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

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With me are Rob Merrick, Deputy Political Editor

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of the Independent, and broadcaster Natalie Haynes.

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Let's have a look at the front pages. We are going to start with

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the Times, reporting that NHS doctors will be required to register

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income from private work. The Financial Times focuses on Germany,

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where Angela Merkel has expressed regret over the refugee policy. Her

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party suffered defeat in regional elections. The Metro leads with the

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conviction of Christopher Halliwell for the murder of a woman. The

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Express says that Theresa May has rejected the idea that a good trade

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deal with the EU is impossible without free movement of people. The

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Guardian leads with the catch of the prime suspect for the New York bomb

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attack. The Telegraph has the same, saying that police are investigating

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whether the suspect was involved in other Islamist plots. The Mirror as

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the story about an illegal puppy farm where the owners made ?100,000

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but kept the animals in squalid conditions. The Mail says that GPs

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surgeries will offer consultations via WebCam in an attempt to reduce

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waiting times. We start in America, a New York bomb's Islamist links,

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front page of the Telegraph. 29 injured, amazingly nobody killed

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over the weekend in a series of what the police are now saying were

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coordinated attacks. Yes, and more by luck than judgment for some of

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the bounds -- bombs that they found didn't go off, this one which did go

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off was in a dumpster. And then an enormous number of questions. The

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first, most urgent one, who is it and can we catch them, is now

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answered, it appears, but the endless questions that produces, who

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were his contacts, are there other people, they seem to have suggested

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there isn't a cell he is part of in the New York area, so there's that.

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Five of his relatives have been stopped and questioned. He appears

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to have gone to and from Afghanistan. It is being roundly

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politicised, as you'd expect, by Donald Trump and in rebuttal, by

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Hillary Clinton. This all plays into the US election campaign. The

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authorities suggesting that these Islamist links, as a result of him

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going over to Pakistan, Afghanistan, not necessarily linking up with

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anyone else who may be involved in this specific plot in the States.

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That's right, as soon as you have considered the people who mercifully

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were not killed, that were injured, you immediately think about the US

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elections only six or seven weeks away. Donald Trump is quick out of

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the traps. He immediately launches what is a very familiar rant we have

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heard many times, if only he was president and he was tough and they

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didn't have a week immigration policy that he alleges that this

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sort of thing wouldn't happen. When we read about the prime suspect,

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it's a familiar tale. He's an American citizen, who in a fried

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chicken restaurant and loves cars. That is what the people interviewed

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today were apparently saying. His previous clashes with the law have

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the bane -- have been about noise disruption. He could have been

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radicalise, but the suspicion of them is that people are seizing on

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because of radical Islam to almost give themselves a cause in their own

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lives to carry out some sort of dramatic, headline grabbing act

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rather than having a history of radical Islam. The first week of

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that leaves you in that direction. Perhaps there are other suspects,

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the Telegraph suggests one person would need outside assistance to

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make aid bombs but elsewhere there are quotes that there is nobody

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connected with it and no terror cell. The fact is, you can get

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fertiliser and a timing device, you can get nails and all of these

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things off a shelf in Walmart. Yes. And loads of guns! That's another

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matter. Yes, but the numbers are not super convincing in terms of, you

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know, in order to make bombs in the US, where so many things we would

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consider to be weapons of war are readily available, it seems

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impossible to suggest that could be so. Back here, the Times, doctors

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told to review all income from private work. It is to expose

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conflicts of interest. A long time ago, before the junior doctors

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dispute, which feels like it's been going on for years, they were trying

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to enforce a new contract on the consultants. I think I'm right to

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say that they broke away from that attempt. This reminds us that at

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some point they have to go back to consultants and try and impose a new

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contract on them. That might be tougher, because the consultants are

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at the top of the tree and presumably have more power, but I

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suspect they might have less public sympathy. We think about the fact

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that they may not be available on weekends and they are probably on

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the golf course, that's the stereotype. This story suggesting

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they will be forced to expose private earnings. It says that about

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half of 46,000 consultants carried out private work. There don't seem

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to be any figures for how much they might earn. A figure from a decade

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ago of 30 4000. If they are forced to reveal private earnings, they

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will oppose it fiercely, I'm sure. The chairman of consultants saying

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here it will be used for political reasons. The reason would be to try

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and shame the consultants into doing more NHS work. On the face of it, it

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seems fair enough, doesn't it, if there is a potential conflict of

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interest? You should have to declare that, surely? The conflict of

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interest seems to be at one extreme, an ugly suggestion that perhaps,

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let's say, a not very ethical doctor might allow is waiting list to

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extent on the NHS because then he would get more private patient.

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Given that the average earnings of these consultants are ?112,000 per

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year, call me extremely naive, but that seems to be quite a whack of

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money. Seems like perhaps a very small number of not very nice people

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might then go, perhaps I can also do this to my financial advantage. You

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would assume that the conflict of interest was relatively rare. And

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that we were trying to think before we came in of other jobs where you

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have to declare if you have another income, other than being a

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politician, because then the conflict of interest would be over

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it. I don't think you have to declare it if you are a teacher and

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do private tutoring. Nobody as far as I know is that, you know those

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teachers who deliberately teach badly to an exam so they can get

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extra tutoring money... It is to shame consultants into doing this

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other NHS work. Using junior doctors to sweep up. They are trying to

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force junior doctors into working longer hours and the same must refer

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to consultants. The Guardian, attempt at peace deal, as key labour

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vote nears. Mr Corbyn is going to win, but the point is, will he be

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able to get back the majority of the Parliamentary party? Sigh and people

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lots desperate lots of people might wonder why this subject is so

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important because with Labour so far away from power it doesn't feel very

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important. The reason it is important, I think, is that, if

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Corbyn agrees and the NEC vote in elections to the Shadow Cabinet, it

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would provide a reasonable justification for some of the big

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names who quit over the summer to come back, on different terms, that

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they had been elected rather than chosen by the leader. Perhaps there

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is still going to be a showdown meeting tomorrow. This story

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suggests perhaps a peace deal is in the offing and it won't quite be the

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showdown with expected and perhaps there will be a deal under which the

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Shadow Cabinet, or some of it is elected, with the proviso that if

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they then Mr Hague and are seen to be undermining Corbyn, that he would

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have power to remove them. -- if they then misbehaves. Perhaps this

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just postpones the inevitable. Jeremy Corbyn knows that, if he is

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to have any success at all, at least at PMQs, he needs the mob behind

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him, baying and screaming and shouting and backing him to be held.

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Yes, as opposed to giving him the baleful eye. Saying nothing. He

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needs them as much as they might need a job in the Shadow Cabinet. I

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think that's true. It doesn't always seem that he thinks that. There's a

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lot of talk about the membership. It seems that certainly his rhetorical

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choice is to say, basically, I have the support of hundreds of thousands

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of people and it sort of doesn't matter what a bunch of people who

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happen to work in the same building as me think. Perhaps that is true,

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but it doesn't look like it is true from the outside. From the outside,

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it looks like a backstabbing mess. I think they probably do need each

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other. Is that there are enough to say? He need some of them, purely

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from a numerical point of view. He runs the Queen 's official

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opposition. They need to scrutinise legislation, to hold government to

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account. Purely for that reason, he needs more people. If he is to be

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able to claim that he can somehow bring Labour back together, he has

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to to persuade some of the big names to come back, and this might be a

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way of doing it, at least in the short term. This is all for you,

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algorithms. I love them! Humans can beat algorithms by relying on gut

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reading. This focuses on 18 hedge funds and edges, not a statistically

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significant sample. I would imagine there are more than that in the

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world. -- 18 hedge funds managers. It turns out that gut instinct is a

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more reliable indication of trading them algorithms. And so it's

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interesting, I suppose. It's not, as I say, authoritative, not least

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because I would guess that people who don't have very good gut

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instincts have long since lost their job, having lost their hedge funds

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hundreds of million pounds in a matter of seconds. Wood George W

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bush famously said that he uses his got to make decisions. That went

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well! Your gut tells you good things, doesn't it? This story

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introduces a flat in the -- a fascinating new word which I've

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never heard, the ability to sense the state of 1's own body and

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apparently count your own heartbeat without holding your pulse. I know

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that my number of heartbeat went up when I was asked to talk about his

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story involving algorithms. Eye of the tiger, that's what happened to

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me. It appears to be good news for hedge fund traders, that they can

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convince people they are better than algorithms and still received

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obscene bonuses. Finally, the Brownlee brothers, what a story,

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brotherly love, one helping the other over the finish line. I almost

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can't talk about this without crying. In a minute, when my

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mascara... I can barely talk about it. In which Alistair Brownlee

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defend his Olympic gold and we watch Jonny, who won silver at Rio and had

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won bronze at London, we watched him be outstripped by his brother. We

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were all going, well, the World Series and it will be fine. Alistair

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couldn't win the World Series, because he missed races at the

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start, so it was Jonny's for the losing and he was in the lead but it

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was so hot and he overheated and he got disorientated. To see his

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brother just stop, he came and picked him up and dragged him over

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the line. People have said, he should have left him because he

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would have got help quicker, but I'm not sure that is true. He was on a

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stretcher about the second after crossing the finishing line. My

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favourite bit is where Alistair is basically carrying his brother and

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he basically pushes them over so he gets there first. A girl could cry

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about this. We would all do this for our brother, wouldn't we must remark

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my brother is heavier than me! I have got a big brother and I can't

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imagine I would do that. Surely the greatest satisfaction comes from

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beating your own... It doesn't feel like sport! You are head of the

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Parliamentary football team as well. Here it comes.

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Don't forget, all the front pages are on the BBC News

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website, where you can read a detailed review of the papers.

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It's all there for you seven days a week at bbc.co.uk/papers.

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with each night's edition of The Papers being posted

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on the page shortly after we've finished.

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Thank you, Rob Merrick and Natalie Haynes.

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