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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are the broadcaster and journalist Shyama Perera

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and the political commentator Vincent Moss.

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The Sunday Times leads with news of a fresh challenge to Britain

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The Mail on Sunday has a front page story about former education

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minister Nicky Morgan being banned from meetings in Number Ten -

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for criticising Theresa May's choice of trousers.

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And the Express warns of a ?100 council tax rise.

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Let's begin obviously with the political story of the day, trouser

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gate. There are toxic texts over the PM's trousers and a couple of pages

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inside. I think it is a really important story, Gavin, not the

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story itself but what it throws up as a question. The story itself is

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that Nicky Morgan is banned from Downing Street from having to make

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some sort of remark about Theresa May's brown leather trousers which

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cost nearly ?1000. She has been banned by Fiona Hill who rather than

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having sent her directly text, said one to Alistair Burt saying don't

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bring that woman here again. Day both want a soft Brexit. First of

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all Fiona Hill using sexist terminology, don't bring that woman

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again. Apparently Nicky Morgan said you can say to me directly. But

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apparently Fiona Hill is also in charge of this makeover of Theresa

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May and it is that kind of sexist dressing of the Prime Minister that

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I was sort of exercised in the Green room because the reason Angela

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Merkel is so powerful is you never noticed what she is wearing.

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I have been fortunate to meet her and she buys a number of jackets and

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pairs of trousers which are the same colour and no one talks about it.

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Basically it is smart trousers and smart jacket. She power dressers.

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Theresa May is dressing like a middle-aged Barbie. And actually,

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you don't want to notice what your leader is wearing. What you want to

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know is that the power is in their brains and in their actions, not on

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their bodies. It is very hard because if you are a male politician

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you just wear a dark suit and no one knows where it comes from and how

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much it costs but people will ask how much the clothes cost and when

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you get a price tag, in the case of Theresa May's leather trousers and

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it is nearly ?1000, people will say that is a lot of money and you look

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like you are out of touch and that is what has happened in this case.

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It is also where the emphasis goes. The fallout is over trousers, not

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over soft Brexit. It has become like a playground. Isn't it a simple

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truth that women in politics are judged completely differently from

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men, they are judged for the way they dressed. The President of

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chilly came here and bet the Queen and she was really annoyed that the

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chilly and press had focused on what she wore when meeting the Queen

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rather than a very important relationship for Chile. Even here I

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am taken in for the full works and make up, thank you Ray much, BBC.

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Vincent was told he does not need it and I said that is a very sexist

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thing to say. You probably needs it more than I do! But women are judged

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completely differently. This is that's dresses and so on the came an

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iconic thing, her handbags, nobody ever talks about Macmillan's 3-piece

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suit. The truth is the public are interested in these things. I'm not

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sure how much we can say about exit, we have years to go. People will

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talk about these things. It is fascinating that somebody would

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spend that amount of money. You can almost get a second-hand car for

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that amount of money. You could get several poor families Christmas from

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that pair of trousers. Do people think like that or do they think

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here is a relatively wealthy woman who can dress as she pleases and

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that is up to her. You should not be thinking how much Prime Minister's

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clothes cost. I'm sure David Cameron's suits cost thousands of

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pounds but we never thought about it. We should not be having to think

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about what she is wearing. Somehow I think like Brexit that might run and

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run. Let's move on to the Times now. AA Gill, giant journalism dies aged

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62. A few weeks ago he announced he had the full English, as he put it,

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of cancer. People are shocked at how quickly this happened. He only

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announced it two or three weeks ago that he was suffering from terrible

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cancer and now he has died. It feels as if he has been cruelly snatched

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from not only his legions of fans but his family very quickly. The

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Sunday Times plays great tribute to him and also another former

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journalist who has recently passed away. He was at the peak of his

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career. As a journalist also, what set him apart, I'm sure you have

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friends and I certainly do, who make a name ploughing a particular

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journalistic furrow and every time some of the needs of specialist on

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that subject they get called out. What happens is that whatever their

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brilliance is gets dilutive downed dilutive den to the point that you

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are reading stuff with their name on it and the most interesting thing is

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their name as they have run out of the vocabulary, they have run out of

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the originality, they can no longer say something new. You just hear

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people spouting the same. What set AA Gill apart if he could turn out

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thousands of words a week on ten different subjects and every

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sentence was worth reading. He was never dilutive. His brilliance was

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never dilutive. It was constant across everything he did. For me he

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is the journalist's journalist in many ways. Every time I read AA Gill

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on Sundays, even a restaurant review, you learn things in it, you

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got a world view. You laughed. And you laughed. His brilliance is such

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a loss. It is. Let's also look at the other side of the Sunday Times

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front page. A new court case threatens to derail Brexit. As we

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have seen with the other court case it is a complicated matter. Perhaps

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you could explain it, Vincent? Not really. This is about an article

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called article 127. People say there will be a fresh court case over

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this. It is another attempt to derail Brexit and I think we will

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hear more and more of this as the months go on. What is interesting is

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it has been brought by two people and one of them is actually at Leave

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voter which makes it slightly different. But I think they leave

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that that vote wanted is what we effectively call soft Brexit. I

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don't know if you are getting is irritated by these terms as many of

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us are. They are the only terms we have, hard, soft, red and white

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blue, Brexit means Brexit. It will get increasingly bitter as it goes

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on. The Observer shows a council tax rise is too small to help with care

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costs. This is an interesting story as we are all getting older. Council

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tax is set to go up because of this than people realise we have to do

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something to pay for the cost of social care. It is out of control

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and too expensive and everyone is struggling to find a solution. It is

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about the Better Care fund wrought in by this government which is not

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meeting any targets as far as I can see. The Observer has found that of

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151 local councils who responded asking about their targets for

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improving care for people in care homes, 58% missed their target. And

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we have time for a couple more. The Sunday Telegraph, ministers demand

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AIDS stop bashing Boris. The alternative view is he should be

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more careful with his words. -- ministers' aides. Stop treating him

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like a clown. He is the Foreign Secretary. I noticed Fiona Hill is

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also implicated. I just wonder if this is the kind of new Alistair

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Campbell? It takes two of them to become one Alistair. We have a

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couple of minutes left. This is one of the good stories of Christmas,

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eat up, fat is good for you. This is in the Sunday express. New dietary

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research means we can enjoy a guilt free Christmas. I am not too sure

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about that. There is no harm in having any fat. It is very hard for

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me to comment on this but I certainly think with all food fads,

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it is not about the food itself, it is about the quantity that is bad

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for you. Is that good for you? Personally, so far, it has been good

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for me both literally and figurative leaks, but I think this kind, it is

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about fascism around what we eat. This fear of getting large, fear of

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being unhealthy, which is all predicated on the fact we cannot

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look after the people who are unhealthy or have problems. It is

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all part of a big anxiety about society no longer being able to

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service its citizens. But also, if you look at this kind of lifestyle

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journalism over the last decade, you would either think there is no point

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actually because one minute something is great for you it is a

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magnificent food, the next minute it is no good for you and now we're

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being told that fact, which we were told for decades is terrible for

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heart disease and so on, it is not that bad, is carbohydrates we have

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to avoid. You get conflicting advice on all these things. Today fat is

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good for you. I think the key is sugar. That is the real killer. It

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is to function on Sunday we started with Sunday supplements and now we

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have content online all the time. You have to fill pages with stuff.

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Lifestyle is great because you can regurgitate it in every form.

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Tomorrow, if we could only have a single newspaper and a single page

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on the website you would never read another story about what we eat.

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Indeed, but the question is, what do you actually trust? Because some of

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this information is contradictory, we are told the phases of super

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foods and so on which are not that superb, it does seem as if a

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balanced diet that the Romans would have understood is possibly the best

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way to go. That and exercise. But the Romans were not that healthy!

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That is indeed true. We will leave it there.

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Thanks to the political commentator Vincent Moss

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Just a reminder we take a look at tomorrow's front pages every

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Good morning. It has been a fairly fresh start to the day compared with

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recent days. Not as mild but there is plenty of sunshine out there.

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Things are set

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