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Coming up in a moment, The Papers.

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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 Jack

Blanchard, the Editor

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of Politico and Kate Andrews,

News editor at the Institute

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of Economic Affairs.

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Many of tomorrow's front

pages are already in -

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let's take a look.

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The Metro has a picture

of the 38 year

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old police officer -

Detective Sgt Nick Bailey -

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who is being treated in hospital

after being exposed to the nerve

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agent used on the former Russian spy

and his daughter in Salisbury.

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The Sun reports that the police

officer is "sitting

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up chatting" in hospital.

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Fears of a global trade war

lead the front of the FT

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as President Trump imposes

new tariffs on steel and aluminium

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entering the United States.

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Half of adults could be put on blood

pressure drugs under

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new proposals being considered

by NHS watchdogs -

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according the Telegraph

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The Guardian reports the Government

is set to offer 1.3 million NHS

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staff a 6.5% pay increase over the

next three years and return for a

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day's holiday.

And the Mirror

reports the death of a CD or rapist.

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The poisoning of a former spy leads

the papers with a few other studies

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also making the lead but let's start

with that story and in many of the

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front pages as you would imagine the

picture of Detective Sergeant Nick

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Bailey who is in hospital recovering

everyone hopes from what happened to

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him. People talking about him as a

hero but also a decorated officer.

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It turns out he was already a legal

policeman before this, what on a

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important case and now appears to

have been first on the scene when

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this happened and has injured

himself pretty badly in the process.

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It sounds from the report that he

domains conscious and speaking,

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perhaps not in a very good read but

it is the human angle of this

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incredible story we will be talking

about for the rest of the year that

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the sky was on the front line.

It

gives another dimension. There will

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people watching this to think that

is the Russian former spy but this

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is one of our guys, a cop doing his

duty and that emphasises how the

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rush into situations without a clue

what they are facing.

And Nick

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Bailey was so brave to do so. It is

an important human development

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because 21 people are being treated

for possible poisoning and he gives

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a face not just to the forces who

are rushing to the situations but

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those who are not being named. These

are people who are suffering because

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of a terrible attack and they think

usually helps to give the impression

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and our thoughts should be with him.

Living to the story and the Times, a

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different angle, traitors are not

safe on British soil says Russia.

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State TV mocking Britain and saying

you should not go there because it

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is not a safe place because the

people who keep dying.

There the

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famous by Street investigation which

liked 14 different deaths on British

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soil to Russian assassinations which

is astonishing when you think about

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the country we think we live in and

amazing that this is happening here

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with apparently such frequency. It

is pretty black and white when you

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have someone on Russian state TV

making the sort of comments. The

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times says Theresa May is expected

within days to name Moscow as the

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chief suspect in this and I do not

think that will come as much of a

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surprise to anyone.

Amber Road more

careful today than Boris Johnson

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about making the link to my school

but saying if it is proven that

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Moscow is behind it then that will

be a robust action and retaliation,

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what can they do?

With the use of a

nerve agent we're talking about a

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chemical attack and the fact it has

jeopardised not just people they

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were trying to attack but lives

around them, this has to be taken

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very seriously. If there were

guidelines when chemical weapon

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attacks were taking place in Syria

then surely in the UK as well. But

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it looks to be in talks with the

United States and need to about a

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co-ordinated response. Russia has

shown its aggressive side and this

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can be building up to a boiling

point. It is hard to see whether it

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will go and I do not think anyone

wants to directly engage with Russia

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and such a hostile way but these

kinds of attacks cannot be

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acceptable.

It is difficult.

President Putin knows he can push

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things and is anyone wants to go to

war with Russia? Of course not and

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he knows that very well which is why

he has been able to get away with so

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much of the last five or ten years.

I suspect we will see the same thing

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again, more sanctions, expel some

diplomats but is that really going

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to have an impact on the president?

I doubt it. It is difficult for

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Britain at a time when we're pulling

away from our closest allies

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politically, a United States

president involved in a Russian

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scandal, it is a difficult time for

something I was to be happening.

One

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conservative former minister said we

should cut off diplomatic ties with

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Russia but that is just not going to

happen because an ideal world it has

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to a relationship doesn't sand wedge

and we do not cut off diplomatic

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ties with fire dictators.

Despite

the political turmoil with Brexit

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and the very bombastic nature of the

president of the United States I

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would think these talks they are

holding would be very serious and no

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one is going to want these kind of

attacks to continue.

Talking of the

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present we can move on to the

Telegraph and the story about steel

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and President Trump delivering on

what he promised during the election

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to bring in tariffs to protect the

American steel industry. He is

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talking about exemptions, we don't

know that will include the UK but

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maybe Mexico and Canada. He is

delivering on what he said he would

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do to voters.

I understand why

people do not like the policy but I

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went to a couple of rallies during

the election campaign in America and

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he was absolutely all over this,

this is what he was going to do and

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he won the election. This applies is

that it is a surprise. He doesn't

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always done on his promises. The

interesting thing is not so much she

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has signed this body has given the

indication that there may be

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exemptions initially he has

mentioned Canada and Mexico but he

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seems to bill and King at two

defence spending which is

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interesting how he is going to put

pressure on countries he thinks are

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not pulling their fair share and

Nato.

The sense that the GDP is

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supposed to be the aim the UK does

deliver that could if we...

The

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president has a funny way about

going about negotiations. He slams

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on the tariffs on steel and

aluminium and if you days later he

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figured out what he really wants

other looks like eagerly is willing

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to grab lots of exceptions, for

Canada and Mexico on the condition

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that they really go see at the North

American Free Trade Agreement more

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to his liking. He is suggesting you

will do it for other countries if

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they step up to that 2% so he could

end up with a situation where these

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tariffs are mostly China which is

probably what he mostly wanted to do

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but wait about in an aggressive way

that threatened to slap tariffs on

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his allies.

I think you will find

countries like Canada and not

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responding well to that very upfront

blackmail approach, it is not how

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you do diplomacy.

The front page of

the Financial Times has the same

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story talking about fears mounting

of a global trade war but the point

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you're making is that it is at China

it might be quite targeted.

I think

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it is going to be wider than that.

Some does not like the EU and he has

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made the point he feels he has been

hard done by by Europe who have not

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been very friendly towards him since

he has, and, he does not much like

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Angela Merkel and I would be very

surprised if he made an exception

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for the whole of the EU. Once

Britain pulls out of the EU of these

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tariffs were to stay in place for

some years after Brexit and that is

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another story potentially quite a

long way away and there are a lot of

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water to go under the bridge before

that.

Another story about the Brexit

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divorce payments. We have had about

£39 billion it may be over decades,

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said to be made public next week by

the Chancellor. The goal may be

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layered to the payments over the

years?

For the first time for the

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effect of the EU divorce payments on

public finances will be delivered by

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the Chancellor which is essentially

a mini budget review will promises

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he will not propose anything

radical. I think what is new about

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the study as many people have been

wondering where the money will come

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from for that upfront payment every

do not have enough in the public

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finances to be putting more into

welfare of the NHS, with his coming

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from? What this lays out as the UK

plans to continue to make these

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payments of years and actually the

very end of the article some of it

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may never be paid, admitted so long.

Which will make if you Brexiteers

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feel pleased about that. The highest

level in any years would be the

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summer spent the country have won

the EU summit is already taken into

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account.

There's another dimension

which is that Theresa May said he

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would end this thing of making big

payments to the EU every year

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whether to looks like next week,

going to get a document that says

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Britain is going to be paying to the

EU for many years after Brexit.

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People are confused about what is

going on. The divorce Bill

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terminology has never been quite

right, it is was been a series of

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payments but the idea we're severing

ties that has not been quite borne

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out by this.

The public willingness

to accept the arrangement will make

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them more understanding about these

two full years of the big payments

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at.

Let's go on to the Guardian

because it is a story not about

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Brexit but NHS set to be offered a

6.5% rise over three years if they

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give up the day's holiday.

It is

honestly a huge row about public

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sector pay dominating last year

domestically and it seems the

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Guardian have got the scoop on what

the Government is going to offer. We

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have a reaction yet from the health

unions as to what they make of this

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but it is worth remembering that is

over three years and inflation is

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currently 3% a year so it looks like

a below inflation offer to me on the

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face of it all I am not a genius at

maths. It is not a huge thing but it

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is certainly a lot better than what

NHS staff have been getting so you

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might find this is somewhere very

end up.

It will be good news for

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people who feel in the public sector

their pay has been kept very much

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pretty low over the years.

The

public sector pay cap has not been

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popular and people having to

campaign outside Westminster and go

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on strike to get a pay raise as to

be popular. I am disappointed we are

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not just lifting the public sector

pay cap and sugar looking and more

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flexible with sitting by the seems

to be cautious optimism here from

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health unions hoping they can get

the members to endorse it. Some

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employees particularly in the lowest

bands of people see the biggest

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reason I think that will help.

It is

important to see that 20 public

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sector pay cap was blocked and we

were in a different world, posterity

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and Britain had the budget deficit

and it was necessary to avoid

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massive job losses. We now know the

deficit has been closed, the budget

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is going back into surplus for the

first time and that is no way the

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Government will be able to justify.

They have two shift on this and will

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be hoping to get some positive

headlines.

Finally, fake news

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travels faster than the truth, is

that because it is more interesting?

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Basically. Scientists noted that

sentiments were likely to include

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supplies and discussed with fake

news whereas the truth was

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characterised with sadness and

anticipation. Fake news has been

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around for centuries, it is not

particularly new. My deepest concern

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is that the institutions that used

to be considered to be credible so

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you knew whether or not in use was a

real consistently being undermined

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for people like the president of the

United States to many others and I

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think that is where it is getting so

dangerous.

Anyone who spends too

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much time on twitter which a few

other journalist you are forced to

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go now that is, things being

retreated and you know that is not

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true because people wanted to be

true of the think it is amazing

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because it is not true, this is the

stuff that gets shared and it is a

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perpetual problem with social media.

No fake news from you too.

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That's it for the Papers tonight.

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Don't forget you can

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see the front pages of the papers

online on the BBC News website.

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It's all there for you - seven days

a week at bbc.co.uk/papers

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and if you miss the programme any

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Thank you and goodbye.

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