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Funerals are held in Turkey after two explosions

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near a football stadium in Istanbul killed 38 people.

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Many of the victims were police officers.

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

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With me are Rosamund Urwin, Columnist at The London Evening

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Standard and Tom Bergin, Business Correspondent at Reuters.

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Good to have you both here, giving up your Sunday's nights, such is

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your dedication... And mine too! Let's look at the front pages...

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The Times says Theresa May will back steep rises to council tax bills

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this week in an attempt to plug a gaping hole in

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The Telegraph leads with comments from the Home Secretary,

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who has criticised what she calls the "unacceptable" rail strike

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that is expected to shut down one of the country's busiest commuter

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Donald Trump's attack on the credibility of

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The Metro leads on the reported spat between Nicky Morgan

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and Theresa May, over the Prime Minister's

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The Independent reports on fears that some countries

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will try to frustrate Britain's future status in the World

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And the Mail reports on the case of Alexander Blackman,

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the Royal Marine jailed for killing a fatally-wounded insurgent

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Let's look at how the Daily Mail reports -- the Financial Times looks

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at this story. He would say that, wouldn't he? It's unsurprising that

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he is unhappy that the CIA has said that Russia interviewed in the

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presidential elections. And of course, if we go back if you months,

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he appeared to call on Russia, to hack and release Hillary Clinton's

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e-mails. He backtracked on it after he said it, but we have quite a long

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history here. Anyway, what is interesting here is that we got both

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Democrats, as you would expect senators, but also Republicans, John

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McCain and Lindsey Graham, saying that the probe should not be a

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partisan issue. That it must go ahead, and President Obama is

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ordering a full intelligence review of Russia's meddling. The other

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complication, if you like, is the fact that somebody considered to be

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Secretary of State, is rather close to Vladimir Putin, we are led to

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believe? Yes, covering the oil industry, he took a poor view on

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sanctions, has a long business in doing deals with Russia, some of

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those. What is interesting, the Trump position was described as --

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trump described it as ridiculous. He did not approach the State

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Department to seek any kind of guidance on how he should handle

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these phone calls. It is not clear why he is ruling out Russian

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involvement so clearly, the CIA and the FBI are clear that Russia was

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involved. The FBI is a bit more cagey about the intention of the

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Russians, whether it was too back Hillary or not, but it was

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interesting. Before the election we saw Donald Trump regularly assert

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things that had no basis or fact. We've seen a couple of things since

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the election, the claim that there was a voter fraud against him in

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some jurisdictions. It will be interesting to see if he will

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continue with this policy of asserting things as fact without

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basis, and how it will play out as president. People can choose to take

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you from your comments before you get elected but you would expect a

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bit more candour and clarity with what you say. Some would say that

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there is an assertion without much fact, he's not having the daily

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intelligence briefing which is a long-standing practice that

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presidents and President-elects get. His quote is "I'm a smart person, I

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don't need to be told the same thing every day". Before he is even

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elected, if we get this report, a full investigation that is supported

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by both of the parties, it cast doubt the legitimacy of his

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presidency, if there is some sort of Russian involvement? Even without

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him knowing anything about it, nobody is suggesting that he was

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aware of it. At the end of the day, he's the president. And both sides

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have said that he's going to be president, there's no particular

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reason to rerun the election, even if you find there is Russian

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involvement. Today, Nate Silver, the well-known American pollster, or he

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was saying that it could have had an impact.

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You can separate the two on his legitimacy with knowing the fact.

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They don't have too get in the way of one another. I looked back, the

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US meddled in the 1996 presidential election in Russia. Obviously, Boris

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Yeltsin getting re-elected. There are allegations that they were

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receiving, a nudge from the White House. Political consultants from

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Washington out there. It's not to say that nobody else has ever done

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this... No, it isn't. Let's not even get started on Latin America.

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The Daily Express. Anger at new bid to block EU exit. It's another legal

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challenge? Yes, any effort, I guess, to block EU exit would cause anger

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for the Daily Express, they are very keen on Brecht said. -- Brexit.

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We've counted at least four. This is another one, basically the argument

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is even if the government have the right to take us out of the EU, does

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it mean they have the right to take us out of the European free trade

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area? The latest legal challenge is saying that they don't. You know, we

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have to see what happens in court. But we became aware of this at the

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end of last month, and the number of lawyers in London kicked it about

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and generally thought that the government did have the power to do

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this. And one or two happened naturally together. I'm not sure how

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much legs this claim will actually have. The Daily Express could sleep

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safely. All I am thinking, it's more evidence for the fact that we should

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not be reducing an incredibly complex thing to a binary question

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that we put to the public. We should have had a more sophisticated

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approach. It would have been a much longer

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question, like the one the Italians were trying to answer one week ago!

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About bike chambers and things like that. But

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if they dare do it, and many MPs have said that they would not, but

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if they really did not want us to leave the single market, MPs would

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be able to vote against it in Parliament, surely? Technically, if

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they wanted to but you have to look at the facts on the ground at the

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moment. And the facts on the ground at the moment, MPs could stop

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Theresa May from triggering Article 50. That seems to be the current

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legal position. MPs this week in Parliament expressed great

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unwillingness to do that. It seems the way that this one will play out,

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we will trigger a tackle 50, negotiate and maybe there will be a

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second thought at some stage we get that deal -- trigger Article 50. Any

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activity, legal action to cancel Brexit before that, it looks

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somewhat unlikely given the comments we saw from MPs and others over the

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last seven months. It feels like any divorce, just creating a lot of work

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for lawyers and filling their pockets! 50 them in the Supreme

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Court the other week... Hmm. Home Secretary strike warning, this is a

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walk-out where if you travel on Southern Railway any time, we hear

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some pretty bad stories about how it is run. This will only add to it.

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The industrial dispute is about the introduction of driver only

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operation trains which obviously Southern Railway like to bring in.

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Staff do not want that. They claim on their side that there are safety

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issues around that, and it is better to have somebody to do ticketing and

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customer service. The way that most people simply experience this is a

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complete nightmare getting to work. They have quite little sympathy with

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both sides in the end. The way that this has played out, Southern have

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not handled it well in terms of PR either, all along the way. Now we

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have another three-day strike this week. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday,

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Whateley. What hope is there that it will carry on? We have seen other

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strikes recently averted, relatively last-minute. The Daily Telegraph is

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going a step further and saying that the government should look at taking

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action. And looking at the strike rules and union rules to have some

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sort of impact on it. The situation here seems to be one of technology.

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The train company says that they can operate perfectly safely without

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having conductors. The rail regulator agrees with the train

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company. We've had these for 30 years and we don't seem to have...

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We have enough period of time to compile it, if they were

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tremendously unsafe. The union compiled a dossier and looking

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through it, there were accidents and driver only trains -- on driver only

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trains but when you look at them, it's not clear to link to the fact

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that it was a driver only train. This is obviously going to continue.

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The next step would be driverless trains and driverless cars, maybe it

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is a sign of things to come? And this story, lastly, the High Court

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ruled that the union was allowed to stage a walk-out. Tomorrow, they

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will be in court appealing that decision, again it is more work for

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the lawyers! The other story in The Daily Telegraph, Boris refuses to

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back down as he meets Saudi king. This is where the Foreign Secretary

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was not particularly countrymen to about Saudi Arabia a few days ago,

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and then he had to do his diplomatic best whilst meeting came Salman. --

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Kenya Salman. Normally, you something less

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positive to say to them. You could say that his comments today, as The

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Daily Telegraph was saying, he's not backing down, but not soothing the

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situation, the Saudis can only read it has saying, Boris does have an

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underwhelming view of us and our behaviour, we will have to wait and

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see the final impact, when it comes to trade deals or arms purchases.

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Although the Foreign Minister here is being very diplomatic himself,

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saying that Mr Johnson's comments had been misconstrued and taken out

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of context which is quite generous? That is what Boris and soap was

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claiming that it is interesting. Theresa May has put him in such a

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high-profile position but one that keeps them quite far away from

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government, and also, you know, in the everyday sense. It does not give

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him anything to do with Brecht said. So, it is quite interesting as to

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how it will play out -- Brexit. He is such a loose cannon at times but

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the Foreign Secretary has taken a lot of money away from his Telegraph

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column and his book that was meant to be coming out this year. He had

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to hand back a lot of money... We cannot have that. The Times have

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an investigation on their front page.

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This council tax discussion has been brewing for a long time, social care

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does not have the funding it needs. Councils are bearing the brunt of

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those costs. And the NHS takes it because people are not moved out of

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hospitals quickly enough into social care. Chancellor Philip Hammond

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wanted to address this in the Autumn Statement last month. And

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essentially, there was a desire not to... They did not want any more

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costs on that squeeze, the jams, the squeezed middle group, and The Times

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investigation is setting out a lot of the problems, that we knew were

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there, but they got quite concrete things, at least 250 residential

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care homes have closed since March. A huge number of complaints. People

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stuck on walls. Some doctors have referred to it as bed blocking. I

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would add that it is slightly more complex because those people going

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into social care have incredibly complex needs and should stay for a

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bit longer in hospital because they need to go to places that had to

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provide incredibly detailed and complex care, C don't want to shut

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them out of hospitals -- so you do not. Any increase in council tax

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bills will... That money will be spent on social care, is that

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guaranteed? I guess one could. It is part of the bigger problem, as you

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mentioned with the NHS, this funding. Going into a position where

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you have inflation next year. Wage growth is expected to be moderate.

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The expectation is in 2017 we have flat, at best, real income growth.

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The question is, where does the money come from? People will feel

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the squeeze, and it will be Brexit related. Whether you believe it is

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good or bad for the economy, we will see inflation and wage growth will

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be moderated. These things are under more threat at the moment, it seems

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there will be more to come with this space... Let's finish with the

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headline of the night, in the metro. The wronged trousers, that reminds

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one of Wallace and Gromit, of course! Politics again, Westminster

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left stunned over the farce over the PM's clothes.

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Some leather trousers came in for criticism... Why are you looking at

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me? It's too obvious to ask Rosalind about this! It interesting, is it

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one of these things that only comes up about women, that women are

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pressured? In some ways, no. George Osborne was beaten up over his ?10

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Biron Burger when he is trying to look street, I guess... And there

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was the stance thing as well... And they mentioned his hair cut at one

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point. It then again, David Cameron, I believe, he had expensive Savile

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Row suits and it was not questioned. Look at the French Prime Minister on

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television, men do not appear to be criticised, perhaps because it is

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casual. Theresa May created a rod for her own back when she started

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talking about equality. And she spent ?995 on these expensive

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trousers. Was it cause she was wearing them at a photo shoot? Maybe

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she had been dressed by the stylist, do you mean? There's been a lot of

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interest in her shoes over the years as well... I know, I can't get

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enough! But there is something slightly interesting in this story,

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Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, she has been very

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critical of the government in the past over grammar schools, and was

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being allowed to come in and meet with other ministers. She is in

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favour of a soft Brexit. She was heavily pro-remain. She has been

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cast out of this meeting. I think there is an argument of playground

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politics, it does not seem a reason to cast someone out. It doesn't seem

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very sisterly, to comment on another woman's clothes, and... Alistair

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Burt was told, don't bring that woman to Downing Street again, and

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she replied, I don't get bored by a man to these meetings. We will do it

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all again hopefully with a few more stories for you at half-past 11. You

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will both be back again. Coming up next, Meet The Author.

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a biological mechanism

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