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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 Polly Curtis,

Editor-In-Chief of HuffPost UK

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and Caroline Wheeler,

Deputy Political Editor

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of the Sunday Times.

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Welcome to you both.

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Many of tomorrow's front

pages are already in.

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The Financial Times leads

with the end of the US

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government shutdown -

saying the Democrats have secured

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assurances on immigration.

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The Telegraph warns that obease

children are likely to suffer health

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problems right through their lives.

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The I goes with concerns

about the welfare of poultry -

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saying that a million birds die

in transit every year.

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Polly and Caroline -

let's start things off

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The Guardian has an interview with

the head of the national cyber

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Security Centre who says there will

be a major cyber attack on the next

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couple of years. Many people in

Britain are needlessly taking

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staters, in the Daily Express. Boris

Johnson will call for more money for

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the NHS in The Times in a cabinet

meeting tomorrow. Just a flavour of

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the front pages. Thank you very much

for being with us.

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Polly and Caroline -

let's start things off

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with our first story.

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The Telegraph. Caroline, children

are obese at 11 doomed to an early

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death. That is a rather horrific

headline.

It certainly is, as a

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mother of three. Some fairly stark

warnings from the body which has put

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together this report, suggesting one

in three children will be obese by

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the time they leave primary school.

That is age 11. Some of the warnings

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are that they are doomed in this

cycle of eating behaviour that will

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actually cut short their life by ten

years and also their healthy life by

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20 years. They are saying that

something needs to be done about it.

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But it is the same things we hear

again and again. Saying there should

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be less advertising on television of

things that are bad for us,

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particularly targeted towards

children. And that they should stop

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selling fast food outside schools.

As a mum, I don't think it goes far

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enough. I really struggle with what

I feed my children. My little girl

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has had one of those horrible

letters at five saying she is

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overweight even though to the

average person...

From the school?

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It comes from the public health

authority. They do random testing of

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children at the beginning of primary

school and the end. To most people

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she seems to look perfectly healthy.

But I will be the first person to

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admit that I struggle with what I

feed my children. Because is so much

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of what we give them is marketed as

something healthy. It says it has

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one of your five a Day in it. But it

doesn't say that it is twice as much

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fat and loads of sugar.

The Ukip story has been our main

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story most of the day. The newspaper

not making too big a plate of it.

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The political correspondents have

been having a ball with this story

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all day. We have had resignation

after resignation of all of the

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spokespeople from Ukip front bench,

they call it. Trying to force the

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leader out. At the end of the day,

when we have all that on it, this is

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the most you get on a front page

because people are just not that

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interested in Ukip any more. It is a

small piece in the Daily Telegraph

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just skirting over the issues.

The

infighting goes on. Henry Bolton

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talking about draining the swamp of

the party's leadership.

It is

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extraordinary language, isn't it?

But he isn't going anywhere despite

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the fact his front bench have. It'll

be interesting to see if Nigel

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Farage says anything because he does

resonate with the voters...

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Resonate, rather than resonate.

CHUCKLES

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The Financial Times, this story

about the shutdown in the US, which

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has been resolved for the time being

with that deal.

It's only until the

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8th of February. Given what we know

about Trump's position on this in

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general it wouldn't surprise me if

we saw this issue blow back up again

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fairly shortly. As of now there is a

deal, an interim deal, for the next

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three weeks, so they can get on,

people can get paid, and go back to

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work, which is great.

It is a lot of

theatre. The last paragraph says

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that despite the political rank it

hasn't touched the dollar. The

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economy will not feel it. It is a

lot of theatre.

Does it show the

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dysfunctionality of the American

political system? The fact that it

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can just shut down.

Dysfunctionality? In the American

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Government? This is about the most

mundane thing that has happened.

It

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really is. This is an ordinary thing

by today's standards.

A picture in

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the FT of Davos. It's the World

Economic Forum where the global

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elites get together on the snowy

slopes of Switzerland. Christine

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Lagarde pictured, the managing

director of the IMF. The great and

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the good of the world stage, they

get together and chat, it must.

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Absolutely. The front pages are

split. -- get together and chat, it

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must be a good thing. Theresa May

will be outnumbered by remain

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supporters such as Angela Merkel.

Tony Blair is going to be there.

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Will she meet Trump? That's the big

question. They are supposed to.

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Rumours are he isn't happy. It might

be cordial. But then you have John

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McDonnell who has been sneering at

all of these people all of these

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years. The scene is set for a jolly

time.

It's a strange concept that

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all of these world leaders meet in

this very beautiful but also

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snowbound mountain top in

Switzerland.

It gives the FT a great

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picture to lead on.

They are not big

on pictures on their front pages,

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are they?

Exactly. It is a talking

shop. The great and the good meat to

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go through the big economic issues

of the day.

The new look Guardian.

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Do we like the new look?

I really

like it. I think it is great to

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read. I finish every story.

You

finish every story!

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CHUCKLES

I think it is really accessible and

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really showcases their journalism

brilliantly.

They have an exclusive

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about a warning of a cyber attack on

the UK. What do you make of that?

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Scary, but, when you are at red

alert for terror attacks date to

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day, is it the first worry?

It is

the head of the National cyber

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Security Centre warning of a major

cyber attack. Saying it is a matter

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of when not if.

We have had a few,

the one on the NHS was particularly

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worrying. And there has been one

apartment with the suggestion that

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it happened just days before an

election. -- there has been one on

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Parliament. We are on a very high

state of readiness for any kind of

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cyber or terrorist related activity

as it is.

And he is predicting

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specifically in the next two years.

It will be a category one attack.

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Defined as an assault which might

cripple infrastructure such as

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energy supplies, financial services

sector, City of London, I guess,

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another level from what we have had.

Sure.

That was the main story in the

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Guardian. Also another one about

cladding post-Grenfell Tower. What

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do you make of that? Only three of

the 160 social housing towers

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identify dangerous after Grenfell

Tower have been known to be clouded.

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There was so much concern over the

safety. -- to be recladded. Though

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all of these towers which had a

similar risk and only three have

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been changed. That is a real risk.

And especially the provenance that

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story had. The devastation brought

that entire area. You would have

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thought this would have been

massively high on the agenda. Given

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housing is meant to be one of the

centre plank of this Government's

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new Renaissance and new domestic

agenda.

All of the promises that

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were made in the aftermath of the

attack, it is the same as the

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housing for the people who were

living near Grenfell Tower, so many

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are still in hotels.

Astonishing.

They have not been able to make up

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for the failure which led to that

situation.

Really shocking.

Boris

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Johnson is demanding £5 billion

extra for the NHS. He is apparently

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going to say this at a cabinet

meeting tomorrow. Caroline, you do

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not think this is a new story, do

you?

I spotted it in the Sunday

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Times.

I think we all did.

We knew

he would make an intervention on the

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NHS. Broadly speaking this has been

on the cards for quite some time.

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The pledge that was emblazoned

across the bus during the referendum

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campaign about putting money into

the NHS when we leave the EU has

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been a thorn in his side ever since

it happened. Given the fact there

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were questions over the numbers in

the first place. He needs to

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detoxify that issue. The only way he

can do that is getting the

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Government to sign up. What they are

talking about, when we leave the EU,

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not necessarily, but from March next

year. But he isn't the only one.

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Others have been bashing about the

NHS.

He does seem to stray from his

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Foreign Office brief. Talking about

the health service, talking about

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the bridge across the Channel to

France, and so on.

He doesn't seem

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to follow many protocols. But nobody

is really raining him in.

I suppose

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the bridge to France is part of the

Foreign Office brief. Who knows?

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Also in the Times, the story about

Alison Saunders, head of the Crown

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Prosecution Service, talking about

rape complainants who stay silent,

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they risk the thought that they

consented to six.

I thought she

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would be on the sign -- the side of

the victims. Somebody said it is

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quite a normal response to being in

a very terrifying, violent situation

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like rape to go quiet and not

scream. I am surprised.

The Times

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says she is seeking to regain the

initiative after a series of

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collapsed rape trials, which we have

seen.

But it seems to be at the

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victims' expense.

And it doesn't

necessarily happen between strangers

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in a darkened alleyway. It can

happen between a married couple.

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Would you scream if you were in a

coercive relationship?

Very good

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point.

Has she made a mistake with

this intervention?

I don't know, I

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would like to read the rest of the

story tomorrow, but I am surprised

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by it, yeah.

Another royal wedding

coming up. Are you excited?

It is

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lovely news.

It is lovely news.

I

wonder how much it was delayed to

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make way for another royal wedding.

Maybe they come in threes. I don't

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know who is next. My favourite thing

about this story.

This is Princess

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Eugenie, by the way, getting married

this autumn at the same venue as

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Prince Harry. It is the place to get

married, isn't it?

Very trendy.

Is

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the royal family being rejuvenated

and we generated by these young

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royals?

I'm finding the

international interest in the

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wedding is fascinating. Our readers

around the world are completely

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gripped by it. They do not see any

squeamishness about celebrating a

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rich and privileged family. There is

a debate in this country about the

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place of the Royal family. But I

think young people, a lot of our

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audience, and the international

audiences are well up for a bit of

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good news and celebration.

I think

that's the same as the rest of the

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country. There has been a lot of

Brexit, instability, will the Prime

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Minister last, lots of front pages

dominated to doom and gloom. Then

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you see some happy news and I do

think people start to feel that

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although there is a campaign to have

another bank holiday, which would

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boost morale.

We would get two,

possibly, but never mind. Many

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thanks to both of you for coming in

and discussing tomorrow's front

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pages.

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Don't forget you can

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see the front pages of the papers

online on the BBC News website.

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It's all there for you -

7 days a week at bbc.co.uk/papers

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and if you miss the programme any

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evening you can watch it

later on BBC iPlayer.

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Thank you, Polly and Caroline.

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Goodbye.

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