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We'll hear Mark Kermode's thoughts

on that, and the rest of the week's

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top cinema releases,

in The Film Review.

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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 Benedicte Paviot,

UK Correspondent at the French

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broadcaster France 24,

and the defence editor

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of the Evening Standard, Robert Fox.

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The Observer leads on Brexit,

and warnings from Tory peers

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that they will vote

against the government in Parliament

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if the Prime Minister tries to bully

them into supporting an extreme

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version of leaving the EU.

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The Sunday Telegraph's front

page features an article

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by the Prime Minister with a quote

"I've proved doubters wrong".

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And another of its stories

highlights changes to company

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pensions, and new government plans

reduce the automatic enrolment age

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from 22 to 18.

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In the Sunday Times,

as well as their lead

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on Boris Johnson's warning

on Brexit, there's a story

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on tuition fees, with the former

universities minister

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David Willetts, saying he wants

an urgent government review to scrap

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high interest rates

on loan repayments.

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Theresa May writes

in The Sunday Express,

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saying she will not be 'derailed'

from her duty to deliver

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the public's decision

to leave the EU.

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The Mail on Sunday claims left-wing

trolls sent abuse to the pregnant

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wife of a Tory MP after he heckled

Jeremy Corbyn over his age.

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Let's get started. The Sunday

Telegraph, first of all. Robert, you

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can start us off. Theresa May says

she has proved doubters wrong. One

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might think she had a very tough

week, but she sounds rather

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triumphant.

It is rather like

somebody who has taken too deep a

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scuba-dive, and has at last broken

the surface. A rather elaborate

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metaphor, that you can almost hear

her gills heaving in and out.

She

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has survived, is what you are

saying.

She is saying, strong and

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stable, one wonders if she will

declare another election! There is a

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certain quiet triumphalism. She sees

even her near rivals in utter

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confusion. The thing that she is not

focusing on, which she knows is the

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problem, is Parliament. Lots of

stuff in the papers over the weekend

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about Parliament having its say,

from quite extraordinary, well, very

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interesting, I should say, Tory

voices. That means that if the

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battle ahead. In the Express peace,

which is related, she does a piece

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for them, and she has an interview

with the Sunday Telegraph, but she

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insists that it is her duty to

deliver your democratic decision.

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Brexit means Brexit. The trouble is,

very few of us really know the

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implication of what Brexit is going

to mean, five years hence.

Well,

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what do you think? How was the Prime

Minister doing? Is she getting over

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the idea that this is all actually

going quite well, really, despite

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everything?

Well, she is still in

the job.

That's the point. She's

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still standing. I don't know if she

has been taking any tips from the

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sidestepping, waltzing and tangling,

it takes two to tango in Strictly.

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She has tweeted about this. She is

Strictly standing, she is strictly

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defined. She is very much claiming

victory for getting that green light

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of phase one two phase two. -- phase

one to says two. But there are

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challenges looming. She says in this

Telegraph article that she has

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proved the doubters wrong. She has

other challenges which are coming in

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the days ahead. It will be a crunch

week, because there is going to be

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this cabinets preparing to discuss

for the first time.

The full

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Cabinet, but... It is just going to

be the opening cannonade, as we

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know. One of the things that we are

not discussing and I am sure it will

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come up over this holiday period is

whether she is going to change her

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team. Because one of the really bad

moments was when David Davis was

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asked by the House of Commons

committee, have you done the stress

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tests on what's the impact will be

on the British economy? And he said

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no. It then turned out that civil

servants in his and other

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departments had started doing them.

But they had come up with some

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figures that they didn't

particularly like. I can see a move

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around going on.

OK...

Damon Green,

that is the other challenge that the

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Sunday Telegraph is talking about.

That is a big, looming challenge

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ahead on the fate of Damian Green.

And the fact that her embattled

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deputy could go. Could go as early

as this week, according to the

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Sunday Telegraph. Besides the fact

that she needs a united Cabinet

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which she obviously doesn't have.

You've got what I been called be

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divergers and the liners.

Let's go

onto one large character in this,

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Boris. Brexit must leave us a vassal

state. I think this phrase, vassal

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state, that will pass into the

language for a week or two.

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CROSSTALK. What is he actually

saying?

It is interesting. This will

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worry the Prime Minister, this lead

article in the Sunday Times, Brexit

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mustn't leave us as a vassal state.

Boris is going to be making an

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intervention, it would seem, in the

coming days, to what he says is the

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government seeking to maximise the

benefits of Brexit. Failing to get

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an agreement which allows

divergences mean that the UK

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could...

That we wouldn't be in the

European Union, we would still be

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shadowing it as far as all the

regulations are concerned, in the

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transition years?

Correct. That

makes a Boris Johnson extremely

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unhappy. Clearly this is also

pointed reference to Philip Hammond,

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what he said in China, about

wallowing during the implementation

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period or the transition period,

whatever we want to call it, for two

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years. -- following. Following all

the rules of the EU, while not being

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part of it any more.

Robert, this is

where we see the cracks in the

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Cabinet. Not just cracks, yawning

gaps.

I think the wonderful abuse of

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the English language, of the

political and which which comes up,

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as you say, we have the Jacob

Rees-Mogg thing. We cannot be a

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colony of the EU for two years.

Colony! On, get over yourself.

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Equally, Boris Johnson says Philip

Hammond, this is a quote, "We can

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have a very original economy". I

hope it isn't too original in Boris'

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terms, because he is no economist.

This is so strange. Just to draw

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that together, he is obviously

cooking up an arrangement with

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Philip Hammond. Let's do this

together, and it is an interesting

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duopoly, it is a meeting of

opposites.

Yes, as far apart as they

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could possibly be.

And

temperamentally. Philip Hammond is a

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tremendous man of details. Nobody

has ever seriously accused Maurice

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Johnson of being that.

Speaking very

briefly about the tone of the

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debate, which is invoked by Boris

Johnson, he has apparently rounded

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on hardcore Eurosceptics who called

for the deselection of 11

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Conservative MPs to help defeat the

government last week.

The famous

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rebels.

There have been death

threats. He says this is absolutely

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obscene and I think this is very

important, the fact that Boris

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Johnson makes this point in the lead

article.

Let's move on. Robert, I

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think it is your turn again.

Automatic pensions. This is the

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Observer, automatic pensions for

young people at work.

Well, they are

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saying that any young person in

employment earning £10,000 and over

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must go into the pension scheme,

must go into the general

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dispensation. This is a small detail

which is almost cosmic. Certainly it

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has huge implications. It comes to

this point, too many pensioners, too

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many non-productive people, and how

on earth are we going to keep public

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and private pension system is going

as the pop relation gets older? --

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population. This is a step towards

it. One of the things that we do

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know is that young people do pull it

off the evil hour, such as it is,

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but it is in there a summation, of

buying into a pension scheme. The

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fact is that with the present

welfare dispensation, I'm talking

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about 15, 20, 25 years from now, it

is unsustainable. So they are trying

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to get young people to buy in and

say very early on.

Any resonance

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here with what goes on with

President Macron in France, and the

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source of reforms he wanted to do? I

don't know what the pension

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situation their makers, but are

there any similarities?

Well, France

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also has an ageing population. And

people lower down the scale are hard

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pressed to save enough money.

Well,

that is the point, if you are

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earning £10,000 or more, certainly

in the London area, that would be a

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pittance.

There are no tuition fees

in France, though. So you do not

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begin your adult life of the 1000 or

whatever it is in doubt.

It is also

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the problem that people are living

so much longer entering state

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pensions and other benefits. I mean,

it has suddenly expanded in the last

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20 years to an extraordinary degree.

When the 65-year-old pensioner

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exists, the maximum average of state

employers, drawing pensions, that

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averaged 13 years. It would be

double that now.

It is. It is almost

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23 years now.

Let's move on to a

Christmas time story. Amazon faces

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Christmas parcels enquiry on the

front page of the Sunday Telegraph.

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Parcels not arriving in time. Do you

use Amazon?

I do occasionally use

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Amazon but I am not an is on prime

subscriber, unlike my fellow

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reviewer, who pays £79 a year, I

gather. -- Amazon Prime. Because he

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has been promised deliveries within

two days.

And it is those people who

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have been let down?

Yes. They are

not happy. Interestingly, Amazon's

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helpdesk has apologised, saying that

this is a busy time of year. Wow,

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funny, that. Sometimes it is 48

hours and at other times it isn't. I

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think the smile that is on the side

of the Amazon parcels will have been

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wiped off some of those boxes when

they arrive late.

Big, bad company

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time for you, is it?

(INAUDIBLE).

What was that? They will make a huge

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amount of money, a huge amount of

sales over Christmas. £1.4 billion

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in 2016 in profit. It is better to

promise three days, don't promise

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two days and then say it is a busy

time.

I want to take your points

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about the image of Amazon. One of

the things that was chilling, which

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came out of the story of the Murdoch

deal, Murdoch selling to Disney,

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your media editor spelt it out

fantastically. The world of

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communication is going to be

dominated by three or four, possibly

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five giants. That is why I said,

unfortunately, it is not going to be

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the BBC. One of the really big ones

is going to be Amazon. The fact is

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that they have an image problem.

They have a severe image problem

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because they run roughshod over some

of the people that are contracted

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indie gig economy to deliver for

them, and this high-handed attitude

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which you have indicated here.

You

have suffered from this, you've got

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parcels you are expecting... Herston

Mark it may not necessarily be

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Amazon's fault, there is quite a

look bit of stealing going on.

But I

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have had parcels which never

arrived. You do need a reliable

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service. I do love Amazon, but we

are still talking about books,

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thankfully.

If you want a book go to

your local bookseller.

You have to

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be prepared to pay for that, but I

agree entirely.

On to another story.

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Robert, you can start as on this

one. Royal wedding fever. The

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Sundays press FrontPage, at hotel

room £629. Have you booked your

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hotel room for the royal wedding in

Windsor?

Talk about cheese eating

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surrender monkey, I am going to be

in Italy guiding a tour when it

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happens.

And I shall be on the high

seas.

So neither of you will be

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watching that, or the FA Cup? I will

not be shedding a tear from either

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Michael. This is a fabulous piece,

my esteemed colleague and I had a

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problem, we are told that 90% of

hotel space is in Windsor are booked

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out. -- 98% of hotel spaces. But

come on, how many hotel spaces are

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there in Windsor? We asked

everything on our smartphones and

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they cannot tell us.

There are quite

a few hotels in Windsor. So, this is

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a story that I am sure the French

are grouped and fascinated by, and

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you will be covering it right the

way through to the bitter end?

Well,

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I haven't booked my hotel, which

is... I've been concentrating too

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much on Brexit. I do know that I

will be there.

Have you got your

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glossy 2018 royal calendar?

Finally,

quickly, come on. There is a picture

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of people on the front page holding

up a glitter ball, because they are

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the winners of...

Yes, 42, the

oldest champion in the BBC's show's

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history. We should also point out he

had a fantastic Strictly Come

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Dancing partner. Full credit to her.

We wondered if you could give us the

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inside story as an excavator?

I

might do, after this.

Is it going to

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be in your memoirs?

It might be. Did

you watch the programme?

I didn't,

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but added watch the final, which was

quite interesting. The real star of

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this, you are quite right, it is Ms

Jones. It is only the second time

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around for her. She did wonderful

choreography. The other thing that

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is slightly, you know, I get a tear

in my ire with the Reverend Richard

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Coles, who was wonderful. -- eye. It

was so professional, the final. All

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of those competitors, actually, the

season of goodwill, they worked

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jolly hard.

We will have to lever to

there.

You can help Lexia 's

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competitors. -- next year's.

That is

all from the papers. Thank you to

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Benedicte Paviot and Robert Fox. Up

next, The Film Review.

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