23/01/2018 The Papers


23/01/2018

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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 political

commentator Jane Merrick

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and Kate Forrester,

political correspondent

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at the Huffington Post.

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Thank you for coming in.

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Many of tomorrow's front

pages are already in.

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The Metro leads with

the story we've been

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reporting here this evening,

that police are investigating

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a new allegation of sexual assault

against the convicted rapist,

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John Worboys,

who is due to be released

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at the end of the month.

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The Financial Times leads

with report on what the paper calls

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a secretive Mayfair men-only charity

gala - the Presidents Club -

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which raises millions for charity.

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The Telegraph leads with news

north of the border.

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It says Scotland's First minister

has ruled the union flag should not

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be flown on government

buildings in Scotland.

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-- it will only be flown on the

Scottish Government buildings on

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Remembrance Sunday.

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The I leads with news

of an attack on fake news.

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It says a new national security team

has been launched to tackle

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disinformation spread online.

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The Express leads with health news.

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The paper says a new cheap pill

could help arthirits

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sufferers fight the pain.

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And finally The Daily Mail warns

that people could be

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risking their health by taking

herbal remedies at the same time

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as prescription drugs.

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So, Jane and Kate,

let's get started.

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A lot to have a look at. Starting

with the Metro and this John Worboys

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story because it looks as if, in

this ongoing saga, this could be

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quite significant.

Yes, obviously he

is a quite notorious sexual predator

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who is due for release in matter of

days. He has served less than ten

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years for 19 offences and is due to

be questioned over another alleged

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assault in 1997. If this claim leads

to a prosecution, they say he could

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be kept in custody to await trial.

This could put off the problem that

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David Gauke as new Justice Secretary

is facing because there was a

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suggestion in the Sunday Times a

couple of weeks ago that the

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government would try to block his

release but David Gauke has said

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they cannot do that because there is

little chance of success. I think it

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is important for the government to

get this right because it is

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obviously very high profile.

And if

there was a fresh prosecution, it

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takes the political heat of the

government in the immediate time.

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Absolutely. David Gauke was under

pressure last week because of this

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and the victims are very concerned

because they say he knows their

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oppressors and they are worried

about him coming out and they have

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launched a crowdfund is an attempt

to stop it. It is politically

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difficult but this courageous person

has come forward over this assault

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in 97 and we will see what happens.

And a lot of those victims did not

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know he was going to be released

which is one of the big bits of the

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scandal. The Financial Times, we

have to be careful with this story,

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it is an investigation from the FT

but they are making some pretty

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serious allegations about what they

are presented as an evening of

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debauchery.

This was two report

going undercover at this Presidents

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Club dinner which I had never heard

of but apparently has been going for

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33 years and it is men only, the

guests, 360 guests and they hire 130

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hostesses to entertain the men in

the evening. Hostess Inc happens a

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lot in clubland and so on but some

of this reporting is quite

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strawberry, the things that happened

that are -- quite extraordinary

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things like groping and things that

would be constituted as sexual

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assault.

And without going into

names, there is a long list of

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people invited to this event, the FT

says they don't know if they went

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but it is titans of industry and the

like?

Completely, a lot of

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well-known names on the list,

obviously we do not know if they

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actually attended but it goes to

show that a position of authority or

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power is not necessarily an

indication that you're going to get

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away with this kind of thing.

The

Presidents Club has said they

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received leads hosted their annual

dinner and raised several million

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pounds for disadvantaged children

and the organisers say they are

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appalled by the allegations are bad

behaviour that the Financial Times

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is talking about and this it is

unacceptable and the allegations

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will be investigated fully and

promptly and appropriate action

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taken. I suppose that surely the

focus this comes at a time where the

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zeitgeist is very much women have

been demeaned in public life and by

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powerful men, it is Hollywood,

Westminster, all over the place. How

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do we move from this to a situation

where the system itself is changed?

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That is really important and

everything about the metoo has been

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spotlighting this behaviour. And

also spotlighting all sorts of

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incidents is picked has to be backed

up by concrete and systemic changes,

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slightly granular, but that stop

this thing and give women the

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confidence to be able to report

things independently without fear of

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a backlash.

But also a change in

what is deemed to be acceptable.

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This is clearly something, this is

an event and yes, there are denials,

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and yet it was deemed to be

acceptable. Even if only half the

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allegations are true, you would have

thought the FT stands by its story,

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but even if half of them were true

it is shedding a light on the way in

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which some people choose to amuse

themselves.

And I think it is

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shedding a light on the scope of the

problem. We would be kidding

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ourselves if we pretended this sort

of thing did not go on a much

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smaller scale in smaller firms. We

were talking earlier and we said

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that the City has not had its own

metoo moment yet and that is

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significant and this could be an

early indication that it could come

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soon.

Moving on to the Daily

Telegraph, this is a story we often

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hear from the United States, but

Britain hooked on prescription

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drugs?

The figures in this are quite

stunning. The figure they have drawn

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out is 64 million NHS prescriptions

each year for antidepressants to bed

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to 22,000,002 thousand which is an

extraordinary amount considering the

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population is only 70 million and

ministers are looking into a review

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of prescription drugs not only

anti-depressant but powerful

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painkillers. We have heard a lot

about fentanyl which is an extremely

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powerful opiate painkiller. There is

a concern of the rise of

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prescriptions which is allowing

people to be hooked on them. Another

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figures shows that two thirds of the

people on these medicines are women

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in their 50s and 60s and that is

incredibly concerning.

And just

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above it, the story from Scotland,

the union flag sometimes flying?

It

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is only going to be flown once a

year from now on. I think it was

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only flown a couple of times a year

anyway. The cynic in me says this

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might be an attempt by Nicola

Sturgeon to stir up her support base

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in Scotland again. Obviously she was

kind of flavour of the month until

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last year and support for the SNP is

now falling slightly. I think

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supporters of it will think this

annoyed the Daily Telegraph, a

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quintessentially English paper, and

people it are quintessential English

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Tory MPs.

And moving on your

Huffington Post and the story that

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everybody has been covering, Boris

Johnson getting slapped down. Is it

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a problem for borrowers rather than

Theresa May? I don't know if it is

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-- for Boris Johnson.

I don't know

if it is, a lot of the news

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organisations are leading on him

being slapped down but if you are

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not following the intricacies of

what is happening in the Cabinet and

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with Brexit at the moment, Boris

Johnson Saunders looks like he is

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just championing the NHS again --

sort of look. As he did in the

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referendum campaign with the £350

million promised for the NHS. Again,

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I'm not sure that this is a

particularly bad story for him.

And

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I think it works, as Kate said, in

his favour. There are not any fresh

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ideas coming out of number ten,

there is a vacuum and he is coming

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up with slightly mad ideas like this

bridge to France last week but this

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is a populist and popular proposal

which is more money for the NHS

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which I think voters will recognise

as seriously needed.

Moving onto the

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i, fake news unit to fight web

threat. I was reading that Italy had

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done something similar.

And we have

heard so much about fake news

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factories in various countries,

using Twitter and Facebook to

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propagate this stuff. Theresa May

has decided that part of the

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response to this has to be a

dedicated unit to stop it and make

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sure it is not happening and there

is also a parliamentary enquiry into

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how Twitter and Facebook, who claim

they are platforms not publishers,

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are being used for this kind of

thing. It is important because there

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is not only the fear of Russian

interference into the referendum and

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so on but a more pernicious and

people died really notice it is

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there and they think it is real news

on Facebook, they trusted because it

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is their -- people don't really

notice it.

Going back to the Metro

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to cheer ourselves up. This is the

nomination of Daniel Kaluuya for

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best actor.

There is a lot of

incredibly young talent up for

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awards this time round. This the

Daniel but also Rachael Morrison who

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is up for the first e-mail

cinematographer -- female. I watched

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the film at the weekend, it is

fantastic, Mudbound. It is nice to

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the big presence for this kind of

thing across a few of the papers.

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And I'm ashamed to say I did not

know this, but a nomination for Lady

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Bird, the director of that, a woman,

is only the fifth woman ever to be

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nominated for best director.

Which

is extraordinary, only the fifth in

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90 years and given there were no

women on the nominations list that

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was picked up at the Globe that will

grab the Golden Globes. The whole

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atmosphere in Hollywood the temple

movement has shone the spotlight on

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women and people of colour but it is

extraordinary as you say that it is

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only the fifth woman nominated.

And

let's finish with Kyle Edmund.

This

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is a great story for British tennis,

obviously Andy Murray is injured and

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Kyle Edmund has become only the

sixth British man to reach a grand

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slam semifinal.

So much was made

last week that Andy Murray would not

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be there, Johanna Konta was our only

hope and all of a sudden, for people

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with only a casual interest, up pops

Kyle Edmund.

If you don't follow

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every match on the taught you might

not have heard of him but it is a

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fantastic achievement for him but

what struck me, he did not stop

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playing tennis until he was nine

years old and he is only 23. My

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daughter is seven at the moment, she

started when she was forced it gives

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parents like me great hope! -- when

she was four.

And her mum and dad

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are heading out to see him.

Dad is

already out in Australia and his mum

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is following on. My favourite line

was that he joked that his mum sent

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him to tennis lessons because he was

annoying her!

The same with your

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daughter?

Yes!

Thank you very much

and if you're daughter makes it to

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the semifinals of Australia I

presume you're flying out. Thank you

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both indeed.

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That's it for The Papers tonight.

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Don't forget you can

see the front pages

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of the papers online on the BBC

News website.

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It's all there for you,

seven days a week, at

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bbc.co.uk/papers, 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 to Jane and Kate.

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Goodbye.

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