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appearances. All that and much more coming up in Sportsday in 15 minutes

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after The Papers. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are

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the former State Department official Colleen Graffy and Kate Devlin,

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political correspondent at the Herald. Good to have you with us.

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The Independent reports that David Cameron has threatened to veto the

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admission of new members to the EU unless they accept controls on their

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citizens moving to the UK. The Mirror claims Nigella Lawson has

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reacted furiously to her former aides being cleared of fraud.

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It's going to be a white Christmas, according to the Daily Express.

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The Financial Times is calling the festive period a tale of two

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Christmases, comparing buoyant consumer spending with declining

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incomes and savings. And the Telegraph's top story is The Met

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Police Commissioner's decision not to investigate Nigella Lawson's

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confession to taking class A drugs. The paper questions whether it

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amounts to a drugs amnesty for the middle class.

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And the Sun reports on Nigella's funerary after the court case

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involving her former assistance. -- her funerary. And it is with the

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Nigella story that we will begin. There are a couple of strands to it

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in different newspapers. The Mirror says the TV star is furious over a

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sustained campaign, as her aides are cleared of fraud. It seemed at times

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that we had a mine ourselves while the case was going on that it was

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about fraud and it was not my Jell-o was on trial. -- we had to remind

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ourselves. It was not my Jell-o that was on trial. Absolutely. I think

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she has not really understood what the British public has thought of

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the trial. She is saying it was part of a sustained campaign to attack

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her. I think most people came out of the trial on her side, even the

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Prime Minister. Much to the annoyance of the judge, having the

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Prime Minister making any comments while the trial was underway.

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Americans have a new series coming on ABC that Nigella Lawson is part

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of, a second series in January. And the view appears to be that they

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like her and it will be fine. It has been surprising that this was a

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trial for fraud that turned into a trial on Nigella Lawson. She spent

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as much time in the witness stand as the sisters. One of the ironies is

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that the idea of a cross examination on bad character that the judge

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eventually allowed, he had initially not agreed with, but it was the

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e-mail from Charles Saatchi that came out that changed his mind. And

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we later learned that Charles Saatchi never heard of her taking

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drugs for ten years and did not believe it. It is unfortunate that

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she ends up the victim. I agree that this is how she will be seen. She

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lost her sister, her mother, her first husband. I think there is a

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big sympathy vote for her, and it looks like her marriage to -- it

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looked like her marriage to Charles Saatchi was brilliant, but it looks

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like the marriage was not the best and it looks, perhaps out of spite,

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that he sent this e-mail which allowed her bad character to be

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introduced. He said he regretted that the e-mail had come to light.

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Is there not a certain naivete that it would not get nasty? You will

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throw whatever you need to at a case, if you are being charged with

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something. This is part of the problem. The criminal justice system

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is not easy, not simple, not smooth. Even the witnesses, as she was in

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this case, will find that lots of things that perhaps they do not want

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to come to light will come to light. It is unfortunate. I am not

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sure there is any way to make sure, in this kind of case, when it is

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about fraud and these kind of allegations, that you can not have

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this kind of thing happen. Also, I doubt Charles Saatchi knew there was

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section 100 of the criminal Justice act in 2003 that allows for this bad

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character aspect of the case. I am sure he had no idea of what that

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would cause. But certainly it seems he regrets it. And it will be

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interesting, but at the moment the public seems to be rallying around

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her. She is beautiful, talented, she has been through a lot in her life.

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Someone wasn't suggesting that one of the things Americans love is

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transformation, someone who says, yes, I did drugs but I have stopped

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that and I am clear cut again. Do you think that would go down well in

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the US? I think it is more, what did she call it, intimate terrorism,

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something along that line. I think there will be an understanding of

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being trapped in this marriage that was not fulfilling perhaps to either

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one of them. That will also be an angle. A final thought on this, she

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made the point that her children were effectively put on trial. That

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idea that, hang on, I am not the guilty party, not the person on

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trial, because the Grillo sisters have been found not guilty. But many

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people who have been through the court system will feel they have

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been through the ringer, even though they were only a witness. This was

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supposed to be a fraud trial. I am sure she did not expect to be on the

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witness stand. She did not have council to come back with. Some are

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suggesting that for a section 100 ad behaviour, bad character, rather,

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that there is a counsel for the witness that is allowed in to cross

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examine on her behalf. Let's move onto the Telegraph macro. Nigella

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legacy, drugs amnesty for the middle class. This is after Britain's most

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senior police man said there would not be an investigation following

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Nigella Lawson's confession to taking class a drugs. Does it amount

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to an amnesty for the middle class? Would it be different if you were

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not beautiful, successful and not known to everybody on TV? I think it

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absolutely would be different. To be honest, if you were not middle aged

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as well. If you were a teenager, and perhaps you do not have a job yet,

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or you are wearing a hardy, these things do tend to influence it. I

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think there does need to be a much more honest discussion about trucks

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policy in the UK, about what we want our drugs policy to do. At the

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moment, to my mind, it is not unlike the Vatican policy on contraception,

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where something is decreed from the pulpit but the flock is not quite

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agreeing on most of it. I think a lot of people would not be surprised

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that a television presenter does drugs, but whether they want them to

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or not is a different matter. This is also at odds with Sir Bernard

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Hogan-Howe's normally tough stance on drugs. It will smack of double

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standards if they are not careful. Much of it has to do with the fact,

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where is the evidence, what has happened recently, who will testify

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against her? She has said so herself, but that is not something

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you prosecute someone on. That would be tough for them. I like the

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cartoon. This year, I am doing a Nigella Lawson Christmas. Whatever

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that means. Moving on to the Independent, talking turkey, a

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seasonal headline but nothing to do with what will be on our tables. It

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is Cameron's biggest EU gamble yet, the idea that David Cameron will use

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a bit of a threat, will only allow expansion of the EE you if numbers

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of people who can migrate from those countries is curbed. -- expansion of

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the youth. He has to have something in his

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promised referendum, and in-out referendum on Europe. He needs to

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show that he has got them to change something. So far, he has not really

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got anything. This seems to be the kind of thing he is going for. What

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this seems to be as well, and I do not know if you would agree, is a

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failure of diplomacy. According to the Independent, there was silence

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whenever he suggested this. No one came to his aid saying, we will

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agree. He said quite a similar thing in Lithuania two weeks ago, so it

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should not come as a surprise. Obviously they are not particularly

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keen to get behind him at the moment. But the European Union needs

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to solve this problem somehow. They need to keep this ship on the seas.

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The problem is that he is going against the foundation of the

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European Union, free movement of goods, services and people. If you

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start saying, free movement of some people, some time, that will be

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difficult to sustain. On the other hand, it looks like Germany,

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Netherlands and Austria are also saying, we have sympathy with this,

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and we are potentially online. But how do you do that when it goes

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against a main principle of the European Union? The potential new

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members they are talking about, Albania, one of the poorest

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countries in the region, which is something David Cameron has

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highlighted, that we should only allow unfettered movement once your

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economy has reached 75% health of the recipient country. Also, Serbia,

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Turkey and the Ukraine. Turkey will not be that much of a hard sell,

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because there has always been disquiet about Turkey joining. The

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United States is very supportive of Turkey being a member. The US does

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not have a vote, but it is seen as the linchpin between the Middle East

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and Europe. That could be an ongoing influence towards the Middle East. I

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think the rest of the European Union is not so keen on that. In any

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case, I think the idea of saying that there will be a certain period

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of time before you can accrue for benefits, other European Union

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countries do that I am not sure why the UK cannot do that. That would be

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one aspect. The other is that the economy 's reach a certain standard.

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Unless they do it with support from other members, and there is radio

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silence from many, they are open to legal challenge. The EU is a strange

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organisation. On the one hand, everybody has to agree - on the

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other hand, well, actually on the same hand, if one person or one

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leader of one country says he is going to veto something, that really

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is that. The other leaders may not like what with David Cameron has

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said but they can't ignore T The other thing is, they might agree but

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they are staying sigh epted for political reasons. They might be

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hiding behind the skirts of David Cameron in saying - we agree with

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this, but politickedically... Let's move on to the FT - Britain's tale

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of two Christmasses, people have been spending money but incomes and

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savings going down. Does that sound like people are wracking up debt? A

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good Christmas for George Osborne, Britain's economy roared into the

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Christmas holiday on the back of stronger spending and faster growth.

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Ed Miliband and Balls perhaps will be a little glummer. But I also like

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the fact of what people are expecting now are sales. So - I

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couldn't believe going into the shops now, everything has 50% off,

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60% off. Usually you will have to wait until the new year. You will be

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kicking yourself if you did your shopping early. Exactly. A different

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type of spending one, we look for the deals and the other, is foe

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cousin on children, electronics, headphones, and away from clothing.

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And people easing off in the last three or four Chris masts and

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feeling they can be more optimist why about how they can spend. --

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Christmases. They are a bit more, not very. And probably right. We saw

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unemployment figures which suggested unemployment was going down, more

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people in jobs, you would think that's a good thing but Mark

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Kearney, the Bank of England governor has suggested if it gets to

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a certain level, which we are not far off, he might look at interest

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rates and a lot of people have managed to keep their household

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economies going because their mortgage has been pretty low for the

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past couple of years. A lot of people are close to that margin f

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that starts to go up, even just a little bit, they are starting to not

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be able to make their monthly payments. Let's lack at the Daily

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Express - Christmas day, snow is on the way. We know the Express loves a

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weather story and we like the idea of a white Christmas, or do we?

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Would you welcome it? I would absolutely love a white Christmas

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day, as long as it is not a white Christmas Eve or white Boxing Day. I

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think it's part of the problem with this, the UK infrastructure just

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grinds to a halt if we have any kind of snow at all. Not something you

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are going to have to worry B I will be missing that in Santa bar,

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California, where we have palm trees and walking around with spray snow

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on windows. I would enjoy a white Christmas. I think the last one was

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'76. I can't remember that. I should be able to. I think it is beautiful

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with the snow. I will miss it. We feel jealous you are having to two

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Santa bar a bra for Christmas. It must be awful. A hardship -- Santa

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Barbara. We'll have more later on the

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controversy surround surrounding Nigella Lawson as a witness in a

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fraud trial. Now coming up it's Sportsday.

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