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Welcome to our look ahead to what

the papers will be bringing

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tomorrow. It might be a movable

feast, your guess is as good as

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ours. Giles Cunningham, former PR

and Tory adviser is with us. Good to

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hear. And also economics

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commentator Daesh either David.

Welcome to you both. Housing leads

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in the i, also the Metro, with Sajid

Javid suggesting the baby boomers

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are blocking solving the housing

crisis. The same story in the Daily

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Mail, baby boomers described as

selfish, and the Daily Telegraph

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says that since the Cardiff tax was

scrapped car tax has soared. The

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Guardian -- the car desk task. The

Guardian tops glory is on the new

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allegations about Kevin Spacey. --

top story. The daily Mirror has this

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story on Sylvester Stallone.

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The Financial Times claims Saudi

princes and businessman

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are being asked to hand over money

in exchange for their freedom

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after a purge there.

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The Express says that three cups of

coffee a day could help beat cancer.

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Welcome to front-page lottery. Let's

begin with the Daily Mail. This much

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I do know. Housing. You baby boomers

are so selfish. Who is saying this,

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Giles?

Sajid Javid, the

communications secretary. --

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Communities Secretary. Housing is a

mass dividing line at the moment

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between the Tories and Labour, huge

issue about people getting on the

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housing ladder, how does that

happen, and from what we have seen

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and what we know and this is a

snapshot, he is saying that over 60s

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are resisting people getting on the

housing ladder, and I presume this

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comes down to people saying not in

my backyard, NIMBYs, and the Tories

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have a huge demographic over 50 who

vote for them, but how do they get

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the young people to vote for them?

The way to do that is to say, these

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are the retail policies we have on

offer, and so housing will be there.

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What is quite, I suppose,

extraordinary about this

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intervention, you have this from a

Cabinet minister on the eve of the

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budget. Very extraordinary. Not very

normal.

Well, you say that, but we

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don't have the cashback remains very

do we, to the so-called dementia tax

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that got them in trouble, the? It

has a bit of a ring about it. -- got

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them in trouble, too?

It does, and

you're less able to afford a house

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in your 30s venue where in the

1930s, so something like a

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generational war they are pulling

out your -- you are less likely to

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be able to afford a house in your

Verrattis than you would have been

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in the 1930s.

A weird strategy,

picking on your core voters?

A very

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strange strategy because the Tory

demographic is 58 and over. But if

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they are going to survive, carry on,

they need to woo the young voters,

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but I think what is really

interesting is you have a

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Communities Secretary setting out

his red lanes for budget before the

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Chancellor. This really underlies

the huge problem in the cabinet,

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everyone is freelancing at the

moment, and the

minister is seeing

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shows was to be in charge of

housing, so you have three people

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looking after it but no one sorting

it out.

It just feels more

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uncertainty in the market. What is

going?

Does it get anybody any

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confidence when Theresa May says she

is taking charge, given there are

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one or two other issues she needs to

be addressing as well?

It is good to

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know her mind is on this matter as

well. But as you see, there is so

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much out there. You have your

housing minister. Let them get on

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with it.

And also, as we said, we

are in a very uncertain market. It

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fuels uncertainty, so not great

whichever way you look at it.

And it

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fuels resentment as well.

It does,

and it suggests she does not have

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control because in a majority

Government you would not have the

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Communities Secretary freelancing

60s before a

budget. A lot more

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wrong with the housing market than

those who already own. And once

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you're that ladder it is already

cheaper than it was for your

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parents... They have moved a little

bit, haven't they? The Telegraph.

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Endgame for Mugabe, and this is

interesting. Anyone watching

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Zimbabwe for a long time would

probably wonder whether the end of

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the Mugabe resume would ever come

about, after 37 years, but still

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seeing this is not a coup?

Even on

the front page of the Telegraph,

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they are seeing this still may or

may not be the end for Mugabe, but

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the question is even if he does go,

who comes in instead, and will that

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really make a difference to people

in Zimbabwe who have had a terrible

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time? We talk about inflation going

up 7%, but basically there are

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prices doubled overnight sometimes,

going through the roof, a dreadful

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time yet they have all these great

resources on their doorstep.

Not a

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revolution. A change of personnel

but the guy they are seeing was

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going to take over was Mugabe's

right-hand man for 40 years,

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surreally are we going to see much

of a difference?

If Mugabe even

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steps down and let's be anyone other

than his wife.

Not a revolution,

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change of personnel, but don't get

me wrong, it does not feel like

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there is a massive changing of the

guard at this moment.

But he is

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still respected as a revolution are

a large parts of Africa because he

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brought black majority rule well

before motherboards of Africa. Sign

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a guess, and healed wider as well

for someone propelling Zimbabwe into

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a new era --

yes, and he was also

healed for. His health policies as

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well. But times have changed. 37

years there and I think people are

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regretting that.

I suppose, can it

be a peaceful change, the handover

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whoever takes it?

A lot of Western

diplomats have been saying there are

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quite welcome to this change, but he

has ruined that country so it is a

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long way back.

Let's stay with the

Telegraph and something a lot closer

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to home. Car tax dodging sores since

discs ask... Don't laugh, it is

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difficult to see that headline! --

car tax soars. I always found the

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car tax disc useful because it

reminded you of when it was due, but

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now they send a reminder in the

poster you can't pretend you don't

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know.

If you read what they are

saying they are saying the figures

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have tripled, it is a crisis, but

then they go on to say that half of

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those who have not renewed their

desks are actually less than two

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months out of date, so they may just

have forgotten. I think you

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mentioned, Giles, it has happened to

you before.

You do have your car

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taxed?

I don't have a car any more,

but, yes I think it is down to

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people for getting...

You got hit by

a car?

No, hit by not having a car,

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because I don't have one any more. I

think it is people forgetting,

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rather than being wilful.

But it was

meant to save money, getting rid of

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this paper disc that sat in the

corner of your windscreen Konta and

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it has not worked out.

Yes, but on

the other hand we're not talking

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about the Paradise papers here.

No,

but we're supposed to pay because it

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helps the roads be safe.

And perhaps

it hasn't quite worked.

I think it

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will take some time to bed in.

How

long? They were abolished three

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years ago!

Digital is the preachers

or I think everyone needs to bed

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then.

People perhaps don't like

renewing online and all that sort of

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stuff but I like it so I am fine.

Let's look at the Saudi story of the

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FT. Saudi Princes billions in

exchange for freedom... Hundreds of

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royals, ministers, businessmen being

held in rather fancy hotels, it has

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to be said, Giles, but there is a

way to pay to get home.

This is all

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about the Saudis massively

overhauling their regime, rooting

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out corruption, saying we are in a

Brave New World, we want to engage

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with the West. I think there is a

recognition in the country they will

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move from a oil based economy to a

knowledge-based economy and they are

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saying, come here, invest, we are

open and transparent.

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They are trying to send out a very

clear signal to the rest of the

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world.

Huge proportions of their

wealth they are expected to hand

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over for their freedom?

£300 billion

in total, and we were talking to

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about £107 million being evaded in

car tax then we have this much here.

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You're right,

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Giles. This is about the fact they

can't rely on oil any more. What do

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you do instead? Tap up some

relatives by locking them up in the

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Ritz-Carlton and making them sleep

on their mattresses. That is

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apparently what it takes.

But in

some cases they are accused of

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corruption over many years, are to

be?

They are, and it is including

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the Lloyd Ashley what has happened

-- over many years, aren't they?

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They are, and it is intriguing, what

has happened there.

It is a quick

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way of dispensing justice, though,

isn't it? And earns a few quid.

We

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don't know all the details.

Do we

ever with Saudi Arabia?

They are

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trying to move forward. Ultimately

we want them to engage with us. It

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is better for the rest of the world

if they do so we should encourage

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that.

But then you get into the

territory of selling arms to

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countries like Saudi Arabia, and

then seeing what is going on with a

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proxy war in Yemen.

Of course, and I

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think the wider issue, how do we get

them to become more progressive in

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terms of human rights. They have now

allowed women to drive. We should

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keep pushing them forward. It is not

a perfect situation that that is the

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situation with a lot of other

countries in the world.

But the

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golden crown prince says, I'm going

to step up hostilities with Iran...

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And the tensions in Lebanon.

Absolutely.

Let's look at the Sun.

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Cocoa nuts, it says. Cash to the

West Indies palms. Yoga, eels in the

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Philippines... Money not being well

spent if the subtext here. This is

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aid money from Britain.

The budget

is coming up next week and I suppose

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this is going to the fact that money

is really ring fenced for aid and

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they are asking if this is the right

way to do it. Eye-catching, isn't

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it?

Yes, when we are going through

the most complex negotiations of our

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lives and people are questioning how

every penny is spent, yes.

A lot of

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people question whether we should

spend money on it when there are a

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lot of problems at home but David

Cameron was very clear it was an

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important part of spending, wasn't

he? When you were there?

Yes, it is

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about enhancing democracy in

different parts of the world,

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accountability and transparency, how

you spend that money, but we should

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not have back from that because

there have been a few mistakes. It

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is a good thing.

It is also about

engage with local communities, isn't

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it, and finding out exactly what

they want in terms of aid, rather

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than imposing it in some superior

manner?

Exactly, we think you need

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coconuts to developers that is what

we will do. But the wider point

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here, one of the things we here at

the moment, we don't want people

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migrating to Europe in particular

because they are in

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search of a better life. One area

which you can actually make a

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difference in is by making life

better in those countries, and

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perhaps then they won't want to

move. That is one of the arguments

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anyway. It is a really tricky one,

as you say. It was a big plan for

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the Cameron Government but now we

are much more cash strapped, and

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going forward...

A lot of people

will question why £13 billion is

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being spent overseas. Let's finish

with Pidgeley of the Mail -- Mail.

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Only the Mail. Don't worry. Who is

Tortzilla? Is bring this only

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because you have only just seen it.

Lives at the bottom of a French

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family's garden.

He sounds quite

harmless. What does he do? He bites

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the toes of people who dare to go

into the garden. Have you ever had a

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rogue pet?

Not a rogue porters!

We

had two -- not a rogue tortoise. We

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had rogue rabbit, and she would be

upset when you're upset her plate of

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grain and all that sort of stuff.

She died a long time ago. She was a

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70s rabbit, so probably not kept...

70s rabbit! Chris Read rabbit?

She

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would be kept in hotel conditions

these days, wouldn't she? Anyway, we

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will find out more, no doubt about

Tortzilla when we leave you and we

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actually have time to read it. That

is all from the Papers tonight.

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Don't forget you can keep up on the

BBC News website. Bbc.co.uk/papers.

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And if you miss the programme you

can watch it later on iPlayer. Giles

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and Dharshini, you coped well with

that programme. Get used to it.

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Don't lose your shirt. We are going

to say goodbye.

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