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Good evening. Welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will bring

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tomorrow. I have a journalist from the London Evening Standard and an

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editor from the Daily Express. The Metro leads with the Brexit talks,

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saying a lack of progress led to both sides trading insults. The

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Daily Express says Michel Barnier is to blame for the Brussels stalemate

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because he refuses to discuss a trade deal. The Times reports the EU

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wants billions of pounds after Brexit for aid to Africa and loans

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to Ukraine. The Daily Telegraph says an investigation has been ordered

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into alleged exam cheating at private schools. The "i" says

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Theresa May faces from senior Conservatives over student loans. We

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will have plenty to say on that. The Guardian claims the gambling

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industry is using third-party companies to harvest people's data,

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helping bookmakers and online casinos target vulnerable

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individuals. And the Daily Mail claims one third of nurseries fear

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going bust because of the Government's new childcare scheme.

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Plenty to get our teeth into. Let's start with the story that has been

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raging all through the day in your paper, Michael. You can't bully us,

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Michel Barnier. You think a lot of feel that way? People like John

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Redwood in the Tory Party... Express readers will be thinking, because he

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doesn't want to talk about trade yet, they are still talking about

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the divorce bill, and it is always about the money in any divorce, and

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this seems to be the massive sticking point. It is not a fair

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headline, because he has a mandate from the other you take -- the other

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EU states to negotiate. He has to do this first before we can get onto

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the trade deal, which was set out along. They have to talk about the

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border with the Republic of Ireland and plenty of other things too, but

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a trade deal is quite far down their list of priorities. I think we will

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get this batting of heads anyway. They will say, you can't get past

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that, but we have to settle on the bill first we don't even know what

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the deal is. They haven't got a figure. We had a British trade

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negotiator earlier, a former one, who said no one will tell us these

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end points in the middle of a negotiation. You could argue,

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everything is moving to plan. Except the tone is problematic. True. I

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think the UK should have started, given that we kind of came quite

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hostile to the table, and the history was not a good one, we could

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have tried at the beginning to foster better relations there, and

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we didn't. The Times angle, the EU wants billions in foreign aid. It is

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part of the divorce Bill, things we have already committed to that the

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EU say, look, you have already committed to this previous to the

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vote and you should still pay the price for this. Apparently, our

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negotiating team have been looking through it legally and saying, we

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don't have to do this. Their site says we do. This is all coming to

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the fact that we want to give them some money, because we want to stay

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within the spirit of a new relationship, but we won't be held

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to ransom, and that is what they are trying to do. At the moment we have

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this batting of heads. While we are on the Times, look at that

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photograph. Did you see the footage of that arrow coming in and one of

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the Test match special commentators saying it had embedded itself in the

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ground, the batters were running away from the scene, an astonishing

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story. Rosamond, a story close to your heart. Yes, posturings. It's

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not often you hear that! I think it's quite tough being a student

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today. -- yes, poor students. If you are starting university now, this is

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the right that you are accurate ring before you start paying anything off

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whilst you are at university. 6.1%. Later, it depends what you are

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earning, what the rate is. This is the ceiling rate. We are at a time

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of low interest rates. 6.1%, I was going to say. Eye watering. They

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could get cheaper money elsewhere, but no one would lend to them. The

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student loans company say it gets written off if you get to a certain

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age and it hasn't been paid off. I wouldn't want that hanging over my

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head until a point in the future where it might go away. We don't

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know what rules might change. I wouldn't have been able to go to

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university if it had been like this. My family never wanted to get into

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debt. This is a bad thing. We have educated people into debt without

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educating them about debt. Lots of us have a natural aversion to it,

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but we have told students, don't worry about it, and I think this is

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worrying. The other point they are making that this is that it will

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cause chaos in the Tory Party. Theresa May yesterday said she wants

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to fight the next election, and there were hoots of derision from

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people, such as Nicky Morgan, the chair of the Treasury Select

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Committee, and she said this blow should have been soft and, and

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they've not done that. -- softened. There has just been a poll of 18-24

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-year-olds saying how few of them would ever consider voting Tory. Law

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is the only thing they think the Tories are better on. Another

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education story in the Telegraph, and this actually gets more

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astonishing is the more you read about it. It really is only the

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Telegraph that has been following it this week. Yes, there is an

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investigation being ordered into what they are calling a cheating

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scandal in private schools. Essentially, Annus put-mac an

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extraordinary situation, the teachers were setting exams that

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their pupils were taking. They were setting the questions. A really easy

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fix. A teacher can set them for other exam boards, but not for the

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ones that cover their own school. They are supposed to be a great part

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of our education system, and for their integrity to be questioned by

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this. They say this could spread to other schools. They don't know how

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far it has gone. The likes of eating are involved at the moment, but it

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could spiral out of control for them. With the amount of money

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people have to put in them, it is not great for private schools. What

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we think the parents are paying for? ! It is not the fault of the kids.

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You have to wonder, at a time when we talk a lot about social division

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in this country, you have got to wonder how large chunks of this

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country are going to feel about this. It will confirm every

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stereotype they have of these schools and the pupils who go to

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them. If you went to a comprehensive school, you will wonder, how many

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times has this happened before at a posh school? Lets do nurseries now.

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The Daily Mail... OK, this problem, we knew it was coming for a while -

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nurseries are facing a huge number of issues, and they had basic things

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like rising rent, and on top of that, they have the rise in wages

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they are paying because of what the Government calls the national living

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wage, and then on top of that, the Government says, you've got to

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provide an extra 30 hours a week, so they have raised the number of hours

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they have to provide, and of course, actually, councils don't pay enough

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to cover that cost. We know it is expensive for parents to use these.

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If you then take a whole load at the market, its problematic. It is

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almost as if it was done on behalf of. It was a great vote grabber, but

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it shows that a lot of politicians don't think things through very

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well, and this knock-on effect, which could knock out a few

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nurseries, it will create more pressure and make the problem worse.

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It drives up the cost of the other hours, because if they are providing

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30 hours were free, it makes everything more expensive. What do

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you think of Tony Blair and Jean-Claude Juncker having a kiss?

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They are very close! It is a love in. Some people are saying that is

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why we were right to get out - two men kissing. We have Michel Barnier

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and David Davies going at it, then this happening behind the scenes, so

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we may think something is going on that should not be. We all know what

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Tony Blair wants. Yes, he doesn't want Brexit to happen at all. The

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Financial Times, we shouldn't really, but we should feel sorry for

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the Americans because of tropical storm hobby, but we shouldn't feel

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sorry that their petrol will go up a few cents. A third of oil refineries

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are currently out of action because they are mainly centred in Texas.

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There is a huge one that will be shut for two weeks, so it will be a

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huge knock-on effect. They won't go for emergency stocks hit, but I

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remember in 2000, when there was a petrol crisis in this country, and

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how close this country came to anarchy because we could not drive

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around where we wanted to on demand. That happened in America... We might

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need to rethink our attitude to cars. European traders are

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scrambling to send more gasoline, and I have booked 45 enormous ships

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to send it out there. And they are saying this is the worst event since

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Hurricane Katrina. I doubt the price will soar too much for them from

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such a low level anyway, but they do like to fill up as much as they

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possibly can. We have about half a minute, if that, on the having to at

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the end. Princess Diana's death, tributes left at Kensington Palace

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on the 20th anniversary. Is the media getting the coverage right, 20

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years on? There is a lot of it. It has tailed off this week. With

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William and Harry doing things on Monday, it has been nice the last

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couple of days. The public, paying their respects at Kensington Palace,

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rather than all of us getting involved. We believe that there.

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Thank you very much indeed. Forget, you can see different pages of the

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papers online on the BBC News website. It is all there for you,

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seven a week. If you miss the programme in the evening, you can

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watch it later on the iPlayer. Thank you, Rosamond and Michael. From me,

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