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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 Asa Bennett, Brexit Commissioning Editor

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at The Telegraph and the Times Columnist Jenni Russell.

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Tomorrow's front pages...starting with...

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We start with The I which carries an extraordinary picture

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of the devastation caused by hurricane Irma as it swept

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The Metro says the UK has promised ?32m in aid to UK

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territories in the region, it also carries a picture

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of Prince George on his first day at school.

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The Times claims the Prime Minister is being pressured to sack

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a minister and an aide following their support for a letter

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urging Mrs May to stick to plans for a hard Brexit.

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The Daily Mail urgues Brussels not to treat the UK with 'contempt'

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saying the Eu's lead negotiator Michel Barnier has unleashed

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a string of personal attacks on the Brexit Secretary David Davis.

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The Mirror says the Royal navy was racing to the caribbean to help

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save stranded Brits, including two sisters who it says

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The express reveals the seven steps we all need to take to keep our

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brains active. The Sun's splashes the plea for the Britons trapped in

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what it calls the nuclear hurricane. We will begin with the coverage of

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Irma and that picture, simple headline, devastated, it looks like

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matchsticks and these are buildings that had just been demolished. Whole

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island is said to be barely inhabitable. Although the death toll

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is steadily rising, the real devastation is for those people who

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have had islands flattened and livelihoods ruined and they have

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been cast out of their home. This is lead pair up with this stark image.

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Britain has woken up to this and is pledging to raise its AIDS relief to

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?32 million. Other nations have been quicker -- aid relief. Given that we

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note that there are more hurricanes coming like Joe is a hands Katia,

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lasting solutions will be needed. It is facing the next onslaught. The

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temperature in the sea feeding these enormous storms, particularly Irma,

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the size of France. It is almost unimaginable that you can have a

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storms so large that if you were sitting in a house in Provence and

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rang her friend in Normandy, you would be in the same storm. The

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problem with this story is that the British response is shameful, ?32

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million is absolutely nothing and it will be spread between many islands

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and when you consider that Barbuda is 90% destroyed according to its

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Prime Minister, I knew nothing about and well before this, but it has

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been British since 1650 and it is strategically important, because 20%

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of the world's shipping passes through its waters on the way to the

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Panama Canal. We have got a lot out of a name that island, and now, in

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its hour of need, we are not prepared to do anything like what

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the French are doing for their islands. We have been ill-prepared

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and slow to respond. There is a difference that plays into this in

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how many of our territories have more autonomy than those that are

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French protectorates. Anguilla is British, apparently and unlike some

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of the other countries that had independence, they say we should be

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treated exactly like the Falkland Islands are the people of Gibraltar.

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We have the same kinds of responsibility and so far we are

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acting as if we did not. The Daily Mirror says that the Navy are seen

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to save British citizens. The French got their military interposition

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beforehand because there are forecast, we know these storms are

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coming. They are there to predict this. Experts look ahead to these

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things. We know about the storms, the Navy was able to move in. People

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have been saved, like this couple who were missing in Barbuda and the

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mother feared they would be victims. No wonder Britain has had to move as

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fast as they can. The reaction of Theresa May has been slow on this.

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We have learned lessons from Montserrat 20 years ago when the

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volcano erupted but there was criticism that things -- but things

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have improved. It does not look that way so far and I think Britain will

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have to up its offer. Let us move on to Brexit. It seems to have been a

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long time coming. The Times, Minister in firing line over MPs

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Brexit letter. Who is in the firing line and white? There is a minister

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in the department who are part of a watt sub group of MPs who want a

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very hard Brexit and these people who are part of the government have

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privately urged MPs to back a public policy, a letter to the newspapers

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which says we want a hard Brexit, no transition, we want to be able to

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sign trade deals when we leave in 2019 which is directly opposed to

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the policy that the Chancellor is pushing and if you have collective

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responsibility in government, you cannot have people who are ministers

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who are privately urging people to subvert the government policy. They

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are in a lot of trouble and I am afraid it is part of the example in

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which a small group of hard Brexiteers tried to push the country

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to do something that anyone involved in business or trade or services is

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anxious about, because it if we have a hard Brexit, we will be following

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off a cliff edge without any arrangements with the rest of the

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word about goods trades are services and in all probability, we will not

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have it for airlines, we will have lorries backed up in Kent, we will

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be in the disastrous situation which will cost us jobs over decades. A

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lot of people who are very keen on that kind of Brexit would say that

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we managed before, we went into the EU, why can we not managed after?

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With the content of the letter, it was reported in bombastic terms, but

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then wanting the hardest Brexit possible, although many of them

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would say this is just called Brexit. There is a fascinating point

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of difference which is the reason why the aid to the Chancellor is

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facing a dicey situation about her career, on the face of it she is

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meant to be toeing the line, not making waves and actually, there is

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part of the letter that runs counter to what Phillip Hammond once, he

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once a standstill transition, we are still close to the single market and

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the customs union, where she would think that was repellent and you may

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as well stay in anyway. The Tories are now saying, maybe she's no

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longer for this parish. You are still causing a problem for the

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Conservatives. The reason why this matters is why the Brexiteers are

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trying to drive this fall, it is as if the Remain won the referendum.

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This was about to join the euro and Schengen agreement. The Remain

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Campbell would have asked for an extreme joining to Europe and the

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hard Brexiteers are interpreting the result is the worst possible outcome

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for the UK. This is the problem, it was a blunt and crude question, do

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you want in or out. The Financial Times. Criticism of David Davis as a

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negotiator. John Caudwell Yunker has gone for the jugular by insinuating

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that David Davis is unstable, whether politically or physically,

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it is not clarified and he lacks the authority in the negotiating team

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and it is all from minutes coming out of the European Commission. This

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may seem like absolute trash talk from the European side ahead of some

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sort of Abbeydale at the end. The minute state from July, Michelle

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Barnier was asked about David Davis, he said, I applaud the

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professionalism and David Davis has a logical approach. Maybe they have

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improved in attitudes. The daily mail does not think so. Do not treat

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us with contempt! This is a ludicrous overreaction, this was not

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a public statement, it was not trash talk, this was a briefing message to

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the commission. All he was doing was reporting back on the way that David

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Davis has been behaving and all the information that we have had from

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people who work within the area and working with other ministers, is

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that he is not doing his homework and that people are anxious about

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the fact he is not concentrating on the task ahead and it is accurate to

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say he does not seem to think that these negotiations demand his direct

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involvement. He has never stayed more than a couple of hours before

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returning to London, he is not in the negotiating room trying to push

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the talks forward, it is simply accurate, unfortunately for all of

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us. The Telegraph, a different story. New review recommends race

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blind trials, criminal trials. This is interesting because David Lambie

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was asked by David Cameron in 2016 to look at the fact that the

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criminal justice system incarcerates so many black men in particular.

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They are jailed at something like four times the rate that white men

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are. David Lambie got part of the way through the review and found it

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is not just a end up in jail, black men in particular but black people

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in general are more likely to be arrested, charged and prosecuted and

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sentence. He has suggested that perhaps there should be trials in

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which the people who are making the judgments do not know the race of

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the people they are sentencing. Unconscious bias has had a lot of

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attention and companies are being encouraged to think about what kind

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of unconscious bias exists within their ranks. There is increasing

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awareness, with that review, the games are laudable but in the detail

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there are unresolved questions because if you have the race and

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name it hidden from such judgments, there will still be ideas about what

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the crime might be. Let us say someone was bringing in drugs from a

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foreign country, it might be clear where they are hailing from or even

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the other implication that you have a deferred punishment in terms of

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responses, who decides? You may want to have them having rehabilitation

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first rather than jail sentences. There is so much ambiguity. What is

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fascinating about that is that the DWP did a trial in which they

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discovered if you had a foreign sounding names were four times less

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likely to be called for an interview. Unconscious bias was so

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real and that is what David Lambie thinks he might be tapping into.

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Daily Express, how to keep your brain sharp. Anything new in there?

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Stay fit and your mind will follow. If only! What is compelling is it is

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saying it is not just about being fit, it is about whether you want to

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end up with dementia or do you want to keep your brain going for as long

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as possible? We all love lists. If there are seven things we need to

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do, don't drink too much, walk a few minutes every day, each vegetable.

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We are more likely to do it. Carry that check list antic, the everyday.

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Don't forget you can see the front pages of the papers online

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It's all there for you - 7 days a week at bbc dot co uk

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forward slash papers - and if you miss the programme any

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evening you can watch it later on BBC iPlayer.

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Thank you Asa Bennett and Jenni Russell.

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We'll get onto the latest UK forecast in a moment. The state of

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play

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