04/03/2014 The Papers


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draws to a close, we will hear from Michael Vaughan, who describes the

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South Africa captain as a great of the game. That is all coming up

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after The Papers. Welcome to our look ahead to what

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the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are James Miller

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from the Sunday Post, and also a journalist from the Sun. The

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Telegraph is saying that a high-protein diet is as bad for your

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health as smoking, according to research which tracked thousands of

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adults for 20 years. The Express also leads on a health story, that

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positive thinking could be as effective as anti-inflammatory drugs

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to help beat the pain of arthritis. The Scotsman leads with the crisis

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in the Ukraine, with a picture of John Kerry in Kiev.

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That is also the lead on the front of the Guardian. The Mirror has a

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story about the Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell, who is

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apparently stepping down from the soap. The Metro is leading with a

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story about five men who worked as part of a nuclear plant armed force,

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who have won damages after they said they were too unfit to carry guns.

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The Daily Mail is reporting that Downing Street is facing allegations

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of a cover-up after an aide was arrested over child abuse imagery.

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The Financial Times beads with Putin stepping back. -- leads. We are

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going to start with Ukraine. The war of words, according to the Guardian.

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What is interesting, I think, is that not many papers have got this

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story on the front page. Yes, clearly it is a very important

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story, but it is less of a kind of on the brink moment, which would

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ring it to the attention of papers like mine, which had it on the front

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yesterday. -- which would bring it. I think everybody felt a little

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relieved to see Putin on that armchair, in that press conference,

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and to see John Kerry in Kiev, because at least there is a sense

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that people are talking. It is still on the front page of the Sun. We

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have a next close of tomorrow that Britain is still selling arms to

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Russia. But it is not the splash that we had yesterday, when everyone

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was nervous that we are off towards World War III. It does seem that

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temperatures have called a bit on this story. Yes, looking at the

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papers, it seems Putin has taken some of the heat out of things

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today. Although tonight, we are hearing that shots have been fired,

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and much as it pains me to say it is a newspaperman, it is the sort of

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story which newspapers are struggling to keep up with, because

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it seems to be changing so quickly. Sam, given the profile of your

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readers, on the Sun, what is it that makes a big geopolitical story like

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Ukraine, what is it that can get it on your front page? A lot of our

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readers are in the Armed Forces, so they are interested in any potential

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conflict around the world. If you are a parent of someone who is going

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to get flown out potentially to Syria or Ukraine, it is not going to

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happen in this case, but... And also, simple things like prices. --

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like gas prices, how much a loaf of bread is going to cost. Russia is

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also one of the biggest wheat producers in the world. We have to

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tell them the story, and keep them up to date with events. But it is

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such a fast changing story, that it is, yes... And it is the knock-on

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effect of what is going on with a story like that, that you can sell

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to your readers? Yes, they are interested in world events anyway.

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But yes, how is it going to affect the man in the street, is what we

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are looking at as well. Let's go onto the Telegraph, and James,

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high-protein diet, as bad for health as smoking. We all know what

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happened to Mr Adkins, who decided that he felt that low carbs and

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high-protein was the way forward, but it seems to be official now.

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Yes, it is interesting there is no mention of Atkins in the headline.

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High-protein diet, what does that mean to a lot of people? A lot of

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people understand meat, but a high-protein diet is an interesting

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headline. I think we have known for a while that too much meat is bad

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for you, and this sets out exactly how much is too much. Interestingly,

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it says a person weighing nine stone should eat about 45-50 g of protein

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a day. That is mainly women, I would suggest. This is very much targeted

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at... Not very many men, anyway. The figures are quite scary, aren't

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they? It says that a chicken breast or Simon Philip still accounts for

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about 40% of the recommended daily protein intake. -- or salmon fill

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it. It worries me, because just when you think you have got a handle on

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the latest diet, everybody changes the rules. I think this includes

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eggs and is well. The way we have done it in the Sun is to say that a

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fry up is just as bad as a cigarette. It reminds me of the old

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thing about, if you give up smoking and drinking, you do not have

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longer, it just feels like it. That one works for me! Family breakdown

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is the other main story on the front page of the Telegraph. Family

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breakdown could cost taxpayers ?46 billion, James? Yes, I am not quite

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sure, that figure has been quoted in Parliament, but again, from the

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Relationships Foundation, a think-tank, and exactly how they

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came up with this figure is not exactly set out. It is interesting,

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as an unmarried parent, by choice, apparently I am four times more

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likely to separate from my partner. I would suggest that is not true,

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obviously, and hopefully I am not convinced that it is something to do

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with being married. I think it is certainly, there is good evidence

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that people who get married are more likely to stay together, and the

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divorce rate is going down. Maybe it is just my personal situation which

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makes me doubt it. The article says that you have got the usual costs,

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legal fees, the cost of separation. You have got child maintenance

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payment collection, but on top of that, it talks about spending on

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children in care, and a proportion of spending on the health, education

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and criminal justice system, Sam? Yes, these stories tend to crop up

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in the run-up to an election. But those figures suggest to me that it

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is the underclass we are looking at, the very poor, where this is a

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problem, and I think that is what Lord Freud is saying. Children in

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care, spending on health, education and criminal justice, suggests this

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is a complete breakdown. It does always concern me that centres like

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sure start have been closing down, in my personal opinion, because

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these are the places where you can teach young mums how to bring up

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their kids, how to give them values, how to give them the basics

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in life, so that saddens me. James, is there a sense that these figures

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have been potentially over-egged by people who perhaps feel that the

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institution of marriage is the bedrock of society? There is a

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political aspect to this. The Tories are bringing in their married

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people's tax allowance, there has been controversy about that, saying

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the cost of splitting up is very high and therefore the relatively

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small cost of this tax allowance we can justify quite easily. It does

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seem very high indeed. Let's go on to the Express. A new way to fight

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the agony of arthritis, a step forward and that is positive

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thinking. Basically meditation is better for you than

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anti-inflammatory drugs according to this new research, which could save

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a fortune on the NHS. Particularly among Express readers who might be

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more elderly and prone to these conditions. I wonder if that is why

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they have taken a psychologist out with the World Cup team. Has Wayne

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Rooney got arthritis? That should be on the front page of it is true! It

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is funded by Arthritis Research Uk, a reputable body, and there seems to

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be credence in this? I was very suspect when I first saw it but it

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seems to stand up as being fairly decent research. It is fascinating

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stuff, pain, because it is by its very nature all in the mind.

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However, it doesn't really help people who are suffering to say to

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them, think yourself better. It is like saying that it is your fault

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and you can get out of it. I question whether it would save

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money, but talking therapies actually cost quite a bit of money

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because you have got to pay somebody to talk to the patient and drugs are

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very cheap. But meditation is obviously nice and cheap, you can

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teach people to meditate quite quickly, I assume. I am no expert in

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meditation! Do you think there will be people tomorrow picking up this

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newspaper and thinking that they will give this a go? Possibly. There

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is hope in every health news story and that is why people put them on

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the front page. I read this and my back started aching so I suspect

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some people might pick it up, feel more pain and go to the doctor

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tomorrow! It is definitely a mental pain with you, clearly! My guests

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will be back in one hour to talk more about the papers. At 11 o'clock

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we will have a report from John Simpson on the stand-off earlier

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today between Russian and Ukrainian troops in Crimea. Now, Sportsday.

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