18/07/2017 The Papers


18/07/2017

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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 Broadcaster and Campaigner, Henry Bonsu

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and the former Trader Minister, Lord Digby Jones.

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A warm welcome to both of you, thank you for being with us.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with

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the Telegraph reports of a gender pay gap within the BBC,

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as the salary of the corporation's top-earning presenters

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The Mail also has that story, saying the corporation will name

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nearly 100 stars who are paid more than the Prime Minister.

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The I also leads on BBC pay, it says two-thirds of the broadcasters'

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The Guardian reports that Theresa May has been told to sack

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the saboteurs within her cabinet, by the Conservatives influential

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The Times reports on what it calls "rip-off credit card fees",

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which are set to be banned, which is says could save shoppers

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The Metro reports on an ongoing court case involving a police

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helicopter allegedly used to film people having sex

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The Express leads on a study that claims that avoiding the so-called

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middle-aged spread dramatically reduces the risk of diabetes.

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And the FT examines today's unexpected drop in inflation,

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which saw the pound slightly fall against the dollar on the news.

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We will talk in more detail about some of those stories, but let's

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kick off with the Telegraph, Henry, the BBC's gender pay gap revealed.

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The BBC is a beacon of equality and diversity, but it appears that when

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it comes to the pay differentials between men and women, it is failing

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badly. Out of the 96 top names are earning more than the Prime

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Minister, more than ?150,000, 62, and two thirds are male. This is an

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embarrassment to the BBC, which doesn't want to see itself as a

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sexist organisation, and is preparing itself for a backlash from

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female presenters in current affairs, sport, entertainment and

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drama. But also from the public, it is public money, we pay the licence

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fee. It does say that the BBC needs to go further and fast on issues of

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gender, but it is certainly doing better than other broadcasters. It

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is doing better, but because the BBC feels it owns... The public feels it

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owns the BBC, that is why it has to respond in ways that Sky, ITV and

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other broadcasters don't feel they have two. It employs more people. In

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its heyday, 28,000, now it is down to 19,000. It is under pressure on

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pay, race, diversity, Lenny Henry was in polymer today saying we need

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better targets not just for people in front of the camera, but behind

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the camera. -- was in Parliament today. A lot of women in this,

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people will look at them Brown, I am is experienced, why is he paid more

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than a? Is this a debate worth having? I applaud the BBC, for

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instance, of bringing it on for us to talk about tonight. That is a

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real quality decision to make, look at yourselves in public, and weld

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on. -- well done. Some of the matters will be lost in translation,

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don't let the facts get in the way of a good story. It is fair to say,

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let me pick some names, if you have John Humphrys or Hugh Edwards, that

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sort of quality, and experience, and a long time in the job, different

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parts of what you would call journalism, I can see why that by, I

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don't know what he is paid, I will find out tomorrow. But I can see why

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he is going to be paid a lot more than a female, quality journalist

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doing this job, but frankly, hasn't been around as long. I understand

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that. It is a shame he is a bloke because it defeats the argument, but

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that is a different argument. It gives rise to another argument,

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because a female presenter of the vintage of John Humphrys, you won't

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find her presenting the Today programme. The real test will be,

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two things, one is to people on the sofa in the morning, breakfast

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television, both of the same vintage and experience. If we find out

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tomorrow that the bloke is earning more than the woman, that is

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dreadful. The second is, I am more of the bring her back and ignore her

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age campaign, the BBC did have a tradition of pension in off women of

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a certain age. Let's show you the Daily Mail, which has a similar

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story. A panic at the BBC. Should other organisations, as well as the

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BBC, tell us about who they play. Other organisations, Sky, ITV... I

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can remember during the MP pay, I remember question Time, which was

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devoted to MPs expenses for two weeks on the trot. One member of the

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audience would say, what are you paid? He said it was not their

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business. But from tomorrow, it is my business. But only for those over

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?150,000. Ajax set that. To be fair, your question was about Sky and ITV,

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I don't pay their wages. The problem is, these are

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organisations that exist in a country which professes that it is a

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beacon of human rights, tolerance, diversity, and all these

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organisations have signed up to edicts on equality and diversity. By

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the way, there is something very special about this organisation in

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the terms of the fact that it is not a state broadcaster, but it is

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unique because it is paid by the public but is not a state

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broadcaster. It is being forced to. But it is. There are quite a few

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broadcasters in the Western world that won't be doing this to work.

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Let's go to the Financial Times, they have this news. It is

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amazing... For those that don't know, a surprise fall in inflation.

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We have a good news economic story on the front page of the propaganda

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sheet called the FT. They are not even saying, despite Brexit. They

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are not saying it. It is not there. I am pleased and delighted. I am

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even more delighted for the country, because even though it is a small

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bit, it means inflation is coming down a bit. Let's wait and see, what

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is the trend? But it means the immediate thing, the article refers

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to it, it takes the pressure off them Pankov England to put up

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interest rates, because how do you deal with increasing inflation? You

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make money more expensive so that people don't go out, borrow and by.

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It is good news. Most experts think the trend is going to be upwards of

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inflation. Of course we have all these forecasters that get it right

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all the time, don't we... Digby, if it has dropped... You hate it, don't

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you. It is a current affairs programme, we need to see the other

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side of the argument. Lots of people still feel squeezed. When they see

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prices rising, prices of all kinds of things, they will. Spending. 14

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weeks ago, you buried the British economy. Last week, you were burying

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the British colony. For once, it says it is alive and well. You

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say... I agree... 13 months ago, you were on the fence. You didn't know

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if you would be a Brexiteer. Now you have become a standard bearer of a

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hard Brexit. A standard-bearer for a country, actually. Even if hard

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Brexit... I get this feeling that so many people in this public space

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would love for this economy to fail. Absolutely not! Let's move on, let's

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move on, Ding, Ding. The Financial Times, rip-off fees are using credit

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cards. Henry, to be banned. This is something I feel strongly about,

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because I use my credit card more than cash, especially when it comes

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to paying off tax bills. Government agencies have been punishing you by

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levying fees of up to 5%. The Times investigates airlines, travel

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agents, ticket booking websites, they are the worst offenders. If the

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ban comes in, it looks like it is going to be. It could save shoppers

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nearly ?500 million a year on including convenience stores and

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pubs, they will be banned from doing this. People don't know they are

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charged until they check out at the end. Actually, Digby, talking about

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transparency in terms of pay, this is transparency. Looking at this

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before coming on air, we were in total agreement on this. That's

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breaking news! If a business is saying, I hope no one finds out.

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They deserve a kicking. I sincerely hope they will get one. Yeah. Where

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you have to be concerned is the credit card companies charge the

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retailer. If they want to pass that on, 0.6% or whatever, that is

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legitimate. It is different to what it says in the article, where it

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says, a lot of people justify 2.5% because that is what it costs, they

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say, for each credit card transaction because it reflects

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staff and IT system costs. That was a government department, a DVLA in

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Swansea saying I have made ?42 million. This takes us on smoothly

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to cars, and the DVLA. Let's talk about Mercedes, according to the

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Telegraph. 3 million the Sadie 's cars recalled for an emissions fix.

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Quite a big story. Mercedes based in Germany, so every Mercedes-Benz car

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sold in this country in the last six years will be recalled, or since

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2011. This is the fake emissions results scandal. A bit like the

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Volkswagen scandal, costing millions. People will receive

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letters to bring their cars in. It will take an hour to change this

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particular piece of kit and it will be free of charge.

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I am going to save you here, I think at the moment, they are saying,

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"This kit isn't working in the way we said it would. So can we change

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it free of charge?" When you said the words, they have been at it,

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fixing it, that is an allegation as we speak. I am not sure anyone has

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found them guilty yet. They are being recalled. I have saved you an

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oil spill. 3 million cars, ... If I was sitting in Woakes Boer, the home

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of BW comic I would think, why only me? Let's move on to the Cabinet.

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They have their lovely family photo today. They are happy and smiley. We

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have all been there. The wedding photograph of auntie Alice, and your

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mother tells you to smile. That is this grinning together photograph.

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Of course, at the moment, the government is in disarray, it is all

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being done in anonymous briefings. The Prime Minister is saying in a

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bubble, you are all in the frame. Philip Hammond, saying, yes, for

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your job. It is this constant lampooning of the political class

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from which I find very refreshing. I am not part of the brittle class,

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are you? I thought we were both independent -- the political class.

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What do you think about the rows within the Cabinet? Is it people

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ganging up on Philip Hammond? It is a lot of people jostling for

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position. And also disagreeing honestly about Brexit, about

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austerity. If you Theresa May, you would think, divide and rule. Wait,

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hold your space, get through the summer recess, and draw their fire.

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And actually, let the media do what the media do, which is put up

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rumours all the time and frustrate the opposition into not... Henry,

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how deep are the divisions? Long-term, they are terminal.

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Looking at this picture... Terminal for who, the Conservatives? Of the

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Theresa May? The Conservatives if there is a general election. Define

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terminal for the Conservatives, do you mean general election? You

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believe there will be a general election? If there is... In the next

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two years. He is not alone in thinking that. Why call a general

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election in the middle of Brexit. It might be taken out of their hands.

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We will see, like so many issues. Henry, Digby, many thanks to you, as

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ever. Don't forget you can see the front

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pages of the papers online It's all there for you,

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seven days a week at bbc.co.uk. Hello. A change is taking place in

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our weather. And the change has already been dramatic across some

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parts of the country, south-west England, especially west Cornwall,

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torrential rain, vicious thunderstorms, and these storms

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quite hit and miss, spreading across the southern counties of Britain.

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Particularly intense storms to the west of London. That is how the

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lightning looked early on for a weather watcher in Plymouth. As the

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thunderstorms continued through tonight and into tomorrow, there is

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the risk of disruption and localised flooding, the BBC local radio

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station is worth tuning in to to keep up-to-date during breakfast

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time tomorrow morning. As we go through the rest of the night, the

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showers and storms moved erratically northwards. Some places will scape

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as they are dry. Other places will see rain in a short space of time,

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frequent lightning, and hail. Scotland will stay largely dry.

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Quite a messy picture tomorrow. Bands of showers and thunderstorms

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continued to track northwards. Further storms work into North Wales

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and north-west England later on. All the while, turning soggy across

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Northern Ireland. At the same time, warmth and nudity in place for in

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East Anglia -- humidity. 32 degrees, more cloud further west, and across

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North Wales, perhaps later into North west England as well, further

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very intense downpours and thunderstorms. There that in mind if

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you are travelling. Storms across Scotland, very wet in Northern

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Ireland through the afternoon, the odd flash of lightning here as well.

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As we go through tomorrow evening, tomorrow night, we will see the

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various areas of rain, moving eastwards, and eventually, as that

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happens, and we get into Thursday, we will be left with westerly winds,

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bringing fresh air. The change in our weather will be complete by this

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stage. Spells of sunshine and not a bad day on Thursday. Look at the

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drop in temperatures, 17-22. As we moved out of Thursday into Friday,

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it looks like wet weather in places, further spells of rain to take us

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into the weekend. We stick with the cooler, fresher feel.

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