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23/05/2014

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have their hands on the challenge cup. That is all in Sportsday in 15

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minutes. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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

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diary editor at The Guardian and Sue Matthias, Editor of the FT Weekend

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Magazine. Unsurprisingly, the local elections is on lots of the front

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pages. The Independent shows a cheerful

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Nigel Farage, celebrating the local election results.

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It's much the same on the front of the Daily Mail, the paper reporting

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that the shadow cabinet's turned on Ed Miliband following the polls.

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Nigel Farage is on the front of the Express the main story though is the

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discovery of a protein that could protect against dementia.

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The FT's lead is their investigation into the French economist who, the

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paper claims, got his sums wrong in his bestselling book.

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Nigel Farage is a hurricane, says the I, reporting that the era of

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four`party politics has begun in Britain.

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The discovery of the Cheeky Rafiki's hull in the Atlantic leads the Daily

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Mirror. Labour's been thrown into crisis by

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the local election results, says the Telegraph.

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And, little mention of the elections in the Times the paper leads with

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claims that supermarket bosses regularly ignore expiry dates on the

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foods they eat at home. Let's begin, as we have to with

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Nigel Farage who is on the front of so many papers. Is described as a

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hurricane in. The ear for party politics in England after the UKIP

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rake through. I imagine it is one of the scriptures he would be quite

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happy with. Will have a very happy weekends. It is strange, if you step

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back a bit, UKIP have clearly done well but not quite as well as they

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would have wanted. They are actually six points down on last year. They

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did not do it very well at all in London. The only got 7% of the vote

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there. They will want to ponder on that. As you mentioned, they took

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about this being the beginning of the year up of four party politics.

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I am not sure about this. I am still not convinced that this is just not

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a humongous protest vote. I think the electorate has... It knows what

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he wants a particular time and at the moment he wants to send a

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message to the other parties and it sees UKIP as a good way of doing

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that. Whether or not means that UKIP has a locked in constituency, I am

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yet to be convinced. The two real subject that people are protesting

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over by beating bought UKIP is immigration and the EU. Neither of

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which, local councils can do anything about. No, absolutely. He

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is looking very happy because he has managed to change the political

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weather. He knows that he is not going to have to do anything about

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it himself. He can stand back and enjoy his drink and know that he has

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thrown the parties into complete disarray. Because, they are being

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challenged on, what will we do about Nigel at this Farage. Stage, one

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year before the next general election, they would have hoped to

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do better. Even though they have gained nearly 300 seats in taking

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control of councils that they have long wanted to take control. That is

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politics. How can you have a date where you win 256 and you are still

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unhappy. But they are in position. They still aren't pulling away from

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the Conservatives. If you look at the projections, they are not where

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they would want to be. There will be some skittishness within the Labour

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Party. We are hearing about it already. People saying it was a

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pretty abysmal election campaign and Ed Miliband needs to think about his

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strategy. And maybe he does it the whole idea is that UKIP will take

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more seats away from the Tories and make his job easier because a big

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wake`up call of this is that he has to consider how many seats will UKIP

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take from Labour? Is quite interesting that Ed Balls suddenly

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comes in and a go. Talking about kicking a mount when he is down. ``

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a man when he is down. It is not exactly a united front, is it? Ed

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Balls says we have to do better. Maybe he was talking about himself.

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Speaking of Ed Miliband, he is on the inside of the sun. A big

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headache. A kick in the ballots. Headline writers dream. What has Ed

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Miliband got to do? In London, he did not have to much of a problem.

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Sadiq Khan was looking after things for the campaign. It is one thing to

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say, we are listening and we have to do some indifferent but what? I

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imagine that they are asking themselves the same question. We

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were saying earlier just before we came on that actually, they have

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hired somebody who ought to be able to help them which is David

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Axelrod. Who was Barack Obama's adviser with blue exactly. No doubt

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at some expense to advise exactly on this kind of situation. Where do

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they go from here? One of the problems that Ed Miliband does face

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at the moment is the fact that he projects a nice guy, he projects

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policies which are interesting and which are thoughtful. He just

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doesn't project the image of a leader. At the moment. And he hasn't

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got long to turn around. We were saying that, maybe David Axelrod may

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be able to help with that. Maybe with a personality issue, in

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American elections, personality is a huge issue. A presidential elections

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you are looking at the character and the image of a particular

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individual. Character and image is his problem because if you look at

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the policies that he comes up with, if you look at many of his ideas,

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people agree with them. They just have a problem with his

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personality. It's not going to be the same for the dish prime minister

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as the US president. `` British prime minister. It is completely

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different. The question of leadership still remains. Put him

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against any of the candidates, Nigel Farage against David Cameron or Nick

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Clegg and somehow, Ed Miliband does not look like the guy who is going

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to be prime minister. The voters smell of only very quickly. What

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they have got to do with Ed Miliband is try and find a version of him

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that had they can present to the electorate that is authentic. If

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they try and compare him with some of the other party leaders to make

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him as genial as Nigel Farage or as slick as Cameron. Remember that

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terrible clip that did the rounds where some body had a go at changing

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Gordon Brown. And sort of... It did not work for him at all. You have to

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be careful with the changes you make. Let's move on to a different

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leader. The Conservatives and the Prime Minister, pressure to do a

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deal with UKIP. There will be no pact ordeals with UKIP, he says.

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David Cameron telling his backbenchers. Given that UKIP did

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not do as well this year, whether it would be a crazy idea to throw your

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lot in with UKIP on the strength of just this set of election results.

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Surely not. I think this is an instant reaction, playing to the

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events of the day. They don't want to seem to be arrogance. That is one

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of the problems that this Tory leadership does have. I think they

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are trying to present the idea that they are listening and that they are

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taking an interest in the concerns are raised by UKIP. I think it would

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be extraordinary if the Tories were to go into any kind of pact with

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UKIP. They have 12 months to change their policies then. To nuke the

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problems. A short`term and long`term problems. A short`term and long`term

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problem. The short`term is what they will do at the next election and I

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think what they will seek to do is to move in UKIP's direction not so

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they become UKIP at so they can extract from UKIP the soft

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supporters it might halve. `` might have. The long`term issue is that if

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you look at Tory election share of the vote over the election, it is

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going down. There are people having structural discussions about where

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to the party go? Where will our support Comp Robert? A lot will come

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from areas that they are very popular at the moment. From women,

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the north and with ethnic minorities. There will be a problem

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if they go in the UKIP direction particularly picking up the big

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minority vote. They will have to square that circle between the

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short`term imperative and the long`term imperative. Let's move

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away from the local elections. Police Federation elect new chairman

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on a possible according. Which is quite an interesting way of deciding

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who is going to be in charge. The Home Secretary, Theresa May, had

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some interstate to the federations annual conference this week with a

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warning that if they don't reform themselves, she will do it for them.

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One of your previous incarnations, you are home affairs a specialist? I

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did a lot of police reporting. You must take an interest in the

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machinations of organisations like the Police Federation Ozil I think

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it is marvellous that they have taken everything that Theresa May

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has said to heart. Everything about reform and modernisation. They need

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a new leader is because a coin. I think it is extraordinary. Part of

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the thing with the organisation, they try to have a new start they

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had gone through a period of self harm. The committee looked at the

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Police Federation and did not like what you saw at all. Internally, it

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had serious problems. Theresa May, she was critical to the point of

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brutal with them. They have a new chairman now elected on the toss of

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a coin and perhaps, he will be able to lead them into more tranquil

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territory. The Police Federation needs a period of calm. They were

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embroiled in the Plebgate affair with Andrew Mitchell and have had a

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terrible time. Absolutely terrible. And all entirely of their own

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making. I think this is completely bizarre. Just the image of all these

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men standing behind closed doors in secret and then deciding to sort of

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through a coin. We should all just be grateful that the man who got it

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seems to be the reforming candidate, rather than the other

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one. Talk about public image! Honestly, what are they doing? It is

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a shambles. I do not know why we bother with elections, we should

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just tossed coins. It would save a lot of money wouldn't it? Let's stay

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with the times, seaside house prices rose by 42% in a decade. If only we

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bought a house by the English Riviera! I was looking at it,

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thinking, this is interesting. House prices have gone up in places by the

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sea, but who is buying these houses? What is this story about? The report

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does not tell us that. These places are going up in price. Our local

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people buying the houses that those prices, perhaps not. Are they second

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houses, or second homes, sorry. It is an interesting weekend story

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about housing prices which is obviously on everyone's minds.

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Woodward talking about the overheated housing market, it is

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presented as if it is a great thing. `` we were talking. It can be a

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rotten thing, if it means that people born and bred there cannot

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buy property, in their own locality. This is a selected few seaside

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towns, I read this, and I think of all of the other seaside towns, some

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of which are ailing pretty badly. They could probably do with an

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injection of these kinds of funds. The same does not go for all seaside

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places at all, does it? Not at all, others are in a terrible state and

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people buying into these towns could people buying into these towns could

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show some more originality? Let's finish with Matt, the cartoon in the

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Daily Telegraph, he manages to conflate two different stories, we

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have two people here sitting, in their trembling sitting room, and

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the caption is" is this a political earthquake or have they started

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fracking? " . Nigel Farage manages to indirectly make this way into the

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Matt cartoon. `` make this way. Whether we will have the tremors for

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very long, we don't know. With all of these efforts to make it. He

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manages to bring two different stories together `` his. All stories

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will feature him for a while, Farage, at least for 24 hours!

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That is it for The Papers this evening, we will see you both later,

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thank you to both of my guests. At midnight we will have more on the

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results of local elections the next it is time for Sportsday. `` but

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