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27/04/2014

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following criticism of his government's handling of the ferry

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tragedy. Hello and welcome to `` to our look

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ahead at the morning papers. Whitney is Lucy Cavendish, a Telegraph

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journalist. `` with me. The front pages. The Independent leads on new

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rules to drive the long`term unemployed into work. It says they

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will be forced to attend job centres every day. The FT says talks between

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China and the US appear the most promising abutments and 20 years on

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climate change. The metro says a triple killer has been awarded ?800

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in compensation after prison guards broke his nasal clippers and failed

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to apologise. The Telegraph says that high taxes are stifling

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entrepreneurs in Britain. The Guardian says a leading doctor has

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questioned whether understaffing on maternity wards is contributing to

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Britain's hi def `` high levels of maternity deaths. There are no

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suggestions that the deaths in Afghanistan were a response of enemy

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action. We have `` photographs on the front page of the Telegraph of

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the soldiers who died. Obviously it is tragic and when the story broke

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everybody thought they had been shot down. The Taliban wanted the claim

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that was the case but it seems it was not the case and there was an

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investigation of what has happened but the photographs really bring it

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home to you, these people who were just about to leave Afghanistan, and

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it is really tragic and terrible for their families. Every time we hear

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these wonderful tribute about these amazing people who always have so

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much promise. Yes, I suppose the MoD has become more sophisticated in

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messaging than maybe in the past, with these deaths they have issued

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statements from former colleagues and so on. The MoD wants to make the

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point that these are real people and there is a real human cost. They

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want to respect these people by making that point. Sometimes you

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forget people are still out there and it is still happening. The

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dangers in this part of the world are so many, even making the seems

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secure. Yes, flying a helicopter is dangerous even in the North Sea. The

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soldiers are at a huge risk. It reinforces the point that projecting

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military force is very dangerous and expensive in terms of lives even if

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people are not in the firing line at a particular point, which is to be

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amended when we look at other potential conflicts around the

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world. Let's move on and look at the independent. The first story is that

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the jobless must sign on every day. The government will dock money from

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the unemployed if they don't comply. At the moment you have to go every

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couple of weeks and say you are able to work. Wonder how they are going

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to cope with the queues. I made a spreadsheet about this! Of course

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you did! If it takes only two minutes for somebody to seek each of

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these individuals, and it will probably take more, they are going

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to have to hire over 2000 people to process this. They are certainly

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going to create 2000 more jobs. It is very expensive policy, it might

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seem like a good idea but it will not be cheap. I am not sure it is a

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good idea because how are you supposed to find a job if you are

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going to the job centre every day. Part of it is that you have to show

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you are actively looking for work, you don't just go and sign on. There

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are various schemes where you have to do voluntary work and if you

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don't turn up your benefits are cut. All sorts of things are in

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place at the moment. There is a problem here that partially this

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takes the box of people who think feckless unemployed people, and they

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don't want jobs. It is a lot more complicated than that on the ground.

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A lot of people who I know who are unemployed are really struggling,

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they can't find jobs, they are depressed, they have completely gone

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out of the market and it is hard to get back in. People who are

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long`term unemployed often have motor `` have multiple issues they

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are trying to overcome. They could have health issues, mental health

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issues, all kinds of reasons. Every time there is a programme like

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Benefits Street, afterwards we have columnists saying this shows how

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many people don't want to work. Those are extreme cases. This is

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what this is trying to tackle and it is a very strong measure. There are

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two sides to it, on the one hand they want to make sure that

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everybody who can work goes out and gets a job. This policy, is this the

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thing that is going to achieve it? It is certainly not going to

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overcome some of the reasons why these people are not in the

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workforce, problems with skills or other reasons. There is a way out of

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it, you can volunteer to do voluntary work for six months. You

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would have to do voluntary work for six months. Apparently Oxfam will

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not take them because they are being forced to volunteer! There are jobs

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like working at city zoos, I think that might be quite a good thing to

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do, but if you are volunteering how are you going to find a job? To look

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for jobs generally you have to be online, a lot of people can't afford

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the Internet charges. You can get into a real self`perpetuating motion

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feeling you are unemployable. Coming after another attempt to use a more

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firm approach to get people into the workforce, and that was not very

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successful, with Atos. The administrative difficulties. This

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could be very difficult structural. The Guardian, understaffing in the

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NHS linked to baby deaths. Reasonable to ask if resource crisis

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has a tragic impact, this is a top doctor voicing alarm. It is a

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shocking number of a bees dying in a first world nation. `` babies.

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Apparently we have the third worst stillbirth rate among 30 high income

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countries. When people go to have a baby they basically assume... I had

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my babies at home because I was worried about high intervention

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rates. The issue about that and women who want to have even a home

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birth is that the insurance the midwives to see people at home has

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been taken away. The midwife who I had who helped me give birth, she

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could no longer do that, she is not allowed to practice that any more.

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You have a real problem with what is going on. Women really have to go to

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hospitals, there are not enough midwives, not enough money. People

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are sitting in corridors. There is a lot of interventions, a lot of panic

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about these statistics so I think a lot of women are getting themselves

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into a lot of difficulty giving birth because of the stress. Isn't

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there a problem with some of these statistics because some of them

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relate to 2009, when Labour were in power and a lot of money was still

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being spent in the NHS. These figures were still stubbornly high.

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We very frequently seem to be getting interviews from senior

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medical figures complaining about underfunding so there is an issue

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that one looks at this a bit sceptically to say, well, the person

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would say that, they want more money to come into their business. But he

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does raise some serious questions, he is saying we should be looking

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into this and asking the question. To me, it begs the question, are we

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looking into it? Are people going through the data trying to

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understand why there are the problems? He says it is not just

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about funding, he says there are potentially bad decisions being made

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by medical staff. At a coroner's inquest they might not get the level

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of detail useful to see what improvements can be made. A lot of

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stillbirths are unexplained and they also say there has been a big

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increase in the birth rate and there is not enough staff to cover that,

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while funding has also been slashed a bit. Let's move on to the

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Independent, Pope Francis says two former Popes are being made saints

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in a joint ceremony. I love all that, I think it is great, we should

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make as many saints as possible. You don't think it is nonsense? Why is

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it nonsense? It is great. When you put this into your computer what

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does it say? This is really interesting, everybody is going

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through the Vatican equivalent of Kremlinology. We have Pope John

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XXIII, considered to be quite liberal, he was behind Vatican II

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and a lot of other reforms, whereas John Paul II was seen as quite a

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strict Catholic in terms of his the ology. But he travelled a lot and he

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was very well`known. Do you have to get elected, how did it work? It is

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not quite a democracy! They must have a hotline to Saint Peter. It

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makes for a lovely picture. Finally, the Daily Telegraph, we

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always seem to touch on this stuff with you two. Being married can make

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you depressed. After years of advice saying married makes `` being

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married makes you happier and longer lived, studies say it can also lead

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to depression. I am going to quibble because I don't think the research

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has said this. The research as far as I know has said that married men

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are happier and single women are happy. When you put it in the

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computer that is what it is going to tell you. Married women have to do

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too much work in their marriage whereas men have a very nice time

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being looked after. So being married if you are woman can make you

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depressed. Anyone would think you were married to Tom. I would.

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Depressed if I was! I suppose for men, there is the contentment that

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comes with being married. He has his breakfast made. My three`year`old is

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very good at making breakfast for me! This feeds into the cliches that

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women hope they'll change their man and the wife won't change. I wasn't

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surprised. I've got to stop Tom waxing lyrical about marriage again.

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Hope his wife's watching! Back again at 11. 30 for a look at the stories

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making the front`pages again. Coming up next, it's Click.

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Hello, I'm on my way into the office. Traffic is a nightmare. I

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will

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