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STUDIO: Hello and welcome to our look ahead to

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what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are the author and broadcaster

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Deputy Political Editor of The Independent.

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Let show you what we have so far: the Financial Times reports that the

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UK's largest adult education provider faces collapse after a

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damning report by the education watchdog Ofsted. The Metro leads

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with the court case of an 18-year-old cyclist who killed a

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pedestrian and later went online to blame the victim. The i leads with

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the Government's publication of its blueprint for leaving the EU. The

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Daily Express says that research has found that a daily glass of wine or

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pint of beer can reduce the risk of early death. The Daily Mail leads

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with the decision to silence Big Ben for four years -- so that repairs

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can be carried out on its tower. The Daily Telegraph also leads with

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Mps' calls for a rethink about silencing the Big Ben -- MPs. The

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Guardian has in its front page Donald Trump's direct condemnation

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of far-right violence in Charlottesville, 48 hours after the

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events. So let's begin. Yes, independent,

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the i, they have your story, which is in quite a few of the other

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newspapers, which is about what we are going to do after Brexit and the

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idea of up to three years transitional period, still in the

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customs union...? Some viewers may be thinking, tomorrow is the day we

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get some clarity, but that would be a mistake. A little bit more detail

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is emerging but still far from clear. Some people may remember that

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only 24 hours ago, we were insisting we would leave the customs union but

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now, apparently we will ask for a temporary customs union, this is

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because the government has accepted the warnings from business that

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there will be chaos at checkpoints unless we have some kind of customs

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deal, too late to agree a permanent deal early. Transitional one. From

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there on, it still gets murky. Seeking trade deals from other

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countries, the day after we leave the EU in 2019, and the rules are

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that you cannot do that. We will be aligned to the customs union, you

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cannot seek outside trade deals. Even if the government is proposing

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this temporary customs union to take into the talks, which we resume at

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the end of the month, we do not know what the will say in response.

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Like any other victory, shall we do with the buckle, it feels like every

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single advance made by somebody is pushing somebody else down an

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enormous potholes. Hard to see this any other way, we have reached a

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level of vague liveness, as you can see, and I have a vague sense that

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if anybody mentions cake in the context of having it or eating it, I

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will reach down the Internet and I have slap them! You know that I

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adore you, but what were you thinking with that

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it is directly contradicted 24 hours later, every time, it is like being

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in Alice in Wonderland. We will get papers. Proposition papers. This one

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tomorrow, one on Northern Ireland next week, I don't know about

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anything more significant before the talks at the end of the month, we

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are getting more detail, but it doesn't appear to take it forward in

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terms of satisfying the EU that we have a workable proposal. The other

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thing is the attitude of the Prime Minister, so we learned in briefings

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at number ten today that, well, this woman called Theresa May is

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returning to Downing Street on Thursday, older viewers may well

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remember the name(!) she used to run the government, apparently... A

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little bit of sarcasm, but she has been away... Holiday... Three and a

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half weeks. You have been counting it! Brexit policy behind her back,

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as though they locked her up in a Swiss chalet, took away her passport

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and said, we are getting on with it in your absence, never before has a

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PMB so irrelevant to what is happening. Meanwhile, across the

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Atlantic, Donald Trump broke off his holiday,, after a lot of pressure on

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him, to condemn as evil racism what happened in Charlottesville. -- PM.

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First he manages to make his way to the US presidency, now, Fry 's

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membership of the too little too late club, international club,

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somebody has been slaughtered in the street by a car driven at them, he

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realises that Nazis are evil, I am sure that we can also, great, well

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done, will come to the party(!)... Enormous shame that in the 48 hours

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before that he has said almost nothing or has said, everyone has

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terrible, full seven is... 61, half a dozen of the other...! Two sides

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to every story... He doesn't seem to realise the difference between Nazis

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and people fighting against Nazis, there was a crucial distinction

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during a whole world war that we have. -- six of one and half a dozen

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of the other. He has the disposition of a particularly obdurate toddler,

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so as far as anyone with that disposition can be treasured...

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Encouraging aspect is that it appears to be that the president can

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be forced to do something, almost against his will. Including maybe

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his own daughter? Conversations with the Attorney General, the new FBI

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director, perhaps they have been important, the surprise is not that

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he has taken so long to condemn neo-Nazis but that he has done it at

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all because he is the man who displays clear fascist tendencies,

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openly racist. He was delighted to get the support of the Ku Klux Klan

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last year! They see him as one of their own, he has an unhealthy

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accession with going to war, possibly nuclear war! Around himself

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with the far right, not a surprise that he failed to condemn neo-Nazis,

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the surprise is perhaps that now, there is something positive, it is

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that he can be talked around, and I'm thinking about North Korea,

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obviously, hopefully saner heads can clear him -- steer him away.

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Interesting story about this... Facing collapse, learn direct...

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After they got a blasting from Ofsted for their training reform. --

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Learn Direct. We can only just now find out about it, heroically they

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have had a legal case against Ofsted to prevent this being released,

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which has only just been overturned. Remember this, Learn Direct, from

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the early 2000s, you could do apprenticeships, set up by a Labour

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government, privatised in 2011, to a company called LDC, private equity

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arm of Lloyds Bank, at the time, we owned it, as taxpayers, 40% of it,

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so you will be delighted to hear that very quickly, after that

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privatisation in 2011, 84% of its largely taxpayer provided cash went

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on payments to managers and financiers... We can all agree, the

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most important evil in any educational establishment(!), as

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well as loading with ?90 million of debt, and extracting ?20 million of

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dividends. Could they have a reason for this? That would be a ?500,000

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they decided to spend on a racing car for Formula 1... How is that

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going? It too is bankrupt...! YOU'RE WELCOME! LAUGHTER

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this is the most spectacular example of what happens when it goes wrong,

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privatisation, when it goes wrong, who bring money out of something

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that is meant to help young people get into jobs but they seem to be

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spending the money on each other, and a fast car...! Thing else which

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might be perceived as a waste of money, the Garden Bridge, which,

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according to the Financial Times, also on the front page, taxpayers

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have already paid about ?46 million, this is the idea of a bridge with

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lots of trees and stuff on it over the Thames, but it is not going to

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happen. The project died a few months ago

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when the Mayor of London said there would be no more funding, the reason

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we have a picture of the proposed bridge is because... The trust that

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was set up to push for the project has finally thrown in the towel.

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Would it not have been a beautiful addition to the capital city? No, it

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would have been a plaything for rich people and companies who would have

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paid huge money to prods about on it in the evening, when it would be

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close to the public, no public use whatsoever, and in the meantime,

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pulling the plug on these test really needed transport projects

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around the country, I dread to think what people in the North of England,

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you cannot have decent trains and electrification project... Boris

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Johnson may as well have dressed up as a shepherdess, gone out there in

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full Marian Kello net, really. Big Ben is silence. It is a national

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scandal! International scandal, if you check(!) -- Marie Antoinette.

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The Daily Mail seems to be in favour of people working on a bell tower

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being rendered deaf by bongs! Not on the member and state, not on New

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Year's Eve, people are working on the bell tower, because the bells

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have not been repaired for absolutely ages, there will be a

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live that will go part way up so that if people fall ill when

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visiting it, they can be taken down. But obviously, this is a national

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disgrace... They are saying that during the Blitz, it was not

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silenced. As though people were not up the tower during the Blitz.

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Health and safety has succeeded where the Luftwaffe has failed.

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Ridiculous. Nazi bombs could not silence the famous symbol, I'm the

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worst person to talk about this, I work at Westminster, I have done for

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many years. I thought you were going to say that you work in Big Ben! I

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never hear it... It is not even loud, look at these people

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complaining about their ears(!) I think that you stop hearing it, if

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you work so close. I'm not going to miss it. Might be a priority.

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Finally, good news in the daily stress, wine is the key to a longer

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life! And yet here we are, stone cold sober, it's like you secretly

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hate me and wish for me to die young, I don't understand it,

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thought we were friends. You can have a glass of wine and it will

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slash your risk... Not slashing your risk of early death, but it may, it

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may, May is the crucial word there, it may have protective health

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effects, and illustrated with a picture of the perpetually young Len

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Goodman. A pint of beer may have the same effect. The Daily Mail suggests

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coffee, so I say, maybe an espresso martini... Wine and copy... Booze

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and copy, that is what you need, booze and copy, that's what we're

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telling you, I'm not technically a doctor(!). We all need some good

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news from time to time, but I am conscious that in a couple of days

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there will be a story telling us the exact opposite. So, let's hold onto

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this one for as long as we can and believe it! People are fairly

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confused. Good of you to come in. Lovely to see you. That is it from

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the papers tonight, you can see the front pages of the papers online on

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the BBC news website. All there for you seven days a week will stop if

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you miss the programme, any even in, you can watch it again on BBC

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iPlayer. Thanks again to my guests and goodbye.

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