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in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. And another British Paralympic medal

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at the Winter Olympics in Sochi as well.

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Hello. Welcome to our lookahead at what the papers will be bringing us

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tomorrow. With me Jenny Wilson, columnist for the Times, and Neil

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Midgley, media writer the Daily Telegraph. We are going to start

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with the main picture story in the Independent. It is of the news

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conference today for the missing flight, MH370. The main story is

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that tens of thousands of people are being unlawfully detained in care

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homes according to a House of Lords inquiry. That's also the main story

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on the front of the Daily Mail. One in ten adults will pay two thirds of

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all income tax according to analysis done by the FT. It says there is a

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growing debate about whether next week's budget should do more to help

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top rate taxpayers. The Telegraph's leaders that statins have no side

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effects according to research done by Imperial College. Billions of

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funding will be needed for NHS reforms according to the outgoing

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boss of the service with an interview with the Guardian. The

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Express says there are ten days of sun on the way. We like that

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FrontPage! We hope it's true. A lot of express stories about the weather

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turn out to be mistaken. Was there supposed to be a big freeze this

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winter? At least three times a week! That plane crash, MH370, still

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missing, five days after it disappeared. Nobody seems to have a

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clue what happened to it. A huge press conference, where it is clear

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it is not just potential debris that's at sea, it is the search for

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this plane at sea as well? The word farcical is in inverted commas in

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the headline, that is exactly how it teams to be going. It seems there

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were images taken by the Chinese satellite on Sunday showing daydream

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in the sea, almost precisely on the flight path. -- debris. Since then,

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they have been searching hundreds of miles to the west of air. The real

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tragedy is that there were hundreds of families waiting in Beijing, who

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know nothing about the fate of their loved ones. They are now being fed

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all of this inconsistent information. It must be not only

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heartbreaking for them, but really trying as well. Very frustrating.

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There is probably a lot of politics involved as well. The satellite

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image was apparently taken on Sunday. It was only released today.

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The Chinese, it is daily Chinese nationals on the plane, the Chinese

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authorities need to be seen to be doing something? If the Chinese knew

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they had pictures of debris on Sunday, why have they spent so long

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not telling anybody about us? It's a mystery to all of us to realise that

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aeroplanes don't automatically send out signals telling everybody where

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they are. We can get tracks every 100 metres by mobile phone signals.

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It wasn't until this crash happened that I discovered that the

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transponder sends out those signals. But if it is turned off or

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if the aeroplane crashes, or if somebody, a hijacker, decides that

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it should not operate any longer, there is no automatic signal being

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sent by the plane. Apparently it is perfectly technically possible that

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you could make an aeroplane turned out a signal every few milliseconds

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on a low band of the radio, but it has never been a matter of course. I

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would have thought that now everybody would want that to happen.

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It seems impossible you could lose something so large in a contemporary

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age. The last-minute occasion suggested everything was fine. All

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of a sudden's flat. Does make you wonder, after 9/11, you would have

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thought all of these things, God forbid there was a hijacking in this

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case, you would have thought that all of the aviation authorities all

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around the world would have got together and thought, what can we

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do? That was another fascinating theory that I've read. We don't have

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any idea what happened to this plane, but I read a book by a pilot

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that said, what happens if you turn off the transponder is that the

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plane then becomes invisible to the civil aviation authorities because

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it is no longer sending a signal. It is only military radar which is

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picking up objects which are reflecting back to them, which can

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then read what a plane is doing. One of the series is if a hijacker had

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come into the cockpit and turned the transponder off, only the military

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would be able to detect it. Post 9/11, why would we expect that to be

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an acceptable fate for any aeroplane? If they were able to

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detect it, the military, why aren't they telling us? I know this is

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incredibly serious, but there are many journalists that are absolutely

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rubbing their hands with glee about the fact, as the story continues, it

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is riveting all of us, it is on the front pages and nobody can make any

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sense of it. It's like an episode of Lost. Nobody can make sense of it,

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and because there is a shortage of concrete information, that vacuum is

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filled with all kinds of theories. Let's move on to The Financial

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Times. Boom in higher rate tax fuels relief calls. The suggestion may be

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that there may be pressure on Mr Osborne to cut the top rate of tax?

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I'm sure that the boom will lead to calls from readers of The Financial

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Times, just as many readers of the Times, which also run this story

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this morning, will have a vested interest. But I don't know that the

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majority of the population is going to be joining this call. I think

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what it indicators there is a lot of political pressure on George Osborne

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from the Conservative Party, saying, let's make sure our people are being

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rewarded here. At a time of austerity, it doesn't make sense to

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be saying to the people that are only one in ten voters, earning

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enough to pay higher rate tax, it does not make sense to be saying,

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these people above all must be getting relief, it really doesn't.

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The FT has a fascinating statistic. It says that, had the threshold kept

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pace with wage growth over the last few years, somebody earning ?75,000

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would only be paying 20p basic rate tax at this point. So it should have

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gone up? That is assuming we still have money to spare. We know that we

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haven't got money to spare. Over a couple of decades, it shows you the

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change in the political landscape. There was a time, dim and distant,

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we can all remember, when tax cuts won elections. John Major got

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re-elected in 1992 because of his tax policy, more than anything. The

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Tories in this government seemed to be fighting shy of saying, not just

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that we need an enterprise economy, but that includes a lower tax base

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and giving people's money back to them, as Margaret Thatcher did in

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the 80s. It would be very difficult to sell at a time of austerity. It

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would not be difficult to sell a cut in the basic rate, it might for the

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top rate. To be fair, they are trying to raise the lower rate of

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income tax. But that is really a Lib Dem initiative? Speak to Tories and

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they'll tell you furiously at not, it's just the Lib Dems trying to

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take credit for it. Tories being on the side of lower taxes used to be a

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motive. When you have to cut the deficit, I can see why there are

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internal oddments going on. But we are in strange Financial Times? Ed

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Miliband has done a fantastic job about making it about what he calls

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the cost of living crisis. That is the political dialectic at the

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moment. The Tories, if they had any sense, in my opinion, would try to

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move away from twiddling with electricity bills and talk about

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bringing prosperity to the masses. That is how Margaret Thatcher won

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elections. I think we might take it from all of the lobbying going on to

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these papers and behind-the-scenes that there may be some change next

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week, that actually the threshold may go up a little bit. With some

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any people briefing that senior nurses, and we all love nurses, are

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being caught in this tax regime. It indicates Osborne is being pushed

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and perhaps he's going to jump a little. Prisoners of care homes,

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front page of the Daily Mail? Interesting story. A devastating

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report, revealing tens of thousands of elderly and vulnerable people are

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being locked up against their will? There is something called the mental

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capacity act, enacted by the Labour government in 2005, which the Daily

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Mail politely says was botched. Apparently, according to this House

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of Lords report coming out tomorrow, tens of thousands of

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people are being held against their will. Tens of thousands is an awful

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lot. The prison population is, what? Around 100,000? Something like that.

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70,000, just under. If there are tens of thousands of people in care

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homes, being held against their will... The idea is that this law

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was passed so that people could be protected, people that were not

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capable of managing their own affairs could be detained against

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their will if they were demented or otherwise incapacitated. According

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to the report, it's been used too much. It might be against their

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will, but it could be good for them? Of their will is not rational, it

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could be. It's getting the balance right between those that you have to

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keep in homes and those you allow out into communities? That's the

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problem with the issue of mental health. How much autonomy do you

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give people that may not be capable of making decisions in their

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interests. I think it is a reflection of the mess that mental

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health policy has been in for 25 years, since it was decided to close

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so many homes that looked after the mentally ill and put them back into

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the committee. Lots of people I know that have friends or relations, or

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who themselves have been mentally ill, as soon as you enter the system

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you find that care is very short, in very short supply. You find yourself

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being committed, when you know, and you feel, you should not be there.

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Or you are pleading desperately for some kind of respite care,

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short-term assistance, and it's not available. Basically, we just don't

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know what to do with people that temporarily conduct after

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themselves. -- temporarily conduct after themselves. Difficult area,

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another difficult area. Statins apparently have no side effects

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according to Imperial College, despite many, many years of being

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told that they do. All sorts of side effects, muscle problems, renal

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disorder. But apparently, Imperial College have surveyed 29 pieces of

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academic research and they say there's no greater risk of

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side-effects from statins than if you a placebo, which seems hard to

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credit but is obviously, if it's true, or if it is held to be true by

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the health service, then that will have important consequences because

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statins are set to be prescribed much more widely to people over the

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age of 50, almost as a matter of routine. New NHS guidelines, which

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were out just when I was last on this programme, are going to

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recommend that the majority of men over 50 and women over 60 should

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take statins in the future. From your experience and members of your

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own family, is that there are side effects? Absolutely appalling

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side-effects. The second half of this piece has all the evidence that

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says actually, statins do have severe side effects. There are

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doctors saying that the trouble is in clinical trials lots of people

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and a report side-effects. It says here, last week a survey revealed

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that the majority of GPs would not take statins themselves or recommend

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them to a relative. The argument is they are the people who are seeing

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the patients coming in day by day, saying, I am feeling terrible on

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these. They find that symptoms disappear when they come off them. I

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know many people who were put onto statins and found that things like

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muscle fatigue and weakness was so severe that they could hardly walk

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or get out of their chairs. We will have to end it there. You are back

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