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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 Anne Ashworth, Assistant Editor of The Times,

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and Kevin Schofield, Editor of Politics Home.

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The Observer leads with the Conservative leadership race,

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saying the final choice will be between Home Secretary Theresa May

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The Sunday Express front page is devoted to the Queen's call

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for calm reflection in the wake of the vote to leave

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The Sunday Telegraph has with an interview with Conservative

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leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom, in which she claims she can be

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The Mail on Sunday headline accuses Andrea Leadsom of hypocrisy

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The Sunday Post claims that medics are planning to emigrate as a result

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The Sunday Mirror front page has a tribute to Caroline Aherne,

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the comedy actress and writer who passed away earlier today.

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And it's back to the race to be the new Prime Minister on the front

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of the Sunday Times, the paper says senior Tories

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are uniting to stop Theresa May being installed in the top job

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Let's begin with the Sunday Times. This is an interesting suggestion

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that although we have only had elections that involve a party

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members, this time we might not have won. There seems to be a bit of a

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clamour for Theresa May to be installed as the new Tory leader and

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Prime Minister, and clearly that was to happen, if she was appointed by

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acclamation, then it could happen quite quickly and David Cameron

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would be out the door. But there is a backlash to that idea, despite the

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fact that she seems to have by far the most support among the

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Parliamentary Conservative party, her rivals unsurprisingly are saying

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no, we won't step aside, there must be a contest. Primarily there needs

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to be a contest that when Mrs May, who was a remain Sam Payne, and a

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Brexit photo, either Andrea Leadsom or Michael Gove. It is an

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extraordinary drama, and they say they don't want a rerun of how

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Gordon Brown replaced Tony Blair in 2007. The consequences weren't good.

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So they want to see it done in full and fair contest. If Mrs May is

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anointed as the leader they are even talking about a judicial review. Has

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that ever happened before in the Conservative party or any other? Not

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as far as I can remember, but nothing would surprise you about how

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the world is behaving right now. There are plenty of judicial

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reviews, particularly on Labour, whether Jeremy Corbyn would be on

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the shortlist of candidates if there was a challenge. I'm sure we will

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get to that eventually, but as I say, unsurprisingly Andrea Leadsom

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is saying, I will not stand aside, and Michael Gove likewise. He is

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insistent that the next leader of the Tory party must be someone who

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campaign for Brexit. If it was a remain, they would not have the

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moral authority, he says. The country has spoken, they want to

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leave, and it would make sense for somebody who believes in it to lead

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the country. That would be down to Michael Gove, Liam Fox and Andrea

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Leadsom. Theresa May seems to be likely to be the figure who could

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unite the party, is that not in the greater interest of the Conservative

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party, to have a central figure with huge experience in government, and

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who also has that popular touch? Remember Theresa May and

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Hillsborough? You could see the woman really felt for those

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families. She might be quite a price, and I think they would be

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wrong to underestimate her. Let's talk about the other candidate we

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have been talking about. We have done quite a lot of stories about

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Andrea Leadsom. She says she might be the new Thatcher. Is that what

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the Tories want? Maybe, they do have a vast yearning, don't they? Even

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perhaps the ones who don't remember her in government. Andrea Leadsom is

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saying, this is how I need to present myself. I am glamorous,

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kind, but I have a steely determination. It is the idea of the

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elegant woman who can bring consensus that knows exactly when to

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play it tough. It is all a little bit... Are not necessarily

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convinced. Remember it was not that long ago that Lady Thatcher was a

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booby -- bogey woman in the Conservative party. Presumably this

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is plain to the activists, isn't it? If it does go beyond the MPs. It is

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a clear pitch to the grassroots. Presumably they won't have some of

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the activists that Theresa May... That they were regarded as the nasty

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party. She is not universally popular out in the country as far as

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the membership is concerned. There was certainly a belief up until this

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week that if Boris Johnson had gotten down to the last two he would

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have beaten Theresa May quite easily among the activists. Clearly most

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activists would have voted for an insert so they seem more likely to

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support a lead supporting candidate. People in offices can feel a certain

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rivalry, but there is nothing like the competitiveness and the

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viciousness between people in Parliament. I think a lot of people,

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if we say we are a nation that feels very separate from the Westminster

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machine, is this not going to exacerbate those feelings of total

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alienation from the political scene? Look how badly they are behaving! We

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hear as journalists around the corridors of power, we hear them

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back biting, as it is usually done behind closed doors. This is the

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first time we have seen it just out there. And it was similar during the

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televised Brexit debate, with some of Amber Rudd's lines against Boris

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Johnson think pretty below the belt. They were party colleagues, but on

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this issue they were really divided. They said repeatedly that won't have

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referendums out of the way would come together, but it has been

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anything but. It is getting nasty by the day. Speaking of which, let's

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move on to the Mail on Sunday, because just as the Telegraph inks

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Andrea Leadsom will be the new Thatcher, the Mail on Sunday has

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found that she may not necessarily found that she may not necessarily

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be the dyed in the wool eurosceptic has which she has betrayed herself.

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They found that she wants said, I'm going to nail my colours to the

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mast. I don't think the UK should leave the EU, I think it would be a

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disaster for our economy and would lead to a decade of economic and

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political uncertainty. That is a fairly forthright support of

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Britain... That was just three years ago. When we knew the referendum was

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coming. I said earlier the Remain Campaign should... She was not the

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person of political substance. It is only in the past week that anybody

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knows who she is. Some would say if you went out into the country a lot

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of people still wouldn't know who she is. She is going to be doing the

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rounds tomorrow. I think she is on one of the Sunday shows. I think she

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might be on Andrew Marr's show. She will have a good time there. If she

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is watching the paper review, at least she can be tipped off and will

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be able to work on her story. Michael Gove is on the front of the

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Mail on Sunday. His sister says he is a political psychopath. She was

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full remain, but there is family loyalty, which is much stronger than

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political loyalty. The Sun, Boris won't answer my calls. I can't say I

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blame him, given what has happened. It says here, I have tried to ring

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him and explain what I did, but he is not picking up his phone. Kenny

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bee that surprised? He admits in an interview that on Wednesday night,

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the night before the Dagar happened, he was still trying to drum up

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support for Boris's launch, which was the following day. He says, and

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I don't quite believe this, that they were at a Tory sum of all the

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night before and a few things went on that made him realise actually

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Boris isn't the man to lead the country. He went home and slept on

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it and woke up in the morning spoke to his wife and said that is what

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I'm going do. Then by 9am he had not only declared that basically

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eviscerated Boris Johnson. You can't really expect him to pick up the

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phone after that. I'm going to say something in Michael Gove's support.

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He is an incredibly polite man. He has good manners and Isla is

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courteous. He would be capable of writing a very strong 5000 word

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piece on why he should stand, very quickly and very... He made quite an

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emotional speech. Very personal. I think Boris is in the middle of a

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dark night of his soul. He is sitting surrounded by the debris of

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his career. I'm sure he is not necessarily talking to anybody, I

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hope he is having some nice snacks, maybe watching the tennis, and is

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taking time out. I think the last thing on his mind is speaking to

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Michael Gove. Is intriguing to think that we were sitting here a week ago

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reviewing papers that were talking about Boris throwing his hat in the

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ring and being the leading light, and the likely winner. And it has

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gone, it has vanished. The speed at which political development has

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moved this past week has been astonishing. I am going to jump to

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the Sunday Mirror, because speaking of sleeping a long time in politics,

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copyright Harold Wilson, who was born 100 years ago today, and

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someone who tends to be forgotten. It is hard to believe that Harold

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Wilson would have ever had quite the experience Jeremy Corbyn is in

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during this week. It is incredible. I doubt if there has ever been

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Labour leader who having lost the support of three quarters of his MPs

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had continued to plough on. It is incredible really. McDonald in 1921,

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who had 14 MPs. He had just announced he was going off to form a

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coalition with the Tories, so we might call those special

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circumstances. Something I happened to look up this week, I was

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thinking, there must be a precedent. It was the only one I could find.

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Unimpressed, and surprised there was a precedent. There is something like

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62 vacancies in his Shadow Cabinet, and there is no one left. I am led

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to believe that now the rebels have stopped hanging on for him to

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resign, rather than wanting to directly challenge. He has come out

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fighting. What is the thrust of it? He is going to reach out. He is

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going to try to bring unity to his party. I wonder whether the fishes

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that too deep, and when we saw those people who had placed their trust in

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him, their evident sadness at how badly wrong it had gone, and they

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want to be a party in power. Nobody is in Parliament to be a protest

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group. You want to be a party able to take power and assume it, and

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currently, dare I say, the Tories will be hoping this continues then

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they will have a snap election and there will be another Tory

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government. Sports pages in the Telegraph, will

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have to rattle through them. Do the England football story for us first.

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I am declaring an interest in being Scottish, so why not in a great

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position to criticise England, but the FA chief executive has said the

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next manager will be paid by results. You can have a little

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giggle at that, he might not get paid very well. You can see why.

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Fabio Capello, Roy Hodgson is on a small fortune, they have spent

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millions and billions to achieve nothing. When you get there, Wales

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have obviously... Why would you bother to want to be in England

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manager? There are an awful lot of people who have already made a great

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deal of money out of football and what an amazing victory that would

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be to lead the England team. But are they going to get this guy from

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Wales? Isn't he a shoe in for the job? I don't see him being a Welsh

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manager or going to England. Also, there is another interesting

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question here, does this apply anywhere else? As any other person

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in these kinds of jobs get paid on results? You get no basic whatsoever

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and you just hope to win? It used to be before there was so much money in

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football that the players remind on them -- relied on their win bonuses.

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You could argue it was better than. Now they are on ?100,000 per week

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regardless of whether they win, lose or draw. One man who has had a very

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rotten day. It is the twilight of the gods, isn't it? No Djokovic at

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Wimbledon, no Boris in number ten. What next? All the certainties have

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gone! Leicester winning the Premier League. 2016 has been the year of

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the upset. Even the upset in the football tonight. I've always

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thought the Germans couldn't win it against the Italians, look what

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happens! The Germans also missed a few penalties tonight, and they

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haven't missed penalty since 1982. Everything we thought we believe and

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new. Is it all down to Brexit? Is it that we are all... All about in

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innate years are going, and because everyone else is like that we don't

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notice it, but everything has been upset. Everything will be blamed on

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Brexit. Everything that goes wrong will be blamed on that for at least

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another 18 months, I would say. A terrifying prospect. I will remember

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that when I drop or later a glass at home over the weekend. Thank you

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both.

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