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Lionel Shriver, about her work, and whether Donald Trump's America is

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represented in her latest book. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the the papers will be With me are Robert Fox,

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Defence Editor of the London Evening Standard, and Esther McVey,

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former Conservative And not a single Donald Trump story

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tonight. I'm in mourning! I am sure it is just a momentary hiatus.

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The FT says Theresa May is on the brink of formally

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launching Britain's exit from the European Union, after rebel

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Tory MPs admitted they were unlikely to have the power to block the move

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when the bill returns to Commons tomorrow.

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The i says Tory veteran Lord Hestletine, who was sacked over

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Brexit, has accused Mrs May of treating colleagues

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For the Metro, it's "March madness", as strikes over driver-only trains

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spread to three parts of the country.

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The Telegraph has a picture of a serious-faced Nicola Sturgeon

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behind Theresa May - it says the Scottish leader

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is threatening to derail Article 50, the formal notice of the UK leaving

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the EU, with plans for a second independence referendum.

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Brexit preoccupies the Express again - it says MPs have been urged

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not to wreck the bill's progress through Parliament.

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And The Times says the heads of 35 Oxford colleges

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have signed a letter, pleading with MPs to allow EU

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citizens already resident in Britain the right to stay after Brexit.

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The Guardian focuses on the possible trade implications of Britain

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post-Bragg said. The photograph is of Murray Black, Britain's youngest

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MP, who says she hates parliament and may stand down at the next

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election. It will be a sorrier place without her, probably. Let's starred

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with Brexit. It's on many of the front pages. The likelihood it could

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be treated -- triggered this week. Tories into a mile ahead of Article

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50, it says. Five big Tory names on the front page. The Chancellor and

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the Prime Minister's relationship said to be under strain. The

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referendum was supposed to be the end of Conservative divisions on

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Europe. It hasn't worked out that way? I wouldn't say the Tories are

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in turmoil. Yes there are tensions and fundamentally it's more to do

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with the budget last week, I would say, and people coming forward

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saying, you have broken a manifesto pledge by increasing national

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insurance to be and is for the self-employed. That would be the

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issue. But Theresa May deftly shifted that away, leaving it to a

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vote in the autumn, saying, let's have a look at self-employed, the

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Devon -- the definition of it. As for Michael Heseltine, who is saying

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she is treating colleagues as performing fleas, what happened here

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is, and he knows, and anybody who is a member of the government voting

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against the government, and he has been in government for many years,

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knew he would be sacked for what he did because that is going against

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the very nature of collective responsibility. So he wasn't treated

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unusually. It would have been unusual to have allowed him to have

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carried on. I think this is making a story out of not too much. But

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obviously every party has got differing views on differing things.

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I don't think this is big. Do you think it is as big as the front page

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would have it? I must say, reading the article, it is a storm in a

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store -- Tory teacup. Lord Heseltine got a lot of praise for saying the

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House of Lords is and to get the government to think again. And also,

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we want a unilateral declaration that EU residents will have their

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rights guaranteed. Theresa May agrees with that. There isn't one MP

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who doesn't agree. There is something running behind this, isn't

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there? If we are to ignore entirely what the House of Lords did or said

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and voted upon in the deliberations on Brexit, and Article 50, as Mr

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Davies is inviting his party, Parliament and the country to do,

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what on earth is the point of parliament? This is the real

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question of what I would now call, seeing what is going on in the

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Netherlands, the nativist part of the right-wing of Tory party, part

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of their claim for Brexit was to return sovereignty, national

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sovereignty, to the country. The instrument of sovereignty, which

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they seem to be playing in and out with, is Parliament. They keep

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saying the people have spoken and that's it. Are they really saying

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that uniquely a referendum is the only thing that you cannot rescind,

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abrogate, alter, moderate? Anything you say in Parliament, including a

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motion to shoot all redheads tomorrow morning, can be rescinded.

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That is her statute law works. This idea that this thing is set in

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stone, I think they are driving themselves into a big trap. The

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daily express saying MPs are told not to sabotage EU exit. That is not

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going to happen, is it? They will win the vote. It will be triggered

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this week. Of course. We are constantly talking about it. There

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will be pressure from the public. There is pressure from the media.

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They are constantly talking about it in the House. Parliament is

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actually, you know, in charge of what's going on. Everybody is having

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a say. All they are saying is it was a referendum, so what we have to

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make sure is that is seen through. Everybody is having a say. The Daily

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Telegraph headline talks about Nicola Sturgeon's last ditch attempt

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to stop Brexit. It is not go to happen. We are going to leave. What

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is Nicola Sturgeon doing? She is trying to get a Scottish boys at the

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table in the negotiations. -- voice. This has been her problem. Some of

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the more extreme suggestions, including in this story, that

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Scotland can go it alone because, by the time that the Brexit

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negotiations are finished in two years, March 2019, they could be out

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of the United Kingdom, that is brinkmanship of the most

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extraordinary order. The suggestion again in the Telegraph piece is that

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she may be forced to go for another referendum for the independence of

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Scotland. Well, the opinion polls at the moment say she won't win it. And

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with a declining economy. She's looking weaker all the time. She

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keeps coming back to this, we are having another referendum. She has

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marched her voters to the top of the hill, she now has nowhere to go and

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she is sounding very weak. There is the possibility of the break-up of

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her party, too. Look at DfT. Rebel MPs except likely defeat. The

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Commons expected to pass the bill. The story we are going to look at is

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at the top. Anger rises as President Erdogan calls the Dutch Nazis. This

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is a complicated story. The opposition in Turkey have been able

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to campaign ahead of the vote this week. The ruling party feel that

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they have not been given the same opportunities to speak to their

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electorate in the Netherlands. This is ineptitude on both sides. As a

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DfT is reporting it. What appears to have happened is this. -- as the

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financial Times is reporting. How began's ruling party asked for two

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senior figures. To come to the Netherlands to hold a rally to

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persuade Turks, those that might have the vote and were not sure --

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we are not sure how many there are in the Netherlands, to vote for

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greater powers for President Erdogan come June, or whenever the election

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is. It is much earlier. It is not this week. That is the Dutch general

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election. Sorry. You have let the cat out of the bag. That is the

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point. They asked them not to do it this weekend because of the run-up

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to the Dutch, very toxic, general election, where nativism and the

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presence of Muslims in their country is an issue. I really think it is

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about timing from their point of view. President Erdogan's reaction

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has been so hyper, I would even call it absurd, to call them Nazis is

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inept, it is completely wrong. What he has done easy has got the

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headlines around the world. He was trying to get the 5 million Turks in

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Europe to vote for him to have extended powers in Turkey. It isn't

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only the Netherlands that have said they don't want these rallies.

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Germany have said they don't want them because of the agitation on the

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ground. More importantly for the Netherlands, it is because there

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election is this week. March madness, says the Metro. A million

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hit by train strikes. We saw the disruption on Southern trains. No

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more will be hit this week. My hometown is coming out. This is the

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RMT making sure 2000 guards walk out. At the end of the day everybody

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has got to get to the nub of what these strikes are about. They keep

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going back. Is it about safety of the passenger? Is it about these

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driver only operated trains? No, it's not. We have had them for 30

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years. 60% of trains are run on them. We know they are safe. This is

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about RMT having power, flexing its muscle and really not thinking about

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the people they are causing so much strive to. It is about a union

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protecting members and their jobs, isn't it? It is completely wrong. It

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is not about that. They are not losing their jobs. They are getting

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the guards to do other things. They are opening -- opening and closing

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the door is not the most important thing on a train. It could be

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checking whether there is anti-social behaviour on the train,

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checking whether people are safe, it could be about telling them where

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they need to get off or payment about a train tickets. It is not

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about just opening and closing the door. I want to return to the

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Telegraph. Foreign aid wasted on green energy plans. ?2 billion. This

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is an old theme. I don't mean old story. The Telegraph are going in on

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the enormous aid budget. ?12 million. -- ?12 billion. 0.7% of

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GDP. Cameron pledged to support the millennium goals of the UN and they

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can't account for a lot of it. The Telegraph has dug out to schemes

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which have not yielded anything. -- two. A solar power scheme in Kenya

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and a wind in Ethiopia which has provided energy for barely 100

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households at a cost of half a billion between them. One of these

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things is that it is very difficult to audit a lot of what Dhif it is

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doing. -- divot. Plus it is becoming a tremendous political football

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because anything from defence through to welfare says, why are we

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spending 12 billion? They want to repatriated. -- to repatriate it.

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But they really don't will know, and the civil service don't know, how to

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disentangle this. Year after year there is an awful lot of money

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wasted. I have witnessed a tremendous waste of money in

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Afghanistan, for example, where we spent 3 billion of aid. I wonder how

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much of that is yielding at the moment? I think Mrs May, the Prime

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Minister, will have to deal with this in this term because it has

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been building. And the money is going up. By 2020 it will be 16

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billion. When at home people are saying, we need several billion for

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other things, whether it is social care, it shouldn't be a sacred cow,

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foreign aid, that we can't look at and say, is this money being spent

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wisely? If it is not, could it be better spent at home? You read my

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body language. I want to do one more story. The RSPCA in a dogfight with

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Crofts over dog leads. You have no interest in this. I have no dog in

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this fight! The argument is these dogs are held to tightly on their

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leads. Crofts say this is nonsense. I have two agree with Crofts. I love

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dogs. I have several of my own. Very naughty. But I think in this

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instance, they are not your regular run of the mill dog, they are

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performing dogs. These are more performing dogs. Doesn't mean to say

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they want to be kept on a tight league and have their heads held up?

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We are overemphasising the point. They are going around a ring. They

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have been doing it for many years. The Kennel Club says it is a silly

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nonissue. If you don't agree with Crofts, it could be a different

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issue altogether. For the RSPCA -- for the dogs to do what they have

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been trained to do, leave them be. It is part of posture as well. This

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is a problem with fine thoroughbreds. Over breeding dogs, I

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do believe, is wrong. There ears aren't right, their eyes right.

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That's it for now. There you go. You have to fight your corner. You can't

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get a word in edgewise. Don't forget, the front pages are online.

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You can read a detailed review of the papers. We will be back at half

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past 11. Don't leave us yet. Robert and Esther will be back.

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Now its time for Meet the Author with Rebecca Jones.

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For much of her career, Lionel Shriver scribbled

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