes and hotels in figures

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described as tip of the iceberg. One of those stories that some people

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think this would have come out sooner but these kind of stories

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take a lot of work. There's been a battle going on in Europe trying to

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get this data out. There is some freedom of data campaign that has

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eventually got it. They've only got a tiny bit of it. A couple of months

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worth of expenses claims. The Commissioner's line is it is far too

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much paperwork to make it public. Just looking at a couple of months

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and you can see that Jean-Claude Juncker the head of the European

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Commission and its over to Rome in a private jet for 25,000 euros for a

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night in Rome. Well, that's quite a lot of money to be spending when

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it's taxpayers money. You can imagine that the Daily Telegraph

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were rubbing their hands with glee. All their Christmas is at once

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because it is proof of the massive gravy train. Exactly what they've

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been warning about. For a lot of people it was the reason for Brexit.

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Now that proof is here that the money we've been paying in is

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squandered on these over the top expenses. Showing the bloated

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inflated European Union. That's the story they have got. It's worth

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noting that the Daily Telegraph were also the paper that broke the

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expenses scandal in the UK. That changed a lot of the culture in this

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country. This is about very senior commission officials. MEP expenses

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are clouded in secrecy. There is not the trans transparency we have now

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in the UK. We didn't know about the expenses of MPs and gifts and travel

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and hospitality. Since that light has shone on it, MPs expenses is now

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very clean. Let's have a look at what a former Prime Minister does

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when he hasn't got much to do. Ego surfing. There you go. He's gone

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back to his usual holiday haunt near Padstow. The wet suit is not a

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flattering look for Mr Cameron. Too many fish and chips. He won't be

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delighted to see these pictures in the paper tomorrow. And there's been

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a number of quite unflattering pictures. One with a cigarette. One

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at a festival. He keeps popping up everywhere. Why are we so fascinated

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by what David Cameron is up to? Because the pictures are so

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hilarious. The ones at the music festival. There is something

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inherently comedy about Cameron. Thank you very much for taking us

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through the newspapers and thanks to you for watching. You can watch the

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newspaper review on the eye player. Full details on the BBC News

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website. That's it. Thanks for

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