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That's it from me and the Sportsday

team. Good night.

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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 Martin Bentham,

Home Affairs Editor

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of the Evening Standard,

and the Political

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strategist Jo Tanner.

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Good evening to you both. Tomorrow's

front pages.

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The I says "Boris slugs it

out with the Bear" -

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as it reports on the Foreign

Secretary's frosty visit to Moscow.

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The Times pictures Boris Johnson

on his Russian trip --

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it's main story is about claims

the government is considering a new

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road toll charge to cut congestion.

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The FT reports on the drop

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in the value of Bitcoin

which tumbled by almost 30 per cent.

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(ANI) <MAIL> The Mail looks

at the new blue passports set

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for Britain following Brexit -

with calls that they should

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be produced here too.

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But for the Guardian the new blue

passports mean further red tape and

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delays at EU passport controls.

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The Telegraph

reports on what it calls a tax

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revenge on tycoons who bankrolled

Brexit, as some Leave donors accused

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HMRC of a "political attack".

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It's going to be a balmy Christmas,

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according to the Express,

as the mild weather fools nature

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into thinking it's Spring.

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And it's Bar Humbug from the Sun --

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it reports on U.S-owned Cadbury

replacing the traditional Fudge bar

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from it's festive selection box,

with a Dairy Milk Oreo -

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one frustrated fan fumed

"Christmas is ruined".

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That was too many Fs for me! Let's

go to the front page of the i

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newspaper. Boris slugging it out

with the bear. Boris looks a bit

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bear- like in that photo. Any

surprises in the fact that it was a

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difficult meeting.

I guess it was

not set up to be a particularly

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friendly event. I think the comments

from the Prime Minister about, we

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know what you have been doing, --

the comments from the Foreign

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Minister, what he said in the

autumn, we have kind of been

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expecting that, I don't know if

anyone expected the meeting to go

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quite the way that it did with talk

about Kettle chips being exported,

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Boris made quite a few interesting

comments and there was a most

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bizarre exchange over trust and

Boris talking about how he trusted

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his Russian counterpart so much that

he gave him the contents of his

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pockets. And the Russian replied

that there was nothing in the

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pockets!

He had had a look! Martin,

what was so remarkable about this is

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that one imagines that these

exchanges take place behind closed

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doors but this lease to confront

gushy take place in front of the

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world's media. Mum we've had tense

relationships of services poisoning

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of Alexander Litvinenko and then you

had Crimea and Ukraine and Russia's

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involvement in Syria, which led to

the cancellation of a previous trip

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by Boris Johnson. In a way it is

progress that he has gone there, and

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despite the fact that there is this

open exchange of disagreement and

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Boris is raising issues like LGBT

rights, deliberately making this

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points to the Russians, I think he

had to do these things, you can't

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pretend that there are not

differences but I think the Russians

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would understand probably that there

are those differences and we are

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going to say that. But maybe there

will be a bit of progress towards

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getting some sort of co-operation.

If you look elsewhere in the world,

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sanctions against North Korea, not

down to us but the Russians have

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come on-board there soap engagement,

sometimes if it does not very

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friendly, underlying and there can

be progress towards getting better

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relationships and better working

together which is maybe what we

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ultimately want. As look at the

front page of The Times. It's got a

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picture of the Foreign Secretary

that is on one of the other front

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pages as well. It is a great picture

opportunity Jo, for Boris, isn't it.

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I used to work with him and you know

there's a fantastic image which has

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been used in a few places. Boris

will often uses facial expressions

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and behaviour, this really iconic

backdrop, he was probably saying

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something very important about time!

It's meant to look as if he's

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wagging his finger at the Russians.

A striking image.

Better than the

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one in the i newspaper which has

with his eyes closed.

The

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photographer has done in some

favours. Let's look at the story on

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the front page of The Times, wrote

to tell revolution. What is this

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about?

A long-standing theme which

has been going on for ages and never

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quite been realised about having

road risings. They are charged per

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mile. There's a lot of logic to that

because of people are creating more

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pollution by driving more than

theoretically perhaps they should

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pay more. Hitherto it has always

been difficult to have the

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technology to make that work, things

advance with the congestion charge

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in London overseen by cameras,

perhaps it becomes more and more

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possible, clearly the Road haulage

Association, lorry drivers are

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complaining about it, lorry drivers

suggesting they will be penalised

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unfairly and so on.

Given the move

towards electric cars, the amount of

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tax that the government will get

from Phil be one of those areas they

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are looking at at to tinker with,

that will go down. They've got to

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make up that money from car users

somewhere else this is the obvious

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next step.

Strange you would start

with lorries, they will become the

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last vehicles become electric.

If

you think what will be popular with

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the electorate, going after them

will not be popular so start with

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the lorries.

They are the most

polluting vehicles generally because

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they began to have big engines so

there is a logic to it from that

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point of view. The ultimate reason

for it is money raising in one

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sense. At the same time there's also

an to deter people from using their

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cars and necessarily, or if they are

using their vehicles and

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necessarily, therefore they have to

deal with the consequences of that

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pollution which is killing people.

The front page of the Telegraph has

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a different story, tax revenge on

bank tycoons who bankroll Brexit.

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They are revealing that normally if

people make donations to political

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parties, the referendum was not

about political parties but those

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who donated to that, apparently the

HMRC has discovered that there is an

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obscure area of inheritance tax

which forces people to pay a tax on

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large gifts upfront, although it

does not explain precisely how and

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why it works. What they are saying

here is, this is hitting in

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particular people who donated to the

Brexit campaign. I think that

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particular interpretation of it is

seen as an anti-Brexit attack on

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those who defied the establishment

which is how the Telegraph is

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portraying it, and Jacob Rhys Mogg

is quoted as taking that approach.

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The bigger issue is that there are

of accountants whose phones will

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have been ringing off the hook as

these letters arrived, saying, hang

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on a minute, I thought I was OK to

donate and now you tell me I will

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get a big tax bill!

It lists several

people who have received tax

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demands. I imagine for many it will

have come out of the blue. You made

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the point earlier, how often does

the referendum, long?

You suspect

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many accountants would not even have

looked into it, or as in the case of

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political donations a significant

amount of people are political

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donors anyway so we'll have assumed

it is a similar type of arrangement

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and so will have been really caught

by this.

This is why it is an

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interesting story, this unusual

aspect of tax law which I suspect

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will eventually end up in court,

there will be litigation between

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accountants and lawyers contesting

this interpretation of the law! But

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it is interesting that this is what

HMRC sees as the law and is trying

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to enforce it.

Jo, the other story

on the front page of the Telegraph

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is from the head of Tesco's about

food wasting.

Dave Lewis, who has

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been at Tesco since 2014 has

announced that leftover food will

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not be thrown away any more and

instead will go to charities will be

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used for animal food or fuel. It's a

really interesting move because

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there's been a lot of talk about

food waste. Previous campaigns on

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the issue, as those working with an

organisation called Fare Share, a

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distribution organisation.

Interesting that I was looking at

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the story and saying, this is

interesting for a supermarket to

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make this attack because the

government are now looking at waste

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but are looking at things like

plastic. We know that Michael Gove

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is moving towards looking at things

like the single use plastics and

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reducing them and that is one area

where supermarkets really do have a

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problem. So what better way to get

attention to something else by

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working out what you can do with

waste food.

Aunties explicit about

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getting attention although not

necessarily about plastic.

And this

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is a good idea. It is ridiculous

that food is just thrown away. On an

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individual level I will eat anything

that, I've seen things taken off the

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shelf because they are out of date,

I think, I will give something for

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that, but they say, we can't sell

you that, it's insane. In this case

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it will go to charities or animal

food or fuel or whatever.

Anything

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that can tackle waste, we are such

wasteful nation, anything that

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tackles waste needs to be welcomed.

This resonates particularly at

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Christmas.

People are more conscious

about plastics and so on, about

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environmental damage. It is all part

of the bigger picture. Of exactly

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that, making sure that we are not

just wasting goods, whether it

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close, food, excessive use of

plastic and so on.

Absolutely. Jo, a

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story about Michael Gove is on the

front of the Financial Times, warm

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glow fading as Michael loaf is urged

to smoke out -- Michael Gove is

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urged to smoke out devotees of wood

burning.

It evokes the images of

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people sitting around a roaring fire

but actually there's been a growing

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move against the use of wood burning

stoves. A lot of people have log

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burners installed, it's become

fashionable again. Despite the use

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of smokeless fuels there are

concerns that there are many of

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these fires being used and Sadiq

Khan had previously announced that

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he had written to Michael Gove in

September, and wants to ban them in

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some areas because of issues about

air quality. The government is now

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looking at regulations to deter the

burning of damp wood which

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apparently produces more smoke and

there also particular smoky types of

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coal being looked at. It makes a

very interesting point at the end of

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the story, saying the spokesman

asked about this story declined to

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come and other Michael Gove has a

wood-burning stove.

We know that

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he's just moved into a new house so

it might have been the stove he was

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going for and he will have to get

rid of it!

It's so warm now he won't

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need one!

Martin, the front page of

the daily Star, a royal race row,

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what has triggered this.

Princess

Michael has been wearing a Bridge,

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apparently popular many years ago,

-- she's been wearing a brooch, and

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it is seen as an offence of colonial

era depiction, and apparently she

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wore this to meet Meghan Markle who

is of course of mixed ethnicity. And

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whether she knew she was doing this

or not, I suspect not, she has

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certainly apologised for any offence

you might have caused. She may have

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had no idea about the sensitivity.

That is what the story is. It isn't

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clear that anybody at the lunch was

actually offended by it all that

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Meghan Markle was. It's one of those

things that people increasingly

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sensitive to these things, even if

these people are not affected

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themselves, others are.

This picture

in one of the newspaper which shows

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Princess Michael of Kent wearing the

brooch in a code pictured going into

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Buckingham Palace and the big

meeting that the Queen has before

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going to Sandringham, the big

gathering. We don't even know if

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Meghan Markle saw it because the

code would have been taken off by

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courtiers and never seen again so we

have no idea how big this story is

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or if any offence was caused but it

is big enough to focus on.

The thing

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is the intent, if someone intends to

cause offence, that's terrible, if

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they are simply unaware of something

that's a whole different level.

And

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we won't know that. Let me sleep in

a final story, the front page of the

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Son. Brooch Hamburg! You used to

work there, did you like fudge.

I

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was never a great fan of these bars.

I have a child of nine and the third

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goes first in our has as well as

growing up I wasn't bothered that a

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nine-year-old will happily grab the

fudge straightaway.

Disaster.

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Christmas has been ruined!

I don't

know how I'll break it to him.

Jo,

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Martin, thank you both. That's it

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