06/05/2017 The Papers


06/05/2017

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

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Theresa May plays down talk of a landslide general election

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victory after the Conservatives made major gains at local elections.

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Campaigning in the West Midlands, she said she was taking

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Labour will pledge not to raise income tax for those earning less

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Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell will say it's part of a "personal

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The French election commission appeals to the media and the public

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not to pass on documents obtained by hackers who targeted

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the presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron.

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Voters will go to the polls tomorrow for the final round of the contest.

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The Islamist militant group Boko Haram releases more than 80

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schoolgirls it kidnapped three years ago.

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A Nigerian government official said their release followed

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Three men appear in court charged with the murder of businessman,

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Guy Hedger, who was shot dead at his home near Ringwood in Dorset.

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

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With me are Katy Balls, who's a political correspondent

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at The Spectator and Nigel Nelson, political editor of the Sunday

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with -

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The Observer headlines on Labour's plans to increase income tax

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for people earning more than ?80,000, if Jeremy Corbyn

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becomes the next Prime Minister the Sunday Telegraph has that same

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story and also reports that the European Commission's

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own lawyers say a suggested 100 billion euro Brexit divorce bill

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The Sunday Times says the move is in a bid

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to shore up Labour's core support - as a new poll suggests the party has

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The paper - which is publishing its annual rich list -

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also says Brexit has seen the combined wealth of the country's

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The Sunday Express says Theresa May is to unveil a set

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of manifesto pledges which will serve as Labour's death

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And the Mail on Sunday criticises a controversial drama to be aired

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The BBC has defended the production as a 'critically acclaimed

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and fictional play' which the Mail has described as astonishingly

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and there we go. Astonishingly good, our reviewers of the newspapers as

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they will prove for you. Let's start with the Observer. This promise we

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will get from Labour to tax ?80,000 a year earners or, if you want to

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look at it the other way, not to tax 95% of people who earn less than

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that. Exactly. We knew this policy was being mooted. They were trying

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to work out what action accounts is being wealthy and they were around

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the 70,000 mark, they said that 80,000 elite is not inflation,

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indecision. Already online we have seen some labour figures quite happy

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with the depiction in the press. They say the focus should be on the

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95% who will not be taxed. What do you think about, Nigel? Is it that

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the newspapers will focus the this is a tax rise? It depends which

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newspaper you read tomorrow. The Observer seems to be general on

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this. The Sunday Telegraph is a bit more aggressive, as you would expect

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with their politics. Two things here, first of all we do not know

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how he is going to do it. It will possibly bring in a new tax rates

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say at 45% which is currently only paid people earning over ?150,000.

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And up them to 50%. The other thing we don't know is how much it is

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going to make. The one problem about taxing the rich, while I am in

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hugely in favour of that as a principal, it probably does not

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raise a lot of money because there are not many of them. It is the --

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is it electorally significant? Many people think it is a lot of money

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and think they should be taxed. A poll in the Sunday Times said that

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voters think that 100 K is what counts as being wealthy. Some MPs

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may have a difficult time with this policy as they are in wealthy

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constituencies because it may seem like politics of envy. Whatever rate

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you have, you don't think is terribly wealthy and then somebody

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else on the rich list actually looks hugely... The Liberal Democrats

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today have said they want an extra penny in the pound on tax to pay for

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more spending on the NHS. That seems to be a sensible idea that people

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are prepared to pay extra tax if they know it is going to someone

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like the NHS. Although when the lid Democrats turn tried that with

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education, the voters were turned off. Back to the Telegraph. The

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divorce bill for the Brexit. 100 billion euros we may have to pay or

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that they may ask for. This story is saying that, actually, the European

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Union could not even legally enforce this according to their own lawyers.

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This bill has been steadily going up. I would not be surprised that

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goes up any more before the negotiations begin. David Davis says

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he will not pay, and the European Union lawyers have admitted that

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they cannot enforce that but the most illuminating thing in this

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story is the fact that Downing Street have called an international

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peace negotiator who played a key role in ending the 52 year civil war

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in Colombia. Just in case you did not think that was civil... If you

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need a peace negotiator to sort this out... It seems to be, we would not

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have paid, we would have paid that. It is quite good to know that this

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is right, that it is not even legally enforceable by Europe. Will

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this end with a bit of old-fashioned haggling? You start off up there, we

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start down there... So we will up somewhere in the middle. There will

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be a bill to pay and, in fact, as David Davis says we will do that

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because our international reputation would be zero if we did not. But it

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will not be like this and right now just arguing over money. Some

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Brexiteers say we should not pay anything. But if Theresa May gets a

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big majority does that make it easier for her to compromise? If she

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has her own mandate and majority she will be left held to account by

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either side of the party. She will be able to make a deal and the rest

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of the party will have to go along with that, the majority, anyway. Was

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that her motivation for calling the election? To free herself up and

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make itself more independent from both wings of the party? I think she

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hopes that was the result. I think the motivation was that she thought

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she could win. On the Brexit front, clearly if she is not interfered

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with by Parliament, she can then get on with the negotiations herself and

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you can understand that she will want a clear run at that one hopes

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then that commonsense will come into play. He not look like it when you

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stood at the steps of Downing Street and it accused Europe of sabotaging

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the elections. Hopefully that peace negotiator can calm things down. The

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Sunday Telegraph... Because we will soon have the manifestoes, they have

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a story that Theresa May is promising to terror the present

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mental health act if the Tories are re-elected and mental health first

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aid as will be provided for all schools, apparently, in a proposed

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overhaul. Theresa May has spoken about how she wants to break down

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the stigma around mental health. I think there was a survey yesterday

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which said that two thirds of adults suffer from mental health problems.

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By targeting them as children you can hopefully deal with things

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before they become a problem. I think this will be one policy which

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will be very high for anybody to disagree with. The mental health act

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is outmoded, it goes back to 1983, it basically locks people up and it

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is locking people up a vulnerable do not need to be locked up. Sometimes

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in police cells because there is nowhere for them to go. The idea of

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redrawing that is sensible. The second thing that she intends to do

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is use the equal opportunities legislation so people are protected

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in the workplace. At the moment, if you have a mental health condition,

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it you only protected if it continues for 12 months. What this

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will do says the mental health conditions come and go, we will

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protect you when you have it. Many things you sound quite good. And

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mental health as an issue is suddenly being that goes in a far

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more positive way after Prince Harry spoke about his grief over the death

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of his mother and so on. We have seen the Royal family and their

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Heads Together campaign which has had a massive effect in getting

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young people to talk about it. It is a timely policy and does not time to

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be doing it. What else do we have? We have the Express. They have more

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on the Conservative Party manifesto which, when do we expect that to

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come out? Nigel, you either in the know. We expect it to come out one

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week on Monday. But who knows? And the Sunday Express, that manifesto

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will be a June revolution, do you get the headline? We have the out of

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hours GP surgeries, more doctors for that. Well, they do need more

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doctors, we knew that was Jeremy Hunt idea. The mental health policy

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coming in, that will mean 10,000 more NHS nurses, another good thing.

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Don't know how that will be paid for. But I tell people were getting

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fed up with this election, but not the readers of the express because

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that story covers four pages. And one of those promises of every child

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attending a local grammar school. The mental health policy in the GP

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policy are widely popular with both the party and the public but the

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grammar school is harder because this is something that Theresa May

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specifically wants. She has raised at the foreman was not a manifesto

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and she had opposition from her party. She will be hoping that her

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own personal mandate will mean she can follow through on this plan for

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every child to have the chance to attend a grammar like she did. So

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this puts her stamp on this Conservative government in changing

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and losing some of the things that she did not agree with that in the

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Cameron government. The things that should go for she could not get

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through Cabinet, she now may be able to. I do expect to see some MPs will

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not be happy about this. It should have a big majority which is what

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many of the polls and the pundits are predicting, are you one of the

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people who thinks that would not necessarily be healthy? I think

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there is unhealthy. A small majority of is the way to run a parliamentary

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democracy. You make people actually fight for it. You also get the

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proper scrutiny in about legislation that you do not get when you have a

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thumping majority. I think it is unhealthy. But it is a democracy. If

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the country vote Tory in huge numbers then you get a strong

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majority. What is wrong with that? Well, that is democracy, you are

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right. Interestingly, with the voting system which encourages

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things like this to happen, under proportional representation you get

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Ukip MPs the last election. An not certain that heading towards a

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1-party state is good for the state. We have seen large majorities that

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have been overturned so there is still at chance for them to be held

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to account. The Sunday Times have their annual rich list which they

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bring out every year, telling us about people who have an awful lot

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of money and how often they have even more money than they had

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before. Apparently because of Brexit, according to the Sunday

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Times, it has been a bonanza billionaires. Richard getting richer

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because of Brexit, it has given a boost. You can't see all the people

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at the top looks so so it is hard to how it is helped. A third helped

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because stock market shares have gone up because the pound went down

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after Brexit. People who have shares are richer, basically. It does go

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down as if the world was going to end after Brexit and the end of

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civilisation... It is not going to Lalit badly for a few people. Forget

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the ?80,000 people, these are seriously rich people. So they will

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be in John McDonnell's tax bracket? You would hope so. And someone who

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is quite well off ears... Well, we will show you a picture can probably

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see it. Can our viewers get to this is? She is not looking like she

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normally does, to be fair, that is Adele. To mark her birthday she

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decided to dress as a Nanna from a sketch comedy show. Ageing with

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grace. We do not understand why. It does not explain why this is

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happening beyond that was the way she chose to celebrate her 29th

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birthday. Good luck to her and her ?125 million. When you have that

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much money, you do not need to explain anything. Lovely to see you

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both as well as Adele. Thank you very much indeed. That is it for us

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