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This week on Meet the Author macro, I will speak to the author of

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Scarlet Thomas about to switch to writing for children and her

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creation of a world filled with magic and danger.

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

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With me are are the broadcasters Penny Smith and Charlie Wolf.

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A quick look at some of those front pages.

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Boris Johnson's decision to cancel his trip to Russia

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The Mail on Sunday reports the criticism from the Kremlin

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as well as Liberal Democrat MPs here.

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The Sunday Times says Britain and America are preparing to accuse

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Russia of complicity in war crimes in Syria.

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The Sunday Telegraph says Vladimir Putin will be told to pull

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troops from Syria and drop support for President Assad in a UK-US plan

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The Independent says the European Parliament's chief

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Brexit negotiator wants Theresa May to consider a plan to help British

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people who want to keep their EU citizenship.

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The Sunday Mirror's leads with a story about the former Spice

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And the Observer leads with a story about Len McClusky,

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the leader of the Unite union, who wants the Labour party

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to investigate MPs who he says are plotting against him

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Let's begin. Charlie, can you start us off? The Mail on Sunday has what

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many papers have. As Johnson was meant to go to Moscow next week and

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has now cancelled for Rex Tillerson to go over. People are now saying he

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is now America's poodle. Yes. It's as he pulls out at has launched a

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furious attack on Boris Johnson after he cancelled his Moscow

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summit. They have accused the Foreign Secretary of making up

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excuses, making way for Donald Trump's diplomatic drive. I don't

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really see if there's a big problem with this story. If he wants to work

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with the Americans and let them handle this and I think it means he

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is a poodle. Except there is a suggestion in the Mail that Boris

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Johnson said he shouldn't be going because they were the people who did

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the bombing, so we would just be the hors d'oeuvre before the main meal.

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That thing about the poodle, the Lib Dems leader has also echoed that

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remark. I guess the Lib Dems, that's still where they have to reach two.

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Moving to the meat of the story itself. There is the suggestion that

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we and the Americans will say, this is what you will do, Mr Putin. They

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say he should withdraw military support from Damascus and begin a

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transition to a new regime, which is of course also a change. This change

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of regime, which has been off the table for a while. This claim of

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Russian combo city rests on analysis that a Russian drone flew over this

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town shortly before 1-off Assad's warplanes dropped a Serengeti bomb.

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They are investigating whether a Russian plane of the hospital. --

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sarin gas. Different from the days where you could tell Mr Putin after

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the election that he could be more flexible because he doesn't have any

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more elections to fight, as he told I think it was the Prime Minister at

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the time. That famous quote. I think this is Russia and Assad and others

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who will have to do some recalculating and that's a good

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thing. They are going to say, we have a president now who they may

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have written off as a foolish game-show reality star, property

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developer, but this is a guy who gets pretty serious about something

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and... Also a president who changes his mind pretty dramatically. He has

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done a complete reversal of what he said before the election and

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afterwards. In the Mail they suggest he reacted to a tweaked and that's

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what changed his mind. I'm sorry to have some effect on him emotionally,

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but at the same time when you are sitting around the cabinet table and

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you have your head of the department of defence, General Mattis, and your

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other advisers saying they were horrified by what has happened, it

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isn't enough to trigger what happened. People will also say that

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it's about him getting the people to stop talking about how close he was

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to Russia. That is another aspect. The one thing that will help the

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relationship between them is I think Putin at least has respect for

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someone who has power and know-how is to use it. They may not like each

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other in the end but at least there will be respect for the man that

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wasn't there before, we respect he didn't have for Obama. Presumably

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they realise they can't predict what he will do. And it will be

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interesting to see whether this does prompt any peace talks. After all

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that is what we want to happen here. We want the situation with Serie A

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to be sorted out. And diplomacy only works when it is backed up with

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force. Can you get us started on a follow-up to the Stockholm, the

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awful thing that happened there. They talk about the bomb that fail

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to go. They found a device this morning and that adds a whole new

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dimension. It is bad enough that someone could kill you with a car.

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When the police went to investigate, a bomb could have gone. It is a

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horrible thought, but killers can get very creative in what they do

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and how they kill people. These are the sort of people, without making

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excuses for the IRA or defending them, at least there was some sort

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of an endgame, where there are certain things they wouldn't have

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done because it wasn't in their interest. The sorts of people we are

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dealing with now, there isn't any endgame, other than wanting to kill

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Westerners and expand the caliphate. It seems to me that we are dealing

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with people who may not even have a coherent idea as that. They just get

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attracted and they are the most days people of all. There was an

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interesting article recently saying that this is really just about

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gangs, an excuse to kill. And I suppose the sad thing is that we are

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talking about car bombs and lorry bombs, which is a fact of life in

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certain places in the world. Let's stay on the Sunday Telegraph front

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page. Keep charges. -- tip charges. Explained to us what is proposed and

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why. Councils are to be banned from charging DIY enthusiasts to dispose

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of their rubbish. Some councils are still charging unfair fees of up to

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four quid, despite Whitehall trying to stamp out the practice. This is

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because of the problem of even a small charge deterring people from

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going and getting rid of this stuff, so they keep it in beauty spots,

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parkland, anywhere. The end of the street. Anywhere. So they are

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saying, really, we need to stop charging for it. Sorry to correct

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you, but in a sense the real story is the fact that councils don't seem

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to have enough money because of what is being put on them, social care a

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prime example. They are trying to figure out ways to raise funds

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because they aren't getting it from central government. I'm sure you

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would find the same with And I'm Lebo Diseko in -- with Labour. You

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rely on the state more and more and it's a black hole that can't be

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filled. To be clear, it isn't just general waste, it is quite specific

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things. Things like soil and DIY materials, it's a grey area, isn't

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it? The sort of thing I would get rid of. You take a whole lot of

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shells down and think, what am I going to do with this? You put up a

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few of them and then you think, that looks rubbish, take them to the tip!

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We had a major clear out the other day. To be fair, there was a

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half-hour cue getting into my recycling centre the other day. I

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actually cut someone off because I thought they were parked at the side

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of the road and I didn't see all of the other cars! We've heard that one

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before! I appear to have jumped the queue! Very quickly, Labour MPs

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accused of dirty tricks in union votes. This is the Unite union Len

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McCluskey. I think he is the guy who owns... Well, his union contributes

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quite a lot of money. Yes. Anyway, he is accusing... There's a group of

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people made up of people in the right of the party who are using...

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They say they are using the dark arts. In order to do what? In order

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to elect his opposition, the opposition... There's another

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gentleman. Mr Coin. He is saying that... Remember those people who

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are running the campaign, the dark arts is in their DNA. Normally with

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political elections it is unique they have brought this in with the

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trade unions and he says they are trying to get Jeremy Corbyn out.

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They say what is most likely usually happens. In this case it may be the

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fact that Jeremy Corbyn isn't that great leader, unfortunately. You

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mentioned horses. The Grand National is coming. A wonderful story about

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what happened, the winner. Who owns the horse? Two owners, they are

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widows and they decided to come together, they have a spare ?60,000.

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They bought a horse. They said a lot of gin had been quaffed. Their

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husbands played golf together, hence the name. It is just a lovely story.

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Everybody is so chuffed. The funny thing is, my uncle bought me one

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when I was young, and his name was Arthur. The Grand National is

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something you don't vote on form. It's always that this one is an

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outsider. The one I would have backed! How many times have we heard

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that? Once I put a fiver on a horse and it came in as you -- and I got

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something like 870 quid back. That's The Papers for this hour. Coming up

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next, Meet the

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