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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 Nigel Nelson, political

editor of the Sunday Mirror,

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and the political

commentator, Jo Phillips.

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Lovely to have you both again.

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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 four

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times more men than women

are in Britain's highest paid posts.

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Same old story, Hague? -- hey?

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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 pounds worth of donations

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from Russian oligarchs.

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The Sunday People says that

the Russian President Vladimir Putin

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is planning eight more attacks.

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He is not done yet!

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Of course, it's worth a reminder

that Russia has not yet been found

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responsible for

the Salisbury attack.

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The Sunday Mirror front page

features claims that up to 1,000

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children could be involved

in a new child abuse

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and trafficking scandal.

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And finally, the Mail on Sunday

headlines allegations of bullying

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against a former executive

of the ONE charity,

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which was founded by Bono.

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The accusations have been denied

by the person accused.

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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,

so let's have a closer look.

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We will stay with this of course,

the express, and the story that the

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poison may have been delivered by

literally, delivered by parcel?

Yes,

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this is slightly contradictory to

what we have just heard in the news

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headlines that they do think that a

possibility they were contaminated

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in the restaurant that they went to

but according to neighbours, they

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have seen courier vans delivering

parcels which is not unusual because

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most of us have deliveries from time

to time, but it is obviously another

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line of enquiry. They are

investigating that. What is quite

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interesting in the express story is

that they have spoken to an expert,

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who knew there were so many experts

coming out of the woodwork apart

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from myself and Nigel, of course,

that this particular expert is

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saying that any would be SSTs and is

probably now safely back in Russia,

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this would have been very

well-organised job, if indeed it was

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carried out by Russian orbiter such

-- sanction of the Russian

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government, it would have been a

3-person team. Weather has done it

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probably dropped the gas and all the

nerve agent and would be awake --

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who we are. There is an awful lot of

stuff for people to go through as he

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referred to, they have 200 or

something witnesses.

You think we

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will ever be able to trace it back,

Nigel?

I have no way of knowing

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that. I think it will probably be

able to work out at some point who

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is probably responsible. A

signature... Yeah. I do think anyone

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is hiding at the moment, I think

they are sitting in the Kremlin at

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the moment so you have to put a cave

yet out on no evidence yet but even

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so, we're pretty sure who is behind

it. So the important thing is the

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spy fraternity knows who is behind

it, they will all be gossiping

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amongst themselves on the various

networks and those of them who are

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traitors to Russia will be feeling

very frightened at the moment.

Let's

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turn to the people because there is

a story of a list?

This is coming

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from a former KGB FSB major who

defected to Britain 20 years ago. He

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is on a hit list, I have known him

for four years, his name is Boris,

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he says he had a call back in the

Brutt 12 which happens to be his

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birthday, too, warning him he had

been put on this hit list along with

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scrip fell and the number of others.

The kind of people who would not be

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surprised that they are on the hit

list, in fact we talk to one of them

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today, your brother, who was the

American-born British financier who

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has been born in Russia and he

brushed it off, of course I am on a

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hit list, I expect sort of the

Russians to come after me but they

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haven't got me yet.

He said that to

the Commons Select Committee last

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week.

Yes.

It are the most appalling

and chilling thing, I do believe

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they want to kill me but they

haven't figured out how to do it but

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in my analysis, this wasn't an

attack on an individual, this is an

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attack to send a message on all the

other spies, policemen and senior

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military about the devastating price

of disloyalty.

That is what is going

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on, about sending out messages. The

various people who appeal in this,

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-- who appear in this, our best war

double agencies in the list,

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Christopher Steele, if you remember,

took those unsubstantiated claims

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about Donald Trump and prostitutes

in Moscow, and the variety then of

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people who have defected. They have

something in common - they have

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upset by the Mayor Putin at some

point or another, and if they have

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ended up on the hit list then they

would expect it. -- Vladimir.

What

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about this unspoken rule that you do

not target swapped spies? Is this a

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mess?

It is maybe more observed in

the bridge really because the whole

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point is about being a traitor. --

breach. The Russians it is the worst

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possible crime and as a result you

are never quite safe. There haven't

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been trying to bump up a lot

involved in spy swaps but they have

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had a cloud hanging over them.

Don't

forget it was Vladimir Putin in 2006

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who brought in the law, or changed

the law, allowing the FSB to operate

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abroad and is the implicit

encouragement was that just be

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inventive, be innovative, act on

your own initiative.

It is still

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Russia but it is Russian donors that

are on the front page of the Sunday

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Times, Jo.

When Theresa May became

Prime Minister she said that she

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would distance her party, the

Conservative Party, the Russian

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donors. And allies that the her

aides, she was stuck with a long

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spoon but according to the Sunday

Times, the Conservatives have

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received over 800 thousand pounds.

It is a register donations so they

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are not illegal. But the Russian

oligarchs and their associates have

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given them. That this is another

stick with which to beat the Prime

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Minister, accusing her of being

linked in response to the poisoning

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scandal. -- limp. That is obviously

come from unnamed British ministers

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but the fact that it is company is

interesting. It talks about lobbying

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companies who have links to the

Kremlin and Russia. It also talks

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about the wife of a former minister

of Putin who gave £160,000 to play

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tennis with David Cameron.

Very

quickly Nigel you may have to

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explain who the redheaded bombshell

is on the front page of the times,

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just so we... Context?

Indeed! Anna

Chapman had a go on Twitter today

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which seems to be her preferred

method nowadays, and of course she

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was a part of the spy swap from the

US who some of the people on the hit

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list were also swapped for.

I take,

the Sunday Telegraph, and what we

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are talking about possible action

here but we have to say that this

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has been written, we don't know yet

if it is Russia, we don't have any,

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you know, talking about someone

action that might be taken.

This is

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a good point, before we can actually

do anything, we have to have pretty

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conclusive proof who is behind it.

So we are making assumptions,

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Russia, it sort of looks like Russia

but we don't know. Certainly, no

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sanctions can come into play and

till that has been satisfactorily be

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improved but the idea is we joined

the US and Canada which is obviously

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much better if we do proper

sanctions and the kind of things

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they are talking about is these

bands, stopping certain Russians

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coming here with their money,

freezing the assets in this country

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of which there is quite a bit --

visa bans I would like to see it go

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a bit further and talk about

actually expelling Russian

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intelligence officers. We know who

they are. There would be a

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tit-for-tat, some of our good Blues

in Moscow but it seems to me if you

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don't stand up to it, if you don't

make some kind of, a stand, to say

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we won't put up with this, and you

guys will have to go.

Jo, do you

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think Britain has too much to lose

by upsetting, because there is a

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little bit of weighing up here.

If

you look the instance, we talk about

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oligarchs and people with vast sums,

unimaginable amounts of money, who

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are heavily invested in property

particularly in London and around

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Europe as well, but you know, if you

take those people, wherever they

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come from, whether it is Russia,

China, the Middle East or wherever,

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and you take them out, of the

investment game, you cause a huge

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crush at a time when our economy is

precarious anyway because of the

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uncertainty over wrecks it. And I

think you know whether it is Russian

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or whether it is any other... --

Brexit.

It is a case of show me the

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money, isn't it?

I don't think

it's...

Are you talking about the

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Conservatives?

If they were to give

back the £800,000...

Absolutely. The

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venue and I would have to go and

prove that who we are to sell a

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house or buy a house or anything

else, it seems that different rules

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apply to different people who have a

lot of money.

OK, somebody who will

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have a lot of money, it seems, let's

turn back to the express and who

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dares wins, this is the SAS

training. You are looking lost,

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Nigel.

I am only lost because that

is not me. I am lost no longer!

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Crosstalk.

Honestly, he is dreaming.

This is the Sunday express, they

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must from this story, how many were

all weddings are we had, because it

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is training for the imminent next in

line or close in line to the throne,

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hostile environment training, but

Meghan Markle had hers before the

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wedding and has been out with the

SAS allegedly and they used live

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bullets to frighten the wits out of

her.

OK. Let's turn to the Observer,

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I saw this and I thought here we go

again.

Did you? What did you think

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of this? I am a bloke and I cannot

say that, but...

I cannot say that,

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I don't have one. That is the gender

difference.

The store is reporting

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four times more men than women are

in high paid post, that is basically

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it, and the trouble about it is the

figures initially sound awful, the

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extension 81,000 men, only £100,000

compared to 179,000 women. When it

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comes to millionaires, 17,000 men,

2000 women. The trouble is if you

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drill down into those figures and

find out what it actually means, I

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do think it gives you a picture of a

gender pay gap. And surely, where

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the gap exists is where you have men

and women to bring exactly the same

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job and the women are paid less.

That is patently wrong, it is

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different from those figures to say

that this is.

It is also, it doesn't

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put it in any context because if you

go in that sort of money the chances

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are you are not in your 20s and what

would be more interesting... Not in

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an average job. It would be more

interesting to look people in their

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30s where we will be in 20 years

time.

Let's go very quickly, I don't

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no if we 50s in in about 90 seconds,

back to the Sunday Times. Let's talk

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about General Newton -- gender

neutral cards.

It is a marketing

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ploy, honestly.

We stay with the

Sunday Times, zooming in here, I

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love this.

I love this because I

love the film three billboards

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outside adding Ms Lawrie which

Frances McDormand obviously won the

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Oscar for. You haven't seen it, I

thoroughly recommend it, but this is

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a wonderful cartoon. -- Three

Billboards ourside Ebbing, Missouri.

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We are all asking that question.

Nigel and Jo, it has been a

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pleasure. Thank you for watching.

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Don't forget, you can see the front

pages of the papers online

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on the BBC News website.

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It's all there for you, seven days

a week, at BBC.co.uk/papers,

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