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An empty newsroom but a very full

studio here! Hello, and welcome to

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our look at what The Papers will be

bringing you tomorrow.

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With me are Kate Andrews,

News Editor at the Institute

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of Economic Affairs and Ned Simons,

Assistant political

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editor at HuffPost UK.

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It's great to see you both, happy

New Year. You have just returned

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from the US and you are nursing a

hangover from New Year's Eve! It's

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good to see you both, and I'm glad

you are both looking so well! The

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Financial Times says...

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that the UK

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is looking to join a Pacific trade

group after Brexit.

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Tomorrow's Metro leads

on the man jailed after

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killing his third partner.

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Theodore Johnson's last victim had

endured his violence for decades.

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The I criticises the Transport

Secretary Chris Grayling,

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who was on an official visit

to Qatar as rail passengers saw

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the highest rise to fares

in five years.

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The Telegraph's lead story -

the NHS tells hospitals to cancel

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non-urgent operations to cope

with a flu outbreak.

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The Daily Express reports

on thousands of foreign women coming

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to the UK to have babies -

health tourism that could be costing

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the NHS £16 million.

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The Daily Mirror highlighting

pressures on the health service with

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some children's teeth in worse shape

than those living in the developing

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world. And with a dazzling picture

of the first super mean of 2018, as

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its orbit brings our heavenly

companion extra close to us...

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Let's begin with the Telegraph, the

NHS tells hospitals to cancel all

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routine operations. It is winter,

the NHS are hugely overburdened at

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this time of year but it is

particularly bad this year?

It is a

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huge story, to cancel all

nonemergency operations, that's

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about 50,000 operations until at

least February, with senior

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consultant saying that patients are

being treated in third world

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conditions among mass overcrowding.

There are some important points

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here. We need to scrap the idea that

the NHS is the envy of the world, we

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have consultants coming out saying

it feels like a third World country

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but in this international

comparisons, when you look at the

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NHS, it tends to rank in the bottom

third internationally. If we are to

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fix this problem we need

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honest and serious conversations

about the NHS. If you are to

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continue to have a system that is

fundamentally based on rationing,

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that's not really what they do in

the rest of Europe, you will run

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into crucial situations where 50,000

people will be denied operations

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that are crucial, a lot of these

people who are needing hip or knee

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operations are in a lot of pain.

Weir there are some specific things

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going on here. People are taking

taxis increasingly to hospitals,

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they will have two ban the rules on

mixed sex roles, that is what people

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like because of the pressure on the

NHS, there's always a winter crisis,

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it doesn't make it any less serious,

the fact we get it every year, and

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it doesn't seem to be getting

better.

It would be wonderful if we

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didn't have a crisis, looking at

Europe, Germany, Switzerland, we

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aren't getting the same stories from

these countries because the hospital

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systems operate better for patients.

Poor doctors in A&E have to put them

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in quarters, what a horrible

situation for them.

It is difficult

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for the NHS, managers and officials

for many years have been saying that

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they are not getting the funding

that they need. Does there need to

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be a more radical thought process

going into how you deal with the NHS

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and fund it?

The funding matters,

for a number of coalition years

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there was a funding freeze. And it

is kicking in. I'm sure that as part

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of what we are seeing now. Although

the freeze has ended, what we are

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seeing coming through as a result of

those decisions.

Funding has

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increased but at a different

proportion. I'm open-minded about

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where we want to make our decisions,

maybe we should cut grandstanding

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budgets but fundamentally, ranking

in the bottom third internationally

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is not because you are a quid short

but because you need to change

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demographics and look at the system

as a whole.

But there is a not

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residual respect and belief in that

the NHS is a good thing. The polling

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figure is normally pretty high?

People love the NHS for good

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reasons. It should be allowed to be

criticised.

But it doesn't stop

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criticism, that is key.

I think it

is extremely difficult to criticise

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the NHS, if you look at our

politicians, they say it is the envy

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of the world, but then we have

stories like this with patients

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getting hurt. The principle of the

NHS is extremely important, free

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access at the point of use, and most

of Europe has passed this.

I'm not

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sure that it is right if we don't

dare criticise the NHS.

I think

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politicians are terrified to

criticise it. They are the ones who

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will fundamentally change it.

A

story from the express, four months

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and £16 million NHS rip-offs.

Shockingly they do not like

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foreigners in this!

Start the New

Year as you need to go on!

They say

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women flock to Britain, cheating the

NHS out of £60 million by having

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their babies here. In my mind, so?

I'm not going to begrudge a mother

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who comes into the country to have

her baby for whatever reason.

It may

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sound like a lot.

At least 2631 in

eligible foreigners had their babies

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here.

The story was £1 billion being

wasted every year due to missed

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appointments on the NHS. I think it

is completely right that this reeks

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of an anti-immigration sentiment. £1

billion versus £16 billion, paying

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your taxes you would feel a bit

resentful if someone came to take

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something for free -- £16 million.

But we have a record number of Brits

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flying abroad to access health care.

Health tourism has its benefits.

I

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would like to see a breakdown of

these numbers.

Brits go abroad and

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have their operations, that would be

on their front pages!

There is a

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story and it is mostly about

immigration and putting more into

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the system than they are taking out.

Andy the Financial Times, Tories

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looking beyond Brexit, looking

beyond the continent of Europe! All

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the way the Pacific Rim. Apparently

that will be a big training block of

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eight, nine, 10,000 miles away?

The

transpacific partnership was big

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news last year, when Donald Trump

famously pulled out of it. This

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initiative was led by Barack Obama,

of all people. Criticism from the

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left is a little hypocritical. There

was a lot of bipartisan support

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before the RB lists took over and

pulled the US out of the deal. A

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quote from Barry Gardiner, he said

this could be helpful but it isn't

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the main event and I think that is

true. Obviously be priority for the

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UK is to get a good trade deal with

the EU. This is one of the benefits

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of Brexit, when we have these

negotiations going through, we can

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look beyond Europe and that is a

positive thing.

In the Financial

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Times, it was a Remained newspaper

and still is. A little dig at the

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Daily Express earlier, maybe I am

thinking too hard on this but is

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this the Financial Times saying

they've had to go all the way to the

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Pacific, isn't this a ridiculous

situation?

I don't think it is a bad

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story for the government. The

government argument is by leaving

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the EU we can strike trade deals

globally. Whether it smacks of

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desperation, as Tim Farron the

former Labour leader says in the FT,

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or whether it is a good idea, it

shows we can do trade deals

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everywhere and the Trade Minister's

quotes, he isn't saying this is what

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we are going to focus on but this is

part of a package of things. It

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isn't a story that the government

will be irritated about. It's a

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narrative on what they want to say.

Depends on who the Brexit secretary

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is! We do only have one at the

moment...

Give it a week!

I suspect

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the Brexit secretary will not be

Chris Grayling if there is a

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reshuffle! We want to avoid bad

news, and we go to extraordinary

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lengths to avoid bad news. Chris

Grayling decided that he would go to

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the Middle East to avoid the bad

news of the public announcement that

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yes, rail firms are going up with

the biggest rise in five years.

This

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announcement was always going to

come today! It was a long planned

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trip, a cynic in me would say, was a

long planned? Because the rail fare

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rise was long planned. But they say

it's striking Brexit deals with

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Qatar...

So he is the Brexit

Secretary?

Not inside gossip! It

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wasn't that he was on the radio or

television defending it, London

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Bridge getting a nice new station,

but...

This is so shocking and

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incompetent, there are strong

arguments for what happened today.

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If you have a system like ones in

Europe with more taxation, you have

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people on minimum wage and people

who are poor topping up those who

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tend to be richer.

What about those

you were lauding minutes ago, higher

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taxes!

In some countries yes but in

others know. But my bigger point

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here is that you had to look at

whether or not it is a regressive

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move and if you want those on the

minimum wage topping up commuters. I

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don't think it is a hard argument to

make.

Particularly in the political

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sense. It's strong ground for

Labour, their policy of

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rationalising that the franchise has

come up. Is the policy Jeremy Corbyn

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has adopted but it helps with the

move to the south of England. There

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are a lot of middle-class voters who

have moved out of London and now

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live in the Home Counties and Sussex

commuting into London, they would

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not be natural Labour voters but

they care about commuting prices.

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Great territory for Corbyn and

labour and great for the government

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not to be ahead of this going into

today.

And Labour have a free pass,

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in a sense, saying they will

renationalise the railways and

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prices will come down. They aren't

talking about how costs will go up

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for a lot of people but they got

away with it.

In America they would

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say that the optics are not very

good. It does look bad. But finally,

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the front page of The Guardian. The

Department exaggerated

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qualifications for a university

post. He taught undergrads at

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Harvard and Cambridge but did not

have a post there. That has meant

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that disappointment -- this

appointment is looking we?

I think

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The Guardian are making a mountain

out of a mole hill. Saying yes, I

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taught there, not strip the

academic. It doesn't look like he's

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trying to hide anything that they

are not happy about his appointment.

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They clearly think that Toby Young

is too extreme. For me, this

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fundamentally comes down to the

question of choice. Toby Young was

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at the forefront of bringing in

three schools can he founded the

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first in the UK, I believe. He runs

the free schools network, and he has

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been at the forefront of putting

toys in front of parents to send

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their kids to the right school. It

has proven successful and people are

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nervous about that.

He has been

forthright in his qualifications but

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the point is... The Department for

Education has not.

Also, another

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surprising thing about Toby Young,

something, I don't suppose "Lavish"

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things that he has said, some of the

things that he has said about women

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and gay people -- laddish. It's

interesting someone totally

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justified in writing strong columns,

but some of the things he has

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tweeted and safe, makes you wonder

whether it is the right choice.

We

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have two ended there. Thank you to

both of you, James and Kate. That's

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all tonight.

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