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22/03/2014

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Duff has died at the age of 84. He worked with 16 world champions in

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his career, including Frank Bruno and Joe Calzaghe.

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With the are my guests. We can start with the Sunday Times. They say the

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Conservatives are now neck and neck with Labour in the opinion polls,

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after a positive reaction to the Budget. It prompted some Labour MPs

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to criticise Ed Miliband's performance. The front page of the

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Independent has a picture of the stand`off at that military base in

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Crimea. The main story about a scientific breakthrough in energy

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technology. The mail says an inquest has heard allegations that the TV

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comedian groomed a teenager who later killed himself. And the

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Telegraph says Islamic law will soon be enshrined in the British legal

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system and guidelines for solicitors on drawing up Shari compliant Wills.

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We start with the Sunday Times. This story that Tories are now neck and

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neck with Labour. This article will have us believe we've got Labour in

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disarray, the Tories thinking and outright majorities on its way. Is

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that the true picture? As we will discover, the headline is so often

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not quite what it seems. Although there is no doubt that this is a

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pole, you grab pole for the Sunday Times, which put the Conservatives

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just one point behind Labour. I think for the last, oh, it's been

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ages they've been stuck. So it's not insignificant. It is very

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significant, except it is only one point. What is significant is what

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people are saying within the Labour ranks, some of whom are quoted, some

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of those mysterious figures. It all comes down to presentation. Although

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the subheadline says knives come out for Miliband, what it is saying is

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they are urging Ed Miliband to stop waffling, to use clear, simple

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language, to talk to people on the doorstep in language they

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understand. I think the fact that all of these quotes are saying the

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same thing, it's not about policy its presentation. It is quite an

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interesting story. He is never going to have the Tony Blair factor. He is

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not a man with jazz hands and a neat turn of phrase. He's a great

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character but he's not Tony Blair, nor would he want to be Tony Blair.

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This is bad news, this poll. At this time in the electoral cycle, you'd

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really be thinking in terms of ten or 12 points ahead. He's been

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hovering around seven or eight points ahead, so that's not great in

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the first place. To be so close is not good at all. Two things have

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happened. First of all, George Osborne's Budget. That has affected

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it hugely. The second thing is, and this is some of the criticism there,

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not so much the clear language, they've got to find the language

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they need to use. They've lost the argument over the economy. It would

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seem that people do accept that austerity was necessary, that we are

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pulling out of recession, recovery is on the way, people now believe

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that, they believe they're going to be better off. Of course, what the

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Budget did was take away some of the elements of Ed Miliband's second

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tier, the cost of living crisis. He's had a bad week in the sense the

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Tories have had a great week. It might be this poll will be reversed

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by next week, but those elements have caused this. One of the

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criticisms is his lacklustre performance in the Commons in

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response to the Budget. But it is terribly unfair because... The

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opposition don't get to see the Budget, they are having to guess.

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Given that, most of the public think, OK, it's tough but we

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recognise we've got to do it and things are generally improving. What

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have you got left to say? You can be a showman, saying this that and the

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other, and hope that that is what happens. But what they are now

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saying is they agree on the pensions changes. They should have said that

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straightaway and then moved onto something else. They are saying he

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needs different people around him, a reshuffle of his writers. Yes. We

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know the Westminster world long enough that quite often it is those

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advisers, some of whom will be quite young and enthusiastic, who perhaps

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aren't listening, haven't got that new ones, that year to the ground.

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Some of this criticism isn't new. You have John Mann, the Bassetlaw

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MP, mining constituency. He is saying we don't want this hamster

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language, we want the language of real people. Now the Independent on

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Sunday. Their main story is about energy. I want to focus on that

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picture, reporting on the seizing of that Belbek base in Crimea. We have

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seen today this ramping up of the military force Russia in eastern

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Crimea. Yes. It's quite a stark and rather startling photograph. The

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Independent is always very good on its photographs, sometimes you don't

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know what the story is but the photographs are amazing and it's

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very clear what is. These are armed troops storming the Belbek base

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yesterday. It's the last key Ukrainian installation in Crimea.

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But it has suddenly, over the last, well, even over the last 12 hours,

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it seems to have got a lot more violent. You sort of wonder, what is

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Putin's game, where is this going? I don't find this a surprise. But if

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you've got... We've gone through various stages here. Putin is with

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Crimea, it is now part of Russia. It seems to be the next logical step

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would be to make sure you don't have any Ukrainian troops in it. I can

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understand what is going on. The worst side of it is the West is

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totally impotent to stop any of this. So what will happen, and let's

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hope it happens without too much bloodshed, is Ukrainian troops will

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be taken out of Crimea, Russian troops will be in there. Then

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perhaps we can calm down then. We will talk about Ukraine later. Let's

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turn our attention to the Observer. It's not their main story, but

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pension reform raising a Care Bill threat. A suggestion coming from the

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation, saying that there's a risk if cash in your

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pension for the Lamborghini lifestyle and don't go for the

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annuity, you may find yourself open to a large amount of costs for your

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care in old age. The Lamborghini bit first of all. It costs ?186,000.

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Most average pension pots are about ?25,000. What they are talking

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about, this idea... We need to see the detail of these pension

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reforms. The idea that the charities are talking about here is if you

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blow all of your money first off, don't expect free social care later

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on. I don't quite understand this because I would have thought anybody

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could blow their money, whether they've got an annuity or whatever.

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The idea is if you need social care, that is what you will get. So

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the idea that you will certainly have to try and find the money from

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somewhere else and you haven't got it seems to me and possible.

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Obviously, if you have an asset, a home, you will have to sell it to

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provide for care in old age. Again, it's a story where the detail. We

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were pondering this. It doesn't make sense at all because at the moment

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there is a cap, around ?22,000, on savings. Up to that you get free

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social care. But it's all based on this ill informed decision. It is

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terribly patronising. The idea that the Tories were criticised for

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having the bingo and beer poster, but this is frightfully patronising.

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This idea that older people don't know how to deal with their money.

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The Sunday Telegraph now. Their main story, Islamic law is adopted by

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British legal chiefs. This is a suggestion that there's been advised

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that out to solicitors on how to draw up Sharia law compliant Wills.

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Once again we have a headline that slightly misleading. It's not

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Islamic law that is being drafted into British law. They are talking

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about a sharia law compliant will. All of us have the right to make our

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will and decide who we want to leave our assets to. Sharia law will will

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be no different from that. The difference there is it would be

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drafted in the mosque, and that would then be accepted as a legal

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document. I think it's going too far to suggest that suddenly Islamic law

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is now going to be a part of British law. But the suggestion is that

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lawyers and society in general might be twitchy about laws that come in

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that somehow deny women certain right of inheritance and so on. Yes.

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Ground`breaking guidance produced by the Law Society, high street

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solicitors will be able to write Islamic world that deny women an

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equal share of inheritance, exclude unbelievers, prevent children born

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out of wedlock or adopted children. As Nigel says and as we all know, we

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can do... Anyone of us can decide to leave all of our assets to the cat.

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People do what they want. I think the problem is it's about

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challenge. Hidden away in here is the guidance, it goes on to suggest

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that the Sharia law principles could potentially oval rule British

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practice in some disputes. I think that is where there may be the

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nitty`gritty... We are in a different ball game should that

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happen, yes. Let's return to Ukraine. They are reporting what the

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Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has had to say about Putin, saying

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he has been bullying, after the annexation of Crimea. Saying,

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essentially, that the EU must stand firm. But there's a multitude of

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positions in the EU. The idea of sanctions wrapping up seems to have

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got to a certain rampant and no further. At the moment, we are in

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the heat `` we are impotent. The answer from William Hague is that

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Europe must invest in fracking. On the other hand, we are seeing that

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they are in this terrible tangle. So many of the European countries want

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to take this big stands, make a moral decision on what they are

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doing, but we are so tied up we were almost I need. We can bring in

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travel restrictions, to guide sanctions against a dozen people, or

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however many it is, but it is not actually making any difference. He

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is a belief. We will be back on 60 minutes to have another look through

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some awe of the papers. Do stay with us. At 11.00pm we'll have more on

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the crisis in Ukraine, as Russia tightens its grip on Crimea.

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Hello and welcome. I am Zeinab Badawi. From here we send out

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correspondence to bring you the best stories from across the

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