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Hello.

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This is BBC News.

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We'll be taking a look at tomorrow

morning's papers in a moment.

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First, the headlines.

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The Government considers a judicial

review into the decision to release

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serial sex attacker John Worboys.

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Every victim out there,

every friend and family of victims,

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and everybody who has read

about this case will

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want to know that we are doing

everything we can to make sure that

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the victims are properly protected.

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Police searching for a man

in connection with a suspected

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crossbow attack, which left one man

dead and a pregnant woman injured,

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discover a body in a vehicle.

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The future of the engineering giant

Carillion remains in doubt.

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Ministers are due to resume

crisis talks tomorrow

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to save it from collapse.

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The leading fashion photographer

Mario Testino has been suspended

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from working for Vogue,

following allegations

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of sexual harassment.

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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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at the London Evening Standard,

and Owen Bennett, deputy political

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editor at HuffPost UK.

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Welcome to you both. And this, all

being well technologically, is the

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last time the papers will look like

this. It's all going to be different

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tomorrow, fingers crossed. The front

pages for tonight.

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The Metro leads on the future

of Ukip's leader, Henry Bolton,

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after his girlfriend was suspended

from the party for sending

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apparently racist text

messages about Meghan Markle

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The FT reports on the trouble-hit

contractor Carillion.

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It asks why it was awarded

£2 billion in government

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contracts, despite issuing

a profits warning last year.

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The Times also has that story. It

also pictures a claim which skidded

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off a runway in Turkey.

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The Express has research claiming

that adding more fibre to your diet

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can help fight rheumatoid arthritis.

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The I has a special report

about arms deals to countries

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such as Saudi Arabia

following the Brexit vote.

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The Sun reports on the marriage

difficulties of TV star

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Anthony McPartlin.

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The Mirror also leads on that story.

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He is to divorce his wife of 11

years.

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The Telegraph claims medical records

of British cancer victims have been

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passed to a US firm working

for one of the world's

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biggest tobacco companies.

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Let's start with the Ukip story,

it's on the front of the Metro. Your

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racist lover or your job. A warning

to the Ukip leader, Henry Bolton.

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Remind us of the story.

Many people

might have forgotten, and you might

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understand why, but Henry Bolton was

elected Ukip leader last autumn, and

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since then it's emerged he's left

his wife for a younger party

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activist. Some text messages have

emerged, in which she made some

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racist and disparaging comments

about Meghan Markle. Ukip know how

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to turn these things into even more

of a drama than a crisis, and now

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they say he has to choose between

his girlfriend of his job, the

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comments of the party chairman

today. We understand other papers

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are printing other messages,

referring to other things equally

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despicable, to be honest. Ukip, they

are a party without a purpose, and

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seemingly a party without a leader

again, it seems.

They seem to have

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trouble getting the right leader in

post for any length of time.

I

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suppose, when he was elected, he

might have seemed a decent choice,

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an ex-army person and so on, and he

might have seemed a safe pair of

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hands at that time, and it's all

gone horribly wrong with his romance

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and now these revelations about

these rather distasteful comments

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that his new girlfriend has been

making. Although clearly one person

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should not necessarily be liable for

the actions of their partner and so

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on, on the other hand, I think in

this case, it's a bit too close to

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home, isn't it? He becomes

identified with it himself, and I

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don't think he can be identified

with the sort of things she is

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saying. The headline here, your

racist lover or your job, is

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probably an accurate summation.

It's

the association, isn't it? You

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mentioned the purpose of Ukip, with

Nigel Farage suggesting there might

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need to be a second referendum just

to make sure we leave the EU, once

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we know a deal, that purpose, isn't

it?

Whenever Farage made that claim,

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Ukip distanced themselves from it.

Of course, Farage is still the face

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of the party. I don't think there is

going to be a second referendum and

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I don't think was going to call it

would the Tories Labour wouldn't

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call it.

And Farage then distanced

himself from it.

He is very good at

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getting himself off the front page.

This just shows really, and I'm

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surprised it's even on the front

page now, toonie owes to Henry

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Bolton is really? -- who knows who

the real is.

Financial Times and

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Times covering the story about

Carillion, the engineering giant

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with £900 million worth of debt from

various banks. They were in trouble

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and issued a profits warning last

year, but still awarded this

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government contract.

The issue here

is it's a massive company that,

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until recently, most people had

never heard of, they are running all

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sorts of public sector maintenance

and construction contracts across a

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huge range of areas, and they have a

massive debt pile. The question in

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today's story in the FT and the

Times is the allegation that the

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government awarded them, they had

issued profit warnings last year and

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the government kept awarding them

contracts, and the criticism is that

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they shouldn't have been doing so,

and there are rules that suggest

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they shouldn't have done it, and

that therefore they were throwing

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taxpayers money, and money after

bad. On the other hand, there was a

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line in the FT from somebody from

the government, suggesting that the

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problem would have been, if they

haven't put that money in at the

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time, the company would have to the

wall immediately. It still

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potentially will go to the wall, but

it's lived longer and there might be

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of risking it.

So many

subcontractors to the companies,

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which do the look of the HotBot

Carillion, will be watching closely

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to see if they have a future. --

which do the work of Carillion.

It

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could be that other companies come

in and cherry pick and it's all

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divvied up by administration.

Lord

Adonis was criticising the decision

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to offer hand-outs to those running

the East Coast Main Line, and

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saying, if this is privatisation,

they have to stand fall on their

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merits. The government, a

Conservative government

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particularly, if it believes in the

free market, it shouldn't be handing

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out taxpayers money to prop them up.

I agree with Lord Adonis about east

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coast, that was a disgrace, but in

this case I think the problem is,

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and he might be right on this one as

well, but the only trouble is it's

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like the banks, too big to fail. As

you said, they are running all of

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these contracts that maintain

prisons, the NHS, hospitals, quite a

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view of those, and that work has to

be done, so the question ultimately

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will be, the company, the work, a

lot of it, will continue, so it's a

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question of whether losses will

come. The company will probably be

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restructured and formulated in

underway and somebody will have to

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take a hit. And one is the investors

in the company at the moment taking

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a loss, or the other one is that the

government has to step in and do it

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on their behalf. Obviously, the

right course is probably for the

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individual investors to take that

hit, as private investors, and

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that's probably what should happen.

Whether that does happen or not is

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the big political question of the

coming weeks.

Let's look at the

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second story on the Times.

Households face big fines in

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fly-tipping crackdown food how do

you trace it back to a particular

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house?

These things make headlines

and it looks good, households will

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be fined £400 for paying in an man

in a van or taking were rubbish. We

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know that local government has been

decimated by austerity, so how are

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they going to have time to police

this and bring prosecutions? It's a

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lengthy process already declined to

prosecute people for fly-tipping. --

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to try and prosecute. It's come from

death row -- Defra, and the

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Conservatives seem to be using this

as a battering ram to get into the

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public good books. A lot of the

reason why people are fly-tipping is

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that bin collections have been cut

by cuts to local government.

And

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also recycling centres and household

waste disposal centres, which seem

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to be open less and less and it's

harder and harder to get them to

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dispose of your stuff. They have

always been people who fight it

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though.

That's no excuse. It is

possible to take things to be

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recycling centre or the local tip or

stick it in your bins at not at the

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end of the road. If that does

happen. I think the activity is

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reprehensible and I'd be entirely in

favour of hitting those people hard.

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If they can back it up.

But it's one

thing having an aspiration and

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another actually doing and achieving

it. But the principle has to be

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right, because what happens is

people through their old sofa down a

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lay-by somewhere or whatever and

then somebody else, the taxpayer

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ultimately ends up having to pay for

it, and it creates a hell of a mess

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and costs somebody off the money.

And move on to the I. UK's Brexit

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arms deals exclusive, exports to the

world's most repressive regimes rise

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by nearly a third. The year after

the vote to leave the EU is the

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connection they are making.

Personally, I think that's a bit

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spurious. Of course, we've always

wanted, and the Independent and the

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I will not like this, and I think

their position was always to be

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critical of that type of trade, and

that's a legitimate position. If you

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believe we have arms industry and

want to support that, of course we

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are going to try and sell the arms.

There is a question about who we

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sell them and some of the people

listed here, Equatorial Guinea, with

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a terrible record of human rights

abuses, so you wonder what we are

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selling to them. Uzbekistan, not the

greatest country for human rights.

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The country they list is responsible

for the largest chunk of this

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increased is oh man, and they talk

about it as an authoritarian regime,

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and it's not a democracy in the pure

sense or whatever, but I don't think

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it's high up on the worst in the

world. I don't think it's to do with

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Brexit, probably just the timing of

a good deal with Oman skewing the

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figures.

The article argues that, if

you look at the freedom index, it's

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those countries you mention that

these deals are being struck with.

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They are trying to develop a post

Brexit industrial strategy to plug

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any gap over trade with the rest of

the EU.

They quote a speech Michael

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Fallon made when he was Defence

Secretary about that thing, wanted

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to spread our arms across the world,

if you'll pardon the expression. I

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agree that linking it to Brexit, it

doesn't need that in there. You can

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be annoyed that we are selling

weapons to those regimes, if you

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like. I don't see why the Brexit

angle is in there.

We've been doing

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it for a long time, whether we

should be or not.

They quote

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Thailand is being a military

dictatorship, but would you put that

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in the same category as Saudi

Arabia? Tying it to Brexit, I just

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think it confuses it a bit too much.

Guardian, students drafted in to

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plug NHS gap. While these students?

This is now a tabloid!

Yes, a new

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shape.

All those who have worked for

tabloids can now be sniffy about the

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Guardian. But it was a good format

before and it will no doubt do very

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well, and it is possible to produce

a good, quality paper in tabloid

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format.

Says a man from the

Standard!

The Times with tabloid and

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produces a good newspaper was

is

easier to cope with on the train.

It

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is. It is driven by cost cutting,

that's the long and short.

So the

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students, who are they?

Fourth and

fifth year medical students who are

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being asked to help on wards,

according to the letter that the

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Guardian has got hold of saying it

shouldn't be beyond their

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competence, and the BMA is quoted

saying that it is indicative of the

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terrible situation the NHS is in.

That's probably true that isn't a

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desirable situation but, on the

other hand, perhaps we shouldn't

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panic entirely, and these people are

quite close to becoming completely

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trained doctors.

I'd rather have a

completely trained doctor though.

It

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was always August you should avoid

being in hospital, because that's

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when the medical graduates were let

loose on the ward.

These are

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undergraduates, and this is a

terrible situation to put them in

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full we spoke to people working in

A&E departments and the stress they

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are under, not just putting

undergraduates into this situation

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to carry out minor medical

procedures, they will be stressful

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environment and I am worried they

will not have the capacity to deal

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with it they haven't finished their

training.

The Daily Express. A fibre

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diet can help fight arthritis and

how much have you got to eat and

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what?

A bowl of muesli per day.

That's what it is for the how many

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bacon sandwiches? It doesn't say.

Do

we know what science is involved?

Is

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there any?

Something about fatty

acids. Who knew that eating fried

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was good for you.

It's about beating

information.

Is it? That's good. --

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beating inflammation.

Let's finish

with the FT. Lloyds brings thrill

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seekers back to Earth.

This is the

Lloyd's building which has all of

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its interior workings, he lifts and

all that, outside.

Like the Pompidou

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centre in Paris.

Yes, and disastrous

for maintenance. An award-winning

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building, grade one listed, but

apparently also easy to climb, so

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they are trying to stop thrill

seekers who are all climbing up into

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the top, taking selfies and creating

a risk to themselves, and probably

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to people walking below.

It must be

an expensive operation.

They have

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spent £80,000 on enhanced security,

including patrols and cameras to

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detect climbing. Personally, I think

if these idiots want to do it, but I

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suppose it's not fair on the table

below. If you witnessed something

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terrible.

I've got a head for

heights, but even that would put me

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off.

I will not be one of those

thrill seekers!

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That's it for The Papers this hour.

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Thank you, Martin Bentham

and Owen Bennett.

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You'll both be back at 11:30pm

for another look at the stories

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making the news tomorrow.

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