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unity between North and South Korea

as the Winter Olympics

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come to a close. Pyongyang says it

will sit down for talks with the

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United States.

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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead

at what the papers will be bringing

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us tomorrow. With us, Charlie Wells,

Deputy SnapChat editor at the

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Economist, probably the best job

title we have ever announced! And

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Rosamund Urwin A close second,

financial services Chris Bond and

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with the Sunday Times. Nice to see

you both. Many of the front pages

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are already in. Let's start with the

Financial Times. It has a picture of

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Ivanka Trump watching the closing

ceremony of the Olympics in

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PyeongChang, alongside one of North

Korea's highest ranking generals.

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The Guardian goes with Jeremy Corbyn

revealing Labour's Brexit policy

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tomorrow, confirming he wants the UK

to remain in a Customs Union.

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Concerns over the quality of milk

post-Brexit leads the front page of

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the i. The metro has a picture of

the building fire in Leicester on

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its front page. The Ambulance

Service say four people have been

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taken Joss Buttler. A chilling

warning from the express. They say

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temperatures in parts of the UK

could drop to -15 Celsius, with snow

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and blizzards expected across the

country. While the Mirror says the

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cold snap dubbed the beast from the

east could cause deaths and travel

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chaos. So, a fair old mix. We'll

start with more Brexit. The Guardian

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is where we'll begin. Corbyn Brexit

speech to put Theresa May on the

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spot. We have Kier Starmer today,

the shadow Brexit Secretary,

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Rossman, talking about the idea of

remaining within the Customs Union.

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But not the current one, something

close to it.

The operative word

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being a rather than the, verbal

gymnastics. What he is not saying is

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that under Labour we would remain in

the Single Market, that will upset a

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lot of his membership you obviously

not only backed Remain but would

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like to stay in their -- who

obviously. This has put Labour in a

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different position from the

Conservatives, and a lot of pressure

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on Theresa May, because there are

plenty of Tory rebels who would

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maybe be tempted to create an

alliance and not backed her approach

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of taking us out of the Customs

Union.

Yes, and it wouldn't be the

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same one we are currently in. You

have to be a member of the EU to be

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in this one, but they can concoct

something similar.

What a difference

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and a makes, talking about a Customs

Union versus the Customs Union! All

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that said, customs unions are a good

thing for the economy. And the way

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that they work is essentially they

allow goods to move between

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countries without tariffs. And so

right now, Britain's economy is very

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heavily linked with Europe's. And

introducing tariffs and that would

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slow down manufacturing, it would

make places like Dover or

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theoretically the Irish border hard

borders, and much more difficult for

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goods to travel between, and it

would have a very negative effect on

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the economy. This is positive news

that Jeremy Corbyn seems to be

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moving in sort of a softer Brexit

direction. I wonder if this is a

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turning point.

But, of course,

Labour are not in power. Although

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Theresa May is running a minority

government, supported by the DUP.

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Yes, and she is facing this sort of

really tricky week. I mean, it's the

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big Brexit week. She's making a

speech on Friday setting out what

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the future EU- UK relations look

like. On top of that, she's also got

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the withdrawal treaty publication,

and we're going to see obviously the

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conversation about the Irish border,

which I think we can get to.

We will

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do in one second.

That will be

dominant as well. All of these

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things that have been in the

background and we are all very aware

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of will be right at the forefront

this week.

Let's look at the FT. EU

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stands firm of Northern Ireland

border in Brexit withdrawal treaty.

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Northern Ireland and the concern

about inflaming tensions if there

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were to be a hard border between

Northern Ireland and the Republic of

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Ireland, it comes back into the news

and then disappears again, doesn't

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it?

Everyone can agree that nobody

wants to go back to the time before

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the Good Friday Agreement, and

nobody wants to see a hard border

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between the two countries. What is

really interesting that you mention,

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this seems to be settled, and then

it's not. And that speaks to the

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difficulty of securing this

negotiation between the UK and the

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EU, it's a dynamic process that can

change over time.

I have to say, I

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find it shocking that this wasn't

talked about more in the run-up to

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the referendum. I know somebody who

went to a meeting before the

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referendum with their Brexit

supporting Tory MP, and they asked

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him, you know, what would happen if

we had a hard border between

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Northern Ireland and the Republic?

And he said, I haven't thought of

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that! I mean, this is extraordinary

to me. My family come from Ireland

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originally, so it was very much at

the forefront of my mind, but I

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really cannot believe it was not

talked about more.

I remember maybe

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a year or two ago on this very

programme, we had a story on a front

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page about Northern Ireland. And I

remember one of the commentators

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saying, it must be a slow news day!

It is something people

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underestimated, how big this issue

would be.

Here we have the European

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Commission absolutely clear that

there needs to be sort of regulatory

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alignment for Northern Ireland with

the EU to stop that hard border

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reappearing. But for the DUP, of

course as a result of this

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confidence and supply arrangement

with Theresa May's government, they

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don't want Northern Ireland to be

treated any differently to the rest

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of the UK.

That is utterly bizarre

to me, they say they don't want a

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hard border but they are in favour

of Brexit and what appears to be a

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pretty hard Brexit. You think, how

can those two things go together? It

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doesn't make any sense to me, their

position.

Hopefully there are

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lawyers that can work this stuff out

and it would be some kind of fudge,

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wouldn't it?

One of the that I keep

hearing from Brexiteers is that

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technology will solve this problem

and we will have very advanced

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capabilities so even if there are

different regulations between the

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two countries, a computer can check

through to make sure everything is

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fine.

What about all the people... I

don't understand it, the people who

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cross over every day who work on one

side and live on the other, or

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people who own land on both sides,

farmers would land on both sides.

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All of these elements that you

describe can be got around by some

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creative thinking, can't they?

We

voted now in June 2016, and I

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haven't seen that many bright ideas

yet being created on this.

Thank

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goodness we haven't got to come up

with them! That is look at the Ahye,

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another Brexit related story.

Britain may be forced to take

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inferior US milk, white?

It sounds

like in a hypothetical free trade

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agreement between the US and the UK,

the US, at least at this point,

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seems to be lobbying, or at least

dairy lobbyists seem to be pushing

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to have the ability to Selt lower

quality milk here in the UK. And

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this is really interesting to me.

And it's something that has a lot of

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Americans scratching their heads

about Brexit as well. I know we are

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just talking Brexit, Brexit, Brexit,

but a lot of Americans look to the

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EU as very beneficial, and the

regulations, especially related to

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consumer products, food and other

goods that they put out keep

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consumers say. In the regular so,

United States, our regulations are

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not as strict and not as favourable

to the consumer. Here is an odd

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circumstance, in a hypothetical

situation in which the UK and the US

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have some sort of a trade agreement,

the UK is getting bad products.

Why

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would we need to bother taking this

stuff?

We don't have to. We hear,

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but my thought on this is that we

are getting Korine Geggan -- we do

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not have the full Uri here, we are

getting Korine chicken, milk from

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cows with other infections, this is

the Mad Max style world that David

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Davis promised we were not headed

towards, the dystopian vision!

It is

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a really effective talking point for

people who want to remain as close

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to the EU as possible. I remember

during the debate in 2016 you would

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hear these comments from Brexiteers

saying, oh, well like the EU can

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tout us how curved our cucumbers can

be and how hot our testers can get.

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Those are very specific consumer

issues. -- how hot our toasters.

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Here we are seeing a very specific

consumer issue that will get people

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to potentially thinking the other

direction.

Of course, we should have

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seen that in advance of the

referendum.

The whole idea of curvy

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bananas has never actually been

true, has it was this is really a

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question of whether the American

dairy industry

is going to...

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Lobbied us to change our rules.

The

Financial Times, President Xi Sinn

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Fein hangs his grip on power -- Xi

Jinping. If they change the

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constitution, he can go on longer.

He is doing a President Putin, he

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did the exact same thing. In the

Russian Constitution, you were only

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allowed bust my terms, eight years.

Putin took a little holiday and was

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Prime Minister for a little while

and went back to the presidency. Now

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we are seeing a similar attempt in

China, although not that route to

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it. So, the president is going to be

formally re-elected this coming

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week. And when the national people's

congress meets, and he now wants

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obviously to solidify his position

there for a lot longer.

Yes, and a

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lot of western democracies have

wanted to push China more towards

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the sort of systems that we have. It

doesn't seem to be headed in that

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direction at all-star law a lot of

China watchers were very hopeful

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when Xi Jinping

took power, that he

would follow the course of his

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predecessor and stick to them all

is. The rules answers session were

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put in place to avoid chaos. After

Mars udon and a series of very

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turbulent issues, it was agreed in

the late 80s that we need to have a

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China, China needed to have two

terms, they needed to limit power

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and have more peaceful transitions.

It seems like Xi Jinping, who has,

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for most of his term, and his

predecessor has been talking about

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how to create stability, trying to

avoid chaos and focus on building

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the economy, this seems like

something of a shift, he is starting

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to focus a lot more on power and

solidifying power. That is

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disconcerting and also a little bit

scary, because now that he could

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theoretically be president for life,

his policies might change. He is

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more powerful than a lame duck

president who has one year left. He

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can pursue different policies than

he could.

But the point is, this is

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just one of his three jobs. He is

actively also party General

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Secretary, which he could be for

life. And that doesn't have a term

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limit. And then he is also top of

the military. It's only a limit on

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this one.

He must have more hours in

the days and I have! Let's look at

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The And the, an extraordinary blast

of cold weather.

It sounds like

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commuters were angry to find that

their rail journeys were disrupted.

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The figure that keeps being thrown

around is -15 degrees. Parts of

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Britain are going to get very, very

cold. It sounds like transport is

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certainly going to be effective.

The

hilarious bit is that they have done

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this before, the snow has fallen

before it has even gone and 0

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degrees. They have already decided

to cancel the trains.

Before a

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single flake has fallen!

You can

understand why people are not happy

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about that. It rather adds to the

feeling in Britain that our rail

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services are not up to much if they

can't cope with leaves or snow or

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any of the kind of normal things.

It

is dull better than American

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trained!

The Daily Mirror is saying

the same thing, beware the beast

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from the east, it will kill! This is

the other issue, the number of

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winter deaths. It does cause...

Lets

not forget, this is going to be

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pressure on the health service,

which has already had an incredibly

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difficult winter. Well, you know,

people have been waiting on

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trolleys. Obviously you would hope

that as the weather got better these

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things with ease. But actually now

they are saying we are going to have

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horrible weather, more pressure on

the NHS.

It speaks to this, the

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gated issue of naming storms. There

is a public health and safety issue

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that suggests that sometimes naming

storms is good, it causes more

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public awareness, people can talk

about the beast from the east and

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the newspapers can blast it across

their front pages. But you can't go

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too far. If you create too much

awareness, it can look like an over

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reaction and people will stop

responding to allow from safety

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procedures.

It looks like it is

going to be pretty rough in some

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places, whether it has got a name or

not. But the papers for this hour,

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but Charlie and Rosamond will be

back again at 11:30pm for another

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look at the papers. The camera is

quite busy tonight, isn't it?! Of,

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it's deliberate, of course it is!

Next, Meet The Author.

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