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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 the Political Strategist

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Jo Tanner and Paul Johnson,

Deputy Editor of The Guardian.

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Welcome to you both.

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Many of tomorrow's front

pages are already in.

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The Financial Times leads

with trouble on the high

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street, as Toys R Us and Maplin

enter administration, while New Look

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and Prezzo close outlets.

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The Daily Mirror dubs the situation

"heartbreak on the high street,"

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as more than 5,000

jobs are put at risk.

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Theresa May's opposition to the EU's

proposals for the Northern Irish

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border features on the

Metro's front page.

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It's also one of a number

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of papers to feature Prince Harry

and Meghan Markle speaking alongside

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the Duke and Duchess

of Cambridge today.

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The Daily Telegraph report claims

that pro-EU politicians

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are exploiting the Irish border

question as a means to stop Brexit.

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The Guardian features the pressure

on the Prime Minister for Brexit and

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the disruption of the freezing

weather. Plenty to keep us busy.

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Let's start with Brexit, it's on

your front page, the Guardian. If

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this was an 800 meter dash, we just

hope the bell and everyone is

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jockeying for position, into the

home straight.

The home straight...

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It might be... I don't think it will

be straight, it will be a zigzag!

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Some people might fall over. Some

people might be disqualified and

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injured! It won't be

straightforward. An extraordinary

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day, a day when some people might

look back and say that the blue

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touch paper was lit. Michel Barnier,

the chief EU negotiator, came up

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with the 120 page draft and people

focused on two pages, Ireland. It

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was him saying on behalf of the

nations of the EU, if the UK doesn't

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have a bespoke plan, we'll have to

revert to this, Northern Ireland

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being part of the customs union.

Theresa May said we couldn't do

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that, no British Foreign Minister

could do that, the DUP were angry

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saying it was a provocation and try

to break up the union. The Irish

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were crossed because they don't see

how you can square this circle. John

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Major popped up, as he does

occasionally, not usually helpful to

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the current incumbent by Minister,

and he said we need a free vote in

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parliament for a second referendum.

Tony Blair is going to pop up

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tomorrow with the idea of a reformed

EU is wooing the UK back in. Does

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Theresa May have a plan?

There are a

multitude of stories, Jo, an Brexit.

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-- on the Brexit. Boris Johnson says

in the Daily Telegraph that the

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ultra-Remainers are determined to do

everything in their power to stop

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the democratic will of the people's

wished to leave.

Allies of Boris

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allegedly say that the Irish issue

is being exploited. I think there's

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a real danger, a lot of people don't

remember the Troubles in Northern

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Ireland, and what went on. Years ago

we didn't talk about Northern

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Ireland, politicians didn't because

it was very sensitive, they didn't

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want to upset anybody but the issue

of the border has become almost a

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free for all for everybody to have

an opinion. It is dangerous because

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we have sensitive issues, the Good

Friday Agreement in difficulty,

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power-sharing in the balance.

Is

there a danger for the European

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Union because they put out a strong

line in this legal text that's been

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published. If the government

continues saying we don't want a

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customs union and we won't have a

border, do we force the European

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Union to unilaterally put a border

there and they don't want to do that

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because of the Good Friday

Agreement?

It is a draft. I think it

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is an attempt to push. They say they

haven't heard from the British

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government and that it hasn't done

its job and come up with ideas. Some

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specious talk about knowledge even

the they are saying, come on, let's

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see your ideas. I think this is show

us what you've got on Friday.

But he

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wouldn't unilaterally want a border

in which case Northern Ireland

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becomes a good weight for the UK to

get a free-trade deal. It becomes a

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huge issue,

and this issue about

ensuring that peace continues. It

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becomes such a big issue, it's

almost a case of who is prepared to

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force the issue. Some concessions

made today I think around people

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coming into this country and about

their ability to apply for the right

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to remain, which had previously

looked off the table. So we're

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looking to make concessions after

this difficult discussion when we've

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had the back and forth. So it's

going to play out. We've had an

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extraordinary week, starting with

Jeremy Corbyn on Monday and we don't

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teach it ending. Theresa May has to

do something big on Friday, a big

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statement.

Because of these

interventions, do you sense that

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Remainers and Brexiteers are

becoming more hardened in their

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positions and people are now

thinking in?

A colleague said that

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but going back to the Boris Johnson

story in the Telegraph, interesting

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story. I've seen a quote saying, one

ally of the Foreign Secretary, that

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is Boris Johnson saying that! And

he's come training -- he's

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complaining about ultra-Remainers

but there have been two occasions

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when the main person destabilising

the Prime Minister has been the

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Foreign Secretary.

They say that the

leaks over him saying there would

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need to be a hard border in Ireland

was leaked by the Remainers in the

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Cabinet.

There's clearly a lot going

on, we heard this horey about

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Phillip Hammond talking about

sleeping rough on a beach, in a

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discussion about homelessness. This

briefing against each other, we know

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that there was this login at

Chequers when they were in a room

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and we saw the pictures of everyone

on their different shares discussing

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the issues -- there was a lock-in.

Clearly tensions are boiling over,

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we saw it last year, the briefing

starting, partly digging in, partly

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playing things out in the media to

get what we want.

There is a map in

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the paper, celebrating 25 years --

Matt in the paper. A snowman says, a

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little bit of Brexit and everyone

becomes hysterical. Let's talk about

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a story that has caught my eye. By

focusing my job a lock on American

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politics. A story on the FT about

Jared Kushner and Ivanka club, both

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of them under fire -- Ivanka Trump.

Gerard has had his security access

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withdrawn but the breaking news is

that hope Hicks, the communications

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director and very much in the inner

circle, is resigning.

Very much in

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the inner circle, this is quite a

surprise. The New York Times

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characterised her as the

communications director who doesn't

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communicate in public which is

probably a bit of a plus for Donald

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Trump. As journalists said, it is

29, it is a remarkable job to have

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done. Probably a better job to have

done than it is to do. Trump is very

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warm, which he hasn't been to the

several dozen people who have left

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over the previous year. She said

this curious thing, she said there

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are no words to express her

gratification to the president, so

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she didn't!

That's the

communications director, who had no

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words.

Can she tell a committee

yesterday that she told one or two

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white lies.

White lies. That would

have been an opportunity to tell

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another one. The house intelligence

community.

What do you think is

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going on, because these people are

close to the President? His son in

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law and his daughter seemingly

ostracised from the White House and

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his closest allies in hope picks.

She has been one of his longest

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serving.

From the beginning.

She was

brought in with very little

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experience to take the role and now

there is a question about what's

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going on, is it... Who is going to

be thrown on the bus, with these

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hearings going on? Is it clearing

the decks, anyone who could be

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associated and may be perceived as

wrong, inappropriate? It becomes

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less damaging. There's a lot of

speculation, Twitter has become very

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active around people from the Unufe

times -- from the New York Times

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regarding the intelligence committee

today. We don't know, clearly there

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is more to it.

A story on the

Financial Times and the Daily

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Mirror, the heartbreak on the high

Street, thousands of workers facing

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the axe at Toys "R" Us and Maplin

and also this Italian restaurant

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chain Prezzo as well.

There is a

hurricane blowing down the high

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Street. The FT and the Daily Mail

have dramatic presentations. Three

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particular trends. You bring it

together, it is a generational shift

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to online shopping. People don't go

to Maplin any more, they go to

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Amazon. Toys "R" Us was bought out

and saddled with $5 billion worth of

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debt and couldn't survive we had a

reporter who spoke to two people who

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said it was a trip down memory lane,

like going back to the 90s, the last

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time they went there, said one of

them. And Prezzo is a different

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reason, we've seen the casual

eating, the glut of outlets for

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this, we saw the difficulties over

Jamie's Italian. If you add them

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together, as the Daily Mirror has

done, you have a very grim picture.

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Very sad for those workers.

And

these are shops, if you have a

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son... I have a son who is nine,

look at the queues outside Hamleys

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in central London each year where

people go for these spectacles,

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playing with the toys. These are big

warehouses where you pick things off

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the shelves, but places like Marks &

Spencer 's and other places that do

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other things now do other products

home so you don't necessarily need

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to go to a shop like this any more.

Places like the Entertainer,

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heralded as one of the stores doing

well, they don't open on Sundays

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because of the owner's Christian

beliefs. They didn't agree with

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Sunday trading laws and they have

still done well.

On the front of a

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lot of the papers today, the Royals,

the new generation. In fact, let's

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bring you the Metro. It is a wider

picture. I was struck them if you

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had gone back 20 years ago and the

crisis the Royal family faced,

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especially post Diana, and now where

they are, the Queen must be quite

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pleased with what she's seeing.

Yeah

but probably slightly nervous as

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well, an interesting dimension. A

great picture that the Metro have

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used. Very different body language.

There is even some affection that

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Meghan and Harry have all stop the

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, we

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don't call them we and Kate any

more. There is the informality about

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the couple, even the dress code --

Will and Kate. The future King of

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England is on the edge of the

picture.

Yes, that's quite

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interesting. He isn't aloof, he's

very warm but metaphorically he is

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slightly aside from them, isn't he?

But there isn't rivalry between them

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in the way that some families have,

they seem quite happy, he seemed

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happy for Harry to have the

limelight.

Two interesting things.

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You describe the photograph well. It

is part of the slimming down of the

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Royal family. The extras are now

written out of the picture. There is

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something, clearly the attention to

Meghan and Harry and William and

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Kate etc is enormous. There is a

missing generation here. We talked

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about the next king, the future

King, but there is Charles and

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Camilla, they are in the shade at

the moment, aren't they?

Let's talk

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about the weather, a lot of lovely

pictures of the snow. I noticed that

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the new wave coming in is being

blamed on storm ever. -- storm Emma.

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Why isn't it a man? It could have

been Eric.

I don't think this is

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Emma on the front of the i.

The Met

Office in 2015 started giving names

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to storms and they personalised

them, deliberately. You get far more

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publicity.

Tomorrow I think we are

expecting to see the coldest March

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day on record, since 1965.

That's it

for the papers. Don't forget you can

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see the front pages on the website.

If you missed the programme you can

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watch it on the BBC iPlayer. Thanks

to Jo and Paul.

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