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Conservationists in New Zealand say another 240 pilot whales have become

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stranded in a remote bay on the South Island -

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in one of the country's biggest beachings for 100 years.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be

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With me are Jo Phillips, the political commentator

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and Nigel Nelson, political editor of the Sunday Mirror

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First up the Observer - it's reporting what it calls

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unprecedented criticism by a group of leading retired bishops over

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the Church of England's stance on lesbian, gay

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While the Mail on Sunday looks back at a supposed exchange

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between Diane Abbott and the Brexit secretary David Davis -

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that's said to have happened after the vote to trigger

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The Sunday Telegraph focuses on Commons speaker

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John Bercow and his controversial comments about Donald Trump's visit

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- also mentioning there that the President may go to areas

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of the UK that voted heavily to leave the EU

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The Sunday Express is also looking ahead to that visit

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and says Mr Trump will 'speak to the people' at a stadium rally

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with the proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.

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Domestic politics take the lead in the Sunday Times -

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it says secret succession planning is under way for the next labour

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We can't really get away from Donald Trump. Kick yourself. What is the

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Express revealing. When he comes here, he wants to do a major rally

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so for ?10 ahead, you can go and see and do whatever he is going to do.

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Not quite sure where it is going to be Birmingham, Cardiff, Wembley

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Stadium. The clever part of it is he will give all the money to the puppy

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appeal. Very good politics. Suggesting he is coming towards the

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end of the year and certainly the word around Westminster is not

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before the end of August, probably in the autumn at some point.

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Conveniently when Parliament is in recess. Then John Bercow can't ban

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him. That brings us neatly from the Express to the front of the

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Telegraph. John Bercow, and not just the remarks about Donald Trump. Just

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a couple of days before he made that rather astonishing outburst in the

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Commons chamber, he was talking to some students at Reading University.

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He revealed that he had voted remain and that he was quite open and frank

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about his views on Brexit on all that. Is a parliamentarian. Probably

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a very good and interesting guest but very strict but rules governing

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the speakers state that they should not be politically partisan. Which

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is why the Speaker never votes. You don't see them campaigning in

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by-elections. Some think it's great, some are upset but this I think is

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probably more damaging because it does suggest that he thinks he is

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outside the rules that govern the Speaker. It is a very important

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office. Even though many think it is rather old-fashioned. It is the

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division between Parliament, the monarchy and the state. Famously,

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speakers lost their heads for daring to defy the will of the king. Which

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is why the Budget is always delivered by the Deputy Speaker. The

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speaker can't have his head chopped off by doing it. That is a tradition

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from the old days. Curiously, I'm not sure I quite agree with the

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seriousness. It is a minor thing to say to students who asked the

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question however, when you think about the absolute power that the

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speaker wields, can you imagine the Queen turning around to students and

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saying, I prefer remain. What surprises me is he gets caught out

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by something like it. I don't think it is a huge deal and it wouldn't be

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on the front page of item is outburst earlier in the week against

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Donald Trump but it's a silly thing to do, just like the outburst was

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silly. An error of judgement. Then you get the whole point about

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judgement and the authority of the speaker. It is not a capital crime.

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Not at the moment. Who knows? Let's move on. The Sunday Times. Talking

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of people who might be about to lose their heads, at least according to

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the newspaper, Jeremy Corbyn's prospects are looking less rosy.

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Less rosy than what? As his supporters keep telling us, he has

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won all these local elections and is still leader of the party. Lets talk

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after the 24th of February after the two by-elections. This is described

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in the second, what do you call this sub headline? Subject. Who said the

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show wasn't educational? Party faces poll disaster. That doesn't surprise

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in the slightest. I am astonished. It is now not secret that Labour has

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been searching through Gerry Micawber in our there are so few

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people to choose from now he has managed to alienate much of the

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Parliamentary Labour Party. He has been nice to them. Even Harold

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Wilson, didn't he once say a dog is allowed one bite but then the owner

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might consider putting it down. Very unusual you would have a three line

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whip on a boat like this and they keep their jobs. Given Jeremy

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Corbyn's own background, serially defies the own whip. It astonishing

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he allowed them to keep their jobs but is it -- but it is a human

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resource issue. Is the Labour Party Mac was is -- is the Labour Party's

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problem Jeremy Corbyn or is it fundamentally more? I think it is

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Jeremy Corbyn but the reason he is there is because of the problem of

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the Labour Party and I think, in a sense, is probably exactly the same

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thing the Democrats are going through in America right now. There

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is a sense of, it's fine, it's been great, we can carry on like this. Ed

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Miliband didn't quite cut the mustard. We will carry on.

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Everything else has happened with Brexit and David Cameron going.

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Jeremy Corbyn really has not quite cut the mustard because I think the

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Labour Party has been, but too long, in denial about the threat to them

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of Ukip. They have been in denial about Brexit. You scouting around to

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create a shadow Cabinet. People, you have frankly never heard of. One of

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two of them, two women, may end up being his successor but I presume

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that will be decided later. Isn't that the fate of opposition parties?

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When William Douglas Smith was leader, members about the shadow

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Cabinet you have never heard of an interviews later, they won the

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election, those people are Cabinet ministers. People have forgotten

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that they used to be a skewer. There is always a bit of that but this is

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more than that. I have been in the House of Commons for more than 30

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years. I've never seen of the political party has polarised as the

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Labour Party is. When you see stories like this about the

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succession to Jeremy Corbyn and suggestions he might jacket in. Most

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of it is wishful thinking. You can't talk to a Labour MP and ask how they

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are without them telling you, I am awful, I'm a Labour MP and then

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going for a diatribe against Jeremy Corbyn. Its public to the stage

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where he can't be defeated in an open election, as we saw. As a

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result, Labour MPs who oppose him hoping something else might happen.

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Jeremy Corbyn is Britain's most unpopular party leader behind the

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SNP and Ukip. Yet a leading Britain's biggest political party.

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The front of the Observer now. Above bunch of retired bishops are

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lecturing the current bishops about handling gay rights. You didn't make

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a great job of it. It is a bit like elder statesman. The Church of

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England's ruling body, in Parliament, meeting this week. 14

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retired bishops. They are significant bishops. It's anyone who

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is listen to radio forward heard. Peter Selby, the former Bishop Paul

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Worcester and Richard Harriss Boxford, they are saying, you are

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talking the talk about LG BT rights and stuff but you're not walking the

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walk. I don't think for one minute we are suggesting there should be a

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change. It would be good. It would help the church if you could somehow

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coming to the age that the rest of us live in. The 21st century.

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Sometimes it feels like we are moving back into the 20th century.

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Particularly when you look at the left hand of the Sunday Times.

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Russia's Cold War style. This is genuinely serious. What the

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intelligence agencies seem to be talking about is that we have been

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penetrated like never before. We really are up to dealing with the

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Russians and Chinese who are both trying to into everything. What the

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Telegraph is saying, 60 significant cyber attacks a month. The Sunday

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Telegraph are talking about 3000 attacks a day. There is an awful lot

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going on. Our security is very bad. Ministers are putting it at the top

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of the agenda. This has fallen to the Chancellor to do that. A major

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conference coming up this week. It is a serious issue and thank

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goodness it is being addressed. Is it because we haven't taken it

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seriously before? One of the things that is interesting is what Nick.

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This is fake news. News website that is based in Edinburgh. It is a

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Russian- funded site. This help they can use stuff, it's all part of the

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whole thing. The story on the front of the Sunday Telegraph. Hackers

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targeting kettles. Apparently, Nigel Wyatt -- Nigel and I were discussing

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it earlier. Why would you need a computerised cattle? You can boil

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water from the next room. If you want to boil water from the next

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room. You might as well make yourself a thermos flask. There is

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so much effort going into these. Then you can have computerised

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bridges. They will sort out the ingredients. You can programme it

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from outside. Why are we bothering? Why are people worried about things

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like this? People are so dam lazy. What it does mean is that the

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Russians and the Chinese were just talking about it, they can

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conceivably hack into the whole Wi-Fi system. It's an intriguing. I

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thought wonder at the Russian samovar would be a lot easier. Joe

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Phillips, Nigel Nelson. Maybe something a bit stronger than a cup

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of tea when you get home tonight. It is good to see a boat again. The

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paper review is on line. We will see you again. We are here every night.

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Thank you very much your company. More news at midnight.

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