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

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With me are Henry Mance, Political correspondent

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at the Financial Times and Lynn Davidson,

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led look at what the papers have in store. The Daily Mail are no fans of

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Julian Assange, criticising him for what they describe as a human rights

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lecture. The Swedish prosecutors dropped their rape allegation.

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The FT has a picture women in terror and going to the polls in the

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Iranian election. The daily Mirror have a story and

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therefore it -- of the Daily Mirror have a story of two former radio

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presenters being charged. The times are reporting that the

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Prime Minister, Theresa May, is planning tough new controls on

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technology firms. The sun is looking ahead to the

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wedding of Pippa Middleton, saying Prince Harry's girlfriend could

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upstage the bride. The Daily Telegraph reported that

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all Scottish pensioners will keep their winter fuel payments. The

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Scottish Secretary says it is apparently because of the weather.

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The Daily Express is hopeful of a cure for Alzheimer's after

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scientists discovered that a rogue protein can trigger the disease.

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Back to Julian Assange in the Guardian, who has said today that

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the war is just beginning after the decision by the Swedish prosecutors.

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Let's delve in a little more. Henry, we will start with the Daily Mail,

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and they are pulling no punches. Epic picture of Julian Assange and

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the headline, a creep. -- and a big picture. Yes and they say that it

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has cost us a lot of money to have him in the Ecuadorian Embassy with

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police presence outside, even though it has been downgraded. The whole

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process has been messy and unedifying. The Swedish prosecutors

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decided that because there is no prospect of him coming out of there

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and facing the accusations, they cannot make any progress with the

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case. It isn't a complete drop. But it means seven years after the

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accusations were made, there is a sign he is getting towards the end

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of it. Now the wiki leaks charges may come back from the US

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authorities. He said he doesn't forgive and doesn't forget. He is

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now the accuser, on the defensive. They take exception to the fact that

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he came out and gave the world a human right lecture, they say. I'm

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not sure what readers will think of this when they see this. They have

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been strong on it. ?30 million. The police officers that have been

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sitting outside, wasting time, when they could have been solving crimes,

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when people cannot get hold of police officers when they call. All

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of these issues. Just for one man. The Guardian choosing to lead on

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that, as well. They are saying the war has just begun. He was in

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defiant mood. Do you think we can expect more from him? He toured the

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world that digital secrets are not safe. -- he told the world. If you

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have information on any computer in the world there was a chance that

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somebody can bring it out, like Chelsea Manning did, and make it

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public. The irony is he has managed to keep himself secret and hidden

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away from the world's authorities. He has shown that information has no

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security around. The possibility he could continue to be active. Wiki

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leaks played a big role in the US election, tried to get involved in

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the French election with the campaign of Emmanuel Macron. There

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was a story about real e-mail is mixed with fake e-mails. There was

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an interesting moment towards the end of the campaign with that. Wiki

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leaks may play another role in the next few years. The Guardian saying

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in the last three paragraphs, he attended a more conciliatory tone,

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saying his legal staff have contacted the UK authorities and

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hope to engage in a dialogue about what is the best way forward.

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Whether we will see a change of strategy, I don't know. He could

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still be arrested by the British police if he leaves the embassy.

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That's the bottom line. There are arrest warrants issued for him. He

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is saying he has had seven years of not seeing his children grow up. I

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don't know what it must be like to spend your time trapped in a

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building. I always just think, does he secretly have a moustache and

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slinks out at night. But with the policeman guarding a the clock, I

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don't know. The situation last week with the NHS and the hackers, I'm

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not sure if he can perhaps offer some sort of help with his expertise

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in that area. He is sitting in the embassy with not so much to do. Good

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point. The Telegraph, lots of papers covering this, as have TV and radio

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today, this is the potential split in the Conservative Party approach

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to a winter fuel benefit, Henry? The news on the Tory manifesto that if

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you are in England and UI pensioner and you receive winter fuel

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allowance between ?100 to ?300 per year, that will now be means tested.

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Rich people won't get it. But if you are in Scotland that would be the

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case. It'll still be available universally. That tells us something

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interesting. It is doing so well amongst older voters that it doesn't

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need to keep giving them goodies like David Cameron did. They can

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say, look, you are getting a great deal, you have a good deal over the

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past few years, so we will cut back on some of your benefits. But they

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still need Scottish voters. There is still a strong independence campaign

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north of the border. The last thing Theresa May wants to do in the

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middle of Brexit negotiation this have that flare-up. It is a devolved

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matter. This is a decision, Ruth Davidson's Scottish party manifesto.

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That is what they have chosen to do with their money. They have chosen

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not to means test pensioners. That is her decision. Don't confuse it,

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this is not a sweetie for Scotland. They want people to vote for her.

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But it isn't extra money for Scots and not extra cash for English

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pensioners. What did you make of... We saw Ruth Davidson and Theresa May

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today, and both being asked about this, one of the suggestions about

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why the differences, it is mighty cold in Scotland. Welcome it is. If

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you live in Cumbria, Newcastle, they might have something to say. That is

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the decision Theresa May has made. I suppose you can always move north of

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the border. CHUCKLES

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Nice advert for moving to Scotland. The Son have gone with a pun making

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headline, divide and fuel. Tories feel the heat of hypocritical

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policy. Is that fair in the light of what Lindsey has been saying? It

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might not be. But it goes the perception that many English voters

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have that Scotland gets a better deal, that public spending is higher

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north of the border. This is something Paul Nuttall of Ukip has

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tried to play on. Let's get English people the same deal Scottish people

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have. All sorts of reasons why public spending is different. This

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kind of thing does seem a political ploy, and won the Tory party

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basically think they can get away with because they are doing so well

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amongst older voters and they cannot afford, really, I think, to inflame

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the national sentiment. Ten for the headline, by the way. It is right to

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pick up on this. But they cannot say this is bad politics. Ruth Davidson,

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the Scottish Conservatives are on the march. It is a two horse fight

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north of the border between the Scottish Tories and the SNP. Last

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week the Scottish Tories were... You get free prescriptions in Scotland.

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That was brought in by the SNP. The Scottish Tories are against that,

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they have gone back on that and said they would keep it. This is another

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sweetener for voters there. She said today, a bit more personality

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politics, Theresa May is saying vote for me, give me a chance, Ruth

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Davidson said today in Scotland, lend me your vote, vote for me, it

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is a bit more of the personality politics. That is a great lead into

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our next Tory. Maybe carry on with that. The FT, not their main story,

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but down the left-hand side, control beats charm on May's rigid campaign

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trail. What do you make of the style of her campaign trail? I have been

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on it over the last couple of weeks in Wales, the south-west, and the

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North. It is controlled. You don't know where she will be until a few

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hours beforehand. You will rise, there are supporters there, she will

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arrive at a community centre. -- you will arrive, there are supporters

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there. She gives the same speech everywhere. And with all of the

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proper slogans we have learnt off by heart now, strong and stable, etc.

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It is controlled. Is it robotic, monotonous and lacking in

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imagination, but nonetheless exceeding brilliantly? -- are

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succeeding brilliantly? We will know in a few weeks. Does anybody do it

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differently these days? In the light of the pain that has been caused in

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some past campaigns by run-ins with voters who have, one thinks of

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Gillian Duffy and Gordon Brown, and people said it cost in the election.

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You can see why the spin doctors close ranks around their leader and

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try and control it all. Even the few performances we have seen from

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Theresa May, the public, in the wild, as it were, there has been a

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risk of it going wrong. A woman with learning disabilities asking her why

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she is taking away some of her benefits. It is an uncomfortable

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position for a Prime Minister to be in. She wants to look like a leader.

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People behind the polls, Tim Farron and Jeremy Corbyn, are having to

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play it differently. They cannot deny the media access. They have to

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do everything they can. She has such a big lead in the polls that she is

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effectively able to do what Manchester United did when they will

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fall- zero up, play defensively, knock the ball around, keep it away

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from doing anything too creative. -- Manchester United did when they were

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4-0 up. She is in government and she wants to stay there. Is there

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anything in that idea that it is lacking in imagination, that it is

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so rigid there is nothing, sort of, spontaneous that could excite

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people? Her advisers were worried about the idea she was being seen as

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robotic and boring. That is why we saw lights come into her in the one

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show appearance with her husband, Philip. He came off slightly more

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affable in that. In policy terms... There have been creative moves. She

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has lots of room in the selection to actually go out there and say I want

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a mandate from my policies, these are my ideas. She is setting up the

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Tory agenda in the centre ground. She has been bowled. Taken ideas a

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lot of her colleagues would not agree with. Let's move the Times.

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Whether she has or hasn't been controlling, there is a promise that

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she wants to control Web giants. She has said that Britain should be the

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world's Internet policeman, what is that about? We cannot see the full

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interview yet. We had a Trail of this over the last week. That these

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technology giants, Facebook, YouTube, so on, will be forced to

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erase data, pictures that have been posted by children who are under 18.

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Most people, I think, most bright minded people, are quite shocked to

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think that on YouTube and Google and Facebook there are terrorist images.

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Images of child abuse. Nobody wants that kind of content to be

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accessible at all. Now Theresa May is promising, pledging, she will be

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giving people more power over controlling their own data and

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crackdown on how data is held. What do you think? The problem always

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seems to be that the companies themselves, so we are told, are not

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doing enough to do what right minded people want. These companies came

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from libertarian backgrounds, platforms of free speech, that is

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what users want to do, it is their decision, we do not want to be

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censors. They make billions in profit. They can decide elections.

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They have huge reach. They should be in the eyes of politicians,

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inevitably. Point is, nobody has worked out how to govern these

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things. Theresa May, with everything else on a plate, is now promising to

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be the world's Internet policeman. You know, good luck. Quite an

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ambition. If you have had friends who have had a Facebook account and

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had a picture removed because it contains nudity, you think, if they

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can do that, why not tackle these are the issues? That maybe the will

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of the companies rather than legislation. Let's return to the

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Daily Telegraph. Let's go overseas. There is a story that has been

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coming out tonight via the Washington Post and New York

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Times... Talking about Donald Trump calling his former FBI director

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James Comey a nut job. It is astonishing, isn't it? Every

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instalment is like the next episode of, you know, House Of Cards, you

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don't know what is going to come out next. We heard earlier about how...

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We are getting a bit more colour, in the lead up to James Comey being

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sacked, what happened, and how will Trump's behaviour changed, and how

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he was getting friendly with him, trying to embrace him. And James

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Comey felt he was being compromised his position was being compromised,

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and he didn't want... He already knew the Democrats didn't trust him

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and it was an awkward position for him. Now hearing this language from

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Trump... The White House's inspiration for sacking him has

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changed. -- explanation for sacking him has changed. Now he's being

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explicit. The White House spokesman is being explicit. This was to do

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with Russia. About easing the pressure on Russia. James Comey's

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investigation into the links between the White House and Russia had

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caused problems and by firing him they got rid of it. This story will

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run and run. Plenty more on that. We cannot finish without looking at the

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Sun. Megan against Pepper. -- Megan against Pepper

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-- Megan against Pippa. Megan is due to tie the knot. -- Pippa is due to

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tie the knot. The entire's girlfriend might apparently upstage

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her. She is into yoga. It'll be interesting to see. Maybe we will

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have another royal wedding. Thank you both. That's The Papers. You can

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