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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 editor

of the Sun on Sunday,

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Dave Wooding, and Owen

Bennett, deputy political

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editor of HuffPost UK.

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Many of tomorrow's front

pages are already in.

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The Metro leads with the ongoing

investigation into the poisoning

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of former spy Sergei Skripal

and his daughter Yulia.

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The Express asks why it took

authorities so long to issue advice

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to anyone who was in the area

where the pair were poisoned.

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The Telegraph says hundreds

of people have been warned

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to wash their clothes and clean

belongings with wet wipes.

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The i also leads on that story,

saying the Chief Medical Officer has

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told residents there is no cause

for alarm over the advice.

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The Times reports that the Prime

Minister is on the verge of issuing

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sanctions against Russia if it is

proved that the country was behind

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the poisoning.

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Meanwhile, the front page

of the Financial Times features

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analysis that shows multi-national

companies are paying significantly

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less in tax than they were before

the 2008 financial crisis.

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Not surprisingly, lots about the

poisoning in Salisbury. Let's take

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out closer look at that story and in

particular how the Times is

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reporting it. Theresa May set to hit

back over spy death, it says,

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prepared to announce sanctions - but

they haven't proved it yet?

No, in

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fact it takes ages to prove any of

this stuff. What happened last time

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with the polonium poisoning? It took

about ten or 12 years and we still

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haven't pinned it down on anybody.

It was traced rack to Russia,

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though.

It was but it takes so long.

The Times is reporting that there is

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some irrefutable evidence which

links it with Russia and that she is

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ready to act. There was a report

today that in Cabinet, Boris Johnson

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had dared to mention it was the

Russians and got slapped down rather

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firmly by the Prime Minister. But it

looks like she has now come round to

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thinking what all of us suspect,

which is that Russia is behind, is

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going to take some action.

It is a

nerve agent, we haven't been told

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which one it is, much more difficult

to trace than something which is

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radioactive like polonium?

It seems

that that is why they are being

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cautious. The Times have gone for

Theresa May to hit back over a

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Russian spy death and I don't think

anybody has actually died yet! So I

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think The Times have got a little

bit ahead of themselves with the

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headline. Talking about Boris

Johnson in Cabinet, we know when he

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gave his statement to the House last

week he was keen to point the finger

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at Russia. Theresa May is trying to

be a bit more tactful. Not difficult

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to be more tactful than Boris

Johnson, I guess. The action they

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protect - expulsion of diplomats and

spies, things like that. The idea

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that we are going to not have any

official representation at the World

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Cup in Russia I don't think will

cause them to many sleepless nights.

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The alarming thing is that as is

mentioned in here, stepping up our

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military presence in Eastern Europe.

Which of course would be the biggest

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escalation of facing down Russia

since the Cold War.

But the more I

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think about it, your observation

about the headline is really very

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troubling, isn't it? They have sent

a correction apparently, so it was a

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mistake. But the government has got

to say that it will do something if

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it is irrefutable?

Absolutely, the

former ambassador to Russia was on

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BBC Radio 5 Live earlier and he said

that in the clamour to do something,

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you end up making statements which

actually cause longer term damage to

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your relationship with Russia and we

need to work with them on things

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like Islamic fundamentalism and the

Middle East. We cannot learn every

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single bridge with them. Of course

people will say they started this

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because they are the ones who it is

believed carried out this action.

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But people say if you start putting

more troops on the border with

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Estonia, it only takes a couple of

planes to crash in Syria for these

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things to escalate.

The other side

to that is that if you do nothing,

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you send the whole message to the

whole world and to the EU when

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negotiating Brexit that we are just

a pushover and if you want to come

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and wager a war on our streets, then

you can.

Let's have a look at this

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one. This is the advice, if you are

one of these 500 people in this

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restaurant or pub in Salisbury, you

need to clean your stuff?

Yes, this

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advice should have gone out within a

couple of hours perhaps but it has

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taken them over a week and now, the

advice is, wash your clothes. And

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wipe your mobile phone down with a

wet wipe! Is that really our best

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line of defence against this kind of

potential nerve agent? It seems like

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they've really not grasped the

severity potentially of this. On the

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other hand you could say that there

have not been people getting rushed

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to hospital with symptoms, so maybe

it is safe. But I think if I was

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living there I would be a bit

worried.

Imagine if you lived there

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in the area and you see these police

officers walking round in those

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suits like we can see on the front

page of the Telegraph there, it is

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quite alarming. It shows that it is

quite serious threat if these

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officers are wearing this gear, and,

of course, ordinary members of the

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public are not wearing that stuff,

they're just being told, wipe down

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your phone!

Let's have a look at the

statement, the spring statement, the

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litter levy, anything which ends up

in landfill causes rubbish?

Yeah,

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this is wonderful. I think this is

about the second or third

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announcement talking about doing

something over plastics are. Trying

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to reclassify chewing gum as a

single use plastic, because

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apparently that is what it is

classed at in some countries. But

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this is not legislation, it is just

a consultation which has been

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announced before. It makes Michael

Gove look very good, which Michael

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Gove is happy to have, a bit of

stardust, but it is not a new

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announcement.

Apparently it costs

Ken Pisi for a piece of chewing gum

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to be scraped off the floor.

According to the Telegraph.

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Disgusting habit!

What I would come

down really hard on is when you are

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eating in a restaurant, maybe

Zizzi...

Don't mention that, please!

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And you put your hand under the

table and somebody has left a piece

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of chewing gum there.

Don't put your

hands under the table! Goodness me!

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Keep your hands above the table!

There is nothing under here, I can

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assure you!

It's clean, I've just

checked!

Huffington Post, here is

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your take on it, Owen Bennett, like

at the end of the has to tunnel

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we're still in the tunnel?

Absolutely, this was trailed in

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David's paper but he was quick to

point out today that we are still in

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the tunnel. I think for Philip

Hammond it is a problem, because

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they're saying that we are about to

leave this tunnel but we do not know

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where we are going to end up. What

they would do once they are not

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doing austerity. We've had eight

years of it with them in government.

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It has been their policy basically

for ten years and they need a new

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one. Because everyone is thinking

about Brexit, there is and this big

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debate about what they're going to

do now.

How excited are you about

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the spring statement?

I just can't

wait, I will be springing out of bed

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very early for it! I just think he

needs to give us some hope because

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at the moment it is generally be

called in who is giving people hope,

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and the Conservatives are aware of

this. But it is still very, very

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cautious language. For a chap who is

known as the victor Meldrew of

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politics, or Eyore after the moaning

% from Winnie the Pooh, this is

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quite upbeat for Philip!

Let's look

at the Guardian. We knew that some

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university bosses are earning

hundreds and hundreds of thousands

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of pounds and this tries to put into

some kind of perspective?

This was a

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story about the expenses they're

claiming, £7 million any one vice

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chancellor had his pet dog flown

over from Australia, at the cost to

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the taxpayer of £1600. So, they're

really raking it in. What the

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Guardian have done on this story is

to compare their salaries with those

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of senior leaders in the same area.

They've looked at the chief

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executive of Birmingham City

Council, who earns £185,000 a year.

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You think that is not about salary

but when you compare it with Sir

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David Eastwood, vice chancellor of

the university of Birmingham, it is

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dwarfed - £378,000. It is just

giving you the comparison between

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senior people in different top jobs

in the same area.

What could be done

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to bring down that level of pay?

It

is interesting, the Guardian have

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come out on attacking public sector

pay almost, which is unlike them!

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The people at the very top, the

Universities Minister has given a

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statement, this should be looked at,

but not actually said what is going

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to happen. The new regulator, the

office for students, will require

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universities to publish the

justification for salaries and most

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of them will probably say it is the

market rate! The public service --

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public shaming doesn't seem to be

working.

Let's have a look at the

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picture story of the Guardian. It

says this is going to be a statue of

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somebody who is covered in the most

extraordinary tattoo is, and this is

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going to be a work of art based on

him?

It is a work of art based on

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someone who is a work of art. Marlon

Brando, Apocalypse now perhaps!

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Apparently it is going to be 3.5

metres tall.

So, something to have a

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look at.

It is quite striking

picture.

And he is a very striking

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man as well if you look him up

online, some extraordinary tattoo

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is. Let's go to the FT, China votes

to amend constitution, allowing Xi

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lifetime rule. He is due to step

down in 2023 as the Chinese premier,

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but not any more if he doesn't want

to?

No, it seems he is going to be

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able to stay on indefinitely.

Apparently this was passed by 99.8%

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of the 3000 votes people's Congress

in Beijing. I kind of get why it is

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a big story but I also get that this

is a country which doesn't practice

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democracy is doing something

undemocratic! I know there is

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something to see but I struggle to

get the shocking aspect of it!

There

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is of course a foregone conclusion

but I wonder who the two people were

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who voted against! And the three who

abstained! I wonder whether they are

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still around whether they have been

put up to it to try and make it look

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balanced coverage that was suggested

to light that you could not have a

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unanimous vote because it would not

look could. I think we should send

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Gina Miller, the anti-Brexit

campaigner, out there to have a look

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at this!

Andrew Adonis can see how

much he is earning and have a crack

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down on that as well!

Get them all

over there! Apparently a lot of

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people, ordinary member is of the

public in China, it won't make any

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difference to them who is in charge

because the state is so pervasive

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anywhere.

Exactly, it doesn't matter

who is in charge, because it is not

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a democracy. So I guess it doesn't

matter to the ordinary man and

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woman.

But there were excesses when

Chairman Mao was running China, and

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I think that is why the law was

changed, to try and stop a repeat of

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that, so only time will tell whether

he behaves himself.

Shall we move

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onto oppressing matter, in the

Express, on page three, no less...

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Clotted cream clots Cornish fury at

tea-time treat blunder... You just

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know where this is going. It is all

about which order you put your cream

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and your charm on your scorn. Now,

you are from Devon, so which is the

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correct way?

The correct way, for

everybody, who is cream and then

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jam. I will not have those people in

Cornwall telling me otherwise!

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Basically there was a National Trust

house who put on their Facebook page

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a picture of the Devon way of doing

things and in Cornwall they got lots

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of people very angry saying, it was

wrong! And they put out a very good

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statement to say, we would like to

sincerely apologise, the person who

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made this error has been marched

back over the river. Saying rest

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assured, your mothers are safe here!

Do you think it was a Devonian

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interloper?

I can't comment on what

our Devon spies do, it would be

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inappropriate for me to do that!

You

are not from Devon or Cornwall but

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which way round do you do it?

It has

got to be jam first because if you

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think about it, you put the cream on

and then try to put the jam on it,

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it doesn't work.

You see, that's how

I do it as well, from a purely

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practical reasons.

But aesthetically

it looks better because you have the

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nice...

Look at that beautiful...

That's probably why they've done

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that picture, because it shows the

cream and the John, but it's not the

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right way to do it.

And what about

butter?

I am for as many things that

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will give you a heart attack in your

food as possible.

No butter.

I don't

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agree, you have to gild the lily, it

has to be salted butter as well!

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Shall we do that for the second

half, can we get it?

I think we

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should, can anyone send one in?!

Wouldn't that be wonderful?! If

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anybody had thought ahead. That is

The Papers for this hour. Dave

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Wooding and Owen Bennett will

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