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

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With me are Pippa Crerar, political correspondent

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And the Spectator's political correspondent, Katie Balls.

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Thanks for coming in. The top stories.

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The Times headline is Europe under threat, it says terrorists

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are posing a risk by posing as immigrants.

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The Telegraph focuses on Brexit - it reports EU judges could still

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It also features an image of a baby found alive in the rubble

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The Mail is one of several newspapers to concentrate

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It marks the moment the Princes were told of their mother's death.

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The I leads with the news that Britain is backing President Trump's

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It says the UK Defence Secretary believes the increase

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The Express carries an image of Princes Charles, William

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and Harry on the day of Diana's funeral.

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The Metro has a similar story reporting that Harry

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is defending his dad and says Prince Charles did his best.

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The Mirror also marks Princess Diana's death.

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It also says the princes have praised their father

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And ahead of transport Summit for political and business leaders in

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the North of England, the Yorkshire post has an exclusive interview with

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the Transport Secretary. Chris Grayling said it is not the

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government's jobs to advance a Crossrail for North. Many people

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will wonder why not. The Times, Europe under threat. An arresting

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picture. Of the troops and an operation trying to deal with

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migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean. And a familiar

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refrain and fear that in that boat of migrants, maybe people posing as

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terrorists. This is something we heard several years ago from figures

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like Nigel Farage. Right now we have the Libyan Prime Minister in this

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investigation, warding Europe will be increasingly at risk unless more

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is done to help them stand the number of migrants heading to Italy

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and the rest of Europe. Italy is suffering a lot from this and they

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feel abandoned by the rest of Europe when it comes to dealing with the

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number coming in. Hopefully it will mean they were. To work out how to

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help each other. The British already have ships out there, picking up

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people and also trying to patrol the waters off the Libyan coast and

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indeed the coalition is trying to deal with that. What more can be

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done? What the Libyan Prime Minister is suggesting is that Western

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nations need to offer more support on land, it is not just about

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patrolling the Mediterranean. That there is a porous southern border to

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Libya, which is not a stable country, and to prevent the huge

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numbers of migrants arriving in Libya in the first place, apparently

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700,000 there just now, of which 98,000 have already attempted to

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make the crossing to Italy, that they need support in strengthening

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backboard. It feeds into this general fear that individuals from

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conflict zones across North Africa and the Middle East could start to

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head towards Europe. I was at a briefing with the American embassy

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this morning with the Major General Rupert Jones, the deputy commander

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of the coalition infighting Isis in Iraq and Syria and he was trying to

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offer reassurance that foreign fighters, British, European, North

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African fighters in Syria, they are so intent on saving their own lives

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in that region, they are not focusing on coming back to Europe

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and launching attacks. Is there a moral case Britain has to answer

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because of the situation in Libya and the intervention of us and the

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French to topple Colonel Gaddafi? The crisis in Libya was not

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resolved. When David Cameron went in there he thought it would be and we

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have made it in some ways worse. They call for Brussels to police the

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border and sometimes you have to make what seems to be a tougher

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decision that just welcoming more boats. It is difficult. There is not

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easy solution. Indeed and another story that has been going on for the

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last 16 years, the war in Afghanistan. Apparently it was a

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stupid war wasting time and effort, according to candidates Donald

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Trump, but now he wants to send more troops to Afghanistan. It is now his

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war and no one else's. He described the conflict as a waste and would

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not be the first US presidential candidate who became president who

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made a U-turn on getting involved in foreign interventions. President

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Obama was the same stop he did and he increased the troops to 100,000

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at one point. There is now about 8000 special forces supporting the

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Afghan army and the US military suggesting they will increase it by

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4000, and Donald Trump and his Defence Secretary made it clear they

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expect other Nato members to boost their presence. And the I has a

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story with our Defence Secretary said the troop increase is necessary

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to stay the course but what the I does not say is that we have about

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500 troops on the ground at the moment in supporting roles and in

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June, Britain announced it would send over another 85 members of the

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Armed Forces. It is unlikely we are going to be amongst those increasing

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troops on the ground. We are more likely to fill the capability gaps

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such as providing logistical support, aircraft, advice and

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training. I do not think we will see an uplift in the numbers of British

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soldiers going. Is there the possibility of mission creep and

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Britain being sucked in slowly again to this conflict? Yes, we saw Jeremy

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Corbyn said to Theresa May today not to follow Donald Trump library on

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the issue. I think... Jeremy Corbyn is noninterventionist here, as Trump

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once was. I think everyone's eyes will be on Theresa May to see if she

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will be a poodle in this. Or, support a Nato ally. If she looks

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like she is going in because maybe she wants a trade deal and a better

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relationship. Although there is probably a lukewarm feeling to

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sending troops we saw what happens in Syria when you do not intervene

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so there might be more public support. The Financial Times. Trump

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and sanctions. US sanctions raise pressure on Russia and China to

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sever North Korea links. The company is America identified in Russia and

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China and what they think is helping send materials to North Korea for

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these missiles and it comes after heightened tensions between America

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and North Korea. Especially with China, the Donald Trump

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administration is frustrated China has not done more to control North

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Korea and they think they can stop that China has a sway there. By

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forcing sanctions, in a way America is trying to force China's hand.

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Already we have the response from China which is they expect them to

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be lifted. And they supported UN sanctions against North Korea for

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the recent missile tests, so they feel the action by the US is a

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mistake and should be reversed. President Trump is right, if there

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is one country that can affect the behaviour of the regime in

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Pyongyang, seemingly it is the Chinese. But they have their own

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issues. China is concerned about their trading relationship with the

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states and President Trump has not shied away from suggesting it

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potentially could be ripped up and redrawn. They will have to be

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conscious I am sure of the relationship with the US and also in

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terms of its relationship with the rest of the region. China is in a

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strange position where it is seen as being the policeman, relied on by

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the US to be the policeman for that region when it comes to North Korea,

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but of course has other more complicated relationships with other

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countries in the region such as South Korea, Japan, they have to

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take into account. And the complicated relationship with North

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Korea. Does not want that place blowing up and having millions of

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people flooding over its border. Katie, baby boomer drinkers on the

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Telegraph. Interesting story. The irresponsible behaviour of the over

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50s. Why are you looking at me! I am not. That was my little joke. We

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were discussing whether to name and shame our parents. The gin and

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tonics at five o'clock. It means you learn from them. I learned from the

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best, my parents. I rudely interrupted. Risky drinking is down,

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apart from the over 50s and they say the people visiting hospitals the

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most, not necessarily with alcoholism, but problems related to

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drinking a lot of this group. At the same time, they have probably

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reached retirement, a perfect time to have a drink. They do not have

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mortgages for their big houses. And with their triple lock, they are

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laughing! Seriously, we are seeing an incidence of high levels of

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drinking going down in other age groups. This is the group where it

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seems to go up. Official figures show a trebling of alcohol-related

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admissions among those between 55 and 74. Iron age group that is

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getting to the point where eventually -- it is an age group

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where other health complications will kick in. And hike alcohol

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consumption will not be helpful. The front page of the Daily Mail, the

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anniversary of the death of Princess Diana. The Princes moment daddy told

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's mum was dead. The express and the Mirror have this story from a BBC

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documentary that is being aired on Sunday. I guess it is trying to

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redress the balance. Prince Charles came out as the bad guy in the days

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after and years after Diana's death. But in terms of whether the infamous

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photo the Mirror has on the front page, hours after the boys were told

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their mother had died they were dragged to a church service in

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Balmoral and sat through a sermon from the minister that did not even

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mention their mother. There was a feeling the father possibly should

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not have put them through that. They have not spoken much about their

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father's support for them and this BBC documentary, in it they did and

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revealed he had been hugely supportive and obviously cares for

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them deeply. We saw the battle between both sides in the Royal

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Court, the Diana and Charles sighed, when she was alive, we are almost

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seeing it play out 20 years later. He was more to blame and fault? We

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saw in the Channel 4 documentary which way that was slant it. This

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perhaps is a way of redressing things. It is interesting with the

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anniversary we have had more of this coverage and I think Prince Charles

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has been painted in a negative light. An interesting intervention

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from his sons. It comes when polls show that the public mood is dipping

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slightly towards Prince Charles. If the public could, they might push

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Prince William forward and it might be now that public opinion will go

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up, to show there was a more human side to him. The Financial Times,

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vanilla crisis puts the posh ice cream market in a while. This is a

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story on the scale of the shocking avocado overpriced, how will the

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middle classes coke? Of a few weeks ago. We are talking first world

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problems. There is a posh London ice cream chain, which I have to say I

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have been known to frequent. There is a branch near me which has had to

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take vanilla off the menu because the vanilla crop from Madagascar has

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been hit by a cyclone and this year the price of vanilla is excessively

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high and these ice cream parlours cannot survive. If you like Mr

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Wimpy, you will be all right, but not the real thing. If you want to

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slum it, it is Mr -- Mr Whippy. But the farmers are making more money,

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so there is a plus. It is good to have you here. Thanks to you both.

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That is it, thank you to our guests and to you for watching.

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