11/03/2017 The Papers


11/03/2017

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Hello. This is BBC News.

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

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Four countries in Africa and the Middle East need urgent help -

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the United Nations says 20 million people are facing starvation.

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A diplomatic row after Turkey's president calls the Dutch "Nazi

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remnants" for banning his Foreign Minister.

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A judge has been criticised for warning women that they could be

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targeted by rapists if they get very drunk.

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And England crush Scotland at Twickenham, winning a second

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

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With me are Nigel Nelson, political editor of the Sunday Mirror

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and the Sunday People, and the political

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Some of tomorrow's front pages are already in.

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The Observer says Theresa May is under fire by MPs who fear

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she has no back-up plan if the UK fails to get a trade

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The Mail on Sunday also leads on the Prime Minister's impending

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plan to trigger Article 50 - the says she'll fire

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The Sunday Telegraph's top story is what it calls a war

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in the Cabinet over the Budget - with ministers reportedly furious

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at the Chancellor for not warning them that he was planning to break

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a manifesto promise with a rise in National Insurance

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The front page of the Sunday Times has rugby hero Danny Care flying

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through the air as scores in England's victory against

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And The Sunday Express reports on a potential new lead in the hunt

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The paper says police have been given extra

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let's delve a little deeper. We start with the Observer. I feel we

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need a drum roll. Tuesdays when we are likely to see the Prime Minister

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triggering Article 50. Or Thursday. It is also triggering lots of

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accusations of, do we really know what we are doing? Good question!

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What the papers are full of tonight is a foreign affairs select

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committee report which absolutely slams the government. It was chaired

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by Tory Crispin Blunt. But he is broadly saying is that if we don't

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plan for failure, then that would be a dereliction of duty. That is what

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he is accusing the Prime Minister of. What has really got the gold of

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MPs is they made the same kind of warning to David Cameron, saying,

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you may want a referendum, you don't have a plan. Where is the plan? They

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are saying this is similar. They think the negotiations may well

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fail. What are we doing for planning if they do fail? At the moment we

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can't hear anything from the government. We are going to stay

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with this story. The Mail on Sunday, dereliction of his duty. Savaging

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Brexit Minister David Davis, suggesting there is no plan. As

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Nigel said, they had already been very critical of David Cameron,

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accusing the government of gross negligence, of never having a plan B

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for the result of the referendum, which resulted in a Leave vote. To

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do it again would be absolutely appalling. They use this phrase,

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mutually assured damage, which is a throwback to mutually assured

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destruction, a Cold War term used by Russia and America. It is absolutely

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damning. It is chilling for the government. It is chilling to

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business. It is chilling to the country. If there is no deal, and

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Theresa May has said we will walk away because no deal is better than

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a bad deal, they have got this idea in their heads it is possible there

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is not a deal they can agree to. What is the plan? If she does

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trigger it on Tuesday or Thursday, they have two years to come up with

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something. Politically, if there is a plan B that is being configured,

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they don't want to make too much of it because they wanted to succeed.

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What if it doesn't succeed? There needs to be a contingency plan. The

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chaos that gripped Whitehall Atherley referenda must because

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there was no plan for leaving in the first place. -- after the

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referendum. Because we were caught out that time, the argument from MPs

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is that we should be making plans for that. David Davis tells us he

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has a plan A, plan B, plan see -- plan capital see... You get the

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feeling they do not know what they are doing. Do you get the impression

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the Parliamentary committee are giving guidelines as to what they

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think the back-up should be? No, I don't think they are. They are

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saying it is a possibility, so you can't pretend it may not happen. It

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is an insurance. It is the duty of government. What they are saying is

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you can't be negligent. I think what they are saying is that obviously

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everybody involved is going into completely uncharted territory.

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Probably the only people who have any idea of what it means and what

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the deal will be will be the many lawyers working through. Nigel

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touches on what David Davis is saying, and we make come on to that

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in a bit, because he has written an article in another Sunday paper, but

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you can't talk this up because it may not be down to us in the end. It

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will be about what the other 27 countries are offering. Hiding

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behind the claim that negotiations are not working. She wouldn't say

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anything to begin with. Then she admitted we were going to be in the

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single market. Other things are obvious, too. She must be more

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honest. The Sunday Times has a headline that suggests she is clear

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on some of the money payback. This sounds like a very jolly good story,

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that we will be sitting on ?9 billion coming our way. The argument

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seems to be that we have got 9 billion sitting in the European

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investment bank. Our money. Theresa May, when she finally gets to

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Brussels to start the negotiations, will say, before we start, can we

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have the dosh back, please? The idea seems to be to spike the European

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Commission's guns about starched -- charging us ?50 billion for leaving

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the EU. Where they got this figure from seems to be a mystery. We're

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Prattley oh a lot of pension contributions and so on. Good luck

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to. -- we apparently owe a lot of pension contributions. This says

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that ministers are confident they can reduce the size of a Brexit bill

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to something more politically palatable. This goes back to talking

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up. They may be confident but they don't know what the bill would be

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yet. If we're going to get his ?9 billion back, allegedly, is the EU

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going to ask for money back that it has already for farming subsidies or

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other grants and things we benefit from. It is a bit like a Moroccan

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Bazaar, isn't it?! This is an ugly divorce, isn't it? Somebody will end

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up in a cold, chilly Park. Before we get too depressed, take us onto the

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other story in the Sunday Times, a Russian cyber threat to UK

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elections. This story has been running around. I have to confess I

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was taking the Mickey out of Nigel last time we were on talking about

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the spies in your cattle. -- kettle. Now your TVs! People at GCHQ, the

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listening spying station, and what they are basically doing, they have

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got a story which is that GCHQ are offering and calling for a summit.

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They are calling on all political parties, the leaders of all

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political parties, because political parties hold an enormous amount of

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personal information online about their members and things, and they

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are very concerned, GCHQ, lured the possible disruption to the next

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general election -- to the possible disruption. They have intervened and

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they have stopped apparently a cyber attack on the BBC election coverage.

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Did you know that? I did not. By a gang of hackers known as the fancy

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bares. They sound rather fond! Deliberately cuddly! Because of

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what's happening, all the concerns about fake news and weather the

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Russians were involved in the American election, it will fuel the

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thing that we don't want to go down the route of online voting.

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Old-fashioned as it may be, the paper and pencil works. That is

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years away if it ever comes at all. It is a ramping up, telling people

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to take it seriously. We were mentioning the parallel with the

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states and that the Russians somehow had a hand in the American

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presidential elections. The focus very much on Russia? Yes, they seem

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to be the ones doing it. We have the same discussions going on in France

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with the French elections. It does seem when you talk to people who

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know about these things in Whitehall, it is always Russia.

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China is pretty interested but they want to steal technology, really.

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The Russians want to mess around with democracy. We are fearing that

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Russians are actually doing this. It seems perfectly sensible. Have a

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summit, swapped what you know, how you can protect yourself. The Sunday

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Telegraph. Let's return to politics. This takes us back to the budget.

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The suggestion that the Cabinet is now at war over a shambolic decision

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by the Chancellor. Does this sound vaguely familiar, rows between the

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Chancellor and MPs?! That old one. This is a story that claims that

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Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, failed to brief the Cabinet on the

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fact that the introduction of the increase in national insurance for

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self-employed people was breaking the Tory party manifesto before the

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last election. It does rather beg the question, if they were briefed

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on it, do they not remember what was in their manifesto? This is a blame

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game. Clearly that was an absolute error. It is a bit like George

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Osborne's pasty tax. It is a nonsense that somebody in the

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Treasury should have worked out what was going to happen, there was gone

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to be this absolute uproar on the very people who are just about

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managing, the self-employed, the entrepreneur ors. Whether or not,

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reality is that all of those people would be affected, having the

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resolution foundation and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, they

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actually say it will not affect people on the very low level. It is

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a way of levelling income tax and making it fair. If you are going to

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do it, why not go on the winter fuel allowance for wealthy pensioners, or

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bring prescription charges down? It is a good job you are not on Twitter

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because you would get lots of tweets about that. I know but don't just

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pick on one easily identifiable group. Does seem a particularly Daft

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decision. I was astonished when I heard in the budget. When you read

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the Cabinet didn't notice it was breaking a manifesto commitment, I

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found that hard to believe. One of the things we give the week before

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the budget is we work out our predictions. This is one that had

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been around. The reason we threw it out was on the basis that, hang on,

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it is a manifesto commitment, surely they won't break it? Surely the

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Cabinet know about it and if they don't, why not? Let's return to the

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Observer. Tucked away down the side. You made reference to fake news, a

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very zeitgeist thing. This is the web creator himself, Sir Tim

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Berners-Lee, who says the Internet is broken. Perhaps he is going to

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unplug it! This is one of these stories were the headline looks as

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if it is an interesting story. When you look into it, there isn't

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actually a story. He is meant to be unveiling a plan. He has unveiled a

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radical plan to combat fake news 28 years after he created the Internet.

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But what happens is he has written an open letter to the observer

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talking about the chilling effect on free speech, Internet blindspots

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that corrupt democratic process. But he says with public support he hopes

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to comp up with policy solutions. -- to come. We want his solutions and

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then we will support it. Did you come up with any solutions? Not yet!

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Give us in minutes! This is not on our list. But knowing that you are a

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fan and Nigel not so much, let's pay a little tribute to England's

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victory in the Six Nations at Twickenham. They have lovely

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pictures. We have Jonathan Joseph, man of the match. Got a hat-trick.

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The Sunday Times with Danny Care. It is fantastic. 18 wins in a row for

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the England team, which I think they are very close to beating New

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Zealand's record. They have to play Ireland next week. That will be a

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walk in the park. And this was the Calcutta cup. After we finished

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this, you take Nigel away and give him a briefing and we will question

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him at 11:30pm! It is an exam now! Very many thanks to Nigel and to

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Joe. We will be back with more at half past 11. Coming next, it is

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time for Reporters.

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