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Nigeria in a friendly before the World Cup. That is all in Sportsday

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in 15 minutes. Welcome to the Papers. With me are

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Jenni Russell of the Times, and a writer from the Daily Telegraph. We

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are going to start with an image of Maya Angelou, dominating the front

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page of the Independent. The Bank of England committee that says interest

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rates has told the Financial Times that the bank needs to start raising

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rates sooner rather than later. The Daily Telegraph has more on the row

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engulfing the Lib Dems. Vince Cable is implicated in a coup. The

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Guardian has the same story, alongside a photo of Maya Angelou.

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The Metro is claiming that the EU tax burden from Britain may rise by

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half ?1 billion because of the crisis in Ukraine. The Daily Mail

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goes with Lib Dems in meltdown. There is also a selfie taken by

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Susannah Reid of herself and Tom Cruise. The Times says British girls

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are now the fattest in Europe, saying peer pressure to eat fast

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food was partly to blame. The Scotsman has more on the war of

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words between the yes and no camps. We are going to start with the story

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that is dominating a lot of the papers, Neil. The Lib Dems. The Lib

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Dems in meltdown, according to the Daily Mail. This is, fortunately

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perhaps will Nick Clegg, the guy whose head is on the block, it has

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turned into something of a screaming match between Lord Oakeshott, the

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man who commissioned these apparently terrible polls, very

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disloyal thing to do, commissioning polls before an election, and Vince

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Cable, whose knowledge of said polls is under consideration. So, Vince

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Cable is now saying, we have researched this since last time we

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were on air, he is saying that he knew a poll had been conducted in

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his own constituency, and one in Wales, `` Wells, which is a

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constituent of his Parliamentary Secretary, but had no idea that one

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had been conducted in the Clegg's constituency. You sound sceptical

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about that? Even no such direct information was given at the time,

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it seems enormously unlikely that two and two wouldn't have been put

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together. I don't know if it seems unlikely so much as whether Lord

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Oakeshott is directly contradicting Vince Cable. Lord Oakeshott says

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that he did know that the polls had been conducted, I don't know whether

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he is saying that he knew about it beforehand, but also crucially that

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Vince Cable you what the results were some weeks ago. Vince Cable

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says he has no knowledge of the surveys, which period of time is he

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referring to? This is very like " I did not have sex with that woman" ,

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and " I did not inhale" . This is pointing to potentially a disastrous

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election night for the Lib Dems. Why would you want to be the leader of

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that party? You would perhaps want to wait or someone else to carry the

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can in 2015, and then take over. You sound like a much better potential

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plotter! Something like members of Gordon Brown's cabinet. There was

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almost a leadership who, but then they realised... This might not look

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good for Ed Miliband, but you have an article in the Times tomorrow

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suggesting that he should be worried. He/she be very worried

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about his own position, because no party has ended up winning if this

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happens. That is the position that Labour over in right now. The party

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around Ed Miliband are worried, because they think he is a good man,

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a courageous leader, but he is not cutting through. They are also very

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anxious that he, who is much less popular than his party on the

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doorsteps, has been running what is essentially a semi` presidential

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campaign, and that has paid off badly with the voters. Where is the

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Shadow Cabinet? They want to be playing a part, they are the ones

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who look normal. OK, but they weren't completely wiped out by the

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recent elections, it wasn't as bad as some people had suggested. We

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have Lord Ashcroft's own polling in his marginal constituency,

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suggesting that Labour are far ahead. We also have Ukip taking

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potential votes away from the Tories. There is some good stuff out

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there for labour, isn't a? We also have economic growth and the year to

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go before the election. They always fall behind, because there is more

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good news. One shadow Cabinet member said if we carry on on this

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trajectory we will lose big`time. There is no message of hope from a

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relevant. He needs to learn this from the Obama campaign, hope and

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aspiration. All of his policies are about state intervention for people

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who can't take care of themselves, and that is not the majority of

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voters, particularly in marginal constituency. Energy prices and so

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on, that has resonated? People are doing OK, who can pay their

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electricity bill, that is the vast majority of people, that policy

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doesn't matter. It is not a question of whether the economy is doing

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well, the price of their house is going up, they are feeling

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prosperous, that is more important to people. There is a big part of

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the electorate that it won't care for the message that is going at the

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moment. The big danger for Ed Miliband, because he grew up as the

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child of Marxist intellectuals, he became used to being part of an

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unlike group. I think he may be too comfortable with the idea that they

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are not popular now, but somehow everyone will see the light and

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share labour's view as the electoral cycle proceed. People don't do that,

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politics doesn't work like that. You have to make them believe `` Recep

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Tayyip Erdogan labour. On to the Financial Times. Everyone

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knows interest rates will rise at some point, the question is when, by

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how much, and how fast? If you are going to raise interest rates, Mark

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Carney, do it very slowly. Which means start very soon. That is what

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someone in the Monetary Policy Committee has said. This will also

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have a big effect on the election, because Mark Carney has made it

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clear that he doesn't want to start raising interest rates before wages

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start going up, and real wages are still not rising faster than

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inflation, so the problem is, the housing market is overheating, so

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perhaps they should raise interest rates. But then people can't afford

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their mortgages, and you don't want a lot of repossessions before the

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election, if you are this government. Exactly! It is all

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political. I don't get much credit for Gordon Brown, but he did make

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the Bank of England independent. Their mandate is to keep inflation

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at 2%, that is their only mandate. If inflation doesn't go above that,

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I know he winged addresses, but his actual mandate is inflation at 2%,

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and that is roughly where it is `` window dresses. One of the things he

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took over was that he would make sure that unemployment fell below 7%

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and that wage rates were rising higher than inflation. He has a

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broader perspective, which is a help of the economy on the whole, and how

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it affects everyone. He must have agreed that with George Osborne

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before he took the job. I think it will be difficult for rates to rise

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while inflation is 1.7%. We have all this talk about house prices racing

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out of control in London. That should be addressed by mortgage

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prices and inflation. A lot for Mark Carney to ponder. Let's go to the

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Independent. We discussed the widening gap between rich and poor.

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I would like to focus instead on Maya Angelou. If you are always

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trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. That is

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a quote from Maya Angelou. Obviously an incredibly inspirational figure.

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I think mercifully it seems that she didn't suffer a great deal at the

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end. She was posting on Facebook as late as Monday as this week, so

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mercifully the end came quite quickly when it came. Obviously, a

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figure who has bestrode so many different areas. Obviously a poet, a

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serial autobiographer, starting with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, but

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going on to be an actress, reading poetry and Bill Clinton's

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inauguration. Barack Obama said she is one of the brightest lights in

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his life. It is interesting, I was interviewing Bonnie Greer, and I

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asked what Maya Angelou's legacy was. And she said, she was proud of

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being a woman, in black Hummer she was proud of her past and overcoming

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that. She was proud to be who she was. Basically, she celebrated

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humanity, and that is part of her brilliance. It is amazing that you

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can go from being raped at the age of seven by her mother's boyfriend,

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who was killed in retaliation, and then she stayed mute for the next

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five years because she thought her voice had killed her rapist. To go

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from that to being everything that she was, Jesse Jackson said she was

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a Renaissance woman, and that is literally true. She had a rebirth,

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and she went on to lead such a flourishing life after a devastating

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start up of poverty and segregation. Can you imagine not seeing a word

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for five years when you are a kid, and then going on to write these

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amazing: , and seven autobiographies! A remarkable

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woman. We are going to go on to The Times. British girls have become the

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fattest in Europe. Neil and I read this and we immediately put away the

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chocolate bar we were eating. 29.2% of British girls under the age of 19

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now or overweight. We have one of the worst records in the entire

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world. It is only marginally better for boys, a quarter of them are

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overweight as well. We absolutely have to do something, and it has to

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be about the food industry, which pumps sugar into everything. I think

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this I think we do so much, that so many messages these days about the

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food industry or about peer pressure to eat fast food, but really just we

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have spineless parenting. People need to take responsibility for how

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they raise their children. If 30% of them are overweight or obese by the

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time they are 19 that is principally a problem with parenting. I really

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have for a start, I have had teenage children, and I can tell you you

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have very little control over what they eat by the time they are 12. My

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daughter is slender, but the second thing is they are surrounded by an

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environment where almost anything that they eat at any time is going

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to be bad for them, I was in hospital the other day. What you see

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when you walk into the hospital? WHSmith. 300 different kinds of

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chocolate bar, and not a single thing that you could describe as

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healthy. In your household, my guess is that there was fruit and

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vegetables, and you took care to make sure there were meals that are

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balanced. I can afford expensive food, and eating well is

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expensive... Eating well is more expensive than eating unhealthily?

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Yes it is. Get a lot more calories out of a Mars bar than you do out of

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an apple and a stick of celery. There seems to have been some kind

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of leak from the government. This is to replace Lord Patten. I worry that

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yet again, we will have somebody at the helm of the BBC who has no

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experience in broadcasting. This is what I write about and those of us

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who are friendly critics of the BBC and want the BBC to be strong, I

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worry that the dot this is where Patten came unstuck. It was not

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political affiliation, it was that he didn't get how the news

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operation, particularly when the stable problem was at large. And

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understanding the pressures that specifically affect the BBC in the

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wake you don't see with other broadcasters. Let's get the final

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story that is the Telegraph. Cynics are more likely to develop all

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timers. Which means everyone who has been on this programme, including

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me, is in trouble. I'm acidic! I am a sceptic. It is completely

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different. This is the most important new story today. It is

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absolutely riveting. 1500 people filled out a questionnaire and those

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who agreed with statements like, I think most people would like to get

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ahead, it is safer to trust nobody and most people will use you aren't

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fairly worth three times more likely to develop dementia than those

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others. You'll make it means that we have to start being nice and we will

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live long and happy lives. I am not a clinical psychologist. Really?

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There are different pathways in the brain. If you focus with mindfulness

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meditation, at which I am a great advocate, meditation reinforces the

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approach pathways which are key to mental health. My guess is that

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these people, the cynics, have been doing their fight or flight version

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pathways just a little bit too much. Very interesting. We will have to

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edit there, unfortunately. We will all be positive on this programme

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from now on. It has been great having you in. Thank you. Stay with

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