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On meet the author next week, #

Today, my guess is Leo Benedictus

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with his book that starts off as a

creepy thriller and then turns into

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a contemporary horror story.

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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.

to what the the papers will be

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With me are economics commentator

and author Dharshini David

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and broadcaster and former

Fleet Street editor Eve Pollard.

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Many of tomorrow's front

pages are already in.

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The Observer leads on comments

from a former head of the civil

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service, who makes a scathing

comparison between some Brexiteers

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and German nationalists

between the world wars.

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Theresa May faces a coup

from Cabinet Brexiteers,

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if she persists with plans to remain

in the customs union,

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according to the Sunday Times.

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The Sunday Telegraph leads

on the Prime Minister being urged

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to invoke the example

of Margaret Thatcher

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to defy her Chancellor over Brexit.

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The Express accuses Jeremy Corbyn

of environmental hypocrisy,

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claiming he left a diesel car

waiting outside his house for 40

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minutes before getting in for

a six-mile trip to Westminster.

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Meanwhile, the Mirror has an image

of the Health Secretary,

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Jeremy Hunt, taking a nap

in a hotel, which the paper claims

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was taken while thousands

marched through London

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calling for more NHS support.

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Let's start with the times. As you

would expect, an awful lot of Brexit

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stories going on. Not a massive

surprise considering what is

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happening next week. We might get to

a crunch moment when members of the

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cabinet have to decide what form of

relationship they want with E you

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afterwards. Let's start with the

Sunday Times story. Depending on how

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you look at it, the dream team are

set to go into Number Ten. Boris

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Johnson, Michael Gove and Jacob Read

more. What you make of that.

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Interesting, a lovely mock-up

picture of them as the three

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Musketeers. It is looking like

all-out war. They will start

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discussing what the trade

relationship will look like.

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Interesting whether they come up

with anything as a result. Probably

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nothing. We are looking at the

biggest risk to Theresa May's Prime

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Minister ship.

It looks like they

will have to make decisions. It is

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impossible to square those two

views.

I also think that this

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happened in Davos because in the

end, the sharp point of all this is

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going to be business and businessmen

who are, I'm afraid mostly men, a

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few women, who will have to work and

still making a living if we can't

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export to the EU. And in Davos,

Trump, for all his many

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extraordinary abilities, like

tweeting from dusk to dawn, invited

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a lot of European companies to

dinner. He walked around and shook

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their hand and asked them what they

could do with United States. Theresa

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May had dinner with her aides. The

whole point is to go and whip up

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trade. There was this trip going to

China, which was fascinating. China

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has an enormous population and could

change the world for Britain if we

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got down to it seriously. It looks

like there are figures coming out,

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leaked by various people. We know

that the figures you get out are as

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good as the figures you put in. We

are being kept in the dark. There is

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a frustration that things are not

more open. I was for staying in, not

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being the first to come out. I am no

love of the youth. But now that we

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have made the decision, we have to

get on. -- I am no lover of the EU.

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We would have to keep people in

jobs, key factor is going. At the

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moment, we sell everything to VE

you, what we're going to do?

The

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main thing is the customs union. The

international trade secretary says

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that he will resign if the customs

union is agreed. But mainly because

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his job is to drum up trade. And he

would not build today that with

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other countries.

Exactly. It is more

complex, if we stay in the customs

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union, we will have to make

sacrifices regarding free movement

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of people. It is not mentioned on

these pages that immigration is the

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key factor. The whole idea of trade,

at Davos it was noticeable that you

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saw the Prime Minister of India and

Trump's delegation touting for

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business, everywhere was open for

business. Not the UK. This strange

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position that Theresa May is

thinking I have to keep the EU happy

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and on the other hand, I have all

these Brexiteers snapping at my

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heels.

And there are very noisy

Brexiteers, some of them very able,

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but I have no idea how many of the

Tories in the House of Commons pro

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Brexit or not. But we have voted.

Everything seems to be so secretive.

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Let's see the figures. Then let the

Brexiteers, these three brilliant

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men, say what is wrong with the

figures and what is should be done

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rather than just having a go at all

treasury economists.

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Another Brexit story here. Brexit

attacks on civil service worthy of

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1930s Germany. Jacob Rees Mogg has

accused the civil service of only

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leaking memos which show that we

should stay in the customs union.

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The ex-Cabinet Secretary making the

comparison with knotty Germany.

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Pretty incredible stuff. It must be

quite frustrating if you are a

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politician and you deal with an

unwieldy, slow civil service. And

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when they come up with figures that

you don't agree with. I think going

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to 1930s knotty Germany is rather

strange and over the top. But

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obviously, -- 1930s Nazi Germany.

But obviously, this is the week that

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will decide.

Theresa May says this

is a negotiation and you don't tell

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everybody what your bottom line is.

But there have to comment point

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where you show leadership and show

some parameters and there is a

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vacuum.

And unfortunately for her,

we are used to 24-hour news. We are

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used to things happening quickly. We

have been going on about this for

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ever and we are impatient.

Wrongly

all rightly. There are impact

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studies, let us judge. Rather than

Jacob Rees Mogg, the man who might

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be Chancellor, complaining.

And

where are the CBI on this?

Talking

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to the Chancellor.

The Sunday Telegraph says, don't let

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Hammond ruined Brexit. This is

Philip Hammond, the main remain a

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voice in the cabinets. People are

saying they have to stand up to him.

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But he may be talking to the CBI who

are saying that if we walk away, we

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don't know where we will sell our

goods, we don't know if factories

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will close down. This can't be done

without that other side, which is

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business.

Ultimately, it is all

about business and livelihoods. But

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one group want to go alone and do it

in isolation.

Do you sing she was

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Sako Chancellor?

She might, but I

get nowhere that will get her.

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That's this is about the facade and

how it looks, or perhaps it is about

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indecision or being 50-50 in a

situation when you can't decide.

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Another story in the Sunday

Telegraph. Women given cancer all

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clear misdiagnosed by test blunders.

That is the kind of story that makes

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people fearful. You go for those

test and you assume that they are

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getting a clean bill of health. What

is the story here, Dharshini?

This

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is worrying. 900 sample check for

Sir Michael cancer. And a percentage

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of those had been cleared, people

told they were negative and in fact

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there was something. Something not

quite right about them. But this lab

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in Basildon, people are now saying

that they will have to investigate

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the results of 60,000 women.

That's

terrible.

And they are trying to

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encourage younger women to go for

some ears and the idea...

And truth

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is, if you ask most women who have

had a dodgy smear test, most women

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have. You need to go back and to

check. And it's hard to get a test

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in the first place, to persuade your

GP. And the relief of somebody

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saying you are OK, and then you

discover your not. I can't

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understand how they can be so inept.

Let's have a look at the Times. This

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is, women's refuges may get

transgender staff. This sounds

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similar to a story about a woman who

complained that she asked for a seen

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a member of staff and somebody was a

transgender member of staff.

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Potentially rape and abuse victims

in women's refuges and this is the

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story about whether transgender

people will be able to deal with

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women who have been the victim of

violence from men.

The fact that you

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have gone to a refuge. Arda and so

old I can remember when the first

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women's refuge was open. I remember

sitting there with ten women and

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they told what they had gone

through. And to actually pick up and

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take almost nothing with you, often

they have fled in the middle of the

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night when their husband was out

when he was drunk and they thought

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she would wake up, to actually leave

and go to the refuge is a big thing.

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And I think the idea of not being

looked after by women is quite

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scary. I'm sympathetic to

transgender people, but this is one

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case where you actually want the

opposite of the person who has

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abused you.

And it is a balance

between equality and sensitivity to

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transgender people.

And this is just

a review of the policy.

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Let's move on to the Sunday

Telegraph. Uma Thurman, on the front

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of lots of Sunday papers because she

is alleging that Harvey Weinstein

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attacked her as well. We should say

here that he has said he is

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considering legal action following

Uma Thurman's allegations, according

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to his attorney. They are saying

that Mr Weinstein is stunned and

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saddened by what he claims to be

false accusations. This carries on,

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we have heard two more women are

leading against him in this country

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as well.

Quite a long interview she

has given with the New York Times

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went goes into detail over what

happens over a number of years. She

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said this happened before she made

El Bill. And she says that perhaps

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her agency may have been in some

ways complicit in all this and she

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feels something about the fact that

she didn't speak out and there are

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other girls or women.

Some people

will say wide and she speak out

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before?

And I'm told that Harvey

Weinstein has a lot of e-mails from

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women who have accused him saying,

glad to see you Harvey, I will see

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you for my screen test next week.

She then carried on making films

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with him, which I find

extraordinary. Because she is not a

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new girl on the block. If she was an

18-year-old looking., we understand

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how this thing works. She is Uma

Thurman and then she carries on

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working the man who she says has

behaved so badly. I haven't read the

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New York Times interview but it is

extraordinary. And of course, the

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agency is probably guessed things

were going on because of gossip.

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It's a small community in Hollywood.

But she is complicit if she carried

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on working.

But on the other hand,

she talks about things that she went

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through on L Bale, that Quentin

Tarantino made a drive a car that

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she knew was unsafe and she ended up

crashing it and that is symbolic of

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the power that these men had.

Yes,

but she is a famous actress and she

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is not broke. Turn and walk away.

The Sunday Express, Jeremy Carbon is

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their headline. Labour leader leaves

car guzzling gas on yellow lines. We

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cannot verify this, obviously. I

think this is a chauffeur driven

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car, he has a driver and they say

this was left running outside his

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house.

I'm just wondering how long

the photographer sat in his car with

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the engine on waiting for that

photo!

Somebody in that street would

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have said, come and take this

picture. But the truth is, it's a

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nightmare if you are going to be in

the public eye, you have to watch

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everything you do. But he talks

about using the train or using his

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bicycle and he believes very

strongly in all of that. He will

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have to get rid of the diesel.

It is

surprising that he has got a diesel

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car.

It may not be his regular car.

Maybe he has no choice.

I think he

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will be cycling everywhere from now

on!

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That's it for The Papers this hour.

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You'll both be back in an hour.

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