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Hello.

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This is BBC News.

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I don't know what they are laughing

at!

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We'll be taking a look at tomorrow

morning's papers in a moment.

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First the headlines.

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The government is warning Oxfam

and other UK charities that funding

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will be withdrawn if they fail

to cooperate with the authorities

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in cases of sexual

exploitation by staff.

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A Russian passenger aircraft has

crashed shortly after taking off

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from Domodedovo Airport in Moscow,

killing all 71 people on board.

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Theresa May and some of her senior

ministers are to give speeches over

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the coming weeks setting out

the future relationship the UK wants

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with the EU after Brexit.

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The leader of South Africa's ruling

ANC party, Cyril Ramaphosa,

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says the future of the country's

president, Jacob Zuma,

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will be finalised tomorrow.

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The Foreign Office says it is

providing support

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The Foreign Office says it is

providing support to the families of

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six British visitors involved in a

helicopter action and in the Grand

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Canyon which killed three people.

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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 parliamentary journalist

Tony Grew and the entertainment

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journalist Caroline Frost.

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So pleased to have you here.

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Many of tomorrow's front

pages are already in.

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The Metro leads with former

Development Secretary Priti Patel's

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response to the Oxfam scandal,

and her claims that exploitation

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in the aid sector is rife.

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The Express warns that icy

weather is on its way,

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with forecasters saying blizzards

could lead to power cuts and even

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affect mobile phone signal.

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I would be quite glad if that

happened!

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The Guardian reports

that £34 million

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of government funds could be at risk

for Oxfam following the

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allegations of sexual misconduct.

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The Telegraph also

leads on the former

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Development Secretary's comments

that warnings about sexual

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exploitation in the aid sector had

previously been dismissed.

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The Times has a story about time

pressures at the Home Office over

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the need to create separate systems

to register existing EU citizens and

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those who will arrive after March

next year.

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Lots of interesting front

pages for our paper

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reviewers to discuss.

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Thank you very much for joining us

this Sunday evening.

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Starting with the Metro and the

Oxfam scandal, Tip of the iceberg.

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This is the former development

secretary speaking, we heard from

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penny Mordaunt early in the day but

this is Priti Patel.

This story is

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going to grow and grow. We have been

talking about Haiti and it has now

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moved to Chad. Clearly, if the

allegations turn out to be true,

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this is exploitation on a grand

scale. We know that Haiti is one of

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the most disaster struck, poverty

riddled countries in the world and

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the idea that Oxfam workers, charged

with going in there and doing good,

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are somehow abusing their positions

to enjoy them selves in some of the

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Hellenistic fashion, it is a double

bad, a good person using a position

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of authority to commit something he

missed -- head on a stick fashion.

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These people are there to help and

they are taking advantage. --

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hedonistic fashion.

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These are entitled men who feel they

have an entitlement to put their

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hands on women, vulnerable women,

children in poor countries, and it

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is also about the culture of these

charities, multi-million pound

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charities. There has been disquiet

about the way the charity industry

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conducts itself, particularly in

Haiti where half £1 billion was

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donated and very little was done

with it apart from staying in

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expensive hotels and driving round

in four by four vehicles. Oxfam let

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three men resign from their

positions during an enquiry into

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sexual exploitation and the only

reason they did that was to protect

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their own reputation and that is

another part of the story. I think

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this will grow, Oxfam is not the

only major charity taking tens of

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millions of pounds from the UK, both

from taxpayers and the British

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people. It is the culture of

entitlement and also sequencing and

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back covering within the charity

sector.

The Daily Telegraph also has

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this as its lead, ministers to

investigate aid abuse cover-up,

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pursuing those claims. It does not

matter where the funding come from,

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it is what is being done in the name

of charity.

A couple of interesting

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things is, last liked the line from

the government significantly

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hardened, they said on Saturday they

would have a chat but by last night,

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Penny Mordaunt was saying you are

going to cut off funding unless they

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come in and tell us everything that

has been going on and assure us they

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have safeguards in place. And to

point out, the Dev Patel -- Priti

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Patel as written in the Telegraph

saying that when she raised the

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issue in the department it was only

a problem with UN peacekeepers which

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is subsequently shown to be

incorrect. She was rebuffed having

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raised this and it shows us about

what you might call the

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international development culture.

They can't be aid workers, but is

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not possible thing they do. The

attitudes that pervade the charities

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also seem to pervade the government

department responsible for

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administering the way in which UK

aid is distributed and I find it

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concerning.

It is an uncomfortable

thing to have to accept.

What I find

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particularly sad about this, I

studied for my ethics degree under

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investor Peter Singer who is a right

activist and has dedicated almost

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five decades to read disputing

wealth amongst the poorest people

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from the richest -- redistributing.

He said that if you're not sure what

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to do with your hard earned cash,

one place to put it where it is safe

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is Oxfam, he has been saying that

for years. The idea that somebody

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who I studied with all of that work

and belief, that we can feel safe,

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we put our hands and our pockets, it

is the Blue Peter appeal, part of

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our goodwill conscience for years

and the idea that so much of that

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good work will be undone by this is

a real shame.

Moving on and we will

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stay with the Daily Telegraph who is

doing well out of us tonight. Three

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out of five stories. Take your sick

children to the pharmacy, not the

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GP. This is the NHS saying it.

That

is because 5 million parents of

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children under the age of five, 18

million GP appointments and 2.1

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million A&E visit taken up by

patients by condition that could be

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treated at home. They are clogged up

with children who don't have much

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wrong with them and a pharmacist can

sort it out but the problem is,

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parents are not doctors. They cannot

diagnose. Whilst promises are

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extremely highly qualified, and no

doubt if they saw something that

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required medical attention, they

would advise them to see a GP, I'm

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still slightly concerned at this

advice. Parents are being asked to

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make a judgment about the child's

illness.

The chief executive of the

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UK sepsis trust is saying that

parents should trust them, this is a

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high-risk strategy. Normally with

small kids, they bring you in early

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because small children can become

very poorly very quickly.

And spread

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many illnesses quickly amongst

schools and nursery groups. I can

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remember writing an article for the

practical examiner when I was

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studying about the undervalued and

underused resource that is pharmacy

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in the country because they train

for up to seven years, they note all

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of those things -- they know. I

think they are underused. I am

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stunned that nearly two decades

later they are having the same

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discussion. Clearly the message has

not got through. It must be about

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balancing, the instinct of every

mother is to fear the worst. Perhaps

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it has gone the other way and they

are trying to balance it out but

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there will be some horror stories.

I

agree I have attended the event with

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community pharmacists and they are

and underused resource but perhaps

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targeting children is not the way to

go.

Looking at the Guardian, we

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can't have a paper review without

Brexit, what is going on? There it

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is. Penny Mordaunt pledge of a

further £100,000 to fight Brexit.

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-- Soros to pledge a further

£100,000.

We have heard other donors

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putting their money into other pots

and he has joined the fight. It'll

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take some hard cash to bring groups

together. We have seen how pressure

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groups can work when well funded and

organised over the likes of

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Momentum, and we will see if this

amount of cash input makes any

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difference. So far, what do we know?

It is a bit of an editorial free for

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all so we will see if hard cash

makes any difference and make the

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message any clearer.

What is he

trying to do?

Stimulate the debate

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about what the Brexit the UK might

have. It sounds like a lot of money

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to us but I would point out that

five men effectively between them

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bankrolled the Leave campaign,

putting in almost 50 million in, --

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15 million. It is worth pointing out

that this organisation, test for

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Britain, has raised £50,000

combination to Saint Wednesday so

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there is some support for it -- Best

for Britain. It is not some evil

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billionaire try to influence public

opinion.

You think his money has

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spearheaded the donations?

His

support for the organisation might

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well have done that comes back to

the point that we don't have a clue

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our Brexit look like and the

government doesn't.

We are finding

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out with the speeches.

Which will no

doubt contradict each other because

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there has been no decision in

Cabinet. Theresa May had done an

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amazing job of taking it down the

road from other 18 months, the EU

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has no idea what we want, it is

difficult for them to come to a

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negotiating position so that

everything is to play for in this

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sense. If Theresa May had won her

huge Parliamentary majority for her

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hard Brexit, we would have a

different situation but the reality

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is there is no parliamentary

majority for a hard Brexit. She will

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either as to defy her own party and

the like on the votes of Labour MPs

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to get a more soft version of

Brexit, possibly involving sums of

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the customs union which would solve

multiple problems but the

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manufacturing and the Irish border.

The Irish border as well, that is

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used to get put to one side so

frequently.

People then remember

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that it is a big deal. And we

haven't heard about it for awhile

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because the DUP are keeping their

powder dry until the next time they

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are asked to agree with the Cabinet

or government about something. As

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Tony said, this is not a huge the

money but it an interesting figure,

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we need these faces to come up, it

is what we have been lacking, they

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have Boris, Mr Gove, Jacob

Rees-Mogg, leader in waiting if you

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read certain editorials. I feel it

is up to the Remainers to find

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somebody suitably high profile and

dynamic and it could be an

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87-year-old millionaire.

There was

Gina Miller with her legal

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challenge. Why are you smiling?

I

find the idea is Jacob Rees-Mogg

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being promised both hilarious and

terrifying! A year ago I would have

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said no but these days who knows? I

don't think he would command the

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support of the majority of the

Parliament who party. He might have

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supporters but there are more than

300 Tory MPs and if there was a

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leadership challenge at the minute,

Tory MPs would end up Bachinger

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Theresa May. But again, let's see

where we are.

You are a brave man to

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make such statement -- backing

Theresa May. And finally back to the

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Daily Telegraph. We need somebody

with a technical mind to step in and

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help us with this story. Hackers

hijack thousands of government

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websites to mine BitCoin.

You're

looking at me!

It is to do with the

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internet! That's all I've got.

What

I know is that it takes a lot of

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processing power to mine crypto

currencies. And it seems that

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different government websites are

being harnessed to bring that

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processing power. You can use the

metaphor.

It is the equivalent, we

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know that sometimes your broadband

gets nicked by your neighbour. These

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are very thorough neighbours with a

million password at their disposal,

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this is them effectively borrowing

the broadband from an attire

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neighbourhood, city, town, whatever,

to create the processing power

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needed.

More insidiously, there may

be some kind of virus infection.

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There are questions for government

to answer, not least that the

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information Commissioner's office is

one of the websites...

They must

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survive a laugh when they that.

It

is also pointing out that there are

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easy steps that the government can

take to stop it happening.

We will

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do that later, I am so relieved that

story is over!

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That's it for The Papers this hour.

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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 bbc.co.uk/papers,

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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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But Tony and Caroline will be back

at 11:30pm with a view more stories,

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maybe not from Telegraph!

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Now it's time for Meet the Author.

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