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

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With me are Isabel Hardman, Assistant Editor at the Spectator

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and James Lyons, Deputy Political Editor at the Sunday Times.

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One story dominating, let's talk you through the front pages, as we have

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them. The Telegraph is reporting on the British tourists minutes away

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from take-off and who now find themselves stranded in Sharm

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el-Sheikh in Egypt after the British Government suspended all flights in

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and out of the resort. The Guardian says the Government was acting on

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specific intelligence relating to the crash, which it received in the

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last 24 hours. The Mirror has the stark headline, it's not safe to fly

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home. The Times reports and comments from American intelligence sources

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that Islamic State was responsible for blowing up the plane. The Metro

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says Government concerns stem from its own intelligence sources rather

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than anything coming out of the crash investigation in Egypt. And,

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the only paper not to feature the plane crash, leads instead on pleas

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from the National Grid for heavy users of

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Let's start off with the Guardian, consumption after an unexpected

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Let's start off with the Guardian, this is a huge story which broke in

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good time for all the papers. All papers able to get together some

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pretty comprehensive analysis. The question is why have the

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government decided to suspend flights now when the plane came down

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over the weekend? The answer is they have had intelligence not part of

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the flight investigation that led them to believe they had to, as a

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precautionary measure, to suspend the flights. This is uneven of the

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visit of President Sisi. The Egyptian president here for a

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visit, embarrassing timing? The Egyptians are already up in arms

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about the decision so it will be an uncomfortable meeting tomorrow. It

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will be a body blow for tourism in Egypt's, which is already reeling?

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20,000 people stuck out there now and the Foreign Office has changed

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its advice this evening, which has said Sharm el Sheikh, no longer

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consider it safe. As far as I can can see from reports around, the

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bars are open restaurants are open and there doesn't seem to be any

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heightened security. You have been there several times? I have been

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through Sharm several times. I wasn't too concerned. There is a

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history of these problems in the region. Sharm has been targeted, a

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resort of the coast, there were suicide attacks there in 2006 which

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killed 23 people. It will not come as a surprise there are risks in

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this area. I was reading this morning, Gove's wife had been

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planning a winter break and cancelled on the last-minute on a

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gut instinct, so there you go. Isabel, the Metro, bomb alert,

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grounds Sharm flights. What they were saying is, the statement from

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Downing Street we had, it may well have been brought down by an

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explosive device. What an unusual statement by Number Ten? Yes, given

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the Egyptians and the Russians at the weekend said they didn't think

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it was the results of a terrorist package. The plane itself

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disintegrated in the air, I suppose the airline company are relieved at

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least one country is starting to raise again, the possibility of

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terrorist activities. It is saying in the Metro, it is understood the

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concerns are from Britain's own intelligence sources but I

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understand it could be some satellite imagery the US got hold of

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which they may have shared with us, which showed a flash in the sky. The

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Egyptians saying this is an overreaction by the British

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government, but if you are a Prime Minister or a Foreign Secretary, it

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is hard to take any risk when you think perhaps the airport security

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there at Sharm el Sheikh is not up to scratch? This is why politicians

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have such a difficult job. If they hadn't suspended flights and

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something happens, you can imagine the reaction when the press here

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find out there had been intelligence that had been passed to the British,

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suggesting it might have been something to do with terrorism. You

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can totally understand why they have taken that decision. It is awkward

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in terms of relations with Egypt. You have seen the impact on other

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countries that have had terrorist action, Tunisia for example. It

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comes after they put a security team on the ground to check out the

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airport. This comes as news from the Home Secretary's wanting new

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surveillance powers for the intelligence agencies. In some ways

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she might think this backs up her case the security services do need

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modernised, up today intelligence gathering techniques, in order to

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combat terrorism? In Westminster this afternoon when news of this

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filtered out before flights were suspended, Downing Street were

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suggesting terrorism was involved, some of my more cynical colleagues

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thought it might have been a coincidence, but I think we can

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discount that. The Guardian are reporting tonight, although Labour

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have given a warm welcome to the package they think is a lot more

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moderate than what they were expecting, there is some judicial

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oversight, the extent of the information retained isn't as fast

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as was feared by many. Let's rattle through the others. The Financial

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Times, pretty close to power cuts, if you believe this. National Grid

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in an emergency plea that the heavy users, industry, to power-down? Yes,

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asking heavy industry to switch to rack up generators to ensure supply.

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If you go further down in this story, I assume this is because we

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didn't have enough power stations and needed to build more, but there

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is another angle to this. The problem with the energy supply has

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been caused in part because electricity prices are too low to

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get supplies incentive to use capacity at short notice. The

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Telegraph, James, they have speeding fines. The police will use speeding

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fines to raise money? This is a more honest approach many forces have

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used in the past. Beds police talking about zero tolerance

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approach. Anyone going over 75 Leader of the House 70 miles an hour

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will get a fine. It comes in the midst of a cash crisis. Even if you

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are doing 71, low margin for error. Talking about slippers, they are

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back? It is on the front page of the Telegraph, they are still in fashion

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despite underfloor heating and lovely carpets. I am sure James has

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a pipe and slippers waiting at home for him after this. Not quite. Do

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you wear slippers, ever, Isabel, do you wear slippers? I am a fan of

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big, sparkly bed socks. The perfect Christmas present, a pair of

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slippers? I am at this stage in my life where all I want is a bottle of

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scotch and some socks. Good to talk to, we will be back in an hour to

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review the papers. James and Isabel, many thanks. Coming up next, it is

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time for sports

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