02/05/2014 The Papers


02/05/2014

No need to wait until tomorrow morning to see what's in the papers - Martine Croxall presents a lively and informed conversation about the next day's headlines.


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Sheffield. And play`off places up for grabs in rugby union Leagues. We

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will have the results. At is all in Sportsday in 15 minutes after the

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papers. `` that is all in Sportsday. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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

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the broadcaster Alice Arnold and Alison Phillips, weekend editor at

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The Mirror. Good to have you here, and thank you to the newspapers

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which were in in double time tonight. Tomorrow's front pages: The

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Independent has more on Pfizer's rejected bid for British drugs

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company AstraZeneca. It claims a former top scientist for

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Pfizer has warned against the takeover, saying it could be

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devastating. The Mail has an interview with one

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of Max Clifford's victims, who says she's angry at the celebrities who

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queued up to defend him. Exercise does beat arthritis,

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according to the Express. The paper says even a gentle trip to the

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kitchen during an ad break can make a difference.

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The FT says the Treasury is set to benefit to the tune of ?4.5 billion

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thanks to the new Help to Buy scheme.

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The Telegraph has a photo of Stephen Sutton, the teenager who has raised

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more than ?3 million for charity while fighting cancer. He's been

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discharged from hospital, describing his own recovery as "quite

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remarkable". The Mirror says Lord Hanningfield,

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the peer whose expenses scam the paper exposed, said he needed the

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money so he could pay a man to look after his chickens while he was in

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Westminster. The Guardian leads on the sentencing

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of celebrity publicist Max Clifford. The paper says his contemptuous

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attitude during the trial had added to the length of sentence given by

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the judge. And it is with the Max Clifford

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trial that we will begin. It is on a number of papers, as you would

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expect. We will look at how the i was covering it. Clifford jailed for

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eight years for sex attacks, contempt for victims promised the

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judge to impose consecutive prison sentences. Often we hear prison

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sentences are imposed concurrently. I think there was a surprise. Most

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of us, when we heard eight years went, gosh, eight years. And he is

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due to serve at least four. He will do half his sentence before being

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eligible for parole. But it does seem that his attitude seems to have

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made the judge quite cross. The Mail on Sunday three has this picture of

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him behind this news reporter, the famous clip which did not go out, in

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which he was mimicking the reporter, shadowing his actions, not taking

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the thing very seriously. His whole attitude all along has been, I am

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not taking this very seriously. He has shown no remorse. His lawyers

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say he may appeal. He would not show remorse if he might appeal because

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that would be contradictory. The other thing is that because these

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are historic offences they would be regarded differently if they were

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committed now. The judge said that now some of these would be regarded

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as rape. But what is really interesting is that this is the

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first successful conviction that Operation Yewtree have had. Today

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they have been trying to get that out there. They are right to do so.

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One of the victims speaks today in an interview in the Mail. She says

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that she thinks it is so important that justice is seen to be done,

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because for a long time people were saying, it is another witchhunt,

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everyone is after the celebrities, these women are fantasists and

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liars. We have had four women whose evidence was so compelling that

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there has been a conviction, and it shows that even on very historic

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cases, they can be taken seriously, they will be taken seriously and

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there is a conviction from it. It is a hugely important case. If it had

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failed, we would have seen very few people prepared to come forward in

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the future, believing that every time the cases come up, people say

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it is a witchhunt and the person gets off. The same problems. These

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women who felt they could do nothing at the time would then feel they are

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still not being believed now. It is fantastic that it can be shown that

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historic cases are treated seriously and a jury can take enough evidence

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to convicted on it. Especially at a time when statistics suggest

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convictions for sex offences are going down. This is bucking the

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trend. And a serious sentence, which does not belittle what went on.

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Let's look at the Mirror. I did it for my chickens. This is Lord

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Hanning Field, who looks rather different to the last time I saw

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him. He is 73 and was exposed by your paper, Alison. Tell us how that

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happened. This is a lord who has a ready been imprisoned for falsely

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claiming on expenses. He was jailed in 2011 but unlike the rest of us,

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if we went to prison, we would not be able to step back into our jobs.

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He is able to step back into the House of Lords because that is

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allowed. Not only that, but he then gets his ?300 tax free daily

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allowance. But what the Mirror discovered last summer was that he

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was actually able to be seen going in, coming out, sometimes for as

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little as 20 minutes, for which he picks up ?300. He has obviously been

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called to account their by the committee on privileges and conduct.

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At the time when we confronted him he said, I am not the only one doing

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it, there are 50 of them. So they called him in and said, what has

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been going on? He said, I needed the money to pay someone to look after

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my chickens when I am at Westminster. He says, I don't have

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any money and I need money to look after my dog, clean my house,

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electricity, food. I have to live, don't I? I am a working peer. He

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omitted to say, not very hard`working. This is public money

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as well. We are paying for him. You would think there would be some

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minimum amount of time that anyone would have to spend. The minimum

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amount of time was long enough to get in, catch the eye of the

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recorder and say, I am here. Use the car parking facilities! The Guardian

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has a study revealing the death rate of under fives in the UK. This is a

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rather alarming story that children in the UK are more likely to die

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before reaching their fifth birthday than any other Western European

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country, except for Malta. There was a doctor raising concerns about

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infant death rates last week and this is adding to the concern. The

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country that always seems to do best in these figures is Iceland. Their

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death rate and cancer survival rates are very high as well. It was a

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shocking figure to find that we are so low. We cannot see the rest of

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the piece, which would analyse the reasons of death, the causes of

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death, which are incredibly important. Some of them say they are

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linked to people smoking during pregnancy, and deprivation, and

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people not getting the right health care treatment, or disorganisation

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in health care treatment for children. I don't think we can

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unpick this until we know the causes of death. They think there are

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issues around poverty and deprivation, children born with low

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birth weight. The editor of the Lancet saying this, this argument

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about the problem of poor organisation with childcare. There

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is clearly an issue around midwifery at the moment, a shortage of

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midwives. And all sorts of difficulties in providing an

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all`round service for newborns. But these figures are taken from some

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time ago, obviously, so they are not the most up`to`date necessarily. It

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would be difficult to know whether it is because of changes in the NHS,

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whether any of those were linked to this. I think there is a societal

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issue as well. One of the figures is from 2012. 3000 children in the UK

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died before their first birthday, which is quite up`to`date. It says

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the deaths are mostly linked to injuries, accidents and serious

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diseases. Between one and five. So I am not sure what the preventable

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things are for injuries, accidents and serious diseases, or whether the

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main problem is for the under one year, with the help of the mother

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being crucial. It is difficult to unpick, to reveal the causes and do

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anything about it. It is not where we want to be in the league tables.

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The Financial Times says top AstraZeneca investor resists Pfizer.

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This is a fund manager rejecting this raised offer. There is a lot of

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concern, Alison, about this British company being taken over by this

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American giant. If it went ahead it would be one of the largest

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purchasers of a UK group by a foreign investor. David Cameron and

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George Osborne have both been quite welcoming, it would appear, of the

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bid, whereas AstraZeneca themselves are feeling very cautious, in that

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although it might be a short`term gain for shareholders, what will be

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the long`term future for the company. And jobs is or is a

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concern. The government are welcoming the bid because they say

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they will pay taxes in the country. The worrying thing is what would

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happen to the research wings of AstraZeneca, and how would they be

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affected. That is why they are fighting it, I think. They fear they

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may be stripped. Another story, Help To Buy. Help To Buy profit makes

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Treasury a ?4.5 billion winner from the housing boom. How is this going

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to work? If the government helps you buy a house, how will they make

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money? They will want their money back at some point and with house

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prices going up they will gain as much as anybody else. The concern is

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that although obviously they will want house prices to increase so

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they get their money back, it is fuelling this problem we have with

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house prices going up and up, and young people, and even older people,

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struggling to afford anything. David Cameron says this scheme helps

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people who would not be able to get on the property ladder because they

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might not have rich parents. It has done, hasn't it? I don't know. That

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is what David Cameron says. I am not quite sure about the headline,

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because the figures are based on the fact that the Government gives you a

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20% loan, a 20% stake in the property that you buy, and that is

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interest`free for the first five years. These figures assume you will

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sell the house at the end of that period, but why would you? You

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might. If you want to help young people buy a house, why not build

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more cheap flights, accommodation that is available? If you have to

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deal with the lack of supply. Clive Betts, the chair of the communities

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and the committee, says the Government ought to be ploughing

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profits back into it. 20% to help to buy in London will still not help a

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lot of people. They will need 90% help! It is also helping to put

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house prices up for a lot of potential Conservative voters for

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the next election. Cynicism at the end of the week, let your hair

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down! The Telegraph, Stephen Sutton, what a fantastic story, we have been

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hearing an awful lot about him, he raised ?3 million for charity whilst

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suffering from cancer. He has been discharged from hospital. I didn't

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know this was even on the horizon. Well, it wasn't, he has been

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incredibly ill. I know he spoke at a motivational thing not that long

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ago, and someone said he was the most impressive young man, and is

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aimed, before he died, and he knows he's going to, was to raise 1

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million. `` his aim. All these celebrities got behind his campaign

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and started sending things to him, and you can see is wonderful smile,

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the stuffy right on Facebook is so positive and so mature. `` the stuff

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he writes. I wish him well. A fantastic picture. He has raised

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more than ?3 million and touched so many people and made people think,

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oh, what am I worrying about?! Amazing. The Express, exercise beats

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arthritis, never too late to end crippling pain, even gentle exercise

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can help. I should be all right, I have a puppy that needs a lot of

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walking! I should never have arthritis, but I should not speak

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too soon! This would be great if it were true. Of course it is true!

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Laziness is not good for you, it was a wombles song, before your time!

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No, it was not! A little bit of exercise might stop you getting

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arthritis, oh! And it is supposed to stop it hurting so much if you can

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get through the stiffness. It is common sense, if you sit in one

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position for too long, it is not going to do you any good physically

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or mentally. If you do extreme things like ballet and gymnastics,

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that can cause arthritis. I shan't try out my venerable age! I'm going

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to go and move around in a minute, but we will be back again for

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another look at the papers that are at 11:30. On BBC News, at 11

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o'clock, more of Max Clifford's trial as he is jailed for eight

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years for assaults on women and girls. Coming up next, it is time

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for Sportsday.

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