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have to finish his quarterfinal in Naples tomorrow `` Aaron Ramsey is

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back after a three`month lay`off for Arsenal.

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Welcome to look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow.

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With us are they right are ample caster with a green highlighter

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Penn, breaking with tradition, and with the blue highlighter pen, the

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economics editor of the Independent. It is there a exciting!

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There are claims that Maria Miller used threats to silence the

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watchdog. The independent has more evidence of missing documents at

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Scotland Yard. The Mail claims Chinese investors are pricing

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home`buyers out of the market here. We will begin with the Guardian and

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another warning about how bad things are in the NHS. Top doctors warning

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on NHS overload. This is the president of the Royal Oak `` Royal

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College of Music 's. `` College of physicians. It is a constant drip

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feed. It is not reviving the patient. I feel this does not tell

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us anything new. Another person saying we don't have enough money or

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resources. This is talking about hospital resources. What successive

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investigations have shown is this is a management problem. Frankly I

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would not mind if I am not getting the best of everything, as long as

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somebody is showing a duty of care and explaining what is wrong. And

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what I might do. This is not dealing with a human interaction, which is

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what has caused so much upset. People not looking after people, not

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being fed. This is dealing with the medical side, the next step. I feel

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we are constantly missing the point, which is that all of this comes down

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to management. In Mid Staffordshire, one part of the hospital was a

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disgrace and another part was functioning quite well. This

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morning, I have forgotten who was saying it but they were saying you

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can have two awards next to each other, dealing with the same type of

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patient, one which does brilliantly and one which does badly. `` two

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wards. We have to stop finger pointing and find solutions. Is it

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about how they are deployed and the expectations made? There are big

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management problems in the NHS but the story is still significant

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because David Cameron made such a big thing about protecting the NHS

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and the quality of services. He nominally rejected it in real terms,

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spending due to go up every year, rather frozen every year, unlike

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every other department. If senior doctors are saying there is a

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funding problem, regardless of the points you make, it is difficult for

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a Conservative government which has said it has pledged to protect

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quality of the services, if they are not protected in that manner, it is

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difficult for the Prime Minister and the government. Is it a case of the

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hospital is doing well needing to show the others how to do it? I

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suppose it is. What confuses me is it is a litany of complaints and

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excuses. What I am not getting, beyond give us more money, is the

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solution. This debate has been going on for so long, if you are a health

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correspondent, you should be trying to find the solutions. Where is this

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overload of distress, from the users of the NHS and the suppliers? Where

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is it going to end? How and where do we intervene to make it happen? My

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complaint is that for a front`page story, it is just yet another

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whinge. Isn't it the case that has always been a desire form of funding

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in the NHS? It is a bottomless pit if you let it be. It is. He makes

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the point about elderly patients. We are an ageing society. I think that

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is part of the problem. It is not all is the best solution for people

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to be in hospital, then it's been more treatment in local health

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centres `` there needs to be more treatment. It goes back to the

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question of management. Are there other alternatives where they could

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be better cared for and hospital doctors would not have to be looking

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after 70 at a time which is the complaint he makes, running around

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like a scalded cat, as he describes it. I think it is a valid issue to

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raise and I agree it is only a part of the problem, describing one

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aspect of the problem. At the heart of my complaint is that where there

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are convex problems, there are so many components of every problem. I

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kind of want our newspapers to start linking and joining up the dots for

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us, if those at the heart of it cannot. Maria Miller is on the front

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page of many of the newspapers tonight, one of them being the

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times. The minister used threats to try to silence the expenses

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watchdog. The newspapers are not letting this go. No, and you can

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understand why. It is an overlapping story. It has the question of the

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Prime Minister's judgement in backing Maria Miller when it seems

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like she was caught red`handed, and the reduction in the fine. It is

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about the integrity of the accountability structures within

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Parliament for MPs and also about press regulation, because the

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accusation is that the government, the Downing Street figures try to

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shut this down by saying, we're looking at Leveson, press

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regulation, perhaps you might want to reconsider this story. Lots of

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this print aspect is going on. `` lots of different aspects. This

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relates to the structures. Saying the culture secretary was trying to

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put pressure on the independent standards Commissioner, saying you

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should back off, you shouldn't investigate me as assiduously as you

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are doing. She was suggesting the investigator was going into too much

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detail, demanding records going back for too long and being unreasonable.

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She has apologised. She did do 32 seconds. My children

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when their crayons a wall used to do a full minute `` when they used

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crayons on a wall. The one thing I have not minded about David Cameron

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is his honouring loyalty to people he likes, Andy Coulson, Rebekah

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Brooks, now Maria Miller. It puts his friends before his country. For

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that, one actually quite admires him but what I have started now thinking

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is, what terrible choices he makes when he decides who his friends are.

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That makes me more worried than anything else, quite frankly.

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Chinese fuel UK housing shortage. Far east spec you later 's price

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Britons out of the market and we thought it was the Russians `` far

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east speculators price Britons. The accusation is that the huge boom in

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prices we're having at moment, prices rising 10% annually, part of

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the problem is that there are too many foreign buyers, particularly in

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city centres, this report suggests it is Manchester and Birmingham as

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well as London and other cities. Isn't this a compliment, that

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politically we are stable, our currency is reliable? I think it is

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loads of people wanting to launder money from overseas, they want to

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get it out of their home countries buying property. They buy off plan.

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I live in cancel rise. No offence to anybody but it is a dust bowl in the

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inner`city. They will put up gold clad residential blocks in the

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middle of this high street and they seldom overseas as central London

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flats. `` they sell them overseas. Nobody ever lives there? There is a

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tree on one of the balconies. It pushes property up all around. The

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whole thing is a ludicrous exercise... It is a posh way of

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moving money around the world. Can we stop it happening? I take a

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different view. The problem is essentially too little supply. If

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you solve that problem, if you build more holes, if you build 250,000 a

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year, which is what we need, and we are building about 15 at the moment.

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15,000? Sorry, yes. If you bring it back into balance, a lot of the

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foreign buyers would melt away. It would put them off would it? They

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would still be there but there wouldn't be as much pressure on the

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average price. They wouldn't be at such extortionate levels. Rather

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than single out any foreign national group... I think it is dealing with

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the symptoms rather than the real cause of the housing dismention. It

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is a way of having a pop. None of these flats are going to be built by

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UK nationals. They are boxes, overprized. Let's look at the Daily

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Telegraph. I have to claim an interest in one of them. Maybe both

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of them. Pay licence fee even if you don't own a TV, says BBC, as shows

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go on the iPlayer for longer. At the moment they are on for a week but

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later this year they will be available for 30 days. Should the

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BBC charge if you use I player but don't use a telly? I think the idea

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is that it would be a universal charge, so it would be a tax on

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every household, as I'm reading it. I suppose it would be added to your

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council tax or council charge. Is that any better than the licence

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fee? Some people get cross about that. Apparently the biggest number

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of civil cases going through our courts are nonpayment of licence

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fee. So if it was added to your council tax, those at the bottom end

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would get a discount anyway, because would be able to have it discounted

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and your benefit would pay it for some people. Should it be

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subscription? The question is how is this going to be levied? The Dev

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sill in the detail. If people are consuming BBC content they should be

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paying for it, otherwise they are getting a free ride on other people

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who do pay the licence fee. That doesn't seem right. It is a

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neuralgic issue, the licence fee, among some sections of the

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population. It takes up quite a lot of my time on social media, having

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to field those comments. Let's stay with the Telegraph and look at the

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Mirror, Sir Bruce Forsyth is departing Strictly there. He is next

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to Tess Daly and he's been hosting the show for ten years. He's also on

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the Daily Mirror explaining why he's quit, saying the rigours of hosting

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a live show at the age of 86 have become too much. Difficult shoes to

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fill. You have to be able to hoof a bit yourself haven't you? I have to

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say, I'm not a great fan of Tess Daly, so the only saving grace is

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Sir Bruce Forsyth. I'm not a great fan of Strictly actually. Sorry, but

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there we go. I'm so glad we invited you tonight! He ` all the cliches,

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he is a living legend. He is so magical I think anyone who replaces

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them, however good they are, just like Larry Grayson replaced him on

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the Generation Game, they are great but they are not Bruce. Big shoes to

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fill, but he isn't retiring. He makes this point, so don't go out

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and throw yourself off bridges yet. Brucie's still going to be a

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national treasure and on our screens. From time to time, for the

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odd special. He will star with Wilnalia, won't he? I hope so, if

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the good weather continues. We'll be back with the papers at 11.

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30pm. Stay with that if you will. And we'll have the latest on the

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journalist who was shot dead and another who was wounded in

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Afghanistan on the eve of the country's presidential elections. Up

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next it is Sportsday. Hello and welcome to Sportsday, I'm

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Lizzie Greenwood`Hughes. The headlines this evening: Beaten by

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the light ` Andy Murray's Davis Cup quarterfinal match is stopped in the

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second set. Michael Schumacher shows signs of

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waking up. The seven times F1 champion has been in an artificial

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coma since the New Year.

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