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fight to keep the T20 series alive with the West Indies. That's in 15

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minutes, after the papers. Hello there. Welcome to our lock

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ahead to what the papers -- look ahead to what the papers will be

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bringing us. With us, Kevin Schofield and Emma Barnett.

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Some of the front pages are already in. Let's see some of them now. We

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start with the telegraph. It leads with the news that interest rates

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could rise six-fold by 2017 as the economy grows. That's next to a

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photograph of the missing pilot from flight MH370 with a passenger in the

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cockpit in that picture, which is from a previous flight. Miliband

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rules out early EU poll. That's on the front of the Financial Times.

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The Metro has a story about a man who died of heart failure,

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apparently brought on by biting his nails. The Mail says the NHS is

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investigating claims that GPs are charging care homes for visits that

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should be free. The Mirror - a story about the tax

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arrangements of the Defence Secretary, whom the paper alleges

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has signed over a buy to let property to his wife. Philip Hammond

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has denied this is a tax dodge. The Guardian - an interview with the

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inventor of the web, who says there should be an internet Magna Carta to

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protect the independence of the medium.

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We will start with the Daily Telegraph. Kevin, interest rates to

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rise as the recovery gathers pace. We all know that's going to happen.

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The question is, when is it going to happen? Are there any clues? Yeah,

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well Mark Carney obviously had to roll back on the old policy which

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said the forward guidance policy which said it wouldn't happen until

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unemployment fell below 7%. That happened quicker than expected. The

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economy is roaring along now, everyone says so. So he's

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acknowledging that it is going to, interest rates will return to

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something like normal, probably something like 3%. The interesting

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thing politically is when the first rise is, will it be before the

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general election or after? If it's before, it could be quite bad news

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for the Prime Minister. Mr Carney, he suggests that it could be 3%, as

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Kevin was saying. But that's nowhere near what it was pre-the recession,

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which was 5%, I think at the highest point. I remember when it rates were

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13, 14, 15%. I think a lot of people now will be thinking, how does this

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actually affect me. For savers, it's really good news. But if you've been

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used to a certain mortgage payment going out each month and suddenly

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you're thinking, I haven't got a fixed rate, people, you know,

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there's expected to be a rush on that, people going to fix their

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rates of their mortgage. This is the start of people buying homes, that's

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the season coming up, or looking to sell and move. That will affect

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that. The bigger thing is will it actually affect most people's lives

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and their quality of living? The quality of most people's lives,

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especially we'll talk about Ed Miliband soon, but Ed Miliband

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saying his big election focus and what he'll change if he were Prime

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Minister is the quality of living crisis in this country. For a lot of

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people, this won't mean very much, if anything, making their lives less

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affordable. Think we could see a rise before the election? I would

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think that Mark Carney, though the Bank of England is obviously

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independent now, will come under a lot of pressure from Number Ten not

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to increase interest rates. I think he's inclined not to. He says

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there's a bit of slack in the economy, it can handle interest

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rates where they are at the moment. We've become hooked on cheap credit.

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It will be a shock to the system for a lot of people in terms of mortgage

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payments, when rates go up. I don't think it will be before the

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election. But certainly next year, but not pre-general election. And

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missing airliner's pilot joked with female passengers in the cockpit at

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30,000 feet. This is actually a photograph not from that flight,

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from a previous flight, but there the first glimpse of the pilot of

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this feated -- fated plane. First you do see the pilot of this missing

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flight and his employees, Malaysia airlines is taking it seriously.

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This passenger has come forward and said on previous flights he invited

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women into the cockpit. They were smoking, him and his copilot. They

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weren't even looking out in the direction of where they were meant

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to be travelling. The other element of this is the news that there has

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been a warning that the 777s, that there's a weakness in the system

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there and there's a fear of a decompression and it wasn't anything

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man-made. It could have been a fault with the plane. Which is really, you

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know, both sides would be terribly tragic and we don't know what's

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happened. I still can't get my head around this story. No, no-one can.

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You have knavies from Six Nations -- Navies from six nations looking.

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There was a suggestion that the plane actually came back, Veered off

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to the west, which is now where they're focussing the search effort.

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It's incredible, there's so many people and countries looking for any

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sign of wreckage and any clues as to what might have happened. Now we're

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getting all sorts of conspiracy theories that it's been high jacket

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and redirected to some hidden location. I was hearing today that

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apparently people are phoning passengers and their phones are

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actually ringing, which would suggest that they haven't crashed.

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But whether that's a conspiracy theory or not, I don't know. You

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heard it today? Yeah, but don't take it as Gospel. Should be on the front

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page of your paper, shouldn't it? That's a cracking story. I don't

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think I read it on Twitter. If I were your editor, I'd fire you if

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you heard that and didn't put it in the paper. That's incredible. There

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is no physical evidence as to what happened. All kinds of speculation

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and that vacuum of information is being filled now. We will go to the

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Financial Times. Miliband rules out early EU poll. All the papers are

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reporting it this way. Miliband will not hold an EU referendum. He rules

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out EU poll on Financial Times. The message from the Labour Party was

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that Ed Miliband will hold a referendum on the, an in-out

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referendum on the EU but if... They turn it around the other way. That's

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because they don't want you to report it this way. He wants to have

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his cake and eat it. No-one's bought it, have they? All the papers are

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reporting it this way. That's because our papers are good.

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Absolutely. Go on. You're right, they are trying to present him as

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being a mild Euro-sceptic perhaps, but clearly David Cameron set the

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bar by saying I will hold an in-out referendum by 2017. If David - Ed,

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sorry, Freudian slip again. If he fails to match that, then he's being

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weaker, if you can put it like that, on EU membership. I don't see how

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Labour can spin this as Ed being tough. It's quite clearly he is a

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massive fan of the EU. He does not want to hold a referendum. He says

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that it would be unlikely that a Government led by him would sanction

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any chance powers from Westminster to Brussels triggering on his terms.

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It's a major dividing line for Labour and the Tories. Despite all

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that, Ed Miliband had to construct a sentence at some point that included

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the word "in-out and referendum" and this is how he's done it. No-one's

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fallen for the line. He's written this saying, only if there's a big

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transfer of powers will we have this EU referendum. He's not going to do

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that. If he is in power, he's safeguarded against that. All right.

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The Daily Mail - now GPs charged to visit care homes. NHS probes doctors

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cash demands. There are claims that certain care homes are paying for

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GPs to come and visit their residents. So GPs are billing these

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care homes for visits that should be free. We don't have all the details

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because it's just a couple of paragraphs. It's reported in one

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case a GP requested an extra 24,000 a year to cover services for 72

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elderly residents. People are saying and a Labour peer said, if there's

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evidence of fraud, it would be a police matter. This builds into the

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bigger thing where I don't think we have enough transparency about what

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goes on in care homes. We keep getting these stories, whether it's

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abuse or the heavy burden of finance on the whole family and elderly

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people having to sell their homes. It's in our interests to get care

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homes to be a really decent level across the country as people live

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longer and longer. Why isn't there more transparency on such an

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important issue? The Government is trying to bed down on these costs.

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With an ageing population more and more of us have parents getting

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older and are likely to live longer than before. It's a major issue, a

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major political issue as well. But you're right, there is a lack of

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transparency and there's a feeling that this feeds into the whole

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feeling of rip-off Britain in many ways that GPs allegedly trying to

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play the system, trying to get as much money out of the families of

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nursing home residents as they can. Yeah, it's a major headache. These

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are services that should be free? That's how I assume everyone thinks

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they should be. The nursing homes already pay a set amount to the

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local GPs to come in to provide a basic service to their patients.

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However, it looks like GPs allegedly charging on top of that, to cream

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off some extra cash. It is completely wrong. A very interesting

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story there. Onto the Guardian. Bob Crow. It's a great picture! It is.

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He is a man who he said didn't like anyone gobby, he liked someone with

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a bit of sparkle and with strong opinions. That would sum him up

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really. The news is incredibly shocking. Just 52. Whoever you are,

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whatever your politics are, you knew who Bob Crow was. I don't think you

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can say that about many union leaders anymore. They don't occupy

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that same space they used to. He is probably the last of a kind.

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Obviously there are still at the very vociferous people in that

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movement, but as your report said, I'm sure he would be chuckling as to

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how many of his fiercest enemies have come to say... Or pay their

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respects, saying quite lovely things about him. The suggestion is that

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behind-the-scenes he was a conciliatory, he was someone who was

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trying to strike a deal. There were two sides to him. He knew how to

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play the media, to get public opinion on his side, and he knew how

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to deal with the likes of ACAS and Boris Johnson. He was very good at

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his job. You've only got a look at the terms and conditions that Tube

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drivers have got compared to ten or 15 years ago. It's incredible. Why

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have not love the other union leaders done that? Is there

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something peculiar about the importance of the railways, of

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course, to national life? If you do have a strike it does tend to bring

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bosses to their knees and to the negotiating table. Is that the

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reason he was so successful, because he was in a particular industry? I

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think that played in his favour. But he did wield a pretty heavy stick

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when it came to pay talks and suchlike. I don't think Boris

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Johnson... On the one hand you can talk tough, but if it means the

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infrastructure of the capital city is going to grind to a halt, then

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clearly that reflects badly on you as London mayor. It is probably a

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fitting epitaph for Bob Crow that his last major dispute with Boris

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Johnson, he came out on top once more. He copped a load of flak for

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the hassle that commuters had to put up with but, at the end of the day,

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as far as his members are concerned, the guy is a hero. From vox pops we

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did at the time of a number of these strikes, people sort of perspective

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that. Even though a lot of people were inconvenienced and angry about

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it, many others were sort of, well, he's doing what he needs to do for

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his members. I don't know who you were talking to! You don't always

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want to make somebody... There was lots of controversy about Bob Crow,

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a lot of people said his first thing was to go for a strike. He was a man

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who divided people. A lot of people I know felt that strikes were

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something from yesteryear and didn't fit the place and were extremely

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inconvenient for those people who needed to get to work. The head of

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ACAS said if you compare the number of ballots he called with the number

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of strikes that took place, he didn't have many strikes,

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apparently. But then there must have been a lot of ballots. The strikes

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were very high profile. They do stick in your mind if you are not

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able to get into work in the morning. Blame Bob Crow. Lots of

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tributes being paid to him today. You will be back in and our's time

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for another look at the headlines. At 11pm, we will have the latest on

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Labour's plans, or non-plans, for a possible referendum on Britain's's

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relationship with the European Union. Now it's time for Sportsday.

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Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm Katie Gornall, coming up... Bayern

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Munich show Arsenal the exit. The Gunners are out of the Champions

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League, as the holders march on to the quarterfinals. England let the

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T20 series slip in Barbados as Sammy seals it for the West

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