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Hello.

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This is BBC News.

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We'll be taking a look at tomorrow

morning's papers in a moment -

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first the headlines...

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Up to 30cm of snow has fallen

in some areas of the country,

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affecting travel on the roads,

railways and at airports

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and causing hundreds of school

closures tomorrow morning.

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The Foreign Secretary has left Iran

without any agreement on the release

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of the British-Iranian woman,

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

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The Brexit Secretary,

David Davis, has warned

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that the UK could still refuse

to pay its divorce

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bill if it doesn't get

a trade deal with the EU.

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Disgraced celebrity publicist

Max Clifford has died

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in hospital at the age of 74.

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He had been serving

an eight-year sentence

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for historical sex offences.

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Qatar has signed a £6 billion arms

deal with the British defence

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contractor, BAE Systems.

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It includes the confirmation

of a large order of fighter jets.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are the Parliamentary

journalist Tony Grew

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and entertainment reporter Caroline

Frost.

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Tomorrow's front pages...

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The Metro leads with the heavy snow

that's caused travel chaos in many

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areas of the UK today.

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It also has news that the average

house price has dropped.

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The FT leads with Brexit -

it says Britain's chemicals

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and pharmacutical industries have

asked the Government if they can

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remain within EU rules.

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The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

is also pictured in Iran

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with the country's president

as he tries to secure the release

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of a Briton jailed there.

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The Times leads with Brexit

negotiations and Ireland's

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unhappiness over comments

by the Brexit Secretary,

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David Davis, that a hard border

on the Island is a statement

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of intent rather than

a cast iron guarantee.

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The Daily Telegraph leads with news

that 10-year-olds are being asked

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if they feel comfortable

with their gender in

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an official NHS health study.

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Police failure to attend

domestic violence call outs

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is the Independent's lead.

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The paper also points out

that the snow may have caused

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headaches for many of us

but for others, it was

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a chance to have fun.

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So let's begin...

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The Metro has a glorious photograph

of the snow but on the main story,

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the biggest fall in house prices for

five years.

Is this true? Yes, there

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is a lot of economic uncertainty

that will affect how people feel

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about the global economy and whether

they buy a new house, but it is

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worth pointing out that it says the

average asking price has dropped by

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£8,000 across the UK, £23,000 in

London and that is not suddenly make

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properties affordable for people who

cannot get onto the property ladder.

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That is a small dip in what can seem

an unsurmountable ocean. It's a

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difference three for people who own

their homes, such as Caroline!

Is

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this bad news, then? Only if you are

hoping to sell your property in the

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immediate future, which I am not. As

Tony said, this is just a chink of

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relief for aspiring first-time

buyers and the previous chink was

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for the great gift of the exemption

of stamp duty for properties up to

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£300,000 and that was a political

move and this becomes an economic

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shift and it is good news that

first-time buyers will be watching

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carefully to see that the market

carries on decreasing in their

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favour. However, they have quoted

the right move director that this

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should be seen in the context of

push and pull price pressures. I

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said that in one go! Adding to this

impending increasing uncertainty

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over Brexit. Perhaps some light but

with a grain of salt.

You need to

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see a trend. The man from right move

is quoted as saying the trend will

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be a mixed bag.

Strange wording that

shows that house prices have been on

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the same trajectory for a period of

time, they forecast another year of

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slowing in the pace of price rises.

A slowdown in the pace of them going

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up, so not exactly the breakthrough

news people might think.

Let us move

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on to the front page of The Times.

Ireland warns Theresa May over

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Brexit. This is after the story we

have been running about David Davis

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saying that the deal is not cast

iron?

This comes as is a prize to

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people in the EU that they have done

the deal with and it is interesting

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that David Davis thinks he runs his

own Brexit policy and I remember

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having collective Cabinet

responsibility when the government

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spoke with one voice and it now

seems to be whoever happens to be in

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the studio. That has not gone down

very well in Ireland because one of

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the key issues is the British

government has given assurances that

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it will avoid a heart border and the

British government says it will

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think up brilliant regulatory

infrastructures and use technology

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to mean that is no border

infrastructure but the thing about

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this that annoys me is David Davis

has chosen to say these things not

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because he believes they are in the

national interest but for a narrow

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party reasons. Everything the

government has done over Brexit is

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for narrow party reasons. David

Davis still fancies himself as a

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leader of the party and he is

signalling to the right of the party

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and the Brexiteers that a hard

Brexit is still on the table and no

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deal. Neither of those are on the

table because the commitments made

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by Britain to the EU last week.

Is

it that clear that he has gone

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freelance in this sense? Michael

Gove said the other day that nothing

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is agreed until everything is

agreed?

What does that even mean? I

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remember, nearly two decades ago,

that the piece was hard four, those

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lights in the rooms in Northern

Ireland, the entire Labour Party,

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there wasn't this breaking away of

the message and the fractured

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branding, it was Tony Blair and Mo

Mowlam and I remember waking up to

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that great thing that they had this

breakthrough and this week I

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remembered that because I saw this

thing overnight, the same thing, we

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are going to work through the night.

What for? So we then get to the next

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chasm, the next disagreement? There

was a lovely treat that's it either

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Northern Ireland is going to fail

because of Brexit or Brexit is going

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to fail because of Northern Ireland.

I cannot speak about this

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dispassionately.

The front page of

the Daily Express. The weather is

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always a favourite story. Just

surprised it is not Brexit! The big

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freeze chaos to get worse. How do

you feel but in response to bad

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weather?

Places outside London

respond in a perfectly normal

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fashion, they get on with it. People

from other countries find it strange

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that the weather is such a constant

source of conversation for British

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people and for the Daily Express.

Once again, this shows that as a

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country we cannot deal with our

infrastructure, the transport

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infrastructure is not particularly

able to deal with a dusting of snow

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and it is not that unusual when we

find this chaos at airports and no

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doubt there will be significant

chaos tomorrow morning. It is

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December, it snowed!

It has been

quite mild in recent winters?

We

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will have the classic English

conversation, today was slightly

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colder than yesterday and tomorrow

will be slightly warmer!

It is

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psychological as much as anything.

There is an economic productivity

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equation and this will affect

enormous numbers of people, perhaps

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it is the people writing about it,

the journalists in London and

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photographers going nearby, we know

all about that, I will get a phone

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call saying, I am in Scotland and

you are lightweights in London.

But

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it makes for the beautiful picture.

The front page of the Financial

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Times. An interesting story here

about Labour and its policy on the

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Bank of England?

Labour have asked

consultants to look into a series of

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issues, not just do with the Bank of

England, and one suggestion they are

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considering is moving some functions

of the Bank of England to Birmingham

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Six and thinking about whether or

not the governor should be based in

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Birmingham. Labour are also talking

about creating two new institutions,

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the national investment bank and the

strategic investment bank and those

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might be Birmingham. A separate

financial hub in Britain's second

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city and as someone who is

hopelessly part of the London

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bubble, when I go to places like

Birmingham Six for party

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conferences, it always strikes me

that they have these really big

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financial centres in our major

cities, it is not just in London. We

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have centres across the country and

I like the idea of decentralisation

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and less focus on London. But I

worry that this idea that the

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governor should be based in

Birmingham, that is just fluff. It

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doesn't matter. He will spend his

time in London all the time anyway.

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In terms of building new

infrastructure, it is interesting

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and exciting, it will not win many

votes and I am sure people in the

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Bank of England will be horrified at

this headline, should they wish to

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stay in London. But there are lots

of advantages to staying outside of

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the capital, I am told!

Reliably

told by pigeons! Caroline, there

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must be some sense that the economy

does need to be rebalanced? This is

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what the policy, whether you like it

or not, is aiming to do?

We heard

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George Osborne before departing the

Cabinet with his great Northern

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Powerhouse and even though he has

left, the wheels of that continue to

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turn successfully beyond the borders

of the Watford gap. I can only add

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my voice to toady's, it is

refreshing as somebody who, not as a

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victim, but you get into this matter

centric bubble, thinking things only

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happen in London, it is refreshing,

when you go to places beyond the

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city walls and he realised there is

a lot going on, culturally,

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socially, artistically, and if it

takes an economic shift of the

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weight of the Bank of England, then

so be it.

The front page of the

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Telegraph. A little bit more signed

to enhance our environment, tills

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ringing to the side of these

transactions.

I am horrified by this

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story. Marketing employees and visa

have spent one year choosing the

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perfect noise that can single speed

and convenience! It says the company

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has been running a complete

vibration at users feel through the

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phone claiming they are entering a

new era of sensory branding. God

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help us all! I don't think I want by

phone to vibrate a certain way.

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Obviously, they think there is some

currency in this because Visa have

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put a lot of effort into this but I

am not sure if they have done much

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market testing, I am not

particularly in favour of sensory

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branding.

Any idea of what this

energetic and optimistic sound bite

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big? I love the idea that you are

immune to sensory branding.

I

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thought this meant bespoke. I

thought every time I went to a shop

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I would get my own, personal signed

and I was sinking, which song or

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bridge or ref would like? Van Halen?

That would get me going! Lots of

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people who are not of our generation

perhaps will have more fun with this

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and we might?

Lets move back to the

front page of The Times and the

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story that Caroline really wanted to

talk about! What the Queen really

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did next and writing on the crime,

you have spent many hours of your

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life in the interests of research...

So, the Queen, series two, for the

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uninformed, has landed on Netflix

and Tony has watched even more than

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me. It is quite brilliant but it

does raise the question because

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Peter Morgan, the scriptwriter,

calls this a combination of error

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and dense research, some very

informed speculation and some quite

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rightful dramatic tendencies so we

have ended up with this incredibly

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powerful inside story of the

monarchy in the second half of the

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20th century.

Dramatic tendencies?

Playing around with what really

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happened? Just some necessary

borrowing from the wardrobe, the

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dress up wardrobe. For all intents

and purposes, for me, this has shed

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light on chapters of history I did

not know enough about, the Suez

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crisis, the Macmillan government,

that is promised in this series,

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Tony is cross with the JFK arrival,

but...

There is a more fundamental

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point, I understand artistic

license, implying that the Duke of

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Edinburgh's father blamed him for

the death of his sister in a plane

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crash is not an inaccuracy or

playing with history or received

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wisdom, that is just a lie and that

is wrong and someone of the... It is

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not true and any amount of artistic

license does not change the fact

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that this is not just on true but

deeply hurtful to the Duke of

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Edinburgh.

Who will not watch this

and when asked, don't be ridiculous

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will be the answer!

He is immune to

sensory branding! It is a version of

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history that is demonstrably not

true.

We will leave it there for the

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moment.

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That's it for The Papers this hour.

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Thank you, Tony and Caroline.

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You'll both be back at 11.30pm

for another look at the stories

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making the news tomorrow.

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Coming up next, it's

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