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21/03/2014

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them get to the last eight on Wednesday. And we will tell you

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about the new leaders of Super League. That is all after The

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Papers. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the papers will be bringing tomorrow. I can sense some kind of

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gladiatorial combat. Tony Grew and Matthew Syed are here with us

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tonight. Tomorrow's front pages. On the story of the missing plane,

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the Telegraph has the transcript of the exchanges between the co`pilot

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and air traffic control ` their headline, "Last 54 minutes of flight

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MH370". The Mirror's take on the recordings

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is "Moment plane flew into dead space".

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The Financial Times leads with the crisis in Ukraine ` their headline

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"Sanctions batter oligarchs' stocks".

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The i go with a warning for the Government ` "Doctors tell Hunt,

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"You're damaging the NHS"". The Express says that the changes to

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pensions, following the budget, will result in house prices soaring.

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The Independent reports that a Matisse painting stolen by the Nazis

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has been returned to its rightful owners.

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The Times claims that viewers who fail to pay their licence fee may

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lose their reception in future ` their headline "Block TV signal for

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licence fee dodgers". And the Guardian features a picture

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of Kate Bush on their front page, with the story that she's to tour

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for the first time in 35 years. We will make a start with the story we

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have been covering every day for the last two weeks, and still it goes

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on. In the Daily Telegraph, the last 54 minutes of flight MH370. The

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paper has got hold of the transcript of the exchanges between the

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co`pilot and air traffic control. It is kind of anodyne. It is 54 minutes

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and it does not bring the story along. It is a series of three

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communications between the tower in Kuala Lumpur, instructing the plane

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to contact Ho Chi Minh City. This is apparently the moment at which the

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plane is most vulnerable, moving from the air traffic control of one

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country and into another. Pilots and experts have been saying this is a

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moment of vulnerability. One pilot says, if I was going to steal the

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aeroplane, that is the point at which I would do it. For quite a

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long time we have been talking about the last words from the plane, which

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were, all right, good night, having been told by air traffic control in

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Malaysia, please contact Ho Chi Minh City, good night. It is that

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crossover point. It is so banal. And yet we are still talking about it.

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It is a source of endless fascination. There were apparently

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two strange features about this otherwise entirely anodyne

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transcript. The one that Tony mentioned. The other, for what it is

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worth, is that the first message from the cockpit saying the plane

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was flying at 35,000 feet was an unnecessary message, because it

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repeated one delivered six minutes earlier. And it occurred at a

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crucial moment. That is when the signalling device sent its last

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message. These are the two anomalies in what is otherwise a perfectly

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normal set of communications between air traffic control and the lost

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airliner. It is an endlessly fascinating story. We live in a

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world where our smartphone knows where we are but we cannot find

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hundreds of people on a plane. And there are dozens of nations looking

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for it. My view is that it has sunk, but some of this evidence makes me

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think, what has happened? I think this will be leading the news for a

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while. There is possibly a wider story, which is that despite this

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accident, hijacking, or whatever it turns out to be, aviation has an

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impressive safety record. If you compare it with 70 years ago when

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the U.S. Postal Service were using it for air mail and there were

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crashes every week. I think there were 290 deaths from 2.9 billion

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passenger flights, and that safety record has not happened by accident.

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An anonymous reporting system, international cooperation, the

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willingness to search for the data recorder, deconstruction of the

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cockpit voice recording transcript, all these things ensure that when

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mistakes happen there are institutional changes, procedural

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changes to ensure they do not happen again, which is a model for other

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areas of transportation, medicine and lots of other things beside. The

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track record is not an accident. Do you think, given that those

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instinctive efforts to make sure it is safe, there will be even more

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they will learn from this? The Malaysia and authorities in

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particular have been criticised about their response, the fact that

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they seem to be giving out false information, which may be unfair,

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because they are giving out information they believe to be true

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at the time. As always, Matthew is half right. Safety is good in some

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parts of the world. In developing nations, that is not the case.

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Friends who fly in some parts of the world are very concerned about the

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aircraft. This might be a wake`up call for Malaysia. Maybe its

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infrastructure and control and safety systems are not as strong as

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in Europe and the US. But if you compare it with shipping, where

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ships fly under flags of convenience, where inshore and has

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bedevilled the international cooperation, if something goes down

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in British jurisdiction, the aviation authority, the independent

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aircraft investigation scheme will look at it, try and learn lessons,

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and any other interested parties, manufacturers of engines. The

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international cooperation is first class. The fact that this is a

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bowling means that Boeing will be spending a lot of time, money and

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resources on this search, because they will need to know. It is

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probably also worth saying this is not just altruistic. There is a

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powerful commercial imperative because the cost of these airliners

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is significant. It is not just the cost of replacing it, but the cost

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of having an aircraft out of operation. There are good commercial

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reasons. They want the rest of us not to be put off. 239 people on

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board. Two weeks of frantic waiting. It is an awful situation

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for those people because they have no answers. They don't know whether

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they are coming back or not. You want to remain optimistic until you

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know that hope has gone. One quick point, one thing about people who

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have been victims of accidents, they often say that the one consolation

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we can take from this is that it will not happen again. The pilot who

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landed the airliner on the Hudson, the miraculous ditching, he said the

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reason we have the fly by wire technology, the crew re`source

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allocation management and all the things which led to that successful

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ditching, is because the blood of people who had died was preserved in

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institutional knowledge. We learned the lessons, and that might at some

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stage provide consolation for the families of those we think have

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died. But we have never seen a case like this. The Daily Express love a

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house price story. This time, linked to the changes to help people use

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their pensions, not having to buy an annuity. At some point next year,

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you will not have to buy an annuity, which is a gamble, whether you get

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the right one, whether it will generate enough income for you.

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People say, take out the lump sum and buy property. You can understand

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why they would want to do that. They will either have a relatively low

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income for the years between taking the annuity and when their

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retirement comes to an end, the euphemism used by Ed Balls for when

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people die. If they take out the lump sum the danger is twofold, the

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one the Daily Express identifies, they could go into housing,

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inflating house prices and making it harder for young people to get on

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the property ladder. The other significant issue is that if people

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overextend themselves, it is their responsibility, which is the point

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the Lib Dems and the Conservatives are making, a strong libertarian

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position, but if they do, who will be picking up the baby 20 years down

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the line? It could be the taxpayer. This gives a difficult calculation

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and Labour have not come ``, with a response for this. If they come out

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in favour, it may be that something comes back to bite them but if they

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don't, there are political risks associated with that, too. Hello.

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Itching to say something. At the moment, if you have a private

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pension, you have to buy the annuity. The government is saying,

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this is your money and you should know how to spend it. It has taken

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the present a few days to work out the unintended negative

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consequences. This is potentially disastrous for the government. We

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already have a housing boom and bubble in the south`east. If people

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are investing their pension in property, they will not be buying in

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depressed northern towns. They will be buying in the south`east, where

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we already have a housing bubble starting to develop and it is

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difficult for people like me, frankly, to get on the property

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ladder at all. But you are in favour of the policy? I am sort of in

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favour of it. I think most people cannot be trusted with half ?1

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million. That is patronising, isn't it? We are getting rid of annuities

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because they are not providing people with the return that they

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require. That may well be to do with the state of the market, so it might

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be a short`term vote winning policy but it could end up with hundreds of

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thousands of people saying, I spent my money on a Lamborghini and now I

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need a state pension. I think we should trust them. If people have

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saved for their retirement, we should trust them. I am going to

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move you on. Doctors tell Jeremy Hunt is damaging the NHS. What would

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he say in the sponsor? That the Coalition Government have brought

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forward reforms meaning the GPs are in charge of the health service. It

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is important to note that the health service is different in Wales,

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Northern Ireland and Scotland, but in England we now have Clinical

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Commissioning Group 's which are responsible. I find it difficult

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that doctors, probably the highest paid public sector workers, are

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complaining about their outrage over a decision to block a 1% pay rise to

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doctors. They are not the people who are going to the food banks. The

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countries in crisis and all public sector workers being squeezed. So it

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is a bit of brass neck for the highest paid public sector workers

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to complain. If you speak to people who work in the NHS, they will say

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they are in a mess. The NHS, the key thing it needs to do is to develop a

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high performance culture. Use as much data as possible to drive

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outcomes onwards and upwards. In medical culture, it is a covering up

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of mistakes, sometimes the regulator is covering up the stakes. That is a

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significant, cultural change that goes beyond questions of structure

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and all the things this story is about. The idea, which I think it's

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very powerful, of using the data from GP to drive the Centre for

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clinical excellence across England and Wales, that must go through. We

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need to get serious. People do not trust them with data because they

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lose it. They put tax records on a compact disc and leave them on a

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train. The Government cannot be trusted to handle IT in the way it

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should be handled. That is why some people are concerned about it. If we

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can get it right, the reputation of Britain as a world leader in medical

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science can only be enhanced. Now in the financial Times. Sanctions

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batter oligarch stocks. Who would have thought that someone with

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billions of pounds of wealth would start to feel the pinch so soon.

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Putin said the sanctions might be biting but it is a musky terabyte,

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it does not make any difference. `` a musky tome bite. These

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interconnections between the people at the top. I do not think it will

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be enough to change Russia 's behaviour. America is saying to

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companies, you are not going to do business. The EU squabble over what

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they will do. The US have hit them and hit them hard. People are not

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processing payments. That shows you some of America 's economic muscle.

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We are going to look at Michelle Obama, unusually, playing ping`pong.

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We are in the presence of table tennis royalty here. She is hugely

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popular, isn't she? More than her husband. You do the sport. The First

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Lady, it is interesting, Michelle Obama was down in the 40s at the

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start of this presidency and she is way up in the 70s, 80s. She is a

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huge asset for a president who is seen as lacklustre. The other thing

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is, given his knowledge of everything now is, what I love about

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this is this is actually `` has actually got great echoes of the

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original ping`pong diplomacy in the 1970s. They went to China, the first

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since the Long March. It was a seminal moment in history. It is all

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about the hinterland. Thank you to our producer who gave us extra time

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to talk about those stories. I will be in trouble. Next is the sport.

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Hello and welcome to Sportsday. Coming up... He took them there but

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he won't be with them. Robin van Persie is out for four to six weeks,

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