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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 the Associate Editor

of The Times, Anne Ashworth

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and the Playwright and Writer

in The New European, Bonnie Greer.

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The Sunday Telegraph claims

that the Prime Minister has been has

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been warned by MPs not to retreat

from a pledge to "take back

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control" of British laws

from Brussels post Brexit.

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The Sunday Times meanwhile says that

a member of the Labour Party has

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died after apparently

taking his own life amid allegations

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of sexual misconduct.

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The Mail on Sunday alleges

that there are links

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between Boris Johnson

and Michael Gove's bid to persuade

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Theresa May to take a tougher stance

on Brexit and a Russian Tycoon.

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And finally the Sunday Express

reports that Meghan Markle

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is being guarded by royal protection

officers as the Palace

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prepares to announce her

engagement to Prince Harry.

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Let us begin our review today. The

Mail on Sunday, it's all about

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Michael Gove and Boris Johnson,

probably the two leading Brexiteers.

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They wrote a letter to the Prime

Minister secretly trying to get her

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to take a tough stance on Brexit.

What is this link, alleged link with

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the Russians?

This story, it's a

multi-layered story and you need to

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have a lot of background knowledge

of who is who in think-tanks.

And a

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lot of music too.

In order to be

able to understand it. The bare

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bones seem to be there are the

think-tanks that seem to be having a

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huge amount of inNorwich Unions on

Michael Gove and Boris Johnson,

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notes of secret meetings. But the

institute is interesting because the

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people behind it who're two very

rich brothers who made their money

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through Gazprom, the big massive

Russian energy giant. It's alleged

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they have links to Putin.

Johnson

and Gove wrote a letter earlier on

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this month to Mrs May saying you

have got to do this, that and the

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other and this story in the Mail on

Sunday is saying, what they wanted

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in the letter is already happening,

including £3 billion set aside in

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case we don't get a Brexit deal.

A

letter that was leaked to the papers

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so that we all knew about it.

Yes.

It was called, for your eyes only,

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Gavin Barwell.

The Chief of Staff,

yes.

Full disloads sure, like they

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say in America - I wrote a piece for

my paper, the New European. I used

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to have some sort of dealings with

them a few years ago and it's an

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interesting place. I didn't quite

know what it was about. It was at

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the time I was there very much

interested in Boris when he was

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Mayor. They published a prosperity

index which is apparently the thing

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they exist for so they gather this

data in which they then describe who

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is the most prosperous. The whole

thing is prosperity. Any time you

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see prosperity in relation to Brexit

which David Davis has used, it's the

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buzz word. People are starting to

wonder how much it's influencing.

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There is some kind of rumour. There

is a big meeting out of Chequers or

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something. People trying to figure

out what it is.

There is no reason

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to think they're sinister, is there?

Well, think-tanks would like to be

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thought of as sinister and powerful

behind-the-scenes bodies but within

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this story, there is a claim that

one of the members of staff is

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already the day facto Brexit czar

which was one of the demands made in

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that.

To be honest, when I heard

David Davis say prosperity, I went

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bing, bing, bing, because that is

one of their buzz words. I think we

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are entitled and good for the Mail

on Sunday for bringing this up. We

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are entitled to know a bit more. If

they had that kind of inflews, it

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doesn't mean it's bad. We just need

to know.

Transparency?

Sure, that's

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all, just find out who they are.

It's a good talking point.

It's a

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good story.

Who are they, yes, that

is all.

Let us move on to the Sunday

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Times and another disturbing story

as we have had a lot of claims about

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sexual impropyrety, a story that has

been rumbling on for a few weeks --

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impropriety. This is a suggestion

that somebody who worked for the

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Labour Party had been accused of

something and they've been

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suspended.

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It's alleged that this person worked

for the Labour Party and has died.

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There are no other details.

What

worries me is that we are seeing

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these stories emerge. We don't know

the background to this and there

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seems to be no apparatus in place to

deal with this, no party seems to

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have a proper policy on how to deal

with these accusations, how to deal

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with the aftermath and it seems to

me that it's something they need to

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tackle soon because there are some

politicians who still do not know

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what the accusations are that are

being made against them. I think

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it's down to the leaders and the

speaker to find some way to assemble

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this. The same things go on in

America and France. It's a cultural

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shift. It's a very big culture, one

of the biggest in my lifetime

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certainly, and it's happening. It's

coming on and it's important that it

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happens. But what the politicians

need to do and also businesses, they

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need to find a mechanism by which

all of this can be gathered up,

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weighed up, can be understood. We

don't understand it yet.

Fees like

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they are racing to catch up, doesn't

it? The leaders are discussing how

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to make it work?

They need to move

faster. In the United States, there

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are apparently some kind of slush

fund that existed that was basically

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made from taxpayers' money to sort

of pay. You know, we need to move

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this a lot faster and get some sort

of a mechanism by which women and

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men who're making these accusations

can come do, this and this whole

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thing can happen very quickly.

There

seem to be no guidelines as to how

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the system should be used. I mean,

people seem to - I mean the divide

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between private and professional

life seems to have been blurred and

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people are looking at things on the

IT systems at their work and not

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realising all of that will be logged

and there will be consequences

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because people in the IT department

will be looking to see what is going

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on.

It's quite shocking. I'm proud

of the men and women starting to

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ring the alarm bells. Certainly when

I was young, there was nowhere to

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two. You couldn't say anything. Now

this is all starting to come out,

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it's happening faster than the

system is able to cope with and

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that's what's happening.

Let us move

on inevitably to another story about

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Brexit and the evening cannot go by

without one or two stories about

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that. The Sunday Telegraph.

Whether

anybody picks up a Sunday paper and

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thinks yippee, there's a Brexit

story.

I work in Westminster

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normally, even in our office there

may be times when that may be

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voiced! This is a story, another

warning to Theresa May as if she

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hasn't heard enough from people in

her own party about not betraying

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the party over the European course

which is something that many of them

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feelshire strongly about -- courts.

Slightly baffling. I thought the

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European Court of Justice would

remain only to deal with cases of

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the EU nationals after Brexit.

Wasn't that going to be the

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restriction on the basis if we were

able to offer that to the EU, that

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might be able to ease other parts.

I

think the problem is that you can't

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have a parallel court system, you

can't have a parallel EU or a bunch

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of people who live here. Brexit

people are saying the hardline, get

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rid of the whole thing and the EU is

saying, you cannot have our citizens

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living in your country and there are

the only EU citizens who're not

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under EU court, that is off, it

can't happen, it's not going to

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happen. The hardlines are saying,

get this court out of the country.

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That's where she is. Brussels has

been very, very precise. There

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cannot be a parallel EU, a market

where there is no freedom of

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movement, a group of citizens in the

EU who're not under the court. You

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make another level of EU

citizenship. They don't want that.

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She's got to figure out how to

navigate this against people say who

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want it all out of here.

I wonder if

sometimes the European Court of

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Justice doesn't get confused with

the European Court of Human Rights.

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It all gets confused.

Also I would

have thought that the EU story today

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would have been Ireland.

Yes.

The

idea that there might be in the

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republic an election before

Christmas. I wanted to read more

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about that.

But this is a Telegraph

doing whistle and it's important for

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them to keep, for their readers to

keep this kind of thing forward

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because Ireland is extremely

complicated. So if you do... Well

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it's not really, but if you do the

bang, bang, bang about the courts,

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it reminds them of what the hardline

Brexiteers say.

We'll move on from

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Brexit. I know you are very sad

about that! Let's talk about

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productivity. This in the Budget was

one of the big problems with the

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British economy and has been for a

long time. This seems to suggest

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there might be the answer. What is

the problem

Well, it's not that we

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don't have good enough technology,

no, it's because we spend too much

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time at our desk looking to see if

we've got a WhatsApp message or a

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text or updating our status on

Facebook or going on Twitter. That

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is what is happening, our minds are

not on our work.

You are distracted?

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Yes.

I get tired of people beating

up on the British worker, I don't

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buy this at all. I think people work

very, very hard. What is going on

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now, we are having a revolution in

technology. A lot of things are

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shifting. We are having different

things to indicate productivity. We

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don't know the answers to this yet.

I think people work very, very hard

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and I wish that we had a system

whereby the new technology can be

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sort of measured up and captured.

The system is not up to snuff yet.

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People work hard. That is wrong.

It

is quite interesting, there is just

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this whole kind of mystery as to why

our productivity remains low.

I

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think the measure isn't there yet

and I would love to see someone,

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some science geek or whatever come

up with a way to measure how people

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are working because I think they are

working very hard.

I wonder if we

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have become a look-down society. You

know when you are on the train, the

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tube in the morning, you want to

say, take your eyes off that phone

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and see the world.

Talk to the

person next to you!

Yes. I wonder

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whether this is a broader problem,

maybe it's stopping collaboration at

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work. I think we need to look at

productivity...

It's no more

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different than Paris or New York. I

think people shouldn't do this. This

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is a lot more complicated.

Let us

move on because we can't end Without

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a Royal story. Engagement expected

any day. Theresa May cleared her

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diary on Thursday because it was

expected to happen and it hasn't.

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Americans would have killed her if

that news came out on Thanksgiving.

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That is why!

Yes, that is what

happened. She's American, there is

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no way that this was twoing to

happen on Thanksgiving.

You mean

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they've all got too much to do, to

eat?

No, this is a down news day. If

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this came out on a down news day,

this country would never have been

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forgiven so I think they pushed it.

That is what happened.

It will give

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the nation's spirit a lift. I'm

quite excited about it. I'll want to

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read the details and I'll get

excited about the dress. I think

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it's what we need. Also, she is

going to be a new spirit in the

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Royal Family. I do really think that

we are looking at the moment for

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things to...

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This will be the one we like. We

like this guy. We like Harry.

We

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like a good news story.

Every

country needs the lift.

We must

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leave it there now. That is it for

the papers this hour, thank you to

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Anne and Bonnie. They'll both be

back at 11. 30 and we'll do it all

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over again. Coming up next, Meet the

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