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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 Kevin Schofield, Editor of Politics Home

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and Lindsay Razaq, The Press and Journal's Westminster

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The Times front page leads with a promise by the UK's defence

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Secretary Michael Fallon to block any EU army proposal -

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so long as Britain remains part of the union.

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The Financial Times has a warning from a former military chief that

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Britain's forces could not defend against an all-out attack.

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The Daily Mail continues its coverage of dangerous driving

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caused by mobile phone use - applauding the paper's own efforts

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to see penalties doubled to six points for offending drivers.

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The Mirror also claims victory for the same campaign

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to see stricter penalties for mobile-phone using motorists.

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Patients may be able to skip queues for a fee in a move that

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could destabilise the NHS, warns The i.

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Meanwhile The Sun devotes its front page to the first

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female soldier to serve - after a sex change.

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A Daily Telegraph campaign sails across its front page, calling

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for the Royal Yacht Britannia to be returned to the seas to help secure

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Sorry, you noted a smile in my voice.

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And Saudi airstrikes killing innocent victims in Yemen features

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Quite a lot of European Union stuff in one form or another. Britain to

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block EU army, Nato rival will not happen, vows the Defence Secretary.

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You read in the first paragraph, for as long as we are in the EU, which

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might not be for much longer? We can only make that point up until the

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point when we are no longer in the EU. When we leave, there is no

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chance to have a say on that. This came up a number of times during the

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campaign. Jean-Claude Juncker was largely ridiculed when he brought it

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up earlier in the year and people were suggesting this will never

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happen. According to The Times, they have seen the document that has been

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discussed at the EU summit, the idea for a common defence Force. It does

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seem to be something they are genuinely looking at. What is the

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reaction, if we are trying to get people onside and get the

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negotiation going, how helpful a statement is this? Not very helpful

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at all. If they are going to go ahead and do it, and it seems they

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are pretty intent on doing it, it will happen anyway once we leave the

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EU, I would imagine something like this will take quite some time to

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set up. Is it in Britain's long-term strategic interests to be picking a

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fight on a relatively minor issue that will not affect us once we

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leave the European Union, when there are so many other bits of give and

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take that we need to expect during the discussions that will take place

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once we invoke Article 50. When you look on The Financial Times,

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Britain's withered forces unable to defend against all-out attack, you

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wonder whether we might be glad of some back-up? If what General Sir

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Richard Baron's saying, the outgoing joint forces command chief, if what

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he is saying is right, we could probably do with a bit of help from

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other countries as well. It is a pretty damning assessment of

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Britain's military capability. The Financial Times have seen a memo

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which he has given on his retirement to the Ministry of Defence. It is

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really damning. He says basically that we are not ready for any kind

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of military attack, particularly from Russia, a Russian air campaign

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would quickly overwhelm Britain. There is no military plan to defend

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the UK in a conventional conflict. He says the defence budget has been

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stripped away. There is the review going on at the moment, the MoD is

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looking to save ?1 billion from selling off land and military sites

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that they feel they don't need any more. It is a problem and they are

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trying to get cash wherever they can. Theresa May has committed to

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the 2% spend on defence, I believe. As you were saying earlier, if you

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are starting from a very low place, it doesn't matter if it is 1% or two

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percent, if it is starting from a very low point. How well is it being

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spent? We are spending 70 millions of pounds, but if it is not being

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properly invested, clearly it is not much use. It is a damning indictment

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of the state of military preparedness. The Daily Telegraph,

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bring back Britannia to rule the waves after Brexit? This is a

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campaign they are mounting? Slightly odd story on the front page of the

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Telegraph. The idea to bring back Britannia. It is all about the

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rhetoric, isn't it? Britannia rules the waves, are we going to be

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returning to that, as you were saying earlier, bring back the

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Empire. Very backwards looking. I'm not advocating that, don't anybody

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think. It seems quite backward facing and I would have thought that

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if we are going to make the most Brexit, as Theresa May keeps saying,

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we need to be forward-looking and thinking, looking to the future,

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rather than harking back to some supposed golden age as some would

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call it. Isn't it nice to have a place like the Royal yacht Britannia

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to wine and dine people, encourage them to sign trade deals with us? It

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is certainly memorable. Was decommissioned in 19 years ago, it

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has been sitting in dock as a tourist attraction ever since. You

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wonder if it is seaworthy, for a start. They talk about perhaps not

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being the original Royal yacht Britannia, may be a replica. But we

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don't have the money for it, so we are having to put out the begging

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bowl asking for donations to build this thing or at least get the

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existing one seaworthy. There is no suggestion the taxpayer will foot

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the bill? I don't think so. Jake Berry, a Tory MP behind this, he is

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apparently looking for... He has already approached donors across the

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Commonwealth, a Canadian figure has offered ?10 million. Doesn't go far

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when you are recommissioning a boat? If it has been out of action for

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nearly two decades, it will take more than 10 million quid. One of

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the criticisms of those in favour of Brexit was that there was no

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planning. That was seen to back it up. With the big idea for boosting

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trade is to bring back a boat that has not been... That is not what it

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is, is it? It seems to be one of the key ideas. They are talking about

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how it would... It is a symbol, isn't it? It would help to secure ?3

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billion of commercial trade deals, when it was seaworthy. That is not

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loose change. It would be relied upon to bring in a lot of money from

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countries that want to do trade deals, when we leave the European

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Union. It seems like it is almost being made up as we go along. Let us

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look at this picture on the front of the Telegraph, it has made the front

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of several newspapers. Sealed with a kiss. Look at those expressions.

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This is the new leader of Ukip, Diane James, about to receive a

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smacker from the outgoing leader, Nigel Farage. Does not look keen? If

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you are being kind, you might say it is unfortunate timing that the

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picture was taken. Watching it on TV, it wasn't immediately obvious

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she was recoiling in horror when he came into view. Clever editing? The

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camera doesn't lie, she does not look like she is happy to see him

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advancing towards her with his lips puckered. I don't think she will be

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happy that this is on the front of the papers. One of the key thing is

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to say about this is that Ukip as a woman leader, that is the SNP, the

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DUP, Scottish Labour, the Scottish Tories, the Conservative Party.

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Think is great. The only party with a male leader is Labour, the only

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mainstream. And mail deputy leader. They have never had one. Harriet

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Harman was acting leader for a while. Margaret back it, when John

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Smith died. -- Margaret Becket. You could have beaten Labour to the

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punch when it comes to quality. Speaking of Labour, Jeremy Corbyn,

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of course I have made mistakes. He is holding out an olive branch. Who

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to and how is it going to play out? Holding out an olive branch, she The

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He said he was growing an olive tree on the balcony of his office. That

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is true. They will need a lot of olive branches, I hope it is a big

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tree. There are a lot of people he has fallen out with. He is basically

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saying should he win, and all indications are that he is going to

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win when the result is announced, they cannot go on as they were.

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There would have to be some kind of approach meant with the rebels, the

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moderates, those that resigned, to try to get them back onside. Dan

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Jarvis, and others. What is he apologising for? The idea is that

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there has been so much disunity with the party that perhaps, gradually,

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he is realising the Labour Party cannot progress in this manner with

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such division and this is perhaps a realisation on his part that he will

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have to compromise a bit. On the other side of the party, those that

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are dead set against him, if he does win, which he is likely to, I think

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they will also have to like it or lump it and start compromising as

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well for the good of the party. If there is not going to be a general

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election for four years and Theresa May is insisting will go all the way

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to 2020, you cannot operate without a functional opposition, there needs

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to be some mechanism. Ukip said they were opposition in waiting? With one

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MP? Or the SNP, they are pitched as the real opposition because they are

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at least United. PMQs, for the first time, Corbyn actually won. I don't

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think that has happened since he has been leader. Best what he has had,

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yes. By focusing on grammar schools, he briefly managed to unite the

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party for a moment. I think maybe he has seen that and maybe it follows

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on from that. There have been if you own goals. He has to make a few

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concessions as well. They will have to come forward. That poor olive

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tree. It will be pretty bare. The Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail,

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whichever order you like. Six points if you use your mobile at the wheel.

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Victory for Daily Mail campaign to toughen up the driving law. That is

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currently three points. Hold on a minute. The Daily Mirror is saying

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that they have scored a victory with the government announcing that

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drivers will get the six points. Both of them are saying that they

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have won campaigns, but for how long? Both of them are saying they

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have launched the campaign is just two days ago. I think the Daily

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Mirror clinches it because they have victory in much bigger text. But

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there is a serious point. It is good that something is being done to

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crack down on this. You do see people calling and even texting at

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the wheel. This will be a deterrent, I think. Six points, I think that is

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half before you get banned. Two times and that is it. I think it

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will deter people. Chris Grayling says he wants to make it has

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socially unacceptable as drink-driving. It is quite humorous

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they are both claiming victory. The secret of newspaper campaigns is do

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not launch one unless you know you are going to win it. Maybe we will

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get the tiny! Maybe they have been kept a win could well happen. You

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are so sceptical. -- Maybe we will get Britannia. Do it for the

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economy, scratching and H for -- the itch of cashrich and time poor

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people. There are incredible services for people that don't have

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time to do everything they would like to? The introduction is about

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these lice assassins. People with disposable income, they could bring

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it in. You can go to a lounge or have done at home. If you are too

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ashamed to go to the lounge, simply can't to your home. Hey lice Lounge!

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I remember my sister bringing them home from school, and my mother

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sitting there with a comb. She will love you for saying that(!) It is

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?350, not cheap! You can buy a bottle of lice solution for a few

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pounds. You can bring somebody into teacher child to ride a bike, surely

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that is something that the parent should share with a child? You were

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talking about enjoying that. Going through that joy with my

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six-year-old child. I would not swap it, I would not want somebody to do

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it for me. I remember my dad showing me how to ride a bike. I was 18! I

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just made that up. Sign of The Times. ?150 to get rid of head lice?

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Really? We have all started itching at the thought of the story. Nice to

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see you both. Don't forget all the front pages

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are online on the BBC News website where you can read a detailed review

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of the papers. It's all there for you, seven days

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a week, at bbc.co.uk/papers. And you can see us there too -

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with each night's edition of The Papers being posted

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on the page shortly Headlines coming up

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at the top of the hour. Hello. No great drama this weekend,

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you will be pleased to hear. It has been a

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