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

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With me are Tom Bergin, who is Reuters' business

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correspondent, and the senior political correspondent

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Tomorrow's front pages: The Daily Express leads on words

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of optimism by the Prime Minister about Brexit and the UK's economic

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Allegations against Labour MP and Chair of the Home Affairs Select

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Committee Keith Vaz paying to meet male escorts make the front

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The Daily Telegraph has more on the Keith Vaz story,

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but a smiling Theresa May enjoying the limelight

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Brexit makes the lead in the Guardian.

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The paper claims the Prime Minister has declined to endorse pledges made

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by the vote leave camp for a points-based immigration system.

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It also has an impressive picture of the replica of the Great Fire

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of London, which was set alight tonight to commemorate the 350th

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anniversary of the original epic blaze.

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The Daily Mail also runs the Keith Vaz allegations

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on its front page, along with news from a report which says E coli

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is found in a quarter of supermarket chickens.

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And finally, the Mirror devotes almost its whole front page

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to Keith Vaz, saying the senior politicians faces calls

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Let's start with a few of the headlines, then, regarding Brexit

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and what it might look like. The Daily Telegraph says the PM could

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stop Boris Johnson's plan for points -based immigration. This is

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something that Australia has been using for quite a long time. It has

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been pointed to as something we could adopt, but not necessarily. It

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is the magic wallet for immigration according to the Brexit campaign. It

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looks here, there is more detail in the FT, that Theresa May is taking a

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position whereby she would look at reverential treatment for EU

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citizens. Of course the aim here would be to try and preserve more

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access to the single market by giving a bit more leeway with

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respect to access to the Labour market, while at the same time not

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allowing it into our policy. It is not clear if this would work,

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certainly in terms of achieving access to the single market because

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our partners in Europe have been pretty clear they want to have total

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open door or no deal on trade access. And employers often need

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speed, they need to be able to recruit people quite quickly. Yes,

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that's it. In many ways that was a dividing line in the EU referendum.

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The boss class, employers, wanting higher net inward immigration

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because of cheaper Labour and workers who feel their wages have

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been depressed because of migration to the UK. The Guardian, Theresa May

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refuses to guarantee Brexit alleges, saying the extra money for the NHS

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which was talked about rather controversially at the time, and

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also these warnings from Japan and the United States, still saying this

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is not going to do you any good if you leave the single market. There

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is still a lot of uncertainty around what Brexit really means, and I

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think it is a key issue. The Australian style points system, the

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?100 million extra each week from the US if we left the EU, and cuts

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the energy bills, all pledges made by the Leave campaign. He told the

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British public this is what you can do if you vote for Brexit but of

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course the Leave campaign were not the government and now Theresa May

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is making pretty clear she is not necessarily going to accept pledges

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made by leave campaigners. And the ?100 million was a net figure, the

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number on the side of the bus which we will never forget was ?350

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million. The Prime Minister can point to the fact that the CBI for

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example is saying that businesses are doing very well. The value of

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the pound has fallen. Yes, you can look at the FTSE, doing very well.

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The reality is, jobs and actual real-world economic activity in this

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country, and whether over the long-term that will continue. I

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think that has always been a concern for people so we will see what

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happens with growth and unemployment. But the question in

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terms of the guarantee, she has a very difficult thing to do. She is

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trying to deliver on mutually exclusive and contradictory promises

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on the part of the campaign. So very difficult choices to make them. And

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on this subject, the Daily Express, no fear over EU exit, she has been

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warned off watering down a deal with Brussels but a deal has to be

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negotiated. It is not necessarily what written what is, it is what

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other people are prepared to give us -- what Britain wants. She is

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optimistic and looking at the benefits and lots of up the

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statements, but not a lot of detail. I think that at the moment that is

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something which increasingly we are going to see business asking for. We

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have already had up partners asking for that. Is will hold off

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investments if they don't know what the future is like. Looking at the

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FT, Hinkley Point offers prize to EDF and Chinese partner. So this is

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a little bit complicated. It is a little bit complicated but this is a

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boon for critics of the Hinkley Point project. A new analysis says

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that EDF, a French backed company, and CGM, the Chinese state backed

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company, stand to make ?100 billion in revenue if the nuclear power

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station goes ahead -- CGN. And the interesting thing here is that the

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very controversial model of pricing electricity that the whole project

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centres on, the burden of that increased price will fall on

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consumers. And this has had the breaks put on it. Whether this

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project goes ahead in its previous form. Absolutely, according to

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former colleagues, Theresa May has concerns about security implications

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of Chinese investment in the UK. It may also be about the money. It will

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involve the company is getting twice the current rate of electricity, the

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differential may be higher in the future because it is an inflation

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linked price and we are looking for shale gas, and if we ever find that

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the cost of electricity generation will go down. Financially this is

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enormous. ?30 billion is the cost of the subsidy, that is what you and I

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will be paying for it if it goes through. You can understand why

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Theresa May is giving pause for thought. The Times has a headline

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that the NHS blows nearly ?2 billion in payoffs to bosses, these are

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redundancy settlements. Yes, obviously bosses in the NHS is a

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perennial question. We talk about how there is not a lot of criticism

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of inefficiencies in the NHS, and they get in professional managers

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and they seem to be a source of increasing inefficiency according to

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many of these reports. Some of those are not founded at it does seem in

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this case that people have received pay-outs which are well above the

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ceiling the government had put on pay-outs. And a huge amount of money

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leaves the NHS at a time when it is struggling for money and it seems

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that some of those posts have to be either reinvented or people brought

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back in on a freelance, contractual basis. You are absolutely right, at

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a time when the NHS is having to ration services in some areas,

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surgery being refused to obese patients, for example, people are

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very angered to see that 6-figure payoffs going beyond the cat

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mentioned and sometimes two or three times that tap, are being paid at

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the managers. This goes back to the restructuring of the NHS led by the

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former Health Secretary under the coalition government. A huge tearing

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up of the structures of the NHS which led to a lot of post is being

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abolished and reformed. Some people left their job and were given big

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pay-outs, but in a revolving door system they come back to work for

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the NHS again in a different capacity. Let's look at a couple of

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stories from the Daily Mail. Shameless is the headline. It is

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talking about these allegations surrounding Keith Vaz, the Labour MP

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for Leicester East and also who has been sharing the Home Affairs Select

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Committee for the last five years. He clings to power after paying Mail

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escorts. He blames the press for exposing him, and Jeremy Corbyn, the

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Labour Party leader, dismisses the scandal as a private matter. In most

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parts of the country, paying for sex is not illegal. All these

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allegations at the moment, and Keith Vaz has expressed his deep

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reservations and concerns about the fact that the Daily Mirror has even

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run the story in the way it has run it. Yes, I think the key issue here,

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why the story would be in the public interest, is because he chairs the

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Home Affairs Committee which looks into vice issues. It is even at the

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moment running an enquiry into prostitution. So the allegations

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against Keith Vaz are that he has himself participated and liaised

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with prostitutes, raising lots of questions and making people think is

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he really the right person to be presiding over an enquiry which is

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looking into laws to do with sex workers. It is an interesting one. I

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mean, Jeremy Corbyn is saying it is a private matter, as we discussed.

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The issue of solicitation of prostitutes is a legal area of

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ambiguity in the United Kingdom, solicitation from an automobile is

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not legal, solicitation at all in Northern Ireland is not legal. Even

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if it was totally legal, it is an area where I think people aren't

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entirely comfortable with it, and I think that the issue of being a

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private matter, probably a lot of voters would not take that view. And

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that particular point may make his position, even though these at this

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stage are just allegations, that may make his position of authority

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difficult to sustain longer term. He says, he has referred to what the

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Sunday express has done -- he has referred what the Sunday express has

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done to his solicitor. There has been no confirmation whether these

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are true so difficult week ahead for Keith Vaz. Still on the Daily Mail,

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superbug found in a quarter of chickens. I feel I can read this

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story a few years ago. It is interesting, and it is all coming in

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the wake of... When you see that, it takes the question of whether we

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have enough regulation of food standards. We have had a campaign as

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a newspaper for the last several months about getting rid of

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regulations. It is a very interesting situation, but obviously

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it is not good if chickens have got this... Unfortunately from the

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reporting that we've seen in the newspaper, not a lot of details of

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what the problem is here, what failings in which stores all which

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rules are not being followed. It would be interesting to see more

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detail on this. Even if we don't have EU regulations, we have our own

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regulations which suggest that E-coli in chickens are not a great

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idea. I am glad to say I am a vegetarian. But it does worry me,

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the antibiotics pumped into supermarket chickens. E-coli is

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another matter altogether but one in four chickens having a strain of the

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superbug sounds very worrying if that is correct. Yes, we have had

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other bugs in the past, eggs which were not particularly safe, and

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Selman Eller. That is going back a bit, but this is E-coli this time,

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so resistant to antibiotics. That is the issue and it can be deadly, of

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course. The Daily Express page two, Mother Teresa made a saint. And it

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hasn't taken long. She died in 1997 and already she seems to have been

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sort of fast tracked. Absolutely, and as an Irish person, I assumed

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she was a saint for years. It is not surprised it is coming in as quickly

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and a huge turnout today. Among the Catholic faithful is a bit tricky

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among the more religious, I suppose, of Catholics. She is a very popular

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figure. But of course in other areas she has had her critics, about, you

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know, helping alleviate poverty but maybe not focusing on the root

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causes of poverty. She might of course have argued that as a

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political area, which she thought she shouldn't straight into but

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nowadays we see advocacy to be quite important. There has also been

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criticism of who she took money from, some of the sources of that

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money were a bit suspect. Yes, she is not a whiter than white figure in

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many people's eyes. There is a lot of controversy surrounding Mother

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Teresa. But she is such a global icon, I am not surprised she has

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been canonised in only 19 years. It is a formalisation of what many

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people thought anyway. And just to say, one key thing is she was the

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stigmatising working with people like lepers, AIDS patients at the

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time, other types of ill and destitute people who were considered

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untouchable and that is a legacy that should be honoured. Page three

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of the Times. Poldark, it is a Cornish name, Lewis the Jetset to

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Cornwall. Are they all hoping to get an eye on Captain Poldark? I wonder.

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As it happens I went with Boris Johnson on the Brexit trail to

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Cornwall and we stopped in a town and some women in the village

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crowded around the bus and they were hoping to see Poldark, not Boris

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Johnson. The show has exquisite scenery and I'm not surprised that

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the story says a fifth of all visitors to Cornwall in the past

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year say that they were inspired by a Poldark to come and see the

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landscape for themselves. And there have been a lot of programmes over

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the years which have done that the various parts of the country. I

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guess so, yes. Obviously Poldark is fronted by an Irish actor. I

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remarked to your producer that it was good to see a show which were

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still marketed the Irish charm. She said actually it was set in Cornwall

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and I was feeling a bit deflated. Our rude, and you are a guest! But

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it is a reminder again of the importance of the way that culture

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itself as an significance beyond immediate viewership -- and

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economics significance. These programmes get sold overseas, people

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watch them in the United States. And finally, fact and fiction merge as a

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character from The Archers goes on trial. This has been a very

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well-publicised storyline, this woman who is on trial in The Archers

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on Radio 4 for trying to potentially kill her husband, Robert, who by

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many people's standards is a very controlling man. Yes, it is

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extraordinary that pick up it has had, and when you think of The

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Archers as a gently rolling, bucolic sort of storyline, it is really --

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real drama. It has had interesting consequences, there have been

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thousands of pounds raised for charity, an uptick in calls to

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domestic violence helpline is, and are raised in awareness. And every

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body wants to know the verdict. We will have to wait and see.

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Thank you, Tom Bergin and Lucy Fisher.

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Coming up next, it is The Film Review.

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