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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 political commentator Jo Phillips

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and Chief Economics Commentator at the Telegraph, Liam Halligan.

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Welcome to both of you. A look at the front pages first of all. The i

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newspaper is leading on the story that Spain might get a veto over how

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any agreement between the UK and the EU applies to Gibraltar. Parliament

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faces in new expenses scandal after a leak of information on how much

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MPs pay their staff. That makes the front page of the Telegraph. The

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Guardian claims that US security officials had serious concerns over

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Michael Flynn becoming national security adviser because of his

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links with Moscow. The Times reports that repay Google ?31 million worth

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of corporation tax. The express covers new research suggesting that

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a lack of sleep increases the risk of suffering a stroke or heart

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attack. Prince Charles tried to delay the US invasion of Afghanistan

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says a book being serialised by the Daily Mail. That features on the

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front page of the paper as well. And an exclusive interview with singer

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Linda Nolan who has been diagnosed with cancer in the daily Mirror. We

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will look at those front pages in a moment. First, the i newspaper. Fear

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on the rock. I think you did an interview a while ago with the Chief

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Minister of Gibraltar. This is not entirely unexpected, but Spain is

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apparently going to be given a veto over the future of Gibraltar, which

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has always been a bone of contention between Spain and Britain. London is

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said to be furious, Boris Johnson is said to have committed to fight

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ruthlessly to make sure that it stays British. And this is all part

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of the shenanigans that have been going on today from Donald Tusk, his

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comments, Europe playing it out on what we can expect, agreed the

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divorce Bill and then we will talk trade -- laying it out. What about

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Ireland, no special deal for the City, Nicola Sturgeon has told

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Theresa May that she has handed a letter, her version of Article 50,

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saying we will hold a second independence referendum. What do you

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make about Gibraltar? It was nice for a day, wasn't it? Yesterday I

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thought the Prime Minister and her rather emollient Article 50 letter

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and now the EU has this road map for negotiations which is going to

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dominate the airwaves for the next couple of years. And they have

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alighted on Gibraltar because they know that will lead to strong

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emotions in the UK. It has been a British protectorate since 1713, I

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think. A long time. This is designed to provoke. Spain does have a veto

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on this deal. It seems that the gloves are off. Does and surprises

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that it has happened so soon? Not at all. My view is that the whole

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divorce bill thing is also designed to to pluck 60 billion

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euros out of the air, it is a figure that's meant to rile and meant to

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get the UK on the back foot. If I was advising the British government,

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which I am not, I would say that in a complex negotiation many facets,

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the actual amount of money is the very last thing you decide when

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everything else has been decided so this strikes me as something

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completely on its head. As Liam says of course this will come, are you

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going to take this CV is and who gets the cat, like in every divorce.

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The cuts will be later! Our cat correspondent, tonight, Jo! Spain is

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where most Britons living in Europe live as well which adds another

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facet to it. To be fair to Spain, so far in these talks about the future

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of UK citizens in the EU and EU citizens in the UK, many British

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citizens are in Spain and Madrid has been eager to say publicly, we will

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accept these people and let's try to get a deal on the rights... British

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people living here, I think that will get solved quite quickly. I

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hope so. Yet these are the bones of contention will be swirling in the

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air for months to come. Different parts of the EU will want different

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things. It is not just what Donald Tusk says. Liam, let's go to the

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front of the Telegraph, continuing the Brexit theme. Donald Tusk says a

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spot of this opening salvo there must be no unfair competitive

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advantage that Britain takes after Brexit. It's all about shifting and

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trading regulations to get a more business friendly environment to

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facilitate cross-border trade. Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory

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leader, a big Brexiteer, has predictably said this is posturing.

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I think the Telegraph are only punting this because a lot of the

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readers run small and medium-sized enterprises that don't actually

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export to the EU. At the moment they do have to adhere to all the EU

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rules. Things like Brexit make life more difficult for the small and

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medium businesses. Afterwards that will be gone. It will depend on

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relative regulation. If Sun is in relation to workers' rights that

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will throw up another... It would but there are things about

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environmental transport, a lot of things have been very beneficial. Is

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this Great Repeal Bill which viewers will hear lot

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about, repealing the EU version, that is why it's called the great...

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It will be strange when people start asking which is the one about the

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bent bananas that have been talked about for the last 30 years? It will

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be such a tsunami of legislation that the government has had to give

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an undertaking that, we are not going to use this transfer as a way

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to trick and trim and get stuff through on the nod, we are not going

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to cut Labour or environmental standards. Of course, the Labour

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Party and the Lib Dems will be keeping their eyes open for any slip

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from that pledge. You threw me a question in the office. When was the

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first MPs expenses scandal? To all of our astonishment it was 2009. And

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we all said, about five years ago? It is on the front page of the

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Telegraph, a suggestion of a new expenses scandal. Although the

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headline is often is misleading because it is not about expenses, it

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is about a breach of data. Basically the information, about the people

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MPs employed in their offices. Some will be members of that MP's family.

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It lists everything including names and addresses, the amount they earn,

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the amount of holiday entitlement and bonuses, interestingly, this

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appeared on the independent parliamentary standards authority's

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old website. It was up there for four hours. That would have been

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like leaving a document that you want the press to see accidentally

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on a photocopier. Allegedly. LAUGHTER

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. It is a big story for the Telegraph because it was the

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Telegraph's investigation which led to the founding of Ipsa. It then

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said that Ipsa recommended, let's get rid of the ideas of MPs

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employing members of their family including spouses. MPs rebelled. It

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seems that still 150 MPs at 650 employ family members. So a

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roundabout one in four. In defence, a lot of MPs, men and women, live in

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constituencies that are at the other end of the country. They did not

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employ their spouse as office manager, then frankly, their

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relationship would break up -- if they did not employ their spouse.

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And then you would not get family people being MPs. Sometimes it can

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be abused when people employ their children for doing nothing, that has

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happened in the past. Sometimes it is defendable. If you don't spend

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time in Parliament and understand how it works, it looks bad enough

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from the outside and goodness knows Francois Fillon in France is

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suffering, but it can be justifiable. It is true, if one of

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you is in Westminster... Four nights a week and the constituency is

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bogged down by questions about a local bus route... So sometimes it

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makes sense that one person should be in the constituency keeping show

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on the road. In the interests of keeping cats in the topic... Let's

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go to the times. Dekker let's drop everything and just do cats. The big

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moment in British history, cats! Google and tax. This is interesting.

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All the big tech giants are in the spotlight. Companies that may be

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abusing their market share. Saying they've come up with a fantastic

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product that everyone needs. What we have is an investigation, Google's

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parent company files in the states and shows the revenue of subscribers

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to Google in the UK is 7.78 billion in the last year but the amount of

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tax they pay is 25 million. That is very low. Then it turns out that

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even though George Osborne is said to have wrapped Google over the

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knuckles and done a deal to get tax back, which is hailed as a major

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success, it transpires that HMRC now owes Google about ?30 million. But

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probably oversimplifies it. You would think it is an April fool, but

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nobody would run out as a front-page story however obvious it seems. The

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country claims it it has paid or taxes legally do, just so that we do

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that. You're on a! Guardian, the front page. Donald Trump. This could

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have been an April fool when year ago, Michael Flynn, former national

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security adviser to Donald Trump, forced to resign, has come up

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through his lawyer, saying he has a story to tell provided he is immune

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from prosecution. Because there are investigations going on into the

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links between the Trump campaign, of which Michael Flynn was a leading

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light and Russia in the run-up to the election of President Trump.

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According to the Guardian, both American and British intelligence

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had discouraged Michael Flynn "Worrisome" behaviour well before

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his appointment and raised concerns about his ties to Russia, and his

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capacity for linear thought, whatever that is. Don't ask me what

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it means! I've no idea. We all looked mystified. Is it good or bad,

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a capacity for linear thought? Not only will he go down as the shortest

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ever serving international adviser, is a serious person, a former

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Lieutenant General in the US Army, he held a major security post under

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Obama and is a seasoned Washington insider. It almost takes us back to

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McCarthyism and the mutual paranoia of the 1950s that you have a

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national security adviser deposed, just a few months into a government,

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in return for immunity from prosecution. You are guaranteed to

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arouse curiosity if you say, I have something to tell you but I cannot

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tell you what it is unless I have immunity. He wants a book deal. He

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will end up with his own chat show. And this is the man leading the call

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for "Lock her up" giving the campaign, about Hillary Clinton. I

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am torn about talking about Cats now. Let's quickly do Le Sting.

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Paris, Lyon and Grenoble say that of British cars come over and don't

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have a green sticker talking about emissions of the particular vehicle,

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they will be fined the equivalent of ?117. In order to get this sticker

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they have to grapple with the French government website that apparently

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is very difficult, and paid the equivalent of ?4 ten. It may be that

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22 other French cities including Lille and Dunkirk, where many

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British people go, may bring in this scheme as well. So if you are going

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to drive to Paris, Lyon or Grenoble this Easter, do check. The RAC say

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they have been inundated with calls. News that you can use. And because

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it is going to be a nice weekend here, they say don't go anywhere.

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Cats! Do we think this is a real story? A little caveat here. This is

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quite a large piece of text. We must get these cat faces on the screen.

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Any cat owner will recognise them. Scientists have cracked the secret

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code of inscrutable cats. According to scientists who filmed 29 cats at

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a Canadian shelter on 275 occasions with these different faces, relax,

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everything is satisfactory for now. Viacom is that a vacuum cleaner,

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please don't use it, this meal is not served to my liking, and so

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forth. The thing that gives it away is the thoughts of a person called

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Penny Ward Mouser, a cat enthusiast, the author of our cats smart. We

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will have to leave that in suspense. Thank you. Can I just say, the last

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30 seconds have been the pinnacle of my journalistic career. Mind to!

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Don't forget you can see the front pages

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of the papers online on the BBC News website.

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It's all there for you, seven days a week

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at bbc.co.uk/papers, and if you miss the programme any

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