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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 Kate Andrews,

News Editor at the Institute

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of Economic Affairs and the former

Labour advisor and political

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commentator Ayesha Hazarika.

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Good to see you both. We have quite

a few of the papers already in.

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Let's look at some of them.

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The FT leads with the state

of the UK stock market,

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suggesting it's trailing its rivals

because of concerns around

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growth and profits.

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It also has news of the German

Chancellor's coalition deal to stay

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in power.

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Some low alcohol beverages are being

marketed as if they are soft drinks,

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warns the Metro, quoting a study

that claims people who switch

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to weaker drinks could end up

consuming more alcohol overall.

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The Express reports that millions

of households will see their council

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tax bill rise this year.

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The picture shows the Duchess

of Cambridge getting her

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heel stuck in a grate.

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The Telegraph has revelations

about a campaign to overturn Brexit

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that apparently has the backing

of billionaire George Soros.

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The i newspaper focuses

on the plight of young migrants

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prepared to take extreme risks

to get to the UK.

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The Times reports on a hundred

million pound financial shortfall

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at Surrey County Council.

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The Sun has a response

from Denise Bulger to the news

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that her son's killer Jon Venables

has been jailed for a second

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time over the possession

of child abuse images.

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The Guardian's front page reveals

secret government documents have

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estimated a no-deal Brexit

would hit the economy

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to the tune of £80 billion.

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No chance of getting through an

addition of the papers without

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talking about Brexit. No matter how

hard we try! We are going to start

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with that story, the front page

of...

We tried really hard(!)

We

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can't ignore it, a secret plot to

thwart Abraxas, apparently, a

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picture of Mr George Soros? --

thought Brexit.

Apparently it is his

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plot, he is a billionaire, known

quite famously for breaking the bank

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of England, that is in reference to

the fact that he bet against the

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pound during the 1992 Black

Wednesday currency crisis. He did

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not literally break it! He has been

accused of coming up with plans over

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a dinner, a secret document has been

leaked that would put the government

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in a position where it would have to

call a general election will

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probably hold a second referendum.

The goal is not to get a soft

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Brexit, it is to reverse the

decision. I don't think it is

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particularly newsworthy that some

people have enough money to be

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holding a private dinner are

discussing the fact that they would

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like to remain in the European

Union. Even putting a document

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together is not shocking. I imagine

lots of people are doing this. The

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most newsworthy thing about me is at

the end, sources at the dinner said

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that the message fell flat and that

donors left without giving money.

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Even if you are very opposed to

Brexit, it is hard to see how it is

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not going to happen at all. That is

probably not because people are

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going to get behind. Soft Brexit,

maybe, but not at all, that is

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unlikely.

The Daily Telegraph, we

know where they stand?

Absolutely,

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the byline, the first name is Nick

Timothy, I think the beard has gone,

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but he is still very much a man

connected into Number 10 and was

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very against this kind of you. I was

a Remainer, I would like us not to

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leave the EU, but I am also a

Democrat. We had a referendum and

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voted to leave. I think everybody

has the right to make arguments

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about what kind Brexit, get people

to change their minds. What is about

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this is the fact that it is the

people that really want to stop

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Brexit happening, it is like they

learned nothing from the Remain

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campaign. It did not do well, is

lost. It should have spoken to

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working men and women, particularly

outside of London. Again, we have a

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millionaire, a billionaire

businessman, lots of other rich,

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white, powerful men, based in

London, trying to reverse something

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that has happened. That is not the

way to get a successful outcome on

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Brexit. These other guys that look

like they could have been Presidents

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club. They are not really...

We are

not casting aspersions, Mr Soros,

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you are a very rich man, please do

not sue!

It shows a ten year to what

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is going on. Make the arguments

about why you are worried, don't

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have a rich, powerful, mail dinner

to thwart it.

What is funny, planted

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a document discusses having Momentum

style rallies and concerts. There is

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recognition about what is getting

people excited and motivated. I

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don't think the people at this

dinner would necessarily be the

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people attending those rallies and

concerts. There is a recognition of

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it.

I think they love that the

Jeremy Corbyn phenomenon and said,

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we will have a piece of that. It is

not as simple. The thing that

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motivated these people, they felt

that they were the underdogs that

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would not go to rallies for the 1%

that have just come back from Davos,

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you know what I mean?

They want a

change, and Brexit is the change.

If

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you disagree with Brexit, this is

not the way to do it.

We are all

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Brexiteers now.

Does Brexit mean

Brexit?

The Times, the UK's richest

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county hit by £100 million cash

crisis, how can that be?

Well, it

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looks like many, many areas of the

UK are falling short when it comes

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to council funding. Nearly every

part of England is warning that tax

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rises, particularly council tax, to

make ends meet. Nine out of ten

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councils will be hit by Williams of

pounds of deficit. The average looks

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to be 6.9% of the budgets. There are

a few reasons that this is

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happening, of course. The government

has cut funding to local areas, and

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this means they either have to

reduce services or make up the funds

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in some way. It is understanding

that there are certain services they

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don't want to cut, particularly

related to children. They are

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looking at new ways to raise

revenue. The problem is that council

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tax has risen by 60% since 1998.

Councils are needing to find

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funding, but families have to find

extra cash. I am very nervous about

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this. I call for a pause before they

raise taxes to look where they could

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be making more efficiency.

Surrey

County Council said in a statement

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this evening that they have agreed a

three-year budget, despite severe

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pressures. We aren't councils across

the country, they are keen to

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stress, are under pressure due to

rising demand for services and

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falling government funding. We have

been managing the growing need for

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social care, partly by making

savings of £540 million since 2010.

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The key, Ayesha, is that this is one

of the richest, a Tory council, if

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they have trouble, everybody does?

That is what I was shocked by. The

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average gap was 14.7 million, and

you wonder why. It gets you to a

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broader point. Local authorities and

councils have been under severe

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pressure for a very, very long time,

since the financial crash, since

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2010. They have really had budgets

cut and cut. Actually, the first

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councils that bore the brunt of it

were lots of northern councils, lots

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of Labour run councils. Some of the

cuts were political in terms of how

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it was meted out. All councils are

facing it. You cannot underestimate

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the knock-on affect people's lives

that these things have. You

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mentioned services being cut, cuts

to the roads. Sure start centres

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closing. That has a huge impact on

childcare. Adult social care has a

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huge impact on the NHS. We have seen

older people not being able to get

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out of hospital, bed blocking,

backing up A&E.

And adult social

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care, the cuts to councils. Youth

centres, it has a huge knock-on

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effect crime.

I would argue that you

need to rethink taxes. There has to

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be a better way to redistribute

money, whether it is locally or

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nationally. If you are a family, you

don't care whether the money or the

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tax, where it is coming from, it

affects you directly.

Staying with

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The Times, sit more exams to beat

stress?

Yes, the claim here is that

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children should be setting more

exams, not fewer, so that they find

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them less stressful. Nick Gibb is

actually talking about internet or

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social media pressures rather than

assessments, on the other side you

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have a Labour MP saying that exams

bring women in particular to

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breaking point. She mentions a high

achieving girls school. You know, I

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think we have to look at this from

more of a social perspective.

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Children are facing all kinds of

pressure that Ayesha and I would not

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have grown up with. Particularly

online. The point about internet and

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social media is very important. Is

there one way of teaching kids how

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to take exams or schooling that will

fit all? Of course not, some

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students will do a lot better if

they are sitting more exams, some

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will need to wait until the day and

that is how they will perform. I

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wish we could speak more about the

individual and not just what kids in

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need.

Is there logic to doing more

exams?

No!

If you run more

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marathons, you will get better.

Kids

are not marathon running machines.

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We put so much pressure on them and

we should let kids be kids, let

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their minds expand and let them

learn things. One thing that would

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really help children is more

creativity, the curriculum on

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creative subjects that have been

cut, more sport provisions. I think

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you have better, healthier, more

intelligent and better rounded

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children if they have healthy

brains, intellectualism, creativity,

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healthiness through sport. All of

this is just completely wrong.

It is

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interconnected. There is not a one

size fits all. Kids need options.

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The front page of the Financial

Times, we will quickly look at this.

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Angela Merkel looks like she has her

grand coalition. The FT is reporting

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that. She has given ground in order

to get the coalition and stay in the

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chancellery. We are going to go to

the Express. Ayesha, gift from

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heaven, £700,000 request. This is a

lovely story?

We had a negative

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story about local councils and this

is a positive one. If village was

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trying to raise funds for a

community hall for 60 years.

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Yesterday they found out a resident

left them £700,000 in his will so

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that they could do the job. What a

lovely story.

Absolutely amazing.

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His wife deserves credit as well.

They have identical wills, who ever

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passed away first sent the money to

the other and then they were jointly

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planning to give.

It shows that

local things are really important,

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having community spaces, they are

going to build a fantastic amenity

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space for birthday parties, communal

activities. People need these things

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in their communities.

Absolutely.

Finally, the bold truth. Gust of

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wind revealing Donald Trump's bald

truth.

You don't think this is the

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biggest story?

Why are we doing this

last? We should have done it first.

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Sending people off to bed with a

smile on their face. You know they

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say hairdo? This is a hair don't!

There were pictures of him with his

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mother and he has identical hair.

You need serious hairspray to keep

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that in place.

It looked like a very

windy day. I am sure this happens to

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supermodels all the time as well...

It does not, you're not going to see

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them...

Wind going through your hair

is a good look.

He is not going to

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be on the Armani commercial, no

matter what his doctor says.

This is

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why he is so upset as a human being.

He would be happier if he sorted his

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hair out.

Why doesn't he just face

up to it, like me? If you are bald,

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you are bald! Sorted out, I know you

are watching online. Don't tweet at

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us!

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That's it for The Papers tonight.

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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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It's all there for you -

seven days a week at bbc.co.uk

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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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That is what Donald is going to do!

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Thank you Kate Andrews

and Ayesha Hazarika.

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Goodbye.

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