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left lying in the street. And

parents will no longer be able to

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use a legal loophole to avoid paying

child maintenance under new laws to

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be brought in within months.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are the economics

commentator and author,

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Dharshini David, and the Home

Affairs Editor of the London Evening

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Standard, Martin Bentham.

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Good to see you, thank you for

coming in. Let's have a look at the

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front pages in brief before we

discuss them.

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The Financial Times leads

with the Catalonia independence

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crisis which goes on as the region's

government prepares

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for its first day under

direct rule by Madrid.

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The Metro says pressure

is being put on the Prime

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Minister to reveal anything

she knows about alleged sexual

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harassment in Westminster.

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The Telegraph is leading

with the same story.

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It says Theresa May will sack

any Cabinet ministers

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if they are proven to have carried

out inappropriate behaviour.

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The Times has the same story as well

as a picture of newly crowned

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Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton.

Catalonia still gracing many front

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pages. Still fascinating and

astonishing and perhaps a sign of

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The Times, the FT leading with the

story, the first day of direct

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Catalonian rule putting Madrid to

the test and also Catalonian is to

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the test and also Catalonian is to

the test.

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the test and also Catalonian is to

the test.

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Things ramping up day by day and it

is not going away by any means and

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it could be a very tense week.

It

depends how that was imposed. While

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many countries including the UK

don't recognise independence they

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have expressed concern about

possible unrest.

The problem is that

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if Madrid, which I think has handled

this very badly by roughing up

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people on the day of the election in

an appalling fashion, they have just

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hardened the opinion of those who

were in favour of independence and

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probably discouraged people from

agreeing with them, this must have

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pushed people into the separatist

camp. By calling elections in eight

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weeks' time, and the newspaper makes

the point that perhaps the first

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sensible thing Mariano Rajoy has

done is perhaps wrong footing the

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separatists a bit, he's the Prime

Minister of Spain, now they have to

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concentrate on winning the election,

or whether to oppose direct rule, so

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altering their focus. There is an

election to come theoretically in

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eight weeks.

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RAM error high is a man who likes to

do things properly, he likes to

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channel things through the normal

formal wear dashed Mariano Rajoy. He

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doesn't want this as much as anyone

else.

He hasn't faced a test like

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this before. This is quite a gamble,

trying to split the Independence

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parties.

And it is not clear if

people in Catalonia do want

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independence. But those who do, if

response to it is to browbeat that

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won't work in the long run, the

Spanish authorities need to try to

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convince the population of Catalonia

that it is in the interests to

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remain part of Spain. It may well be

but they need to convince them and

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the Catalonian Snead to believe

that. You cannot just force them in

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the long term just by pure weight of

military power -- the Catalonian

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people need to believe that.

As we

saw with the referendum it may

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backfire. Not a day goes by when

we're not talking about sexual

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harassment in some institutions

somewhere, especially in the and

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America, which is a bad thing but it

is a good thing that we are talking

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about it, women are getting a voice,

this pressure now on Theresa May,

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the front page of the Metro, the No

10 sleaze briefings, pressure on

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her.

In some ways I feel for her

because clearly this kind of sleaze,

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if going on in Westminster is

probably going on up and down the

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country. She has denied it, these

briefings are taking place in

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Downing Street, on the other hand

the Daily Telegraph reports that she

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says she will sack any sex pest

ministers and the mother and much

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more allegations doing the rounds

tonight once again. An unusual

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situation when it comes to the ways

that MPs are...

It does perhaps

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reflect society, and the way it has

been the too long but if it is

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taking place in the corridors of

power it is no surprise it is

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happening across the country...

Of

course people in positions of

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authority, elected representatives

and so on should at least be setting

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a good example, and leading, so they

need to set a bad example. The story

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in the Telegraph about how she's

going to sack any ministers who have

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carried out sexual harassment and so

on, the headline sounds impressive,

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it depends what the evidence is,

there may be a long gap, but some

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people would admit it, like Mark

Garnier, not harassment but one

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incident, his secretary being sent

to baby sex toys which he suggests

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was nothing to do with harassment,

at least he admitted he had done

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that. But in of serious harassment

and sexual assault may turn out to

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be alleged, unless somebody is

actually proved to do it, and those

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allegations can be substantiated

which will take some doing,

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potentially, and maybe some time

before we see sackings.

Indeed.

We

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to remind ourselves, that these

allegations are not verified. They

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need investigating.

Some may be

consensual affairs, quite different

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to some of the other allegations we

have been talking about.

The good

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thing with that ultimately will be

because the exposure of this is a

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problem, as you alluded to at the

start, if proper channels can be up

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and up so that victims of this type

of thing find a way that they can

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talk in confidence to parliamentary

authorities, the system will be

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setup to up those concerns, and

raise them publicly, then the people

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carrying out these things, the

public shame will ultimately result

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in them not carrying on for very

long and also potentially stop

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people digressing in that way in the

future, hopefully.

You would hope so

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but we were saying earlier that this

has come as a surprise in 2017

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thinking that things like this are

going on in offices where you work.

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The Daily Telegraph alleging that

some of these allegations affect

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cabinet ministers so it's going

right to the very top.

And you would

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very much hope that bringing it into

the public arena might change

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things.

Let's stick with the Daily

Telegraph. Another story, Hammond -

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getting tough on the NHS. Not the

first time.

He's in a bind. The NHS

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has rising costs, rising demands.

This big financial pressure on it

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immediately. Staff have been pressed

in terms of pay for a long time.

The

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images says, we will implode if we

don't get more funding. It is a war

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of words -- the NHS says this.

This

is a crucial issue because firstly

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we have seen a pay freeze and the

public sector affecting NHS workers.

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We know there is a huge problem with

recruitment and retention, and if

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you start to give them pay rises you

set a precedent and you end up with

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a bill of billions of pounds.

And

when they talk about it potentially

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imploding, money is needed for

medicines, facilities and so on. Pay

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is only part of the extra cost. All

the other aspects that need funding,

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what Philip Hammond is trying to do

is balancing the books, his problem

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is, saying, if you are going to find

more money to pay for better

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treatments, we can't spend it all on

pay, that is his dilemma.

It's not

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just the budget coming up, it's

winter. It is this time of the year.

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When I saw this on the front page of

the Guardian I thought, move on,

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Gordon, we have. Gordon Brown saying

he didn't show enough emotion to an

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election. He must have a book coming

out.

I was with David Cameron do

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think that 2010 election and what

was striking them was the fact that

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it wasn't so much substance as

charisma that one of the voters on

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the campaign Trail, that resonated

with Gordon Brown and he looks back.

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Personality increasingly as

important as policy.

I agree and

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disagree in the sense that I don't

think it was lost the election, it

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was the financial crisis and if the

Tories would have done any better or

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not if they had been in power, the

fact was that people thought that

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there was this calamity, that

Labour, George, had mismanaged the

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economic success which they had had,

and immigration was perceived by a

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lot of people as too high. On the

other hand he is right that it

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shouldn't just be about personality

and if someone is good and competent

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even if they are not the most

flamboyant character, if they are

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good we should vote for them and you

would want them to lead the country

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will be the person in charge of your

country.

It does seem a bit strange,

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this was two years after the

financial crisis, that he isn't

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saying, I wish I'd handled the

financial crisis differently and

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then perhaps I would have won the

election.

The other problem is a

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classic politician's thing, we

didn't communicate the message was

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the fail, not that the message

itself was...

Just a couple of

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minutes, let's give one minute each

to the next two pages to talk about

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these stories. The Daily Express,

stayed married to a halt to manager.

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Close relationship reduces risk by

60%. The latest advice on how to

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stay healthy.

That's just keeping a

mad active because you have to deal

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with your other half! -- keeping

your mind active.

And what kind of

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relationship? That can cover a range

of things. Is this correlation of

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causality. Is that the fact that if

you stay in a relationship you are

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less likely to develop dementia or

was it just the case that it's some

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kind of coincidence?

I think you're

right, it's about keeping the mind

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active. That is what we are all

told. Let's finish on a feel-good

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story. Back to the Metro. Not just

leading, featuring a great

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photograph of Lewis Hamilton, who is

now the most successful British

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Grand Prix Formula 1 racer ever. I

saw an interview with him on TV

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earlier today. He's pretty humble

about this. He was speaking before

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the win but knew that he was close.

And he is humble about it. He's

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overawed.

It is a great achievement.

This year there have been seasons

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where the car is dominant and maybe

hasn't been as hard as it might have

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been, this season is more often even

battle between him and Vettel. He's

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triumphed in style.

Nice to see that

on a day that we are discussing

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sleaze and Catalonia, a great story

to have.

The express calling him

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King Lewis the fourth. He's got a

lot to be happy about and we have a

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lot to be happy about for him and it

isn't over yet. He's still so young.

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He started young, I forget how old

he was when he won it for the first

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time, he was very young then.

Samaj

ahead of him.

Martin, Dharshini,

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thank you very much, we do this

again at 11:30pm. And the front

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pages online on the BBC website

where you can read a detailed review

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of the papers.

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It's all there for you.

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