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. The arch British of Canterbury vows to provide an alternative to

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the payday loan companies. How morally superior can a church be

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whose investment rules allow it to profit from arms, pornography and

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is it really wise for the modern church to enter the murky world of

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money lending? Also tonight the generals in Egypt

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mobilise thousands of supporters on to the streets. So is the army

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looking to smother its opponents? What a brilliant piece of skulling,

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they were marvellous. A year on from the London Olympics, why are

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so few women involved in sport. We asked an olympian to investigate.

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From an early age I developed a passion for football, rowing,

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tennis, but the health survey for England shows that only 12% of 14-

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year-old girls do enough physical activity to benefit their health.

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Good evening. The Archbishop of Canterbury's intention to bring

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money lending, not just on to the steps of the temple, but into the

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church itself should have dominated the headlines this week. But

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instead Justin Welby was left feeling embarrassed and irritate.

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He told the chief executive of the payday loan company, Wonga.com,

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that he would put him out of business by facilitating Credit

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Unions up and down the country. Then last might, to his woreor, he

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found out his own church invests in one of Wonga's key financial

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backers. More morally questionable investments have since been

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discovered. So, is the church in a The three monotheist religions all

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have a great deal to say about the lending of money. And ever since

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this man took offence to the interest rates on offer in the

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Jerusalem temple, Christians have been lensive to the sin of usury.

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Discovering yesterday we had investments in Wonga was very

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embarrassing. There is no two ways about it. I can't escape that. It

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doesn't alter what we think about the situation, or our commitment to

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supporting and working with others to build the Credit Union movement

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and to build alternative sources of community finance, particularly in

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the deprived areas, it is not what I would have liked to find out.

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Payday loan companies on the high street and internet lent out more

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than �2 billion last year. The best-known name in the industry,

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Wonga, spent �24 million on advertising in just the last 12

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months. Will thousands of stretched customers really swap all that and

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turn to the church to get them through to their next wage packet.

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Now Justin Welby says he wants to put the likes of Wonga out of

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business. Not by supporting extra regulation, but by encouraging

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competition and driving down interest rates. We think you can

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probably do it for an equivalent annual rate of 70-80%. Which again

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is? A huge sum of money. But it is In Weymouth in Dorset we get some

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idea of what the bishop's plan might look like. Here the church

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works with the local Credit Union, providing basic loan and saving

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products for people unlikely to get joy from the high street bank. The

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church acts almost like a local branch, letting residents take out

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loans and money almost from the pulpit. The Credit Union is people

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helping people, you get together and save together and lend. If in

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that sense it is strengthening communities. Why do people use

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payday lenders? Because they have a dramatic change of life

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circumstances, they lose a job, and they have no back-up, they go to

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the payday lender. If you encourage people to spend, they build up a

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pot and for the rainy day they have something to fall back on. It has

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worked in the Republic of Ireland, almost half people have signed up

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to the Credit Union. For some in the payday industry the idea of

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religious competition is not particularly alarming. No, purely

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because there is a need for the product in the market. If we didn't

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exist people would go to backstreet lending. I would like to know if

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the Archbishop think it is better to go to illegal lenders if they

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can't repay they may get physically injured, it is not a world we want

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to go back to. Wouldn't the world be a better place if there was no

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poverty and everybody had a meal and fresh water and illnesses, it

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is not real though. The world is the way it is, people need money

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for emergencies, that is why we are here. The banks aren't providing it,

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But, as bishop Welby knows, the financial industry, like the church,

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is a complex beast. The Church of England controls more than �5

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billion worth of investments. It now turns out some of that cash is

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funding one of Wonga's key financial backers. The church is

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always going to be compromised if it continues to try to maximise its

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profit. It is going to get caught out, because it is going to get its

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hands burnt. What people really object to is it isn't walking the

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talk, it is seen as hypocritical. The alternative is to put its money

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where its mouth is and invest in projects to do good which are about

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adding value to society rather than maximising profits and minimising

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damage. The church's advisory board That doesn't stop Lambeth Palace

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funding other large companies with a questionable ethical record.

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Newsnight has learned the church's pension fund currently owns shares

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in Google and Vodaphone, whose tax arrangements have both been

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criticised recently, and in multinational mining and energy

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firms. After the latest payday row the Archbishop now says he wants

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the church's investment guidelines to be reviewed.

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With me to discuss the clerical- capital relationship are two men

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helpfully both called Giles, first Giles Fraser, normer Canon

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Chancellor at St Paul's Cathedral, and Giles from Instant Payday

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Direct. Who decided that a 3% investment in porn would be OK with

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the Lord, but 4% might push them over the edge? It is extraordinary,

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we need to review where our money goes our investment for our pension

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funds. But to be honest it is a very complicated area. You invest

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in one thing, you seem to invest in everything else. If you get

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involved in the markets it does seem that you know you invest in a

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company that invests in other things, it is difficult to keep

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your hand clean. The truth of the matter is if you were only

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interested in keeping your hands clean you wouldn't get out into the

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world. It is embarrassing, this really has to be changed. I think

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the church has to be not quite so bothered about its own reputation

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and more bothered about getting out into the world and changing things.

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That is what is going on. Are you looking at a whole scale

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purification and purging ceremony, washing your hands. Things you are

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investing in now, oil companies, and companies that don't like to

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pay tax? That needs to be changed. Changed or given up? We have the

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Archbishop of Canterbury who understands the ways of the world,

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being a former banker, with his heart in the right place, he will

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make a difference to this. We shouldn't be investing in these

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sorts of companies, we need to have a wholesale review, that has been

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ordered. I want to know how far the remit of moral crusade goes with

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the Church of England, the front page of the Telegraph at the moment

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has a story, it is, if you like, the pornography Tsar for the

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Government, Claire Perry calling on the church to boycott Google or

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invest in Google any more because they are not doing enough. They are

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not doing enough to stop the kind of pornography that she is very

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much against from being available? I agree with that. One thing I have

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to say, this whole business about where the church has its money

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shouldn't obscure the real good that has been going on this week

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about the church addressing these issues of payday lenders. This is a

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very, very important issue. In a place like my parish where people

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are trapped in really terrible debt. That debt at very high rates of

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interest. The idea that the church is getting involved in that is a

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very good thing. Let's turn to Giles Coutts, you must be loving

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this, it is normally your lot accused of being immoral, here we

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are having a moral chat over here? For the man on the street they are

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a little bit confused you have the Archbishop coming out and naming a

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particular payday lender, it does annoy me that one company has got

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all the attention, and then to find out the ainvestment is in there.

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isn't lovely attention? Unfortunately for the Archbishop I

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feel a little bit sorry for, he has been ill-advised in not knowing

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about this before he has made an announcement to attack a particular

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payday lender. Let me put this to, at least this lot are showing they

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have a conscience, they are wriggling and spinning around

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trying to make sense of what has been going on and giving

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commitments that they might change things but what 820% APR? I mean,

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surely you should be doing a little more squirming when these numbers

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have been brought so sharply into the light of day? It is an

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annoyance of mine, and every lender will say the same, we are very low,

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that is 66p a day. You have major lenders, such as the Archbishop has

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mentioned at 5,000%. But you are not disputing 820%? That is 66p a

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day. Every lender has to have an operating cost, that's themselves

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borrowing the money, plus the administration of lending it out,

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and the risk of actually not returning that money. Here is the

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problem, you are the acceptable face of this industry in a way, and

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the unacceptable face won't ever sit in that chair. They won't be

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questioned in this way. That's one of the problems. The other problem

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is as an Friday 50% of your money is made from people who can't pay

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the loans back initially. That is a real problem. Your business model

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of the payday loan industry is for people to default, for them to

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actually, you are building into what your business is people's

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failure and misery to pay the money back that's the moral problem?

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These loans have been going on for four years, the Government and the

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OFT have been well aware of the loans. They could have stepped in

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sooner with a rulebook to say there are principle rules that say they

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aren't allowed to roll over. An annoying thing is they don't do

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employier's checks, you have talk about people being unemployed, why

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lend to an unemployed people. won't hold you to account for

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people who do that. What is interesting is the church will step

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into the breach, how exactly is your campaign going to work?

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way I understand it, it is a fairly long-term campaign, we're not going

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to be the money lenders in this situation. We're going to be

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providing our facilities, our churches, and our expertise. It is

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part of your long-term plan is to facilitate Credit Unions, and.

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Facilitate. And we hear the church is prepared to lend money as well?

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I haven't heard that, I don't know that is the case. What I understand

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to be going on here is the church will use its outlets, we have more

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outlets than the banks have, to actually help encourage Credit

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Unions. This is not a command and control thing from the centre, this

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will be something that grows organically from the ground.

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have been told that the church is very prepared where it can't

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facilitate a Credit Union to step into the breach and say they will

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lend the money. That begs the question how are you going to look

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somebody in the face and say I know you are telling me you can't afford

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to pay the gas bill tomorrow we want this money back? That is a

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real problem. Why are you getting involved in this? I think it is a

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real problem. If we can undercut very substantially, in terms of

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interest rates. With a Credit Union it is like 28% or going up to 40%,

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the difference between that and 5,000% is a major difference for

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people. Are you worried about them putting you out of business? Not at

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all. Because it is going to probably damage them more so than

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anything else. The church is one place that people will always see

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as a solid reputation. Going around and collecting money on the doors

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to say you have not paid us, number one. We have also proven that we

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are the cheapest in the market on- line, and it so far people are

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still going elsewhere. People aren't searching. We will leave it

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there, Giles Coutts and Giles Fraser thank you very much indeed.

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Later in the programme, one year after the Olympics, why is there

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still a gap between men and women in the country when it comes to

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sport? Thousands are protesting on the streets of Cairo tonight. Most

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have turned out to support the generals who currently run the

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country, clashes with supporters of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi

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have also been taking place and some people have been killed. Mr

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Morsi is the country's first democratically elected President,

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and he's still being held by the military. New allegations were

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levelled against him today alleging close links with the Palestinian

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militant group, Hamas. The UN has called for his immediate release,

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but it really doesn't look like that's going to happen any time

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soon. First of all, tell us what happened on the streets of Egypt

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today? Well essentially the military called for protests in

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support of what they had done. And just eased the crowds out on toe

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the streets, they cancelled the very popular soap operas, Ramadan

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soap operas on TV to help the cause along. There was always the

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potential for trouble, there are still many thousands of people,

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particularly after Friday prayers, who support the Muslim Brotherhood,

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President Morsi, who was removed from power. And there was a natural

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potential for clashes n Alex sand dreeia, the port city of -- Alex

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sand dreeia, the port city of Egypt, there were bad incidents, five

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people killed and several dozen wounded. It is wrong to say that is

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an every-day event, but since the takeover by the military more than

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200 people have been killed in this type of political violence. Where

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does it leave the transition to democracy? It leaves the plan and

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the messy realities and how they might evolve, they are not

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necessarily the same thing. We know the plan, the acting President,

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Adly Mansour, laid it out a couple of weeks ago, it involved in the

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first place convening a group of people to amend the constitution,

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that was supposed to happen a few days ago, they did get together and

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started to tinker with the constitution. The first area there

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for altering the quality of Egyptian democracy as how they

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alter the constitution. The people of Egypt will decide on the 20th of

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November, we are told, under this plan, whether or not they accept

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the new constitution and assuming they say, yes, then this will be a

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parliamentary election campaign leading to elections early in

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February 2014. At some point after that there is meant to be a new

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President elected. But the key thing is will the military try to

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influence the Electoral Commission, the courts, other things we saw in

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the run-up to the presidential election, in particular last year

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to actually shape this process and make sure that only its chosen

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people get through to the ballot box. There is one missing phrase in

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all of this, the Muslim Brotherhood? Do they figure in the

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new democracy or not? When the takeover happened, and of course

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there were statements of concern and condemnation from overseas, it

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was said, oh yeah when we hold these elections anybody can run,

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including the Muslim Brotherhood. People who support them can't help

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noticing things like today's news that charges are being levelled

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against ex-President Morsi, on these ground of being too close

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with Hamas and being involved in a jail break where two people were

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killed. They fear a show trial may be in the offing and the

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criminalisation of their organisation may be one of the

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things the military will do if it wants to gain support. They will

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ask whether or not they will be able to run. How the interim

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Government manages these next steps, led by the military, will be the

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most telling factor about how quickly the transition to democracy

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will, in fact, occur. There has been both good and bad things of

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what we have seen so far. The degree to which the Muslim

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Brotherhood will be willing to and allowed to engage in political

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dialogue will be one of the most telling factors and one of the key

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things to watch in the coming weeks and months. We can guarantee with

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that sort of scenario continuing street violence and tensions and

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manoeuvrering between the army and the Muslim Brotherhood.

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A year on from 2012 Usain Bolt of back in action tonight, in the

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Olympic Stadium in Stratford. He hasn't lost his lustre, nor

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memories of the game. According to a ComRes poll for the BBC, more

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than two thirds of people believe the �8.77 billion cost of the

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Olympics was worth the money. Even though this was the games that made

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icons of Ennis, Pendleton, Grainger and Trott, was it the breakthrough

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games for British women? One gold medallist has been finding out for

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It was billed as the women's Olympics. More women's medals up

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for grabs than ever before. The first games where women could take

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part in every sport. We were inspiring a generation. For the

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first time Great Britain had nearly equal numbers of male and female

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athletesk but women won only 36% of the medals. There are more medal

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events for men than women. But in the two other top-performing

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countries, China and the US, women outperformed the men. Part the

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problems, it seems, is men are just more active than women. The Active

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People's Survey, carried out by Sport England suggests only 30% of

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people do 30 minutes of physical activity a week, that is compared

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to 40% of men. That is a problem that starts to develop as early as

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primary school. At the age of eight or nine boys and girls do similar

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levels of physical activity. By the time they reach 10 or 11 a gap has

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started to appear. I grew up in a really sporty family, my parents

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always encouraged me to be active. From an early age I developed a

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passion for football, rowing, tennis, but the health survey for

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England shows that only 12% of 14- year-old girls do enough physical

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activity to benefit their health. In your teenage years everyone

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feels very self-conscious so the degree in which you are forced to

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take part in front of boys and what you are wearing, a lot needs to be

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done around sheer encouragement. Around that related to role

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modelling. For girls who get involved in sport still, they are

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going against the grain of what their peers will be doing. It is

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alarming that lots of girls say to us that sport is really for boys.

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They certainly recognise that boys get more encouragement. We have a

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cultural issue to deal with. Even within that context there is a lot

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to be done. Get up, get down. Choice of

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activity is one thing that help. This lunchtime zumba club at a

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school in Stockport gets more than 70 girls turning up each week. The

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aim is to build their confidence and getting them doing something

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they might continue after they leave school. I'm not very good at

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sports where other people can beat me. Dancing and zumba are sports

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where you can be yourself and be free. It is not necessarily that

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the most sporty things, but it get you having fun and you don't

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necessarily have to think about if you are doing it right. It doesn't

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matter if you go wrong you can enjoy it. Boys generally prefer

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sports. They like the whole team aspect of it, and it is like

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getting stuck in, girls seem to be a bit more reserved, worried about

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getting the rules wrong. Women's Sport and Fitness

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Foundation wants schools to make sure all-girls, not just the

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talented few are active. Are activities like zumba just as

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important as competitive-based sports. If you get involved in

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something and start to be fitter and healthier, the evidence is you

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will start taking up other activities and maybe sport, maybe

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team sport, the important thing for most people is being active and I

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think that should be the priority. At grassroots level sports which

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increase participation are rewarded with more funding from the national

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body Sport England. Netball is one of the few women's sports that has

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managed to grow. The number of women playing has gone up by more

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than 30% over the past four years. Netball England say it is because

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they managed to target women who played at school and want a

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friendly low-key environment to take it up again. I played at

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school and within I left in year 11 I hadn't played since, and I came

:23:09.:23:13.

back last year and started up again. What made you start sport at that

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age? When I went to college and boys and socialising, I lost

:23:17.:23:21.

interest. And then having my own kids and watching them and then

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missing it really just spurred me on to think no I will get back into

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it. I was encouraging her and I was thinking I'm not doing anything

:23:29.:23:32.

myself. Sport England says it is focused on getting more women

:23:32.:23:36.

active, it admits it is difficult to calculate whether investment

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benefit men and women equally. of it is easy because some sports

:23:43.:23:47.

are dominated by women, like netball, and some are evenly

:23:47.:23:50.

balanced like swimming and cycling. A lot of the money we invest in

:23:50.:23:54.

grassroots sports goes into facilities. Although we are very

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clear those facilities can't discriminate in any way, neither

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can we say it is absolutely balanced men and women, or

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necessarily dictate the flow. It can be hard to calculate. I think

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we need to keep challenging ourselves, are we doing enough for

:24:07.:24:10.

women? Is the investment we are putting in really reaching men and

:24:11.:24:17.

women in a balanced way? In America the success of female athletes has

:24:17.:24:24.

been attributed to legislation called "title 9". The law bans sex

:24:24.:24:27.

discrimination in any school or college receiving federal funds.

:24:27.:24:30.

The result was a ten-fold increase in the number of girls playing

:24:30.:24:37.

sport. Funding is one thing, but there are other issues. Women's

:24:37.:24:41.

sport receives just 0.5% of all sports sponsorship in the UK and

:24:41.:24:49.

gets less than 5% of the total sports coverage. The media has a

:24:49.:24:54.

huge role to play in raising awareness of women's sport and

:24:54.:24:59.

promoting female role models. It was only after the games when I

:24:59.:25:03.

visited schools that I understood what the tag line "inspire a

:25:03.:25:07.

generation" really meant. It is an easy thing to say but athletes,

:25:07.:25:11.

governing bodies and the media need to follow up on that promise. If

:25:11.:25:15.

they don't there is a risk that the gap between British girls and boys

:25:15.:25:25.

in sport will never close in schools or at the Olympics. Joining

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us now from Bristol is Samantha Murray, who won silver in the

:25:29.:25:33.

modern pentathlon, the very last event at the 2012 Olympics. Thank

:25:33.:25:37.

you very much for being with us. If it is true what we have just heard

:25:37.:25:42.

in the report, that girls seem to be hard wired to steer away from

:25:43.:25:48.

competition at a certain age, isn't it a bit hopeless, how do you go

:25:48.:25:52.

about rewiring? A lot is to do with the media, what is conveyed to

:25:52.:25:57.

young girls from a very young age in terms of what's acceptable and

:25:57.:26:01.

what's popular to be. People, a lot of girls I remember when I was at

:26:01.:26:05.

school everyone becomes quite self- conscious when they get to 11 or 12

:26:05.:26:09.

in their teens, and that means we don't want to be a part of

:26:09.:26:12.

competitive sport and rembering back to my time at school the

:26:12.:26:16.

shower facilities, the changing rooms, it was all quite grimy. It

:26:16.:26:22.

did put me off the idea of getting sweaty during a PE lesson and going

:26:22.:26:26.

on to a maths lesson afterwards, when like image and fitting in with

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the crowd was more a priority at the time. So I think that something

:26:29.:26:35.

that is quite important for young girls is creating a positive image

:26:35.:26:39.

about female sports people. And that was something we definitely

:26:39.:26:45.

saw at the Olympic Games, however, I don't feel as an athlete that was

:26:45.:26:48.

really harnessed and embraced well enough after the games. That is

:26:48.:26:51.

fascinating, is it that girls who are at school, particularly if they

:26:51.:26:56.

are at mixed schools, they shouldly get the notion that to be

:26:56.:26:59.

competitive and aggressive is some how to be less feminine, is that

:26:59.:27:03.

what happens? Definitely, I definitely get that impression, and

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I have been to a lot of schools after the Olympic Games, and I have

:27:07.:27:11.

seen that so many girls are set back from being involved in the

:27:11.:27:15.

competitive sports and getting stuck in, in PE. That self-

:27:15.:27:19.

consciousness and the image is so important to them. I think the

:27:19.:27:24.

media have a big role to play in what they convey in terms of what

:27:24.:27:28.

it is to be female and what it is to be a powerful female. That's one

:27:29.:27:32.

of the messages I suppose that comes from the media, but the other

:27:32.:27:35.

is how much coverage there is. Now somebody who runs a channel will

:27:35.:27:39.

say I will only run it if people will watch it and they don't want

:27:39.:27:46.

to watch it? That is a Catch 22 I think. Because although you know we

:27:46.:27:51.

have seen the woman's World Cup -- Women's World Cup has been aired on

:27:51.:27:55.

BBC, that is fantastic. If not enough people watch it the demand

:27:55.:27:58.

isn't there and the media won't put it on TV or in the newspapers. It

:27:59.:28:05.

is a difficult thing. It is a culturalish u, we do need to try to

:28:05.:28:08.

improve everything and get people more interested in women's sports

:28:08.:28:12.

and get the women more interested, more competitive, and in doing so

:28:12.:28:17.

adapt that image that we see in the media. The media is a driving force

:28:17.:28:21.

and it can massively change young people's perspectives about what is

:28:21.:28:24.

important. It can give them the confidence to pursue avenues that

:28:24.:28:27.

they could be really interested in but they just feel shy about

:28:27.:28:31.

because it might not seem the popular thing to do. One of the

:28:31.:28:39.

interesting things is in America is they changed the law and made

:28:39.:28:44.

things 50-50, would you like to see that? It would have a knock-on

:28:44.:28:47.

effect, it wouldn't do any harm. Something that should be done is

:28:47.:28:51.

more schemes and initiatives in schools. It would be great if role

:28:51.:28:54.

models and Olympic medallists could go into schools and specialised

:28:54.:28:59.

coaches and run some programmes, some lessons where they teach

:29:00.:29:04.

taekwondo, Judo, modern pentathlon, Olympic sports not always

:29:04.:29:14.
:29:14.:29:16.

accessible to young girls and accessible to young girls and

:29:16.:29:26.
:29:26.:30:04.

students. Thank you very much. Now That is all we have time for this

:30:04.:30:07.

week, we are back on Monday of course, we will leave you with some

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classic music from the Rolling Stones from 1971, why? Why not? Sir

:30:13.:30:22.

Mick Jagger turned 70 today, good night.

:30:22.:30:26.

# Get down on your knees brown sugar

:30:26.:30:31.

# How come you taste so good # Ah get down on the ground

:30:31.:30:36.

# Brown sugar # Just like a young girl should

:30:36.:30:44.

# I bet your momma was a tent Queen # And all your girlfriends were

:30:44.:30:46.

sweet 16 # I'm no schoolboy

:30:46.:30:51.

# But I know what I like # You should heard me just around

:30:51.:31:00.

midnight Good evening, the weekend weather

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prospects a bit mixed to say the least. I suppose broadly sunshine

:31:03.:31:08.

and showers on Saturday. But rather more extensive rain rather than

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showers across some southern areas as the day wears on, it is more of

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a mix across the northern half of the UK. Particularly Scotland,

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Northern Ireland and northern England. Inbetween the showers,

:31:17.:31:21.

when you get the sunshine coming through, it should feel pleasantly

:31:21.:31:28.

warm. Temperatures getting up into the low 20s. Misty across the

:31:28.:31:32.

northern Isles. Prone to that mist and fog. Northern England, many

:31:32.:31:36.

places will miss the showers, it will be harder to miss the rain

:31:36.:31:40.

through the Midlands, East Anglia and much of southern England. Still

:31:40.:31:45.

warm air, temperatures getting up to the 20 degrees mark, it won't be

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terribly pleasant. The rain turning heavy later on. Devon and Cornwall

:31:48.:31:53.

might get away with a dry afternoon, as will many northern parts of

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Wales, for central and southern parts of Wales prone to patchy

:31:56.:32:00.

outbreaks of rain as the afternoon wears on. What about further

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afield? You will find heavy showers too in Oslo and Berlin, high

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temperatures, look 36 in Berlin, for the second half of the weekend,

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just as hot in Rome and Athens under the very strong sunshine. We

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