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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, Michael Booker,

deputy editor of the Daily Express,

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and Times Columnist Jenni Russell.

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Thanks both of you for coming in.

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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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Starting with the Financial Times,

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which leads on Philip Hammond's

optimism in his Spring Statement,

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as well as Donald Trump's dismissal

of his Secretary of State

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Rex Tillerson.

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The Daily Express shares

the Chancellor's sunny outlook,

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focusing on the possibility of

tax cuts in the budget in Autumn if

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economic forecasts remain positive.

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The i reports Theresa May

is preparing a wave of sanctions

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against Russia amid tensions over

the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

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Tensions with Russia

and that investigation

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into the unexplained death

of a Russian businessman in London

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feature on the Metro's front page.

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The Sun also leads on that death,

the 68-year-old Nikolai Glushovski,

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who was an outspoken critic

of President Putin.

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The Daily Telegraph's picture story

features racing fans enjoying a day

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out at the opening of

the Cheltenham Festival.

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But the Daily Star's front page

warns that more freezing

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weather is on its way,

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with temperatures set to plunge

again this weekend.

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And the Daily Mirror warns that one

and two pence pieces could become

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a thing of the past,

as the Chancellor launches a series

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of finance-related consultations.

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Let's talk to our guests. I think

we're starting with the front page

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of The i, and this threat of

sanctions.

We've had this for a few

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days, there is going to be just that

of sanctions. Looks like the Cold

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work starts again tomorrow in

earnest with the Russians over

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these, the poisoning and then the

suspicious death which has now been

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linked to it. Oligarchs could have

their assets frozen, it doesn't

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sound an awful lot. And it does not

sound as if it is going to scare

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Russia a single bit. We saw a BBC

correspondent speak to Vladimir

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Putin last night and he smirked when

he was asked about whether Russia

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had anything to do with the

poisoning. I don't think he cares

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and I think the problem we have with

this, and I've seen a few

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commentators say this, is that

Russia is prepared to go to the

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length that we are not. They seem to

have no boundaries whatsoever, as

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seems to be happening with the

poisoning and possibly again with

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this suspicious death of someone.

You're not suggesting the UK

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intelligence services match the

Russians in being willing to poison

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double agents.

I'm not saying that,

but that is the problem. They are

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prepared to go to these degrees and

we are going to hit them with a few

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assets?

Jenni, what is your thoughts

on this coverage? Do you take the

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same view as Michael that it is I

could add up to anything to cause

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Vladimir Putin sleepless nights?

No,

I think it's very deliberate on his

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part. He could've chosen if he

wanted to commit to kill this man or

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these two people, to have done so

without leaving a trace. He is

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leaving Britain a message, which is

I can do what I like in your

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territory and there's nothing you

can do about. Michael is right. The

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reality is we are weak. It's not

that he is going to find that we are

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weak. He could see a position now.

To be fair to say, they have sounded

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to support this evening. What are

the actually going to do against

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Russert? The question is not whether

people make diagnoses or whether

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they do anything to combat Russian

power and we have very little

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leverage of our own. We can take

these of measures but we are very

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small country. What economic power

do behalf against Russia that will

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also damage us? And Russia very

clearly said tonight this is no way

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to talk to a nuclear superpower.

They are directly threatening us,

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basically making clear that if you

attempt to retaliate against us, wow

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are we going to...

In the meantime,

potentially, another problem. You

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referenced it a moment ago. Death of

ex-Russian exile terror probe.

This

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is a man of 69 years old who says he

was on Russia's hit list and he has

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been found strangled. The fact that

this happens within days...

The

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counterterrorism unit is not

confirming the hit for the

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regulation mind but this is in the

sun and the Metro.

I think they are

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calling it in some Russian on my

newspapers. It's in the Metro as

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well. It does seem as though it's

adding up to, again, a big? Against

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the Russian state. It just goes to

show what they are prepared to do.

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And this is a guy who was the

right-hand man of...

Himself, an

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enemy of the Kremlin.

Found in his

bathroom hanging. Well, was he

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hanging? Had he strangled his neck

again, this guy, a friend of his,

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they say date did not believe he had

struggled himself.

There are four or

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five suspicious deaths of Russians

on British soil. There is clearly a

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pattern here, which is Russia is

saying we can do it as we please.

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Yes, interestingly, Matt has found

some black humour on this.

Yes, a

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phone call to a Moscow lab saying,

"Yes, this is state-sponsored

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doping. You want state-sponsored

poisoning."

But as greedy changes

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for a moment and look a different

story -- let's look at the

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changes... The Financial Times. They

are going with their lead story,

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Hammond but then also, they have got

the Trump- Tillerson story.

He got

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sacked and did not really think

Trump for his time as Secretary of

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State. He has gotten the boot and we

have the CIA director, Mike Pompeo,

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who is basically a Trump yes-man. He

can hold his hand and be nice to him

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and not patronize them as much as

others do, and I think Tillerson

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called him a moron, and at one

point, Trump, didn't he?

Do they

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connect the time is between these

two events in the FT story? Are you

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interested in the timing? Do you

think it's merely an accident, in

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fact that Tillerson has had some

things to say about that? Comp has

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obviously been in it different place

from Russia.

It seems very unlikely

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that it is a coincidence but the

White House is disputing that event.

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Within hours saying Tillerson saying

we can Russia is behind that, he

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gets sacked. The White House said,

we planned to sack him last Friday,

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he was told nothing about it, and he

is sacked. I doubt there is an equal

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incident about this at all.

And

interest, Donald Trump did come out

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and say something about Salisbury

today but late in the day.

We need

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to be worried about the Secretary of

State because he's come as the

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former CIA director and he's made it

his business to set up to Trump

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privately and publicly on every

occasion, and the reason Trump says

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he likes him is he's on his

wavelength. In other words, he will

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not challenge Trump in any way at

all. He's a hawk and he will do

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whatever Trump wanted to do and

would try to be -- would not try to

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be, as Tillerson was with his fault,

a voice in contrast.

A crisis in

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North Korea, with a summit

potentially in the offing and then

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possibly the other nuclear crisis

reigniting again with Iran.

It's

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certainly a very frightening time at

the moment in geopolitics, isn't it?

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And with that the Russian threat

here as well. Terrifying. When he

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says we're not really thinking the

same and the 22nd, Theresa May would

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not have half a Cabinet if he was

done on that bit.

Looking down

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stories that, let's get back to

stories, and the Daily Express. At

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last, tax cuts on the way, is its

headline. Jenni.

Yes, that is the

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Daily Express's spent on this. If

you look be due to are saying is by

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2020 from if everything goes well on

the economy, Philip Hammond is would

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have £15 billion for tax cuts. We

all got a little bit confused by tax

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cuts, but that is absolutely

nothing, it is a rounding error. The

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idea we can project three years into

the future and say, I'm deathly

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going to have this money, is

basically... Hammond is basically

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saying, we're still building up our

debt. But that he was saying this,

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but he was saying I don't hunt and a

NHS crisis, a social care crisis and

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anything else.

Light at the end of

the tunnel.

He wants to be more

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positive and I think Tory MPs

wanting to be a bit more positive

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going into the next election in 2000

would you because they need

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something to fight Labour on at the

moment. At least it is something for

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them.

He described it as Tigger-ing.

Not Eeyore! Claire Foy paid less

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than that bit.

She was the queen!

This is so tedious! The trouble with

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this is there are many, many more

roles for men and many more starring

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roles for men, and if you allocate

pay on that basis, the men are

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always going to continue to be paid

more and on and on. She is the

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incredible star of that series.

She's won the BAFTA and the Golden

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Globe.

Cheese in more scenes than

him as well, isn't he?

She

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absolutely held the whole thing

together.

She is the show.

And the

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producers have said the next person

to play the queen will get more

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money but that does not help Claire

Foy.

Let us go to our last story

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because, you know, at least Claire

can can't her penny and tuppence is

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and put them in a jar.

8% of people

chuck them away, I mean, who chucks

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any money away? A penny on the

floor. I just search pavements all

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the time!

You're basically saying

you are against the...

I think a lot

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of people will be against it. A

labour MP says charities get the

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loose change from there. They are

going to miss out on this.

I was

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interested to read that Thatcher

dropped the 6p piece for a simple

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reason. Nothing on the coins. Maybe

make a few thousand on that.

Do you

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think it's a good idea though?

Yes,

I think they are just a complaints

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nuisance. -- a complete nuisance.

A

lot of rummaging around a sofa on a

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Saturday night, looking for change.

And we just want to put on the

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record that you to get paid exactly

the same, so no quarrelling over

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equal pay on the show. Thank you

both so much for coming and. Do it

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again any time.

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That's it for The Papers tonight.

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Don't forget, you can see

the front pages online

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on the BBC News website.

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All there for you seven days a week,

bbc.co.uk/papers, and if you miss

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the programme any evening,

you can watch it

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later on BBC iPlayer.

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Thank you, Michael and Jenni again.

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Goodbye.

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