31/03/2016 The Papers


31/03/2016

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

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With me are Beth Rigby, the Media Editor from the Times

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and James Rampton, feature writer for the I.

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At that talking through the front newspapers in a moment.

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The Financial Times leads with accusations that Britain

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blocked attempts by EU officials to strengthen defences

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against the import of cheap Chinese steel -

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The i headlines that one in five will be obese in 9 years time

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British men coming in at number 8 on a global table.

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New Day also has obesity as it's headline -

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with medics warning the UK is set to be the fattest nation in Europe.

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The Telegraph reports a new study which says statins could become

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obsolete within a decade as the population becomes too obese

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The Metro headlines with price rises hitting people's pockets

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The Times writes that Tata has accused David Cameron of sleeping

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walking into the steel crisis by attempting to woo

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The Guardian also follows the story of Tata Steel -

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reporting the Business Secretary Sajid Javid is to travel

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to South Wales to reassure workers of the future of the plant.

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And of course the Daily Mirror, featuring the front page of Ronnie

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That a is lovely picture of Ronnie. The best one of him.

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Yes, a lovely picture of him. The warmth coming through had been his

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face, in his gesture. He died today, aged 85, surrounded by his wife of a

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50 years and his two daughters and lovely, lovely tributes in the

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paper. Quite rightly for him. A favourite of mine was tweeted by

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Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, who called him a giant of the

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British entertainment industry, who, given he was 5ft, I think Ronnie

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Corbett would have found that funny. Maybe a deliberate joke? I am going

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to say it wasn't. James, you messaged in I did. I'm delighted to

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say he really lived up to expectations when I met him. I was

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honoured to meet him. Michael Palin taking to you earlier, mentioned the

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twinkle he had. Sometimes you feel with comedians, that they switch it

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on and off, almost like they are acting for camera or stage but with

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Ronnie Corbett it was there all the time it was something that just

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emanated from him gnarly. I remember growing up as a child it was a great

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treat to be allowed to stay up on a Saturday night to watch The Two

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Ronnies, and I'm sure that there will be many my age and younger and

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older, who will feel a loss as he has disappeared.

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And here the Sun. With a picture of him in the famous glasses, sorry, a

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picture of him with the famous glasses.

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And I was speaking to John Lloyd, he was saying he campaigned for Ronnie

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Corbett to get a knighthood. He never got one. Saying that comedians

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don't often get one. We were talking about this before. Trying to think

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who has them. I looked it up. There are only five. Harry Lauder in 1911,

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Charlie Chaplin, Harry Secombe, Norman Which had come, and Lenny

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Henry. That is extraordinary airily few. You virtually have to appear on

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Top of the Pops these days to get one. But as a comedian it is much,

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much harder. If you are poking fun at the

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establishment your entire life, somehow... The establishment does

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not like you. And maybe fitting you don't. I think

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you lose credibility with the audience if you then become part of

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the establishment. You have to make the judgment whether or not it

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reflects badly on you if you accept it. It could undermine your

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credentials. So, Ronnie Corbett, very sadly missed. Now to the Times.

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Your front page lead is tomorrow is the steel crisis and the Chinese

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angle on the whole thing and the accusation that the British

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Government has been trying too hard to woo the Chinese and to allow in

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this glut of cheap Chinese steel. It is the really the beginning of

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the blame game. We know that Tata is going to shut or sell its

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operations. 15,000 jobs directly affected by that. But overall in the

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UK steel industry up to 40,000 jobs affected.

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Now ministers have insisted that this closure is about the glut of

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cheap steel in the world market as China sell it is cheaply and there

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is huge overcapacity in the market. What this stir is saying and the FT

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lead with this as well is that the European Commission and the European

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Union had actually been trying to put up barriers to stop this flood

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of Chinese steel in the EU. And the people that have been dragging their

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feet, the country dragging their feet was no other than the UK. In

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the US they have tariffs of 236%, why have George Osborne and David

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Cameron not done that? The accusation is that George Osborne

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was wooing the Chinese as he wants inward investment from China to fund

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projects such as Hinkley Point, the fund HS2, the high-speed rail line

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so turned a blind eye to something that would hurt China in order to

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curry favour with the Chinese that is politically very difficult for

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Government when they are facing the huge job losses in the run-up to

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local elections. James, is it a problem? I do. It

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plays into this idea that the Government handled this badly. An

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element of omni-shambles to use a word coined by one of George

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Osborne's previous Budgets. But a sense that they had no real grip of

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the situation. The Business Secretary in Australia with his

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teenage daughter, perhaps planning to spend down time when 40,000 jobs

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were at stake. He missed the plain back, apparently. Anna Soubry

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sending mixed messages as to what the Government would do. Jeremy

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Corbyn got in there quickly, he was in Port Talbot today, so he made the

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running and Steven Kinnock played a blinder, went to Mumbai, there

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putting the case for his constituents eloquently and has

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today questioned the position. I can see why he has done it. It looks

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chaotic. Even if it just the perception.

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Perception is everything today, though.

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To the Garde, still with the Tata Steel story. Their lead is who on

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earth may buy the company. It is losing, we are hearing, ?1 million a

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day. Who would buy a company like that? The first point is that the

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Government rule odd re-nationalisation, despite Anna

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Soubry saying that all options were on the table. That will not happen.

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So now the Guardian are talking about who could buy it. Liberty

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House is a company that bought unwanted sites in Scotland when the

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Scottish Government propped up their steel industry to find a buyer

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temporarily. But Tata, I think interestingly, further down, Tata

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say that they have tried for 158 months to find a buyer for the

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operations without success. They also say that they would release the

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assets for nothing but the problem is that there are huge liabilities.

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Pension liabilities amounting to ?2 billion. So when you look at the

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market, who is going to take on a company losing ?1 million a day with

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huge liabilities in a market that has a glut and it show no, sir sign

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of profiting. So it is not a question of selling

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but giving it away and maybe even nobody wants it if given away. And

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would Tata want to sell off to a rival who could maximise? I really

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feel for the people in these communities.

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Beth said 40,000 people involved. It could cost the Government ?200

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million in benefits if these places do close. So a huge problem. It

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reminds me of the problem with the '80s with the cool industry. Cheap

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imports, the same thing is afflicting the steel industry. The

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people suffering are the poor workers, I feel for them. They are

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stuck in the middle of this terrible problem. James Frampton writer for

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the i. Obesity is on the front of this page there. Are extraordinary

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statistics. One in five in the planet will be obese by 2025.

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They are good the bullet points. They highlight the shocking aspects

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of this report. One in five of us to become obese. That is the main

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headline and the Telegraph pointing out that drugs such as statins may

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not work, which is vital for saving lives, it may not work as obesity

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counteracts the effect of the medication. So a really, really

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serious problem it is good to have it on the front page to highlight

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what a potential catastrophe we have with heart disease, diabetes.

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Beth, British men coming in at number eight on the global table of

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obesity, does that surprise you? It does. And on the New Day, they are

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saying that the UK is setting itself up to be the fattest nation in

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Europe. This study comes a few weeks after George Osborne imposed a sugar

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tax to raise ?500 million. Which he said he would put into sports in

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schools in a bid to begin to tackle the obesity epidemic that is coming

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ourway in the UK, if not already here if you think of what the

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Government has done in terms of levies, alcohol, tobacco, heavily

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taxed in a bid to free money for the NHS. This is if there are

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generations of people getting late onset of diabetes and medical

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complications for obesity, this will cost the NHS a fortune. And speaking

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of things going up in price, Metro have tomorrow, April the 1st, or

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April the Worth, Council Tax up, prescriptions up, the public sector

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set to pay. An expensive day from tomorrow? There is a flip side as

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the national Living Wage is coming in. So workers on very, very low

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wages will get an increase in pay but obviously so if you take Council

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Tax, famously frozen through the coalition years through austerity,

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the Council Tax bills but George Osborne has allowed councils to

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increase the bills because actually they are going to use that money to

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care for older people to create a ?3. 5 billion fund to start to try

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to fill in some of the gaps that the rollbacks for the welfare have

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created. I don't mind paying more Council Tax for that.

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James, you get the last word. April Fool's Day is tomorrow. You have

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spotted possibly an April's Fool's Story in I hope so. I thought the

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Germans and the French could be more unpopular if that is possible. It

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story is claiming that Roland Piaf suggests that if we leave the EU in

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June, then we could be thrown from the European Championships. The

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moment I realised it was a made up story, was when I saw that the

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German representative was You'regoingtolose. He says: If

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Britain leaves, we should be clear, out means out. It is a fantastic

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story. You think, the Europeans, what are they doing to us now. But

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it plays on our xenophobia. Is it not nice to have a light

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hearted Brexit story. And a light hearted football story as well. Yes.

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Many thanks to both of you. Have a good April's Fool's Day tomorrow.

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And while we have been on the air, more tributes to Ronnie Corbett. The

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Sun leading with a poignant tribute:... And it's good night from

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me. And the Daily Express signing him off with: It's a fond good night

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to him. And the Daily Mail: Questioning why

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his services to entertainment were never nighted. As we were discussing

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earlier on. So, Ronnie Corbett dominating.

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Don't forget all the front pages are online on the BBC News website

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where you can read a detailed review of the papers.

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It's all there for you - 7 days a week at bbc.co.uk/papers -

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with each night's edition of The Papers being posted

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on the page shortly after we've finished.

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Thank you to James Frampton and Beth Rigby. Thank you very much for being

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with us. Good night. The April showers have come early

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this week but you would

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