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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 broadcaster Julia Hartley Brewer

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and Associate Editor at The Guardian, Hugh Muir.

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The Financial Times leads on Syria, reporting that Vladimir Putin says

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the US is being duped into attacks against the Syrian regime.

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The I focuses on the diplomatic moves to attempt to punish

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Vladimir Putin for his backing for Assad and the vetoing

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The Guardian reports that the American attitude to Russia has

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hardened. Boris Johnson's failed diplomatic

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moves also feature in the Telegraph, which says he has been rebuffed

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by all sides for failure to secure support for sanctions on Russia

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and described him as being out The Metro's lead story is today's

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ruling at the High Court that the gravely ill baby

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Charlie Gard should have his life support machine turned off

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as soon as possible, The Daily Mail says Charlie's

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parents are vowing to fight on. The Express quotes an Oxford

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University study which says eating fresh fruit every day cuts the risk

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of diabetes despite We are not looking at that front

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page. The statements of the obvious. The story on the front page of the

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Daily Mail, it is on the other papers as well, little Charlie,

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eight months old. A height court judge said it was with the heaviest

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of heart that he came to this decision that doctors are in the

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right if they decide to switch off his life-support. There but for the

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grace. We would want to be the parents, who would want to be the

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doctors and he would want to be the judge? A horrific story. None of us

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is a medical expert or a legal ethics expert, but this is a

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situation no one wants to be in. It is ?1.2 million just in donations to

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fund this possible treatment that might work in the States, but the

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judges ruled it is not fair on the baby. He needs to die with dignity

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and I don't know how, as a parent, or as a doctor, you make that

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decision but there comes a point when it is kinder to let your baby

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died. I don't think any of us would ever be happy to make that decision

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ourselves. I think that is actually what has made this decision easier

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for the judge and further doctors, because they firmly believe that

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more treatment would put little Charlie in more pain. I think that

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is right and I think this is a case where we all have to accept that

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everyone is acting in good faith and trying to do their best for Charlie.

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I think it deserves its prominence on the front page because there are

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important societal issues here. Who can we say it has the best interests

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of the child at heart? Is it the parents or the judge? The judgment

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went to the hospital. He did his job. If ever there is a case that

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needs to go to a higher court, this is the one. The parents say we think

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there is something else we would like to try. As a society we have

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exercised our duty of care getting him this far and the treatment we

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have given him so far, but if the parents do feel there is something

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else they want to drive, is it right that we should say they cannot do

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that? It is not about the cost on the NHS or anything like that, but

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there does come a point when it is not fair to put a child, or for

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adults, we make this choice all the time, we have been battling for the

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right to die for adults. There is a point when you need to let people be

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and let people make their choice. I wouldn't want to be the judge, but

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they do have the right of appeal. It seems likely they will. They do have

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the right of appeal. They are considering whether they want to.

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They are right that there will come a point at which further treatment

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is inhumane, but he makes that decision, is it the state of the

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parents? That is something we do need a definitive legal ruling on.

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These cases do individually go to court because we are talking about a

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human life you. You mentioned people acting in good faith and doing their

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best. Let's talk about Boris Johnson. Front page of the eye.

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Johnson loses fight for Russian sanctions. I spoke to the former

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Foreign Secretary today and I said if you had a particular policy you

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wanted the rest of your colleagues in the G-7 to come on board with,

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would you talk to them about it first before saying that this was

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the policy and I want these guys on board? He said yes, but that clearly

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didn't seem to happen in this case. We are a really been a lot of what

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we have something that we do not appear to have a functioning

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diplomatic operation at the moment. We have a buffoon as Foreign

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Secretary. I think many would disagree with that characterisation.

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Theresa May would be won, she gives him the job. The point is that he

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has a relationship with other nations, the Foreign Secretary is

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that would allow him, when we need him to strike sums of arrangement,

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that we as a nation think is desirable, to get that done and he

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clearly cannot get that done because they clearly think he is a bit of a

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joke. I personally think foreign -- Boris Johnson was a terrible

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appointment and is out of his depth. This shows that. I don't think

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foreign policy is made by Foreign secretaries. It is made number ten.

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The problem is, we have France, Germany and Italy refusing to take

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action. They dragged their feet over economic sanctions over Crimea. What

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happens if Russia marks -- marches troops into an allied country? They

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are happy for innocent children to be gassed and they will do nothing.

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They should be ashamed. This is a collective failure of British

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diplomacy. It is a failure of Germany, France and Italy. The point

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is we have to persuade. If we have to persuade Western democracies to

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take action against a man who is it a tottering demagogue supporting a

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mass murderer, I'm not sure I want those people to be my allies.

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President Obama didn't do anything. He has blood on his hands. I think

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President Obama has a lot to answer for. A failure to take any action.

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That is the one blot on his presidency. We are not going to

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analyse the legacy of President Obama. I would have voted for him

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but I don't think he was a great president. Sometimes you don't get

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to choose your allies, sometimes you have to say what is the objective we

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all want and see if you can persuade them of the course of action?

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Talking about the objective that most people would want, the front of

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the Financial Times. Russia ramps up Syria tension with claims US tricked

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into action. To drive a wedge between Moscow and Damascus, that

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clearly hasn't worked. In fact, it is driven them closer together.

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Putin is Dublin done. This is it, you are not quite a shame Vladimir

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Putin on this. This is a man who is happy to kill his own people. He has

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done it on London streets. This is a man who is shameless in every sense.

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There is no question. The claim that America was duped into an air

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strike, I think Donald Trump might have accidentally done the right

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thing but for the wrong reasons. He wanted to get the aclaim, to be

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thought of as a strong man. He wanted to get rid of the niggling

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issues about whether he is just the puppet of Vladimir Putin? He thinks

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he has dealt with that. The big issue is Rex Tillerson is in Moscow.

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Looking at economic sections, which is of the American company with the

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biggest investment in Russia? His old company ExxonMobil. The

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tentacles of Russia and American business and the trumpet

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administration are so closely entwined now. We are in dangerous

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territory. Whether Rex Tillerson can strong arm or Sweden something with

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Vladimir Putin, I do not know. I don't hold much hope. What makes you

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nervous at the moment is the problems seem subacute and the

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people you are relying on notice of them don't seem up to it. I don't

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have that particular faith in Rex Tillerson. In some ways he might be

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conflicted. Trump seems to make policy completely on the hoof. It

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might be the last week he did the right thing for completely the wrong

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reason. I think the thing that makes me nervous is not even the ideology,

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the ideology makes me nervous, but what really makes me nervous is that

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all the people we seem to be relying on to get us out of the sticks are

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pretty incompetent. John Spicer, the American President's press

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secretary, went into a former press briefing and said how awful, awful

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Assad was because not even Hitler had gassed his own people. You could

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see everyone looking around. These people cannot walk straight and chew

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gum. He doesn't even know basic history. Alexander Litvinenko, his

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death in London streets, Moscow of course denies that. I love that the

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BBC feels the need to say that. The Russians did it. You wanted to

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mention the Telegraph. It is laying into Boris Johnson's seeming failure

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of diplomacy here and Boris Johnson used to be a writer for the

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Telegraph. He did. ?250,000 a year. It was chicken feed that. I wouldn't

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get out of bed for that money. We could pay all the stuff on the

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Guardian for that. He is in the cold from the G-7 and the United Nations

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and his own government. I think Theresa May doesn't trust for

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minute. Let's go to the Times. A breaking story this evening. This

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explosion, some kind of blast, involving the Borussia Dortmund

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football team on the way to the ground for the Champions League game

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against Monaco. Very worrying. One of the players has been injured. All

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the people, the spectators honoured in the stadium waiting for the game.

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They were told to wait at least half an hour. They have rescheduled the

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match now for tomorrow night. Very worrying. Germany has had so many

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terror attacks. Lots of speculation about who is behind it. Certainly

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very worrying. Roadside bombs appeared to be aimed at the

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travelling from the hotel to the stadium. Very nervous time.

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Westminster, Sweden, now this. There is a heartening element, that is how

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people responded. There was a ground full of people who left in an

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orderly fashion. There were fans from Monaco to work given beds for

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the night in Germany. They were cheering for Dortmund in the

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stadium. I think that is the way forward. You just can't stop these

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things. I was speaking to the cab driver on the way here and he said

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it is a high profile game, what would not protected? How can you

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protect against that? I am fed up with candlelit vigils when people

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die. I think we should start getting angrier. A lot of people get very

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angry when they saw the video uploaded online of the United

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Airlines staff driving a passenger who paid money to be on the plane,

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they dragged him off and, frankly, this is the kind of PR blunder that

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is in every PR person's worst nightmare. It is absolutely

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extraordinary. The incident itself was so problematic in terms of the

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decisions that they made, the questions they have to answer about

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what made those decisions, how they chose people to take off the flight.

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We know one of the reasons the fight was over but was because the airline

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was flung its own staff and they were distancing paying customers to

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get their own stuff on. It is all very problematic. The stuff

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afterwards, the way the company reacted, it has been extraordinary.

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They said this guy was belligerent. I would be belligerent. It is a

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textbook example of how not to do it. I like the fact that the Pepsi

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chief executive but we had the worst PR disaster this month and United

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Airlines said how that beer. The statement has changed. There is

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accusation that they were accommodating this passenger. It is

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sold and nothing else. The staff did nothing illegal and nothing against

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company policy. It was all according to procedure. You can drag someone

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this. It is different in America. They double click and overbook

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morphemes in America. We tend to get fights for longer journeys, but even

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here, what they have done in the EU, they have upped the compensation

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parents after plate which means they are less likely to do it. If they

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had paid someone have $1 million to get off that plane, they would still

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be quids in right now. This is America. Someone would have cut off

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the fight for some money. We have to live there. It has been great having

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in. 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 at bbc.co.uk forward slash papers and if you miss

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the programme any evening you can watch it later on BBC iPlayer

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Thank you Julia and Hugh.

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