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successful crime writers ever. We

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will be talking about the book The

Seagull. That is on Meet the Author.

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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead

to what the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are Lord Digby Jones,

Former Trader Minister

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and Henry Bonsu,

broadcaster and campaigner.

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Tomorrow's front pages,

starting with this.

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The Metro devotes its entire front

page to the engagement photo

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of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel.

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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 departure

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of Damien Green.

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The Express headlines details

of what it's calling

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a breakthrough on Alzheimer's.

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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 Number 10 as part

of a Ukrainian delegation.

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The Telegraph features claims

from Boris Johnson that Damien 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

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of 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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So, let's begin.

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The Telegraph. A Green vendetta from

the police.

Yes. Boris Johnson said

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the former Deputy Prime Minister

suffered a police vendetta. This is

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building up steam. Theresa May

echoed these concerns across the

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political spectrum. It is putting

increasing pressure on Cressida Dick

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to make sure things are properly

looked at. It does not tell us

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exactly what laws the police may

have broken. It refers vaguely to

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possible prosecutions and the

referral of this case to the

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Information Commissioner's Office.

They are not serving officers, so

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they have not broken the Official

Secrets Act, but there may be fines

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if they leak personal darter to the

data to the public. -- data to the

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public.

There is another aspect to

this article after that where it

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says in other developments, talking

about Kate, you had a bit of

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interview on your headlines, I think

there are a few things here where it

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has not been her finest hour.

Firstly, she was quoted, The

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Telegraph picked this up, she said

she did not want him to resign, she

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wanted an apology. That is

incredibly naive. I think she

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deserves an apology is that the I am

not talking about that. -- I am not.

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She must have known that seeking one

would lead to the other.

Did she not

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mean when she first took this

complaint to Downing Street sometime

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ago she wanted an apology back then?

That was my reading of it.

I agree.

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Quite right. The other point, she

has quoted here in The Telegraph,

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she said I have been through such a

terrible ordeal since reporting

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allegations that I advise other

women to stay silent. She should not

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have an ordeal. This society should

allow a person, woman or man, to

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say, look, you did this to me, that

is an allegation. It might be

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proven, it might not. No matter what

happens, no woman must have a stay

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silent. You will not stop this

dreadful behaviour by people if you

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do not let these people make

allegations.

It can be heard talking

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about what you can suffer by doing

this.

If you are in front of this

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camera, and whatever you say,

whatever you do, I just have to come

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out with one outspoken peace and be

politically incorrect and what

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people want to do to me is amazing.

And I am low in the latter. I am

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saying to people do not stop coming

out about this.

All of these

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allegations inside politics, they

must have good, robust

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whistleblowing procedures. People

will not feel confident to come

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forward otherwise.

The Times. It is

in the same territory.

I worry about

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this. That was a good summary. It is

quite similar. The Times has another

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angle. The police themselves, Ken

Marsh, the chairman of The Police

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Federation, he is turning around and

seen you should not have done this.

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The reason he is doing this is,

tonight, there are policemen, good

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and decent coppers, doing a good job

on the streets. A bond of trust

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between society and the police, they

do not carry guns by right like

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every policeman does in other

countries, they come from society

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and a police society. And that bond

of trust... Some people will say are

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you going to fit me up like Green?

It creates the impression the police

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cannot be trusted. The moment you do

that it makes the police job more

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difficult. Marsh is saying the

abhorrent actions... He is saying

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you are making my job hard.

The

police are in a position of power

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and have access to delicate

information they have to keep secret

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and only use when the law requires

them to do so.

These two would say

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they had public interest reasons to

do it which will be tested. The i.

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Jeremy Hunt and his political

aspirations.

He said on your

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programme he is a health man to his

core and passionate about his

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current job and has been in it for

five years. But some of his

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colleagues believe he is manoeuvring

and is touting his name around. He

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believes he has not reached the

Senate of his career and is deeply

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ambitious. He says he has a good

chance of greater things. -- zenith

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of his career. What is the specific

job that Deputy Prime Minister is

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to? -- Ministers do? He was a

Remainer, not a Brexiteer. He is

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active in social media. I remember

from university days many years ago,

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he is nice. He is a very nice and

bland conservative Christian chap.

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Is that a compliment?

It is. But he

is the kind of person that, when

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David Cameron... Yes. When asked if

he would implement in prison custody

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budget, he said 20%.

-- 10% budget

cuts, he said 20%. There is no empty

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seat at the moment.

There is a quote

on manoeuvring, putting the word out

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he wants a job. That is a claim from

other colleagues. If you were in the

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cabinet and wanted a job, get rid of

one of the people who wanted it more

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than you. So you put the word out he

has been making manoeuvres. Politics

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is a dirty game.

You are seeing more

manoeuvres than just one.

Yes. I

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would say at the end of the day if I

was Theresa May I would take some

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time and watch and wait. I am ending

stronger than many people thought I

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would. I would just keep the powder

dry and watch others break cover. If

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this does not work, they will break

cover, and you will see a scrap.

The

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Daily Mail. Boris Johnson's cyber

war threat with the Kremlin.

It is a

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real problem. We are in agreement

about this. What Boris Johnson is

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talking about is incredibly serious

from the business point of view.

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What I can tell you, one of the

greatest threats to business is

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cyber-attack. Not only do they ran

some things, if you do not pay, your

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products will be ruined, but also

stealing. -- ransom things. The

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public sector, you saw the issue

with the NHS months ago. Interfering

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with elections as wellthis goes to

the core of Western democratic

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values. Russian-made not be doing

it. We have to be careful. -- Russia

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may not. But someone is doing it.

This is it. You said it is a serious

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story. It is. It is huge. But is it

serious when it comes out of the

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mouth of Boris Johnson? I would

suggest not. We cannot taken

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seriously, not just because he used

to all of this stuff, he is just

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making silly gaffes and putting

lives at risk in Iran, Libya, all of

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the things he has said in recent

months. He is going up against

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Sergey Lavrov, a man who is hugely

experienced and close to Vladimir

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Putin. Will he take Boris Johnson

seriously when he hears about a

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threat of cyber war? GCHQ, we can be

serious thing see you, that's a

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quote.

It is easy meat to say they

do not do these things.

Do you think

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Boris Johnson would say this to

Sergey Lavrov to his face? Not at

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all.

NHS operations axed to avert

the winter crisis. The Guardian.

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Hospitals setting up makeshift

wards. We talk about this in the

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previous hour with the Guardian

being more alarmist than others

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Talking about the possibility of

hospitals turning areas into

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temporary wards. This is temporary

at the moment. Simon Stevens, the

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Chief Executive of the NHS, has been

made personally responsible for

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winter services. Many elderly will

have the flu. We will see huge

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operations, cataract removals, knee

operations, hip operations. People

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need these. Unless they are

life-threatening, people will have

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them postponed.

From the point of

view of the Guardian, the

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anti-government alarmist... Yes.

Alarmist. This is complete alarmist

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from the Guardian and does not

become them. What I congratulate the

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NHS for is what do we always do? We

criticise them while they do

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excellent work. For once, they have

said we are going to get ready for

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this and we are going to plant this.

With great respect, important

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emergency operations, nothing to

worry about. Those with an active

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elective surgery requirement, it is

not necessary. It is great planning

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from the NHS. It would be nice just

once or anti-government newspapers

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to say something nice. -- for.

To be

fair, The Telegraph, you highlighted

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them, they are not being

complimentary.

To be fair to them,

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they said in it that it was actually

planned with no flu at the moment.

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in

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a short agreement is the 40 minutes

ago. -- let's go and other

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a short agreement is the 40 minutes

ago. -- let's go and other note

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a short agreement is the 40 minutes

ago. -- let's go and other note of

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surefire

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ago. -- let's go and other note of

surefire agreement. I will give you

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a shorter period this time around,

EU plans, take it or leave it, if

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Britain fails to clarify.

Two

things, the FT, which I take every

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day, I admire their journalism and

reporting. I will worry that they

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are falling down the chasm of

propaganda. They are too pro

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remains. What I worry is, they quote

to EU officials, both saying

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basically, we are in Lala land if we

think we are getting anything better

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than a Canada deal. What I say is,

in Europe is starting its

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negotiation. They would say this,

wouldn't they?

It is perfectly

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reasonable for them to decide who...

Your favourite newspapers like the

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Telegraph and the mail, they

editorialise. The Financial Times is

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then your favourite, Brexit here.

They have an editorial line and that

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governs who they choose to take what

is wrong, that is journalism.

The

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FT's history was, it was to be

objective on the front page. The

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point I want to make about the

actual trade thing is that this is

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the EU starting off by saying where

it is a. This was the other way

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around and this is what David Davis

said, the EU is in Lala land and

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thinks it can do without Britain in

trade.

Guys, we have one minute

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left. I just want to try and focus

on maybe one more.

Sport, maybe?

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Let's go to the Metro. We rather

like this photograph.

Squeezed two

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in the. There is a most lovely

photograph on the Metro. It is

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lovely. These other photographs

released by the palace to celebrate

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the royal engagement. There is a lot

of sadness in the world, isn't that

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great?

It is a beautiful picture,

they look deeply in love. It doesn't

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look staged.

And on the FT, we have

self driving cars being taught in

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Boston, Pittsburgh and Detroit to

recognise a snowflake. The trouble

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is, nobody has talked taught about

them -- taught them about snow. You

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and I agreed that is what technology

has got to do.

Disrupt and leapfrog.

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Very good. On that note of near

Harmony.

Thank you very much. And a

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Merry Christmas.

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