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And more tributes flood in for Chuck Berry,

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father of rock and roll. remembered as a founding

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you couldn't see it, but Chuck Berry caused a little shimmy on one side

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of the table at! Lucy Fisher, correspondent for The Times, and

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star of the latest Papers Trail, and Eve pollard,.

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

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The FT leads with a report on a UK-Germany defence cooperation deal.

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"The Prime Minister is seeking to emphasise Britain's contribution

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to European security in a bid to bolster post-Brexit

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On its front page, the Mirror features a report on the threat

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The paper has launched an appeal to help thousands of victims.

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The Daily Express has a report on the Treasury

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considering a drastic cut to pension tax relief.

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The paper says the "tax raid" is to raise funds

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after the Chancellor's U-turn on national insurance increases.

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The Metro is leading with a report on the death of a toddler in London.

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And the remote-controlled 'flying squad' makes

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the Daily Mail's front page - the paper reports that the first

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24-hour police drone unit is to be launched this summer to to chase

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And the guardian talks about Trump and the wiretapping claims. So,

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let's begin. A remote-controlled flying squad to chase criminals and

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hunt for missing people, 21st-century Sweeney Todd. Boys on

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their toys, what can we say? Devon and Dorset, that part of the world,

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are saying they are thinking of getting drones because that can help

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them look for people who are lost, in trouble, and I can understand

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that. How you can utilise a drone in the middle of a burglary, I'm not

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entirely sure, but the dangerous thing is they are saying you can't

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get all these trends, and they are not a bargain, by the way, but it is

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the sort of money that chaps like to spend, and cut down on the police

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force, cut down on bobbies on the beat and all the rest of it. I'm

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sure that will be the argument. I'm sure drones can do useful things,

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looking for people on Beachy head all that sort of thing. The idea

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that drones can guard people, and apparently they guarded the Duchess

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of Cambridge recently in Wales. They must have a recording facilities so

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that they concede if a crime is in the middle of commission of a crime,

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but there are privacy concerns for some people. And you'd have to be

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very lucky to have a drone up in the right place at the right time. I

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think there are big privacy issues with this, particularly when it is

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allied with new technologies. The Russian state is pioneering

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technology that can recognise every single face. If you link to that

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this, then anyone walking down a street, you could in point their

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location, and that is quite concerning. They say they will use

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it for marches and all the rest of it, which on the one hand makes you

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feel scared for your privacy, but on the other hand you might save time

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if trouble makers were known. A close eye must be kept on the cost,

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as the public sector has a poor record of getting value for money.

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You can imagine the latest drones. They can move at 40 miles an hour at

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100 feet, they cost ?1000. How'd you get it back? Remote-control. They

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are very skilled, people who use them. There does seem to be a human

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element that may be missing. That might be part of the issue, if they

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are having to reduce police numbers. The Financial Times, life after the

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European court of justice, which is currently the place at which cases

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end up because we are inside the European Union, that will change,

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the Supreme Court here will be the first place that cases are referred

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to. I find it extraordinary that Liz Truss has said to judges, come out

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and explain to the public what you do after she was attacked for

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failing to stand up for the judiciary when the Daily Mail

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branded enemies of the people over the article 50 challenge which they

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presided over purely on a legal basis whether Parliament needed, the

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approval of Parliament needed to be sought to trigger to call 50, so I

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think it is a little bit, there will be judges choking on their

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cornflakes tomorrow morning when they see the Justice Secretary

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saying that. I think it is quite a superficial, cheap thing to say.

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There is nothing more complex than law, and it is for the education

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sector to explain the rule of law is, separation of powers. The other

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issue as well is that as Lord Chancellor, she has a legal

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obligation, she has sworn an oath to obligation, she has sworn an oath to

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defend the independence of the judiciary. She was criticised for

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being very slow to come out and say not very much after those attacks in

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the press. And judges I know, they would run a mile, I think from

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sitting down and doing an interview with a journalist. All their

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training has been be above it, don't get down and dirty, just get on with

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your job as per the law says. And I think the politicisation of the

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judiciary as you have in the US is highly undesirable. It would be a

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bad thing for British society to see that come here. It would. And there

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should be more female judges, I would like to say that. Wouldn't it

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be helpful if in some we, the general public, who never come into

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contact with the courts as to, understood how it fitted altogether,

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the role that the Supreme Court will have on the fact that it is supposed

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to be above politics. It is, and what was so curious about the whole

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situation was that nobody had ever said to David Cameron, I presume,

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you do understand that this will have to go through Parliament as

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well? A lot of MPs didn't seem to understand that! In the old days,

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you did civic studies at school, but that has been dropped from the

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curriculum, and I think a lot of people don't understand. If you

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don't come into contact with the law, which is the best way to be,

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those of us who recognise notepaper from lawyers upside down when they

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get to their desks as an editor does, it is good to be educated

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about who comes from where and how it works, but I'm not sure that

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judges should be the ones to do that. I agree with you. And Liz

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Truss has said, you are going to come in for more attacks, so you

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will have to defend yourselves. So many judges go into it because they

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have earned a lot of money being barristers and lawyers, they go and

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do it for less money and they are now going to be attacked, that makes

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it seem really attractive, doesn't it?! Let's look at the Daily

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Express. New tax raid on pensions, anger as retirement perks could be

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hit to plug the budget U-turn. If you can't raise money by increasing

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national insurance contributions, the suggestion is that pension tax

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relief will be the target. I am the only person at this table who is a

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pensioner, and much good has it done me! Let me just say, this will be

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another U-turn, won't it, because who votes? And also, the whole

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point, I thought, was that as you grow up you should invest in your

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pension so that when you get to the end of your life, you are not a head

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beat weight on the state and on your children and grandchildren. So the

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whole point, if you are going to teach people now, don't be careful,

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don't squirrel money away for when you are old, just spend it all in

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your 30s and 40s, that is a great lesson, very nonconservative. It is

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a great lesson, and a similar criticism at the national insurance

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hike that has been abandoned, again attacking entrepreneurial people,

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sole traders who set out on their own, also very unconservative, but

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this was a key U-turn the George Osborne had to perform before he had

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even announced it. Widely rumoured brief, a lot of speculation, so also

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to me if it is right that Philip Hammond is thinking of this, it

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speaks of this lack of will to call radar that he has been criticised

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for -- political radar, are they trying to all the while by floating

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ideas that have been through the mill. The interesting thing is, are

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they taking advantage of the fact that they are so far ahead in the

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polls, and there is a very little likelihood that Jeremy Corbyn could

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be Prime Minister, and thinking, we will take a risk. If they don't vote

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for us, we will still win. They have to plug the gap somehow and they

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have finite options. But I have to say, what are they spending their

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money on? One of the things that I think is really worrying, and Liz

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Truss says everybody things press freedom is very important, one of

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the problems with the press now is because there are fewer journalists,

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because we are not covering the councils, because lots of local

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papers don't have somebody covering what is going on in their local

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area, where money is being spent and all the rest of it, I feel I know

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less and less about where we are spending the money. We are shocked

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when we discover that areas that should have lots of money, the

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people in charge of bowling at the money for foreign aid, are being

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paid half a million a year to do so. I don't know, I disagree with that.

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There has probably never been a better time to transparency with the

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budget as a shin of records, -- the digital creation of records,

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journalists have more access, and there is probably more transparency,

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maybe not at a local level. It would be very interesting for someone to

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explain where our taxes are going to, why we have problems as we do

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social care and all the rest of it, social care and all the rest of it,

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and what can we do? And actually it would make more of us feel keener to

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pay more tax or spend more than this sort of I feel just not being in the

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middle of editing a newspaper, I'm not sure newspapers are taking this

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role, you say you can get hold of the information. You mentioned,

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conveniently, thank you, foreign aid. The Daily Mirror is looking at

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the famine that is affecting several countries in Africa, 20 million

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people at risk of starvation. There is a campaign to raise money and the

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picture of a little girl who died within a week of them featuring her

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in a previous report. This is about the drought in Somalia and other

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countries affected, too. There has been a great deal of money raised in

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a short time, again, by the British public, when the DC put an appeal

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at, but clearly the Daily Mirror thinks not enough is being done. In

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many ways, there is very little coverage of something of a

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humanitarian disaster on this scale. I think that is right. It is

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difficult, people turn away from the horror of it, and that picture of

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this little girl is just absolutely heartbreaking, and I think 24-hour

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news people think they are perhaps they knew it to the crisis, but it

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is very easy to bash, and rightly in many cases, when money is misspent

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or wasted, the Ethiopian Spice Girls, wires and British taxpayers

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money, going to that. But it is important to cover the attempts to

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help people facing starvation. I am so old I can remember the Ethiopian

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crisis... You are not the only one! And British people are the most

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generous in the world, they are fantastic when it comes to situation

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like this. But what worries you is you are giving money to somebody who

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will put it straight in a Swiss bank account, and it is not getting to

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the tragic stories of this little girl who died, and does social media

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say that we get fatigue? The FT, Trump calls for aesthetically

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pleasing wall, this is the wall that will be built between America and

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Mexico. What does aesthetically pleasing mean? I'm hoping that David

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Hockney and Banksy will go around their with their paint, and there

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can be a mirror to Donald so he can check his hair. It is a lovely idea

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that there will be less aesthetically pleasing wall. That is

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what it is all about(!) but there is a requirement for it to be built

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with American materials. Yes, and it says here, only aesthetically

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pleasing colours and textures on the US side. It can be ugly concrete for

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the Mexicans to look at. Mexican builders' firms being asked to

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examine their conscience and not reply when asked to build it. We

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will be back at half past 11 with another look at the pages with Lucy

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and Eve. And you can see the papers seven days a week on our website.

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