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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 Eve Pollard,

the broadcaster and former

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Fleet Street editor,

and the economics commentator

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and author Dharshini David.

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Tomorrow's front pages:

The Sunday Times claims

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the Prime Minister will hold

a cabinet reshuffle on Monday,

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with up to six ministers

being moved or sacked.

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Its main story follows

an investigation by the paper

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which claims to have found Google

profiting from those

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with addictive diseases.

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The Sunday Telegraph reports that

Theresa May is to appoint

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a new education secretary

to try to reinvigorate

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the Government's approach

to schools, leaving the incumbent,

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Justine Greening,

fighting for her job.

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In another area of education policy,

the Mail on Sunday claims Mrs May

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has criticised her new university

tsar, Toby Young, after old social

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media posts of his were found to

contain sexist and obscene remarks.

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The Observer headlines

President Trump's reaction

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to a new book about

his administration.

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The publication by the journalist

Michael Wolff questions

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President Trump's mental stability

since taking office.

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The Sunday Express writes that

Theresa May has ordered a review

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into parole boards after former taxi

driver John Worboys,

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found guilty of sexual

assault against 12 women,

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was released after

nine years in prison.

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I didn't mention Brexit, but it is

still in here, I promise, somewhere,

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related no doubt to the reshuffle,

which is where we began. The Sunday

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Times headline, Theresa May plots to

reshuffle an entire sixpack of

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Cabinet ministers.

It is amazing how

they make Vics Pack sound like a lot

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when there are lots and lots of

Cabinet ministers, many of whom we

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cannot remember the names of. --

sixpack. Apparently they are going

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to change again on Monday or

Tuesday. It was Monday, but it could

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be Tuesday.

It could be the senior

ones on Monday, the more junior ones

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on Tuesday.

Well, Theresa May does

not have a lot of time, because Mr

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Barnier is probably celebrating

Christmas and is not freely

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available for Brexit talks. So you

have to get your reshuffle in fast.

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Apparently they did research in the

set one of the reasons the Tories

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did not do well at the election was

that people were very unhappy with

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the schooling of their children,

which I think there is a feeling

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that schooling, we never come out

anywhere near the top of the list is

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of children who have got

mathematical knowledge or reading

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and writing skills, all the rest of

it -- lists. So we are going to

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change all the people round and have

another go.

Well, that would mean,

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then, as it says in the Sunday

Telegraph, that Greening fights for

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job as Theresa May wield the axe but

some teaching unions have felt she

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understood them a great deal more,

which of course may be problematic

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to the Conservatives.

Indeed, and

this is interesting, because we all

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thought it was the NHS which was in

crisis. When you read these reports,

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it seems the government thinks

education is the crisis creating a

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headache for them, and therefore

Justine Greening must go. She has

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been quite popular in some sectors,

relatively speaking. It is also a

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time when you are seeing huge

changes to the funding of schools,

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creating a lot of problems for

schools and parents, all of whom

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vote, and that has been hugely

popular, and this is a central plank

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of the government's pledged to

improve productivity post-Brexit and

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we are also hearing from the Sunday

Times that Mrs May thinks Justine

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Greening has a patronising tone. So

it looks like, if these are right,

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she could be on her way out while

Jeremy Hunt could be on his way up,

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replacing Damian Green.

I have to

say, newspapers do get a bit over

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excited about reshuffles.

And its

readers do not.

Some readers do,

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probably if you have a vested

interest, or if you have been

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writing to them and they have been

writing back to you, you lucky

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person. But in the end, of course,

the political editors, it their

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life. It changes who they can have

lunch with, who they could be

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talking to, and if you have just got

yourself in with Justine Greening,

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and then off she goes, maybe... I

mean, it is important, but actually

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Brexit is the thing that matters

now.

It is the thing that is taking

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everybody's time and energy. The

other thing which has set Justine

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Greening and Theresa May apart was

their attitude towards grammar

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schools, which hasn't materialised,

of course.

Has not materialised, and

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don't forget Acura three is not just

about education, she also has a

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quality under her belt as well. I

know we were talking about the

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gender pay gap.

I never tire of

talking about that!

Why is it always

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stuck in with somebody else's job?

I

would be only too glad to sort that

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out.

It could be Monday or Tuesday

you find out.

It is a strange one to

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tuck in when it affects more than

half the population.

On the other

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thing, of course, you are quite

right that the NHS is having

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problems, and it makes great

headlines, but more people have

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children than ill, thank heavens,

and it really does affect people's

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lives and their dreams and all the

rest of it.

The Mail On Sunday. The

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PM's discussed at the student tsar's

sordid tweets. This is Toby Young,

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who we know and who has in the past

kindly reviewed the papers for us,

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he has a new office for the student

watchdog at some tweets from eight

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years ago has resurfaced.

This is

the thing university students are

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told all the time. Be careful on

social media, because it can come

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back to haunt you.

What they are

only told this now.

He was in his

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40s, though.

A young man, didn't

know any better!

The other thing is,

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he probably understand students

better than somebody who has never

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done anything so silly.

I have read

the tweets, and they are not the

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ghillie edifying. You haven't read

them, but you will find them very

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easily.

On the other hand, people

have been saying how can you, in a

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position of responsibility, make

these kinds of comments on a public

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forum and expect to keep your post?

Has he apologised? Has he talked

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about it? Has he been questioned?

People have been defending...

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Friends of years have been defending

him, so he amounts to a great deal

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more than that, and as you said, he

has done a lot of work with Free

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Schools, so he is clearly embedded

in the world of education.

On the

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other hand there was all this talk

about the fact that a press release

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had said he taught in Harvard and

Cambridge, when in fact he was a

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student and had some kind of

supervisory role, which isn't the

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same.

CV writing, maybe that is what

needs to be looked at as well.

Make

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sure you have been way you say you

have been.

Don't exaggerate. The

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Sunday express, PM's fury at rate

fast. A Lot four Theresa May to be

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dealing with at the moment, before

she gets back to the racks at table.

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This is the release after nine years

in prison of John Worboys, the

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former black cab driver who many

people felt should have served

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longer than nine years for these

offences.

There is this new thing,

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the indeterminate sentence, which is

about ten years old, apparently. Of

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course, when they say somebody has

an indeterminate sentence, you think

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they are going down for a long time.

That is not how it works at all. But

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interestingly, we have been looking

at possibly becoming parole board

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members ourselves.

You can apply for

this, can you?

Well, it is public

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appointments. It is a bit in the

mire and sludge. I think you need a

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double degree in classics from

Cambridge or Oxford to become one,

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but we are going to look into it,

aren't we?

The other thing which

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struck us is there are only three

people on the board who make the

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decision.

There are many people who

sit on the board, but at any one

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time there are only three.

Shall we

go into how many people its?

Dozens,

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but it comes down to three people in

the end.

Well, it may do. You also

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have the situation where not only

were the victims not told he was

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going to be released, and many, many

victims were not used in the court

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trial.

Indeed, and the fact of the

matter, as well, is we don't know

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why the decision was made by the

parole board, and we won't know.

The

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Daily Telegraph reports that the

children, chairman of the parole

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board is considering publishing the

rationale behind the decision to

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release John Worboys, but tonight, a

spokesperson for the parole board

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said this is misleading and that it

has no plans to release this

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information, because rules don't

permit it to. And that raises the

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question about should the rules be

changed? No-one the rules should be

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changed. I think that if you were

one of those victims or a relation

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of one of those victims, you would

want to know why the world, why this

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group of these three people on the

parole board, thought this man had

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changed so much in nine years,

having been convicted of raping, I

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think, 14 women, is that right?

It

is a hell of a lot.

And then there

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are all the other alleged victims

out there.

It is 12 convictions, but

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there are thought to be possibly 100

women.

Don't you often think in

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Britain that our laws are very

old-fashioned and they are all about

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property? So you steal, you really

go down for a long time. But

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actually raping a woman on a

premeditated basis...

When you look

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at the kind of things he had in his

cab, it is utterly shocking.

Well,

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there are calls for the reasoning

behind the parole board's decision

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to be made available. The Observer

is where we will finish, bigly.

I

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think we should put this on our CV

is when we apply for the parole

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board, we are a very stable genius.

I will give you both good

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references. We have heard Trump say

I am a very stable genius, we have

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also said we have a situation where

I was a very excellent student,

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which is extraordinary English,

isn't it?

Even if you were a very

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excellent student, would you go

around boasting about it?

It is

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better to wear these things lightly.

I think so, that people find out for

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themselves.

He is keeping this story

going.

You have to wonder,

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apparently he has his lawyers going

over this one, but you have to

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wonder if he has read the book as

avidly as others?

Well, Michael

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Wolff says he doesn't read.

Is the

audio book available? They are

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casting doubt on his mental

stability, whether he is fit for

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office. He wants instant

gratification, but of course Donald

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Trump is rubbishing Michael Wolff,

saying he is a fraud and this is a

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work of fiction.

If he says he has

tapes, that will be interesting. He

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says he was sitting around in the

White House for ages. I mean, Donald

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Trump is on the Apprentice every

day. He just happens to be president

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of America. He just happens to be

broadcasting from the White House.

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And having started reading the book,

I have to say what you read here

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ties in entirely with the character

Michael Wolff is talking about. I

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don't think he is doing himself any

favours with these types of

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comments.

And the books will sell

well. It is a shame it wasn't time

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for Christmas, it would have gone

wild. Thank you very much for coming

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in, lovely to see you both again.

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