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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 John Stapleton, and Kate Proctor,

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political correspondent at the London Evening Standard.

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Tomorrow's front pages: The Daily Telegraph reveals it has

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seen documents that show EU officials are trying to prevent

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the Prime Minister securing a deal for British expats in Europe.

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Like many of the papers, it also features a large picture

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of Princess Charlotte which was released to celebrate

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The Financial Times says the European Commission is preparing

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to issue plans to control the City of London's

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The high cost of calls to and from bedside phones

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in hospitals is highlighted on the front page of The Metro.

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The i claim tax laws used by HMRC are so complex,

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taxpayers who fill out their returns online may end up overpaying.

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The furore surrounding the now infamous meeting between Theresa May

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and Jean-Claude Junker is on the front of the Daily Express,

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with the Prime Minister claiming the account was just

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The Daily Mail leads with a special investigation in to claims fertility

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clinics exploit couples desperate for a baby by persuading them

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to donate eggs in return for free treatment.

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The Times warns of a looming crisis surrounding financing deals

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for new cars, saying buyers are often not made fully aware

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And finally, the Guardian says the Prime Minister is having

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to battle to get Brexit talks back on track,

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following what it calls a botched and humiliating start

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to the negotiations with the President of the European

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Hello again, John and Kate. We will start inevitably with a debacle. The

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Daily Telegraph. Would you like to kick us off, Kate? So this is an

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account of the dinner between Jean-Claude Juncker and Theresa May

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and the Telegraph has seen documents showing that Jean-Claude Juncker had

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for a while had a plan that he wanted to put the brakes on Theresa

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May's deal to try and make sure that EU rights were sorted out as quickly

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as possible. This is talking about expats, Brits living abroad in

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Europe, so Jean-Claude Juncker has come to this meeting and really left

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Theresa May in some way describing it... She is using megaphone

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diplomacy, she is being very forthright in what she wants, and it

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has really, really rattled a lot of people. Yes, he is reported as

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saying he was astonished that she had raised this, and he thought it

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could all be sorted out very quickly but in fact the Telegraph points out

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this morning, or tomorrow morning's papers, that EU officials have known

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for a long time that is what she wanted to do. It shouldn't have

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caused him any surprise, put it that way. It is an amazing story, but you

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will remember after the event Theresa May said they had been very

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constructive talks, et cetera, et cetera. It illustrates the need for

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newspapers because a German paper has found that what really went on,

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or so we are told, and has come out with some amazing detail. It might

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have been constructive, but there were certainly some very sharp

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opinions exchanged about crucial issues. Does this particular story,

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on the front of the Telegraph, say how they unearthed this plant to

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block Theresa May? Is there any detail given about that? It doesn't

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give any detail but it does say Jean-Claude Juncker was aware of

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this. He has managed to keep a lid on this for a certain amount of time

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and now we have had this dinner and a week later we are getting juicy

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detail on how fraught relationship sounds as if it is between these two

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people. He phoned Angela Merkel, apparently, the next day and talked

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about Theresa May living in another galaxy, on another planet. It has

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not been a great meeting of minds, to put it mildly. And clearly this

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information... I say clearly, it would appear this information has

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come from someone who was in the room as an EU official, we imagine,

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who has leaked this to the German newspaper and of course the British

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newspapers today have picked it up. It just feels like such

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mischiefmaking. It sounds slightly underhand, doesn't it? That is

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investigative journalism! I think Jean-Claude Juncker has really swept

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up on the wing here. He sounds quite extreme and very hard line on how he

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will be approaching Brexit, and you think this is power play and

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posturing so he can come back in and be the guy that saves the day and

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the end. We will stay with the Telegraph, and put smiles on

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people's faces. Hasn't Charlotte grown? I still remember the baby

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pictures. We don't get that many pictures, so every time they do

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release one is very celebrated and obviously what she is wearing will

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sell out in no time as well. It is on the front of the Telegraph and a

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lot of the papers today as well. Happy birthday to her and all the

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other two -year-olds. There are one or two more. She is the spitting

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image of George. And the Guardian has more Jean-Claude Juncker. As the

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Guardian might in these circumstances, they say that it

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shows she has screwed up, basically. It wasn't as hunky-dory as the

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British government would have us believe. There certainly appears to

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be a lot of areas in which they did disagree, and Jean-Claude Juncker

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and his officials expressed astonishment, as to the issue of

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whether or not we should pay. Our people say we shouldn't hate to

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leave the EU, they are saying you are out of your mind. ?50 billion,

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depending on who you talk to. Massive areas where they disagree,

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not least the issue of whether we can settle the deal for Europeans

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living in the UK and Brits living abroad. You have this line as well,

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sources close to Jean-Claude Juncker saying the chances of Brexit talks

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failing are now over 50% which from the very beginning make things sound

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as if they are in a very precarious situation. I think that will be

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music to the ears of Brexiteers, who will be delighted to hear that

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things are going so badly wrong. You are far closer to all this and I am,

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I just read what I see in the newspapers and you are a political

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correspondent, but one thing, it confirms for me that this is a heck

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of a site more complicated than many people imagined it would be. I think

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many people who voted for Brexit, with decently held views, thought it

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would be all over in a few weeks. I will be surprised if this deal is

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done in two years' time. This is meeting one, in a sense. And what

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happens if at all stops? What happens to Brexit? It is

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interesting, isn't it? Let's talk to the Times, and we have a lovely

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picture of Princess Charlotte, and the story we are concentrating on is

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Staton 's. It is causing many of my generation some concern. The story

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says that 6 million people are on the wrong does, and basically the

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body that determines these things, recommended three years ago that

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more people should be put on stronger statins. And GPs for

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various reasons haven't necessarily done that. In fairness to them, I

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think they are saying that there are some side-effects to some of these

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statins, and there are big concerns about the impact, but nevertheless

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the official view is that more people should be on them, and this

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piece is saying please don't rush to your doctors all at once. 6 million

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people rushed to their doctors tomorrow morning, the NHS is in

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bigger trouble than it is at the moment. I don't think there is any

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immediate emergency for any of those people, but it is something to bear

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in mind, and ask your GP about. Only 6% on the recommended dosage.

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Goodness me. Staying with the Times, the car market. So this is a story

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about the way that people in Britain are buying their cars, and there is

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concern that there has been a mis-selling issue. So people that

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are buying their cars through finance deals, and that is 90% of

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new cars, basically it is saying here that there is a risk that the

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person who is leasing the car doesn't quite know the full chain of

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the financial transactions that are backing it, so although there might

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be working with one company and paying one company, the person they

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owed the money too could be further down the line. There is a bit of

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confusion back, and that is putting people at a great of risk if one of

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those companies go bust. People could be in a very precarious

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financial position. So it really feels like it is the very beginning,

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the story, of a much bigger issue. It is like the old leasing

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arrangement, you finance the car for three years and it is not actually

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your own. It is a health warning on that, to make sure you know what you

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are doing. They compared it to the crisis that triggered in America...

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I can't think, mortgage crisis. So let's move on to the FT. I am sure I

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still tap into the bank of mum and dad from time to time. I don't know

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about you, Kate. They are watching, they will no! I am a governor of the

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bank of mum and dad, so I am well versed in these matters, as a matter

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of fact. Are you surprised by this? I think this is a really interesting

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story. They are saying, they have done a survey and they say that 26%

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of all UK property transactions are now financed by the bank of mum and

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dad, and that is the equivalent of the number of transactions financed

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by the Yorkshire building society, so there is a whole new building

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society of mums and dads and family and friends. The equivalent of the

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ninth biggest mortgage lender in Britain. For someone my age and my

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generation, this is a very common situation. Perhaps if you want to

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get onto the property ladder, you look to your mum and dad for help,

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and in saying that, you know, you are in a very privileged position

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because your parrots can help you. What it points to such a bigger

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issue here. You have got Nigel Wilson, the chief executive of LNG,

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says the housing market is broken and demand is out pacing supply.

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Interest rates are lower and we still have this problem that people

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under 35 cannot afford to buy because they don't have the deposit

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on the other big factor, not just for young people, but a whole lot of

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other people, is stamp duty. It has slowed the market down quite

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dramatically, because it is a big, big amount of money. You also think

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I going to be in a position to be able to help out? Generational

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change completely. There is an awareness that our generation have

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to save up either. I am in the luckiest generation ever born,

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because we missed national service, we were part of a democracy, most of

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us have had a fairly good time. But now we are paying the price. The

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Daily Mail, and exploited by cash for eggs, IVF clinics. Rather

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worrying. Yes, it is a really sad story, and very alarming. Fertility

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clinics accused of exploiting desperate women by asking them to

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donate eggs for cash and free treatment. Women on lower incomes

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who want to have IVF are being offered a strange deal where they

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can have their eggs harvested, but they would give half away. And then

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they would have some money from that, or they would be given another

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round of IVF. You get some free treatment, but it is just so

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uncomfortable sounding. Why does that make it uncomfortable? If you

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are donating eggs but getting something back, why would that be...

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It doesn't feel like this is the correct medical and ethical way to

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be doing things. One someone far more qualified than us, Lord

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Winston, says I fear that some of my profession have no moral or ethical

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compass any more. I think that is the issue. It is stepping over a

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certain line. Hospitals, I have never used one of these phones, I

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see it and they terrify me. My mother, God bless her, spent some

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considerable time in hospital and they set up one of these things

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beside her bed. And you would need a degree in technology to operate

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this. And these are laid on for people like my mother, and people

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who are sick. And now, according to this one firm, charging 50p a minute

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to use the phone, and ?5 a day, 12 times as much as it would cost with

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an ordinary TV licence, to use the television. It is a disgrace. I

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think you are in hospital, you are supposed to be looking after people,

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not charging them. I am surprised that these phones still exist,

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because it is accepted that you can use your mobile phone in most wards,

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obviously there are some exceptions, but most people have mobiles, that

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they? Not all elderly, vulnerable people have mobile phones, and they

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are the people who will end up spending a lot of money. It is a

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good story, it will strike a chord, I think, with a lot of the Metro's

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readers. Going back to the Telegraph, the drama being put

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together by the BBC, King Charles III. Do you all know what it is

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about? The problem is... So King Charles III, it was a stage play,

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very popular, being made into a TV adaptation, but there are concerns

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from some actors, they didn't want to play King Charles III, in case

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that jeopardised their chances of getting in on a further down the

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line. Forwardthinking! I think some actors actually do take this very,

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very seriously, and they take their Honours potential seriously. But

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King Charles III such an amazing role, I don't know why you wouldn't

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want to leap into it and do it. And most actors I know would give their

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right arm to play it, irrespective of the consequences. I have read

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that plotlines, fascinating. Coming up next,

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it is Meet The Author. Faith and reason, and

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bestselling novel,

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