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

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With me are Laura Hughes, political correspondent

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at the Daily Telegraph and Mihir Bose, who's a columnist

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:

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The Mail headlines with new allegations

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about the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale's private life.

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It claims he sent a photo of highly sensitive Cabinet papers to a woman

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The Observer says a crisis is looming in primary school places

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in England - with a shortfall of 10,000 places expected

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The Sunday Express dedicates a full page to the photograph of William

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and Kate visiting the Taj Mahal and replicating Princess

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The Sunday Telegraph quote a senior government minister saying Britain

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could face an economic shock similar to the banking crisis if it leaves

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And the Sunday Times writes that the former cricketer

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Sir Ian Botham has backed Britain leaving the European Union and said

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Britain should stand proud as he did as a cricketer.

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Plenty to get our teeth into tonight. Let's start with the

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Observer. Lots of different lead stories this weekend. The Observer

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says there will be a gap of 10,000 primary school places in four years'

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time. This is a story saying that because of cutbacks and because

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schools are becoming academies, they can't expand, new schools can't be

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set up, there will be a big gap and this story is time to because early

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next week, parents will get letters telling them whether their children

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have got to the primary school near their place of residence, the one

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they have chosen. I'm not doubting the story. They are saying even the

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Conservative local government Association is going to protest

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about government policies. This seems to be a recurring problem, in

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the country, as far as I can remember in the last 50 years, we've

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gone is from grammar schools, to comprehensives, to academies and we

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don't seem to solve the education problem. If you want to do well in

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life, you've got to send your child, as I have to send my child, to a

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private school, which is only 7% of the population. I am sure people up

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and down the country will disagree with that. This comes amid a big row

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about Conservative schools across the country. Labour are fiercely

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opposed to this. Tory MPs have come out and criticised it. And the fact

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that the LGA, which is Conservative lead at the moment, is planning to

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come out this next week to coincide with these results, it is not good

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for Nicky Morgan. You mentioned the perfect school debate. I was

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watching question Time on Thursday night and people were still

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attacking private schools but some might argue that sending your child

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to a private school is taken up the pressure from some of these schools.

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If you go to France or Germany, when I speak to my friends there, there

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is not that emphasis on private schools. Why should we have built a

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school culture in this country where you feel if you have the money, you

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would rather spend it on education than something else? Getting back to

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this particular shortage in school places, these are worked on as

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forecasts years and years in advance. What I have learned from

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the front page of the Observer is was it a bad forecast bad planning?

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But that it has done in terms of academies and so on, and they are

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projecting, and because of that, they won't be able to build more

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school places and therefore accommodate the demand and this is

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particularly the Midlands and the North and so. The projecting on the

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basis of current policy. They are saying that in 2019 to 2020, some of

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the worst areas, a wide range across the country, and they say last year,

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up to one in five youngsters did not get into the school of their

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parents' choice. The figures seem to be rising dramatically. Definitely.

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I think it is worrying generally to hear that schools are being forced

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to turn areas that are not designated for class brings into

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classrooms. I think parents will be worried. I have a very small chance

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of getting my child into the school where I live and how many children

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will be these classrooms and in what environment are they going to be

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taught? Let's move on to the Sunday Telegraph now. They do focus on

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possible breadth it and the EU referendum. -- Brexit. We are

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expecting a landmark report from the Treasury, out lining the cost. We

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have been waiting for this big Treasury report which is forecasting

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what the impact will be on Britain leaving the EU. It is not surprising

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that it has a warning like this. The government wants us to stay. It is

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not surprising they have taken this position. You've got Michael Gove

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and Chris Grayling saying... Obviously, they were going to say

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that. The public will think this is another piece of propaganda, more

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scaremongering, the government are trying to deploy fear tactics. But

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it is also interesting. There is a piece in the Telegraph from the new

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work and pension is secondary, the new access to the face of the Tory

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party, in the midst of all these upsets, his background is a

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blue-collar worker. He is warning the people that will be affected by

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this are people who work in manufacturing and construction. It

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is interesting they have put him out here to make this point. I don't

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believe he sat alone and read this piece, Stephen Crabb. Do you get the

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feeling there is a plan of a Minister weekend making some

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statement in a grid that is laid out to say why it is a bad thing. Last

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weekend, Jeremy Hunt was lined up saying that the DHS. I think the

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government has decided to give what they consider facts and convince

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people of agronomic back that it would be disastrous to leave the EU.

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# Convince people of economic facts. It is being presented as governor

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and propaganda and that is where the leave campaign is doing quite well

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because they are saying they are not presenting facts or hard economic

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truths, they are just projecting what would happen, as if leaving the

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EU is falling off a cliff. And that the government problem. The more

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facts they present, the more they are seen as a propaganda machine.

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You get the feeling from what you are here from inside the various

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political establishment that it has backfired? Yes. How many people have

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read it, for a start! And Boris has been crude about it. He said it is

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not made on material that some people would like to use it as. You

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would expect apartment to do that. If the government were recommended

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we leave, they would spend that money on it. They will have more

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manpower and money behind it. It is going to be an emotional decision.

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You either think it is good for you feel we have lost control of our

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country, there are two mini people here and therefore we ought to

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leave. I don't think it will be decided on economic facts. Stick

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with that thought. The Sunday Times, let's stay with the story, very

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different angle from the Sunday Times. With the headline, Botham

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swings bat for Brexit. He has apparently written an article or

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being interviewed. I'm a big Ian Botham fan but that does seem very

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unusual headline. It is unusual and most of the stories about Boris

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Johnson' speech up North and Ian Botham and all his great cricketing

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deeds provides the introduction to the peace. He is a wonderful

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cricketer and I wish he were still playing but listening to him talk

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about whether we should stay in the EU or not is the most ridiculous

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argument I have heard. One of the arguments he has presented is

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because I am a cricketer but cricket has at team ethos. There are 11

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players. It is a bit like the EU, with all sorts of restrictions put

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on it. And it might not appeal to the younger generation? I have to

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admit, I do know who he is. Let's move on to a different topic. We are

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coming up to the local authority elections. Indeed, the one that

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seems to be getting a lot of headlines is the London mayoral

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race. The Sunday Times comes out with the headline, Labour London

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hopeful linked to terrorist. And this, Laura, is all about sadly

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calm. We have seen this story come up again and again and the point I

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would make is that it is just a bit sad that it has come down to this

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level of debate. The accusation that is being made here is that Siddique

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Khan shared a platform with the ring leader of the 7/7 bombings and has

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shared a platform with various people who have said things against

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the West and those kinds of things. A lot of this has to do with the

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fact that he is a human rights Laura, he would work fully dirty and

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often stand up and speak at events where he would defend issues like

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this. -- he worked for Liberty. He was on the platform with people that

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espoused views that were not appropriate but this is the level of

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debate that the mayoral election has come to. There are two men fighting

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to lead one of the biggest cities in the world and yet they are disputing

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this kind of thing. A spokesman for Sadiq Khan has said he has done

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nothing wrong, this is desperate stuff, Sadiq Khan has always been

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honest about his time as a leading human rights lawyer. And he has

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always condemned terrorism. It seems to be the Conservative strategy that

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they feel they can spread up... The whole saying was the immigrant

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community, they all voted en bloc for Labour. The last vote --

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election showed that the Indian vote, the Hindus, they've -- the

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Indian vote was for the Conservatives. The way it has been

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presented, it brings up, as Laura says, this old post about Sadiq Khan

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being a muslin, the first Muslim to stand for mayor and so on. It is dog

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whistle politics. Lynton Crosby is directing the campaign. It has

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become more bitter in the last ten days to two weeks. If you speak to

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Tory MPs, most of them fear that the goal set will not winds, so they are

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thinking what shall we do now? His former brother-in-law is in rum

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calm. And she was a very good cricketer! Maybe that will be the

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headline next week. On to the express now. A picture of the Duke

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and Duchess of Cambridge outside the Taj Mahal and of course, the Sunday

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express going to huge on this, but also with a picture of the late

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Diana Princess of Wales on the same bench. This has been an amazingly

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choreographed trip. You almost expected this. The last photograph

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from this trip to India would be a picture of Kate and William sitting

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on the same bench on which his mother sat, what, 15 or 20 years

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ago, more than that, and basically announced to the world that the

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marriage was breaking up, so they are reversing it. It has been a

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wonderful trip in the way that it has gone about but I don't know what

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the trip was meant to do. Was it meant to help British is this? Brand

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building for the Royal family? That future king and queen and so on and

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Kate has looked wonderful in all the costumes that she has worn, if I may

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say so. But I am unsure how much it will benefit in terms of trade, the

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British people. Laura, what do you think about the photo? It is

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interesting because Buckingham Palace have denied this claim,

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discharge, oh, look, they are trying to reverse his jewellery, look at

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the symbolism of this. And they have said, no, everyone has that photo

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taken. But you think someone might have realised people would make this

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connection. And I don't think there is anything wrong with it. Brave of

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the Duke? If they hadn't done it, what would the media have said then?

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Would they avoiding this audible would... It was Diana who made the

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sitting on the bench and iconic moment. I don't think before that...

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I think they now call it Diana's bench. Before that, I don't think it

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was thought to be a moment about a supreme visited the Taj Mahal. A

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cartoon in the Telegraph, just with a warning that we are going to tread

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around this very carefully. The cartoon, here it is, says, I have no

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idea what was too was over but I do know the name of the celebrities who

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had that threesome. There is a ruling about this on Monday. This is

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done careers in. I think around the world, but not in this country,

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everybody knows who the celebrities is. It is like him and eight 1930s

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when the Prince of Wales is having an affair. When I read it, the

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newspapers in this country were the only ones who couldn't print the

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affair and... And we have the internet now, which completely

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changes things. The cartoon is funny and well placed. It is hilarious. It

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symbolises the fact that everybody knows. You can go on the internet.

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Nowadays, with things like that, the British media cannot print it in

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their newspapers, but people can find out. You can't believe

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everything on the internet, surely. This is true. Thank you very much

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indeed. Love its use, the political correspondent from the -- we will be

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back with you at 11:30pm. Stay with us here because at 11pm, will have

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more on Boris Johnson' claim that President Obama is a hypocrite for

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saying that the UK should remain within the European Union. Coming up

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next, Reporters.

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