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We'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment -

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Jeremy Corbyn says he takes his share of responsibility

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for his party's defeat by the Conservatives

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Speaking at the Scottish Labour conference -

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I've been elected twice to lead this party.

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All my energies go into leading this party -

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all our members' energies go into this party.

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Britain faces a 'sustained and serious' level of terror threat

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from Islamist extremists - that's according to the Independent

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Sir Mo Farah has reiterated that he is a clean athlete

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after a leaked report by the US anti-doping agency suggested

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that his coach Alberto Salazar may have broken drugs rules.

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In a further sign of worsening relations between Donald Trump

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and the media, the US President has announced

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he won't attend this year's White House Correspondents dinner.

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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 journalists James Rampton and Martin Bentham,

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home affairs editor at the London Evening Standard.

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Good evening. We can look at some of the front pages.

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The Metro leads with a story about five people hit by a car in South

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London. The paper also marks

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the Oscars 2017 with a picture The Financial Times

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reports on the tensions between some American banks

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who employ thousands of people who's promised to bring

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jobs back to the US. The Express claims that millions

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of us will be forced to carry on working into our 80s,

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following a warning from a former The Daily Telegraph features a photo

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of the British actress Naomi Harris ahead of the Oscars. We can start

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with the Times newspaper. This story about the Scots demanding a new

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referendum. Curious because I thought it had gone away. It is a

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ticking time bomb not going away. Senior figures in the government say

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the impact of Brexit on the UK devolution settlement is the

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government's greatest concern at present. The rumours are swirling

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about Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister in Scotland, is preparing

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to table another referendum when Brexit, I'm sorry, when Article 50

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is triggered. If the UK Prime Minister Theresa May rejects that,

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people say it could cause a constitutional crisis and I think

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that the state of the union is one of the things that is very much in

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play, and I would say is one of the disastrous consequences of Brexit,

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like the border between Northern Ireland and the republic that has

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not been properly worked out by the UK Government and I fear it will

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lead to a lot of plot on the carpet. The last opinion poll I recall about

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this had a large majority of Scottish people against a new

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referendum will stop does it mean the sands are shifting? Not that we

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know of. Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold a gun to Theresa May's head and

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has been doing all along. Of course, it is a legitimate fear number 10

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will have, and it would be destabilising it a vote was to take

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place. The problem for Nicola Sturgeon is what you said. The

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opinion polls indicate the majority would be against. She will not want

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to hold one if she thinks she will lose. Some of the key things that

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stopped the Scottish people voting in favour last time remain, such as

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they would not remain part of the EU, even though Nicola Sturgeon went

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to Brussels to try to strike some sort of deal. That is an uncertain

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prospect and the official position from Europe is they would not be

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part of the EU, and also they would have to be part of the pound

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sterling. And if they have that, we would control economic policy in

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this country and the rate of exchange. There are complexities.

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Echoes of the referendum in the first place. I noticed this story

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about concerns about Northern Ireland. Apparently the Cabinet have

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been discussing that. There are going to be elections this Friday

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for Stormont because the assembly dissolved earlier this year over

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another crisis. It seems that there is an intense sense of disorder and

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chaos that is wreaking this nation at the moment and the fact that

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there is not a sitting government within Northern Ireland makes it all

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the more difficult. The Republic come into play here because that is

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the only land border the UK will have with the EU, has at the moment

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and will have after Brexit. I think these are incredibly difficult

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constitutional issues and I fear the government does not have answers to

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them. We will talk about it later. We are back in an hour. Another

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interesting story, about tech giants and cyber bullying. This is an issue

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that concerns people, certainly parents and adults as well, that the

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story here is Facebook, Twitter and others are summoned to Whitehall to

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demand there are better ways of identifying people who are abusing

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other people on social media and basically making their lives

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unpleasant or worse and trying to remove that content in the way they

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seek to do with extremist and terrorism material, and there has

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been a concern not enough has been done. Women have talked about the

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problem where they get misogynistic abuse and so on. It is an important

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issue that the government is trying to put pressure on some of these

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technology companies to try to address. The technology company

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claimed they work hard and if you are threatened with actual violence

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it is a matter for the police. It ties in with a shocking story you

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featured about the singer Lily Allen who said she has come off Twitter

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because she was getting abuse, if you can believe it, because she had

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a stillbirth. Shocking is an overused word but it is shocking

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people could think that is a legitimate thing to do. What Diane

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Abbott said I found disturbing was that yes, you can block someone but

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they can change their name and start abusing with the new Dame and there

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is no way of tracing this. Part of the concern is that it is up to the

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individual who is being persecuted to raise that concern with the

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social media provider, that is a criticism made and the idea behind

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this I think is that the company would proactively act to identify

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the stuff... They identify word usage and patterns of behaviour and

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they can do that. They have a close eye on what is going on and that is

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the idea behind this. I think the police could be more proactive. They

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have prosecuted successfully, the CPS, the file anti-Semite who abused

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the Labour MP. I think more should be done because the iron of this

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storm, the people there, are released offering. Harassment. That

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is a criminal offence potentially. The Times newspaper has a picture

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that older viewers, and older presenters, may be familiar with.

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Margaret Thatcher with Norman Tebbit beside her. She just had an election

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victory. What is this about? I believe a certain presenter was

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there that night. I cannot deny it. You are too young! 1987. The famous

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night when Margaret Thatcher held up three fingers because it was her

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third victory and Norman Tebbit, her great ally, by her side and the

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great irony is that building, when it was relinquished by the Tories,

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was given to the EU India is now called Europe House. One of the

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bonuses of Brexit is they will try to buy it back. There is a rich

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irony that Mrs Thatcher was brought down by her antipathy towards Europe

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when she said no, no, no, dejected -- to Delors. One wonders about

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property values in that part of London and whether they can afford

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it. Only the EU can afford it! The Daily Express understory, they

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mention it on the front page but the details are inside and familiar

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figures, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump. Nigel Farage again with

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Donald Trump, at a dinner this time on the Saturday night, last night.

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Dinner with Donald it is captioned. Nigel Farage showing again what

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great friends he is. Not many people in this country are keen on Donald

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Trump but Nigel Farage seems to be and there he is at the centre of it.

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I was interested in the table setting. He seems a little bit far

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away. Perhaps not central enough for his liking. But grinning like the

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Cheshire cat. It looks like the dinner party from hell. Two of the

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most unpleasant people on the planet sitting at the same table, that is

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my view. There will be many people thinking, that is great, Nigel

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Farage is making contact with Donald Trump but as a journalist, at the

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moment, I feel angry with what the president is doing. He has excluded

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the BBC and New York Times and Washington Post from briefings and

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it is the first time a sitting US president does not go to the White

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House correspondent 's dinner and there is a hostility to the press

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that is not democratic and to make it worse Nigel Farage says the media

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is losing the battle big time. But that is my view. Within the story,

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the pictures were posted on Twitter amid rumours Theresa May will

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increase attempts to woo the president with an invitation to

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address the Tory conference in October. It seems the President's

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much talked about visit seems to be slipping back. I am not sure if this

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is the second one. Maybe a second one. It would seem unlikely he would

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come twice. That would be a political visit and the state visit

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would be a state to state interchange. There would be one

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visit... You cannot have US president here quickly for a

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conference. I hear he will be doing a stand-up slot in a pub in Balham

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that night, as well! The Financial Times. Trump on television. What is

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this about? This is a small story proving comedy gold on TV. His comic

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foes in the US, their ratings revenues have shot up because he is

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easy to lampoon. We had a great clip on your news bulletin earlier of the

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White House dinner from 2011 with Barack Obama, who was then

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president, making fun of Donald Trump in the audience. Of course,

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trying to have comedy then and the joke at the time was Donald Trump

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becoming president. That was meant to be funny and it has now become

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reality. I read somewhere it was that moment when Donald Trump

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sitting there, not smiling, and fed up... Livid. It may have been the

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moment he thought, right, I will go for the job. I would say the

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satirical programmes are really working because Donald Trump is so

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upset about them. Saturday Night Live, they did a brilliant

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impression, by Alec Baldwin, and he was tweeting in the programme saying

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it was a disgrace, as its ratings went through the roof. And then

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there was a brilliant impersonation of Sean Spicer attacking

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journalists, with the podium. Sean Spicer said it was beyond me. You

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know you are effective if your targets complain. A lot of people

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all over the world think Donald Trump is terrible, but his

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popularity generally among American voters, record low for an incoming

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president, his standing among Republican supporters, nobody has

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had it higher. Of course. As a journalist, I agree about the media

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in a sense, on the other hand, that has been his strategy. He can argue

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he communicates in his own way with the people he wants to communicate

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with and we are some corrupting influence between. Not what I think,

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but that is his stance and it has been effective for him will stop of

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course, it becomes worrying whether it is based on misinformation and

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alternative facts that are not facts. I interviewed earlier a

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political scientist in Washington who said it is not a short step from

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this to suppression of the media in America. This is extremist language

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now. I saw the interview and I was interested. He said Donald Trump had

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affinities with President Erdogan in Turkey and Egypt. It might be an

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extreme comparison, and... Turkey has more journalists locked up than

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any other nation in the world per capita. Somebody so keen to exclude

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people who disagree with him, he is pernicious. We can still reporters

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journalists and the BBC who has been excluded will continue to report

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what is going on and maybe rather than focusing on the briefing, you

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report on what is happening the substance of it, and that way you

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can hold people to account and so unless he goes down the road of

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those people who lock people up, it is a long way from suppression. Very

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quickly, back to the Times newspaper. Scrap use by dates on

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milk. It says to use the sniff test. You can drink it until it starts to

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smell not very pleasant. You told me earlier about scraping mould off

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staff. -- stuff. It is not the government about to do something it

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is telling us to do something obvious. We waste 100 million pints

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a year because of the sell-by date. We throw away ?700 of food a year,

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the equivalent of 500 meals. In a nation where lots of people are

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struggling and using food banks and a world where many are starving,

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that is terrible. We have to leave it there. Thanks. That is it for

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now. I'll be back at 11 for a full news

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bulletin and we'll be taking a second look at the papers

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with our guests at 11.30. Sara Baume has written a novel that

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deals with one of greatest contemporary problems,

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and perhaps her own experience too - the feeling of loss,

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maybe hopelessness, among young

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