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next 90 days or lose his world title. And how England won their

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first Ashes of the winter, beating Australia in Perth. That is all

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after The Papers. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the morning's papers will be bringing us. With me are Louise

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Court, Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan, and James Miller who

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is a political journalist for the Sunday Post. Welcome. Do not believe

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all you have heard. It is only 12 minutes.

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The i says the Prime Minister, David Cameron, is being accused of

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"fiddling data" on economic recovery. The Mail claims teachers

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who take drugs are to be allowed back into the classroom under new

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rules. The Daily Telegraph says that NICE is urging patients to be more

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assertive with their doctors, in order to get the medicines they're

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entitled to. The Times has a picture of President Hollande of France

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meeting the Pope at the Vatican. Its lead story is the number of terror

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arrests in the UK, as fears grow about the threat posed by Britons

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travelling to and from Syria. The Daily Express warns that gales are

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about to batter Britain again. The Mirror has an investigation into

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abortion drugs which it says are available on the internet for as

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little as 78p. The Guardian says 185 Nepalese construction workers have

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been killed in the last year, while working on projects for the 2022

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World Cup in Qatar. And the FT lists a string of currencies hit by the

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fall of the Argentine peso. Let's begin. We start with the i, a

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story that has been reported throughout the day. The headline

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is" Prime Minister accused of fiddling data on economic recovery.

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Leading economists denounce government assertions over rising

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household income is dubious at best". We almost what we can do with

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statistics and it depends what you want them to say. Absolutely. I

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don't think the Prime Minister has personally fiddled the data, but you

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can obviously do what you like with statistics to an extent. The second

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hit is IFF Star rector -in 2015 average pay will be lower than it

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was pre-recession and lower than in 2010. -- the IFA is director.

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We know when the general election will be, and all political parties

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are getting their ducks in a row. Labour have been talking about cost

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of living prices for months and this is the way the coalition are coming

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back at that. The challenge is that if you say to everybody, it is all

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better and everything is great, if it will don't feel it, it will

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cheese them off being told this. Isn't the theory that you nudge

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people in the right direction and eventually they will believe it?

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There has been research done that people are actually behaving,

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although the climate is getting better, as if they are in the midst

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of a recession. They don't trust what is happening and they have

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changed their spending habits. To tell people it is fabulous, it

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infuriates people who don't feel it. With some of the statistics quoted

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earlier today, we are meant to be ?3 better off on the average wage

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which, you know, you can hardly buy a copy for that. That is probably

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what people are giving up, treats like Coffey. There are regional

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differences, aren't there? We know employers are being encouraged pass

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on any profits, any improvements they are seeing to their staff,

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rather than holding onto that benefit. But, as you say, people are

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not necessarily behaving as if the recession is coming to an end.

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People think the economy is going to get worse, which is bizarre, given

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that the government is hammering everybody with the good news. Again,

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I suppose it suggests that people don't necessarily trust the

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statistics they are being given, and headlines like this possibly feed

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into that, maybe they feed it. It is a bit of a chicken and egg. Do

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people not trust the stats because of the stories, or do the papers put

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it on the front page because they know people will not believe any

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stats put in front of them? People know how they feel about the money

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in their wallet, or not in it. Which is why they don't trust the stats.

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They trust cold, hard cash. The Guardian has kind of a related story

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insofar as what a future Labour government would do in economic

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terms. Ed Balls gives Labour a dilemma, to raise tax cut spending.

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The Shadow Chancellor has his colours to the mast, giving a

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binding commitment that a Labour government will run a budget surplus

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by the end of the next Parliament. He is a bit of a hostage to fortune

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with that idea. It is about trust and labour wanting people to trust

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them with the economy again. Absolutely, and to persuade voters

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that they will be tough on government spending and they have an

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economic plan for sustained recovery. I think also, when you

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have got the coalition going out and saying, we are making things better,

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Labour have to come to the table with something that they are going

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to be doing. But I think it is a very brave statement. Things are

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getting better, that is the thing, isn't it? Even if it is a small

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amount at the moment, which is possibly why it falls feels able to

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say he will run a surplus, because he thinks the economy will be in a

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position where he can do that. It is a bit of a risk, and he does say it

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is a binding commitment. I do not quite understand how it is binding,

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other than he gets voted out if he does not meet the commitment.

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Whether he goes to jail, or what! It is one of those difficult positions

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for shadow ministers. They have two attack what is currently going on

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and then give a solution for how they would change it. They cannot

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say on the one hand more debt is being racked up where the Coalition

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Government and then not have a plan to deal with it. It is whether he

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chooses to tax us, or to keep cutting away at the welfare budget,

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which they have also been critical of. It depends which voters they are

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after. If they are after the middle ground, by saying you will raise

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tax, is it going to go down as popular? No. But if you are talking

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to the labour homeland, if you are saying we are going to cut spending,

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that is going to cause problems. So they are in a tough place. They have

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to get the message out maybe earlier than they might like. They can't

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change tack just a few weeks before the election because nobody would

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believe it. With the economy turning a corner, the cost of living a tag

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line which they have been running is beginning to wear a bit thin. It

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looks like the figures might actually begin to play into the

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hands of the Tories in terms of the cost of living crisis if not being

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over, if there is one, will at least not be as bad, there will be light

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at the end of the tunnel. Daily Telegraph says you should be pushy

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with your GP to get the best drugs. We are encouraged to adopt an

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American attitude, according to NICE, who decide which drugs are

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local authorities should be funding. That assumes you are confident in

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front of your GP and I am sure many people still feel deferential in

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front of a family doctor. And it assumes that you even know which

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drugs are available to you and you should be getting. Absolutely. This

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story, the chairman of NICE says we must be more like the Americans. You

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go in and demand the drugs you want. That is very different because the

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whole health service in America is very different. We have all done

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it. You go to the doctor and you say, I am going to ask this and

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this, and you come out and go, I forgot to ask any of that, because

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you get the white coat syndrome. He says he wants people to be more like

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Americans but American people are a product of the American health

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system, which is alien to us. Completely alien. If you look at the

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trouble that Obama has had getting very minor social insurance compare

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to what we had in 1948-9, when the NHS started. It is a very weird

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story and what he is trying to say. We are told all the time the NHS is

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on its knees and he is saying there are loads of these drugs, just ask

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for them and be more assertive. The but only the ones that NICE has

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approved. That is the vital part. We hear stories about wonder drugs that

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NICE will not approve, and aren't they bad people. Doesn't he have a

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point that maybe some of us could take more responsibility for our

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health, to get ourselves informed about what we are entitled to? Yes,

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there is a big part to play for that in terms of talking about

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information prescriptions. Send people home with basically a fact

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sheet so they find out about their condition. But that is not the same

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as being pushy. That is being well informed. He says he does not want

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people to be confrontational. It is a fine line between being pushy and

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confrontational. It is assuming you go there and are educated and

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articulate, but if you are a little old lady who goes there, who may not

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be up-to-date to go on the internet and find out what she should have,

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it's outrageous. If you have a parent with a chronically sick

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child... I am fairly sure this doctor, this professor would not

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want people coming in who have just been on the internet. Everybody

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knows, anybody who has been unwell and looks on the internet, they go

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to the doctor going, what have I got? ! This other story in the Daily

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Telegraph, Heinrich Himmler's love letters to his wife, documenting the

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rise and fall of the Nazi regime, being made public for the first

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time. They are in a bank vault at the moment in Tel Aviv. It will make

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fascinating if uncomfortable reading. What I find fascinating

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about this is you wonder how the Israeli family got hold of these

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letters. It is an extraordinary story. Whenever you see any Nazis

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painted in a humanlike, it is always mind-boggling. Is it a good thing or

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a bad thing? He is a monster. Is it a good thing to think that he is

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like the rest of us and we are all capable of it, in a way, or is it a

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bad thing to have him humanised? Let's look at the Daily Mail.

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Drug-taking teachers let back into class. New roles allow convicted

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users to keep their jobs if they have a convicted record. How will

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parents feel about that idea, if these people are supposed to be

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morally guiding their children for several hours a week? There have

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been rows before between the teaching union and some teachers,

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because when schools have tried to enforce compulsory drug teaching,

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and it is a debate that happens in America as well because teachers say

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it is against Civil Liberties, and a lot of parents, you would not want

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some drug crazed teacher teaching your children. Should people be

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given a second chance? Realistically I don't think most parents will mind

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because most parents have been doing the same. Do you think? We are how

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long since the drugs revolution of the 60s? We are not talking major

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drugs offences. It may not be what you want for your kids. Minor drugs

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offences. I don't think we are talking Howard Marks. Personal use.

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Let's move on to a final one. It is in the 's times,

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there is a picture of three of the national uniforms that the teams

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will be wearing. The Chevron one is for Norway, the one in the middle is

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the United States and the one on the right, the semi-rainbow, and Adidas

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creation for Germany. They are beyond shocking. The French and the

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Italians are great. But everybody else's outfits are just awful. You

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think, these poor athletes, they have dedicated the last three years

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of their lives to getting up at dawn, no boozing and they have to

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wear the most outrageous outfits. Which one would you choose? Blimey.

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The Chevron is, I suppose. Don't combine with your tie! James and

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Louise will be back at 11:30pm. Stay with us because we will be looking

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at the government's claimed that new figures on wages prove most of us

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are better off. Now it is time for Sportsday.

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