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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are the economist

Ruth Lea and John Rentoul,

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Chief Political Commentator

The Independent.

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Many of tomorrow's front

pages are already in.

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Threats of no more cash for UN aid

work dominates the front of

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tomorrow's Metro as the Government

warns it may withdraw millions over

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allegations of sex abuse by aid

workers.

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That theme continues on the front

page of i. The Financial Times, the

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head of the Financial Conduct

Authority features on the front, he

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is under fire in an alleged tax

avoidance scheme. The Telegraph has

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the Queen enjoying herself at London

Fashion Week. The paper leads with

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the scandal at Save the Children

saying that the former chief

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executive at that organisation has

admitted making what he called

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unsuitable and thoughtless comments

to female members of staff.

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Hundreds killed in just two days,

but as the war in Syriai. The Times

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features a story on the Labour

leader Jeremy Corbyn who is accused

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of wanting a Soviet style.

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Let us start off with The Guardian.

Syria, and full image.

Eastern

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Ghouta, this is a catastrophe. These

are the pro-government forces

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attacking this territory. They rebel

held territory is in retreat. It

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seems that rightly or wrongly

President Assad is getting control

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over Syria. This is the culmination

of this dreadful civil war that has

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been taking place since March 20 11.

Seven years. They still have the

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Kurdish part in northern Syria, IS

is in retreat, other rebels are in

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retreat, but the brutality has been

terrible.

Women and children amongst

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the casualties. It is awful to read.

There is a report in The Independent

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about some of the injuries to

children. The picture on the front

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of The Guardian is traffic enough.

Apparently some of the images coming

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out of Syria are too horrible to

print.

The front page of The

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Independent on the same story.

Massacre in Syria. Another very

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dramatic front page. Somebody racing

away from another explosion with a

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child in his arms.

People probably

do not want to read any more about

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this. There is a fatigue about this.

But it is important that we do pay

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attention to this. I do not know

what can be done. The civil war has

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been going on for so long that if

the West could have intervened to

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solve it, it is to wait now.

There

is another international outcry, as

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there was over Aleppo, as there has

been so many times in Syria, but

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that does not make much difference.

And Al Asad -- Bashir Assad is

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getting control, with the help of

Russia.

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Extraordinary battle between Jeremy

Corbyn, the allegations in the least

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newspapers over the last few days.

This is him.

Explain what this is

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about. I do not know that he is

rattled but he is certainly very

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annoyed by their son and the meal in

particular going after him on this.

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-- Sun and Mail and meal. In the

1980s you assumed. Jeremy Corbyn

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would say he was promoting dialogue

between East and West and was doing

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it for peace. He gets annoyed when

he is asked about it that he was

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asked about it in a press conference

today and decided to fight back by

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lodging a video attacking the press

and warning that change is going to

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come.

Change is coming.

Does that

sound like a threat? It does. He is

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taking on Sun and Mail, The Express,

The Telegraph, that is quite a thing

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to take on. Jeremy Corbyn has got

some explaining to do. It is

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interesting that the Czech secret

service, they did say, he was not an

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informant, but he was a man of

interest. What does that mean. We do

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not know. I think Jenna Coleman has

to see more about this.

I do not

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think he is going to.

There was also

a touch of humour. He said the

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papers have all gone a bit James

Bond.

Some of it was time in cheek.

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Yes. There are serious questions to

answer. I think it is a silly spy

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story from the 1980s. Everybody knew

that Jeremy Corbyn was sympathetic

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to the communist bloc and wanted to

promote dialogue.

But this sort of

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thing he does.

We need to know more.

There are questions to ask for

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Oxfam. They were and are invented

the before the Commons select

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committee. Oxfam hits with new sex

claims. 26 potential new allegations

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emerging. 7000 regular donors have

stopped giving money to Oxfam but we

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were hearing earlier that is out of

400,000, maybe it is not that

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devastating for Oxfam.

The chief

executive said it was 3.5% of his

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donors. This is an extraordinary

story. The basis of course, The

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Times initially broke the story a

fortnight ago, they started talking

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about the 2011 report, all about

sexual misbehaviour in Haiti. That

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had just been buried. By burying

that report it seems that now

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everything is coming out. It is a

contagion that is going through the

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entire charity sector. This is

extremely distressing.

I find it

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very worrying.

From what point of

view? You take the view that Save

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the Children or Oxfam, they do good

work, but it does seem they are

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tarnished beyond belief by people

who simply do not know how to

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behave.

I am appalled. For a charity

which relies on the fact it is a

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charity and people assume that it is

somehow morally superior to a

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private company, for example, this

kind of thing just undermines the

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reputation of these charities.

The

Times front page is similar,

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charities in crisis over sex claims.

This has spread from Oxfam.

Save the

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Children. New revelations about that

today. And the International

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Development Secretary was seeing in

the House of Commons today that she

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thinks it is endemic throughout the

charity sector and throughout NGOs

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and the AIDS business in general.

Which is awful because it suggests

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that these charities are exploiting

the weakness of the people they are

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trying to help.

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-- aid business in general.

Highlighting what Michael Gove was

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saying about the food industry, the

agricultural industry, post-Brexit.

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He offered the farmers an olive

branch. I am not sure which lot of

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farmers. A lot of farmers are

brought Brexit. Another lot of are

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very keen to have their strawberries

picked by workers from central

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Europe coming to do the hard work.

One question is about migrant

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labour, there is also the question

of subsidies, getting away from farm

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subsidies as we have known them.

This was specifically about

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immigration, they depend on people

coming from Eastern Europe for fruit

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picking. Subsidy has to be an issue.

Subsidy has been guaranteed until

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2022. But a lot of the farming

industry, if tariffs were slashed,

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they were on their own, competing

with Australia, New Zealand, Canada

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United States, they would really

struggle.

You are a farmer's.? That

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is right.

Well but on's pharmacy

better of post-Brexit? Some of them

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will need support. Farming is

interesting, it is not just a food

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producer. Farmers are custodians of

the countryside. I think there is a

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good case for subsidising them

because they look out of the

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countryside.

They did not answer

whether they would be better off

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after Brexit.

We will take that as a

no.

It depends what happens. The

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Telegraph, still on the Brexit

theme. Jacob Rees Mogg and his

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fellow Brexiteer is laying down red

lines for the Prime Minister.

Yes,

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they have gone to the Prime

Minister, this is what I call the

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economic ruin group. They are good

chaps. Sorry, economic research

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group, I do beg your pardon. They

either hard Brexit faction of the

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Conservative Party. It is a European

research group. They want a hard

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Brexit and they don't want Theresa

May to listen to the softies.

The

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Brexit War cabinet is going to be

meeting again soon. Do you think

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that it is still all to play for

what kind of Brexit there will be?

A

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lot of it is. She has specifically

said in her Lancaster house speech

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12 months ago that we are out of the

customs union and the single market

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but there is talk about regulatory

alignment, that makes the nervous,

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it makes Jacob Rees Mogg very

nervous. Even though she has laid

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down a feudal is there is still a

loss to play for. I will be

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interested in the forthcoming

meetings whether we will find out

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more.

At this time we did. Is it's

still a battle between those sort of

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Brexiteer use and the Philip Hammond

camp?

Yes, essentially Theresa May

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is trying to hold her cabinets

together at The Bottom Line is that

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the Conservative Party is divided

but in Parliament there is a

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majority for a soft Brexit and

therefore the only question is is

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that something that the EU is

prepared to give us and I am not

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sure that they are. It depends on

what it means. A soft Brexit that

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does not include free movement of

workers is not something that I can

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see the EU agreeing.

We are

definitely leaving the single market

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and the customs union?

Yes, except

in all those cases, clever use of

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language is being used to say we

might mirror those arrangements from

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outside. It is not good to be as

clear cut as those.

A last look at

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one story. The Queen at London

Fashion Week and she has never been

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to London Fashion Week before.

She

has made her debut there. Good for

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the Queen. Several of us have not

been to London Fashion Week either.

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Would you like to be invited? Not

really. This is a good picture of

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her in The Telegraph because she is

actually smiling. There is another

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picture of her where she is looking

extremely bored.

I was astonished to

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see her sitting there in the front

row.

Doesn't she prefer to go and

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watch horses?

She does love horses

but she cannot only look at horses.

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Horses are better looking than a lot

of these models, aren't they?

There

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is another picture of a model

wearing what looked like a motorbike

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crash helmet.

The Queen looked a

little puzzled by that.

But she

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could be wearing her crown, couldn't

she?

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Lovely to see you both. Fight you

for coming in.

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Many thanks.

That is all for this evening.

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