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acrobats are injured after an aerial platform collapses at a circus in

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the US state of Rhode Island. One is said to

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condition. Time for a look at the front pages.

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Thank you for joining us. The Guardian has the release of Gerry

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Adams from police custody tonight. It says he insists his party still

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supports the police. The Telegraph has a picture of Gerry Adams at his

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news conference this evening. The other main story is news that there

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has been an increase in the number of housing estates being pushed by

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developers in England. A warning by the fertility expert Professor

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Robert Winston is the Daily Mail's tops story. Breakthroughs in IVF

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could see rich parents paying for smarter children. According to the

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Times, fraud in the care system has almost double in one year, as

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middle`class families try to hide their tax assets. The investigation

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into the disappearance of Madeline McCann continues. Pensions will be

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boosted by a 15 year boom in stocks and shares. Allegations that two

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students at a school in the Midlands tried to poison their teacher.

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We will begin with how some of the newspapers are covering the release

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of Gerry Adams this evening. No charges for the Sinn Fein leader

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after four days in custody over a 1972 murder. I suppose this is the

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indication that people would be looking for after the very strong

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words that Martin McGuinness had for the police about the timing of their

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decision to question Gerry Adams now and whether Gerry Adams would

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continue in a similar fashion. Absolutely. Great relief here and in

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Northern Ireland. The tone that Gerry Adams struck upon being

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released. There were genuine concerns and fiery rhetoric from

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both sides, actually, that the peace process in which so many people have

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invested so much time and energy could have been on the brink of

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falling apart. That seems to have receded with the way that Gerry

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Adams has behaved and responded since he was released by the police,

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although the charges against him have not completely gone away. A

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file has been handed to the prosecution and Jean McConville's

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family says they will pursue a civil case in any eventuality. It is not

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that easy for everyone to go along with this but to show that sort of

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intention made him look very statesmanlike. Of course, the family

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in this case will be pushing for other avenues if there are no

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charges, but as Gerry Adams said himself upon his release, loss of

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the strongest supporters of the peace process are victims

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themselves. `` many of the strongest supporters. Many people have

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invested an awful lot in this process. I wonder how much of a

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miscalculation it was by Sinn Fein to be so robust in their criticism

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of the police and how much of a miscalculation it was by the police

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to choose this point in the middle of an election campaign to question

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him. On the Sinn Fein rhetoric, it does play into their hands for their

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support base to say that the timing seems political when they are in the

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middle of an election campaign. You are right. The timing seems slightly

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odd. Derry Adams says he has made himself available to the police in

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numerous cases and there is the sense that this could have been

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handled badly. He was possibly more conciliatory than a lot of people

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would have expected, James, in terms of taking responsibility for

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accepting that Republicans need to take responsibility, any of those

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groups who are responsible for people being killed or disappeared.

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He went quite a long way to apologise for that. Absolutely. He

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said he very much supports the process of trying to find the

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remaining bodies that are yet to be found. He said his main complaint

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about his time in prison was that the food was so terrible. He was

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using humour. He went a long way to try to ease the tensions that have

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been mounting over the weekend. But four days and 33 recorded

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interviews? Police now have those tapes which they may have not

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expected to have the opportunity to get. Whether the content will ever

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see the light of day in our lifetime we do not know but it's an

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extraordinary amount of time they have had to ask him a lot of

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questions. Yes but you would not expect anything else. If police call

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in a suspect in a crime they are trying to get to the bottom of, they

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go through that process. It might have been a shorter period of time

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than four days but justice has been allowed to take its course. The

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police made their case in court and the court granted that extra time to

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question him. This file is still live. It has not been... They could

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have asked for even more time. It can be up to 28 days. The police

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cannot change their methods or determination to get to the truth

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just because of who they have got in front of them. And he made that

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point as well. He said he did not expect to receive special treatment

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or not to be called in if that was what they wanted to do. Care home

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fraud soars among the middle classes. People trying to hide

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assets to avoid having to pay fees when their elderly or infirm

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relatives have to go in to care homes. 82% increase in the amount of

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money lost to councils each year. Isn't this what many people will try

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to do? To be honest, if you know that your home may possibly have to

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be sold or remortgaged to pay for care, many people would be tempted

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to try this, wouldn't they? Yes. And this figure does sound shocking. So

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shocking that they have used it twice in the space of three

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sentences. But if you look at the figures, the money involved is very

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small. The 82% increase takes you to ?4 million. It sounds like a lot of

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money but nationally, it's not. And there is a 64% rise to 200 cases.

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These figures are small, particularly when you bear in mind

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that it also says that councils lose ?2 billion per year in fraud. What

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is most interesting, I think, is what one of the experts said. He

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says that the capacity that there is for fraud in the system... Even two

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cases a year could lose a council the best part of ?500,000. There is

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a massive potential there and it does seem to be a problem. Should

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people just pay the money? Do you have sympathy? Absolutely I have

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sympathy. People go through an awful time if you have a relative who has

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to go into this kind of care. What it does speak to is the skyhigh cost

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of care in this country and people feeling that they want to care for

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their loved ones and not have to lose their house to do it. I had no

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idea that someone from the Sun would be so soft on benefit fraud! It

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might seem like a hypocritical position to take... It might. But

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having to sell your home to keep your grandmother alive... I'm not

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defending people who defraud the benefit system that many of them are

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quite serious situations as well. I'm seeing a more human and caring

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side from you and your employers. I'm a very caring person. Thank you.

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You have not disappointed. Former Tony Blair adviser says the party

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should mandate to increase the burden on the rich. Labour is being

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urged to come clean with us all and admit they will have to raise taxes

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after the next general election. He advised Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

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He is very nice and very bright but I think he has got this wrong. They

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should not admit to it or they should not raise taxes? Talking

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about raising taxes is not ideal ahead of an election. They should be

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discreet to the point of lying to us? Lying is a very strong word. I

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don't think there is anyone who thinks their taxes will not go off.

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I just don't think we should go on banging on about it. This is going

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to be a disaster for Labour. It will take the Tories 30 seconds to bring

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out their old campaign posters. It also does not chime with Ed Miliband

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's cost cost`of`living crisis agenda. But it would not be all of

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us who would be taxed, it would be those of us who can afford to be.

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It's what both parties call hard`working people, as if people

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who earn lots of money don't work hard. I don't know how they think

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the money is coming to them. This is someone in labour making it clear

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that Labour will try to tax everybody. It does say middle and

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higher income. What we... We have the Tories and Labour trying to

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outbid each other on tax cuts. `` the Tories and the Liberal

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Democrats. And it's exactly what they were talking about before the

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last election. You just said that honesty was not a good idea! I'm

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just saying that there is a false debate going on now and it would be

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an unwise politician who decided to jump in. He is not just saying it is

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Labour who should come clean, the Conservatives should as well.

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Whoever is in power is going to have to raise tax. The Conservatives have

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come close and we will probably see as we get closer to the election, to

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saying that the consolidation that comes around... That is the Holy

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Grail for George scored. To say that Ed Miliband has called for tax rises

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but for him to say that balancing the budget will then become through

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cutting the state. He will probably come to the election with a sort of

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Ronald Reagan 's vision. The all`new how well that went. George Osborne

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would love to do that. George Osborne told us all sorts of things

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that he would do in terms of balancing the books and sorting out

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the economy before the last election that has not happened. All

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politicians do that, don't they? We will be told all sorts of things

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that when they get into power it will be, we have not seen the books

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and it is all worse than we thought and so on. And this is complicated

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by the fact that we may have coalition negotiations again. Isn't

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that a great thing? If they go in saying no tax cuts and then they can

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just blame the Liberal Democrats. I thought that was exactly what they

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were planning to do. The Daily Telegraph. David Cameron says he

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resents higher fares in school holidays full of travel companies

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deliberately put up their prices of wood into the Prime Minister. He is

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calling for schools to stagger templates to help families with

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young children. He is also suggesting that the long summer

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holiday that we have all got used to is out of date. How many people will

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believe that David Cameron struggles to pay for his summer holiday? I

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think they will be glad to feel that he is feeling the same pain as them.

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Whether they feel malicious enough to question that, I don't think many

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people will do that. It's an easy leap from one fought to the next,

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isn't it? I don't think people will be that malicious. Not malicious,

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just hard up. A man who is worth the best part of ?4 million and takes

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home that much money per year and lives in a nice house in central

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London while renting out his Notting Hill mansion... Looked after the

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pennies and the pounds will look after themselves. This is very

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prudent that you should try to save everywhere, whether that means

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flying easyJet or taking the National Express to Cornwall.

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Samantha Cameron is going to hate you for saying that. They will have

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to do it now. You could go with them. Would you like that? You could

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take them to Cornwall on the Sun boss. Some people I knew were

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horrified by and they were going on holiday in the next bay around from

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him. What do you think about staggering school holidays? It is

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happening in some areas. But I don't understand how you will avoid that

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kind of super peak. There will always be a core of a few weeks

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holiday. You can go whenever you like. I cannot go in the middle of

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the parliamentary calendar. I suffer the penalty without having the

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children. Let's move on to the Financial Times. Mindfulness gives

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financiers have something to think about. Fast paced financiers are

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embracing this Buddhist idea. I don't suppose it is really grasping

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the right idea to say that I don't have time for mindfulness? I had

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never really heard of it until this weekend. Now this is the second

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article in two days that I have read about it. I don't know, maybe I am

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lucky, but I have never felt the need to turn to meditation. That's

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because you work for a Sunday newspaper and only have to write

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once a week. Lots of time to sit and contemplate. Would it fit with a

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journalist's deadlines to be mindful? Or Mac I can't really work

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out when to do it. I don't know when bankers managed to do it `` I can't

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really work out when to do it. If you sat there contemplating, I don't

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know what you contemplate. Eating one Raisin at a time. That is what

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you are encouraged to do. I haven't tried it, I have to say `` raisin.

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It will confront greed, materialism, and income inequality. Who knew it

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could do so much? We will see if it works. That's it for The Papers

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tonight. Thank you Craig and James. Stay with us here on BBC News: At

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midnight we'll have much more on what Gerry Adams had to say after

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being released from police custody tonight, without charge. But coming

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up next it's time for the Film Review. Hello, and welcome to The

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