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Donation's favourite marmalade

sandwich eating their returns to the

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big screen. Gashed the nation's.

We'll get Mark Kermode's thoughts on

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Paddington II in the Film Review --

the nation's -- sandwich eating

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bear.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are Kevin Schofield,

Editor of PoliticsHome

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and Benedicte Paviot,

UK correspondent at the French

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broadcaster, France 24.

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Tomorrow's front pages,

starting with...

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The Observer leads on Jeremy

Corbyn's calls for Boris Johnson

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to quit after comments he made

about a British mother

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imprisoned in Iran.

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The Sunday Times says 40 Tory MPs

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have agreed to sign a letter

of no-confidence in Theresa May.

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The Telegraph leads on plans

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by the Environment Secretary,

Michael Gove, for stronger

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environmental policy

following Brexit.

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Meanwhile, the Mail

on Sunday says Mr Gove

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and Boris Johnson are holding

Theresa May to ransom in order

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to secure a hard-Brexit.

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The Sunday Express says the economy

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is in for a £3 billion

windfall after Brexit.

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We don't really have favourites on

this, Kevin.

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So let's begin.

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Next time, put it right. We will

start with The Mail on Sunday, Boris

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and go of plot to hijack Number 10,

a secret memo has emerged written

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after the party conference in the

autumn.

When they felt Theresa May

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was at her weakest and they are

Michael Gove and Boris Johnson, the

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Environment Secretary and the

Foreign Secretary, so The Mail on

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Sunday quite rightly calls this a

bombshell leaked letter so the

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secret letter is a secret no more.

It seems the bromance is absolutely

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back on. These two men have known

each other for a long time, since

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university, they had their major

falling out when there was the

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leadership election when David

Cameron needed to be replaced and it

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seems they've come up with a list of

instructions for a woman, the Prime

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Minister, Theresa May, who,

according to The Mail on Sunday, has

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been the victim of a soft coup and

is almost being held hostage

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effectively in 10 Downing Street.

Amongst the duo's demands, according

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to this leaked letter, our

post-Brexit transition must end on

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June 30, 2021. Philip Hammond, the

Chancellor, about to deliver his

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budget on November the 22nd, another

big test for the Conservative Party

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to get that right for the Chancellor

and the government as well amid the

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Brexit negotiations, Mr Hammond will

be told he will be held over a

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barrel because he must not criticise

all be seen to criticise either

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privately or publicly a hard Brexit.

The line that will go down really

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well with the civil servants is this

line the Whitehall machine and its

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ossified ways of working, be left to

its own devices, new high-powered

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staff are needed to apply grid to

the Oyster. Explosive stuff. Theresa

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May might be gagging over her

cornflakes or whatever she likes to

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eat. This plotting, I am reminded

of, if we had sound effects, I would

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go tick, tock, tick, tock for the

government, for certain ministers,

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for this Prime Minister, tick, tock,

tick, tock for the Brexit

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negotiations and plot, plot, plot

because the plotting seems to be

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continuing. Boris Johnson, we will

come onto that, doesn't have the

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support he would have liked to have

because... And we will also come

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onto that, because of what has

happened in the last few days on

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Iran, that's all I'll say at the

moment.

Indeed. Is it just the hard

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Brexit they are angling for, getting

themselves into position for when

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they no longer think Theresa May is

required?

I think that is definitely

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on the cards. We know Boris Johnson

is hugely ambitious, desperate to be

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Prime Minister. Michael Gove

likewise looked like he shot himself

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in the foot when he stood instead of

Boris Johnson last year, didn't go

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terribly well but he seems to have

reinvented himself almost and he's

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been mentioned in dispatches in the

last few days as a potential leader

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so there's all sorts of manoeuvring

is going on within the Cabinet and

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everything that happens within the

Conservative Party at the moment has

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two BC in within the prison of the

fact everyone knows the Prime

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Minister is living on borrowed time

and it's all about succession and

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jockeying opposition -- has to be

seen. Last year we could have

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thought Michael Gove and Boris

Johnson was a dream ticket when

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Theresa May goes.

40 MPs saying

Theresa May must go according to the

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Sunday Times and those on the Remain

side of the referendum debate saying

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we don't want this ultra hard Brexit

and they are manoeuvring into

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position?

Essentially it is the Tory

party being two parties in one now.

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You still have the Remain backing

MPs who want a soft Brexit, and the

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hard Brexiteers who essentially want

Britain to walk away and not give

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the EU terribly much. Things seem to

be coming to a head. A couple of

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weeks ago I spoke to a former

minister who said they sense a

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change in the mood where previously

there been a belief Theresa May

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would stay in place until Brexit,

2019, and probably depart later that

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year maybe at Tory conference 2019

and they would elect a new leader

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and Prime Minister -- there'd been.

It looks like, not just because

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Brexit, but you've got Michael

Fallon and Priti Patel leaving the

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Cabinet. You've got the sex

harassment stuff. It looks as though

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events are being done to the Prime

Minister, to the government, rather

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than the government shaping events

and all of this, the backdrop is she

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called a snap election in June, it

blew up in her face, we now have a

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hung parliament and she's being

pulled in all sorts of directions

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and she doesn't seem to be...

We've

got a minority government.

She

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doesn't seem to be in control of her

Cabinet, her government, her future.

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The whole thing...

Events.

Indeed,

things seem to be coming to a head.

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And the EU withdrawal bill coming up

on Tuesday. This is all being

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watched very carefully in

Continental Europe, not just in

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France and Germany, by President

Macron or Angela Merkel, but

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interesting, in the Sunday Times,

this line, which will infuriate

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Brexiteers, EU negotiators say their

UK counterparts have signalled

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willingness to resolve the key

outstanding, the divorce Bill, the

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so-called payment cheque, to agree a

60 million euros exit bill which is

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a condition for starting trade

talks.

But these EU negotiators are

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concerned that what is happening is

because there's this loss control,

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this huge division in the British

government, that they are no longer

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convinced that actually because of

what they call the internal

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psychodrama of the Conservative

Party, they are no longer sure if

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Theresa May will be in place

throughout the process and that is

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of great concern so they are making

contingency plans.

Staying with the

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Sunday Times, one of those

Conservative MPs who has been in the

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news of late, Damian Green, and the

Met Police chief who was in charge

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at the time of an investigation into

computer leaks in 2008 apparently

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knew that pornography had allegedly

been found on Damian Green's

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computer.

We also have to stress

Damian Green completely denies this,

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last week put out a strong statement

saying it was completely untrue, it

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was smears, seemed to be fitted up

by a disgruntled former anti-terror

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officer, Bob quick. This is another

headache that the Prime Minister

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could well do without. He's not just

any Tory MP or Cabinet minister,

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he's a first secretary of,

effectively Theresa May's deputy.

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Our closest -- her closest ally in

government, long-standing friend

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going back to university days. If

you lost Damian Green Ben...

All

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bets are off.

She would be in a lot

of trouble -- then. She relies on

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him an awful lot to put it mildly.

There's an investigation going on

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into whether he broke the

ministerial code, not just the porn

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allegations but also allegations he

also denies about sexual

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inappropriateness with a female

journalist. It never rains but it

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pours.

It's a Sunday Times story we

should point out.

They broke the

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story.

What's unfortunate in a sense

is this is, as you pointed out, the

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boss of Bob Quick, at the time, but

the fact Damian Green, it was the

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computers, plural, that is crucial,

that is the alleged accusation. The

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problem is Mr Green said it was

completely untrue and these were

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disreputable comments. Now to have

Sir Paul Stephenson coming out

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saying I knew about them...

Knew

about them at the time but he said

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it wasn't relevant to the enquiry,

which was about the computer leaks.

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Let's look at the Observer, sack

Boris for shaming our nation, Corbyn

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tells the Prime Minister, over the

comments Boris Johnson made

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regarding Nazaneen sa careea

Radcliffe, who is in prison in Iran

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-- Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

He

said that she had been in Iran

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training journalists, he told a

Commons Select Committee, obviously

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she wouldn't but ears pricked up in

Iran at that point and it would

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appear they are using that as an

excuse to increase her sentence.

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Boris Johnson this week has tried

to... I was going to say apologised

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but he hasn't apologised, he's

apologised if people misunderstood

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what he said but if you look at what

he said, it is pretty clear. He

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misspoke.

He was taken out of

context.

Made maybe he misremembered

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what he was briefed or maybe he was

badly briefed -- maybe. He landed

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her in it. If it turns out she has

her centres increased then his

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position I think becomes untenable

-- her sentence.

We should point

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out, everything you said I

completely agree with, but we should

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point out that the treatment of

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is

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appalling by Iran. To separate her

from her little girl, who barely

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speaks English any more now, who is

with her maternal grandparents, and

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the fact that she was hooded at some

point. Of course she would be very

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depressed, she already 18 months

into this. What would be very

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serious is if her sentence is indeed

lengthened as a result of this miss

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speaking, I do hate that word, but

what happened and what Boris Johnson

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said to the Parliamentary committee.

As you say, Tehran has jumped on it

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and there are divisions in Iran, the

hardline is pushing for another five

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years on top of the five years she's

already in four.

Let's look at the

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Observer, we shall not forget them,

some schoolgirls observing the two

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minute's silence at the Cemaat after

day -- already in for. -- the

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Cenotaph.

I am wearing a British

poppy but I am wearing the French

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equivalent and we had a ceremony at

Victoria Station with the French

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ambassador today with a very

impressive British soldiers there,

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as Brexit happens, that bilateral

relationship will be all the more

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important and prominent. What has

always moved me greatly and

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impressed me as a child and

increasingly as an adult is in

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France in most villages and in

towns, you have monuments to the

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dead. For people who have never come

across them, that might seem a very

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morbid thing but it's very humbling

to look at these and to take a few

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minutes to look as a mark of

respect, not just one day a year,

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but to see it as part of a living,

thriving community and you can go up

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and have a look and you see names

and the first names are different

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most of the time, but the surnames,

you see entire families of men wiped

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out. That tradition, these young

children, girls, as it happens, on

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the front of the Observer, that oral

tradition we going to lose in ten

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years, the generation who were

children in Britain, France and

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Germany and elsewhere, this oral

tradition of helping people

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understand, this is literally deadly

serious, it is so important to pass

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that on. I want to tonight pay

tribute to Robert Hall, I've met him

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and I want to pay tribute to him,

the work he does for the BBC and the

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way he approaches his reports is

absolutely commendable because it's

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a legacy that is very important.

That is it for the papers for

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tonight. Thank you Benedict and

Kevin. Good to see you both. Coming

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up next it is the Film Review and

I'll be back tomorrow. Goodbye.

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