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the Ashes and failed to reach the semifinals of the World Twenty20 in

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Bangladesh. That is all coming up in Sportsday in around 15 minutes after

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the Papers. Hello, and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are the

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political commentator Miranda Green and James Millar of the Sunday Post.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with the Mirror, and a warning that

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cuts to the NHS could lead to waits of up to four weeks to see your GP.

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A different warning in the Guardian, this time over wind farms. The paper

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says David Cameron is considering reducing financial support for

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onshore projects. Immigration leads on the Mail, which claims four

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migrants died in Calais trying to board lorries bound for Britain. The

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Metro has a court case featuring a woman who allegedly claimed benefits

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for agoraphobia while working as a travel writer.

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More migration on the Express, figures from migration watch

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estimates that half a million people will come to the UK from the EU over

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the next five years. The Times has news that the Met

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Office has developed a new weather modelling system that could lead to

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more accurate predictions and long`range forecasting. That would

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be nice! Not that they get it wrong much, they do a great job. OK, we

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will start with the Gudgin, Tories planned new attack on wind farms,

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Cameron considering commitment to curb onshore turbines. He is getting

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hassle from some of his own MPs on this. Absolutely right, and we have

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come very long way from the David Cameron who used to say vote blue,

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go green. You sound like Ed Miliband! Do I?! How do I take that

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today?! This is interesting, not just because of the substance of the

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policy. People who do not like wind farms really don't like wind farms,

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they think turbines are a blot on the landscape, and the story says

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there are people who want Cameron to go as far as promising they will

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dismantle existing wind farms, not just put a block on building

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anymore. This is one of those stories where, within the

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coalition, the Conservatives and the Lib Dems take totally different

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points of view, and both of them appeal to their own supporters. I

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call these the Jack Spratt coalition rows, because if you take these

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anti`turbine boaters, we will take the green policy voters, and

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everybody is happy until the election. Sure. James, branded made

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it clear, as Ed Miliband has made it clear, go green, vote blue, he has

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attacked David Cameron, the taxes that were part of the green levy and

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made great play of the suggestion that these were responsible for a

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company like SSE, one of the big six energy firms, actually freezing its

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prices. Are we seeing a major shift here in policy? Especially one day

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after the climate change report from the EU. No, this is not a major

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shift, this is not a major story. Nonsense? Well, what I suspect as

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happened here, the way it was reported, the Lib Dems got all the

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benefit, if you like... The Tories felt like, hang on, we're supposed

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to get some of the benefit, we want our supporters to understand we do

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not like wind farms, and so something may have been confected to

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keep the story running for another day, and suddenly the Tories are

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getting the benefit. As I understand it, most wind farms are built

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offshore, most plans for offshore now anyway. So you can say, I will

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crack down on onshore wind farms, but it will not make a huge amount

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of difference. There is a potentially serious consequence,

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though, of all of this grandstanding on energy is used, which is

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investment. Because nobody on any side of the political spectrum once

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the lights to go out, and for energy security you do actually need

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investment to continue during these years when we are having a sort of

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pause, where people stayed out political territory on these energy

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policies. And this is a problem, and there are warnings in this story

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that there is yet more uncertainty about where the subsidies will go,

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whether support will be withdrawn for one sort of renewable or

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another. That will inhibit people from making the investments we need.

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On top of that, the investigation that will be taking place into the

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big six energy firms. Yeah, we need energy. It is all very well saying,

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we will dismantle wind farms, but you need to say what you will

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replace it with. Look, at the moment, both parties, all parties

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are knocking the energy companies. They are not really presenting a

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vision as to how the energy market and how the light will be kept on in

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the future. Sure, all right, staying with the Guardian, fears mount over

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fraud in Afghan vote, foreign troops will be pulling out, but there is a

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fear by some that it will be a flawed election. Yeah! I would

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suggest the years of quite a lot of fraud. One of the interesting fact

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of the story is that only a quarter of Afghans expect the vote to be

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clean. I'm amazed a quarter expected to be clean, because it is just not

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going to be. But you know, the ultimate question is, is a dodgy

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election better than no election? Given what these people have put up

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with for decades now, it is a lot better than the alternative. Sure.

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And the fear is that, whatever the results of the election, the Taliban

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will come back anyway. Well, that is right. The main story that has been

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running so far in the run`up to the election this coming weekend is

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actually the massive upturn in Taliban attacks. There have been

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some really nasty murders in the last two weeks. But I think,

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actually, hiding within this story, which is presented as, you know,

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fears mount, as the Guardian says about the quality of the election

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results ` there is some positive stuff hiding in the story. For

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example, four in five Afghans say they are planning to vote. If that

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comes to pass, that would be a massive, massive vote of confidence

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in the idea of a future that could be peaceful and democratic. So you

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know, obviously there are massive problems with mounting a

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presidential election at the moment, with the levels of violence, with

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the uncertainties of what will follow when NATO troops pull`out.

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But you know, it could be the start of a new era, and they need support

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from us to try to make it so. All right, OK, to the front of the

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Mirror, a four`week wait to see your GP, exclusive cuts Shane! Is this

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over the top from a left`leaning paper or not? Surely not! What are

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you suggesting?! Conder and `` condemn with no N on the end. That

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is their phrase for the coalition. There are two big problems with the

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NHS at the moment, the A crisis we have heard a lot about in the last

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six months, that has been on the front pages a lot. Also, a problem

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with primary care, with GPs surgeries, and this is a new study

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which is suggesting that they quite serious funding cut which will come

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to surgeries will result in patients not been seen very quickly by their

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GP, in fact four`week delays. There are warnings from GPs about this,

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they are worried about disease is not being spotted in time, which

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would have serious consequences for individual patients. But you know,

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we know the background to this is that there are not enough people who

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want to be GPs going through training, what structural problems.

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The Government says it is doing what it can to get more people into the

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profession. Yeah, this hits a nerve, because everybody, most people, have

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a problem phoning up the GP and not being able to get an appointment, or

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having to stay on the phone for an hour to get an appointment that day.

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So whatever the pros and cons, the weight of the story, it strikes a

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nerve with readers, and I think you can possibly judge how strong a

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story it is on the opening paragraph, which is patients will be

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harmed if they have to wait up to a month. That is pretty obvious, if

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you have to wait a month to see a doctor. But it is a big issue, it is

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certainly worth putting some light on it, I think. Indeed. Onto the

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Daily Mail, interesting story, this, James, four desperate migrants

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killed in Calais as they target lorries bound for the UK, dying to

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get into Britain. Yeah, this is on the front of the Express as well,

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both leading on migration, a report by migration watch, clearly they

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have an axe to grind. That does not mean their statistics are bad, but

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they have a point they want to get across. I think most journalists

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today got an e`mail from the Royal statistical Society suggesting that

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they enter their stories for use of stats awards. I do not think either

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of these will be in that category! The figures about hundreds of

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thousands of people arriving over five years, if you divide that up,

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it is not as bad as it suggests. We were bitten by that, with all the

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suggestions that the Romanians and Bulgarians were going to come over

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here. The Mail, this is about Miranda, people, I've covered this

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story several times, from northern France and I've seen these migrants

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wait for a lorry to slow down at the light and run out and try to get

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into the back. I've seen some of them hanging on to the doors as the

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lorries drive away. This is the story that the Mail is highlighting,

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including the figures. These are desperate people in some of those

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refugee camps. Sangatte was the very famous one, which became a standoff

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between the British and French governments because they were

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concerned that the French were effectively just letting too many

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people escape and risk their own lives quite seriously trying to get

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foo Britain through the Eurotunnel. I think MigrationWatch have released

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this report. They've got the dramatic photographs that you

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referred to, of the guys desperately trying to get into the lorry. The

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reason they're on the front pages tomorrow morning, because tomorrow

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night is the second debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Fer rather and

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the debate is `` Nigel Farage and the debate is about immigration and

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it's a huge issue and it's more and more unpopular. This is going to be

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ammunition for Nigel Farage tomorrow night. Yeah. He picks it up with the

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welfare system and it's kind of a separate issue to the immigration

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issue. I don't care how generous it is, would you be willing to jump on

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the back of a moving lorry? Maybe. It depends what you're leaving. I

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have covered this story a number of times and the migrants I were

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talking to, they wanted to get over here because there were networks

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here. That's why they wanted to get here. No point staying in France.

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OK. The front of the express express too. `` The Express too it talks of

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the 12`year`old girl who was crushed to death when a wall collapsed at

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her school. Internal wall at Liberton High School. We'll go on to

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that about a story about The Sahara dust that's on the front page. We

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have got the inside page of one of the papers here that's covering this

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story. A lot of people woke up to their cars covered in dust. We have

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got it from The Telegraph site now. I have got building work next door

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to me and I thought it was the builders who were pretty sloppy in

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their clearing up and they were potentially going to come to see and

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say it's the desert. It turns out they were not spinning you a line.

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No, they got it right. They did. That's right. Those of us who get

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hayfever have noticed it's a lot worse and that's to do with

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pollution too. They're saying it's quite serious for the vulnerable and

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people with lung conditions, the very elderly and young and they're

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gloomy, saying we shouldn't be taking exercise outside tomorrow.

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It's a shame because obviously the summer weather we're getting early

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is fantastic and we would like to be out enjoying it. The answer is to

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move to Scotland. You don't have to worry about dust there. Will we need

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a passport soon to get in? That is a separate issue. How long have you

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got for that one? Thank you both. You'll be back in an hour's time and

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the industry has been holding its Oscars, the Press Awards. It's been

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announced the front page of the year has gone to... Sunday People for

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their piece on Charles Saatchi and Nigel Lawson from June last year,

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which became one of the year's biggest stories. That was an

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arresting front page. Probably worthy winner. So many

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congratulations to them. Stay with us for the top of the hour because

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we'll have much more on the Government insisting that the

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privatisation of Royal Mail has been success, after the sell`off was

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accused `` after the Government was accused of selling it off far too

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cheaply. Now time for Sportsday. Welcome to Sportsday. Here's what's

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on the way ` Manchester United hold the European champions to a draw to

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keep their Champions League quarter final tie alive. Tiger Woods will

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miss the first Major of

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