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Coming up in a moment, The Papers.

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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 Jack Blanchard

from Politico and Lynn Davidson,

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Whitehall correspondent at the Sun.

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Greetings to you both.

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Many of tomorrow's front

pages are already in.

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The FT leads on the problems

at outsourcing firm Capita.

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Their shares have tumbled today.

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The i's splash is a warning that

record numbers of over 40s

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are suffering from strokes.

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The Metro has a story

about an alleged benefits fraudster.

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The Telegraph's lead

is the BBC pay dispute,

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and the picture is of a group

of female BBC presenters.

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Carrie Gracie pictured on a

front-page.

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The Daily Express says

the Prime Minister trying

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to end freedom of movement

during the Brexit transition period.

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The Guardian's front page has

the news that MPs have voted

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to leave the Palace of Westminster

so it can undergo

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urgent restoration.

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So, a wide fun I tell stories making

the front pages there, with no

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overwhelming agreement on the lead.

-- a wide variety of stories.

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Let's get started and discuss the

FT. EU banks to be tested against

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impact of the doomsday Brexit. This

sounds dramatic. Is it?

It does seem

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dramatic. We haven't held doomsday

Brexit before. That might be the

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worst one we have had! This is a new

one. Doomsday Brexit. It's

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interesting because what we are

seeing is banks in Europe testing

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their own systems for what they

would see as the worst case scenario

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Brexit. The reason they're doing

this is because we're getting closer

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and closer to the moment when all

the stuff we've been talking about

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the last couple of years is actually

going to be a reality. It's

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interesting that they are now having

to put their systems reviews

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processes to see exactly how big the

impact will be. Of course, people

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supporting Brexiteer have been

saying for a long time that with all

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the doom and gloom, the wrong sort

of Brexit would be bad for Europe as

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well and cost Europe badly and

therefore we would get a good deal

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in the end. This plays into the idea

that banks are having to test their

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systems in this way.

I read this and

thought, wouldn't you hope and

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expect this is being done anyway?

That is exactly what I would say and

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every member of the public would be

thinking. I hope this is what the

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banks are doing regardless! We

should be looking at any scenario,

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whether clashes imminent or for any

other reason. I think this is one of

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many stories B will see over the

coming months in a similar vein.

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Let's move to buy seed -- Buzz feed.

It has led the way in Brexit

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analysis reports that ministers

announced today would be released.

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The headline, leaked Brexit analysis

shows how cutting immigration will

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at the UK economy. It sounds like it

has seen these reports.

This is

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another line may have taken from the

same report that the story broke

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from on Monday. This angle is ruling

on immigration and chimes with

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comments Theresa May has said today

in Beijing, where she is on a trip

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to China for the next few days. Now,

what they are saying is that

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actually the cost of cutting the

immigration to Britain would...

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Donald Trump has spoken about very

positively recently. There would be

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a 2% boost and they are saying the

loss of migration would detract from

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that. Yet to see the details because

we have not actually seen it

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ourselves. We are just reading your

version.

It is interesting again

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because Theresa May's policy is very

much, after Brexit, we will cut

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immigration. It is what people are

voting for. This is our own senior

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officials in Whitehall saying, OK,

it'll cost the country money and

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that is the opinion of the most

senior experts in our government. It

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doesn't mean we shouldn't do it but

they are saying, there is a

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financial hit to this and you need

to bear that in mind if you pursue

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this course. It is a really

important point. If people want to

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put immigration in front, that is

their choice but they need to know

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what the impact of that will be.

They might still want to do it but

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if you want more facts in front of

you, this is ultimately what this is

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about.

David Cameron and Theresa

May. Only refused to move the tens

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of thousands target in previous

manifestos. It is something they've

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always stuck to end it is something

she is saying again. Theresa May

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said today there is a difference

between coming to Great Britain

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prior to March 29 and after that.

There is an issue about classifying

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people coming to Britain.

Some

people will look at that and say, I

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don't care if GDP smaller would have

been. AB InBev the country to take

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that it because I want this to

happen. That's people's individual

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choice, I guess. But you have to the

facts to understand it.

Let's move

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to the Daily Telegraph. BBC women on

the march in a story accompanied by

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a picture of high-profile women who

turned out today to support the

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BBC's former China editor Carrie

Gracie, giving evidence to select

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committees. They can be rather dull,

but this was anything but.

This was

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very dramatic. Almost five hours.

Carrie Gracie gave evidence for 2.5

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hours and it was very passionate and

emotive. She was obviously talking

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about her own personal experience

and she has really put her career on

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the line for it. She clocked about

her grievance and her grievance

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procedure, and about how she had

been told she was receiving a much

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lower salary. With someone with a 30

year career in John Osman, speaking

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Mandarin Chinese, that is an insult.

-- in journalism. You can see the

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likes of Kate Silverton, Mariella

Frostrup and others in the picture.

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The bosses came after 2.5 hours for

another two hour roasting

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themselves.

Jack, you worked at the

daily miller formally. -- Daily

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Mirror formerly. What was that the

situation like the?

My experience in

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newspapers across-the-board is that

it is a very male dominated

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industry. Certainly at senior

levels. And companies are going to

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be forced to publish equal pay

information, as I understand it,

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later this year. It will just be the

BBC on the rack. Lots of newspapers

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and businesses across the country

have this issue and it is now

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starting to come to a head. The BBC

has been pushed to publish this data

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before that but I am sure this is

not the end of the story.

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Also in the Telegraph, news that the

Commons have voted to move out of

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the Commons. I think this is the

first time that they have had to

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move out since the blitz. So it is

quite a big. Do you think they

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actually will move out?

Yes, it is a

huge deal of you work there. We both

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have offices in the House of

Commons.

With the mice. And

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asbestos.

Nonetheless, it is a

privilege to work there in a

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fantastic old building. It is a

palace and it is amazing. People who

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work here don't really want to work

on some boring office block down the

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road. I suspect that the sum of the

resistance some MPs have shown to

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the idea. They like the idea of

working in this grand old seat of

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power. As we say, like anyone who

works there knows, the place is

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falling apart.

You have visitors

coming as well, tourists. People

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have previously said it was a risk

like Grenfell. Wiring and everything

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else.

There is a responsibility to

the building as well.

They're going

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to move out until 2025.

It takes

seven years to get to the point

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where we move out. At least had

taken the decision today. Compared

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with the options put in front of

MPs, this was the most immediate.

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The one put forward by the

government last week was

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effectively, oh, let's make a

decision in another however many

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years' time. At least admit some

decisions.

It is a hard sell to

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taxpayers to spend millions of

pounds on a refit of the office,

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essentially.

If it fell down or

burned down, no-one would be happy

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with that. There should be an

acceptance that this is a building

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that needs to be looked at.

Let's

move to a warning for all of us over

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40. Stroke warning. It recognised

people are having strokes. Why is

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that? -- a record number of people.

These figures are coming from

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England Public-health today. One of

the factors is we are drinking more

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than we should be and we are not

aware of the units. If you're

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drinking at home, you're not all was

aware of what you're drinking. And

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obesity of course is another

principal factor will stop we are

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all much fatter. Younger people are

much more aware of health. What they

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say now is that the stroke rates for

younger people are much higher than

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they were before. And people aged

40- $69 into the will of the risks.

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One in six people have a stroke in

their lifetime.

It is against that.

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It is not happy reading. You get

used to the idea we're getting

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healthier. You don't expect to read

that this sort of preventable

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condition is hitting people younger

and rubber. But it seems to be the

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case. -- younger and younger.

Moving

to the Daily Express, and actually,

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we touched on this when talking

about BuzzFeed earlier. At last, me

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gets tough on migrants. The question

is whether she succeeds.

She can

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talk about migrants all she wants

but as we have seen so far in Brexit

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negotiations, Britain starts off

with the proposition that the

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newspapers like the Express like,

and then in the end they have folded

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on the vast majority of things the

EU want. The US is saying that

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people who moved here after leaving

the EU during a transition period

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should have all the same rights as

people are now. The government says,

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no, we do not agree. We will see

where we end up after the next round

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of talks but from what we have seen

so far, the EU holds all the cards.

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Businesses threatened to leave if we

don't get the deal we need.

The

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numbers have gone down in a last

couple of years, quite

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significantly.

The picture on the

Daily Express leads us to our final

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story in the Metro. Formula 1 scraps

the great girls. -- the grid girls.

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Is this a good thing?

It is a sign

of The Times, I would suggest. As a

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society, we seem to be moving away

from this. I would suggest that if

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girls... There's people losing their

jobs and I don't think there is

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anything to celebrate in that. Kelly

Brown, who started off as one of

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these girls, talked about how she

managed to buy her own flat at age

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20. She is a working-class girl from

Kent and that started off her

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career. Katie Price would probably

see a similar thing. She started off

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glamour modelling. This seems pretty

harmless. It was dark cellar in the

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week and in Britain, we seem to be

abandoning it. In Holland, Germany

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and Belgium, they think we are soft

touch.

Harmless?

I think it is

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outdated and the world has moved on.

The important thing to remember is

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that the reaction from some of the

newspapers is as if government is

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stepping in and banning this thing.

That is not what has happened. These

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are commercial decisions made by

Formula 1 and the darts because they

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have seen that people don't want

this any more. This is a business

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decision by them and the reasons

people don't want it any more. Some

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people do, but it is a commercial

decision and that is how they see

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it. That judgment reflects where we

are is a society now.

Time is up for

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the grid girls and us, I'm afraid.

You can see the front pages of the

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newspapers online on the BBC

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