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Meanwhile, England lose to France

in Paris, scoring just 16 points

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to their rival's 22 points.

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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 Nigel Nelson,

Political Editor

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of the Sunday Mirror

and the political

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commentator, Jo Phillips.

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Many of tomorrow's front

pages are already in.

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The Observer leads on Government

figures that reveal almost

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four times more men

than women are in Britain's

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highest paid posts.

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The Sunday Express says

that the ex-Russian spy

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Sergei Skripal and his daughter

Yulia may have been poisoned

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by the contents of a parcel that

went undetected in the post.

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The Sunday Telegraph reveals that

senior Government figures

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are leading a plan to ban Russian

officials involved in corruption

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and human rights abuses.

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The Sunday Times claims that

since becoming Prime Minister,

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Theresa May has

received over £800,000

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of donations from Russian oligarchs.

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The Sunday Mirror front page

features claims that up to one

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thousand children could be involved

in a new child abuse and trafficking

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scandal. And the Sunday People says

that the Russian President Vladimir

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Putin is planning eight more

attacks. Of course, it's worth a

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reminder that Russia has not yet

been found responsible for the

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Salisbury attack. Worth reminding us

that Russia has not yet been found

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responsible for these attacks.

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So Russia dominating

the majority of the front pages,

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as it has for the past few days.

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So let's have a closer look

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Starting with the express.

Interesting take. The one problem

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with this, there has been a complete

sort of security clamp-down on

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basically any information coming

out, and so, it's like a example of

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the new Inco, when that happened,

2006, people were prepared to talk

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to you and now they are not, but

what is being suggested here is that

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it was a parcel delivered to their

house which may have contained the

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poison. -- Alexander Litvinenko. At

the moment, we still do not know

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what the nerve agent was that they

ingested, the express has said it

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could be something which is labelled

newcomer, a variety of different

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agents. It is more powerful, hugely

powerful, a pinhead on your hand

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could kill you. There is a huge

variety of those particular nerve

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agents, we are led to believe that

the authorities know what the nerve

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agent is but they will not tell us,

one assumes it is something they

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have tucked away here, and it is too

secret to reveal. They will have a

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quandary but eventually it will have

to come out.

The news that you were

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reading says that traces have been

found at the restaurant.

Traced back

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to the restaurant at which they

dined, Zizzi, really.

They may have

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taken it in on their bodies. There

is an awful lot of fantastic

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speculation, there is a human

tragedy in all of this, but this is

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a cracking good story, it is John

Vaccaro meets McMafia meets Nigel

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Nelson! -- John Le Carre but one

week on it is full of stuff like, a

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neighbour has seen a courier

arrived... Well, my neighbours from

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the BC that, so in the absence of

fact, lots of speculation.

Why a

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nerve agent, I have thought about

that, have you picked up on that?

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One of the interesting thing is, why

come in with something, a

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radioactive thing for Alexander

Litvinenko, polonium, the Russians,

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I'm pretty sure it is the Russians

that did this, they want everyone

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else to know about the fact that

they did it, so the more exotic you

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can make the death, the more likely

it is that people will believe it is

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you, and there is another side of

this, it is a warning, yes, and...

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What are your friends like? You have

heard this from your friends!

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LAUGHTER

One of the things they are doing,

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making this stuff, like a new toy,

they want to go out and use it, they

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have a laboratory, making these

different agents. I never understood

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what you don't just pushed somebody

in front of a train if you want to

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kill them but the Russians like the

idea of this exotic way of doing it.

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It is drama. Let's turn to the

Sunday people. We are still on the

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subject of Russia, but now, a

slightly different take.

Talking

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about how many spooks do I know,

this is... Look at this, a Russian

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ex-KGB Major, I have known him for

several years, he has been targeted

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for assassination by the Russians

because he effected over here, Boris

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Karpichkov, and he claims he

received a call on February 12, with

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a hit list of eight names, his name

was on it, and so was Sergei

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Skripal. What was interesting about

that, he did not recognise the name,

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they served in different parts of

the Russian intelligence network so

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he has never met Sergei Skripal, in

Britain or in Moscow, and he served

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there. The name did not mean

anything to him. It does now, three

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weeks later, the attack comes.

You

know, there has been a lot made...

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Now they are looking at the wider

family, some people are saying this

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is a message, if you do mess with...

This is all speculation. And

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obviously, the police in Salisbury,

special forces investigating

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toxicology, have apparently been

looking and examining the

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Gravestock... I don't think we yet

know whether they have exhumed the

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body of his wife...

Some flowers

appear on the grave.

His son died of

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liver disease, he was cremated, I

believe, the wife died of cancer,

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some years ago. -- examining the

graves. It is about the wider family

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but also, how long, he has been here

for a long time.

The next question,

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so many questions, what can the

British government do in

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retaliation, if we turn to the

Sunday Times, we have an article

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here, but it has been described as a

response to a poisoning scandal, not

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too sure if they are saying they are

going to carry out some of these

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measures, without the evidence...?

This is a story about... Theresa May

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promised to distance her party, the

Conservative Party, from Russian

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donors, when she became Prime

Minister. It has been revealed that

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Russian oligarchs and their

associates have registered donations

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of more than £800,000 tinged she

became Prime Minister, that is quite

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a lot more than previous

Conservative Party leaders. -- since

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she became Prime Minister. These

people are willing to pay quite a

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lot of money for some of the things

mentioned here, not the Russians

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solely, anyone who wants influence

is willing to pay things like

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£160,000 to play tennis with David

Cameron. £30,000, to have dinner

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with the Defence Secretary, Evan

Williams. Strikes me as frightfully

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overpriced(!)

usually so! And his

tarantula.

There is this stuff

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about, where are you taking money

from, you are right, it leads on to,

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what do you actually do, do you hit

people in the wallet?

Turning to the

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Telegraph... The paper goes into

this a little deeper, and it is...

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That is enough... A Visa ban?

This

is what the Telegraph are talking

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about what could be done, and this

is a sanctions regime, to do it

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alongside the US and Canada, and the

idea is to freeze assets, target

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people, very difficult to do things

like that, I'm not sure how much

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Vladimir Putin would care if we did,

but within London, about £90 billion

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of Russian money comes through

London. Clearly, it would cost us

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quite a bit to lose it but when we

get to a stage like this, yes, we

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must do so. One thing I don't

understand why they don't do,

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chucked out a few Russian spies,

that seems to hurt them more. Our

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spies would have to leave Moscow,

but it seems to me that is the way

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forward, to show a bit of strength.

Also this act, which has been

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hovering around for a few years,

Magnitsky Act, one of the people on

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your hip list -- hit list. Bill

Browder got it brought in in America

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because it was his lawyer who died

in prison on what they said were

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trumped up charges, no reason why we

couldn't do something like that.

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Staying with the Telegraph, further

down, chaos for Accident and

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Emergency, a bit of a meltdown...?

I

think I speak with a certain

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interest in this because my son is a

paramedic. I do sometimes wonder

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about the calls they are sent out

to, as do most ambulance crews who

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are probably working tonight. And we

completely, everybody understands

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the dispatcher has got a

terrifically difficult job, and if

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someone says, I have chest pains,

you know you do not know if they are

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having a heart attack or whatever it

is but when we heard the report last

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week of some repeat callers, one

person making over 3000 calls, to an

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Ambulance Service, there has to be

somewhere that you are gauging

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these, because there are people

going to hospital who perhaps do not

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need to be in Accident and Emergency

and people who need to have other

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services, mental health, social

services, care for all the people...

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You can't put it all on the

Ambulance Service and then expect

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them to be out on the streets

responding to what is happening

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immediately.

Let's go back to the

express, I love this story, did you

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know this happens...

I guess

something like it. We all go on

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hostile environment courses now and

go through the kidnap stuff, but

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Meghan Markle, the one she has gone

on, it beats the lot, the express is

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saying that she was sent off to

Hereford, the SAS headquarters, to

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be put through her paces, and rather

than news the blank ammunition that

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I have been used to when we have

gone on these courses, she gets live

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and mean is on. The SAS officer who

founded the course says, I guarantee

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that she would have been petrified.

He seems to say rather gleefully!

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LAUGHTER

Not as much as the woman who would

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have been her mother-in-law,

Princess Diana, her hair caught

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fire!

She did insist on sitting by

the window. A point that is

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interesting to take out of this,

normally you go through the course

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once married, however, they are...

She, Megan, in particular, is going

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through beforehand because, I will

read this out, member of the Royal

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family is according to one military

source because of heightened

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security issues at this time, they

have had to put her through that

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early rather than later.

We are only

weeks away from the wedding, May

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19... Obviously imprinted on your

mind! That is why, my invite stuck

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in the post(!) if you are going to

do it, why wait?

The way they talk

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about some of the details, you do

not realise that they have to know

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what they are doing.

Some of us are

old enough to remember Princess and

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busting out of a crowd with a gun,

very serious. -- Princess Anne,

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bursting out of a crowd with a gun.

Big day tomorrow, isn't it.

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Mothering Sunday, yes. The Sunday

Times here is talking about new

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politically correct cards that you

have two sent out. Waitrose sending

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out gender neutral is one, happy You

day, rather than Mother's Day, which

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I think is horrible. I prefer the

ones from Scribblers, if you are

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dealing with a same-sex couple, two

mothers is better than one would be

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one of the cards, and another one

that I like, dad, thanks for being

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the most amazing mother. They seem

to have a bit of wit about them. The

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worst thing is that we should rename

the day completely... To make it

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gender neutral. Guardian 's day of

carers day. Which is all. Blue it

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takes it away from what it was,

which is Mothering Sunday, part of

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the Easter pattern of Lent.

Many

people will not be aware of that.

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But it is like when you say happy

holidays instead of happy Christmas,

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we are having holidays because it is

Christmas. This is to do with

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ancient church stuff that carried on

into the Anglican and Catholic

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Church, going to your mother church

which would be bigger church to the

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parish it is not about mothers. This

is pure commercial...

We were

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talking about this.

And you call

yourself a historian(!)

what you

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think about Father's Day? Should it

be the same thing happening?

I'm

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sure the same thing will happen...

You have grandparents... It is like

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Valentine's Day, if you care about

somebody, do you have to have a

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special day to do it?

That is what

my husband says, and it still

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doesn't wash, he says, everyday is

Valentine's Day! Know, Nigel, no!

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LAUGHTER

-- every day.

The getting the card?

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He never does forget the card, I

always do!

I hope he's not watching.

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Thank you very much, back again,

just after 11:30pm. May even have

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different stories mixed in, make

sure that you tune into the papers,

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and stay tuned, next on BBC News, it

is meet the Author.

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