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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the front pages will be

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With me are two political commentators and former

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Downing Street advisers, Lance Price and Giles Kenningham.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with the Daily Mail, which leads

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with accusations that the National trust is exploiting the rights of

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their volunteers by making them where gay pride badges. The Daily

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Express was that millions of holidaymakers heading to Europe

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-based big delays due to passport checks. The Telegraph headlines

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claims from the Prime Minister format a Nick Timothy who says the

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Conservatives lost their majority because the party abandoned Theresa

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May's promise of change. The Guardian carries an interview with

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one of the medical team who treated Charlie Gard, who blames politicians

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and religious leaders with interfering in his case. The sun had

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lined Prince Harry's visit to Africa with his partner where they will

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celebrate her 36th birthday. And the Times headlines Mo Farah's triumph

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in the 10,000 metres, it also warns of threats to holidaymakers

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travelling to Spain where anarchists accused the travel industry of

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destroying Barcelona and the Balearic Islands.

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Let's begin the paper review, what shall we start with, Mo Farah? It's

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kind of the big story of the night. I don't know if you saw the race but

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it was really close in the end but it was pretty emotional stuff out

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there and the crowd loved it. Sealing his place in history as

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probably the greatest British athlete ever. Remarkable, retiring

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on a high, which very people don't like few people do, fantastic, a

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real feelgood factor for British sport at the moment -- which very

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few people do. He hasn't been beaten in a global competition since 2011.

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A fantastic record and I don't want to tell tales out of school, I come

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into this newsroom quite a bit and I've never heard the news room break

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out in applause very often but he did when he finished. It looked a

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bit close towards the end. At one point he was being jostled. He

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looked tired at one point. This is by viewers from when he won the gold

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at the Olympics in 2012 -- five years. Phenomenal to stay on top for

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that long. He's trying to do the double, the 5000 metres as well,

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that may have taken it out of him a bit, brilliant to see him with his

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little son on his shoulder who had been asleep two minutes earlier and

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he was woken up and put on his shoulder with his crowd shouting at

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him. Let's do a bit of politics given we have the two of you here.

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This is Nick Timothy, who until recently was working with Theresa

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May as one of the... He was the co- Chief of Staff. Giles, did you ever

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worked with him? A bit, not massively. This is his first

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so-called kiss and tell in a political sense except for it isn't

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that amazing, there's no real bombshell in here whatsoever as far

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as I can see, it seems pretty anodyne. The top lines out of this

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are he says reports that Philip Hammond was going to get the bullet

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are wide of the mark. That Theresa May will still walk away from Brexit

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without a deal and the so-called dementia tax, which many people

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claim cost of the Tories the election, was still the right thing

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to do. So far and we've only got the front page here is that it doesn't

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seem like he is trying to settle any old scores, but we haven't seen the

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inside pages, now he's got a regular column in the Telegraph so perhaps

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there's more to come. But based on this front page there is nothing

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really we didn't know. Do you agree the Tories did well because they

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abandoned Mrs May's message of change? I don't agree with that and

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that is a curious conclusion for Nick Timothy, it's they abandoned

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change but it was the wrong kind of change. They were proposing change

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in a way that concerned the way social care was paid for in the

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dementia tax, free school lunches for kids, proposing change to the

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triple lock on pensions, they were proposing changes but people didn't

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like the changes proposed. I think what he fails to face up to is the

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fact the Conservatives went into that election convinced they were

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going to win, taking the public for granted, it was the election nobody

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needed, apart from Mrs May wanting to increase her majority and she

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took the country for granted and the election for granted. What might be

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interesting is so far we don't know what Theresa May stands for. She

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hasn't defined herself, she didn't define herself at the start and

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maybe some of these columns might shed some light on it but so far she

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hasn't got a defining ideology. The only thing that will define her is

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the election and Brexit. Waiting for Fiona Hill's version of events? I

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suppose out of the two she has taken a lot more stick, the press has been

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unrepentantly hostile towards her and I suppose the next big

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flashpoint in this will be the two books on the election that come out

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on the Yvonne conference, that will be incredibly problematic for

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Theresa May. It's becoming an annual thing, the book just beforehand.

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We've done this every night this week. You have come in from France.

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I flew in from the south of France yesterday and I went through

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passport control at Marseille airport faster than ever before. May

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be the guy doing the passport checks has been watching the news channel

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online and had seen what was going on. But they barely looked at my

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passport on the way through. You look like a nice guy! Doesn't mean I

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wasn't delayed by three hours but that was easyJet and their planes

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breaking down. Who wouldn't want to be anywhere in southern Europe at

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the moment? -- who would. If it isn't the delay is coming back it is

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the threat of... That's the next story. Anarchists. I am going to

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Spain next week. Good luck. Not looking good, is it? It will be so

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hot I can't go out during the day and I could be stuck at the airport

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and then anarchists protesting about what? Accusing you of wrecking the

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island and saying tourists are destroying the pearler garlands and

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Barcelona and Majorca. This coincides with one of the busiest

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weeks when people go away so it adds to the chaos -- Bowie Eric Islands.

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I think there's an element... I had a friend in one of those queues on

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the front page of the papers and he said it cleared within five minutes

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but at the moment they were bad -- that moment. There are a number of

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issues here. Good luck. A bit more politics now. The Irish Prime

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Minister coming up with a suggestion about what should happen because of

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the Irish border, which is a problem both sides have said is a priority,

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but there haven't been many concrete ideas coming up about what they do

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about it. He is suggesting the answer is for Britain to stay in the

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customs union or have a bespoke customs union. It underlines the

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difficulties facing Theresa May, she has 27 other countries to deal with

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in these negotiations. It's not unreasonable to say they wasted the

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first year not doing that much, they were unremittingly hostile towards

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business and now they are bringing them back into the tent and they are

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paying the price and now it's a race against the clock. They are going to

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get these negotiations done by March, 2018, but that would be

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unprecedented. The EU Canada deal took seven years and it hasn't yet

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come into force so we are living in cloud cuckoo land -- cloud cuckoo

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land if we think it will be done and dusted in a year and a half. There

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will be a transition period where nothing much changes, will that

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happen? Certainly because there won't be the answer is in place for

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so many of the complex problems. What they were saying was there's

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frustration in Europe that people feel because so much time has been

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wasted. This has been a difficult problem, the only land border

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between Britain and the European Union, but it's not in tactical --

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intractable and after 14 months they have said they are still unable to

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come up with the he is suggesting he does. This is a story that has been

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rumbling on, mutiny at the National Trust. Volunteers have accused the

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national Trust of trampling on their rights by making them were badges.

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They have been told they have to wear them to mark 50 years since the

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decriminalisation of homosexuality. It seems bizarre you are told what

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to wear? The National Trust I think is the biggest membership

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organisation in the country, it has five millionplus members. It seems a

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bit strange they are being forced to wear these badges. The majority of

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people are 40 quality. But it seems like a strange row to kick off. I

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can't quite know what to make of it all. The Mail and the Telegraph has

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this story this morning, they are trying to make it a thing about gay

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rights. It's almost a thing about the rights or the obligation of

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employers to say to their staff what they can and can't wear when they're

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doing their job and whether it would be supporting comic relief or

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wearing a poppy on Remembrance Day. I agree, I hate being told what I

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have to wear and I would much rather, much as I support pride and

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all the rest of it, I would much rather the people at National Trust

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properties were wearing the rainbow flag because they wanted to rather

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than because they were told. A couple of Brexit stories, they are

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everywhere, this is in the Daily Express. The fury at Michael Gove's

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sell-out of the EU fishing, there is uncertainty about fishing, they are

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concerned they might be used as a bargaining chip in all of this.

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Bargaining fish and chip! Very good! . I should work for the tabloids.

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You should work for the Sun! Do you think this will happen? It adds to

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the whole sense of uncertainty and chaos. During the referendum debate

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goes said we will take back control of our waters, now he is saying EU

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countries can go into our waters -- both. To me it's not just about

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policies, it's about the overall impression this gives of what's

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going on at the moment and it feels like we are in a state of flux and

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chaos and there's no real sense of certainty about what's going to

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happen. What does it mean to say take back control? Michael Gove

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seems to be saying it wasn't OK for European fishermen to be in our

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waters because the EU says it's OK for them to be there but it is OK if

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we say it. All take back control means is the same things carry on

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happening but it is us that says it's all right rather than in

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agreement with our European partners. The same thing I think

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will happen on migration. I'm sure David Davis will say it's all under

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control. These things will be negotiated in the coming months.

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Let's look at the Daily Mail with our last couple of minutes, playing

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with people's lives, a review into betting machines, which is being

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abandoned because the Treasury are worried about the tax they won't get

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in because of it but this is a problem for people addicted to

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gambling. These are described as the crack cocaine of gambling. There's

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been a huge campaign to stop them being in betting shops. It looks

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like the government have done a U-turn or have taken the side of

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betting shops. They contribute ?400 million to the extractor every year

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and they feel they can't do without that cash. But it is a massive

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source of contention. The Labour Party have taken it up as a big

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issue, saying that we are going to get on top of gambling and we have

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to crack down on it. The line is gamblers can waste ?100 every 20

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seconds on this machine so it's alarming. The death of foreign

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languages as schools drop French and German, did you do French and

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German? I did and all my worst grades were in languages. I still

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thought they were worth doing. One of the reasons some kids don't want

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to do them is they say it is harder to be sure of getting a good grade

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in French and German than in some of the sciences and maths and other

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things and kids are now being driven to get the result to get into

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university and to be focused on how they can use their education in

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their employment future. Things like French and German are simply losing

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out. That's it. Don't forget you can see the front pages of the papers

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online on the BBC News website and you can see us again on the iPlayer.

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Thanks to Lance and Giles. Now a little later than usual, it is time

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for Newsnight. COMMENTATOR: He's a one-man world

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superpower, victory for Mo Farah!

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