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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are Tim Shipman, political editor of The Sunday Times and

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Caroline Wheeler, political editor of the Sunday Express Tomorrow's

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The Observer leads with the fallout from

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Iain Duncan Smith's resignation, saying the Tory party is at war.

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The Mail on Sunday claims the Prime Minister

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unleashed a four letter tirade at Mr Duncan Smith when the Work

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and Pensions Secretary made clear he was determined to resign.

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the resignation could do to George Osborne's leadership ambitions.

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And the Sunday Telegraph says

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the knives are out for the Chancellor, as he suffers

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what they call an unprecedented backlash from Tory MPs.

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The photograph is of the England rugby team, celebrating

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their Six Nations Grand Slam victory.

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The Sunday Express has a different lead,

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reporting that murder trials could be shown live on TV under plans to

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And for the last ever print edition

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of the Independent on Sunday, the paper has

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the simple headline Lights Out and a special report on climate change.

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Well, so much to get our teeth into, The Mail on Sunday is where we will

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begin with Iain Duncan Smith's all out. Outrage, Cameron's four C at

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Iain Duncan Smith, we can't even allude to what those four letters

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were. Appalling latter is. David Cameron is not happy to say the

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least when he heard Iain Duncan Smith was resigning. Iain Duncan

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Smith of course resigned late yesterday. A fairly surprising move,

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not something we had necessarily seen coming, although

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behind-the-scenes apparently sources close to him said it has been

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something he was considering for some time. If you believe the line

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from Downing Street they were puzzled by why he had gone

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particularly given they had just climbed down on the thing he was

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concerned about, of course cuts to the benefits for the disabled.

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That's where they are coming from. This is what David Cameron muttered

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those words in response to. Puzzled isn't a word the Prime Minister used

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when he was exploding with rage. I think he was more than puzzled, he

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was furious. You 4G expletive were told. -- four letter. It's a very

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serious thing to say. Iain Duncan Smith resigned by letter from his

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Bucks home -- we're told. He was surprised when he was phoned up and

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roundly abused for failing to turn up in person and for not giving them

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to warning. It was all a bit shambolic to be perfectly honest. He

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resigned at 8:56pm last night. I know. Not the time of day, his poor

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old special adviser was pulling her hair out, if you're going to resign

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on Friday night then do it before the first edition of the papers. But

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Iain Duncan Smith insisted on hanging around until he had had two

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quite difficult conversations with the Prime Minister. You, Tim, in

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your newspaper, the Sunday Times, look at what this might mean for

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George Osborne. The focus now is really turning to what this means

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for the Chancellor. There's a lot of it all over the place this evening.

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We're not saying Osborne is unfit, the man has lost 2.5. Stone, on his

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way to becoming Prime Minister after David Cameron, but the inevitability

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of George Osborne has evaporated. Quite a lot of people have come

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pouring out of the woodwork declaring he is unfit for high

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office. What is if they are not happy with? A lot of this is quite

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personal. -- what is it. Osborn lorded it over these people for

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quite some time. -- Osborne. He's quite influential with the Prime

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Minister in assigning jobs doles out the cash. If you're someone he wants

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to impress them the phones you up and asks if there's anything he can

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do for you -- he doles out the cash. When it doesn't look like

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you're going to win then you need to fall back on personal charm, and

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that's not been a great strength of the Chancellor so far. One rather

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sharp tongued minister here is comparing him first to Frank Spencer

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and secondly to the Child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which

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is about as damning an insult I've heard for some time. It's about

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judgement as well. We've had numerous examples where his

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judgement has been brought into question. There was the Omnishambles

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budget in 2008, and there was the tax credit fiasco, which wasn't that

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long ago, only in November. It's whether or not he has understandably

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core message of the party and a feeling that because he has

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appointed his proteges to those high positions, he's reflecting his ideas

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within an echo chamber. Iain Duncan Smith said last night in his

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resignation statement that this change to the disability payments

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was a step too far, indefensible to hand over tax breaks to higher

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earners while taking away benefits from all vulnerable people. Then we

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have Baroness Altmann, pensions minister, who has walked alongside

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Iain Duncan Smith, really letting loose tonight with this personal

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statement saying she is incredulous by the way he has behaved and the

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fact Iain Duncan Smith, she says, championed this very package of

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reforms that he is now used as a reason for resigning. This is one of

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the more astonishing statements any of us have seen for some time. If

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one is allowed to inject a note of cynicism, Baroness of modern was

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busy rounding on George Osborne not so long ago saying he's getting it

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wrong over pensions -- Baroness Altmann. Today he is getting into

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Iain Duncan Smith that will make the party leadership more happy with

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her. She said she found it hard to work with him and he wants to

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further the campaign to leave the EU. If one was being suspicious you

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could say large chunks of this statement was written in Downing

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Street. I know her well, she's an honourable character, but it's

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interesting she is prepared to sling the Khyber in this way. I'm sure

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that's not quite the right phrase. There are bits of this reminiscent

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of the discussions Number 10 have had with us today. There are quotes

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that I can recognise here. She was also saying... Iain Duncan Smith

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shut her up. That's another astonishing bit, from a personal

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perspective for months I've been silenced by him in what I said has

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been strictly controlled. That must be the weeks when she wasn't being

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silenced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Prime Minister.

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Maybe she's being silenced by all of them, if she's trying to get a

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message out that nobody likes. Quite. Don't forget, Ros Ball G-Man

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is one of Britain's leading pensions experts -- Ros Ball Jo Oldman. She's

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coming from the outside and often what goes on in Whitehall is pretty

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baffling to people who not spend a lot of time there. This may be her

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natural reaction to being cooped up and told to be quiet. She has

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certainly told us how she feels. Let's move on and away from what's

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happening with Iain Duncan Smith, but staying with what is happening

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with the Conservatives. The Sunday Telegraph, Brexit campaign is built

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on fantasy claims Sir John Major, former Prime Minister, who wasn't

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always exactly keen on what was going on with the European Union in

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his own day, was he? He had a tough time from his own people and in the

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finest traditions of what we've seen from the Prime Minister, he had his

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own words for the Euro sceptics in those days. You have to feel a bit

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for Sir John, he's made it on the front of the Telegraph this evening,

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but he's been bumped from Andrew Marr tomorrow and been replaced by

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Iain Duncan Smith. Good to see him getting an outing here. He's seen as

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an elder statesman and Downing Street lakes to wheel him out and

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use him because he's popular with the waverers in the middle that

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think... My mum thinks he's a nice chap and might listen to what he

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says about Europe. Why is he saying it's a fantasy to think of Brexit?

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He's giving a scene Jo similar warning to one we have seen before,

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saying there would be economic disaster ahead and the breakup of

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the UK if Britain votes to leave the EU. He said the outcome would

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trigger a second referendum on Scottish independence, which is

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another one of those arguments we have seen made before which has

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struck a fear chord in everybody's hearts, because everyone knows

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Scotland has a different perception of Europe to the rest of the UK.

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It's an interesting intervention, you can see why he's done it,

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perhaps that's why he did it, because they knew he was going to be

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on Marr. I don't see a definitive new argument from those wanting us

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to remain. It's up to the Leave campaign... This is the tragedy with

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this debate, we've heard every argument that's likely to be made

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and we are still 95 days from the key moment. We will be back again.

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Who knows what could happen within the Conservative party within that

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time. That's the problem, this story could become the Conservative party

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in all out civil war. There's probably more days of that to come.

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And for the government, the risk is they can put up their grid and

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advance these arguments and put up what they want, but events can

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intervene. Migration crisis, if there's a terrorist attack, these

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things could affect the outcome of this in a way they can't control.

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Sunday express, a different story, Old Bailey live on TV. Which bits of

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a case would be shown? This is going to be a pilot scheme. The government

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has a clear intention, this is the lower action of travel they want to

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go in, the Ministry of Justice will lay a proposal on Monday to make

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this pilot scheme a reality. They will film the sentencing statement

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the judges make. They're doing it in eight courts across the country and

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the Old Bailey is one of them, which is significant, because the Old

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Bailey normally gets the most prolific offenders and high profile

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murder cases we ever see. I must stress it's a pilot, although there

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is Presidents, because they've started to film in the court of

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appeal. Britain is usually a way behind other countries. We've seen

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other trials across other countries before with Oscar Pistorius in South

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Africa and OJ Simpson in America, Amanda Knox. How much appetite is

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there for this? I wonder how much appetite there is for looking at the

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sentencing. The danger is unless you get the Monty Python singing judge

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or something like that it could be rather jump. Most broadcasters for

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big murder trials would carry that footage. The interesting thing is to

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see if it expands further and we could get into celebrity barristers

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strutting their stuff. Anyone who has watched Making A Murderer has

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seen there's an appetite for true crime on the television, let's see

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if it takes off. We shall. Finally, lights for the Independent on

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Sunday. Here's the last print edition it says of this newspaper,

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but the news never stops, we've got used to these very striking front

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pages the Independent on Sunday. This is the picture here because it

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is Earth hour across the world. Very sad. Those of us who work in print

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don't like to see any publication close, especially not one which is

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as interesting and different as the Independent on Sunday, which has a

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lot of fine journalists working with it. I'm baffled by the picture to be

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honest, it doesn't immediately scream Independent. That is their

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offices. Especially when they've got an interview with the Prime

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Minister, which I'm quite jealous of. They are talking about optimism

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for climate change and lights out. A sad day but we will still feature

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them on the BBC. We will let you go home and go to sleep before you

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become completely catatonic. Thanks for joining us, it's been a very

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interesting evening. Coming up next it's time for The Film

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