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

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Even women can do it, that is relevant and Aaron. -- relevant and

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current. With me are Caroline Crampton from

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The New Statesman and Lynn Davidson, Whitehall Correspondent

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with the Sun. The Times leads with the rise

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in acid attacks and suggests that anti-knife crime laws might be

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harnessed to combat the sale of corrosive

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substances to under 18s. The Guardian has new research

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which it claims highlights the financial divide

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between the generations. The Daily Mail has a warning

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for drivers hiring cars abroad with excess charges for damaged cars

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now averaging over The FT reports on the fortunes

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of two major US Banks which are facing a drop in revenues

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- the front page photo shows one of those extended handshakes

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between Presidents Trump The treatment of Charlie Gard,

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the baby at the centre of a court dispute over his care makes

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the front of the 'i'. And the same story is on the front

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of the Daily Mirror - an American doctor is flying

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in to discuss a new therapy Let's begin with the story about the

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knife crime laws to halt acid attacks. Headlines in the Times,

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ministers act after five new victims in east London. These incidents are

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increasing. It is a particular concern to the police. It is. The

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figures in the story, 183 in 2012-13. 524 in 2016-17. The problem

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for the police and Home Office, as one person says, these are chemicals

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which most people can find under the kitchen sink. Hard to introduce a

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licence. Controls about carrying them, as they did with knife crime

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when that spiked a few years ago. The authorities are in a bind. You

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cannot prove because someone is carrying acid there is any intent.

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Stephen Timms, the MP for East Ham who was attacked in his constituency

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some years ago. He will be debating on Monday in Parliament, pushing for

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a change in the law, so that carrying acid is the same is

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carrying a knife. If you have a knife wrapped up, bought it from the

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shops, it is an offence. If you can prove intent. If someone has

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sulphuric acid, which they may be taking time to unblock the drain,

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but if there is evidence of intent, they can be charged with a serious

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offence. What we discovered talking to a QC, there are laws from

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Victorian times which mention corrosive substances like vitriol.

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There are laws like GBH with intent, using a corrosive substance. Maybe

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those laws may be used if people are called. Interestingly legal

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precedent goes back that far, showing this is not a new

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phenomenon. Corrosive liquids as a weapon has been around for as long

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as corrosive liquids. It is finding the balance between cracking down on

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people doing household chores, versus people causing serious harm.

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Top US doctor flying in to see Charlie Gard. The parents of this

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little boy in the High Court again. They have been there all week. To

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win a chance to get this numerology may have an experimental treatment

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which could help. Everyone involved and this is in an impossible

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position. They are, the staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital and to

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provide the best care for the child. The parents want to give their child

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every chance of survival. I'm sure this expert wants to offer the same

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thing. But it seems like they are competing interests, competing

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evidence. So difficult to settle that and see that clearly in such an

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emotive case. A sensible ethical solution, they are calling for.

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Whether that turns out to be the case, we don't know. This professor

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arguing that this experimental therapy he can offer can give 10%

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improvement for Charlie's condition. This is a baby that cannot see or

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hear or move or swallow or even breathe on its own. It is very

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emotive for everyone involved. Some of the staff working at the

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hospital, they just want the best for little Charlie. So appalling,

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when you think great Ormond 's reaches so world-renowned. Everybody

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working for the best of all the patients they are trying to treat.

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Let's look at the Guardian. Campaigning headline. Divided UK,

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the rich thrive, the under 35 struggle. What is new about the

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report? Repeating quite a lot about it. Not reading anything that any of

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us did not know already. We know that people earning ?275,000 or more

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than recover quickly any recession. The other 99% of the population, we

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know under 35 is which many of whom supported Labour, the just about

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managing under 35 is, that's a reason may want to support by

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overhaul housing. Incomes are the top people take a others didn't. A

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big challenge facing us is divided Britain. Does it offer any

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solutions? It does not, outlining what we have been talking about as

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the background to every political event since the referendum. To be

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honest, before that. This idea how you vote these days is better

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predicted by whether you own a home or not than any other factor. The

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average age at which you can own a home is steadily getting higher and

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higher. Meaning that people in their 40s, maybe 20, 30 years ago would

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have made the switch from Labour to conservative which comes with

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greater stability are not making that anymore. The issue housing came

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up quite a lot in the election. Even though it was supposed to be about

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Brexit. The fact that so few people can afford to buy a house was such

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an issue. Fundamentally what you want in this country. We are

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programmed to want it. People not getting on a housing ladder is not

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good news, particularly not good news for the Tory party. The issue

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with a triple lock, which the Tories did not, and Labour wanted to hold

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onto. The redistribution of wealth, he held at the top, the older

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generation, not trickling down. There will be many people saying

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there are a lot of pensioners struggling. Difficult to make

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sweeping statements. It is indeed. More evidence and more grass cannot

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hurt. We like grass, even though quite difficult to see. Maybe that

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is my eyesight. The FT, hands-on approach. President is joining

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forces for the Bastille Day parade in Paris. Donald and Emmanuelle in

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their best friends. Loaded with symbolism. 100 years since the

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American forces during the First World War, Bastille Day, France

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looking at its very best for this holiday. Two great revolutionary

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republics. Throwing off the shackles of oppression at the same time in

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the 18th century. Dating anyone would have imagined this from

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America coming ever to meet this president in France. Two astonishing

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political stories in their own right. Two male egos on display in

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these last few weeks. As the FT displays with this very firm

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handshake. You can see white knuckles. Interesting to see how

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long that handshake would have been helpful. How long for Donald to let

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go. Still not as uncomfortable as the first time they met, when they

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seem to be arm wrestling. They have really put on a show for him. Dinner

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in the Eiffel Tower last night. A lot of commentators saying, well,

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you can make you feel welcome it, he will not look or feel so isolated.

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Unexpectedly mentioning maybe America will rethink whether we stay

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inside the Paris climate accord. Quite amusing how Donald Trump

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mispronounced his name. Like was Scottish or something. That the

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suggestion was made tactfully and diplomatically that there may be

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movement. Macron saying he would not meddle in another country's affairs.

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Some of those affairs following into Europe. The talk all week about the

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meeting his son had with the Russians. Now we learn today there

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was a former Russian intelligence officer part of that meeting. Going

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to be very difficult when he gets back home. Completely astonishing.

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Revelation after revelation coming out. The investigation has not

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properly got under way. All of this stuff is coming out. If we have

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learned anything from the presidency of Donald Trump, the more terrible

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things that come out, the more immunity seems to be. On a world

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tour seeming totally unruffled by the fact his own family is the

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subject of a serious litigation. He said it was a fast meeting, anyone

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would have taken it. Page nine of the Daily Mail. Secondary schools to

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have 500,000 more pupils in the next ten years. We have known, not a

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similar story. We had known about the baby boom fuelled by migration.

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We now have the numbers. The issue at the moment, we seem to have a

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funding wise, Justin Greening, the Education Secretary asking for extra

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funding. We had known about this for some years, the primary school bulge

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in population moving to secondary schools. We are short of teachers.

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The combination is a difficult one. Looking at places like Birmingham,

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70,000 people in Birmingham giving to school is not near them. This

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report yesterday, very difficult. Talking about hundreds of foreign

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teachers to be recruited to fill the gap. Foreign teachers means more

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immigration, which we're trying to keep on top of. As the Prime

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Minister repeatedly said, we need to get the net migration targets in

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place. They will have to introduce exemption for teachers. Essential

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services, similar story with essential NHS workers. Many of them

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come from outside Britain. The health service would collapse

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without them. Part of the problem, which is not the main focus of this

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story. The issue of teacher's pay. Why young British graduates are not

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interested in joining the teaching profession. Or joining it, or

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leaving within five years. Not staying with it for their whole

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life. Pain conditions were not great. The number of teachers

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standing as candidates against the Conservatives in the election

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demonstrating the scale of the problem the Conservatives have on

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that front. The advantage of being able to control migration means you

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can target specific teachers. Physics or chemistry teacher

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shortages you can recruit them individually. That is the theory. If

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they come upon a way of implementing it. The Sun, oh, dear. Even a woman

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could do that says the Chancellor. Tell us how he drops of this

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clanger. Philip Hammond, in trouble before for making sexist comments

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earlier this year. Sparking a storm by saying in a private cabinet

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meeting that driving trains is so easy even a woman can do it.

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Apparently subject to a withering slapped down by the Prime Minister.

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Who, as we well know, does not like men complaining or making comments

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about women. Not that she does not like men. Full stop. Do you think he

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forgot his boss was a woman? Is it so deeply ingrained, does not matter

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who is in charge. Or he genuinely believes, that some men holding

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opinions like this, the intelligent women they know of anyone category,

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and womankind as a whole is in another category. I'm very

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interested on how it came to be on the front of the sun. This is a

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private cabinet meeting. Someone has chosen to share the details. I

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wonder who could that have been. You will not tell us. What we have to

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look at now. The inner movements of the Cabinet. Philip Hammond has

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renewed power within the Cabinet. Whether he has been flexing his

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muscles, you might assume, by making these comments. Earlier he said to

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the Labour MP in the chamber accusing her of the hysterical when

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she asked a question about how businesses in Ireland fare after

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breakfast. He said he would urge her not to be in hysterical. He got into

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trouble for that. Another comedy has made. I would suggest there is no

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doubt he did make it. Absolutely no doubt. His track record will not

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helping. A picture of a female train driver called Pauline, quite rightly

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angry on page four. Theresa May had a month to lick their wounds. It is

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her getting her strength back. The Daily Mail has a timely warning

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before the main summer holidays starting. ?2200 summer car hire

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rip-off. Large bills if you crunch the hire car. Anyone who has ever

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hired a car for a holiday and experience the sinking feeling, you

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thought you got a good deal booking in advance, standing by the desk.

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They say would you like to take the extra protection, you ask what that

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involves. Just an extra ?16 a day, we can charge you to grand if you

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hit a lamp post. I'm sure I'm not alone in saying I had better pay the

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extra. It is a classic male free summer holiday story. If there isn't

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it an outrage that car companies are able to do this. Hiking up the

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charges, not fair on holiday-makers. Other things you may want sat there,

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child booster seat. It is stressful when you drive out of the airport,

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which way to go round the roundabout. We see this story year

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after year. Putting pressure on the car hire firms paying very little

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attention clearly. Families facing mounting costs for giving on

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holiday. Does not help. Public service announcement from the

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presenter. You can go online and buy yourself ?35 for the year and excess

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insurance policy covering you for all excess charges for any car you

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may hire in Europe. Or anywhere else in the world. For the whole year.

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Never ever need to say yet again to those questions at the desk. Top

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tip. Use them, they're very good. Finally the back page of the

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Telegraph. Elegance. A little while to speak about this extraordinary

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man, Roger Federer. One match away from claiming his eighth Wimbledon

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title. 21 Grand Slam finals. 35. Relevant in this context. He has

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been up against younger players. He has seen them all. Different players

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plagued by injury. He has made an amazing comeback from injury this

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season. Matchless elegance is a good phrase. Not a big baseline it's like

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Nadal or Djokovic, or some of the other players. He lacks finesse, to

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come into the net. He likes to put on a show. He has so many fans.

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Marin Cilic will hear them cheering on Centre Court. Hugely popular. A

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class act. Now Andy Murray is no longer in the frame sadly, we know

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where we will be shouting for. Don't forget you can see the front

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pages of the papers online Thank you Caroline

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and Lynn - Goodbye Coming up next, the weather. You

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know what, the weather this weekend is not looking perfect. Going

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downhill at the moment. There will be some, as I like to call it,

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windows of opportunity. Amongst the rain,

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