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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 Martin Lipton, deputy head of sport

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at The Sun and Martin Bentham, home affairs editor

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We will go through the review in a moment. Let's look at the front

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pages. The Daily Telegraph claims

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that Royal Mail staff, leaving Theresa May facing pressure

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over "industrial chaos." The paper also notes Andy Murray's

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third Sports Personality victory. The Guardian also

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celebrates Murray's win, but focuses on claims

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that the justice secretary had prior warning ahead of the riot at HMP

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Birmingham on Friday. The Metro leads with

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former Chancellor George Osborne's verdict that his warnings

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about the UK being poorer Brexit also dominates

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the Financial Times, but the paper focuses on fears

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about exit talks being delayed will mean banks

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leaving the UK for abroad. And the Daily Mail

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leads with the claim that millions of pounds of UK aid money has been

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used to fund a talk show Let's begin. Nice to see you both.

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We're going to start with the Daily Telegraph, the postman. Misery for

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commuters at Christmas is one thing, but kids now, this is the threat and

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it is very much could, might, maybe. Royal Mail staff may go on strike to

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add to the misery and prevent cards and presents being delivered in time

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for Christmas. This is part of the backdrop of the wider sense of

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industrial disputes in a variety of industries. Southern Rail, that has

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gone on and has been the main focus but there is the stoppage for the

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British Airways cabin crew. And a sector of the Tory party, calling

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for Theresa May to act, calling on her to think about imposing

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legislation to prevent strike action in a number of industries. This

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story suggests not that they will strike, the Royal Mail workers, but

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they will not cross the picket line, so they won't be able to collect the

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mail that the striking post office workers are stopping them from

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getting by having picket line. Slightly different but if it

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happened the effect would be pretty catastrophic and a lot of people not

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getting their presence and cards in time. It plays into the bigger

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issue. A wider issue. Industrial play-offs for Theresa May. There is

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a quote from David Mellor saying that the description of Theresa May

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as the new Margaret Thatcher is as wide of the mark as it could be,

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given that Thatcher is seen as someone who got on top of the

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unions. On the other hand she faced a lot of industrial action before

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she did that and those laws that she passed are still in place and have

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been strengthened. The Southern Rail dispute, there has been a vote, it

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has gone in favour and it is difficult for the government to take

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the kind of action that some people in the Tory party are saying, to

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react to every strike by passing tougher legislation. The consolation

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is that many of us will be buying presents online and a lot of

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presence don't go through the Royal Mail, which is why they have

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suffered so much. So children might get their presence this year!

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Imaging the chaos otherwise, would you want to deal with your kids? Of

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course it is Santa, not the Royal Mail! Some of those companies

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haven't been very efficient, a few stories about them. Staying with the

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Daily Telegraph, patients being turned away from A, it says. Not

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very cheerful front page, is it? Strikes and then you've got this

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story, talking about papers to the board of NHS England. Not as bad as

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it sounds, although the NHS faces enormous pressure. Basically saying

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that there are some hospitals in the country that have triage system is

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where innocence, people who turn up and don't need A treatment are

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immediately seen by doctors and nurses and then they are sent away

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to be dealt with at a lower level. Some hospitals already do that. It

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says that GPs and nurses should be at the front doors to turn away the

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less serious people. In a sense that already happens. The NHS board have

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been told that some hospitals who don't do this kind of triage, to

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make sure that the people who need emergency treatment get it... Those

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that don't have the practice should be doing it. Similar with moving

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people out of beds into other accommodation settings, that

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should... That happens in some hospitals efficiently and in others

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it doesn't. When people should move is another issue and sometimes

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people are shot out to soon. We hear this story every year. It is the

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issue of what services will be open, some will be closed at this time of

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year, they aren't going to be open at night. During the day it is a

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question. There are more silly and minor issues that people may have

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after a glass of sherry. It is the staffing levels and everything else.

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Clearly the NHS is under pressure for all sorts of reasons, rising

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demand for GPs and A services. This is saying that the usual winter

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problems, prepare for them by doing these things. It doesn't alter the

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underlying demands and pressures that the NHS faces. It is saying,

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get ready. Turning to the Financial Times, it is Brexit. Oh, really? The

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latest little... Liam Fox talking about we might be part of a customs

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union, seems to be a softening of their stance. This is the potential

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delay in Brexit talks that could see some of the banks looking to shift

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from London into the Eurozone. This is clearly a threat from the banks,

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trying to get a deal, they want to put a brake on the harder Brexit.

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These games will be played for most of the next couple of years. This

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story is a bit thin, saying that the EU would like to finalise the

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divorce papers so to speak first, which we knew, and they want to get

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this 50, 60 billion agreed that we are going to pay, honouring existing

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commitments and after that they will go on to negotiating things like

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trade arrangements and so on. Because that will take time to get

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to that point... This passport issued, all of the banks would like

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to operate basically as they do now. Is that fair of them to need it so

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early on? We haven't even got the... We have the Supreme Court hearing,

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the result in the New Year. Should they be asking so early on? Lloyd's

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of London have already said they are prepping. There is a difference, any

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loss of jobs in any business, the banking industry, it is very

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important to the country and its economy so we don't want to seek

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lots of business is going to Europe -- we don't want to see. Many people

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think that if it shifts out of London it is as likely to shift to

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New York, partly for reasons of employment legislation and so on.

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Not helpful to the financial sector in general. Some people might move

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parts of their operations to certain European jurisdictions, to remain

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part of the EU. There is a lot to play for here still. They are

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positioning, because there's a sense of uncertainty about the shape of

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the negotiations, people are trying to the armlock on all sides and you

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can understand why. These are commercial entities and they sense a

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potential problem, opportunity and they are trying to do the best they

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can to manoeuvre things in their direction. They will until there is

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certainty where we are going. This idea that we must agree the divorce

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settlement before agreeing anything else, of course they want the money

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from us so I'm not sure that we'll just agree to it if they aren't

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playing ball in everything else. We can run parallel negotiations which

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is what our government wants to do. We should honour commitments but I

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don't think we need to sign until we have a sense of progress and

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cooperation. We are going to turn to the Guardian and Andy Murray. Good

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old Andy. Topping off a fabulous year. Outstanding. Nailed on winner

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always going to win. Not for his victory this time. His tremendous

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success this year is a bit of a surprise because he's been around

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for a long time and in a sense you felt that they few years ago his

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time had been, he hadn't quite done it, he had performed well. Brilliant

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but he was in the area of Nadal and Djokovic and Federer and he was seen

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as slightly below their level. In any other era he would have been the

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best. And the second half of this year, he's been magnificent, his

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performance at Wimbledon was fantastic and ending the year as

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number one, dethroning Djokovic was by Bilic. Third time in a row that

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he's won this award and rightly so. People like Andy Murray! They

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didn't. He has given of himself in a way that he didn't, he used to beat

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Kevin the teenager but now he has developed and grown up and

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fatherhood has softened him. Everyone really likes him. I think

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he's a genuinely nice bloke, he comes across that way and people

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relate to him in a way they didn't before, he was a bit surly and

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snarky. He is genuinely warm and also very good at tennis and in a

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fantastic sporting year for the country, apart from the football, he

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has been the standout character. That's your fault! I'm always

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responsible. Brilliant performance. He has befriended his Olympic title,

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Wimbledon and so on. -- he has defended. He plays entertaining

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tennis, he isn't reliant on the big serves. He has power but he also has

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finessed, at his best he is beautiful to watch. He makes you

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suffer when you're watching him sometimes! He is British, Scottish

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but British as well and that is part of being British. You wouldn't want

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it, would you, you must have some pain before you get the real

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pleasure. Surprising that Mo Farah wasn't in the top three, to be

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honest, with his double double. He just missed out. It was a huge win

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for Murray but the rest of them were some way below. Nick Skelton. In

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third. At 56, not a young man and that was incredible. It showed the

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Olympics, Kate Richardson was quite high up. A sense that the Olympics

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is an all-encompassing thing that people from nowhere can become

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propelled into the front. And the Brownlees, that act of

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self-sacrifice. Shows what matters. It was really warming,

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heart-warming, this is what family is all about. Obviously the Brownlee

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brothers have done tremendously well, both of them, but also they

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asked by the less... Mo Farah has had Jimenez glory. Maybe a sense

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that Nick Skelton and the Brownlees is in keeping -- tremendous victory.

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Very quickly, do you have your Christmas jumpers? Are you wearing

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them? He got one. No, I haven't! He said he had a really good one. The

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front of the Daily Telegraph, asking what Colin Firth's Christmas jumper

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did to land us a pub ban. What's the story? Pubs and restaurants, it

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seems to be in Yorkshire, actually. There you go! Apparently saying

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people who are wearing them are too boisterous, creating a nuisance and

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so they are keeping them out. Sounds like my husband, he's from

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Yorkshire. People are delicate, on the way here I was accosted.

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Horrible, no, stop it! We need a tweet of both of you in your

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jumpers. No! Fluffy, is it? LAUGHTER Is wonderful, thank you very much.

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That's it for the papers for the moment.

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We'll be back at 11.30 for Round Two.

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for that, all the front pages are online on the BBC News website

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where you can read a detailed review of the papers,

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seven days a week at bbc.co.uk/papers.

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