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non-essential travel to Florida, after the state confirmed that four

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people probably contracted the Zika virus from local mosquitoes.

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Hello, and welcome to our lookahead at what the papers will be bringing

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us tomorrow. With many other political commentator Joe Phillips

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and Dawn Maria from France who is the editor in chief of Yorkshire

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Women's Life. The Observer reports of former pensions minister believes

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the protection for state pensions should be dropped to save billions

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of pounds. The Sunday express leads on the same story, claiming millions

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of people face a cut to their retirement income if the government

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abandons the policy. The Sunday Telegraph says the -- Theresa May

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will pledge to fight modern slavery. It also reports on the risk of the

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Zika virus in Florida. The Sunday Times says prominent campaigners to

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remain in the EU and former Cabinet ministers are in line for knighthood

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in David Cameron's resignation honours list. The paper also reveals

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four active terror terror plots inside the UK being investigated why

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the police. The Mail on Sunday says women who have sex changes on the

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NHS are being given free fertility treatment so they can have babies

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after they become men. And the Sunday Mirror reports that the BBC

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will still face legal action from Cliff Richard despite a promise to

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play his new records. Let's begin. We will start with the Observer this

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our, and a story about pensions. And this beginning to suggest, anyway,

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that some are saying the triple lock, the mechanism by which it is

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calculated, is simply too expensive. A person who is saying this in an

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interview with the Observer is a baroness who was a pensions minister

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in David Cameron's government. She previously advised the Blair

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government on pensions and what she is basically saying is we can't

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afford it. At the moment the guarantee which came in in 2010

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guarantees that pensioners either get inflation or... Average earnings

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or 2.5%. So given that 2.5% is more than double that rate of inflation

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at the moment, and double most in the public sector, most pay rises,

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it is quite unsustainable. The office for Budget responsibility

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says that if you carry on with the triple lock it will add more than 1%

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of national income to spending on pensions by the middle of this

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century. So I think it is a question. Float it and put it out

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there. Baroness Altmann is never shy about coming out with her own

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opinions whether they are government policy or anyone else's policy at it

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is one of those things along with many that the new government is

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looking at and it is something that the new Secretary of State is going

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to have to look at as well. And a lot of your readers and subscribers

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for Yorkshire Women's Life are expats and pensioners, some of them,

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as well. What are they saying about this issue? They didn't think that

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we would vote to leave the EU and they are concerned that once Article

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50 is evoked, what is going to happen in that period. They are

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worried that pensions will go down so it is a question of watching and

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waiting to see after we invoke Article 50. A recent survey

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suggested this current generation of 30 and 40 -year-olds would be the

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first generation to be poorer than their parents. That is a situation

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which many politicians will be very uncomfortable about. That's true,

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and the conversations I have had with my colleagues in Yorkshire have

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shown there is a real fear and are worried that thirtysomethings are

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worried about getting housing and jobs. Even if they get a pension

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there is a real fear. There is a pitch against the younger generation

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and a lot of older people who have paid into the system, not all

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pensioners are rich. The other thing is that pensioners of course a vote

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in droves so this is a very contentious issue. And whatever

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party wants to be in government it is difficult. As you say, they vote.

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Roz Altmann was campaigning to get a better deal for women whose pensions

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are now coming in at 66 instead of 60, which is what we all thought was

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going to happen. And that was knocked on the head. The younger

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people, as you said, who are in their 20s and 30s now, are looking

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at attention drifting further away like a beach ball. They are probably

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going to work until they are in their 70s. It is one of those things

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like saving for a pension. If you can spend 20 quid on cups of coffee

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and buns during the week you can spend 20 quid to keep in a pension

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pot. We are financially pretty illiterate in this country about

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saving for pensions, shoring stuff up, and the government is going to

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have a look and maybe look at the universal benefits pensions like the

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winter fuel allowance which everybody gets, which not everybody

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needs. It is certainly going to be very controversial. I want to stay

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in the Observer at change to Syria, and the headline there. Families in

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Aleppo fear safe passage may be a trap. This is of course the fact it

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has been agreed, at least that is what every one is saying, between

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Russian and Syrian forces, that they will be corridors of allowing people

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trapped in Aleppo to leave the city. What has happened is Islamic State

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has lost about ?100 million according to a US Major General, and

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they are losing ground as well. There is also the continued

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airstrikes. So people have decided in their hundreds and thousands that

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rather than wait for humanitarian aid, it is best to actually leave

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their city. And I feel that that is something that you would do, if you

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were under such siege and having to deal with Islamic State on one side

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and air strikes you would take a chance and try and leave through

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those corridors. If you thought there was somewhere safe to go, and

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that is one of the issues. I thought people were feeling extremely unsafe

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and would rather take their chance in Aleppo. They don't trust the

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Russians and Syrians who are offering them safe passage.

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Basically saying why would we trust a government which has been bombing

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us continually? It is a rock and a hard place, the decision. They are

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not dealing with the UN, not with the Red Crescent. Would you trust

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them? It is an appalling situation. It is the Stalingrad style siege for

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2016. It is absolutely horrific, what is going on. Certainly the

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pictures we have been showing this weekend show a city in ruins.

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Absolutely. The Sunday Telegraph with a very different story, saying

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that Theresa May, the new Prime Minister, on a mission to end the

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evil of slavery. This is a headline which almost any Prime Minister

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would enjoy seeing attributed to them. Theresa May has hit the ground

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running, and she has initiatives popping up, and through briefings as

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well in most of the papers so far, this is very much a personal issue.

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It is an issue she took very seriously as Home Secretary. It is

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quite interesting, she is talking about slavery. When you think about

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slavery, what do you think of? Remember the cocklepickers in

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Morcombe. Think about every town, every city in this country where

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there are probably nail bath is, car washes, people living 31 people in a

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4-bedroom house. These people are working but we don't know the

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conditions. What she is saying is very much echoing what she said as

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Home Secretary. The police are not doing enough to investigate it. So

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she is personally going to cheer a Cabinet committee to actually sort

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this out and make sure that when people report it, whistleblowers or

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whatever, it is properly reported. The government did ring in the

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modern slavery act which she drew up, so it is obviously an issue

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close to her heart. And she is wasting no time in addressing some

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of these things she obviously feels she needs to sort out weekly. She

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has a history of looking at a quality issues, women's issues, so

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for her to take this forward is no surprise and I am glad she is taking

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it forward. Slavery is quite hidden in a lot of community so it is often

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not seen. There is often domestic abuse, people that are au pairs,

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women that are trafficked, so for police to take it seriously on

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Theresa May's watch is something I would like to see go forward and I

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am glad to see it happening now. Moving on to the Sunday Times, it is

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not their main story, which we discussed in the first session,

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instead on this power we are going to look at the terrorist story,

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which the headline is police... We are going to do the review of

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Cameron cronies at the moment, are we? There is a leaked list of 48

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remain campaigners, donors, and in other words those that served under

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David Cameron are now to be given these knighthoods and various

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honours. The surprising thing is that some of them being mentioned

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are serving Cabinet ministers. Yes, which is most bizarre and very

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irregular. One of them is Philip Hammond, the new Chancellor, who is

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amongst nine people being proposed for a knighthood. It is only a list,

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and it has been leaked, and it is, as somebody has said here, it is

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amazing they haven't included Larry the cat. It does appear to include

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almost all the staff in Downing Street but also people like Will

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Straw, the director of the remain campaign. There is also the usual

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controversial thing about big Tory donors. So Ian Taylor, who has

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handed the Tories more than ?1.5 million and contributed quite a lot

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to the remain campaign. Whether these actually go through, I mean,

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they still have to be scrutinised. There is a scrutiny process. And

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they are party donors. Scrutiny is quite but I think people are a bit

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sort of ho-hum about honours because very rarely are the people there. On

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the other hand some of these long serving civil servants and AIDS, you

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know, it is quite a tough job doing it. It is the only reward you get.

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-- aides. And the police tracking four terror plots. The idea that

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there are at least four active terror plots in Britain being

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investigated by police and security services. Should we be surprised, or

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is that just worrying? It is worrying, but we have seen the

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attacks in Germany and France and we are living in heightened security

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Times at this moment. We are living in a time where Islamic State is

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actually asking their footsoldiers to make more attacks on western

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interests. What was interesting here is the same intelligence officer

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told the Sunday Times that there were four or five cases and the

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sensible plot where they were planning to actually attacked

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written. That is quite concerning but it sounds like the intelligence

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in this country is really good, from what I understand and we need to

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actually give credit to the secret services and MI5, really. They don't

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get the credit that they deserve, I think, for keeping us safe. We don't

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hear, one senses, about lots of plots. I think you're absolutely

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right. They don't get the credit, and sometimes I think we have all

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been rather cynical when they say they stopped this, that on the

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other. In this current climate, when I don't think there is one single

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person watching but isn't slightly worried they go to work or on

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holiday, or what they are up to, and if we know that 900 people have been

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prevented from travelling to Britain, to Syria, to join terror

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things and this threat, you know, the new security Minister has been

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having talks with retail bosses in big shopping centres. So those are

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the sort of things they are looking at is obviously the experience in

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mainland Europe has shown some holes in security. I want to end on a

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lighter note, just briefly. All the papers in some form have something

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on JK Rowling casting a new spell, where Harry Potter and the Cursed

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Child, and what I like about this photo is her shoes, with this winged

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angel on the back. And the lovely thing about this is the show has

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been in preview for six weeks and nobody has revealed the plot. So it

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is a bit like the Mousetrap, you don't say a word. It is lovely that

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people have entered into the spirit of things and it is supposed to be a

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fabulous show. And the producer of it, Sonia Friedman, has persuaded JK

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Rowling to come out with something else. And if it encourages people to

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read it almost doesn't matter what it is. I am always somebody who has

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encouraged people to read and that is something I am passionate about

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and if that is what happens here, and that is a good thing, obviously.

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