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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 Lord Digby Jones, Former

Trader Minister and Henry Bonsu,

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broadcaster and campaigner.

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Tomorrow's front pages.

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Metro devotes its entire front page

to the engagement photo

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of Prince Harry and Meghan Merkel.

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The paper wishes its

readers a Merry Kissmass.

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The I claims that the Health

Secretary, Jeremy Hunt,

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wants to take over as Deputy Prime

Minister following the

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departure of Damian Green.

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The Express headlines details

of what it's calling

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a breakthrough on Alzheimers.

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The Financial Times shows

an image of Nikki Haley,

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the US ambassador to the UN

who has warned that the US will not

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forget countries who voted

against its decision to recognise

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Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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The Daily Mirror leads with a report

about an alleged Russian spy

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who visited No 10 as part

of a Ukrainian delegation.

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The Telegraph features claims

from Boris Johnson that Damian Green

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was the victim of a 'vendetta'

by retired Met Police officers.

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The Times has a similar story,

alongside another picture of

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the recently-engaged royal couple.

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And the Guardian says that tens

of thousands of NHS patients

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will have their surgeries cancelled

this winter to help avoid a crisis

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across the health service.

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That is a flavour of the front

pages. We can dip into some of

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those. Digby, Jeremy Hunt is after a

promotion?

That is a statement of

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the obvious, isn't it. People go

into politics to be Prime Minister

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and any politician who tells you

they don't is not often telling you

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the whole truth. Yes, they want to

change society and change their

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country but they do want power. I'm

not at all surprised. I'm not

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passing judgment on whether he would

be good or not, but I'm not

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surprised that he would be on the

move. There are two ways, he will be

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in the bars and the corridors and he

will be saying, if I was to suggest

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I might be, would you support me,

that is a manoeuvre, the concept of,

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oh, what a good idea. The other

thing, if you notice what they are

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saying the headline, the Health

Secretary is on the move, claims

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Cabinet colleagues. If you also

wanted to become the Deputy Prime

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Minister is one of the best ways of

getting rid of a competitor for the

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job is to put it out that someone

else wants the job. He who wields

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the knife is often not the one who

becomes the King. One takes this

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with a huge dose of salt because

many people will say, let's trash

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Jeremy Dennis, this puts him out of

the game and clears the field from

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the -- Jeremy for this. Politics is

a dirty business.

I'm not sure

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Jeremy Hunt is on any greater

manoeuvres than anybody else, the

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only evidence in this piece is a

quote from a Cabinet member who says

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he is deeply ambitious and seems

convinced he has a good chance of

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greater things at if you look at

Jeremy Hunt's career, it hasn't been

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stellar, it has been controversial,

but also a safe pair of hands with

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health. Before that he was culture

minister. When David Cameron asked

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ministers to take a campus cut in

their budget, he volunteered 20%, he

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is able to go clean skin -- take a

10% cut. He is a flexible friend and

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maybe that is what you need as the

deputy prime minister.

He shifted

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from opposing Brexit to supporting

it, with an increased social media

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profile.

Interesting point. He has

taken to social media over the top

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of the usual routes.

What was that

mean?

If you look at a lot of what

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Jeremy Corbyn did in the election

and what Trump does in America, I'm

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not talking about the messages, but

if you look at the route to market,

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to the consumer, the voter, what

they are doing, they are ignoring

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the usual routes and the usual media

channels and the press briefings,

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and Jeremy Hunt is going straight

over the top of all of that, and

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getting quite the Severus in his

tweets. -- white angry.

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He is quite a blind person.

He's

trying to put a bit of character

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into his profile.

-- bland.

Now The

Daily Telegraph.

Boris Johnson says

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that Damian Green was the victim of

a vendetta, although he does not

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back this up with much. Theresa May

has also shared the concerns across

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the political spectrum about the

conduct of two retired police

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officers Neil Lewis and Bob Quick,

who were in a position to know what

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was found on Damian Green's

computer. They then leaked this to

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the media and it appears they may

have broken the law and the knives

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are out for them in the Tory party

and also some sections of the media.

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And it worries me, it asks a big

question about the trust equation

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between the public and the police.

Because when it happens with

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personalities, they will always take

sides because they have people to

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defend and they have reputations to

protect but if you look at people we

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have never heard of, in the high

street tonight, and the police doing

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it, they will say, you are going to

tuck me up like you tut. Damian

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Green, and then there is a lawyer

somewhere, and it worries me, the

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behaviour of these retired officers

could damage some good policeman

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doing a good and difficult job, and

also of course, in public life,

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people might think, I'm not going to

be an MP is look at what happens to

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you. And then whether it is Labour,

liberal, Green Party or new cap,

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Conservative, you don't have good

people going into politics. -- or

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Ukip.

They will say this was in the

public interest because of what

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Damian Green was saying on

television, it was a conflict with

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what he said in private.

Let's move

on. Surgery cancelled over flu

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outbreak fears.

It is written in

this article, oh dear, oh no, this

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isn't GP surgeries, this surgery as

an operations. They have been

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cancelled because of flu outbreak

fears and this is written from a

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critical point of view. I think it

is very good planning. What they are

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saying is, if there is flu in the

next few weeks the stretched NHS

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will get past breaking point, so you

are bound to get the problems you

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have with that, ambulances waiting

with people in the corridors, or the

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rest of it, and flew in the old and

the young, it is a killer, and

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therefore, for once, the NHS is

showing a bit of forecasting

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management and everything else, and

tired my rid. It is a shame The

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Daily Telegraph is riding about is

if we should be critical of it --

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and flooring it up.

The quote at the

end, the NHS national director, the

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public should use pharmacies and the

NHS 111 system and have flu jabs if

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eligible. I am eligible but I didn't

have mine.

I had mine. I would like

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to say one thing, the real solution

to the NHS problem of crowding and

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stretching, a lot of it is the lack

of a connection with social

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services, and social care. In the

village where we lived there is a

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lady who can get home for Christmas,

she's coming after a very serious

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accident, paralysed below the waist,

the NHS have done a great job with

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this woman, and they are ready to

say, you can go, and release a bed

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for someone else. Social services

are saying, we are not ready few.

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And it all costs money.

-- we are

not ready for you.

It all has quads

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aggressors. -- it all has

consequences.

That bed could be used

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by a flu patient.

Henry, trade deal,

take it or leave it, they are

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looking ahead to what may happen in

a few months' time.

This sounds

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threatening, and some people say

this is in line with what the FT has

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been pushing for some time.

The

propaganda.

You might say that.

At

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last it worked.

LAUGHTER

This is based on a couple of

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sources, a senior government

official, and so we have got to look

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at these sources.

It is a propaganda

sheet.

This is a very highly

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respected global newspaper. This

person says the commission will

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prepare a take it or leave it

proposal, a Canada, threadbare

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Canada proposal and the other source

is a top EU diplomat who says the UK

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is still in Brexit Lala land and

they need to understand winter is

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coming.

I actually hope we are now

into another negotiation, added is

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in the interests of the EU that they

get a good trade deal -- and it is.

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I know that.

It doesn't help when a

lot of unaccounted and unaccountable

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and unelected officials in Brussels

start negotiations in this way.

We

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are well into the negotiations.

If

it was the other way round and a

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British official had said this you

would be the first to say this is

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dreadful.

Our politicians say all

kinds of things, like go whistle.

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Why isn't the FT writing something

once about how the EU treats us.

The

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FT is a very respectable newspaper.

Yes, I take it every day, but they

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are losing my respect because they

are so biased, their coverage.

You

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might see that as biased because you

Brexiteer.

I am going to call a

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truce at that point. I was richly

entertained.

And informed.

Exactly.

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And none the wiser.

Exactly as Lord

Rees said it should always be! --

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Lord Rees.

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Let's move on. Metro now.

Yes, if

you put this up.

It will happen any

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second. A lovely photograph will

appear on screen.

The palace have

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put out a couple of photographs to

celebrate the royal engagement and

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one looks a bit posed and the other

one looks fabulous. And on this cold

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night with a lot of grief and

anguish in the world, tomorrow

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morning people will go to work and

they will pick up their copy of the

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paper and I think that is the most

lovely photograph of the Digby has

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his N'Zogbia pulse on the finger of

the nation. Isn't it a lovely

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picture?

-- Digby has his pulse on

the finger of the nation.

Yes, the

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official engagement photographs of

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We

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needed that.

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Don't forget you can see the front

pages of the papers online

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on the BBC News website.

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It's all there for you -

seven days a week at

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bbc.co.uk/papers - and if you miss

the programme any

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evening you can watch it

later on BBC iPlayer.

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As Digby hinted, they will be back

at 1130. Thanks for joining us.

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Goodbye.

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