12/02/2017 The Papers


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

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With me are Caroline Frost, entertainment editor

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at the Huffington Post UK, and Tony Grew, Parliamentary

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Let's start tomorrow's front pages with the Daily Telegraph.

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Alongside a picture of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving

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at the Baftas, the paper quotes the Justice Secretary,

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Liz Truss, as saying wicked offenders won't be released early

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in order to meet prison population targets.

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The Express says there is fury at a new bid to wreck

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Theresa May's Brexit Bill when it goes through the House of Lords.

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We all need tasers to fight terror is the Metro's headline,

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following a survey of Metropolitan Police officers

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suggesting two in three believe the stun guns should be carried

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The Times is predicting a high street revolt over proposed rises

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The paper says pubs and restaurants fear they will vanish.

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What a waste, declares the Mail, which claims mandarins have wasted

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billions of taxpayers' money on failed schemes such as crashing

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drones and plane tickets for asylum seekers.

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And alongside a picture of Emma Stone, who has taken

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Best Actress award for her role in La La land at the Baftas,

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the Guardian reports that whistle-blowers face a full-frontal

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Let's now move on to look at some of those papers. Who wants to start us

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off? Tony, perhaps you can get us started with the Daily Telegraph's

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front page. Forget jail numbers, criminals will do time. He was

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saying it and what is it about? It is a speech that the Justice

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Secretary is expected to make tomorrow. It marks a significant

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change in one aspect of justice policy. Theresa May likes to joke, I

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say it is a joke, I have never heard anyone laugh at it, so I guess she

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just likes to say it, when Ken Clarke was just a secretary, she

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liked to lock them up and he liked to let them out and now there is a

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new Justice Secretary and it seems locking them up is the new priority.

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This is a change from Liz Truss's predecessor, Michael Gove, who

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talked about reducing numbers and called for the release of 500

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prisoners serving minimum term public protection sentences. He

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wanted more emphasis on rehabilitation and prevention. What

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Liz Truss is expected to say tomorrow is the government now

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thinks that people who have been convicted of crimes she regards as

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we could well serve longer sentences and this is seen as a reaction to

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some of the public who feel that people are given a sentence and

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don't serve the full sentence, there is something wrong with that of the

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system. Interesting to use the word wicked.

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Labour had called for the prison population to be halved as it was in

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1990. I had forgotten that was ever a target. It seems jolly

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unrealistic. It sounds good, it sounds very promising, ringing down

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on overcrowding in prisons and all the problems that that causes. The

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chain goes on. You go to prison in unfavourable circumstances and you

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come out often much more likely to offend, in some cases, and Labour

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made this great promise. For me this is very much trying to square the

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circle, trying to reduce the people in prison but not really going into

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the small print of how you are going to perhaps cut problems and the

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social problems that come. We know that inequality and drug addiction

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and mental health problems are all part of this big social chain that

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lead so many people to jail and until you tackle that, this use of

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the word wicked can be bandied around, but you need to really

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define your terms, I think, if you are going to specify who will stay

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in and who will come out. Let's press on. The Times, I think we will

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look at next. A High Street revolt over the rates rise. This is

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business rates, a lot of pubs and restaurants will vanish.

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Interestingly, the story here, a lot of big-name companies. We often hear

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of small businesses terrified of rate rises. But these are big ones.

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They are, and these hikes are due to come in at the end of March, or

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April, and they will have huge cost implications. If you go into the

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small print is the government have been swift to point out, in fact

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rates will fall for many businesses and remain the same. This is very

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much trying to... Philip Hammond is doing what chancellors do, which is

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Move pots around to enable councils to spend money where it is most

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needed. They are having to tackle the lobby ready, politically

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powerful bigger chains, who do certainly have pool on the high

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street and in Parliament. -- pull. It is linked to the value of

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property. People think of London but a lot of places are hotspots around

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the country. They emphasise this again and again and again, big

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businesses, which have real value of over ?100,000. That is why

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households are worried about eye watering rises. Oxford Street is

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particular concerned they will face a significant rise. As someone who

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lives in London, I have been on Oxford Street and business is not

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bad for them. They can afford to pay more for social care. I have very

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little time for this story. If it was hitting small business, I would

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be concerned. These businesses, Peter Express, Wagamama, the last

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time I was there, they didn't seem to be struggling. -- Pizza Express.

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And a lot of small firms also complain about this. And one of the

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problems is the government has been slowly strangling councils for the

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last six years. Massive cuts in their budgets, and they are coming

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up with these solutions that you can raise rates and council tax, but

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actually, I think we all know that local council funding will need a

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lot more than they will raise through these rate rises. There are

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a lot of stories around tonight, an important one here. North Korea.

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They are sizing up the Trump reaction to this missile launch. It

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is fascinating. North Korea sets off yet another one of its missiles, at

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the very time when President Trump is meeting and playing golf with the

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Japanese Prime Minister, so Mr Trump comes out and says I support Japan.

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That is at least a clear statement of policy, isn't it? It is good that

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he got the name of the country right, and didn't insult anyone. He

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didn't mention South Korea, who have a dog in the fight, being across the

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border from North Korea. It is a rogue state, and very few countries

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have influence over North Korea, really only China. This is the first

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big foreign policy test for President Trump and so far he hasn't

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started a nuclear war, so we should be pleased about that. That is, of

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course, true. But it is a very serious situation, where as you say

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China is in there, we don't know, Mr Trump's attitude to China seems to

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swing around depending what issue he is facing. It is a difficult job,

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being president of the United States. Not as much fun as he

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anticipated. I'm sure those tweets fired off to Arnold Schwarzenegger

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involve a bit of nostalgia. We really are rattling along. Who

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considers themselves an expert in what happens at things like the

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races? The Times has this great story, drink curbs to stop bad

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behaviour at the races. I'm sure there is no bad behaviour from you

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anywhere at any time, Carolyn, not tell us what the story is about.

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Very similar to other sports in the past, even making's boon sport has

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involved over imbibing and a certain amount of reverie which hasn't ended

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well -- own sport. They will only be able to buy three glasses of water

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and no more than four alcoholic drinks at a time, which were just

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about finished me off. Do you mean having them or not having them? I

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think the cost would be prohibitive. Nobody has seen bad drinking at the

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races unless they have been to the Melbourne Cup, and I say that to all

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Australians watching this. I am sure you hold that title with pride. At

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some point they have to decide if they actually want drink. They are

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being seen to be socially responsible, but obviously they are

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still coining it, and these drinks are not cheap. If they really want

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people not to drink, they shouldn't be available. At a football match

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you can't bring drink in at all, but cricket now, massive amounts of

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drinking, almost everywhere else. Wimbledon, Ulph courses, everywhere.

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Racing used to be a middle-class sport and some working-class people

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have come along and urinated into a glass, and the whole thing has

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changed as Mac golf courses. -- golf courses. The second day of the

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festival was marred by photographs of footballers getting drunk, women

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baring their breasts and two people urinating into their beer glasses.

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Something must be done. I hadn't quite looked at this as a class

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-based issue, I must say. Let's go on to the Daily Mail. Their front

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page here. What a waste, they say. What is the waste they are referring

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to? What is it about? Surprisingly, in an extremely complicated

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organisations such as the government, waste does happen. They

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have information from 20 government departments and put it to find out

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where government money has been wasted, important to point out that

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money the government has admitted they have wasted, and they have

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recovered sums of ?300,000. The first horrible example they pick up

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on is almost ?2 million squandered on deportation fight for failed

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asylum seekers, which is something where the Daily Mail might have an

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interest. This is where they paid for the tickets and they didn't go.

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They have something called the court system, which the Daily Mail doesn't

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approve of is the judge enemies of the people. That these people

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shouldn't be deported, and quite rightly, the cost of their ticket

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comes back to the government. They are complaining that RAF drones

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which are tested crashed, which is the point of testing drones. And a

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ride off by the MoD, which is very wasteful, and defence is notorious

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for overspend and problems with equipment. Obviously you could pick

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out things that sound a bit silly, but it does seem ready awful,

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doesn't it, some of the things that go on. It is the old pennies and

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pounds argument, isn't it? If you are allowing money to go wasted on

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small things, what about the big things? In the mail seems to have

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identified them. That is what it is all about. -- the Daily Mail. You

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could say ?626 being wasted on Christmas bonuses, that is an extra

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?10 each of those individuals got. I think this is chipping away at

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trustworthiness. That the government can't be trusted with that much

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money. I don't know what they are proposing, that they should have

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less of it, that there should be a transparency issue... We will see

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what comes out in the response. And you were there tonight. At the Royal

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Albert Hall, freezing away, but there is Emma Stone, who got the

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Best Actress award. She doesn't look as though she is wearing enough. I

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was wearing slightly more than that, you will be pleased to hear. She has

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a massive smile on her face, she won the gong for wearing this out fit in

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minus three degrees and her sterling work in La La Land. But the real

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star of the night was the Duchess of Cambridge. And their pictures on the

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front of the Daily Telegraph there. As usual, they stole the limelight

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on the red carpet. Yes, in an Alexander McQueen down. I can tell

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from looking at it, it is black with ice cream cones on it, that is

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Alexander McQueen. For once you have done your homework. What you said in

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the first section is really true, you have these huge US stars who are

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their own planet, ego, and a minor royal walks into the shop and their

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knees go weak. Not that they are minor royals. We understand the

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point exactly. That is the papers for the sour.

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-- That's it for The Papers this hour.

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Coming up next, it is The Film Review.

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