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This is BBC News -

our latest headlines:

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Afghan security forces regain

control of a hotel in Kabul

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after it was seized by gunmen.

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Six civilians died and 160

others were rescued.

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The Taliban says it

carried out the attack.

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The Ukip leader, Henry Bolton,

fights to keep his job as the party

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holds an emergency meeting

to discuss his future.

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Critics say it's time for him to go.

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On Monday, if Henry is still

the leader of this party then we are

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going to lose members, activists,

branches and donors and this

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jeopardises the very existence

of our party.

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A new organisation to

protect consumer safety -

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the Government is setting up

a new body to monitor defective

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or tainted products.

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People in England with dementia

and autism could soon be entitled

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to blue badge parking permits,

meaning they can park for free...

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Coming up in a few minutes,

our Sunday morning

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edition of the papers.

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This mornings reviewers

are political commentator,

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James Millar and journalist

and author Lainy Malkani.

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One line of news coming into us. We

are hearing a 54-year-old man has

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been arrested after an eight-year

old girl was stabbed to death in

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Brownhill near Walsall. This

according to the West Midlands

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Police, telling us they 54-year-old

man has been arrested after an

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eight-year old girl was stabbed.

This happened in Brownhill, near

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Walsall. Let me see if I can find

any more information coming in on

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fact. The homicide unit saying they

are treating it as a domestic

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incident. They are not looking in --

looking for anyone else in

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connection with the incident. They

say their thoughts remain with the

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family. That is all the information

we have. The 50-year-old --

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54-year-old man arrested after an

eight-year-old girl is stabbed to

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death. Police saying is a domestic

incident. This is BBC News, 9:32am.

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Before the papers, sport.

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And for a full round up,

from the BBC Sport Centre,

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here's JJ Chalmers.

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Hello, good morning.

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Kyle Edmund has powered into his

first Grand Slam quarter-final.

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He's beaten Italy's Andreas Seppi

at the Australian Open.

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The British number two recovered

from a slow start to win

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in four sets in Melbourne.

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Edmund trailed by a set and a break

at one stage, but cut down

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the errors to secure his

place in the last eight.

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He'll face Australian Nick Kyrgios

or Grigor Dimitrov of

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Bulgaria on Tuesday.

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England's cricketers have given

themselves a good chance

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of clinching their one day

series against Australia.

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England posted 302 from their 50

overs after being put into bat.

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They made a slow start,

and when Moeen Ali was out

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they were 189-6 in the 39th over.

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Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes

repaired the damage.

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Woakes made an unbeaten 50

and Buttler reached a century off

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the last ball of the innings.

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A few moments ago Australia

were 158-3 in the 30th over.

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Alexis Sanchez is on the verge

of joining Manchester United

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from Arsenal, after United

midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan agreed

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to be part of a direct swap.

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The players will both

have their medicals today.

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Mkhitaryan's paperwork for his

transfer was completed yesterday.

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The length of the Armenian's

contract at Arsenal,

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and his salary, is undisclosed.

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Sanchez missed Arsenal's 4-1

win over Crystal Palace

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because he was travelling

to Manchester.

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The Premier League paid

tribute to Cyrille Regis,

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with fans across the country taking

time to remember the former England

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striker, who died last week.

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On the field, there were few

surprises with those fighting

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for a top four finish all winning,

as Drew Savage reports.

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Before the action,

time for reflection.

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Football took a minute to celebrate

the life of West Brom,

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Coventry and and England striker

Cyrille Regis, who died this

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week at the age of 59.

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And then, business as usual.

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Manchester City took another step

towards the Premier League title.

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Record scorer Sergio

Aguero was at it again -

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his 11th hat-trick for City.

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Last week's defeat at

Liverpool, a distant memory.

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Newcastle United on the

receiving end, beaten 3-1.

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It is so important because we need

goals and we score in the past,

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in the present and we will score

in the future.

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It was an important finish.

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So City are still 12 points ahead

of Manchester United,

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who ground out a 1-0 win at Burnley.

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They only had two shots

on target, Romelo Lukaku put

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in the hard yards...

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Anthony Martial put it away.

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That keeps Jose Mourinho's

side in second place,

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three points ahead of Chelsea.

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They'd started 2018 with five draws

and struggled for goals.

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At Brighton, that was

no longer a problem.

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COMMENTATOR:

Willian.

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There's a lovely flow

about Chelsea here.

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It's absolutely sensational,

what a wonderful goal!

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A great afternoon for Eden Hazard,

as well as playing his part

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in Willian's goal, he scored two

himself and made this

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young man's day.

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Arsenal reacted to last week's

defeat to Bournemouth

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by destroying Crystal Palace 4-1.

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All their goals came

in the first 22 minutes,

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although they are still some way off

the Champions League places.

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And Stoke City responded

to new manager Paul Lambert

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with their first win

for nearly a month.

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2-0 against Huddersfield,

which means they're out

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of the relegation zone.

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Elsewhere, Leicester are up

to seventh after beating Watford.

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Everton versus West Brom

and West Ham versus Bournemouth

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both finished 1-1.

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Southampton host Spurs

at 4pm this afternoon.

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Celtic cruised into the Scottish Cup

fifth round with a 5-0

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thrashing of Brechin City.

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The Scottish Premiership champions

have had a three-week winter break,

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and looked refreshed at Celtic Park.

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Brendan Rodgers fielded a strong

team, despite his opponents

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currently sitting bottom of Scottish

football's second tier,

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without a league win all season.

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Saracens are still in with a chance

of retaining their Champions Cup

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trophy, after beating

Northampton Saints 62-14.

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The defending champions had to win

against Saint to have a chance

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of making the quarter-finals.

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But, they still need other results

to go their way today

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if they are to make the last eight.

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Scarlets have no such worries.

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They beat Toulon to become the first

Welsh side to qualify

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for the quarter finals since 2012.

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Bath and Ospreys are out, though.

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There will be a new name

on the Masters trophy this evening

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with Mark Allen taking on Kyren

Wilson.

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Neither player has reached

this stage before.

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Allen knocked out two-time winner

John Higgins in his semi-final,

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having already beaten Ronnie

O'Sullivan.

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Wilson defeated world

number three Judd Trump

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to make his first Masters final.

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England won their opening match

of the Netball Quad Series

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against New Zealand 64-57

at the Copper Box Arena

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in London last night.

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The match had to go to extra time

after the score was level at 49

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points all at the end

of regulation time.

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It's the fourth edition

of the round robin format

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series between England,

South Africa, New Zealand

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and Australia, with all the teams

preparing for April's Commonwealth

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Games on the Gold Coast.

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History was made at Ascot

yesterday as Un De So won

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the Clarence House Chase

for a record third time.

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In testing conditions,

jockey Paul Townend patiently

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guided the favourite home.

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It's the 8th grade one win

for Un De So who's trained

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in Ireland by Wille Mullins.

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How's this for impressive driving...

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A mistake in heat one saw

British Bobsleigh duo Meesha McNeill

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and Montell Douglas nearly come out

of their sled at the final World Cup

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event, before the Winter Olympics,

but thanks to McNeill's quick

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reactions the pair narrowly

escaped crashing.

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That's all the sport for now.

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Now on BBC News, The Papers.

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Hello and welcome to our look

at today's Sunday morning papers.

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As usual a mixed bag of stories

in today's editions -

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Which I will be reviewing

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Which I will be reviewing with our

guests in the studio.

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Politics, celebrity engagements

and Donald Trump so let's take

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a closer look with my guests.

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With me are the journalist

and author Lainy Malkanithe,

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and political commentator

James Millar.

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Starting off this morning's

papers is The Times,

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which says allies of the Labour

leader Jeremy Corbyn are planning

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to deselect 50 moderate Labour MPs.

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The Telegraph leads with comments

from the Foreign Secretary Boris

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Johnson, arguing the UK should

welcome a visit from Donald Trump.

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The Sunday Express says more

than a 100 Tory MPs will demand

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the Prime Minister ends free

movement and leaves the single

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market as soon as the UK exits

the EU in March next year.

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The Observer says the Prime Minister

is to tackle pension abuse

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from greedy bosses who attempt

to "line their own pockets"

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while failing to look

after worker's pension schemes.

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And the Mail on Sunday leads

with an investigation carried out

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by Channel 4 into three former

Conservative cabinet ministers,

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in what the paper calls a "cash

for Brexit" controversy.

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That is the papers in brief but

let's talk about them in a lot more

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detail. Lainy, let's start with the

Sunday Telegraph. They have Boris

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Johnson saying, stop moaning about

Donald Trump coming to Britain on a

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visit, let's get him over here, we

should welcome a visit from Donald

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Trump.

I'm under the impression,

unless I'm wrong, I thought there

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was a planned visit happening and

then Donald Trump then said, I don't

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want to come.

So it's not as the

cancelled?

Yes, I think that's the

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case. The US embassy which has been

moved to South London, was pretty

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dismissive about that move to South

London and said he won't come to cut

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the ribbon. So I'm not sure. Boris

Johnson seems to want to continue

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really remind us of the special

relationship, perhaps that is what

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is behind this, a reminder there is

a so-called special relationship

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between the US and UK wants to

remind us of that fact. But I wasn't

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under any impression an invitation

was rescinded.

I suppose he's having

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a go at the people that are saying

they would protest against a Trump

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visit, making him feel unwelcome. He

says Jeremy Corbyn for example is

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guilty of anti-Americanism and

quotes and ignorant interest in the

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economic of this country.

It is up

to people if they want to protest,

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it's up to the individual. I do

think this is about cementing the

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idea of the special relationship. He

says this is the single most

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important economic relationship

there is. I wonder about those other

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countries in the world, the nations

of the Commonwealth for example,

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that Britain was supposed to be

making new trade relationships

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within the light of Brexit. That

seems to have been put on the back

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burner now.

James, should we be more

positive in rolling out the red

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carpet for Donald Trump and stop all

these ideas of the protest if he

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comes customer I don't know about

stopping the idea of a protest but

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there's a lot to say about a visit

from Donald Trump, it would unite

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the nation.

Not Boris Johnson. I

suspect is trying to remind people

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about Boris Johnson... He came out

in the week with his bridge to

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France idea, that presumably didn't

get him enough attention so he's

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come out with, how can I get

attention? Everyone pays attention

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when you talk about Donald Trump so

I will talk about Donald Trump.

Is

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it that simple? He's the Foreign

Secretary, surely he's allowed to

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talk about relations with the United

States.

He is allowed to but why

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now? Perhaps there was a re-shuffle

in which it was trying to make sure

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there was no obvious successor to

her and safer position and in the

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last week Boris has come out with a

bridge Defrance, which is a bit

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nuts, let's be honest, it's not

going to happen. And now being

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controversial and saying we should

welcome Trump.

In the wake of

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Brexit, surely we do need trade

deals with other countries, whatever

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you think of Brexit, the reality is

we will need new trade relationships

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and the United States is hugely

important, so therefore it's a

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pretty good reason to roll out the

red carpet for Donald Trump.

But he

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is not banned from coming to the UK,

so he can come. If the suggestion

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is, is to make all those that wanted

to protest about him and this

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uniting force you spoke about,

protests on the streets, then that

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is the democratic right of the

people of this country.

But it is

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his right to say, make an welcome,

stop talking about protests.

Of

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course, exactly, but...

He can come.

No one is stopping him.

There's a

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weird bit where it says the people

that voted for Trump are not bad

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people, they are on the whole good

and kindly people. I get that, you

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cannot demonise the millions that

voted for Trump but people are going

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to protest, or who want to protest

are also good and kindly people with

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Erin point of view.

Everyone is good

and kindly! Including new two, of

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course. Let's stick with America for

a moment. The Observer on their

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front pages, the latest on the

dysfunctionality, I suppose, of

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Washington and the fact that

everything can just shut down

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because there's this deadlock on

Capitol Hill and government services

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just shut down because they can't

get a vote on the money, on

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government spending money.

Yeah, I'm

not sure it is dysfunction, at the

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risk of being controversial. It's

the way the American system works,

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everyone has to work together to get

through a deal.

But that is not

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happening.

That's not happening,

that is the problem. The bizarre

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thing is we have a Republican

president and Republicans

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controlling Congress and the Senate

and still they can't agree to get a

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deal through, in terms of funding

for various programmes that they

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need to agree on. It's a very weird

system.

We have had these shutdowns

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before in the United States but I

don't think we have ever had it

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where it is the same party in

control of the White House and

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Congress.

I was surprised to hear

the last time there was a shutdown

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was 2013. It doesn't seem that long

ago. I was watching interviews on TV

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yesterday, comments from people in

the US that are likely to suffer as

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a result of this shutdown, in other

words they won't be being paid, they

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don't know if they can go into their

jobs on Monday, what will they do

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instead? It was almost a very

natural approach to this has

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happened before. If it was me, I'd

be wondering how am I going to pay

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my mortgage question how will I

afford to fill up the car with

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petrol, do you know what I mean? It

seemed to be like a natural progress

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on, that this has happened before,

only into thousands ten and will

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happen again. Yet it's quite

shocking to read principal services

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that many honest, law-abiding people

go and work in and will not be able

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to go to their jobs or be paid.

OK.

Let's come back to domestic events.

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The Observer from page has Theresa

May saying she will find greedy

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bosses who betray their workers, in

terms of pension schemes especially,

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in the wake of the Carillion

disaster and BHS. A lot of examples

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where pensioners have suddenly seen

their pension schemes apparently in

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jeopardy.

It is interesting. This is

a new look Observer, tabloid

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Observer and they have got the Prime

Minister to write something for them

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which is topical and will concern a

lot of people. A lot of us don't

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know if we will retire or what we

will get when we retire, very

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different to the baby boomers who

had their guaranteed pension. It is

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an issue that ticks a lot of boxes.

The only problem is Theresa May has

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spoken about stuff like this before,

putting workers on boards, working

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for the many and not the few, if you

like and all this stuff. She spoken

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about it before and it hasn't

happened yet. I just wonder...

You

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are holding your breath.

A lot of

talk about a white paper and points

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being discovered for a White Paper.

You feel may be potential owners

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feel betrayed by these big

companies?

It feels a bit like a

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White Paper or a new policy after

the problem has happened. For a lot

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of people who have pensions and are

coming up to receiving their

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pensions, it's a bit late in the day

to say there are going to be tougher

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laws or sanctions or whatever, or

that they will be keeping much more

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than I on this. Why aren't...

There

is a pensions regulator at the

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moment.

In which case, is what has

the pensions regulator been doing up

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until this point question mark that

is a big question. We will have

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another layer of legislation or

another layer of keeping an eye on

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it but for many people that has come

too late. The idea that government

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is getting involved in the private

aspects of the way in which we are

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governed, perhaps we need to go and

look at that again and look at the

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issue of private partnerships.

The

Sunday Times, a continuing story of

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the Labour Party, really, and what

they see as the drift to the left.

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Jeremy Corbyn allies looking to oust

50 Labour MPs. This is momentum

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really, isn't it?

Funny old story

this one. First few paragraphs are

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exactly that. About what is going on

it in Westminster 's, rumours and it

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has been claimed that with momentum

winning seats in the NEC, they will

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use that to put pressure on MPs they

think are not quite on board with

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the left-wing agenda. Then there is

a sort of gear changing to the story

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of Haringey, this north London

borough where it looks like the

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candidate will probably win control

in May. It is a really interesting

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story because it might turn out to

be like in the 80s, one of these

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nutty councils that does all these

properly left-wing things. But it

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might not, it might work out well.

It was keeping an eye on. For

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example, worried about putting it as

a splash of labour because it looks

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London centric.

Do you think Labour

is lifting to the left, Lainy, or

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momentum driving out moderates?

I

thought Labour was on the left

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rather than drifting into the left.

Drifting to the hard left.

I think

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the way this is written is quite

sinister. There's this hit list that

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exists. But calling Hilary Benn of

all people on a hit list... I don't

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want to pigeonhole people into being

hard left but he doesn't strike me

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as the troublemakers of the Labour

Party kind of things to buy a quick

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look at another story on the front

page of the Sunday Times, a slightly

0:20:520:20:56

lighter story.

Michael Gove having a

go at clock watching civil servants,

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doesn't think they are working hard

enough it seems.

Again, back to that

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re-shuffle on people trying to get

some attention for the Michael Gove

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has a story on the front page. He

reckons civil servants, not that

0:21:090:21:12

they don't work hard enough, well he

does think that, but they do their

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hours that is it. That apparently is

wrong in Michael Gove's world. That

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seems entirely sensible. There is a

brilliant exchange round the Cabinet

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table apparently, when Michael Gove

went on a brand and complained about

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it the PM Riley replied, it's called

flexible working, Michael, and we as

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a government support it. I think for

a lot of people who do flexible

0:21:340:21:38

working more might want to use

flexible working in the future

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pleased to see the PM is on board

with that.

Lainy, an interesting

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story in the Sunday Telegraph about

lipstick knives which are being

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advertised for sale on Instagram

among other places.

I found this...

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Given the level of knife crime that

we are experiencing in particular, I

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don't want to say throughout the

country but in London and in other

0:22:030:22:07

cities, that... The called lipstick

knives because they fit in your

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handbag, in stereotypical pink

colours, there is a cat knife out

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there that you can slip into your

handbag and it is very much geared

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towards a female market. I find it

quite disturbing, this piece, that

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these are being advertised on

Instagram and banned in the UK but

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being advertised on Instagram.

Is

the idea they are for self defence?

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Is that why they are being

advertised?

Not even the self

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defence, they are not going to be

used at all. They are kind of like

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mementos of things you might just

put on your windowsill. Somebody

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actually bought one for his wife,

went to America and bought one for

0:22:480:22:51

his wife and just thought, she just

liked colourful things that

0:22:510:22:55

sparkled. But I find it, as I said

given the fact that there is knife

0:22:550:23:01

crime, this level of knife crime and

that these pocket knives are being

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advertised, which are illegal in

this country, you can't buy it here,

0:23:080:23:11

you can buy it on the Internet and

that is a worrying thing.

James

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Comey worried by that?

I think this

is because a bunch of the stories.

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They have pictures of the knives and

they do look like lipsticks and you

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wonder why anybody would or need to

have one, really. They are described

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as the mermaid, the fans of all

rainbow, the rainbow blade and being

0:23:280:23:32

pictured on Instagram with hashtags

like girl power and like a girl.

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There is no goal power of carrying a

knife. There is nothing nicer

0:23:370:23:42

glamorous about it. But one of my

concerns is the way it is covered.

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Because it's the papers, they focus

on Instagram. I think the story

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stands up on its own about the

knives but papers like to have a dig

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at social media because they are

rivals.

Let's end off with a nice

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story about Ed Sheeran, who is going

to marry his schoolboy Crush

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according to the Sunday Times. This

is a story in a lot of the papers

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today. Ed Sheeran getting married to

a girl he knew at school.

Very cute.

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Never dated her at school as I

understand. They got together later

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on. He had an accident and she

looked after him for a whole year.

0:24:230:24:26

He talked about... What's the name,

Cherry Seaborn, having looked after

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him every single day whilst he took

time to recuperate. Love has

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blossomed. He is 26, she is 25, far

too young to be getting married in

0:24:390:24:44

my opinion but what do I know!

What

is the ideal age?

These are young

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people. If they were my kids would I

be saying, yet, get married.

Wait a

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few years. James, are you happy?

He

is a divisive figure, Ed Sheeran. I

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think he can write a decent song,

fair play to him. He's a modern pop

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star, marrying an accountant. Pop

stars used to marry...

There's

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nothing wrong with that!

A cocaine

fuelled supermodel... He's marrying

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an accountant, living up to his

boring image.

Good luck to him. I

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hope is not listening to those cruel

comments. Paul

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for Ed Sheeran.

And the cats are

happy for them as well!

That is it

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from the papers for today. Thank you

both.

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Don't forget you can see the front

pages of the papers online

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on the BBC News website.

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later on BBC iPlayer.

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see you soon. Bye-bye.

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