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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 Josie Cox,

business editor at the Independent,

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and Tom Bergin, business

correspondent for Reuters.

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It is not just business news, folks,

there is a lot of variety so stay

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with us.

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Tomorrow's front

pages, starting with

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the i has Jeremy Corbyn declaring

he's ready to fight an election

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at any time, and will around in 2022

if the Government survives

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a full term.

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The Times claims the

Metropolitan Police is failing

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to protect vulnerable children.

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The Financial Times reports that

companies have made a record amount

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from floating on stock exchanges,

mainly because of deals

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in the US and China.

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The Daily Express runs with a story

about people seeing their pension

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funds whittled away

by hidden charges.

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The Telegraph leads with a warning

that patients are going blind

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while waiting for

cataract operations.

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The Guardian leads with a story

claiming the rise of automation,

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will adversely affect the poorest

in society the most.

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The Mirror claims hospitals made

half a million pounds a day,

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from NHS car parks last year.

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And finally The Mail has a report

claiming almost half of local

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authorities haven't had

a bobby on the beat,

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for the past year.

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We will start with the ait, Jeremy

Corbyn tells his ready to fight for

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an election any time and will work

feel 2022. He is getting the message

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out that he is still out there.

Theresa May is looking more secure

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but he is making clear he is still

around.

And that he will be for

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potentially is the long haul. What

is interesting about this story, the

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age comes up. They are making the

point that he is 60 ait -- 60 years

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of age. He will be fighting fit

because of his diet. I do not know,

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I have not seen age becoming a big

issue in British politics...

He is a

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spring chicken compared to the US

president.

Age has become an issue

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at times. People have brought it up

in the US elections. He says he is

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fighting fit even for 2022. He's

tried to bring some of the attention

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back on himself which may has been

shunning more on Theresa May.

Is

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part of the problem that so much has

been discussed about Brexit, Brexit

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seems to be the centre of the

political conversation and Labour's

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position is a bit unclear. Even some

Labour members would admit that. And

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that lack of clarity has perhaps

meant they are not getting the kind

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of traction in the polls?

I think

that is definitely the case. Jeremy

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Corbyn has been speaking to several

papers and one of the things that

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were discussing earlier, he is

reiterating some of the pledges that

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got him the support. Pledges around

healthcare, around housing, for

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example. Really strong issues that

people care about and he wants to

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use to get through...

To refocus of

discussion and debate.

The Brexit

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angle has been that any issue of an

clarity in Labour, there is a ground

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swell among Labour voters who say we

do not know where you stand on

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Brexit and we demand that what we

are supporting you for what you will

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fight for. This is part of the

package to try to re- mobilised his

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support base.

The Daily Telegraph,

some are suggesting that a Labour

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government under Jeremy Corbyn

rather than Brexit go through

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because you can get rid of Jeremy

Corbyn in four years but the Mac is

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a favour.

This is a

once-in-a-lifetime decision.

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Hazeltine is articulating something

people have been thinking for a long

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time, natural Tory supporters stop

realistically if you go back to the

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2015 election. One of the big risks

around a Tory victory is they were

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promising a referendum that might

not go the way the business Trinity

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wanted. This is more contentious

because he is a figure that the

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Conservative Party would expect to

always be beating the drums for the

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party. This asks whether politicians

should be loyal first to their party

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or to the electric and the country

as a whole. -- electorate. It may

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look like disloyalty to the party

but he may say it is serving the

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greater good but it is not going

down very well.

I wonder if Ken

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Clarke feels the same way. To see

Jeremy Corbyn in power rather than a

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Brexit.

It is a difficult one. The

rhetoric we are hearing from

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Heseltine is not surprising. He has

been very clear on his opinions of

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Brexit but the draw that comparison

directly, that takes the thing to a

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whole new level and that is what is

upsetting some members of the Tory

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party.

We will move on to the Times,

continuing with Brexit. David Davis

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sidelined as a civil service takes

over the negotiations.

They are

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quoting sources saying that Oliver

Roberts, the former Parliamentary

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Secretary, has been moved in as a

bit of a substitute for Davis and

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that he has been going to these

meetings in Brussels. July and

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September he went to significantly

more meetings than David Davis. He

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reports to Theresa May. This is

quite worrying for David Davis...

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Because he is of the Brexit

secretary and if he is not doing

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anything... Not taking part in the

negotiations, what is he doing? I

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not sure... Playing golf? I am sure

you are not doing that, David.

Is it

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surprising considering that David

Davis has been the face of Brexit

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negotiations so far. His competency

and credibility have been questioned

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and we can all agree that Brexit

negotiations have not gone as

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planned even though we have some

progress in the last couple of weeks

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but nonetheless there was a lot of

scrutiny around whether David Davis

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is the right person for the job and

whether he is in it for the long

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run, as Jeremy Corbyn claims to be.

There is no suggestion that Theresa

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May would go any further and get rid

of him.

She is playing a really

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difficult balancing act. There is a

huge risk for Theresa May and also

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for Remainers which is that at the

moment he is negotiating, he is a

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Brexiteer, clearly, and the

Remainers are saying there is the

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potential for the government to be

all to deliver. If it ends up the

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case that this deal is not going to

be as sweet and nice as the Brexit

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campaign said it would be, if their

man has been sidelined, Brexiteers

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canton around and say we got a bad

deal because we were undermined by

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Remainers. Theresa May could end up

facing the blame if the reason a

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deal the country does not like about

freedom of movement, and things that

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people said we would not have to

have if we left the European Union.

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If David Davis is sidelined and

another Brexiteer is not in a

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powerful position, this could

contribute to who owns the failure.

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The whole point, one assumes, that

you appoint David Davis, Liam Fox

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and Boris Johnson because of three

of them were Brexiteers and if it is

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a complete failure, it is their

fault. Sidelining David Davis should

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turn that on its head.

Absolutely

but we have to remember that a lot

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of her plans back in the day have

since proved not to have been the

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most successful approach so I think

the way Brexit negotiations have

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gone so far has clearly presented

additional challenges that perhaps

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nobody factored in. Who is to save

what will happen in the next couple

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of months.

Indeed. In the mail.

Bobbies disappearing. 40% of people

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in this poll say they have not seen

an officer on street patrolled in

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the last year.

It is an Independent

police watchdog poll questioning

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4000 people and they say that

apparently 44% of not seen Bobby on

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the beat in the last year, last year

it was 36%, is they be declined by

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all the look of things. --A steady

decline. I wonder how we liable it

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is as an indicator because one thing

we have to consider is how many

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lease officers out there are

plainclothes and on top of that

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there are other techniques for

monitoring, for surveillance, at

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cameras etc and surely they must

play a part as well and finally, I

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think I do not know how conscious we

are police officers and what I would

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really like to do and find

interesting would be if we did this

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survey in the immediate aftermath of

some terrible terrorist attack and I

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think people are there more

conscious of seeing police officers

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and think a lot of people would say,

yes, I have noticed police officers

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around because they are looking out

for them.

I seem to see a lot of

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community officers. Community

Bobbies, as they are called. PCS oh.

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Definitely. One of the things we

were discussing, in Canary worth,

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where I work, I see as many police

armed as an armed. One of the

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interesting thing is is what does

the date at tell us? There is a

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debate about whether there is a

benefit about using police in a

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targeted way, the high spots of

crime. If you deployed many more

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police on the beat, you still would

not see them because they would be

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going to the hot crime spots.

Going

on to the Guardian, the poorest fare

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worse in automated age. It is those

jobs that are repetitive that

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perhaps could be done by a robot or

a machine, those in the professions,

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the workplace areas that are going

to be worst hit were the machine to

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take over.

Every few months we tend

to get a new report out about the

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robots. This report says it does not

think robots are going to take over

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jobs, you are not heading for some

kind of future where we do not have

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jobs any more and robots do

everything. They are concerned about

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what the automation of certain

industries will lead to wealth

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inequality and to that balance. They

are saying that actually the jobs

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that pay the lowest wages are most

susceptible to automation and as a

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result of that, that will force more

people to retrain, to relocate, to

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shift their focus to high your

earning professions and that will

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create an imbalance. They are urging

the government to do more around

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educating people, educating

employers around the risks of

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automation and the changing face of

the workforce.

Are we on top of this

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enough? Are we ready for this great

new world? Is the society ready to

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meet the challenge?

Over the past

30- 40 years, particularly with

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Margaret Thatcher in the UK, we have

believed a very much in deregulation

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and market allowed to allocate

resources efficiently. We are

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increasingly seen the Rat shortfalls

and there are certain areas where

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markets need help. -- there are.

This is a massive trend that think

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is talk about and we did not have

clear answers for it. Automation

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creates jobs but they are low-wage

and low productivity is one of the

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biggest problems the UK faces. It

may be that we need to look at more

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creative thinking, increasing

minimal wages, robot takes it looks

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like we may possibly need innovative

thinking and trying out some things,

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give it a go even if it is really

dramatic.

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Finally, the express at the end of

December. Ice and snow out there but

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it has been causing problems

according to the Express. Deadly

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warning, ice chaos after snow hits

Britain.

A bad situation. Not just

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the Express, it is across the

newspapers today and unsurprisingly

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that flurry of snow we had across

London was dramatic elsewhere. The

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Times is saying we are in for two

more days of subzero temperatures.

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50,000 homes are apparently without

power over the last few days and it

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is clearly a dramatic situation.

Travel has been disrupted... The

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interesting thing pointed out is the

implication for people who are

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suffering health conditions. The NHS

is saying it increases the risk of

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heart attacks and things like that.

That is when logistics become

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serious.

Time to bring that to an

end. Sorry, you may have heard that

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buzzing. That was my phone. What are

you doing?! Leaving some of the

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stories behind the headlines and

thank you for watching. Thank you

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and goodbye.

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