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

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With me are the journalist, James Rampton, and Martin Bentham,

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Home Affairs Editor at The London Evening Standard.

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Good evening to you both. Good evening.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with this.

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The Metro leads with a story about five people who were injured

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when they were hit by a car in South London.

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The paper also marks this year's Oscars with a picture of actress

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The Times says the Scottish Government may be

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preparing to call a second independence referendum.

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It also features a photo of Carnival-goers in Venice.

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The Financial Times reports on the tensions between some

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American banks, who employ thousands of people outside the US,

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and the new President, who's promised to bring jobs back

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Theresa May could put an end to free movement

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That's according to The Daily Telegraph.

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The paper also features a photo of British actress,

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Naomi Harris, ahead of the Oscars.

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The Sun carries the same photo of Ms Harris,

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but leads with the story that a British man who was jailed

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in the US for murder has returned to the UK.

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And the Guardian has an exclusive report on claims

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that the NHS has lost the data of thousands of patients.

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Right. OK. Let us get started. James. The Telegraph. A curb on

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migrants will start in a few weeks. Very interesting. Was it Chairman

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Mao who said we are cursed to live in interesting times. I believe it

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was Confucius. Misquoted by Donald Trump. I think we are in interesting

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times. Every day there is an extraordinary story, especially

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coming out of America. This is an interesting development. It was

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spread around this would happen. But there are good sources for this. The

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cut-off date for EU migrants in this country is likely to be around the

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15th of March once the Article 50 bill has gone through Parliament.

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That means that those EU people who are here already will be allowed to

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stay but anyone arriving after that point will have much tougher visa

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restrictions and will have restricted access to benefits. It

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will mark a massive change in the way that migrants are treated by

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this country. This is a very contentious issue indeed. The point

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is that the government, if it is going to end free movement as part

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of the Brexit process, has to have a cut-off date at some point. It will

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be legally, I think, practically, very difficult to do it before

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Article 50 is triggered. It could be... It could be that the line is

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drawn when we actually leave the EU. There is a quote here from an

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unnamed source saying there is a great surge of half of Bulgaria and

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Romania coming we have to be quick. The fear is that many people will

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want to come in quickly to get under the wire if we take too long. There

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is a legal point at which you say people who are here already can

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stay, as you said, they have the absolute right to be here, anyone

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you will have to be subject to these examinations abide Smith, a

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Eurosceptic, says Theresa May will give clarity while the EU looks

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muddled and mean-spirited. A good old battle to have over that. That

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might apply more to Brexiteers. I think there is definitely an

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intriguing battle ahead. Part of what Theresa May will have to do is

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make sure there is finesse with the EU to make sure the hundreds of

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thousands of Brits abroad have a similar right to stay there. That

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will be the central part to deal with. This is where I don't think it

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has been mean-spirited at all on this issue. The government is clear

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they want to allow the EU citizens here the right is it. The only

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reason they have not guarantee that is the House of Lords wanting to

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make sure the European countries that we are negotiating with give us

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the same rights to do so at the moment. Some are happy to do that.

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Others say that should be put further down the line in the

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negotiations. The government has been clear it want s to give them

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that right. I just want to say muddled and mean-spirited. Scots to

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demand new referendum. Number 10 fears. Theresa May writing in a

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Scottish magazine to persuade them to send a signal to the SNP. I

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thought the referendum had thought of gone away in Scotland. There is a

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fear. Although the opinion polls show the Scottish people will not

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vote against like they did in the 2014 referendum, of course, it is

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something the government does not want to happen. Nicola Sturgeon is

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trying to threaten the government with the risk of a referendum. So,

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Downing Street is understandably concerned there will be another

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distraction and a major potential change. And so she wants, the Prime

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Minister, she wants to send a message to the SNP to say that you

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should not vote for them and we want to stay. Whether or not that happens

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and they have the courage to go for the referendum, I am quite

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sceptical. They won't do it unless they think they will win. In this

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piece it says that Mrs May faces a double headed devolution risk with

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Northern Ireland. Many think this is the biggest concern within

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government about Brexit. Although there is the potential of a huge

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amount of chaos over another Scottish Referendum, also, there is

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great uncertainty gripping Northern Ireland at the moment. That

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uncertainty comes from disbanding a couple of months ago. They have

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elections this Friday. Does look unlikely to resolve this crisis.

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There is still a heck of a long way to go to bring the two sides

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together. There is huge uncertainty spreading throughout the UK. And I

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just hope that over because the next few months, we can sort it out.

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Because it looks quite chaotic at the moment. OK, let's go to the

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guardian now. Jeremy Corbyn reeling, as newspapers would say. On the

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ropes. Here he is. The headline says gives me time to develop policies.

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Off you go, I just think it is extraordinary. Last week John

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MacDonald was blaming Tony Blair. And then the weather. Storm Doris.

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What on Earth has she ever done to Labour? A lack of cars. The public

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services are wrong. The demographic has changed. It is really an

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unbelievable failure to face up to their own responsibility. And I

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speak as someone who might under different circumstances well be a

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Labour supporter. It is a catastrophe what is happening to the

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Labour Party at the moment. Jeremy Corbyn has been extremely bad for

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democracy. This is, I believe, a terrible government. It is an open

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goal. Jeremy Corbyn is running towards the goal but he has his

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shoelaces tied together. You cannot hit that open goal. If there was a

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fairly capable opposition leader this government would be in better

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shape in this country would be in better shape. Jeremy Corbyn is quite

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clear. He got voted in twice and had eight bigger authority the second

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time. Why should he not stay in? He says give him time. Things could

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change with Brexit. That is where the problem is. He was elected again

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very recently with an enhanced majority, he still has grassroots

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support. The problem for the Labour Party is, if Jeremy Corbyn is

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replaced, who would replace in? They have the same political mindset, and

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so on. That would not necessarily assist them. The moderates of the

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Labour Party, A, have no credible candidate and no obvious candidate,

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and, B, a clear policy at this stage. Jeremy Corbyn is not the

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problem. The Labour Party is in a state of flux. It does not know what

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it stands for. Go back to the Copeland by-election. The NHS is a

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clear message of the Labour Party. They are talking about maternity

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hospitals. That did not resonate. Part of the issue is that, again,

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there is mistrust in their ability to deliver. Part of the problem is

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they have not got enough support among the public with people

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believing they can deliver. People like what they want to do, though.

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There is a fascinating quote in The Guardian. I haven't heard it

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elsewhere. I do my best to reach out to people, he said, but clearly,

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persuading our wonderful media in Britain to report on our policy

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would be a big achievement. We have been doing that! Jeremy Corbyn will

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not be speaking at the Martin Couture-Rouleau. -- Correspondents'

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Dinner. It is ridiculous. He has been loud about his criticism of

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nuclear power. People in Copeland do not like that. It is extraordinary

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that he cannot face up to these responsibilities. To blame the

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media! It is a problem. But on the other hand, you cannot always say

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our message would be popular if it wasn't for other distracting

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factors. Sometimes people understand the message but don't quite like it.

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Let us move on to something rather different. This is the Daily Mirror.

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A front-page story. Maarten. Schools face a worse squeeze. This is very

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much a Labour story. There are cuts to come in education and rather

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serious ones. It is a serious problem for the government. It is a

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nagging headache. The Institute for Fiscal Studies, not a left-wing

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institute, it is independent and respected, a financial think tank.

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They say there will be a funding plunge of 6.5%. Of course, the

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government has got this austerity programme. There is pressure on

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public finances. And, of course, things like education are a very big

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part of public finances and that gets squeezed. But of course it gets

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let it be very difficult because when you have your local schools,

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teachers having their wages being cut, that has a huge impact on

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people. Certain parts of the country are going to be losing out because,

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London, for example, there is a highlighting that London schools

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have good funding relative to other parts of the country. A double hit

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for some schools. It says heating turned off and clubs cancelled. This

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story is warring. My three girls just had a letter saying can you

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help us with some money? They don't have enough funding to keep their

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very high standards up. Trips cancelled. Possibly much bigger

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class sizes. I mean, one former cabinet minister says successive

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generations are being let down. I could not agree more. I said heat

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turned down with a pinch of salt. I don't think they are sitting their

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freezing. The Financial Times. They are leading into stories inside.

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Interesting. Donald Trump roofs comedy gold on TV. Why is this? --

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proves. He is such a good target for satirists. Sunday Night Live is

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enjoying its best ratings for 20 years. Alec Baldwin does a brilliant

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impersonation of Donald Trump. Alicia McCarthy does a great Sean

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Spicer. Last seen attacking journalists with the podium in the

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media room. I loved that sketch. But the proof for me that they are

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hitting the tough it is that Donald Trump and Spicer are watching and

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complaining. You know you are hitting home when targets complain.

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On the other hand, the people who voted for Donald Trump and support

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him would agree with him, wouldn't they? It is good to talk about

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comedy gold and audience is going up, but his Republican support is

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enormous! That is true. He seems to have still got the support of his

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core supporters to get in the White House. Some of them are probably

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having a bit of a laugh as well, because he is quiet, you know, on a

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serious level, he is quite an alarming character, but on the other

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hand, he is very easy, as you say, to lampoon. He has some character

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traits which are kind of entertaining when they are not

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worrying you. He is good material for any comedy sketch. One of my

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favourite moments in the rugby in Scotland and Wales, the character

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went in on three very, very Orangemen. I wondered what they were

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doing, then I realised they were dressing up as Donald Trump. --

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Orangemen. He is right for satire. It is easier to laugh at someone

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than cry, perhaps. We have delivered there. James and Martin, thank you

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very much indeed. Just before we go, we have just had some bad news. Sir

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Jeremy Kaufman, the Labour MP, Father of the House of Commons, has

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died at the age of 86. That news is just coming to us. But that is it.

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That bit of news was not in the papers. Thank you to both of them.

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Coming up next, it is the Film Review.

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