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With me are are Mihir Bose from the London Evening Standard

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Welcome to you both. We will plunge and in a moment, but first, let's

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take a look at the headlines. The Independent says Jeremy Corbyn has

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gone to war with the head of the military. It reports on the row

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between the Labour leader and the Chief of defence staff. The Metro

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has the same story as its lead. The Telegraph also covers the row, says

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Sir Nicholas Cornton launched a stinging attack on Mr Corbyn. The

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express says millions of people could get a tax windfall. The FT

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leads on Saudi Arabia's oil policy, saying the country is determined to

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protect its share of the global market. The eye says airlines are

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defying the Foreign Office by offering holidays to Sharma will

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shake, despite government advice. The Times focuses on Europe,

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reporting that the Prime Minister might be prepared to hold a

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referendum on Britain's's ownership of the EU in June next year. And the

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Guardian also looks at Mr Cameron's EU demands and warns top diplomats

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are warning that Britain is losing its clout.

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Let's begin with the Independent, a very striking picture. Absolutely. I

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wonder if Tony Blair has got a knife. I really do. What a wonderful

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photograph. That is serious disgust. It's a beautifully framed picture.

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You wonder if this might end up on Private eye. It is made for Private

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eye. Look at Blair's face, looking at the back of Corbyn, and wondering

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what has happened. We wonder whether he could striking down. He didn't

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striking down. What about the story that this photograph is

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illustrating? Corbyn goes to war with the head of the military. I

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think Corbyn in this sense, what the head of the military says is right,

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if you say you're not going to have a deterrent, you are destroying the

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basis of it. But for him to go public, an unelected person, the

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most important defence man we have, to publicly criticise a potential

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reply minister or a Leader of the Opposition in this fashion, I think

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Corbyn is right to say he shouldn't be doing it. He should have rung me

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up and said, you know, you are the Leader of the Opposition, entitled

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to know what the defence think and not go on Andrew Marr and say you

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are wrong. I think on this question, must dash we must have simply for

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Corbyn. It's more than simply. Should a serving officer, a senior

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officer, go on television on such a specific day to make this case? It

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is not what he said was wrong but I think that should have happened in a

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briefing with Corbyn. I think we should be looking at the fence is

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not a party political issue. And yet on that same programme, Maria

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Eagle, Labour's defence spokeswoman in the Shadow Cabinet, said there

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was nothing wrong with what he said. The issue isn't that there is

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anything wrong with the content of what he said... It's choosing the

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television to deliver the message. Yeah. We have a long tradition of

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civilian control. So let's be very clear. The idea of a man in uniform

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suddenly intervening in this manner is quite significant. Normally,

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defence chiefs say this as they are about to retire, their final speech.

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At some point, they make a speech about what is happening in the world

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and their worries. That is when they have a final say and by then they've

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retired, are taking their pension and can play golf. It's a bit

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worrying, unless he is on his way out. He might be if Jeremy Corbyn

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becomes Prime Minister. Let's leave that one and moves on to the times.

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This very interesting. This will get them jittery in Westminster and

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maybe elsewhere as well. An EU referendum as soon as June next

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year. Clearly, David Cameron is ratcheting this up. First of all,

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and we've already heard this, that if the EU turn a deaf ear, he would

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advise the British electorate to vote on opting out and secondly, we

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are going to have his letter for the first time specifying what the

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demands are. There has been debate about what the demands are. What

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is setting out is his position and saying, yes, the referendum is

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quick. This like, but a check on the Tories who

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want to leave. Including some members of his own Cabinet. We have

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been told that the Foreign Secretary and others might campaign for

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Britain to leave. Last week, there was a story about Theresa May. He is

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taking a risk and the times has it right, it's a gamble. Their argument

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or the suggestion is some people might be pushing him in this

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direction. The Times thinks this is the option being pushed by George

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Robson -- Osborne. Given what might happen... This summer's migration

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crisis has intensified the pressure. If you don't renegotiate on the

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freedom of movement of labour which is at the heart of the Treaty of

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Rome, we have to leave and Cameron has to find a way around that. I

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think I am worried that so much of this will be conflated and should it

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not go his way, I think he is possibly going to sleepwalk Britain

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out of Europe, the EU, without realising. That is a serious gamble

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and I wonder if that has been debated. I welcome this because it

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is time that serious things were set up. There is this kind of jingoistic

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idea. It would be good to have the run-up. Let's go for June. Even the

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Foreign Secretary said only a month or so ago on BBC News that it's been

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shadow-boxing up until now. Hasn't been a real negotiation. If we go in

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June and if Cameron loses, let's say, then surely his opposition

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would become very difficult. Who knows, we might find ourselves in an

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Osborne fight against Boris Johnson in June. Let's look at the front of

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the Financial Times and the suggestion that George Osborne might

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have found a way out of his self imposed over tax credits. They might

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be more recalled room than planned. It's an interesting one. Always

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think that he has locked himself into a strange position because of

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the idea of austerity not as a policy but as an ideological stance.

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It is not given him much manoeuvre space. This was a battle he chose

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and it was an unnecessary one. It will be interesting to see if he

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gets some wriggle room and how he takes a Ford. The suggestion is that

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he could have found about ?2 billion down the back of the sofa, by

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lowering interest rates payments. Because of the low interest rates,

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the debt service charge falls and he could reduce that to reduce the tax

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credits. If he does that, it does mean that he is doing a bit of a

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U-turn. So far, George Osborne is a man who doesn't do you terms. He is

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the next great leader. He is the next great leader and I think

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whatever he does, he is in a position where I think his light

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will dim little bit. Yeah, and I think that idea of austerity as his

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ideological stance will take a real beating, regardless of what he does

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with this one. It's interesting. With other developed punts happening

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in Europe and it seems certain now that the Portuguese government will

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fall and an alliance from the left will take power. The environment

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around Britain is shifting potentially and therefore that

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presumably makes the choice that George Osborne has to make even more

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politically delicate for him. And I wonder if this story hasn't come

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from a Treasury leak, suggesting that he has room for manoeuvre.

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Between now and the Autumn Statement, there will be a Treasury

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leak, suggesting that he has room for manoeuvre. Between now and the

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Autumn Statement, there will be lots of maybe a complete U-turn but.

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Let's move on and talk about the story. This is the back page of the

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Guardian, the sports section of the Guardian. It's talking about what

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looks like could a pretty grim day for athletics. Yes. What is

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interesting is the Guardian has given some detail about the

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reporting out tomorrow, from Dick Pound, the first head of the world

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anti-doping agency. It's looking into allegations that the

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international athletics Federation covered up doping allegations,

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particularly in relation to Russia. What interesting, Pound has always

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been a believer that there is a lot of doping that goes on in sport.

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This is a man who believed Lance Armstrong was a man who took drugs

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and he turned out to be true. If any of these... If there is one man who

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can say X happened, it will come out. OK, we've had all sorts of

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corruption crises in sport, Fever and so on, but this is different.

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This is corruption on the field of play. If you are watching something

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and cannot believe the man who has won the gold medal has done it

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through his own sweat and tears and what have you,... It's hugely

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corrosive. The fact it hit such a vast area, I think, with Fever you

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could kind of say, you know, I'm a cricket fan. You could kind of walk

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away from it. Here, you have very little way of walking away from it.

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But I think there is another problem for Sebastian Kehl, because how much

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did he know? He's literally just arrived in August. His predecessor

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has been arrested by the French police. Sebastien Coe has been given

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a very difficult inheritance here. What is interesting is it involves

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Russia. We will wonder what a certain Mr Putin will say. We should

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move on before we get into dangerous territory. I have to declare an

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interest in this story. My dad was a postman for 40 years. I like this

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story. I'm glad you to suggest that, not me. Go ahead. I love big dogs so

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this is a major story. I am completely on the side of this

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village and the mastiff. It's a lovely name, this Welsh town.

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Apparently, the Royal Mail has stopped delivering to an entire

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street because of one mastiff, which has attacked postwoman. This is a

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form of collective punishment and contravenes the Geneva Convention.

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The mastiff might be looking after the entire street! Thank you both

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very much. We will see you in an hour. Thank you for being with us.

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Don't forget, we would be back in our's time. I will be back at the

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top of the hour with the news. Coming up next on BBC, it's

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