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With me are Martin Bentham,

Home Affairs Editor

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for the London Evening Standard,

and Times columnist Jenni Russell.

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Many of the front pages are in,

so let's take a look

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Many of the front pages are in,

so let's take a look.

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The Telegraph leads with the ongoing

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scandal surrounding Oxfam -

with claims of abuse in charity

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shops involving staff,

as well as overseas aid workers.

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The I takes up the same

story on its front page -

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focusing on the resignation

of Oxfam's deputy chief executive.

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That story features

in the Guardian too -

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which also has big picture

of British snowboarder Aimee Fuller,

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falling victim of the gusty winds

at the Winter Olympics

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in Pyeongchang.

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The Metro carries a photo of one

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of the survivors of the Grand Canyon

helicopter crash -

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in which three people were killed.

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The Express focuses on a report

which says that drugs used to treat

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arthritis might also cut

the risk of dementia.

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The Financial Times' top story

is Barclays' ongoing legal

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battle over alleged cash injections

from Qatari investors.

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And The Mirror leads

on apparent visits made

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by Meghan Markle to the victims

and survivors of the Grenfell Tower

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fire - with the paper

dubbing her as the 'new people's

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princess'.

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So our main story tonight -

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the allegations against Oxfam staff

- makes most of the front pages

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of tomorrow's papers.

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So let's start with

the I's coverage.

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And I am ashamed of this happened on

my watch, says the woman who

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resigned, but possibly seven years

later?

Yes. At least somebody has

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taken responsibility, so credit to

her, in that at least. Clearly what

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has happened here, she has admitted

she was international programmes

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director at the time and failed to

do enough when the concerns about

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the main perpetrator and one of his

staff were raised in Chad, and then

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he was allowed to move to high ET,

where the new allegations have since

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surfaced and led to all this

terrible concern about what has been

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happening at Oxfam. She has

resigned, the Chief Executive

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remains under pressure, because he

was not chief executive of the time,

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but still, there ongoing questions

which we will talk about in a second

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about how quickly they acted, not

just at the time in Haiti, but also

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subsequent to that, and whether they

have done enough onwards.

And the

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Paton Tapp The i, do you get the

sense that the papers are making any

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of that state?

It is hard to know

what the chains of responsibility

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are comment is difficult to know

what oversight Judy was, of the

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Charity commission or what Oxfam

told them and all of that is yet to

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be covered. I think it is pretty

striking that having watched the way

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that some of Oxfam's executors have

responded today. My faith in the

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charity has really been shattered to

some extent. I assumed when the

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stories first came out and it was

broken by my newspaper, the Times,

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and I think it is a fantastic job

they did on it. But I think I

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assumed it had to be a few

exceptions. And when you listen to

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the woman who whistle-blower today,

saying that actually I brought all

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these concerns, including the fact

that on a single day she had

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allocations brought to her of

coerced sex in other countries by

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three Oxfam workers in one day, she

took her concerns to the board, and

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they told her that they had read her

paper and didn't want to listen to

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her talking about it. He truly seems

they did not take seriously the fact

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that if you send people who have

immense power into situations where

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other people are dependent upon

them, then some people who was to

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miss use that power will be

completely free to do so unless

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there are consequences.

Yes, so that

particular line is obviously the key

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story on the front page of the

Telegraph, Martin. They are saying,

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their headline, Oxfam workers offers

aid to sex, which is a very serious

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allegation.

Precisely, this is the

interviewer talking about, which was

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on Channel 4 News. Clearly it is a

massive problem that has been

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exposed, and one that has been far

too slow to be acted upon. And the

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great irony of this is that of

course in disaster zones in

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particular, one of the great things

charities try to do is set up safe

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spaces and work to protect

vulnerable women in particular and

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young girls, and of course some of

this is about the alleged abuse of

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children, not just women, children,

even worse, and yet the charities

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working to try to protect them on

one hand, and then the staff appear

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to have been engaging in this type

of abusive behaviour, and whilst it

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was known, and as you say, we don't

quite know how far this will go

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faster we don't know if it will just

be restricted to Oxfam or whether

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other charities...

That is

incredibly unlikely, it is never

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going to be the case that only one

organisation has the problem, as it

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was that Harvey Weinstein was the

only powerful man abusing people in

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his industry. We have to fit a

caveat, having spent a lot of time

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abroad and with people that work in

aid, most of them are highly

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motivated and a fantastic job. My

concerns about Oxfam here is that

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they were not willing to recognise

when a few people are behaving

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badly. Let's not tell the whole of

the aid sector, because there are an

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awful lot of incredibly committed

people who work in appalling

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conditions, doing very brave things,

and we should be grateful to them

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for that.

It is kind of the response

to the problem is most worse than

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the original problem, or consumes

the original problem.

I was in high

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ET after the earthquake and have

been there a few times since, and

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seen the things you are talking

about, people doing quite valuable

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work I do help people in desperate

situations, try to help them.

They

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must be completely dismayed today

first

you think of those lovely old

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ladies in the Oxfam charities shops

you going to, think how they must be

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feeling, giving up their time

willingly and at the moment the

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whole brand is in danger of being

tarnished, which is why the Chief

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Executive at the time and all the

staff should have taken them

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seriously. They should not have

breasted under the carpet. Think

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much pressure there would have been

if they said we have discovered

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this, we have sacked these people,

they will never work in the AIDS

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sector again and this is what we'll

do about it.

That defensive

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behaviour by big institutions are

something we have seen over and over

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again. Let's just move onto another

story in the front page the

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Telegraph and stop the US saying

take back your jihadists. What is

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that all about?

It is all about the

foreign fighters who have been

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captured in Syria and Iraq. The US

administration apparently suggesting

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that those countries from which they

have come should take ownership and

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deal with them, rather than

necessarily the Americans having to

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pick up the problem, or indeed those

people floating around and

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disappearing off elsewhere to cause

trouble elsewhere. It is angled

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here, talking about the two

so-called Beatles, former British

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citizens, who both had their

citizenship stripped from this

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country. But only we will be having

them back and I think the Americans

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will want to prosecute themselves

anyway. In that particular case

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because of the appalling acts they

are alleged to have committed

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against American citizens.

Given how

unpopular government is, I don't

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want this kind of election winning

slogan for we are bringing back as

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his supporters to Britain to take up

time and jail space. Absolutely a

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no-no.

Moving on to the Guardian, a

sharp rise in admissions for eating

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disorders. The story of interest to

many families of teenage girls.

The

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number of admissions to hospital

treating disorders has almost

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doubled from 2010 from just over.

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It goes along with the fact that

there has been a sharp decline in

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mental health among teenage girls in

particular. The Kara Mbodj exact

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figures but within the last ten

years their suicide rate has

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doubled. Almost approaching that of

young men, which has always been

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high. Medical experts think this is

all to do with the increased

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pressure on girls in particular, and

it is social media, and having to

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look and behave perfectly, and the

injured everything OK, and the

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appalling popularity contest, as you

put your pictures and your feeds

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online, seeing how many likes you

get. It is devastating people.

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Basically they are all having to

live as if they are in the public

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eye and they are only children.

So

Martin, in terms of the detail of

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this, this is so fuzzy, the sprint,

I can't see it, but the numbers

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about 13,000.

Yes. As it says, it

has doubled in basically a decade or

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so.

Which is shocking, isn't it?

Absolutely frightening. The trouble

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is, each individual person who

suffers that, it is heartbreaking

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for their families and stop terrible

for them. It needs proper

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investigation to find out what is

causing this. The fairer ways in

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which some of those pressures can be

alleviated to that fewer people and

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up this way. It is the wrong way to

be going, not the right way.

But it

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is also the case that government

cuts to children's mental health

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services over the past few years, I

know Jeremy Hunt has said this way.

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It is the wrong way to be going, not

the right way. But it is also the

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case that government cuts to

children's mental health services

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over the past few years, I know

Jeremy Hunt has a business now be a

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target and a focus for the

government and make every much in is

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the case that people working in

adolescent mental health services

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often find when children are

referred to them because they are in

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crisis, they can be given

appointments 80 months ahead, which

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is worse than useless. That is half

your time in six form, if you are a

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child.

Yes. Cilic ourselves up at

all with the next Tory?

Let's try!

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No limit on entry exam fails for

aspiring teachers, so if you are a

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teacher you can fail as many times

as you like, basically. This is the

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The i.

Used to be ruled out after

three tonnes of have to wait two

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years to retake. The same does not

apply for the normal exams that

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pupils take.

Are they allowed to

teach during?

This is before they

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have qualified.

The problem with

this is that it is the side-effect

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of government policy, the fact that

teaching has become such a high

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stress occupation, in which teachers

are being measured at the time on

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how their children achieved, and

children of cream taught the test.

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The quality -- children are being

put to the test. The pressure on

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both children and teachers is

increasing dramatically, and so many

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teachers are leaving and so many

more don't want to come into it, but

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actually this is not an answer. The

answer is how do you make the

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teaching profession less stressful,

more productive and more attractive.

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Just try and shovel in some of the

people that aren't up to it by

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saying never mind, can just keep

retaking interview fluke a parcel

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stop sorry about that, it was your

fault, it was your story!

The

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mirror, Meghan's secret visits to

comfort Grun for victims. They have

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visits plural, is it that committee

meeting?

We don't know, but it seems

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like a very good idea.

It is not

very clear, it says has visited the

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Grenfell Tower site, so we don't

know the answer to that one. Not a

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very cheerful topic but at least she

is doing something positive to try

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to help people there, and good for

her.

The important thing is we all

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remember to Theresa May turning up

to visit the Grenfell Tower victims

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looking absolutely petrified,

surrounded by her security detail.

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Doing a few handshakes with some of

the firefighters and other people at

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the fire and then fleeing without

actually beating any of the victims.

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And that so much increased

everyone's rage at the time. And in

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the Queen turned up unannounced,

think of was the following day, and

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Prince Harry, and they spent time

with the victims, and they shook

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hands, and they talk to them, and

you could see how moved the Queen

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was, and you could see that it

completely calmed a very few BREL

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situation at that point. There is

still in the society something very

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special about being visited by

royalty. I think at times of such

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enormous divisions in this area. It

is a good thing.

And in the people's

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and says, that is special for

people. We just have time for one

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more, a picture story, the Financial

Times has got these interesting

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portraits of the Obamas.

Exactly, I

like the bit in particular about

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Barack Obama. To negotiate to have

less grey hair and smaller ears, but

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the portrait artist said nowhere,

and there it is. What is and all.

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Not many warts, in fact, most people

would be happy to look like he did.

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That is a great tradition of

poultry, all portrait artists

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throughout the centres have tried to

flatter their subjects. --

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throughout the centuries. I was a

bit struck, having the portrait of

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Barack Obama is pretty fabulous, and

you really see his characters with.

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He looks thoughtful, intelligent yet

composed. But I don't think that

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this picture of Michelle Obama looks

like at all.

I'm with you.

She likes

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it, apparently.

She's not going say

she doesn't.

If we think of all the

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sitting she must of had and all the

time, to manage to produce a

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portrait that actually doesn't look

like this woman? I think that is a

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fail.

These are going in the

Smithsonian, right, in the National

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portrait Gallery?

The great thing is

it is the first time obviously that

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a black president has been there by

definition, so it is a breakthrough

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in that sense.

We have two Corletto

day there. Thank you so much

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rejoining us. Come back again -- we

have to call it a day. That is it

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