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more on what was an embarrassing by England against the Netherlands in

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the Twenty20 at Bangladesh. Welcome to our look at tomorrow's

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papers. My guests are the publicist and former Conservative

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vice`chairman Tim Collins, and the Deputy Editor of the Guardian, Paul

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Johnson. Let's have a look at some of the

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front pages. The Independent is looking at the sale of Royal mail

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and says that the government and taxpayers appear to have been

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fleeced by sophisticated city investors who made a quick buck on

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the flotation. The FT says that regulators are investigating foreign

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exchange manipulation by some banks. The mattresses that the advice to

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eat five portions of fruit and vegetables per day should be doubled

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to ten. That is the same story on the front of the Daily Telegraph. It

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says that ten portions could significantly reduce the chance of

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early death. The Daily Express say that their readers only need seven

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portions per day. The Guardian says that doctors are concerned that a

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major disease outbreak could kill thousands of people because

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hospitals cannot test life`saving drugs quickly enough. The Daily Mail

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says the police Federation paid a PR company on advice about using

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guerrilla tactics against government ministers. The Times reports that

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David Cameron will investigate the Muslim Brotherhood, amid fears that

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it is planning extremist activities here in Britain. Let's start with

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the Daily Mail. Apparently a PR firm was paid for advice on using

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guerrilla tactics against government ministers. This was the week before

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the pleb gate scandal. This story makes me deeply uncomfortable. I

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think Andrew Mitchell was treated appallingly and I think that there

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are a number of police officers who behaved wrong. I am surprised that

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the police are not allies. Margaret Thatcher was clear that they are the

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thin blue line, not just another public interest organisation. They

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protect us and sometimes they lose their lives protecting us against

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violent corridors. It is extraordinary to me that we should

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have a position where the relationship between the police and

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Conservatives should be as bad as it is. Both sides need to research the

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relationship. This comes in the same day as the first annual assessment

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of policing. That made very sobering reading, following the suggestion

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that there were irregularities during the whole affair. The

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investigation into Stephen Lawrence 's murder. This story traces back

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the campaign over pay and conditions were they wanted to enter a military

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style blitzkrieg to halt this move, turning to a PR agency. Its CEO is

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someone with a chequered past. He was a talk`show host who in a chat

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over smoking with a listener on the other end of the line described him

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as an ignorant peak and health Nazi, for which he censured. Some of

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the late that giving advice on a cogent strategy to the police

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Federation seems rather peculiar. Your firm, the PR company that you

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work for, you have worked with the police in the past? Leatherback my

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colleagues did some years ago. We try to put together opportunities

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for them to build better relationships with the government.

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They need a PR firm. It looks like, rightly or wrongly, they decided

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that they can get a better relationship with government and so

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they decided to go to war with them, which is not a clever tactic

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whatever group you are in. The government of the day of the ones

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who are elected by the people to take decisions. It is regrettable.

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The government have not had a litter smoothly as they could have done

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because they have given the strong impression that they think the

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police are just another campaigning group for people trying to protect

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privileges. The police Federation has gone over the line at times. It

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is not acceptable for any campaigning group to take the view

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that there should go to war against the government. This is the sort of

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land which had 30 or 40 years ago in different context. I hope everybody

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comes out and if this leads to anything at all, should be a belief

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that sitting down having a quiet conversation with each other is

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better than this kind of guerrilla war tactics. Let's go onto the

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times. A story concerning terrorism. David Cameron has ordered

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an urgent investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood, amid fears that

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the Islamic organisation is planning extremist activities in Britain.

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That is a fairly inflammatory introduction there. It is an

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interesting story. There is to be an enquiry and it will be undertaken by

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John Jenkins, Britain's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The last paragraph

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reads slightly differently. It reads that a senior foreign and, of office

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figures have resisted the prescription because I doing that if

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they attack a largely moderate body, it will only bolster extremists. The

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story partly says is world that the only places that the Muslim

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Brotherhood are outlawed at the moment is Egypt, Syria, Saudi

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Arabia, and Russia, I think. Has this been over eight? The story does

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not say that they were allegedly planning extremist activities in

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Britain, but from Britain. One of the visit is important about the way

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that the story is panning out is that London, like it or not, has

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become something of a bolthole for people who are in difficulties with

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their governments from all over the East. The West collectively, not

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just the UK, has not got it right about Egypt because a democratically

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elected president, maybe somebody would not agree with, but he was

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democratically elected, he was overthrown by the military and we

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have not done much at all in the West to condemn that. We are

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supposedly people who believe in democracy and it seems that we

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should have taken a stronger stance against that overthrew will stop

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when that the Egyptians would love other countries to treat the Muslim

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Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation. As it is the story,

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one week they sentenced 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death.

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I am not at all sure that we should be contemplating being on the side

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of the Egyptian military in this dispute. The Muslim Brotherhood are

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not a perfect organisation, their beliefs are disagreeable. I

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understand that one of their stances is that only a Muslim man should be

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allowed to be President of Egypt. That is not be the most people in

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Britain would agree with but they could win an election and should not

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just take the view that they have set some things we do not like so we

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should back the military and overthrow the. What is the Guardian

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's response in reporting the situation in Egypt? Bearing in mind

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that he was elected democratically: Mohammed Morsi, and he was

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overturned. It was a coup. What is your papers stands on this? Yes. We

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have a permanent Cairo `based correspondent, whose reporting is

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very difficult ever have two go very much for on the line reporting on

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the ground. He has done things like investigations of massacres and so

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on. You have to be very evenhanded, you can be driven ideologically

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reporting these things. He has been roughed up several times and had

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equipment confiscated. It is a very difficult place to report from

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because you are identified with either one side or the other. For

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many people in the Middle East, they regard the West is hypocritical

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because we say we believe in democracy and if they elect somebody

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that we do not like in the military thread about we did not say anything

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about it. The express reports... No, I apologise, let's go to the

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Telegraph. Double your five a day, Paul, to live longer. It is now

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supposed to be ten portions per day. We all confused about what you are

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meant to do. There is some inflation creeping in here. Some of the papers

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say seven, others say no it is ten. The Telegraph goes for ten. They are

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saying it is not just fruit and vegetables, vegetables are better

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than fruit. There thinking that taxes on sugary foods could be

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brought in to subsidise this and there is a terrific quote from the a

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professor from the Department of Public health at the University of

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Liverpool who said that the advice should be ten portions per day.

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Humans are designed to be omnivores and a handful of nuts, seeds, fruit,

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and the occasional antelope, were not meant to be `` we are not meant

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to be eating drugged food. That includes fruit and vegetables in a

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canned, that is not part of it. We are also designed to be dead and 30,

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submitted a judge things about what Neanderthals were doing. It turns

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out that a lot of the things that we were told contribute towards the

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five a day, actually do not count at all. Fruit used is not count, canned

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fruit does not count, vegetables that are frozen do not count either.

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A lot of people and businesses out there will have to think very

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carefully about how they can advertise their products. The

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express says seven per day rather than ten. It has decided that this

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is the line. Seven per day were ten per day, should you be having fruit

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and vegetables out of ten is not, it is very confusing. The public are

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wondering, went away time, what to do? It is also confusing. It is

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expensive to eat a vegetarian diet of that sort. Some people would say

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that. Education counts as well. Some of these groups will be

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self`selecting and this is not a simple process but it does grab

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headlines and it does raise awareness. Should not be easier when

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you are going the supermarket checkout and the petrol station to

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pick things up, should it be easier to get fruit and vegetables that?

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David Cameron was laughed at when he told off WHSmith were having the

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chocolate orange right at the point where you got to the checkout. It

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should have been a real orange. Why not? It should be cheaper but also

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more convenient. It is harder to get the essential stuff and easier to

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get chocolates and crisps. Let's move on to it is time to let pandas

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die out. It is meeting season for the couple in Edinburgh zoo but a

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noted naturalist suggests that it is time that without them die out. He's

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trying to be provocative here. I understand the point because if you

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apply logic to human beings' actions towards a national world, it is not

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get you far. The reason that people get up in arms about badges and

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Foxes is because they appear cuddly. You do not see a lot of people

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campaigning to set the right or other unappealing creatures in the

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panda is cute and cuddly. The truth is that this is why they are so

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loved, particularly by children. There would be a lot of people who

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would be heartbroken if we said that it is very difficult and so we let

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them die off. I can understand why he is making the point, but they are

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a symbol. If he did not have this kind of campaign to protect them,

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the money would not be redirected elsewhere, it just would not be

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spent on protecting animals at all. Chris Buck told the radio Times

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exactly the same thing in 2009. Page nine of The Sun. The Queen drilled

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for gas in the back garden. It is this and April Full's? It is a

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wonderful story it is obviously nonsense. The clue that it is a

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April Fool is that the people who are quoted is a campaigner with the

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surname fuel. The funny thing is... There is another one in the Times.

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They are a bit spoiled for choice because we have one story saying

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interactions with your computer can provoke a mixture of emotions. What

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about a computer that would read your mind from the expressions on

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your face and respond appropriately. Below that, Apple is

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talking about doing away with bumping into lampposts or being run

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over. And then possibly this one, this is a German duke who is related

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to the Stuarts who has a long lineage. The Windsors of course. The

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clue is where they cite an academic who support this with the name that

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sounds a bit suspicious. We Are Apps or that is Gaelic for April Fool.

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The Dukes of Saxony died out in the 1300. It has been great having you.

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Many, many thanks. Stay with us on BBC News because much more is coming

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up at top of the hour. Now it is time for Sportsday.

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