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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 Laura Hughes, political correspondent

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at The Daily Telegraph, and Pippa Crerar,

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political correspondent at The London Evening Standard.

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Two political correspondents, can't beat one. Good to see you both.

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Let's look at the front pages now. The Chancellor, Philip Hammond,

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wants to shore up a ?27 billion Brexit insurance fund. In the

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Telegraph, his plans to raise taxes could anger Conservative MPs who

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hoped for cuts. Calls for MPs to stop the Lords

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forcing a final vote on a Brexit deal after they voted to amend

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Government plans this evening. A new procedure using tiny plastic

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beads could largely replace prostate surgery, in the Mail. Wikileaks on

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the Guardian. The organisation claims it has leaked files showing

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the CIA and MI5 hacked technology, including smart TVs. The leak is the

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worst security breach for Western intelligence since the Edward

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Snowdon leaks in 2013. Let's look at some of these front

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pages in detail now. The FT, Hammond lines up Brexit budget. I know

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you're on top of everything. You've been writing about this all day.

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Brexit budget, that means he's saving money for potentially rainy

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days to come. Yes, spread sheet Phil as he is known amongst close

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friends. That's his moniker? Yes. Tomorrow he's been able to announce

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better news that he would probably have thought he Cox the OBR are

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saying they will increase growth forecasts by 2%, 2017, that's good

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news. You'd expect him to stand there - Cut taxes. You would expect

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that. Give lots of money to the NHS. Lots of people would hope that, but

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spread sheet Phil is being cautious. He's very aware that we're on the

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brink of Brexit of Theresa May triggering Article 50. We've had

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warnings from business leaders saying we don't want to be on the

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edge of a cliff face. He's obviously taken that very seriously. He wants

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this guarantee, this insurance fund, the ?27 million in the bank, almost

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for a rainy day. We don't know what's going to happen. He doesn't

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know was going to happen. He's being cautious. Perhaps being sensible.

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There will be a lot of Tory MPs that will not like this. They'll want

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relief for the middle classes, for businesses. But they're not going to

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get that tomorrow. That's not going to happen. He's going to be

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cautious. Uh-huh. He should be, shouldn't he? Because we have no

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idea what is down the road as far as Brexit is concerned. And Article 50

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will be triggered in less than three weeks. Yes... So the Government

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hopes. It is very much his modus operandi, probably the one thing he

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inherited from George Osborne, a very different style of politician,

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as Chancellor, was this idea that you've got to fix the roof when the

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sun is shining. He's storing away some cash, ?27 million. There will

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be a couple of spending commitments. They're the reaction to crises. The

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social care crisis and the row over business rates. Short-term temporary

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relief for both. But fundamentally the Chancellor is almost a

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technocrat and wants to review how these two areas will be funded in

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thuure. Possibly we could -- in future. Possibly we could expect to

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see in weeks to come reviews announced of how they might actually

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be funded better as time goes on. We're not going to get any George

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Osborne-style political flurish, rabbits out of the hat. Remember

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that this is the last big spring Budget we're going to get. One in

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the Autumn, then it will be one every two years. He doesn't like the

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drama that surrounds the Budgets. He just wants to do the job. Part of

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that is preparing the UK economy for Brexit and everything that entails.

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The Telegraph, the suggestion is that he's going to raise taxes. Yes.

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Actually what people are saying it's going to be the highest earners that

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could lose up to ?1,000 a year. So the jams aren't going to be

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affected? Yeah, it's the self-employed potentially that might

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be impacted by this Budget tomorrow. There's been talk of the fact that

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he might ask all the self-employed people in this country to increase

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the national insurance they pay from 9% to 12%. We can expect to see

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that. He will carry on with Osborne's targeting of landlords and

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dodgy landlords. It's not what people want. A lot of MPs wanted a

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Trump-style approach to this, sort of maybe perhaps, some would say

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short-term, but others would say, we should be rewarding the businesses.

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We should be rewarding the people making money. Actually this Budget

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isn't really about that. He is spread sheet Phil, so he ain't going

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to be Mr Trump. He's a technocrat, as you were saying. He is going to

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be incredibly cautious. Isn't that what this country, perhaps, needs at

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the moment, which is why Theresa May picked him as Chancellor? Yes, but

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the Conservatives, many of them will have their eyes on their core

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electorate, the middle classes. While, for example, taking the

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continued hammering of buy to let, second home enners letting out their

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properties, now George Osborne was very good at talking about these

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being dodgy landlords, companies that were getting everything they

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could get, grabbing everything they could from cash-strapped tenants and

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not necessary lay biding by the law in the way they should. There's many

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middle class Tory supporting families that have in recent years

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invested in one buy-to-let property which is instead in lieu of pensions

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or savings. That's just one example. Obviously middle classes are

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concerned about business rates and the longer term impact on small

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businesses. Many of them, many of which they work for or run. It's

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tinkering around the sides on the tax system. In 2015 the

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Conservatives pledged they would put up income tax, VAT or national

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insurance. So it's about him finding where he can so he will put up, the

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suggestion is alcohol duty will go up again. Where he can get away with

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it. These Conservative MPs can't have it all ways. They want Brexit

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to work and clearly, we all want Brexit to work, but clearly, Mr

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Hammond feels that in order to just in case there are issues leading up

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to finally leaving the European Union, he does need a bit of a fund

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in the back pocket. As a result, some taxes are going to have to go

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up. I think ultimately they will accept that. When have you met a

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politician that doesn't want cuts. MPs must stop Brexit, stop EU exit

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rebels rather, Lord's bid to force vote on final deal will be

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overturned. That's highly likely, of course. It was another kick in the

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teeth for the Government this evening. Yeah, it was a kick in the

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teeth, but realistically, we're not going to see a continued ping pong

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of this bill between the Lords and the Commons. Realistically the Lords

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are going to leave it. They just wanted MPs to have another vote.

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They wanted to do their job. What was interesting is that in this

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amendment today there were four clauses. Actually the Government

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when they responded to these peers this afternoon, the point that they

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really made was their opposition to the four clause in this amendment.

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It suggested that if Theresa May comes back and doesn't get a deal

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that they want, and the Lords and the Commons say no, we don't like

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that, there can be a no-deal option. Because if there is an option of no

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deal we don't want it, what message does that send to EU leaders around

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Europe? If they know they give Theresa an awful deal, MPs, Lord's

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are going to say no thanks. Does that mean Britain is staying in the

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EU? Is this a veto or not? This hangs on the assumption that

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actually we trigger Article 50, is that then revokable. Can you trigger

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Article 50 and then in two years, say, no, actually we don't want to

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go? Well, I suspect the other 27 would say yeah, we've got no problem

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you staying. On our rules. And news just in, Conservative former Cabinet

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minister, Lord Hesseltine has been sacked as Government advisor. He

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told this to the press association this evening. He made it clear where

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he stood this afternoon in the Lords. He's made it clear where he

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stood all along. He's a Europhile. He thinks the country shouldn't have

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voted to leave the European Union, let alone proceed in the way that

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the Government has done. But to sack him? As an advise orin the --

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advisor in the department of communities and local government.

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He's not got a Cabinet job. He's become a bit a thorn in Theresa

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May's side. They're obviously just wanting to really slap him down and

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make a point that the Lords might be tolerated on this occasion, but they

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better watch out, and everyone had better get in line. The Commons

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better not play funny business when the bill comes back there. They

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better get on and pass it. Also this is a message to the Commons as well.

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I think, yeah. It's the fact that he's a big beast. When he says

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something, we all write about it. That's really tricky for the

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Government. Because he's advising Sajid Javid, he is in a position

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like that and deifying a three line whip and working for you. As you

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say, he's a long, long time Europhile. There you go. Moving away

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from politics, onto the Times. Very sad story this, this is Vince the

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white rhino. He was shot three times in the head and had his horn, one of

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the horns taken off with a chain saw. He was not in the wild. He was

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in a zoo in Paris. It's the first such attack seen in a Western

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facility. When you compare that poachers in Africa killed over a

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thousand rhinos in 2015, which, and the number continues to increase,

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about a quarter of the world's rhino population were killed in South

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Africa. Tragic and awful though it is, you're used to hearing these

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stories from Africa. But to actually hear about it in a Western facility.

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In a zoo! Which allegedly has security and CCTV. Obviously the

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rhino horns are shipped off to China or other Far Eastern countries,

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apparently they can make about 35 grand, which doesn't seem that much

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when you consider what they've actually done. Used in traditional

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medicine. Yes. It's really sad. British zoos, well probably zoos all

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over Europe, are upping their security. Whip nay, which has --

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Whipsneade is upping its security to make sure our rhinos are safe. We

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have run out of time. Front page of the Mail. Mary Berry. I mean, what's

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going on here. She's apparently stirred up a debate, what do you put

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in spag bol. This debate has been going on for more than 24 hours. She

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put white wine in her bolognese last night on TV. And cream! Cream and

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white wine. I don't know, everyone has about in uproar on Twitter and

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saying it should be red wine. You can't put cream in spaghetti

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bolognese. That's what Clive puts in. Red wine? At least three

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quarters, but you made it last night. I did. What was in it? It was

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very traditional. But the bits, vegetables chopped in tiny bits. I

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have young children that would have picked them out. Mushrooms, carrots

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and pepper. Top tip for parents. No white wine. It was for children. For

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our portion I added in a bit of red. If it was for your hubby and other

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adults. He was cooking for me! If he was cooking for his wife, there

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would be no white wine in it? Absolutely not. And no cream. No,

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but I quite like that idea actually. I looked at that and said that's

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cheating. You can't just put cream into everything. Of course it's

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going to taste nicer. The French put cream in everything because they've

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got dairy mountains. They have to get rid of it. That's why they put

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cream in everything. Now we're leaving the European Union, you

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can't have cream in anything. Mary, listen to that. Mary, you're a

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goddess, but no. Thank you very much indeed for looking at the stories

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behind the headlines. Don't forget you can see the front

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pages of the papers online It's all there for you,

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seven days a week: If you miss the programme any

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evening, you can watch it Hello. There's a spell of rain

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moving from west to east overnight. Once we've got through that, though,

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we open the door to milder air coming into the

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