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Controversy in the speed skating has Elise Christie was disqualified from

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her third event at the games. More on that in Sportsday after The

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Papers. Welcome to our look ahead to what

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the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me, Yasmin

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Alibhai-Brown, columnist for the Independent. Also, David

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Williamson, political editor of the Western mail. Thank you for joining

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us, David. Some of the headlines. Big changes are coming to the Labour

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Party, according to The Independent. It says that the party leader, Ed

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Miliband, is promising to devolve power to ordinary members on an

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unprecedented scale. And the Mail has a story about a delayed Ryanair

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flight at Stansted Airport. The paper claims that furious passengers

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called police from the tarmac after waiting hours without food or drink.

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The Telegraph says Princess Anne has entered the debate over the need for

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affordable new homes. She apparently told a conference that villages must

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bear the brunt of thousands of new homes if the countryside is to be

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protected from "large-scale" development.

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The Express leaves on a Court of Appeal ruling on housing benefit.

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The Times reports on what it calls a silent epidemic of anorexia among

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teenage girls at independent schools. The Sun has the story of a

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woman it claims is blaming her weight gain on benefits. Wayne

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Rooney's new pay deal at Manchester United is on the front page of the

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daily mirror. Ukraine is heavily featured, as you

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can imagine. We start with the Independent with a picture of

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Rebekah Brooks, after describing her car crash personal life. She talked

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about this not being an affair with Andy Coulson but sporadic intimacy,

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which is a new phrase. This will be an interesting case as it proceeds.

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She denies the four chargers and it is her defence that continues at the

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Old Bailey. Moving on, my changes are bigger than Claus four, says

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Miliband. These are new rules for the party that will devolve power to

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ordinary people. Is this Ed Miliband trying to make politics more

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interesting and engage the public? It is striking that so many years

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after clause four was scrapped, here we are with this image of Blair. It

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shows how the Blair years, in some ways, still continue. The central

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idea is interesting, of getting people to be engaged. It is a bit

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like in America people talk about being a registered Democrat or

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Republican. That does not mean they hand out flyers at weekends but they

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have some affiliation and can vote in primary is. If it goes through

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whatever procedures they have to go through, it gets through this

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constant accusation that they are owned by the unions. The unions that

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got him into power in the first place. I know, but fair enough.

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There is this Russell Brand stuff going on, people feeling

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disconnected. My worry is that too much is being promised. You might

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get a million more people. Remind us about Russell Brand, because some

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people might have missed the interview. He was basically saying,

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I do not vote but I have political values and I represent people who do

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not want to vote because they are bored. Exactly. I totally disagree

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with that, I have to say. It is childish and a little bit spoiled,

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because we do have a system and we should all be involved one way or

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another to try and change it for the better. We have a coalition

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government because people did not turn out to vote. People are bored

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of politics. Do you think that is the case? I do not think people are

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bored with politics, but in the internet age, everyone seems to

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think that every policy has to be the one that I want. It can't work

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like that, and that is my fear for this. He is making too many

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promises. In the end, there has to be a collective decision about what

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policies the party chooses. What is interesting is who this is going to

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appeal to. Before, the Labour Party was the party of organised labour.

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These are now presumably going to be people who enjoy programmes like

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this, who are politically engaged and take an interest. Many of those

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might be the people the Conservatives are trying to target

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with the big society rhetoric, those who volunteer in the local church

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and food banks and things like that. It could be a whole wedge of people

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who are suffering under various policies, feel that nobody is

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speaking to them because they are not the hard-working squeezed

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middle. ?3 is not a lot of money. Maybe it will bring in the truly

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disenfranchised. It sounds like both of you are saying that because of

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the state of the economy, because of the amount of cuts people are

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suffering from, because of immigration being such a fuelled

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issue, turnout at the general election might not be a concern

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among today's leaders right now. Indeed. This is the ultimate

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referendum, really. People are saying, this is my chance to

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actually expressed some indignation or excitement, perhaps, if they can

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galvanise that. I hope that immigrants, who have been feeling

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very angry at the way things are discussed, join the Labour Party and

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change the discourse. We all need to get more involved. Too many people

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have this helplessness, I think, which is not good. Speaking of

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people's bad feeling about cuts, particularly to benefits, the Daily

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Mail reports on ATOS wanting to pull out of the government contract to

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vet those claiming disability benefits. Sickness benefit tests

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firm pulls out after death threats to staff, is the headline. I am sure

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it has happened. But I think ATOS has not had a very good record of

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late. A lot of these tests have been criticised by various groups and

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people, ministers, MPs. I think it is a way of getting out of this

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thing. They don't want to be there any more, I think. Do you think that

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maybe it? I think so. There were jokes in Parliament about how ATOS

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had found Richard III ready to work. It was becoming a liability. In

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recent weeks we have seen Westminster debates raising the fact

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that so many of the cases have been overturned that it has become a

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liability to the government. So I think this is a quiet divorce that

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both sides will be happy about. Last night we were talking about another

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story from a leaked document that was proposing chargers for those who

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wanted to challenge their benefits being taken from them, that they

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would be charged for it as well. Something like 58% end up being

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challenged. Let's move on to Ukraine. It is in all of the

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papers, as you would imagine. The Daily Express takes a slightly

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unique angle on the story. Truce as protesters are told, agree, or you

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will die. And there is a picture there of Yulia Tymoshenko, the

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imprisoned former prime minister of Ukraine, very much seen as a symbol

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of unity in Ukraine. That is an interesting take by the Express.

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Yes, and they do not do this kind of story, so that is even more

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interesting. But it is true that this woman has been imprisoned for

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how long now? And we have almost heard nothing, after some stories

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about how she was being treated. If she has managed to survive all of

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that and come out, this is her moment, perhaps. I don't know. The

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memories of the Orange Revolution. It is almost as if people in the

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Ukraine are saying, this is one more chance to get the house in order.

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You look at the history of Ukraine, if anybody had a miserable

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experience of the 20th century, going from civil war to occupation,

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to... But their revolutions were very peaceful, remarkably peaceful.

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That is what raised the hopes that it was possible for some ex-Soviet

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countries to come through this change without violent disorder. But

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now we have come to this point. And this is a very quick resolution, if

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it is going to be taken seriously. It is not trusted just yet. Many

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protesters still in shock and in Independence Square this evening,

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not rushing to go home. Let's have a look at the daily Mirror, with a

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picture of Chris Moyles the former Radio 1 breakfast show presenter. He

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falsely claimed he lost ?1 million trading as a used car dealer. He

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accepts full responsibility, according to the newspaper. He has

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issued a statement, hasn't he. What is there to say? Why? Why do people

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with money always want to not pay tax? And why do they get away with

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it? We were punishing benefit scroungers, as we call them, and

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here are all sorts of people. There is an organisation, a tax avoidance

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organisation. We are talking about tax avoidance, not evasion, which is

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different. This is something the Inland Revenue have been clamping

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down on. There are a number of schemes that have been available and

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they are challenging them in the courts. This feeds into the whole

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narrative that if you are very clever and very wealthy, you will

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not be paying tax in the way that we all are. It just adds that to the

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fire. I want to read the statement Chris Moyles from. Upon advice I

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signed up to a scheme I was assured was legal. My knowledge of the

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scheme was naive. I am not a tax expert and acted on advice. This was

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a mistake and I accept the ruling without reservation. I take full

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responsibility and have learned a valuable lesson. The BBC also add

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that it is not a party involved in this tribunal and they understand

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Chris Mono has taken full responsible T for his tax

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arrangements. -- Chris Moyles. Moving onto the Daily Mail, English

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is the second language in one in nine schools. They have done a lot

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of research. Yes, and what is wrong with that? The more languages we

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speak, the better it is for us, our country, business interests. When

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does knowing another language become a disability? It is mad. I speak for

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macro languages, plus English. Does that make me a pariah. This shows

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the changing population because of migration. I think Brits in

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particular, and this is a big thing in Wales where they are bilingual,

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but the English in particular do not learn other languages. That is going

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to push us back in a lot of ways as the world changes. If we have kids

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speaking some kind of language, and British kids are picking some of

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that up, I can't think what is wrong with that. Do you think that

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migrants should learn English? Of course, and if you don't, your own

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future is held back, if for no other reason... What is amazing is how

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many migrants, I have been listening to Ukrainian migrants here in

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Britain today on the phone in programmes. Their English is

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astonishing! I have travelled around Eastern Europe, all over the place,

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and English is the second language in most countries now. And they

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speak so well! There is something heartbreaking, when you go abroad

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and see advertisements in English in the middle of a city, as if English

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speakers find it hard to experience the other! English is the world

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language, which is also making this all happen. We don't always do

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this, but we will look at the back pages of the Guardian, Wayne Rooney,

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one of the big headlines. I wish I was good at football, I wish. I was

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always picked to be linesmen. You don't want this amount of money, you

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do not want it! Is he worth it? That is the question. He's a player under

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now. He will, but I guess the signal it sends out is that the golden

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years and the symbols of Ferguson and so on... What do you do with

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?300,000 per week? What do you do with that amount of money? There is

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only so money ice cream is you can eat. You smoke the notes. I don't

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know! I was distraught when I realised he will be 33 when this

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contract comes to an end, it makes me feel ancient by comparison. Think

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about it, this kids will never have to work. There is something quite

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distorted about that. I am sure he is a very talented footballer, he

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has made his money, not inherited it, but there have to be limits. He

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will be, you know, in the history books as one of our greatest

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players, and a lot of fans will be thinking, yes, he is worth it,

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Manchester would not be the same without Rooney. But there must have

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been a time when you could be a good footballer and not in this amount of

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money. There was, 1960! Many thanks for taking us through the papers.

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Stay with us here on BBC News. At 11 we will get the very latest from

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Ukraine as the country signs a peace plan designed to end the political

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crisis and hopefully the violence as well. Coming up next on BBC News:

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