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in the United States.

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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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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead

to what the papers will be bringing

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us tomorrow.

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With me are parliamentary

journalist, Tony Grew,

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and the writer and journalist,

Caroline Frost.

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Most of tomorrow's

front pages are in now.

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We promised everyone lively

conversation. Well, I did. Don't let

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us down.

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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 signals.

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The Guardian reports that £34

million of government funds could be

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at risk for Oxfam following the

allegations of sexual misconduct.

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The Telegraph also leads

on the former Development

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Secretary's comments that warnings

about sexual exploitation in the aid

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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

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and those who will arrive

after March next year.

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And the Mirror has an investigation

into the amount the NHS spends

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correcting botched plastic

surgery carried out abroad.

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Lots of interesting front pages

there, with many focusing

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on the Oxfam allegations.

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A bit of a change from the last

hour. Still, many of them are

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focusing on the Oxfam allegations.

We will start with the Times saying

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Oxfam ignored warnings on Haiti

staff.

It led with the story that

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there are new revelations staff are

worried about some of the behaviour

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of the men using prostitutes. There

are two or three major players in

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aid working. Some of the salaries

involved at the top has been a major

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concern for years. Six figures

sometimes. There are not 100

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charities the size of Oxfam. It is a

small cartel of what you might call

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mega-charities, the charity

industry, as it were.

We rely on

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them to be professional and

effective.

Absolutely. The scandal

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has a long way to go. It shows this

is not about the individual

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behaviour of a few people. It is

about the culture within charities

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to bite James Landale, the

diplomatic correspondent, he was

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talking about the sheer scale of the

operations they are trying to mount.

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The chain of command gets diluted as

well.

We know this in terms of

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organisations like the UN, you have

so many strata of accountability, as

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you shoot when so much money is

being funnelled into countries all

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over the world, it can become quite

hard to keep tabs. -- you should. It

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is not a kitchen cabinet, a cottage

industry, of raise this money and it

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will come out here. You have

governments involved, international

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banks, and, I mean, Oxfam, well, it

is probably the biggest, in this

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country, I think, and it is

certainly the default one. If in

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doubt, give your money to Oxfam.

That is the rule of thumb if you are

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generous. They are robust, reliable,

independent in countries from

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politics as could be possible, and

still help people. Went something

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like this comes along, this is a big

house of cards to topple. I agree,

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this will not be the last. With all

the same with the metoo movement. It

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starts ripples of awareness. Things

people did not worry about 10 years

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ago. The Times says one of the

gentlemen the subject of this

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enquiry, he was sacked for his bad

attitude towards women, which raised

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questions. This became a problem.

But then he gave someone else a job.

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We are holding people to account in

a way we did not a few years ago.

On

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so many issues.

And judging them

according to a new set of standards.

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And obviously because it is a new

age, many people and organisations

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are going to be found wanting.

Some

said the Oxfam scandal will be the

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tip of the iceberg. Priti Patel

brought it up and was dismissed.

The

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former developer and secretary says

she raised concerns about sexual

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exportation to do with peacekeepers,

but not charity workers. It comes

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back to culture, as I said. There is

something to reflect on. We have

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heard nothing from the alleged

victims. This is Western people

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talking to Western people about a

Western scandal. I had some

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journalists will go to these

countries and speak to them. It

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shows the way these people are

viewed and objectified as victims by

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the Western gaze.

It is very

paternalistic. Charities absolute

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you rely on local workers to engage

with local people. They are the

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people who know what is really

needed.

There is still a level above

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that which is driving around in 4x4s

and staying in hotels, which we do

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not hear much about.

The question is

how do you make sure the rights of

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these people in developing

countries, that you are sure you

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were helping them in the best way

possible, and the only way to do

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that is to engage incredibly closely

with communities and

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representatives. If it comes unstuck

like this, a lot of good will are at

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risk.

The Daily Telegraph. Take your

sick children to the pharmacy, not

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the GP, save the NHS.

I wrote about

this two decades ago, and we touched

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on it earlier.

I wrote the weddings

page for the Hinkley Times. This is

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clearly not new news.

They are an

underused resource, the well

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educated and well informed and very

experienced pharmacists. It is not

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just basically the tool of the GP to

dish out those in screw the ball

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pots and pills that we look at and

take in. -- inscrutible. Because the

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Accident and Emergency is so

overused, especially in winter

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months, perhaps parents should

consider taking their children as a

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first port of call to pharmacists

instead. That obviously comes with a

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certain amount of risk because it

could mean that parents feel obliged

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to perhaps downplayed their

children's illness.

I wonder what

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euphemisms they will use, the

government, winter pressure. The

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system is crumbling.

We say winter

pressure every year, don't we?

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Exactly be but Accident and

Emergency, it is not like the

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government just discovered

pharmacies are good thing, this is

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just a desperate ploy to stop people

presenting at Accident and

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Emergency. The focus should not be

on children. Any doctor and nurse

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will tell you they prefer to see a

child who is not that six but can

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give reassurance to their parents

than the tragedy that can happen in

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the other direction. -- sick.

A

further 100,000 pounds pledged by

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George Soros to fight Brexit. What

is he trying to do with this money?

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It is a campaign called Best for

Britain, trying to campaign for a

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soft Brexit or even staying.

£100,000, in the context of how much

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money is thrown around, it is a tiny

amount of money. It says here "From

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small donations, £50,000 since

Wednesday." There are some people in

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the country putting money forward.

Theresa May does not have the

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majority for a hard Brexit. There is

still room to change it. Many tends

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to turn to the rebels in their own

party to say we are listening to you

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but we have to do something

different. The same happened with

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the Iraq War.

We will supposedly get

more information from ministers in

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the coming weeks with a series of

speeches.

I know that Tony lives and

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breathes this stuff. I feel like we

have already had a lot of speeches.

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I have to say someone not in the

corridors of power, I know that

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Theresa May stood on those steps and

get a good talk and then Jacob

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Rees-Mogg accused the Treasury is

messing up. I know Boris Johnson is

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talking about building a bridge over

the Channel. I am none the wiser. I

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want speeches to clarify these

issues.

The Times. Key migrant

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scheme may not be ready before

Brexit. This is supposedly a system

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whereby people already here I dealt

with different from those arriving

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during the transition period. -- are

dealt.

It will be interesting to see

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what the courts think about that. It

is interesting that Theresa May has

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closed many avenues down during the

process. She is tried to appease the

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heart Brexiteers in the party rather

than the public interest. It is

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worrying, despite warnings from

officials, she wants this system to

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register new arrivals by next year.

Overall the office insisted those

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arriving during the transition

period would not have automatic

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rights to remain. The Home Office

faces having to resign and implement

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a new registration system for 13

months from now. -- design. For EU

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migrants arriving. The government

has no idea how many EU citizens are

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in the country. Imagine how poorly

this will be dealt with. This is a

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recipe for chaos. This is coming

down the track. This change will

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happen in 30 months. The government

is still having speeches about what

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Brexit might look like. -- 13.

The

transition period could be a bit

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elastic.

Not if you are Jacob

Rees-Mogg. He is quoted. It is easy

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to shout from the sidelines.

The

royal wedding timetable. What is it

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telling us?

It is giving us the fall

SP on the wedding of the year

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between Prince Harry of Wales and

his fiancee, Meghan Markle, who you

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have interviewed. Frankly, I am

looking for an outfit based on that

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12 minute encounter. Yes, I have,

what can I tell you?

What was she

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like those blue A big heart, huge

compassion. This was pre-Harry days,

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back in her previous incarnation as

an American star, Suits actress. She

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is already a UN ambassador in her

own right. This is a young and

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determined lady who was already

intent on using her platform as a

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successful American actress, not

waiting for a prince charming.

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Clearly, they will be more than the

sum of the parts in terms of the

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platform they can create together.

That's

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