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

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With me are the Defence and Security Editor for the Daily Mail,

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Larisa Brown and Jim Waterson, Political editor at Buzzfeed UK.

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Returning to us. Let's have a look at some of tomorrow's front pages.

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The Metro leads with Spanish police shooting dead the main suspect

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One of the stories on the front page of

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the Financial Times is the solar eclipse seen by millions

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The Telegraph says families could get discounts

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on their supermarket shopping if they hit weekly exercise "step

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The Express leads on the news that doctors involved in arthritis

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research are launching a nationwide campaign to highlight the impact,

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the disease has on the estimated 10 million across Britain.

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The I carries a picture of today's eclipse,

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which it calls the most watched in human history

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And the Daily Mail says high street banks are shutting more than ten

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branches a week in a wave of closures. The Guardian covers the

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England woman striker who has accused the national team manager of

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discrimination. He has been cleared of any wrongdoing. And the Times

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reports on research that people with long-term gum disease are 70% more

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likely to develop dementia. Let's begin with our guests. Jim,

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can you start, it's the eclipse. It is going to be the picture on many

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front pages. We like the times with lots of different images. With a

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story like this it's always the battle of the art editors! I think

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the Times is the winner with the nice sequence of it passing over the

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moon in front of the sun. That is the right way round, isn't it! Yes

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it is. It's just one of those striking images.

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I think we'll have to wait about 90 years for the next one! And remember

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the last one, I was just a child. I remember I was standing on a

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hillside. In America, especially the midwest, we were talking to people

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as they watched it this evening and it was a beautiful, clear sunny day

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then, and then the temperature drops and everything goes black. Strikes a

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chord. It makes an emotional. Many people we spoke to were very

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emotional. Some of my favourite coverage is the town that won the

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cosmic lottery, Nasa said they would have the best coverage, ten years

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ago, so thousands of people have been flocking there. It was

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wonderful. One woman was interviewed, it is a cafe, it used

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to be a brothel but they'd had stood on it into a cafe to accommodate all

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the visitors! Changing human behaviour! Very positive. Your

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newspaper, let's go to them, a couple that we recognise, Donald and

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Melania Trump. I like the headline. It is even more orange than me! Ace

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this is a brilliant picture, because moments before, he looked at the

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solar eclipse about his glasses. The one thing you never to do. I think

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it was a worry that he might damage is A side. He is clearly fine and

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has gone on to make his prime-time address tonight -- he might damage

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his eyesight. He took his glasses off long enough to wave at the

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crowd. He is of course a politician of sorts. Let's stay with the Daily

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Mail. That front-page main story, banks abandon the high Street. Jim,

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perhaps you would take us through what this has found. This is about

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how four years banks pledged to customers that they would not close

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branches, they would be your local friend, your community, the last

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bank in your small market town and now they are closing on Mars,

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because people are doing so much online banking that it is

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decimating, more than decimating, the footfall in the high street

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banks. Their arguments are that we can save money if we close them. If

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you can imagine the Daily Mail reader in a small town, I need this

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community, I need my bank open, I have elderly relatives who don't use

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online banking. And you sometimes need to go to your bank. I went

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there to ask about money from abroad. You cannot always assume

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everything is on the Internet. This is an important story because a lot

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of elderly people will be extremely worried by this. For some people,

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elderly people don't always know how to do online banking and it is a day

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out for them, so if you have about ten miles away... Post offices were

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supposed to be the centre of the community and they have been closing

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like mad. I think your newspaper mentions small businesses. People

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need to pay in money. A lot of people do things in cash. There were

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concerns that it would affect the high street, people do that so they

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can go to the bank, if there is no bank fewer people will go to local

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shops on the main shopping streets. I can't believe I'm taking the side

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of the banks, I'd probably go to the physical bank once or twice a year,

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someone still insists on paying you with a paper check... I write

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checks, Jim. Jon Daly I haven't had one in ten years. I tried to give

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one to one of my sons the other day and he sneered. I go to banks quite

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frequently and I think it is a great shame. Tale to be discussed. Let's

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go to the times. Back to the times, I should say. The headline is US

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demands Afghan troop boost. I got the impression that we were either

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out of Afghanistan or desperate to be out of Afghanistan. A lot of

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people assume that but we have 500 troops still in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Donald Trump tonight will do his hugely anticipated prime-time

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address about Afghanistan and the new American plan to defeat the

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Taliban and Islamic State in the country. The Times reports that he's

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going to provide another few thousand troops to boost the troops

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there, they also have an exclusive saying that America will put

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pressure on Britain to send more troops. We've already said we will

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send an extra 100 in the next few months. Forgive me, but sense

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neither here nor there. Not like the 10,000 that the Americans will have.

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It seems quite a small number. Although we don't know how many the

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Americans want us to sand. They could ask for many more. Three years

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ago, we were told that the war in Afghanistan was sort of, we were

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winning and the Taliban were on the back foot, and fast forward to

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today, and you've got 80% of Helmand province has now been taken back by

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the Taliban and you also have Islamic State fighters in the

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country that have been pushed out of Iraq. Is this a classic thing of

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America getting into a quagmire? A lesson from history, nobody has gone

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into Afghanistan and come out of it well. The thing about Trump is that

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he ran on a campaign policy of bringing the troops home and

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stripping overseas battles, and after saying again and again

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explicitly that he would take troops out of Afghanistan, six months in,

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he's about to sign of all these extra and going over. As regards UK

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politics, can Theresa May seem to be jumping to Donald Trump's whim on

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sending troops abroad. It would not be a popular move to send more

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troops to Afghanistan, as far as I can see, and it will be hard to say

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that if the Trump presidency is what is demanding the back-up that makes

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it an even harder sell. Talking about going back on things that he

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said before the election, you wonder where this is coming from. James

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Mattis is the US Defence Secretary. A tough guy in a military sense...

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Go on,. A few months ago James Mattis admitted that the war was

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failing and Afghanistan, quite frank comments and I think people have

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realised that there must be any strategy, so this is Trump taking

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advice from his generals. James Mattis winning the battle, one might

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say. The next stories interesting, but in wondering if it could plug

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capability gaps, although we are understood to be reluctant to send

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more troops. Sounds like we would the bare minimum, help with bases in

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the region, sent their cargo planes, with the unpopularity of Trump in

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the UK I can't see anything involving Britain pushing into an

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American led war to be a good look at the moment, even for a Tory

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government. And there's talk of Trump saying to Afghanistan, stop

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harbouring jihadists. Barack Obama made those comments clear in 2009

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when he did his last prime-time address in Afghanistan so it is

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rehashing an old argument although quite an important one. Indeed. Now

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to the Daily Telegraph. Larisa, would you get us off on this story.

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Keep fit to get money off your weekly shopping! It's brilliant.

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This phenomenon at the moment of people wearing the Fitbit and some

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supermarkets say they could get discounts on their weekly shopping

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if they meet the step targets. Would you like me to explain a step

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target? Could you explain Fitbits? Gadget on your wrist which documents

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how many steps you take each day. A lot of people wearing it because

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they go out and about and they tried to certain target. Are thousands and

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thousands of steps. And young people like to compete with each other and

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say, I have done more steps than you today. If you had a certain limit of

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steps each day, you could be rewarded and this NHS scheme, free

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cinema tickets for example, if you get 12,500 steps three days a week.

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This is a new radical NHS policy designed to tackle obesity!

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Seuk-hyun Baek I am afraid I'm being cynical. We always come up with

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these ideas. -- and being cynical. We always come up with his ideas.

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Sadly the extent to the NHS can influence human behaviour and

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convince people, rather than doing 12,000 steps to get a ticket, just

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spend money to go and watch a film and sit down rather than doing some

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exercise! I have my doubts as to whether the NHS can design towns

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where this can happen. As a developer is building a new

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development they will have things built in. This is a reference to the

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government 's idea of encouraging healthy living. It's tagging onto

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this idea of building new towns which will not be full of unhealthy

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slobs, miraculously, if you offer incentives, there might be a way to

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convince people to take part in healthy living programmes. Who is

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paying for this. Cinema are not charities. We'll NHS England have a

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huge budget to do this? I thought they were short of money. They are

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short of money. I imagine it's a tie-up with a private company that

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wants publicity. The key thing is the extent to which the can

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influence people. I imagine a lot of people would like free cinema

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tickets and discounts from the supermarket. The other interesting

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thing is, if they could convince people to stay healthy and in later

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life, savings would be enormous. If you could get all those people...

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That I fear that the people already minded to exercise will take part in

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these programmes and the people you need to target would stay in, on the

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server. My dad has a Fitbit, I bought one for Christmas, normally

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he wouldn't go out walking and I think he will love this. He wears it

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every and tells us are many steps is done and I think this is the kind of

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thing which will get him out more. Let's go to the Financial Times,

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Jim. I think you take an interest in a subject like this. North - south

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divide of rail and road spending must end, is a business chiefs.

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Project after project of northern transportation sidelined, and

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invested in, not getting enough money, it still cost a bomb to get

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from York to Manchester and it takes an hour and a half and yet you can

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get across London from about ?8 relying on trains. Disproportionate

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spending. Having grown up in the North of England and now living in

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London the quality of transport here is so much better and more

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affordable and when you a small two carriage train rattling across

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between major cities in the north and there is one every hour whenever

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I go on the reporting trip that there you realise how unfair it is.

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You are a North Yorkshire lad. Fitbit, you are from Preston. I

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disagree. We spoke about this earlier, smack Larisa, you are from

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Preston. You are always on time and you can get a seat, whereas

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commuting to work in London is terrible. Is that not the point,

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there is a great publishing on the move, whether on the roads in the

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south, although roads seem crowded everywhere to me these days yet the

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trains are crowded and that is we've got to spend your money. I'm in

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favour of Crossrail in London because you have to support growth

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in London. Let's talk about it. The day after the Transport Secretary

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Chris Grayling accidentally let slip that Leeds - Manchester might not be

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electrified, the following day he announced he was backing Crossrail

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which could cost tens of billions of pounds. When you are sitting there,

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I know some journeys in the north are lovely but if you are commuting

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to Manchester so often it's disgusting and overcrowded. You'll

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be very annoyed that the money is again going to the capital. Larisa,

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the Bake-Off is back, although it's on Channel 4 and here's a picture on

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the front of the Guardian, Prue Leith, Noel Fielding, Millie Berry,

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although there is a bit of a problem, Prue Leith has spoken about

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the ad break stash Mary Berry. She says that if people don't want the

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ad breaks they can watch the show later and skip the adverts. Which

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given that Channel 4 has paid tens of millions of pounds to get the

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show from the BBC and ensure they are delighted with that! The chief

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executive, J Hunt, says, we are a commercial broadcaster and we do

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need to pay the shows like Bake-Off. That sounds like a gritted teeth

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remark. All publicity is good publicity. Indeed.

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No need to wait until tomorrow morning to see what's in the papers - tune in for a lively and informed conversation about the next day's headlines.


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