26/12/2017 The Papers


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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 Jo Phillips, political

commentator and Nigel Nelson,

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Political Editor of Sunday Mirror

and Sunday People.

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A chance to cut up each -- to catch

up with them because they've had a

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bit of a head start.

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Tomorrow's front pages

then, starting with...

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The Times says that Paedophiles

are using YouTube as a 'shop window'

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to showcase abused children.

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The Telegraph says that police have

sparked an increase in shoplifting

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by not investigating

thefts under £200.

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The Guardian leads with

Tory MPs demanding that

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Chancellor Phillip Hammond reveal

the Brexit research papers

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looking at trade outcomes.

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Brexit also fronts The "i" -

following comments from

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the Conservative Mayor

of the West Midlands

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warning against a Hard Brexit.

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The case of Laura Plummer,

the British women jailed

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in Egypt leads The Mirror.

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The Financial Times says

that the retail sector

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is disappointed at the drop

in footfall for the traditional

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boxing day sales.

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The Sun leads with British Troops

being asked to use

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gender neutral words -

dubbing it the PC Brigade.

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And The Express says

a stroll in the garden

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will help fight dementia.

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So let's begin.

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Good that you have joined us for the

rest of the festivities.

What else

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would you be doing! Just stuffing

yourself with cold turkey!

Talking

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about some of these stories seem to

have been reheated! Well we end the

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year as we began talking about

Brexit. Tell us about, we will talk

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about that in a moment. But first

the case of Laura Plummer. Jailed

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for taking drugs into Egypt.

So

she's 33, she comes from Hull City,

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she went out in October to see her

partner and she was arrested on

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suspicion of trafficking drugs at

the airport. She was found with 290

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tramadol tablets in her luggage

which she claims were for her

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partner who suffers from chronic

back pain. Tramadol is a very heavy

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duty pain reliever which you can

only get in this country in

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prescription. Her family obviously

devastated, she has been in a jail

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in a communal cell since being

arrested in October and clearly very

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distressing. But there are I think

questions about, if the prescription

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for tramadol was not for her then

who was at four. Because you can

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take prescription drugs legally

providing you can prove that they

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are for you and you have only the

amount you need.

So you think if she

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had been able to accept a

prescription, present bad, that

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would have helped her case?

Exactly

and another question about 290

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tablets being quite a lot. I'm sure

for her family it is devastating and

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for her as well but there seems to

be something not quite right.

The

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Guardian straightforward and

factual. The mirrored taking a more

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judgmental view.

That is right and I

think the contrast is interesting.

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The mirror pretty much more on the

side of Laura Plummer, our girl will

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die in hellhole jail. Not talking

about the rights and wrongs of the

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case are much as more of an appeal

for clemency. One of the things that

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comes out from this is that we all

need to be aware of what we can take

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into someone else's country and what

we cannot. The advice on the Foreign

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Office website. If you are taking

drugs in the prescription drugs

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albeit, to find out if they are

legal in the country you're going

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to.

People might not necessarily

think about it.

According to an

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interview with her MBE earlier today

on Radio 4, Karl Turner, that

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information may only went up on the

Foreign Office website since her

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arrest. But you should still be

asking the question, you would

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expect to take enough jerks that you

would need for your own prescription

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for the length of time you will be

there.

But 290. Politically this has

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played better for the government

than the case of the Iranian woman

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because the Labour MP poured praise

on the Foreign Office.

This is the

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point I was making about this being

a clemency issue, that if she did

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not know and was a bit naive about

taking drugs, it may well be we

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could ask for mercy from the

Egyptian authorities. But that is

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the kind of thing the Foreign Office

could do, and at the moment from

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what we've seen it does not seem to

be that that the conviction is

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actually wrong.

Moving on to a

subject that is no great surprise,

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the Boxing Day sales. Have you

picked up any bargains?

Have you

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seen the bags in the corridor! Back

in the old days when we were young

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reporters, will often dispatched to

some department stores where some

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hapless couple would spend their

entire Christmas waiting to purchase

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a reduced price suffer and they

would get a bargain. Those days have

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gone. But apparently people still do

flock to the shops. And judging by

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Oxford Street in London, they still

do. But not as good as it looks

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because according to analysis,

football is down by 5.2% on last

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year.

Retail having a tough time

this year. Will it matter if instead

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of footfall in the shops, we just

let our fingers do the walking?

I'm

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not sure it would, as long as people

are buying things it does not make a

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huge difference where they are

buying them. It does to the shops

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but not the economy as a whole.

Provided you have people doing that.

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But at the moment the online figures

have not come through so there is a

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questionable whether inflation has

now stopped people buying stuff.

We

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will know when we have the full

picture. But if you shops go bust,

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and the high street becomes... And

also you would imagine most high

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street stores probably pay their

fair share of tax. For some on rail

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-- online retailers may not

necessarily.

Many of them do not as

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we have seen.

Well there is a novel

take on this story?

Again a

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light-coloured rehash, because this

is about what came into force with

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the anti-social behaviour act. The

police decided that there would be a

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£200 threshold for pursuing

criminals for shoplifting and things

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like that. And if caught and

prosecuted it would all be done by

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post. So they're looking at limited

resources, they are cash-strapped.

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But of course retailers are getting

fed up with this. And what is

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apparently anecdotally according to

this story coming to light is that

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organised gangs can go into shops

and they can steal stuff valued

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under £200. So £199? Or to lots of

£100 or whatever, that can still be

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used, it is still good and can be

used for other things whether it is

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buying drugs barons or whatever. So

they're worried about the

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consequences.

And also retailers are

still out. And no one would want the

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message to go out that this is what

you should be doing.

This happens

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with some police forces

investigating car theft and suddenly

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there is a spate of car thefts,

bound to happen.

Well the Sun

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newspaper, again talking about from

an Chantrey, always good to find a

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PC story.

Underneath a photograph of

Rhianna. About the Ministry of

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Defence, allegedly. Allegedly. The

PC brigade, very large writing.

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Apparently a notice has gone up in

some base.

This is one for the new

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Defence Secretary!

They do not like

army slogans. Anyway what it is

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suggesting is words like mankind,

sportsmanship, because they contain

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the word man, they should look for

alternatives. I do not mind too much

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humankind, I can just about manage

that. Mankind is anthropological. I

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appreciate that. There are certain

areas... When it comes to things

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like manhole covers I do not like

the idea of human hole covers. And

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also, I think writing nowadays has

got more difficult so I quote

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government 's books man, spokes

woman, depending on who is providing

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the information.

This is going to

run and run. We will be back at

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