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World Cup in Brazil, England's footballers have arrived in Portugal

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for their first training camp. That is he a all in 15 minutes.

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First, the Papers: `` that's all in 15 minutes.

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Welcome to our look ahead at the papers W me, Lance Price and Mir an

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dra Green. We will start with the Independent. Its front page shows a

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man telling off anti`UKIP demonstrators, as party campaigned

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in Croydon ahead of Thursday's European and local elections.

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Pensioners could add ?1,700 to their annual income according to the Daily

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Express, which says ?5.5 million in top`ups goes unclaimed. The

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Telegraph carries a warning from George Osborne who says UKIP is a

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threat to the economy. The Guardian highlights fighting in

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Syria, reporting on rebel attempts to break the stalemate there.

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While Lloyds Lloyd's crackdown on high risk mortgage lending in London

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is the Financial Times lead. The Mirror is reporting on an inquest

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into the death of a 20`year`old job seeker who committed suicide after

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applying for more than 40 jobs to no avale. And reporting on recent

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developments in the so`called plebgate affair, the Times reports

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on claims by the cabinet minister, Mitchell, he alleges an officer at

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the centre of the affair boasted he could bring down the Government.

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We'll start with the Independent. Nigel Farage, you cannot escape the

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guy. He is everywhere, wall`to`wall, on the front of the Independent

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there. Apparently he didn't turn up to the meeting in Croydon, did he?

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No, he very wisely stayed away T descended into a farce. The

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background to this is that clearly, in recent days, the debate about

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whether UKIP is a racist party, whether Nigel Farage has used racist

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language about Romanian immigrants or whether the fact that he may have

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uttered a racist slur doesn't necessarily make him a racist. It

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has gone in and credible detail and textual definition but in order to

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try to improve they are an inclusive party, UKIP has decided to hold a

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street carnival aimed at ethnic minority members of the public in

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Croydon. What could possibly have gone wrong? In fact I think it could

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have been worse. All that happened was that the steel band who had been

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hired to play, refused to when they found out it was a UKIP event. And

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there were a lot of scuffles between anti`UKIP, aented racist

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demonstrators and supporters of the party and then the poor chap who is

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standing for UKIP n Croydon. Who is black. Who is indeed black,

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dismissed the Croydon area as "a dump." I shouldn't laugh. Full marks

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for frankly expressing his opinion but I don't think it is the

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greatest... It is refreshing. That's what the public like about UKIP. It

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is. So it would seem. So far, at least, if you judge by the polls, it

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doesn't seem to be doing them much damage. Both Miranda and I have

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worked in political communications. One of the objectives is to get

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yourself talked about. And when you are a small party, which UKIP

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obviously are, this kind of publicity, the volume of publicity

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is exactly what you want. What they seem to be learning from t and

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everybody else in the other parties are scratching their heads saying `

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hang on, this should be terrible publicity, and yet there they are,

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they seem to be holding on to their poll position, we won't know until

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the results of the elections over the weekend whether we are right. If

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after all of this, if they come top or o close second, it will be

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extraordinary. People will be looking back at this campaign for

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years to come and trying to analyse it. If we go to the Guardian,

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picking up on that theme, lance, Labour and Tory ratings suffer as

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Farage attacks backfire. He really is Teflon Farage, isn't he? Some

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people in the Tory Party have been saying, yes, he is a racist and they

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have been going for him full`on. Ed Miliband and most of the Labour

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Leadership have tried not to do that. They have tried to avoid

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calling him a racist. They probably make the correct judgment that those

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people who have decided to vote for UKIP don't really ` either they

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don't believe t actually, they don't think what Farage is saying amounts

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to racism and they like a lot of other things that he is saying,

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otherwise they wouldn't be prepared to vote for him. Labour are trying

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to avoid that. They are trying to go for the underlying causes of the

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build`up of UKIP support, a much more subtle campaign. It looks

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neck`and`neck between Labour and UKIP for first position. OK,

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Miranda, if you were advising the Liberal Democrats on this, how would

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you tackle Mr Farage? What would you say, I don't know, to Mr Clegg?

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Well, I think quite interestingly, two things have emerged ` which is

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that whereas we have all treated UKIP, up to this set of elections,

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as a huge problem for the Conservative Party alone and

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actually the other parties have been slightly gleeful that UKIP seems to

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be taking so many percentages of traditional Tory voters away from

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that party ` it's now emerged also as a big party from the Labour Party

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and traditional blue collar areas where people are worried about

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employment and worried about they say, the impact of immigration on

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wages, for example. For the Liberal Democrats it is a totally different

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problem which is that Nick Clegg decided to take on Farage, up close

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and personal. So you would have advised him not to do it. No, I

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think it was a good thing to do. Partly because, actually... It

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didn't work, though, did it? The point where the Lib Dems are in the

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polls now, it is a desperate roll of the dice but you are carving out a

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different identity. It didn't work, though, did it? I don't think it

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worked what the Labour Party decided to do. It is a really muddled

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message. So take them on, basically you are saying. Take them on and

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call them out on unacceptable language an attitudes but also point

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out that they may have a point in diagnosing some of the problems. The

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underlying problems But they don't have the solutions. Would that be

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your advice? You have to recognise they are addressing deeply`felt

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views from a lot of voters in the UK and any other political party would

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be mad to deny that. If they accept that, they have to have their own

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apps to those problems or some ways of addressing them that isn't the

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very simplistic politics that UKIP represents. I think UKIP will do

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well. Come a general election in a year's time ` it won't last. The

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Tories were trying to out`UKIP, UKIP. Some have suggested they move

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to the right to try to outflank them and that didn't work Ed Miliband was

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sitting back, hoping that's what the Tories would do. The more the Tories

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do that, the more they are playing into Labour's hands. It is

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extraordinary, actually there. Have been some studies which suggest

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those UKIP supporters won't all fall away when it comes to next year's

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general election. I'm wond how sanguine whether Labour and the

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Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives should be that

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sanguine. A couple of European elections ago, the Greens were doing

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high and did incredibly W the general election shortly afterwards,

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no. Were they tapping into these deep, underlying problems, people

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feel exists? At general election time people decide who they want to

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govern the country and we know it'll not be UKIP. Well we heard our

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Political Editor question Nigel Farage and a few people he was

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talking to in Weymouth earlier in the week. They asked them do they

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know what their policies were on the economy, employment and a whole host

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of other things. They had no idea. Those could be the issues that could

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well decide what happens in the next election. Moving on to the

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Telegraph, front page, Miranda. Plebgate texts ` talk of toppling

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the Tories. This is a wonderful story for those of us who take an

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ongoing interest in this now two`year saga about who said what at

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the gates of Downing Street when Andrew Mitchell, then a Cabinet

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minister tried to go through on his bicycle. The police at Downing

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Street said he could not do that. He admits he swore and shouted at them

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but denies using the word "pleb" which was taken as such an insult

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that the entire ` well, police solidarity, let's put it that way,

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seems to have decide decided so to punish this Cabinet minister so much

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so that it will damaged his career. He has fought back and this is the

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latest piece which is to say ` I have been at a secret hearing, a

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secret investigation being held by the Metropolitan Police which

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revealed a text in which these police who are at the centre of the

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issue, vowed to bring down the Government over the issue. This is a

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really serious accusation, clearly. As Lance and I know, journalists

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working in Westminster, boast of the time ` I'm going to get a scalp.

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I'm, supposed Cabinet ministers to ridicule and they are going to go.

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But for members of the police, as it is alleged to be, to be bringing

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down a cabinet minister and saying they can bring down the Government,

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extraordinary. This was on a misconduct hearing being held by the

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Metropolitan Police into some of the officers allegedly involved in the

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whole plebgate affair. What Andrew Mitchell wants is all the minutes,

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all the evidence in these hearings, which are supposed to be secret, to

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be made public, Lance. That's what he is after. The very fact he is

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allowed into them and whoever took the decision to let him in, must

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have known he would make use of whatever he heard. He has done it in

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this instance by writing a letter to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan

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Police. He has done it in his own words and it seems there is nothing

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to stop him doing it. I think for the good of police, if they can't

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make everything public, they should make as much public as they can.

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They say there will be a summary, they'll publish some stuff. But

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Mitchell is obviously worried it'll not be enough. If he is going to all

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the hearings or as many as they get to, if they leave anything of any

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significance out, we'll all know of it. One wonders what police lawyers

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would make of that, though? There could be a problem in the future if

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he does present all this stuff to be public, when it shouldn't be. The

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important thing about this one is that the hearing is over. So the

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publication of the story isn't going to prejudice that hearing, which is

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an important point. But But previously Andrew Mitchell has in

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fact taped conversations, hasn't he, on the advice of his wife, we

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gather, which has then altered the story in his favour. He clearly now

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is on the look out for any piece of evidence which backs up his case. He

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is no mug. On to the statement in the Telegraph, the cartoon, the

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Chelsea Flower Show. I'm not sure what that is. It looks like a bee

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hive. The comment underneath ` how much and when can I move in? This,

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of course a reference to house prices. It is difficult to find

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anywhere to live, let alone a beehive. There is a lot of worry

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beginning to creep into the Government now. A lot of this

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emanating from Mr Carney at the Bank of England, Miranda, that, yes, we

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are getting to a bubble stage. Pig Mark Carney has said that a boom in

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the housing market, the dangers of the bust to follow it, that is the

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biggest danger to the economy and the biggest potential hiccup in the

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growth story. David Cameron has been challenged on this, clearly, as has

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George Osborne, and the bank has made it clear that they will

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intervene if they think the housing market is getting out of hand and

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that there is a danger of a crash. But really the figures are

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extraordinary. The London area, a 17% rise in house prices in one

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year. If you take London and the South East out of the equation, it

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is a very different picture. It is a question of what you would do to

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calm down London and the South East without damaging growth elsewhere,

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which is tricky. Help to buy has been helpful, doing what it says on

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the tin, outside London. If the Government reins it in, then it will

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cause problems. David Cameron has said that if it is causing problems

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then he will look at doing something about it. The building societies

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have also been worried, recognising that people are seriously

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overstretching themselves in London and the South East, because they

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have to to afford the prices being asked. There is no doubt that it is

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causing serious problems across the board. Indeed. Finally we will go to

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a sports story involving the champions of the Premier League,

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Manchester City. This is a weird spat. You should declare an

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interest! I have been supporting this team man and boy for a long

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time. Even the colour of my tie gives it away! He is the main man at

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the team, they are the Premier League champions, Yaya Toure, and it

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is his birthday. Happy birthday. I think we should all say it here. But

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apparently his agent reckons that the Manchester City board and the

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owner of the club did not wish him happy birthday so he is angry and

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saying he will leave the club. It is a great story. I respond to it on a

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human level because I just love sulking. That is massive sulking.

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The Telegraph picture editors have found a fantastic picture of him.

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Actually it feels like he is celebrating, though it is probably

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just a moment of sulking in an otherwise good day. In our house it

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is not really forgetting birthdays but it has been known if people go

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into sulks about the forgotten anniversary, for example,

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Valentine's Day, then they can last a while. They can go on a little

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bit. His agent suggesting that another big player at some big

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Russian team, when it was his birthday, he got a present. And he

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is upset he did not even get happy birthday, not even a cake. It is a

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storm in a team cup and he will be with us next season! `` in a teacup.

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There you go. In the next hour we will look at the other stories in

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the headlines. At first it is time the Sportsday. `` but first it is

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time for Sportsday.

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