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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 Kevin Schofield, Editor

of PoliticsHome and Rachel Shabi,

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Journalist and Broadcaster.

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Lets give you a flavour of the

papers as a whole.

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Lets give you a flavour

of the papers as a whole.

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The I leads on Brexit,

with trade talks due

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to take place in weeks,

as negotiations move

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onto the second phase.

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The FT reports on a

U-turn by Ryanair,

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reversing a decision to recognise

pilot unions for the first time,

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in the hope of avoiding

strikes over Christmas.

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The Times reports on the fallout

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of a collapsed rape trial,

after police failed

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to disclose evidence -

it says some senior barristers

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suggest it's just the

"tip of the iceberg".

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The Telegraph says eight

in ten rural homes

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and businesses are mobile phone

blackspots, amid concerns some

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countryside communities

are being "left behind".

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The Mirror leads with

claims that some hospital

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nurses are having to pay up

to £1,300 a year just

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to park at work.

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The Express reports on a study

claiming that shedding

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weight could be the key

to combating rheumatoid arthritis.

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The Sun looks at next

year's Royal wedding -

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to be held on the same day at the FA

Cup final, on Saturday, 19th May

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And "what a right royal

own goal" says the Mail,

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expressing concern that next year's

nuptials will be a clash

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for millions of football fans.

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Brexit trade talks, Kevin, the i say

it could be kicking off in weeks,

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what a joy.

Donald Tusk the European

Council president hinted today that

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trade talks, which the Prime

Minister and government are

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desperate to move on to trade talks.

What happened today is a formal

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rubber-stamping of agreement phase

one being dealt with and moving on

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to face two, it was a formality

after the agreement last week. A lot

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of excitement around that. It took

the tension out of the summit in the

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last couple of days. Maybe start to

look forward to phase two. The

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negotiating document the European

Commission put out today stressed

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that trade talks formally wouldn't

start until March, which is three

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months away when you consider we

have to be out by March 2000 19. The

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clock really is ticking. I think it

caused a fair bit of nervousness in

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Whitehall. But they've been having a

nod and wink that informal trade

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talks can begin. Which should

hopefully pave the way for some kind

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of deal. Theresa May wants a trade

deal to be done by the time we leave

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in 18 months' time, 15 months' time.

The EU has said, it's something you

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can finalise after you've left. So

there is this is still a big gap

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between getting to this stage, it's

been the easy part even though it

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seemed difficult. This will be

really tough.

They say in i they

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praise Theresa May's role in ending

the stand-off but it's been a

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gruelling six months. Where do you

think Theresa May is that all of

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this?

It feels like longer than six

months. Where she is is where we

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always knew she would be. Having to

agree to the framework that the EU

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has set. She could have done that a

long time ago. We could have saved

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ourselves nine months and had nine

months more to negotiate. I think

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it's been mismanaged by the

Conservative government. Of course

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now we are looking at, yes, the EU

is saying we're not going to start

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talking about trade until March, but

to be fair, it's not as though the

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Conservative government has said to

them what they want in those trade

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talks. The cabinet is meeting next

week to have their first

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conversation about this, something

they've been avoiding all this time.

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Because the Cabinet is so divided

over this.

It's interesting if we

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look onto the FT weekend, we've got

a big piece on this, Theresa May

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given green light in Brexit talks.

Tucked away is a quote from Angela

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Merkel, German Chancellor, saying

Britain has to tell us what they

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want. The most difficult phase is

yet to come. Where is the vision is

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the question a lot of people are

asking.

You hit the nail on the

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head, the Cabinet is so split,

you've got the Remainer element of

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Philip Hammond, Amber Rudd. Against

Michael Gove, David Davis, Boris

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Johnson, these hard Brexiteers. The

Prime Minister's way of handling it

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has almost been don't talk about it

until we have two. It is called the

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end estate discussion. What Britain

wants Brexit to look like come March

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2000 19. It's remarkable, 18 months

since the referendum and they

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haven't got around to talking about

what they want Brexit to look like.

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We were told it would happen before

the end of the year which means only

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one more Cabinet before Christmas,

which is on Tuesday. It's going to

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be a bit of a ding-dong I would have

thought. At the same time, they

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won't come to any conclusions.

They'll be having a say because they

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can't agree.

Again I think this is

entirely her mismanagement, she

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could have said, and this would have

been... This is true of a 48-52

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result referendum anyway but

especially true after the election

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which quite clearly returned to

parliament a mandate for a much

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softer version of withdrawal from

the EU than she and her government

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has been planning. She could have

resolved this 18 months ago.

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Certainly since the election since

saying... There is no constituency

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amongst the nation for anything like

the kind of Brexiteer extremists in

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my Cabinet are advocating, so we're

not doing it and that's it. She

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could have resolved that with better

leadership.

She could have not had a

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general election. Rachel, delve

inside. Page two of the sun, they've

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got this headline, don't cash our

bricks checked yet. They say there

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are these sticking points that could

bring things to ahead again.

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Particularly on the issue of the

money. Saying you can't have it

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until you've agreed this, this and

this.

May be realistic to the sun.

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Probably not to anyone dealing with

these negotiations.

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Greasy, we talked about the

infighting in Conservative

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government. There was this talk of

possible rebellion this coming week

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but they seem to have had that one

off.

This was a self-inflicted wound

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by the Prime Minister, about a month

or so ago she brought forward an

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amendment to her own bill saying the

data Brexit, 11pm on the 29th of

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March 2019 must be on the face of

the bill. She gave it to the Daily

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Telegraph. A cynic would suggest it

was only done to get a nice headline

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in the Daily Telegraph. It was to

make her look quite tough and

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pander, almost, to the Brexit wing

of the party. She got beaten early

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in the week for the first time on

the withdrawal bill. There was a

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hard-core of Tory rebels. She was

looking at another defeat on this

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amendment on the Brexit dates next

week. Looks as though tonight there

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has been a climb-down, she's managed

to get other Tory MPs to put forward

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a slightly diluted version of the

amendment, which the Remain rebels

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have said they will vote for. She's

not going to lose the vote next

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week. It is again how weak her

position is, this was supposed to be

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heard test of strength. She's had to

back down.

What more Brexit story

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before we move on, in the Scottish

times, an Angolan immigration

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control. Economic worries. With the

uncertainty of Brexit. We've had the

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SNP budget. This is coming home to

roost, people thinking, what happens

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next?

This is what is coming next.

Now we've moved on to the bit where

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we discuss trade with the EU, this

is going to come back onto the

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agenda. The relationship between

immigration control and the economy.

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Hence the Scottish times, The Times

in Scotland, Leeds with this story

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of how the Scottish economy is being

stifled by uncertainty. Over

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immigration and trade, which is

suppressing wages. It is also making

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businesses lack confidence and lack

capacity to make decisions around

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investment. It is, of course, that

dilemma. Because throughout there

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has been this fact, sorry to have to

use the word, but it is a fact, the

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economy is adversely impacted.

Various sectors are starting to

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suffer, particularly the NHS, which

is in a recruitment crisis because

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nurses especially, and doctors, from

the EU, no longer want to come here.

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Partly because they have no

guarantee of what their work and

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living conditions will be, partly

because the UK has become a hostile

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place, in terms of turning landlords

and hospitals and doctors into

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border police.

Has it become a

hostile place?

Absolutely it has

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become a hostile place.

Hostile

elements, I'm not the country is

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hostile.

When we talk about

landlords refusing anyone without a

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British passport a lease, I would

describe that as hostile.

That is a

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hostile act... But...

Visa hostile

conditions. I don't think everybody

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in the UK is hostile, I don't think

people from every person in the UK

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as hostile. The climate in this

country is hostile.

Let's come away

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from Brexit because that takes us

into calmer waters. Back to the

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Financial Times, a story about

Ryanair and another feisty character

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in the form of Michael O'Leary.

We've seen something of a change in

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the position of Ryanair.

The Prime

Minister has had to back down on

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this amendment. Ryanair have had to

back down. Michael O'Leary the chief

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executive has consistently spoken

against trade representation for his

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pilots. Now he's had this ongoing

dispute with pilots, Christmas is

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coming, clearly this is the worst

possible time of year for them to

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have cancellations. He's basically

read the writing on the wall. A

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remarkable U-turn given his record.

A Christmas miracle.

He says he'll

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recognise unions as a way of getting

an agreement with the pilots to get

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the planes back in the air because

they do not want... Something like

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20,000 flights were cancelled in the

summer, which was disruptive enough,

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people missing out on their

holidays. People want to fly home

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for Christmas and that is probably

worse.

I feel like you've almost

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burst into song, driving home for

Christmas.

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To the Times, they lead on a

different story. We looked at the

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times in Scotland, the immigration

story. In England, The Times

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focusing on this rape case, which

has fallen apart because of a load

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of evidence that never made it to

the defence team casebook. It has

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opened up a whole issue about

whether this is happening more

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widely.

A road kick that collapsed

because at the 11th hour evidence

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was given to the defence that

exonerated someone who had spent to

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years on bail with the threat of a

six-year conviction hanging over

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them. The time is now say there are

more cases like this, that, you

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know, this is something that wasn't

just a one-off in terms of how the

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police handle evidence. They think

we need to be careful how we handle

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this story. Because there is a quote

here from someone from the criminal

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bar Association, saying the failure

with a rape case, that we heard

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about yesterday, was not an isolated

incident, and police and the CPS

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might be unconsciously biased

towards people who report... That

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cannot be the case.

Flying in the

face of what we normally say.

If

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that were the case, the rape

conviction case would be higher than

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5%. It seems to me not necessarily a

very helpful comment to make in that

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context are very valid claims, about

the way police and the CPS handle

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evidence, which might also be

related to funding and having to

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operate with cuts.

More to say on

that story but I'll delve into the

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Daily Mail. What a right royal own

goal, this is about the date of

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Harry and Megan's wedding.

Incredible, of all the Saturdays

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they could have picked, they picked

the same day as the FA Cup final. I

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got married in May and it was at the

back of my mind because a lot of my

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friends coming down from Scotland I

knew were big football fans, I

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thought it's not on the same day as

a cup final. It wasn't, I was

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telling Rigel earlier, my mum and

dad got married on the date of the

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cup final, Scottish cup final, 1971.

My dad is a big Celtic fan, Celtic

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were in the final, so he missed the

final. It went to replay and he cut

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short his honeymoon. Came home.

Quite a good test bed for the bride

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to see how serious her husband is.

You think, is he going to be fully

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concentrating on the wedding have

his mind on the football.

It is of

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this story turned up one of the

reasons it ended up on the same day

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as cup finals is because they

decided they couldn't have it the

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Friday before because it would

necessitate a bank holiday. That is

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just mean.

I'd love a bank holiday.

Not only does it clash with the cup

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final but we've been deprived of an

extra holiday.

The suggestion is

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Prince William, president of the FA,

might have to sneak off quickly

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after the service.

They say they

will have a morning service so he

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can make it in time.

Right, to the

mirror, nurses, immigration, this is

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a big nurse story. Despicable is

just one word, the big headline.

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What is despicable according to the

Daily Mail.

We have got many

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details.

Not a lot to go on.

The

focus for the mirror is the 14 day

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Christmas TV Guide. Nurses are

having to pay for parking. Which

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seems extraordinary, the amounts

they are having to pay, especially

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since we already know we have this

seven year pay cap amongst other

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things. They are facing huge crisis,

financially. We heard through this

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year, nurses having to use food

banks and generally finding it very

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hard to stay afloat. It reminds me

of one of the things in the Labour

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Party manifesto, to provide free

parking for NHS staff as well as

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visitors. Starting to see the sense

of introducing something like that.

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They say £1300 a year.

A lot of

money.

You have to feed the meter at

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hospitals.

You assume it's a

separate car park. The Daily

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Telegraph, let's whizz through. They

have this story about town versus

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country, a technological divide.

What is this?

Eight in ten homes in

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rural areas are essentially mobile

phone blackspots. Can't send text

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messages, can't go on the Internet.

This is a piece of research, back-up

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plans by the government to loosen

planning laws, so more mobile phone

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masts can go up. It can be bad

enough in London, but nothing

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compared to rural areas in this day

and age where people do so much

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online, people work from home. Not

being able to access a mobile

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Internet coverage, it's almost like

running water and heat and light

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these days, people just assume...

They ought to have it.

Difficult to

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go about your normal business

without access.

Holding business

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back, small businesses especially

say this particularly hinders

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development and growth. It's

frustrating to hear about nationwide

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these things holding the economy

back

we shouldn't have to put up

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with this type of... Especially the

postcode lottery, if you live in a

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rural area, that is the price you

have to pay, you can't phone anyone.

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We can't avoid ending with a little

bit of sparkle, a bit of

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Glitterball. In the Daily Express.

Debbie McGee, aged 59, is doing so

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brilliantly on strictly. What I want

to be the dancing Queen.

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Highlighting it is the strictly

final, should we be excited, will

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you be watching? I mean, everyone is

excited. She's been great, really

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inspiring throughout and, you know,

I think she's...

I just wonder...

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She's 59, in great shape, such high

praise from the judges.

I wonder

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whether she has the... I haven't

watched very closely all series

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because my eldest's daughter is mad

on it, I wonder if she is popular

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with the public because I remember

her being in the dance-off a few

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weeks ago despite doing really well.

I wonder whether the public don't

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quite want her to win it, that's

my... Top tip.

The favourite is Joe,

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is done very well and has been

capturing hearts along the way.

A

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very good Scottish contestant.

Your

money is on him as well? We don't

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see any buyers.

Completely

impartial.

6:30pm tomorrow night, a

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little plug for the strictly final

if people want uplift in these

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impossibly bleak times. Thank you to

Kevan at Rachel, that is all from

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the papers. You can see the front

pages of the papers online and on

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the website.

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If you missed the programme on any

evening you can watch it again

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online. Thank you to Kevin Schofield

and Rachel Shabi, that's all from us

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tonight. Good night.

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