08/09/2017 The Papers


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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 Martin Lipton, the deputy head of sport at the Sun,

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and Helen Brand, who's the chief executive

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of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

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Hallen, it is lovely to have it here, thank you for coming in, and

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you, Martin, of course. The front pages, the i carries a warning about

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the terror threat of drones. The Daily Telegraph says an

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investigation is under way into a massive cyber attack on US credit

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rating firm Equis fax among fears that hackers may have stolen the

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personal data of up to 44 million British consumers.

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The Independent leads on that up to half a million Americans have

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been told to evacuate their homes ahead of Hurricane Irma

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The Daily Mail claims that English charities are given

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far less lottery cash than their counterparts in Scotland.

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It carries a different story on the front

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The Sun leads on allegations concerning a bride-to-be who it

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claims jilted her would-be husband at the airport.

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The Mirror also carries those allegations on its front page.

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The Guardian carries a warning from the Nato chief,

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Jens Stoltenberg that the world is more a dangerous place today

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The Times reports that an influential Tory donor has

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criticised Theresa May for being "hopeless",

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"very indecisive" and leading a weak government,

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We can start with that litany of criticism from The Times! Top Tory

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party donor accuses Prime Minister of mishandling Brexit and alienating

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business. This is a carpet magnate, tell us a bit about this story. It

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has descended quite quickly into the personal about Theresa May, but at

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the heart of that is the increasing despair of business around the lack

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of clarity on Brexit negotiations. Since the day of the vote, business

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has been asking for clarity about the transition process, about access

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to the single market, and none of that is coming through, so I think

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this has been pulled out here, but Theresa May's leadership style and

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the way she is leading her party has been pinpointed by Lord Harris is

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one of the reasons that that is not coming through. He used to be a

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somebody in the Conservative Party, he was deputy treasurer, close to

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David Cameron. I don't quite of happen to him! This is pretty nasty,

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aggressive stuff here. Describing Theresa May is hopeless, indecisive,

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leading a weak government, talking about her basically not being up to

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it, and also dismissing Boris Johnson is too lazy to be an

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effective Prime Minister, calling for Ruth Davidson to become Tory

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leader. How would she do that? Unless she gets ennobled and did

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what Lord Hume did back in 1963 to become Prime Minister, that is

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pretty unlikely. I can't believe that any senior conservative would

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say that they would prefer a strong Labour government lead by somebody

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like Tony Blair... It's not sounding very futuristic. Basically despite

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last week's attempt by May to say that she will go on and on ad

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infinitum, no one is buying it, and this is positioning again within,

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but I think as Helen said, the bigger issue is people's doubts and

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criticism, critiques of the government policy. But why is she

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being clobbered in this way when she is not the one handling the Brexit

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negotiations? It is David Davis, Liam Fox who are supposed to be

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dealing with trade when it can finally happen. They are all members

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of her Government, and people look to the Prime Minister for

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leadership. I think her injecting clarity from the very top, that

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style of leadership is incredibly important. She is supposed to be the

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first among equals, but that is the idea of Prime Minister, she is the

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first Lord of the it, and apparently she is also Geoffrey Boycott. Yes,

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let's look at this on the guardian. Theresa May bowled over by boycott.

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I think you had better set out what has been happening. Where did she

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appear? She appeared today on Test Match Special, which is an

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interesting place... Is she a cricket fan? If she is, she stopped

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in 1982 when Geoffrey Boycott last played. This reminds me of when John

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Major talked about old maids going across the lawn on their bicycles

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and all the sort of thing. It was spinsters cycling to Evensong,

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please get it right! But if it is trying to prove that you are current

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and not living in the past, why would you go back to someone who

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stopped playing 35 years ago, or he was a very fine player. He has been

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a big figure. But the funny thing was, she baked her Rome Brownies.

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Apparently a Nigel Slater recipe. But that is a big thing, to bring

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cake. She was asked about her style, and her response was, I get

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frustrated, people use the term robotic about me. I don't think I'm

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the least robotic. Well why are you say in it, then? You are bringing it

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up again! Don't talk about what things aren't. But Jonathan Agnew

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asked, didn't he bore you to tears, Geoffrey Boycott? He stuck to his

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guns, I'm sure she is trying to make an analogy, that being boring is not

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the point, it is about getting the job done, but it is quite an odd

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person to hold up as your leadership figure. He was also at the heart of

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the ructions which destroyed Yorkshire cricket for many years

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because of the chaos, the divisive camps that he was one side of in

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that. But he did introduce us to the idea of the corridor of uncertainty.

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We have a lot of those in this building! Let's move on to the i.

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This is the picture on the top of the eye, Irma's path of destruction.

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Just tinder made out of buildings in the Caribbean. Many of them are

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territories linked to the UK, and it links back to the last story about

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leadership, and showing that we are connected and our people there

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feeling supported in the way that they need to be through what is an

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absolutely Terol time, the pictures are shocking, and I think that we as

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British territories, we do have a duty of care to the people there.

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And Boris Johnson has defended the response tonight, because there has

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been criticism that there was too little, too late, perhaps not enough

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but to reactive. I do suspect that this sheer scale of this disaster

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meant that any response would have been too little and may be too late,

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but there does seem to be a genuine concern in the Caribbean islands

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about the lack of response from the Government. The French and Dutch

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have been praised. Matt Cromwell on the Dutch Prime Minister as well,

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and we haven't really seen the same response... I understand that the

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French and Dutch have far more troops based in the region, whereas

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we are having to find people, so it is in a way easier to be there more

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quickly, but still, what is the level of support? It is great to see

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that there are now playing is nearly there, there is a frigate. But it

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could take a couple of people to get their -- couple of weeks for people

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to get their biplane. To get there, by aeroplane. And they had to make

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sure it was safe before they went, safe to land unsafe to deliver the

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goods. On the other aspect is what is going to happen in Florida this

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weekend, the Daily Telegraph, thousands in Florida Exodus,

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something like half a million people on the move. At the moment I'm told

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that people in southern Florida are being told to move, not the people

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in central Florida. I have a stake in this one in my parents live in

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Orlando, and they are staying put, despite my efforts to tell them to

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go. They have put duct tape on the windows, it is all fine! They do

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know that this is an airborne phenomena? You might have thought

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that, but you never know, but apparently everyone else is staying,

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so it is OK, apparently. But I think the hope is that the more permanent

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structures they believe will be safer than the caravan parks which

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are obviously open to all sorts of elements. And the roads are clogged,

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because everyone is heading north, so they can't get up people are

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spending hours and hours not moving, and do you really want to be on a

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motorway in a car of this thing happens? And then of course we have

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Jose out in the Atlantic, not likely to hit Florida, but the other

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islands that have already suffered. It does seem to be a constant

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barrage of natural disasters at the moment. We have not seen much of it

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coming through in the papers, sure the whole issue around climate

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change and how much this is affecting, bringing about these

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scenarios is going to come into play, because there have to be some

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longer term solutions, however prepared we are, however much we

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have our disaster recovery plans and put into place all the good

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practices around that... I'm not sure what you can do about 200 mph

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winds. Sea temperatures are function of global warming. Staying with the

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Daily Telegraph, 44 million Britons caught in a US hack. This is

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customers for companies like BT, British Gas. Have you not got that?

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You have got it. There you go. Please pay attention! Customers have

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had their personal data taken, not directly from these companies, but

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something else. This is another trust issue, and we would all feel

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more Cottrell with BT and British Gas, but this data is held by

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another company, a US company, Equifax, so it is all about how our

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data is used, the integrity of the data, and it is still not clear what

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exactly has happened. The information commission is looking at

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it. This is 143 million customers in the US. This took place in May, and

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we are only just hearing about it. This is the thing that people are

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fearful of giving information, because they don't trust these

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companies, they don't trust computers, and when things at this

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happen, it reinforces that thinking of is this safe, and my vulnerable

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here? They don't know. Let's move on to the guardian, Desmond Tutu break

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silence to attack Aung San Suu Kyi, and we have had Malala Yousafzai

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also expressing consternation that Aung San Suu Kyi seems to be

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presiding over these military led operations against the Rohingya

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minority in the wacky -- Rakhine state. Teller macro

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the difficulty of Aung San Suu Kyi being in this position, it is

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challenging to all of us, we have held up as a heroine for the stand

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she took for democracy and the sacrifices she made for Myanmar, but

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I think the really big questions are being raised about how she is

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tackling this issue. It was an issue raised before she was elected, and

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she batted it aside, and suddenly it is real, and it is disconcerting to

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discover that the people you set up as heroes have feet of clay. And

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Desmond Tutu saying he is breaking his vow to remain silent on public

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affairs out of sadness. And it will cause controversy as well that he

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has been breaking ranks almost amongst the Nobel laureates, but you

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can see the pain and anguish on so many faces, it is quite

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heartbreaking to witness. Finally, the Times, sport on the front page.

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This is good! I thought you would approve. James Anderson celebrating

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500 Test wickets, the only Englishman to do that. The only

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Englishman, sixth person in the history of Test cricket, and he

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wants to go on and on, and he is in the perfect place to do it, at

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Lord's, the home of cricket, massive swing ball, taking the middle peg

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out of the West Indies opening batsmen, great delivery, and he has

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been a fantastic bowler. He has also learned to control his body as well

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as he controls the ball. Because his pace has slowed down. He started off

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tearaway quick, and at 35 years still bending it round corners. The

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top spot is 800 wickets. So he has got a way to go, but you think he

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has the time? He isn't going to get that far, Courtney Walsh is at 519,

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and McGrath, the Aussie is at 563. That would put in third, fourth.

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Morillas in and worn other next -- Shane Warne are the next. Robert

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Alan, who is producing tonight, advises that the spinsters cycling

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to Evensong was from the clergymen's daughter in Orson Welles.

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Don't forget you can see the front pages of the papers online

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It's all there for you seven days a week at bbc.co.uk/papers.

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And if you miss the programme any evening, you can watch it

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Palin, I hope you will come back thank you for joining us. Martin,

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thank you for joining us as ever. Coming up next, the weather.

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