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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are Christopher Hope, the chief political correspondent for

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the Telegraph, and the political commentator Miranda Green.

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The Guardian leads with the floods in Cumbria, saying that

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the Prime Minister is coming under pressure over the government's

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The Times reports that ministers will review the country's storm

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The Mirror claims there's fury over cuts to flood defences,

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and highlights that the damage could run to some ?300 million.

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The Metro warns that northern England could be hit

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The Express thinks it is five inches.

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The Independent highlights the success of

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the French far-right party the Front National in the country's regional

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elections and says mainstream politicians are in "a panic".

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The Telegraph says thousands of new homes are set to be built

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on green belt land in what it calls "the biggest relaxation of planning

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The Mail carries a criticism from the health

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ombudsman that families affected by medical blunders are being fobbed

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Actually, it is you saying it is the biggest change to green belt

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policies for 30 years. You wrote that article and we will dissect it.

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Starting with the Daily Mirror. Few we over Cameron's cuts to flood

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barriers, as thousands of homes are hit. -- fury over. Is the government

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looking vulnerable? They are. Labour says there is a 40% fall in flood

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defences and that was the point made in the House of Commons today, but

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this is a classic case when Fleet Street does our industry proud. It

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is all about the people. On TV you get a bit of that, but look at the

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detail. They've gone right into the heart of people in Carlisle. Someone

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saying this person is paying ?98 per month for insurance with a ?6,000

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XS. The economics of living there are getting worse. On foot of rain

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fell on them. This is meant to happen once in 100 years. There have

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been similar events like this in the past ten years. I think really the

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Mirror looks great. They say water torture and this nails it. Your

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horror. And that coming from a lead writer of the Daily Telegraph. Well

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done to the Daily Mirror. It was touched on that this could be

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difficult for the government. If it is confirmed that they are cutting

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defences, clearly it seems that once they did put up won't any good

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anyway. Well, some of them. That's right. As you said, some of the

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broadsheet said the government is under pressure. But the daily Mirror

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has told that story brilliantly through these pictures. If we go to

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the inside pages of the Mirror, water torture. That's right. They

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have run together many different interviews with the people affected.

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Some of them are really hard rating. There is a woman who is heavily

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pregnant and you really feel for these people. The point is, after

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the last floods, which was only three years ago, places like

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Carlisle and places across Cumbria were supposed to have been protected

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with new flood defences. Clearly these are unprecedentedly bad

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weather events, as the government calls them, but we are witnessing a

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period in which climate change is resulting in these unprecedented

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weather events, so we have to prepare for them. There is a

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question of accountability, as you were saying, politically, about

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whether the right protections are in place. Actually, David Cameron went

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to visit Carlisle today and he has been quoted in this story as

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saying, what more can we do, that they will re-examine the whole plan

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for flood defences in these areas? Sit down with the Environment

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Agency, look at what has been built, look at the level of rainfall and

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flooding, what more can we do? So, they have clearly realise that if

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they are going to have these sorts of extreme weather patterns that we

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have to prepare for them. It will be very expensive and not just for the

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government. People who live in these areas, the sorts of insurance they

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will have to pay will be astronomical. I saw one of the

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pictures from Danny Savage's peace yesterday, showing these flood

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defences over the river. They are just bits of metal. And yet a foot

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of rain fell in 24 hours. It overwhelmed it completely. Going

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onto the Times, global warning warning. Floods caused by global

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warning, says the minister. This is the Environment Minister Liz Truss.

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It are saying this way of slightly deflecting some of the issue away

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from, the government hasn't done enough on defences, or is she simply

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stating what a lot of scientists are suggesting, that if the air is

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warmer it holds more moisture? It is a really interesting question

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because there might be a little bit of deflection. It's not our fault,

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we couldn't legislate for this. At the God. But that is an interesting

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question. Obviously the background to this is that in Paris with got

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these big climate change talks going on, howl urgent does the British

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government as an entity really see the Paris climate change talks,

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because they haven't really given the impression that written is

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pushing on this issue at all. And yet here we have a part of our own

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country seriously affected by climate change. -- Britain. But in

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the Tory party there is quite a lot of scepticism regarding climate

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change. Actually for the environment secretary, someone that clearly

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saying this is caused by global warming, that's a bit of a moment in

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the debate. I like the cartoon. It says, priority one from David

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Cameron, have we got enough wellies? Yes, previously some of the

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ministers had to borrow than! But more than 40,000 homes are still

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without electricity. Big problems there. And of course all of this is

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happening one week, ten days, two weeks before Christmas? Yes and they

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might get more flooding in the next few days. All we want is a fresh,

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dry wind to blow through in the next few weeks and are probably won't

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happen. You really do feel for people in that situation. Moving to

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the Independent. It is all happening in France. France's fascist

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uprising. The Socialist party withdraws candidates. Key regional

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battles. Yes, a situation that even the front mass -- Front National is

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saying is the result of the shootings and the terror attacks.

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It's a massive worry. These are local elections. We are seeing a

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rise in this kind of Front National, which is alarming. Here, UKIP

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managed to new to the far right to a degree. This is a worry for France.

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They still have emergency measures in place in Paris. There has been

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this concern about their sanity is very alarming. Interesting how the

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French try to deal with this kind of uprising, as it were. The centre

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right and the left come together usually and it is debatable as to

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whether it will work. Absolutely. Next weekend will be the second

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round of these elections. They need to engineer a tactical vote against

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the Front National, which will mean already some of the Socialist

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parties pulling candidates in certain areas, which will mean

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probably the centre right party can defeat the Front National.

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Interestingly, Nicolas Sarkozy is having a second coming in France,

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but he isn't playing ball and he says he thinks this is wrong and it

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is the kind of political stitch up which delivers the electorate into

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the hands of the Front National. It is a bit like what we have in

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Britain, the idea of the political establishment and people were

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rebelling against UKIP. Not quite as extreme. UKIP is a different beast.

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It is interesting and of course it isn't just a reaction to the attacks

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in Paris, it is also to do with the migrant crisis over the last few

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months, which has changed the political temperature across Europe.

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But there is the risk that if the centre right and left and sort

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things out that the Front National could end up winning a substantial

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number of votes. Whatever it is. Yes. It could. Also, what is really

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interesting about it, and probably why the Independent has put it on

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the front, is it may prefigure what happens in the presidential election

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in France, because lots of people think that Marine Le Pen herself

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will get through to the second round of the presidential race and then it

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will be a question of who can beat her in the second round. So even

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though this is not about controlling the government... It is 18 months

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away. And famously her father did that and managed to get through to

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the second round. Anyway, moving on. Explain yourself on this one. It is

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at the top of the paper. People need to live somewhere and we need to

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find more space. This is an interesting thing for the Tory voter

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but the government says we should try to allow people to live on the

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green belt. It says younger people under 40 want to get on the green

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belt. This is to protect the land around towns and cities that stops

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urban sprawl. There has been a manifesto pledge from many Tory

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campaigns, but they say perhaps we need to release some of the value

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for these younger people. It might work just about. Is this a concrete

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proposal? It's a consultation. Concrete is very nice. Ugly

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concrete. It is an ideal, but it is one with feeling, because it's a

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consultation. The question now is how people will be abated. There are

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people who by this newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, and one would have

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thought they might be very anti- this kind of idea. One would, yes.

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But it is interesting, politically, because you reach the tipping point

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when people support of the anxiety protecting their own lifestyle or

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view turned into so much anxiety about their grandchildren never

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being able to afford a place to live, that they start to sacrifice

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some of their view for the grandchildren. That's why the

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government is starting to test public opinion a little bit on

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this. It is the moral case. If ministers were braver about making

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it we might have a chance. I think if they took a chance they may find

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it would yield a lot of dividend. They might want to do that. All

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right. Going to the Guardian. Tyson Fury. How he picked a fight with the

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world. This is a man, the heavyweight champion of the world.

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Undisputed. Is the undisputed? He has all three volts. OK. -- belts. I

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have been told he is missing one. Not bad. You would think he would be

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a national hero. He is a bit like Jeremy Corbyn. He has a beard and

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nobody thought he would win. Now people are going over what he

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said... Tyson Fury, Jeremy Corbyn, works well! Now they are thinking

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some of his comments about a woman's Place is with a baby on her

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back and he says he hates nobody and he stands by his views on anti-

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women, et cetera. -- place. But 80,000 people have signed a

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petition, saying he should be up for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

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this year. Having heard him interviewed, he does seem to be

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confusing a personality with a good personality. Do you know what I

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mean? He says he won this fight and he has got a personality that is

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bigger than life, but there is a personality and then a personality.

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Is this award for sporting achievement, or is it for being a

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role model in society and everything that brings with it? It is both. It

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is the watershed. Thank you. That is what I was struggling towards. The

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question is, according to the people signing the petition, that he could

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potentially be the latter. I do not wish to insult the BBC sports

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personality broadcast. But I have watched it and sometimes the people

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who win it have no personality at all. A brilliant racing car driver.

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Is it for a achievement? It is the whole package. You managed to get

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yourself out of that hole. I think he had it all there, he should have

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kept his mouth zipped. It is a bit of a problem. He was slagging off

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somebody on the short list. It has been great having you. Stay with us.

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Much more coming up on the top of the tower. It is

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