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After days of huge street protests, the Romanian government has

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withdrawn a draft decree which would have reduced some

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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 the broadcaster Penny Smith and Caroline Wheeler,

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political editor of the Sunday Express.

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The Sunday Telegraph leads on the government's

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?60 million investigation into historic allegations of abuse

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The paper says MPs are due to conclude that it's unfit

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The Observer reports that Theresa May's Government

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is going to make a major shift in housing policy,

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away from promoting home ownership and towards better deals for people

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Donald Trump appears to have found a new ally in the shape

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of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey.

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He's quoted in the Daily Express as hitting out at the "hysterical"

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overreactions of the president's critics.

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The Sunday Times has investigated what it call "deficiencies"

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in defence procurement, including ships so noisy Russian

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submarines can hear them 100 miles away.

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The photograph is of England player Ben Te'o celebrating victory over

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Finally, the Mail on Sunday's headline is a story about the former

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Ukip leader Nigel Farage, and how he is sharing a ?4 million

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property in West London with his friend, Laure Ferrari,

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Let's begin. First, the observer. He will have to come to Mr Trump in a

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moment. The lead story, Tories break with policy to back renters. It is

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breaking with the Thatcher policies, but you could also see it as Theresa

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May breaking with Cameron as well. This is essentially saying that it

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is now so difficult for so many families to ever get on the housing

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ladder that now they should sort out the renting sector. They are trying

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to do three-year guaranteed tenancies and trying to get rid of

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rogue landlords and make the whole process a lot easier for so many

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people, who will never own their own homes. There are many European

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countries where people don't and it is not an issue. They spend a lot

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less of their disposable income on renting and it makes a more mobile

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workforce and in many ways you could say it is better. Indeed. But it's a

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break with the past. People talk about Margaret Thatcher but it is

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hardwired into Conservative policy, to make us homeowners. Absolutely.

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Not long ago David Cameron addressed the party conference, talking about

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trying to transform people's lives from being generation rents due

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generation by and she is doing a reversal of this policy. Again, this

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isn't just about raking with David Cameron on foreign policy, in

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essence tearing up his views of interventionist foreign policy, so

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she has done it again. Also what interesting is it really fits with

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what her narrative is. This narrative about being for the many

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and not the privileged few. There is an assumption, and it is something

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chief of staff wrote about before getting into this post, that housing

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policy was very much geared towards those with bigger incomes and that

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actually goes on low and middle incomes were neglected and almost

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forced into homes that great at the expense of pouring more money into

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people who could go on and buy their homes. We should say this is a white

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paper as well. Yes, and only part of the announcement we expect. There

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will be more in the coming days up until Tuesday. And they say that

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instead of insisting that there is affordable housing for sale, they

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will make it affordable houses to rent and long-term. Staying on the

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front page of the Observer. They have the story about Trump slamming

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the judge who blocked his... So-called Trump! Yes, I am just

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quoting the headline, but you are right! He uses his usual strong

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language to describe this judge. Absolutely. This story has been

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going for seven days and was breaking last Saturday night with

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this ban are coming into force, that it would impact Conservative MPs, Mo

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Farah, etc, and overnight we get the news that basically a judge has

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launched a bid to overturn it, it has been successful and Trump is not

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very happy about it to say the least and he has done his usual wave of

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tweets at this so-called judge. He is very bombastic. There are people

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who suggest that the way he does this is that he puts it out there so

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that actually... But his position is actually further back. Talking about

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tweets, we've got a few more of them that have been coming in through the

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day. This is going back to the judge. He avoids a personal insult

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but does say this. Because the ban was lifted by a judge, many bad and

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dangerous people may be coming into our country. A terrible decision.

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There's another one. What is our country coming to when a judge can

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alter homeland security and anyone even with bad intentions can come

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into the US? It is a different sort of politics. It is. And his use of

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expressions like "bad dudes"... You might say he speaks the language of

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ordinary people. Look at the support he has had from people who support

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him anyway. His ratings are skyhigh with them. He is doing stuff and

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getting on with it. And quickly. Just what they want. Trump is

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obviously involved in this, but this is the Independent. The digital

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newspaper these days. Many is not Thatcher, we won't get US trade

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deal, Ken Clarke! -- Theresa May is not Thatcher. Interesting isn't it?

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Yes. As you say, not a huge surprise, and I suppose all he is

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saying is echoing what everyone is saying, but this is not something

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that we can fix in a day. It would be lovely if we could do, as many

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people would love, it would be great to say, right, let's sit round the

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table and sort this out and do it then. That's not how things happen,

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sadly. The other interesting thing about this, he was Margaret

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Thatcher's Chancellor and his saying they will never enjoy the kind of

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relationship that Maggi and Regan did. With the handholding and the

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inappropriate touching in this election should, as others have

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said, he is... Allegedly has a fear of slopes and steps! This whole

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thing is about this relationship and he has echoed this in conversations

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with her and apparently this was a story we had a couple of weeks ago

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and he refers to her as "my Maggie". The problem is, the chemistry, we

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were all sitting there and looking at the chemistry, he is quite brash

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and loud and forceful and she is a kind of vicar's daughter and how it

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this will interplay is fascinating. Do you think he has done this...

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America is important to us and she is just getting on with trying to

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build a new relationship. It was in fortunate in some way in that she

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had the successful in some ways, and everything was going smoothly,

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except for that question by the BBC which was suggested to destroy the

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relationship. -- unfortunate. But largely it went off without a hitch

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and then of course she is on the plane overnight, in fact I was there

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with her, and of course she introduces this executive order

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which throws the whole world, in terms of its borders, into chaos.

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The Sunday express front page. Your name is on this story. The

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Archbishop of Canterbury called for the world to give Donald Trump a

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chance. Why is he saying this? It is interesting because normally

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religious figures don't comment on political stories. Obviously he is

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the former Archbishop of Canterbury which gives him more leveraged to

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make these kinds of interventions. What is not saying is that Trump is

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brilliant and indefensible, but what he is saying is that ultimately we

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can't say that he is the worst politician in the world. There are

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certainly others like Robert Mugabe who could claim that role more than

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him. But ultimately there has been an hysterical outpourings could

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really undermined, as you were saying, the special relationship,

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which in this prose Brexit scenario is very important to us. And he has

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also applauded Trump's decision to put persecuted Christians at the

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front... This to the former Archbishop? Yes, absolutely. And

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inside is about what Trump might give the queen on the state visit

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that is coming up, which I'm sure the queen is looking forward to. Of

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course we don't know when it is happening. But if it does he is

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going to give her a lovely Western saddle, when he isn't busy tweeting

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and doing selfies and he doesn't just want to give them something

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that will be gathering dust on the mantelpiece. This is what a source

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says. He wants to give them something that he knows they will

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enjoy and use. Of course a keen horse woman. He is going to in grave

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on one side... On one side the Queen's seal and the other side with

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the President's Cup group three. He is big gestures. I was sent to

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Washington twice in the same week, so have established a number of

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Trump's contacts. Apparently this is genuine and something he is already

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planning, because there is a suggestion that this state visit

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could be in June. They obviously like giving presents because of

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course Trump's wife gave a blue bag to Mrs Obama. But also the presence

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aren't always that great. President Obama gave the Queen something like

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an iPad Manu with some show tunes on it. As we were talking about big

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gestures, we have just heard President Trump will attend the G7

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summit in Sicily. That's a White House statement that has just come

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out. That will be an interesting occasion! That is a beautiful area.

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It is. But the thought of Mr Trump with all of those European

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leaders... I like that Theresa May suggested she could possibly be a

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go-between between Europe and Trump. They say, it's OK, we will do it

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through Twitter. You were raising earlier than I thought that he might

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tweet from inside Windsor Castle or wherever he will be. Yes, Buckingham

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Palace, or wherever, from inside the coach. I'm sure we will see every

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step of the way very close up. Moving on. The Sunday Times, serious

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business, the huge gap in UK defences. Penny? There are a lot of

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things in here. Pick out a couple. This is the former MoD director who

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is talking about the gaping problems in our defences. For example, they

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say these are ?1 billion apiece and could be detected and disrupted for

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up to 100 miles because they sound like a box of spammers. Have new

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light armoured vehicles, too big to fit into the main transport aircraft

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without being partly dismantled and then they have to be accompanied by

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a crane. Then we have the reconnaissance drones. They cost 1.2

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Ilium pounds and are still not up to real service because of the

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technical difficulties. So it's a litany of things that have gone

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wrong, where he is essentially suggesting that people aren't

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looking ahead and working out what these things... IT hasn't spoken to

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the paper. This has been dug out by the Sunday Times. And if you see the

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byline, it isn't the defence editor who would have been plugging away at

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this for some time to come up with a dossier of offences that have

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happened and of course it is very topical at the moment, given the

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fact that we are finding ourselves in this new unknown age. What's

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America going to do? What's happening with Iran and Russia? So

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making sure that we are up to our capabilities and we can sort of send

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off any aggressive force that comes towards us and that's quite

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important. At this isn't new. We've seen this kind of thing happened

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before with aircraft carriers being ordered to carry aircraft and the

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Trident missile heading towards America rather than the Middle East.

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It quickly, the Sunday Times. -- very quickly. Cuts of 20%. This is

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because they don't want to be named and shamed because of the amount of

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sugar in chocolate bars, so instead of reducing the amount of sugar they

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have to meet government targets for reducing sugar, they will make them

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smaller. -- and having to meet. They say the American food giant behind

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Cadbury will take a bite out of it. That's not necessarily a bad thing.

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My children are addicted to chocolate and the idea of me trying

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to give them a carrot as a treat probably wouldn't go down so well.

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So if someone has taken a choice out of my hands... Do you not think you

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would just buy two? Well we won't be able to buy carrots any more anyway!

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The vegie shortage! Anyway, thank you very much.

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