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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 Tim Collins, a former MP and Director

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With me are Tim Collins, a former MP and director

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of the Bell Pottinger communications agency, and Paul Johnson,

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:

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The Daily Express says new snow chaos is on the way.

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It predicts Britain will be plunged into the deep freeze next week.

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The Metro also leads on the snowy conditions.

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Its headline is "White Out - travel misery as snow sweeps Britain".

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The Telegraph leads on Britain's role in the Trump dossier.

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It quotes an American source as saying the British government

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gave permission to the FBI to speak to the former British spy

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The Financial Times says that just one day after heavily fining

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Volkswagen, the US government is turning its fire

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The Daily Mirror leads on the NHS, and a photo of a boy

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His case was referred to by Jeremy Corbyn yesterday.

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The time gives a warning that any transitional Brexit arrangements

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could leave Britain under the rule of European judges for years. -- the

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time. The Daily Mail: Trump blames Britain

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for sex storm. Russia's really unhappy with how this is panning

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out. -- Kremlin blames Britain. Russia is delighted, particularly if

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they can drive a wedge between the United States and the United

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Kingdom. The trouble is of course, these are things where there are

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some presidents. Back in 1992I remember there was a totally

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inaccurate report that John Major's Government had helped the critics of

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Bill Clinton, and that coloured and damaged the US and UK relationship.

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I suspect Mr Trump will be hopefully being advised that Theresa May did

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not authorise all this sort of stuff, but the last thing we need is

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the sense that the UK was complicit in some way in trying to damage Mr

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Trump. Same thing on the Telegraph. The British role is fascinating

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here. The person who put the dossier together, he is ex-MI6 and the

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Russians say, you are never XML -- ex-MI6. He left the service is about

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seven years ago. He once said to a journalist, do you know who I am?

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The journalist said, no, he said that is the way I like it. But

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illusion has gone for ever! Eye-macro the suggestion here is

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that he was hired to find information, and what he found was

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so important, he thought, but that is what he passed it onto the FBI.

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One of the things that to be honest honest doesn't seem to be right to

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me is that Donald Trump has done something in his private life that

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is so scandalous that he would be subject to blackmail by the Kremlin.

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Have you ever found anything that Donald Trump has done that he is

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ever embarrassed about? There are huge numbers of things much more

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damaging than what is supposedly in this dossier, and he is totally

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shameless. He cannot be blackmailed because he has no sense of shame.

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This British element, with an MI6 officer, who has a track record,

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there is also the involvement of an ex-British ambassador to Moscow. You

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can see that this is how the document got through the hands of

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John McCain and into the FBI and onto the table of Barack Obama,

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because of this credibility of the figures who are involved, and they

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are British figures. I'm not saying about the contents of the dossier,

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but is a different thing. But again, if you remember George W Bush ten

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years ago made a statement to the US Congress relying on British

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intelligence, -- allegations about people scurrying around trying to

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get you -- nuclear capability in Africa, it turned out to be false.

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We have to be careful but the relationship is not dented. And we

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have to be careful about which figures we referred to, it is also

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difficult to tell the moment. No doubt the most famous dossier since

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2003's "Dodgy dossier". This is the" dirty dossier". The Daily Telegraph,

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first snow, then floods. Stand-by for tidal surge. Parts of the East

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coast, people are having to leave their homes. For most people this

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winter's been pretty mild so far. Two we have this sequence of army on

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stand-by, army on alert. But it's also been the first time I've seen

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the phrase "Thunder snow". As in like thunderstorms but snow instead.

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Although it's got the usual sort of reaction from north of Scotland etc

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and the north of England, saying, gosh, call but snow? It is more like

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mild sleep. We don't count it as snow until it is up to knees! --

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mild sleep. I am with Paul on this, I've lived in Cumbria. This is the

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sort of stuff that the south-east appears unable to cope with, the

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sort of stuff but the North of England and Scotland deal with all

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the time, and it is actually winter. Why do we get shocked but January

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and Fabry are called months and we get floods and snow? What is

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important though is that some people will be worried about the hamster

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like, and hope they will be able to cope. -- January and February. The

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Guardian, Europe awaits as Theresa May commerce 's keynote speech on

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Brexit. I wonder how much better informed they will be afterwards?

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Theresa May has promised a speech next Tuesday on Brexit, so we will

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get clarity perhaps. Perhaps we would go beyond "Brexit means Brexit

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close quote. And we might even go beyond "Red, white and blue Brexit."

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We might get Britain's position. But the other 27 members might save you

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can think what you like, but it depends what we are prepared to give

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you. But she has given some pretty strong indications already. If your

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bid to insist on taking back control of your borders and not being

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subject to the European court of justice, that means it cannot be in

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the EU single market. I hope she will say we will bring back

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democratic self-government, but we are still going to be European and

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eat French cheese and eat at Italian restaurants. The reality is we will

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still be Europeans. The important thing is the price of Mr Kipling

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cakes and Marmite is going up! By now we were supposed to have the

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global recession, world War three, house prices collapsing... Where we

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will -- when were we going to have world War three? Prime Minister at

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the time, who seemed oddly incapable of saying anything that was true.

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And last week the chairman of HSBC said we are going to see a Jenga

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type collapse of financial jobs. If Europe is silly enough to cut

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themselves off from the only financial services sector on the

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side of the Atlantic, it will do more damage to them than to us.

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Which is why it won't. I'm not sure that is what I said, but thank you!

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The daily Mirror. Picture of our little boy on the front page, "Five

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hours in a knee without a bed". -- A This is a message from this

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little boy's mother after her son had to wait many hours to see a

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doctor even though it was suspected he had meningitis. I think this

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illustrates something that is very stark, there is a real problem in

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the NHS. Apparently there are proposals from a number of people on

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a cross-party basis that there should be a cross-party analysis of

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the NHS, because there is a fiction that is going around for a lot of

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people on both sides of the political debate that somehow there

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is plenty of money, the Tories said there is plenty of money because the

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economy is so strong, the Labour Party say the Tories are too mean to

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spend the money, but in reality there is not enough money to go

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around. We need a fundamental look at the principles of the NHS on a

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cross-party basis. However, that story is a victory for Jeremy

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Corbyn. He raised this issue at Prime Minister's Question Time, and

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he raised it. Simon Stevens have been saying this, yet he woke up to

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headline saying that Number Ten was losing faith in him and he's had to

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come out and be quite explicit about the amount of money, he says there

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are financial pressures, and in 2018, 2019 we will have even less.

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In a macro but there will never be enough for the NHS, its demand is

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infinite. Two the Government will say we've given them all the money

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they've asked for, but the NHS and others will say it is still not

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enough. Don't taxpayers have to make a decision about whether they are

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prepared to pay more tax specifically for the NHS if you

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could ring-fenced it that way? We change the balance between the

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generations. There are many perks for pensions that perhaps should be

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saying. All we look at the option, can we really continue to afford to

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have by far the largest overseas aid budget in the Western world? Maybe

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we should look after our own first. We could talk about but a bit

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longer. But we haven't got time. The Financial Times, M leads UK

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retailers' strong season. A number of them doing very well over

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Christmas. Some are doing very well. The food file has been well, the web

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sales have been good, and some have held up very well. -- footfall.

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Union-macro we haven't had Brexit yet...

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It may be spending world because of the gloom that is over the horizon.

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The grey dawn of an isolated UK! A self-governing country is always

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good to be more prosperous, and we seem to be likely to be a more

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prosperous in the very short term as well. How fabulous is that? Fab --

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finally, scientists hunt down the switch that turns mild-mannered mice

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into killers. Your subject for the next two minutes is this. This is

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all about lasers and what happens in the brain. But what we really need

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to do is dashed back to tell a mild-mannered man into a killer is

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to tell a garden editor that exit is working! -- Guardian editor. I'm not

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sure what this technology is, but it's about moving your runs about.

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But you can switch it on and off. -- moving your runs about. You can

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encourage the mice to attack both animate objects and inanimate

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objects -- moving neurons about. It's not obvious what the practical

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use of this would be, but it's interesting nonetheless. The last

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sentence, "The production of killer zombie mice is not on the agenda".

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Thank heavens, we say! It does say there will be practical applications

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such as treating neurological diseases. The Prime Minister was

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talking earlier this week about mental health, if some chemical

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solution could be found about it, that's got to be a good thing. Will

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you both come back on and be on together? Yellow macro we would love

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to. -- we would love to. The market and the other economic edit --

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indicators will be turning towards... Who will have the last

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laugh? Will pick it up in a couple of weeks. You can see the front

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pages of the papers online on the BBC website.

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And if you miss the programme any evening you can watch it

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Thank you Tim Collins and Paul Johnson, and goodbye.

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It's a wintry night out there, some of us have seen snow, but

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