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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 Polly MacKenzie,

Director of Demos.

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And Kevin Schofield,

Editor of Politics Home.

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Welcome to both of you.

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Many of tomorrow's front

pages are already in.

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So let's take a look

at them, starting with...

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The i, which leads with

the agreement reached in Brussels

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today on the Brexit transition

period, highlighting that

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a deal on the Irish border

is far from settled.

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The Metro calls the deal

a "breakthrough", saying both sides

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had to make compromises to reach it.

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But the Telegraph says it's a

betrayal for fishermen as the EU

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will maintain fishing rights in UK

waters during that transition

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period.

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The Financial Times features

a picture of the agreement

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being announced, but its lead

is the news Uber has

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suspended its driverless cars

programme following a fatal crash

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in the US.

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The top story in the Express

is a new treatment for age-related

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blindness which it claims could be

a sight-saver for thousands.

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News of TV star Ant McPartlin's

arrest on drink-driving charges

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and the announcement he'll be

stepping down from his

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presenting duties for alcohol

treatment is The Sun's lead.

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The main story on the front page

of The Times is the claim a British

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company accused of interfering

in elections is also facing

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accusations of blackmail and bribery

against politicians -

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claims the firm strenuously deny.

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Whilst the Guardian features an

image taken from secret filming of

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Cambridge analytical's Chief

Executive talking about the firm's

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operation. Blog about. Brexit

dominating the front pages in the

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light of the agreement reached in

Brussels. Kevin, take us to the

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Telegraph. They are going big on the

fishing deal, what the deal that

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isn't, at this point.

Yes, the deal

that they have agreed is essentially

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that Britain will remain to all

intents and purposes within the EU's

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fishing rules, essentially, through

the transition period, which runs

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until the end of 2020. Now, this has

caused a massive backlash,

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especially among Scottish

Conservative MPs. If you by the

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election last year, the did well in

Scotland. They got 13 MPs in total.

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It is worth remembering that there

are more Scottish Tory MPs than

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there are do you -- DUP MPs. They do

wield quite a lot of power if they

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are upset, which they clearly are,

on this. One of the great slogans in

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Scotland during the general election

last year was, vote Tory, get fish.

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The whole point was that they would

go down to Westminster and fight

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hard to make sure that after Brexit

Scottish fishermen would get access

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to their own waters without EU

fishermen coming in as well. This

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transition deal clearly is not going

to happen at least until after...

It

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might change in a year and 18

month's time.

Clearly the Prime

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Minister will be saying to the

Conservative MPs, and Jacob

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Rees-Mogg on the heel is threatening

to do a protest of throwing fish

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into the Thames tomorrow, a sight to

see! She will be saying it is a

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temporary extension. But by the time

you go back to the polls we will

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have those fish that we promised all

constituents.

The Tory MPs met with

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the Chief Whip Julian Smith this

afternoon. If he had been intending

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to calm them down and get them back

on board, I don't think it went very

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well! Apparently he completely lost

the room. At one point said, well,

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there's nothing worried so much to

worry about, the fishermen are going

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to vote Labour anyway, that went

down very, very badly, especially

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amongst Tories who see the SNP as

the main rivals north of the border.

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When the Prime Minister meets with

MPs tomorrow she has a lot of bridge

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building to do in terms of trying to

win them round on this point.

Put us

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into another perspective on the

Brexit deal, this is from the Times.

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And their front page, it's not the

lead, we will talk about that

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shortly, but the transition deal

over Brexit is held by businesses,

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they are taking a more positive

view.

Yes, businesses seem to be

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pleased. Although there is a massive

gap over the border with Northern

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Ireland, and really until that is

resolved, this is just, you know,

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words. But the CBI is please. We

have another quote from Jacob

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Rees-Mogg, who seems a lot happier

than he was about the fish. The key

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argument is that this is just a

temporary transition, and they are

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wielding with great pride this idea

that they can negotiate trade eels.

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But of course, if those trades eels

require regulatory death alignment,

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I don't and that's one of the words

were allowed to use -- if these

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trade deals. That causes a problem

with Northern Ireland, so until that

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is fixed you can't do innovative

trade deals at all, and trade deals

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don't cover services, so the economy

is still a mess!

It has written into

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the backstop suggestion that the EU

have, if all attempts to not having

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hardboard fails, Northern Ireland

will remain in the Single Market.

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That has been dismissed by Downing

Street.

DUP clearly don't want that

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either, but the EU or insisting,

both sides have said, we don't want

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it hardboard, but that's just words.

Saying it is fine but meaning --

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making it happen is something

different.

David Davis as the

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argument today, if a very good

you'll ends up being done, then the

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border issue to an extent goes away

because the relationship will still

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be so close between one side, non-EU

and the other side that is still the

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EU.

Absolutely, if there is still a

deal whereby our regulations and

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economies remain closely integrated.

The problem is if we want to start

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letting in American chlorine washed

chicken or doing what the Labour

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Party was talking about, banning FOI

grass from the UK market as an

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animal rights policy. How do you

talk -- stop that coming in over the

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border?

Is that the biggest

challenge in these talks?

Without a

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doubt, that is the one thing... They

have managed to reach agreement on a

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lot of the big things, EU citizens,

the divorce bill, other aspects. But

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the one thing that has been front

and centre of the discussions from

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the very beginning and they are

still no closer to reaching an

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agreement, it is the Irish border.

This is why you get a hard

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Brexiteers saying, the Irish should

leave the Customs Union as well,

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forgetting that we haven't ruled

island since 1916. That move on to

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Uber, in the light of this

pedestrian being killed in the

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United States, Kevin, they are going

to suspend self driving tests.

Yes,

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you can see why, this poor woman was

crossing the road when she was hit

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by a driverless Uber car. This is

something that has always concerned

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me about driverless cars. Will it be

a real rush towards heading in that

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direction, ultimately all cars being

driverless, if you put all your

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faith in a machine, it's very easy

for it to go wrong. It clearly has

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come with tragic consequences. They

have decided to pull the plug.

The

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idea is that self driving vehicles

will be safer because they behave

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predictably. The problem is that

they are starting to react with all

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sorts of unpredictable things, like

other drivers on the road or in this

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case a pedestrian, and training the

machine to gradually recognised that

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is proving much more difficult than

the sort of technology pioneers

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imagined it would be.

It raises

questions as to how far forward

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other countries move. There is a

reference in the piece to Gatwick

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Airport planning to test self

shuttle buses this summer. -- self

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driving shuttle buses. The move is

in one direction, it is a question

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of how it is regulated and

everything that goes with it.

Thing

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that Brexiteers have said, we can be

a place like Arizona that deregulate

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in order to enable more technology

innovation. In some ways that is a

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compelling argument, we can have the

flexibility of a smaller market and

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allow people to do things like

health driving cars. The problem is,

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that comes with real risk and a

political cost as well. The real

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cost of human life.

And shuttle

buses at an airport, it's a Muller

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to be self-contained space. When

cars are on the open road driving

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for miles and miles and in heavy

traffic, stop and start and the

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pedestrians, it is brought and full

of danger.

Take us to the Guardian,

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this is the Cambridge Analytica

story, the files, as the Guardian is

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calling them. Data firms caught

boasting about tricksters swing

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elections.

This is the third day the

Guardian has been headlining on this

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story, they have done some

impressive longform journalism and

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have been pushing this story for a

year, basically. We have now had

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these revelations, an undercover

recording, of these data firms

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executive making extraordinary both

about plans to basically blackmail

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politicians with honey trap

prostitutes in the Ukraine. It feels

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like a thriller. But it feels really

quite real.

We should say that they

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deny any wrongdoing and this is very

much reported, as you say, and this

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is day three. Interesting, actually,

because Facebook have become caught

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up in all of this because of the

suggestions that names were

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harvested. And the New York Times,

this is Reuters reporting the New

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York Times and I think we might be

able to show this, with the Facebook

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security chief Alex Stein Moss, who

is said to leave after classes of

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disinformation. You can see that

page from the New York Times. --

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clashes over disinformation. It's

all very conjugated.

Billions were

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wiped off Facebook's shared price --

are complicated. That is... What

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this guy has boasted about is

shocking, but it's the fact that

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millions and millions, tens of

millions of people's Anzor Gubashev

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is what harvested -- personal

details were harvested against the

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law by Facebook. It throws up all

sorts of details as to how this

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could possibly happen, Facebook was

Maqsood ready measures, and then how

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this information was used perhaps to

steal election results. Certainly

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Trump has said that thanks to this,

this was part of the reason that he

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managed to get elected, it makes you

wonder what influence they have.

We

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have got a couple of minutes left

and I want to try and squeeze two

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more in. Polly, we have the front

page of the Son. As you might

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imagine, they are talking about an

argument -- the sun.

It is a

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horribly tragic story. With a clear

need for him to take some time off

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and seeks treatment. You know, I

think like more and more people,

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this addiction to painkillers is

something where, just like in the

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US, we need to look really carefully

at what policy we have doesn't want

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people, it sure that we invest in

rehab services. It's all right for

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Ant McPartlin, he can probably

afford rehab and we hope it really

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helps. The tragic thing is there are

thousands of families who will be

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affected by addictions like this who

just aren't actors those services.

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And also the impact it will have on

ITV local who can't afford those

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services. Ant and Dec come without a

pair, you can't have one without the

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other. They are buffets of Saturday

night TV all round the it's not just

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Saturday night takeaway -- they are

the face of Saturday night TV. They

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are very key to the whole ITV

market. If one of them isn't very

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well, sadly, the whole thing comes

crashing down.

Let's conclude with

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the Daily Express, which has

certainly an arresting headline.

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Miracle cure for sight loss, Pollock

was -- Polly?

I don't know about

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medical claims, but it is a module.

You. Open -- it is a module. You.

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Now we have got themselves helping

to cure blindness, it feels like a

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miracle cure narrative about

themselves might be coming true. I'm

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a medical perspective, that is very

exciting.

It is very exciting to

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think that we have seen conditions

that previously nobody thought were

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curable. Thanks to the

ground-breaking medical

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breakthroughs, it yours can be

found. It shows the importance of

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funding -- a cure can be found. It

shows the importance of funding

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research as much as possible, there

are sure is out there for lots of

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conditions.

Two patients

miraculously regained their vision,

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an 86-year-old man and a woman in

her early 60s were suffering from

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age-related macular degeneration and

they are not suffering from back any

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longer.

More than 600,000 people are

affected by this condition.

That is

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a result of great investment in

research and development and

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regulations to support its.

As you

rightly pointed out, we have ended

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up on a more uplifting note!

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That's it for The Papers tonight.

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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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And if you miss the programme any

evening, you can watch it

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later on BBC iPlayer.

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Thank you, Polly and Kevin.

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From us all, goodbye.

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