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And at 11:45pm

in the Film Review, Mark Kermode

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joins Jane Hill to talk

about Black Panther.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are Anne Ashworth,

Associate Editor

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of the Times and Bonnie Greer,

Playwright and Writer

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for the New European.

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Lovely to see you both, we'll be

having a chat in a moment.

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Most of tomorrow's

front pages are in now.

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The Observer leads with Labour's

attack on the privatised water

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industry, calling the amount

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in dividends paid to shareholders

scandalous.

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The Mail on Sunday's front page

says that Brendan Cox,

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husband of murdered MP Jo Cox,

was accused of sexual abuse.

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His lawyers say he vehemently

denies the allegations.

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The Sunday Telegraph

reports on concerns

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from some EU countries that Chief

Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier's

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conduct could lead to the UK walking

away from Brexit talks.

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The Sunday Express

previews a speech from

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the Prime Minster, saying

she will set out plans to make

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the UK a truly global,

free trading nation.

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The Sunday Times has

more allegations

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concerning the conduct of aid

workers, suggesting that more

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than 120 people working for leading

charities have been accused

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of sexual abuse in the past year.

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A mixture of front pages there.

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Thank you both for joining us

tonight, let's pick up

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on some of those stories.

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We had a good chat in the 10:30

p.m., as we were saying, some great

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pages.

Very strong front pages of a

diverse range of stories and some

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very concerning. People waking up to

some of this stuff about Oxfam

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tomorrow morning will be very

dismayed by what they're reading.

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What was the Observer wasp slime?

Allegations of staff involvement

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with prostitution allegations. --

Observer's line. This kind of thing

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is old. There were problems with the

UN at the beginning of the century.

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It's an old story but what's mostly

horrific is that it is Oxfam. In

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your mind and in your heart that's

not what Oxfam is meant to be

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involved with, Oxfam has a feeling

about it, all of them shouldn't be,

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though but this is especially

shocking and it makes me more angry

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because I want them to clean this

up. Part of this is about plain old

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oppression. It's the way you relate

to people the way the majority

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cultural elites to people in

developing countries. This is not

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unusual. -- majority culture

relates.

The thing that most

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concerns me about these stories is

we have been led to believe, or

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perhaps we assumed, that the

problems with Oxfam has been related

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to its conduct of its officials

while in Haiti during the problems

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there. The Observer is reporting

that the use of prostitutes in Chad,

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with many of these same individuals

that were implicated in the Haitian

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thing, and it seems as if there has

been a cover-up. I know that sounds

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like a cliche.

That's the only way

you can assume it can be.

Maybe

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Oxfam has not told people as much as

they needed to know. We do hold

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charities to account. We want them

to comply with really high moral

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standards and also of openness.

Because of their appeal to us.

We're

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talking about Oxfam here. You've

hinted that it's charities. The

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Observer does say," a former staffer

saying that this is a sector wide

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problem and this is how it's

reflected on the front of the Sunday

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Times -- does say that a former

staffer.

They may have been

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infiltration of the sector by

paedophiles with 120 accused of

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sexual abuse, which is very

concerning.

Concern because Priti

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Patel is quoted as saying the former

International Development Secretary

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warned predatory paedophiles have

been allowed to exploit the aid

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sector. Wasn't she in charge of this

sector? Hello! Am I wrong? She's not

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like anybody. Suddenly she comes and

warns us and tells us about it, why

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didn't we know before? The

implication is she had some kind of

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inkling, why didn't she say

anything?

It seems the current

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minister, Penny Worden, is trying to

take action and questioning the

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government's significant lengths.

That's great but I want to know why

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Priti Patel didn't say anything.

We

will leave it there on Priti Patel

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but the other thing is the problem

is these charities possibly losing a

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lot of their funding, that's the big

concern for the next few days.

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Yesterday when the Times broke this

story about the Haitian incidents, I

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read the comments underneath the

story, sometimes those comments are

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meaningless but other times they say

something about the public mood and

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people were horrified wondering

where their money was being used,

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their contributions and taxpayer

funded donations were going because

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we contribute in various different

ways.

This is a discussion in the

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sense of what these charities need

to do is get this cleaned up, that's

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the first order of business, we need

to regulate and clean things up.

To

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wrap this up, some of the people

have been saying that the

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safeguarding measures that are in

place are the ones that will decide

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who continues with their funding and

lots of people are saying if you

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don't co-operate, you will lose your

money, and this is charity wide, not

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just about Oxfam. Let's move on.

We're going to go back to the

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Observer and nationalisation. The

thing I love is John McDonnell is

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saying it is cost free

renationalisation but what does that

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mean?

That could never be so because

shareholders would need to be

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compensated for the value of their

holdings and remember, that's not

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just a few guys in the city, it's

all of us, we hold shares in the

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privatised utilities through our

ISAs and pensions. There is

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considerable disquiet in the city

about the way some of these water

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companies have been run,

particularly Thames water. The

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companies are trying to put

everything in order. They've closed

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down the Cayman Islands subsidiaries

it had. But the accusation still

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stands that these utilities were

starved of maintenance money and

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therefore we are having burst water

mains.

This is the other interesting

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part to me, the press reports John

McDonnell as if he is crazy. But

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they were all over him at Davos.

These people are hard-nosed business

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people, if they think he's nuts

they're not going to be there for

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him so he's getting lots of

attention not just because they

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might think Labour is going to win

the next election but they are

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paying attention to him. We need

deeper analysis, I don't understand

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how he will make this work on the

surface, but people in the City

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think he can because they're

listening to him and that's what we

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need to talk about with deeper

reporting.

Let's turn to our

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favourite subject... The Telegraph.

Two Brexit stories, starting with

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the Telegraph. Excuse me, winter

flu. Barnier is risking a UK

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walkout.

The Telegraph group goes on the

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bogey man theory of Brexit, if you

can't make any sense, let's find the

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bad guy. I read this story and I

don't see anybody on the record here

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so I'm wondering who these officials

are. It sounds like a lot of gossip,

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the sort of stuff you get in a tea

room, it would be great if the

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Telegraph told us what countries,

Nordic countries, which ones?

What

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the Sunday Telegraph is trying to

say is Barnier is out of step with

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other officials and the rest of the.

He's been too aggressive in his

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approach.

They say other people have

said it, that's my point, who are

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they? There's nobody on the record.

In a nutshell your assessment of the

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front page of the Express?

It's a

very, very big headline. Roadmaps...

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Always roadmaps, it's become one of

the great cliches of our age,

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anything that sets out terms and

conditions of anything in a clear

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fashion is a roadmap but apparently

Mrs May will deliver one of the key

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talks at Chequers.

I thought she

already had them last week, wasn't

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there talks at Chequers?

There will

be new talks and a series of

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speeches which will culminate in the

speech she needs to deliver to bring

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the different factions together.

But

they can't figure out what the

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Conservative Party, the governing

party, is how they're going to

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deliver Brexit.

That's interesting

that she mentions the pound has gone

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through the floor. None of these

have anything to do with the stock

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market.

Very interesting.

And rising

interest rates, which I would have

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thought would have been interesting.

The Bank of England is talking about

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raising interest rates in April and

if you don't have a fixed mortgage!

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Let's move on to the Independent,

what did you make of Kim Jong-un's

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sister, or the message?

I'm

fascinated by this woman. She has

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this Western Gloucester because she

was educated in Switzerland and she

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looks tremendously unlike her

brother -- gloss. She is a poised

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slightly girlish figure in nice

tailoring but we do not know what

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lies beneath and whether she may be

the power behind things.

I think

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it's very interesting because of

course they are completely playing

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Donald Trump because Donald Trump is

one of these people, he a one off,

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let's put it that way, who needs an

enemy. -- he's. They are shaking

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hands, she's never been there

before, look at these two, they are

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telling Donald Trump to take a walk

and he will have to do something to

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get the focus back on him.

Mike

Pence saying that we are tight,

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Japan, the US, South Korea, we are

tight.

How funny, and then they

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carry on with TTIP without the US so

who cares.

They are both Koreans but

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the North Korean and South Korean

languages are totally different.

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Instead of labelling here the

sister, I am going to give her her

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proper name, Kim Yo-jong. Quickly,

we did the pensions earlier, I want

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to skip ahead if possible to the

Eurotunnel.

You know, Doris has Nero

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tendencies, he fascinates me --

Boris. Remember he had Boris

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Ireland. Thank goodness this was

killed, the $50 million bridge of

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flowers, that was his idea. --

Ireland. Now he wants to do a

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tunnel. He is like Nero!

Link across

the macro channel that would bring

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our country closer contact with

France once we leave the EU. --

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Channel.

The deeper story with Boris

is about the building.

France is all

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about big infrastructure projects

but the most interesting statistic

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in this story is do we need

something? Apparently only 54% of

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postal tunnel capacity is currently

used so there may be nobody...

Going

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back to Boris and the Nero

tendencies.

Who's getting the money

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to build these? All that kind of

stuff! We are going to go on and on

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and on, not enough time!

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Thank you, Bonnie and Anne.

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Next on BBC News, the Film Review.

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