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

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With me are the journalist and broadcaster Aasmah Mir

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and the political commentator for the Financial Times,

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The Daily Express looks ahead to Jeremy Hunt's speech tomorrow

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at the Tory Party conference, in which the Health Secretary

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will outline plans to create hundreds of new training places

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The Metro has on its front page a picture

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of the reality TV star, Kim Kardashian-West,

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arriving home in New York after being robbed at gunpoint

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Phillip Hammond's announcement, that the government will scrap

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its target of a budget surplus by 2020.

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too, with the paper pointing out how the pound has fallen to its lowest

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level against the dollar for three months.

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as well as featuring Jeremy Hunt's plans, also carries the news that US

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is pulling out of talks with Russia over the future of Syria.

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front page features the government plans to opt out of international

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human rights law which is used to bring cases against soldiers.

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The Times newspaper, doctors must pay back thousands if they quit the

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NHS? This will be the centrepiece of Jeremy Hunt's speech to the Tory

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party conference? Yes, he seems to have a two pronged attack that he is

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talking about. One, that he says there will not be any need to import

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what he calls overseas doctors, because we are going to train 1500

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extra doctors and everything will be fine and dandy. Also, if a doctor is

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to be tempted to go somewhere, perhaps more lucrative or whatever

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the phrase may be, Australia for example... They kind of point be

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allowed to. Some newspapers are calling it a fine, but The Times

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newspaper say that they will have to pay back thousands, some of the

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money that third government puts in to train the doctors in the first

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place, not exactly a deterrent to stop what some people see as a brain

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drain, people leaving the NHS to work overseas. I don't know whether

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it will work and how it will work. But certainly, it is headline

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grabbing. Yes, and it has grabbed the headlines in a number of papers.

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Miranda, there is a time limit? You qualify as a doctor and 43-4 years

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you must work in this country and then you can go to Australia or

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Canada? People would ask, why are they leaving the UK in the first

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place? -- for 3-4. Yes, Jeremy Hunt has come out of a dispute with the

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BMA, either his plans for a seven-week NHS, now he declares war

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again. It seems that they have put out a statement, not excepting

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welcoming, of what he will announce in the speech tomorrow. He will be

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daggers drawn with doctors all over again after this. Some would say,

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perhaps, this kind of approach, we know that there are tens of

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thousands of foreign trained doctors in the NHS. They are very important

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for keeping the NHS going. The government is going to have a

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problem after Brexit. He has said is not The Times version of the story

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but one of the others, he has said EU nationals are working in the NHS

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is doctors, and they are allowed to stay. But we cannot recruit from the

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EU, we must train our own doctors. But the idea that you will not let

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British trained doctors leave, what will happen? A fortress NHS? Nobody

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leaves, nobody comes in. It seems like he believes the current dispute

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with junior doctors is over? He's basically moving on to something

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else... Moving on to the next one! It's another issue, the BMA would

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say that is not the case? Yes, and what about the circumstances that

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would make people want to leave and go to Australia? He can't do a lot

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about the weather in Australia... And the beaches, but he can stop

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changing the terms on which the NHS doctors are expected to work. There

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is a difference in perception, some people say doctors here are

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overworked, and they work long hours. Obviously we have had this

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stuff about the seven-day NHS. And other people feel, like I hinted

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earlier, that some doctors perhaps want to line their pockets. Their

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view, not necessarily mine, by going abroad and having an easier time,

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maybe shorter hours, sunnier climates and more money perhaps as

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well. There are two ways of looking at this. And also private practice

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as well, not just doctors being prevented from going abroad too

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early. It will affect that as well, the public purse pays for their

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training. The Daily Mail, this is after a Daily Mail campaign... Well

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done. At yourselves on the back! Yes, every changed anything about

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the legal or justice system must always be a victory for some sort of

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newspaper campaign or another... -- pat yourselves. There's been a lot

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of coverage about the number of cases being brought against British

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troops, based on their actions in the battlefield, or how they treated

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prisoners of war and, there's been a feeling that the legal profession

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may be exploiting the Human Rights Act, essentially. It looks as if

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tomorrow, at the Tory party conference, The Papers are

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dominated... It's a drip drip of things that would distract from

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Brexit, in my view. They are going to announce that actually, during

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times of conflict, in the theatre of war, the Human Rights Act will not

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apply to British troops. It's an extremely... Dramatic break with the

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idea of the Human Rights Act being an integral part of British law.

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This feeds into the long-term promises from senior Tory

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politicians to repeal the Human Rights Act. Where it goes from

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this... That will be interesting to watch. Do we leave it at that? How

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can you suspend... One area of law in... Can you do this? They said

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they would withdraw from EC HR temporarily, I did not know that you

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could do that. But in 2016 it seems anything is possible. The last

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country to suspend the application of the Convention on human rights

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was Turkey to suppress the coup. Once again it is this thing of

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Britain putting itself in uncomfortable company

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internationally by pulling out of these human rights agreements. Also,

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as well, there are suggestions that they are never any questions to ask,

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that should be asked, potentially, they soldiers conduct in war being

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beyond the bounds of what is reasonable. One wonders if what the

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Daily Mail and others who are pushing the campaign, they would say

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very legitimately and reasons for doing so... They believe that the

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British can do whatever they like? Absolutely, you are right, but their

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argument is, it has turned into, in their words, a vexatious claims

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industry. And they are selling it by saying it is expected to save

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taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds in legal aid payments. It is

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a sticking point for a lot of people as well. Indeed. You were talking

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about the newspaper six -- escaping Brexit, they can't. It

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is what the public wanted! The front page of the Financial Times. Hamman

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warns of two years of financial turbulence and uncertainty. --

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Hammond. Your seat belts on! It is interesting. You could say that he

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is being refreshingly honest. We are heading for some tough times, but

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I'm going to mitigate this is much as I can buy not putting all of the

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money into reducing the deficit and getting into surplus, but forgetting

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about austerity, and spending on housing and infrastructure. The

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reason he's doing that is to kind of soften the edges of the fallout of

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Brexit. It is an interesting change of course, totally opposite to what

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George Osborne was doing... But, I don't know. It's probably welcoming,

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people spending on housing and infrastructure, not a bad thing! It

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is interesting. Philip Hammond was four remained. He did not agree, he

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does not agree, with the decision -- wanted to remain. But he has to

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follow through. And others in the Cabinet. They make the point that

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the British people did not vote for the economic circumstances to go

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through the floor. They are willing to fight and fight. It's quite

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interesting, that someone who is on that side of the argument, who was

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on that side of the argument before the vote, is willing to go the extra

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mile to make the vote work? You would on this thing that they would

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think, you know what? You voted to leave, it's going to be a mess! Let

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it be a mess! They are expending political capital in defeating this.

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Absolutely. Actually, Philip Hammond, as an individual in this

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internal Cabinet War, it will now go on for the next few months about how

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we approach the negotiations to leave, is emerging as an interesting

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figure. I don't know if you watched his speech today, it was very

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strange, he kept talking about how boring he was being. But the

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Financial Times in its column tomorrow rightly welcomes this sober

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and sensible pragmatic figure who seems to be almost signalling to his

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colleagues to calm down. We had to handle this sensibly. We have to

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make the best of it. Absolutely. That means, I'm afraid, retaining as

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much access to the single market as possible. At the moment at the

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conference, party conferences are terrible things, right? Politicians

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stand up, preaching to the converted, so bonkers things that

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press the hot buttons of their own people. But we've had crazy stuff

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from Liam Fox saying that this will lead to a six boarding a lot of jam

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and Barber led, that is literally what he said -- marmalade. It was

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said that if we need 10% tariffs, so be it. So... He would not suffer,

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would he? This is the awful thing. People would suffer... Philip

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Hammond would not suffer either, why is he bothering to expend political

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capital, potentially, with a lot of the Conservative Party who want hard

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Brexit and want to get out, why is he bothered? Patriotism, I think

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he's fighting for the best outcome. Good for him. This is why the Brexit

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discussion and the referendum was so interesting. Different

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interpretations for different people. Absolutely, let's go to the

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metro. And the story... Are we going to the Metro? Yes. It's a horrible

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front page if this is what she said...

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You get what I'm saying. Her plea to these ?9 million jewel robbers in

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Paris. If you don't know who she is... She is a businesswoman,

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reality star, etc, she was in Paris with a lot of jewellery, I don't

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know if it was hers, but she was held at gunpoint by armed robbers

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pretending to be police officers. She was tied up in the bathroom, it

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sounded like a traumatic experience for her Comanche may have said,

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don't kill me because I have children to look after.

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What is horrible about the story, the amount of vitriol and lack of

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sympathy because she is someone... Some people suggested it was staged?

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This is someone who has gone through a horrendous experience, and is not

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to be laughed at. Those who have been critical online, they are

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critical of the brand and not the human being. It's difficult to see

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beyond the brand to see the human being. That's part of the problem

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with, essentially, making money from your life, 100% of your life. Yes,

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but I wonder whether it is such a modern phenomenon, really... The

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idea that, really, we are less than an pathetic when someone in the

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public eye suffers a horrible trauma. It has probably always been

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that way... But I agree absolutely. It is horrible and sounds like she

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has had a horrendous experience, tied up by armed robbers. You would

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not wish that upon your worst enemy. What will be interesting is, with

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the programme that follows her around, and the cameras, they would

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not have documented this episode but would have documented the before and

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after. If it is then broadcast, it probably will be to some extent on

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her programme. Then, you can understand that some sympathy levels

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will be dropped. Briefly, the express, on the second page, fury on

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running around in the playground. You can't run around in the

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playground any more? It is health and safety gone mad according to

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paragraph two. My kids are back in primary school, they went back a few

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weeks ago. You get this thing, phone calls saying... I don't want to

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worry you, everything is fine, but she's bumped her head again. What

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the school has actually done, they've tried to set up will turn to

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of lunchtime activities so they aren't... Human cannonball is!

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Including dancing to the YMCA. That sounds like a good idea! All right,

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OK. Thank you to both of you for looking at the stories behind the

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headlines. Thank you. Much more coming up later but now,

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it's time for a look at the weather.

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No need to wait until tomorrow morning to see what's in the papers - tune in for a lively and informed conversation about the next day's headlines.


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