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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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I'm joined by former Conservative

minister Nicola Blackwood and

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political commentator and columnist

for the

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Evening Standard, Ayesha Hazarika.

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Many of tomorrow's front

pages are already in.

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The Times says advertisers are

threatening to abandon Facebook -

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following Mark Zuckerberg admitting

that the company had

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made mistakes over

the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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Boris Johnson's comparison

between Vladimir Putin

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and Adolf Hitler is the lead

in the Express.

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On the FT - an image of Nigel Farage

throwing dead fish into the Thames -

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in protest toward the UK remaining

in the common fisheries policy,

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during the Brexit transition period.

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The Telegraph reports on what it

calls Tory fury over a Franco Dutch

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company being poised to start making

the UK's new blue passports.

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The £4 billion pay boost for NHS

workers is the lead in the i.

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The Metro also reflects

on the NHS pay-rise,

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and has that image of Ant McPartlin,

who's been charged

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with drink driving.

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And it's the same story

in the Mirror, which says the TV

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star has checked in to rehab.

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And the Sun says there's

uproar in Lincolnshire,

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where police officers

are being given two days off

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to de-stress with yoga.

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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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Let's go to the Times front page

with the Facebook story writ large.

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The main story in The Times is this

story, the scandal of Cambridge

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Analytica, which continues to go on

and get larger, with advertisers now

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threatening to pull out of Facebook.

They have some 3000 brands that use

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Facebook. This comes on the day that

Mark Zuckerberg has finally broken

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his silence and made a statement on

Facebook. Even though during those

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five days we have had an operating

manager who has told the DCMS select

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committee he warned the actions of

Facebook were outside rules. We have

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still not heard an apology from

Zuckerberg.

You say finally, do you

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think you should have said more

earlier?

One of the reasons

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investors are suing and advertisers

have pulled out, there has felt like

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there has been an absence of

leadership.

It doesn't look good at

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all. The thing that is becoming

clear about Facebook is that for a

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lot of us, we thought it was a nice

and fluffy platform for posting

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pictures of our babies and pets and

actually it's a ruthless marketing

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platform and the deal is, you get to

do all the fluffy nice things, and

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we get to harvest all your

information. Everybody kind of knows

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that's the deal and we know it

happens with advertising, but when

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it moves into politics and slightly

more serious issues like democracy,

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I think people do want to know. Add

Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most

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powerful men on the planet now.

These new tech giants have so much

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power, but with that comes

responsibility. I think the fact he

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has not said sorry... I have been

reading his statement. It's very,

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very long, but the word that is

missing is sorry.

He does say, we

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made mistakes, there is more to do,

we need to step up and do it. He

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pledged to investigate suspicious

looking apps and banned developers

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who refused to comply with an audit.

Is that enough?

He also said it is

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against our policy for developers to

share data without our users'

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consent. It's also against data

protection laws to share that data.

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New laws were becoming in in May and

breaches of that law will incur

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penalties of up to 4% of worldwide

revenues, which means that these are

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now laws that have real bite and

companies will have to pay attention

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to them. Not only that, it also

means this is a wake-up call for

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companies like this about

reputation. What we have seen is the

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delete Facebook hashtag trending. It

remains to be seen whether those

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will be followed with actions, but

what we are seeing is a move from

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people being happy with companies

just relying on data protection, and

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they want that to be followed with

data ethics.

To conclude this, I

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think the idea of people deleting

Facebook is not going to happen.

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It's a social lifeline for a lot of

people. I have relatives in India

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and it's incredibly helpful for me.

But us as consumers, and users of

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this, we have to get more savvy

about what is happening with our

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data and our privacy. People at

Facebook have to be much clearer

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with us, the users, about what the

deal is, and allow us to opt in and

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opt out of things.

Let's go to the

i, a pay rise hope for the NHS.

The

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pay cap on public sector workers,

particularly in the NHS, has been a

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sore deal for a long time. Public

sector workers feel they have borne

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the brunt of austerity. We have

heard stories of nurses going to

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food banks and lots of horrendous

things like that. It looks like a

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deal has been reached for nurses.

They do still have to vote on it.

It

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does feel like the unions and

government are in a good place.

Most

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unions seem to be with it.

I would

argue that it would have been good

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if this could have been done earlier

because people have had a hard time.

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In real terms you have seen the cost

of living going up and it's been

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hard for nurses. The question now

is, what about the other public

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sector workers, teachers, classroom

assistants, firefighters? They all

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do important jobs in society.

As a

former government minister, Nicola,

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I'm intrigued to know how you see

this. Clearly that's an issue at the

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headline points to the fact that

wants one group of public sector

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workers sees something better, the

others are bound to want the same.

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If you look at health, this is not

the only pay deal which has been

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settled. This has had the biggest

news, £4.2 billion of new money from

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the Treasury, and it's a significant

amount of money, and we are seeing

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the lowest amount going up to

potentially 29% pay rises. It's

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coming from the Treasury reserves.

And the GP contract has been agreed,

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£256 million more. We know doctors

and dentists will have to follow

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suit. These pay settlements will be

coming forward. I think what has

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become clear in terms of the way the

government is looking at it, it's

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not just about the fact these are

incredibly hard-working public

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sector workers, who have been on

tight budgets for a really long

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time, it's also about recruitment

and retention. In some places, like

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my own constituency in Oxford and

Abingdon, it's become a real

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challenge with the cost of living

going up inexorably.

One of the

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reasons the Conservatives failed to

get the majority and lost a lot of

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seats at the general election, a lot

of public sector workers got sick

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and tired of the pay cap. I think

the Conservative Party paid quite a

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heavy price for that paid.

The

express, Boris says Putin is just

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like hit her.

With characteristic

bluntness and use of language, Boris

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makes the point about what he sees

as the risks of the World Cup. --

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Putin is just like Hitler. We know

with the World Cup, the use of

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propaganda extends to sporting

events. We saw it with the Sochi

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Olympics and the doping scandal that

followed. I think the concerns Boris

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has raised are perfectly reasonable.

The politicising of the World Cup. I

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think the question which then

follows is twofold. The first is,

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who should then attend? And I think

he is right that having worked so

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hard for all of this time, it's

right for the team to attend, but

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the next question that follows is

the safety of the fans, and ensuring

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that safety. I know discussions are

going to follow on that, but I think

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it will be a really crucial part of

the picture.

Lots of discussions

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about whether England should even go

to the games. As a Scot, we took a

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decision early on not to get to the

World Cup! We took a very principled

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decision!

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We look to the future and saw bad

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things coming down the track and

said no. That's what I would like to

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believe.

I'm sure that's how Gordon

Strachan sees it!

You have to look

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on the bright side. It's a difficult

issue. Everybody is talking tough

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around Putin. To be slightly

cynical, I think it's easy for Boris

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to ramp up the rhetoric. Equating

Putin to Hitler I think is a bit of

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a stretch, to be honest. Putin is

definitely a bad man. Hitler killed

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millions and millions of Jewish

people and other people, so I think

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it's a big reach. What I think Boris

Johnson should be doing, and Theresa

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May is cracking down on tackling

money coming in from Russia to this

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country. They have done good on the

diplomats. There is the Magnitsky

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Act, which they should be putting

into place to allow us to crackdown

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on foreign officials involved in

corruption, but there is a lot of

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dirty Russian money coming through

London. I think a little less

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hysterical overblown rhetoric like

this and C as crackdown on that kind

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of stuff.

I will invite you both to

move reasonably swiftly through the

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next few selections. A word about

the Metro, and Ant McPartlin, and

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where it will leave ITV.

It's a

really sad story. Ant McPartlin has

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been struggling for a long time. And

on deck are a large drawer for ITV.

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For the rest of the season it

presents ITV with a huge challenge

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and Dec has said he will go through

with the remainder of programmes

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without Ant. The question is whether

that can be sustained for the rest

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of the season.

It's hard to

visualise it for either of them.

I

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read that they had a pact that they

would always do television together.

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They grew up together, they were

teenagers when they entered the

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spotlight. It's very sad, but

hopefully their friendship will help

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them come through this.

Nigel Farage

and some fish on the front of the

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Financial Times.

Just when you think

Brexit can't get any more

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ridiculous, it is the spectacle of

Nigel Farage throwing dead fish into

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the River Thames as a protest at the

fact that fishing is not going to

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change as much as we thought it

would. We are not going to take back

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control of fishing in the way we had

somehow promised. I think, you know,

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the whole thing was a completely

ludicrous stunt, but then again, the

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Leave campaign did go around doing

some ridiculous stunts during the

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campaign as well.

Says a Remainer.

A

lot of people are saying... They are

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on the warpath saying it's an

important industry. I'm not saying

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it's not, but there were other

groups in society, take the staff in

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the NHS, we employ a lot of people

in the NHS and they are wondering

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where the £350 million per week

plastered on the bus is.

We are not

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going to rerun that campaign again.

We haven't got time. Nicola,

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sticking with that theme, the

Telegraph, the blue Brexit passports

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might not be made in Britain.

They

might not be made by a British

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company, they might be made by a

Franco Dutch company. The concern

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made by some Brexiteers is that the

reason for this is because European

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rules required the tender to be put

out across the EU and it has been

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won not by a British company, and

the symbolism of this is not what

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we're after during the Brexit period

I have to say, I think all concerned

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need to lift up their eyes and look

at where we are trying to end up as

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an end goal, which is to come out of

Brexit with an economy that is

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strong and with the right results. I

think Michael Gove put it quite well

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when he said, keep the eye on the

prize. You want to have trade

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negotiations through the transition

period and have a pragmatic result

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at the end where immigration rules

are right, and the terms of

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transition give certainty to

companies. Some of these issues, it

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feels like they have some

importance, they are perhaps not top

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priority.

I will ask you to pause

now, to give us 30 seconds to

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reflect on back pain. According to

The Times, treatment is useless.

A

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subject close to the back of my

heart. It's about getting hooked on

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drugs and painkillers and opioids,

what people should be doing is using

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psychological therapy and exercise.

So instead... Back pain is a huge

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issue, suffered by 9 million people

in Britain. One out of every seven

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GP appointments is about back pain.

The message is, don't just pop

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pills, gets down and do some

Pilates.

About five years ago I

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couldn't turn my neck at all. I went

to a physio who was also a Pilates

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teacher and she did everything with

physio and couldn't fix it. She said

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I wouldn't respond to any touching,

try doing exercise. And I did, and I

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can now turn my head.

Beautiful. I

am living proof that the article is

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correct.

Thank you both 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 -

7 days a week at bbc.co.uk/papers -

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and if you miss the programme any

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evening you can watch it

later on BBC iPlayer.

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Thank you to you both. Goodbye.

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