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

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With me are political commentator James Millar and author

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James has red glitter in his pockets, but has not added it to his

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beard, sadly, despite promises. Tomorrow's front pages: The headline

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in the i newspaper is ISIS killer It adds that Europe's open-border

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policy has been blamed for allowing the suspect to flee more than 1,000

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miles across three countries. The Telegraph also

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leads on that story. It says counter-terrorism experts

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are warning that Europe's open borders are putting

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security at risk. The Guardian's headline

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is The End of the Manhunt. It says the Moroccan authorities had

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warned Germany about the wanted man The Times has a picture of the body

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of Anis Amri under a blanket It also carries the story

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of a banking terrorist blacklist which is apparently so useless it

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includes a three-year-old member The Daily Mail has some advice

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for anyone who is feeling unwell over the festive season -

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postpone Christmas. The paper says health chiefs

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prescribe self-isolation to keep And the Daily Mirror says

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chocolate Santas could kill. It reports the Co-op has withdrawn

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them from its shelves, after button batteries

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were found inside. We will begin with how the Guardian

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is looking at story of Anis Amri, the man wanted in connection with

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the Berlin Christmas market attack. End of the man-hunt, it says. The

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suspect was killed in a gun battle in Milan. Questions asked how he

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could flee across Europe, he managed to get into France and Italy

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travelling by trains, and railway tickets have been found. It has

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become wearily familiar image, this foil blanket covering the body of a

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young jihadist who has committed some appalling atrocity in Europe,

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we have seen it in France, Germany, Belgium, and now this particular

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individual has come to the end of his run in Italy. Obviously

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questions are being asked about how he got 3000 miles from Germany to

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Milan. But at the same time, bigger question is perhaps for German

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security forces, who had the suspect under surveillance for six months

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and let him slip through the net, repeatedly, it seems. And here, the

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Guardian saying Morocco had also warned Germany and about this

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Tunisian. For my money the Guardian's coverage is the best of

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the bunch, because it has the vital detail that Morocco had warned

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Germany about this fellow. He was jailed in Italy for a while, and

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found his way to Germany. It is sort of a litany of failure, not least

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because the Germans picked up the wrong guy on Monday. Although it has

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to be said the Italians are fairly proud of themselves, and obviously

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with good reason, having caught the fellow. And he shot one of the

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policemen, and the Italian minister has said that Italians will be able

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to have a happy holiday and all Italian should be proud of him, fair

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enough. On the Daily Express, EU's borders, Nigel Farage saying the

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passport free zone helps terrorists launch attacks. There is the option

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of closing borders. Yes, but I think you have to envisage a pretty major

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emergency to roll back your's progress in creating an environment

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of open borders, after an attack carried out by one man driving a

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truck, awful as it was. And I think this is a big challenge, isn't it,

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for politicians across Europe, is to retain a sense of proportionality

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about these kinds of incidents. It is very interesting to see how

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Germans have handled this. Angela Merkel took 12 hours before she came

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out and made a statement after this attack took place, and she has been

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very measured in her response, obviously walking a tightrope in

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Germany at the moment, trying to make sure that this whirling in

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support for far right parties doesn't go any further. But

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obviously our very own Nigel Farage is going to be very keen to try to

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capitalise on an incident like this, and a paper like the Daily Express,

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which generally we can rely on to propagate inaccurate and damaging

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stereotypes about migrants and refugees, is obvious the all too

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happy to help them. The question is, of course, what is he trying to

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achieve? He has achieved it, we have left the EU. And anyway, you have to

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show your passport when you come into the country. He says there is a

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risk to public safety from the Schengen zone, we are not in the

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Schengen zone. The contrast with Angela Merkel, a proper politician,

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in power, and she has said everything will be done to look into

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where the Germans went wrong in this case, and the Nigel Farage is

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shooting his mouth off to all intents and purposes, I suspect.

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There will be people who agree with him, on mainland Europe, within the

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EU, there will be concerns. But again, it is that sort of simplistic

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response, it is a problem with open borders. You are never going to be

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able to stop every single plot, ever. 100% security just doesn't

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exist, and it is a sad reality but if the debate is always framed as a

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binary between perfect security, because we are living in a kind of

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fortress, and being prone to these attacks, we are not going to get

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very far. It is worth pointing out that this fellow was not one of the

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immigrants who came into Germany in the big wave in the last 12 months.

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He has been kicking around Europe for five years. The Daily Mail,

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postpone Christmas is the advice. Do the NHS a favour and don't turn up

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to the A if you are feeling crook. That is always the advice if you

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have a vomiting bug, don't go to hospital, because even if you feel

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like it you are going to spread it. Health chiefs giving drastic advice,

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which is if you are ill, stay in bed. But it is a great Christmas

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story, because people are getting the scribbles, people are getting

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tired as we get caught doormat near the end of the Christmas run, and

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the number of people will look at that on Christmas Eve and think I am

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feeling well, what do I do about it? And that is something the Daily Mail

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specialises in doing. It is a pretty depressing prospect to be told that

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your prescription is self isolation over the Christmas period, but it is

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the story that we keep returning to again and again. It is the funding

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of the NHS. And we will in 2017, no doubt. Some people will want to

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postpone Christmas, I suspect. May be not because they are unwell,

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indefinitely for some. An investigation into the chequered

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database of 2 million high risk individuals, but some of them can't

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possibly be as high risk as their inclusion would suggest. Talking

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about headlines, this is a headline with the word banks and honest. That

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is supposed to catch your attention on the subject is a three-year-old

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Royal and the top historian on the blacklist, which given most people

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are not three-year-old Royal is or top historians, might put them off

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the story. There is a database of 2 million high risk individuals

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including criminals and senior politicians, 49 of the world's 50

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biggest banks use to carry out compliance checks. I imagine some of

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these people might be having a quiet word with them, saying to take them

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off it. But they might not know they are on it, and we are living in that

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age of surveillance and... We saw a few months ago the government

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passing the investigative Arik Powers act, which basically means

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they can keep a record of all of our internet use -- investigatory. We

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don't need to be told we are in a fairly Draconian state of affairs.

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The Daily Mirror is where we go next. Chocolate Santas could kill.

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They have been recalled. According to the Daily Mirror, because some of

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them may contain this lithium battery. And James gave a gruesome

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description of the effect such a battery can have on a young child's

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oesophagus. I don't Exley want you to repeat it, it was disturbing. in

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September, an organisation of surgeons put out... They have fairly

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gruesome examples of kids who had swallowed these batteries. They can

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burn you, surely. They showed what it does to a piece of ham, strangely

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enough, and just burned straight through. Just by putting it on the

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ham? Something to do with the liquids and batteries. It is a

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really good news story. The content is horrible, but it has Christmas,

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and there is a slight mystery to it, it is if you did want to hurt

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children, this would be a very effective way of doing it. You just

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wonder if some nasty person out there has done this. How did they

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get inside? And they have done a bit of public service by putting it on

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the front page. That Santa Claus already looked a little bit

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sinister, when juxtaposed with the lithium battery... Maybe I am just

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paranoid. I think you might be, too much time spent as a correspondent.

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Let's find something a little more cheerful, shall be, to finish on.

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Miranda's mother and Bake Off. She seems to have said on a chat show

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that she wouldn't mind presenting it with her mum when it moves to

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Channel 4. Given that Bake Off is going to be one of, if not the, big

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TV show on Christmas Day, why not happen on the front page? It will

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get people. Miranda Hart is a national treasure and so is Bake

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Off, so it would seem a good fit. I don't know anything about her mum,

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presumably she can bake a bit. Apparently Miranda and her mum Diana

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were on a charity version of Goggle Box, and they were very funny

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together. So that is where this idea has come from. Not that she needs to

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be a fantastic cook, necessarily. You are both much deeper into the

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weeds of this story than I am at this point, but I do think that it

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will be and uplifting in the 2016, which has not in the most enjoyable

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year on many fronts. Maybe Bake Off is the opiate for the masses we need

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at this point. Isn't the BBC great? There is more to life than Reuters

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and the Financial Times. We will finish on something else which I

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haven't seen. Here is a festive surprise for you, and I don't mean a

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scantily clad Ellie Goulding. Forget the scantily clad singer. A last

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gasp raid on High Street. Manic Manday, as husbands and dad 's flood

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the high streets. They are likely to spend 1 billion quid. James and his

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partner earlier this year published a book about gender stereotyping.

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James, what do you think of this as a story? I don't think I can find

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the words. It is just rubbish, isn't it? It is just stupid stereotyping.

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I mean, it is the worst of toxic masculinity, is right there. But

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there is an element of truth in it. Let's face it, I did my Christmas

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shopping on Christmas Eve last year. Why? Lack of organisation. Did

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Christmas come as a surprise to you? It wasn't because of the contents of

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your pants, or was it? I am not sure that is a topic for discussion. It

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is nothing to do with that. You generally speaking and organised

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sort of person? This year I have done a better job, I have to say. If

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any of my family are watching... Of course they are, they are all

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watching. You are all sorted, then, are you, James? Absolutely, I did

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Christmas shopping, I do all the cooking, just because I do, not

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because I am a man. Frantic fellers will blitz shops. I will just park

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myself on the high street and do a little straw poll. It is early to

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dismiss this story out of hand, but if they do, it is not because of the

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contents of their trousers, it is because society has trained them to

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think that shopping is for women, and therefore Christmas is for

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women. We are victims, at the end of the day! I would so like to carry

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on. Let's take this outside, shall be?

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James, Matthew, condiments of the season to you both. We will see you

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in 317. I am back on 29 December. Coming up next, it is Newsday.

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