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returns on the World Cup. And Andy Murray is into the quarterfinals of

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the French open after a straight sets win over Fernando Verdasco.

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Hello, welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us

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tomorrow. With me, Sarah O'Connor, the economics correspondent for The

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Financial Times, and Oliver Wright, the Whitehall editor at The

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Independent. We are going to start with The Independent. It says a

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judge's decision to block the deportation of a man from Somalia is

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being seen as a test case for thousands of asylum seekers. The

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macro is leading on computer hacking and the warning that people need to

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act quickly to protect themselves. The Express reports on the latest on

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the Madeline McCann case. The Times says that David Cameron has been

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told to rip up his European policy. The Sun has a weighty subject,

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Britain apparently enjoying a sumo baby`boom. I don't know if we will

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get to that story tonight! Maybe we will, maybe we won't. The Telegraph,

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Kurt help to buy and end the property boom, says Brussels. Can

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they tell us to do that? They can suggest it! This will go down like a

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lead balloon at the Treasury. The European Commission is the latest of

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a whole string of economists and organisations to complain that help

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to buy, this system of mortgage guarantees for people with small

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deposits, that it is fuelling demand without fuelling supply and

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therefore pushing prices up. Frankly, I don't think that the

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Treasury is going to pay eight blind bit of notice. They think it is

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politically successful and popular and they will keep on with it. I

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have some sympathy with them, we had data last week on the impact of help

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to buy and it showed that 1.3% of transactions have actually used help

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to buy. I think, actually, it isn't really driving the property boom.

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Clearly, something is going on, but it is going on in London and the

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south`east. Help to buy is being used in Scotland and the south`west.

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We have two property markets, one in London, where it is a huge boom, and

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elsewhere, where it is modest, to say the least. What Brussels should

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be telling us, if they are allowed to tell us anything, is, stop

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foreign buyers putting up property prices and having ghost houses, and

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Mr Cameron should be building more houses? That is what they should be

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saying. They also appear to be nice to the Lib Dems. A mansion tax,

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well, they don't describe it as a mansion tax, but they say one way of

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dealing with high property prices is to increase taxes at the top end. A

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mansion tax in all but name. Well, this Government are really going to

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listen to that(!) The Government has put out a response, figures last

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week show that help to buy has helped thousands of first`time

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buyers on steady incomes finally realise the dream of home ownership.

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It is an aspirational policy that will remain a key part of our

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plans. Basically, they are sticking two fingers up? It sounds rather

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moderate, I suspect George Osborne will say something more punchy in

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private. Like, shut up! Let's go to the business section of The

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Telegraph. AstraZeneca, British company, the American company,

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Pfizer, they wanted to take it over. The price was too low, according to

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AstraZeneca. Roll out a view cancer drugs, it might put the price up? On

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the one hand, it is saying to patients, look, you could get Italy

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access to these treatments, which are very promising. These are

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patients, possibly, without a lot of other options. That is a good

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thing. The fact it is on the business pages rather than the home

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possibly more about the share prices possibly more about the share prices

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than patients. You cynic! They are not going to give these drugs for

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free. The NHS pays for these drugs. AstraZeneca certainly hopes the

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success of them will increase the share price. If they can get the

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drugs out there earlier, the more chance they have of raising the

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share price up to a sort of level which Pfizer were offering, part of

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the raison d'etre for turning them down. I guess that Pfizer, although

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it has gone away for the time being, is still a threat. They could come

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back in six months, you have got this kind of announcement, hopefully

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publicity about other drugs and whatever going out there. Pfizer

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might feel it is worth putting up the price? They might! Sceptical? I

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think you are being a bit too cynical. On the papers? Being

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cynical? No! I didn't realise that we in the UK are launching this

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thing of trying to fast`track drugs through the testing process and

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trying to get them to patients much quicker. This will be the first test

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of whether it is going to work the way people think it will. Actually,

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if you had a relative in need of drugs, it would be quite

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interesting. Absolutely, a good news story in that sense. Just to go back

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to what we were saying, it seems interesting that this is happening

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now. These cancer drugs are the very ones that it has been... It was

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talking about, sure. Staying with drugs, a story that you have been

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involved with, private contractor blamed for NHS drug delays? This is

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a story I have been working with the bureau of investigative journalism

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with. It is a story about Help At Home. Most people will not have

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heard of it. People with serious conditions who cannot go out and see

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their doctor, they get their medicines delivered. It has been

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used quite a lot for cancer, painkillers, haemophilia, etc. This

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company appear to have had some pretty serious IT issues. All of

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this stuff is now automated to such an extent, the GP put in a

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description, it goes to one place, eventually ends up with somebody

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knocking you on the door and giving you the drugs. It appears to have

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gone down over the last few months, affecting thousands of patients. You

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have a specific example? I was looking today at the NHS Choices

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website, where people can rate various services. If I was Health

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Care At Home, it does not make pretty reading. These are real

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people that are relying on these drugs. It's quite hard to go to the

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doctor and get a new prescription, they want to know what happened to

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the original drug. The tendency is, you stick around and hope it will

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come tomorrow. People have been phoning helpline and haven't been

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able to get through. To be fair to the company, they are being very

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apologetic. They say they will spend whatever it takes to get this right,

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they realise there is a problem. It's not much consolation to

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patients. It seems like there is a back`up plan for the NHS in this

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situation? You would think there would be. Something that is clearly

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extremely important for patients that are using it, when we do

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contract out to the private sector, you would hope there would be some

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sort of contingency plan. It's not the first time a Private Company has

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let the public sector down. That said, it is tempting to say, well,

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outsourcing is a bad idea. But, frankly, the NHS doesn't have a

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great IT record itself. It is blaming its logistics supply, it is

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their IT problems on this. One thing he mentioned, one woman was forced

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to call after two deliveries failed to arrive for her ten`year`old son

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who suffers from multiple sclerosis. Another woman who suffers from

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severe Crohn's disease was on hold for 45 minutes, complaining about

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them failing to deliver. I think some people were waiting even longer

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than that. Staying with The Independent, Judge prevents May

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sending asylum seeker back to lawless Somalia? They say that

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Theresa May has been accused of acting unlawfully by forcing failed

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Somalian asylum seekers back to Mogadishu. I'm not entirely sure

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where this word unlawfully comes from. The story is basically saying

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that a judge has ordered an injunction on behalf of a

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23`year`old Somali man. He is referring a decision to send him

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back to the other tribunal. That will be a test of whether the

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Government is right to say this is a safe place to send people. It will

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be immensely important for all of the other Somalis waiting in the

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same situation. I guess it is another one of those battles over

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the Human Rights Act and what is deemed to be safe, deemed to be

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acceptable. Who gets to decide? The Government would say one thing,

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lawyers acting for the individual concerned would say another. It's

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difficult for courts to judge because they change. You can say

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today that Mogadishu is safe, in a couple of months it is not a stable

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place. What is it going to be? You are sending them back permanently.

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Are you judging that on, well, it is safe on Tuesday. We consider it will

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be safe in the next six months. What rights do these people have? A

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difficult situation. There is a functioning government, but it only

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seems to have a writ for the capital, perhaps that is where the

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Home Office feels it can come up with this decision, but the rest of

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the country is out of the question. That is interesting, keep an eye on

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that one. Finally, the Metro, two weeks to save your computers,

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apparently a bug that could get your personal details. We have all got

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two weeks to clean up our computers. This could be written another way.

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The NCA and the FBI have said they have shut down the servers but they

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can only do it for two weeks, which doesn't fill you with confidence,

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particularly. In the meantime, they are saying, look, they are using it

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as an advantage for buying anti`virus software. But, yeah, what

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they have done is isolated this virus, and they have controlled it,

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but they reckon that in two weeks, the criminals will have worked out a

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way to get back in and could get your data. It says what it says, and

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the gang, or the group of gangs are meant to be based in Russia and

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Eastern Europe, and their ringleader, Evgeniy Bogachev, he

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sounds like a kind of James Bond villain! Master spy! The FBI have

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put out a most wanted poster for him, I didn't realise they still did

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that. Clearly, these gangs are one step ahead of the crime agencies.

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That is the problem, isn't it? Are you going to clean up your

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computers? Mine is very clean. I was always told Apple was not affected,

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but they probably are! I have got an Apple, is there a risk? Don't know!

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It sounds implausible to me. Finally, we going to look at the

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Express, yeah, basically the latest on the situation of Madeleine

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McCann, British police involved in this search in this particular area

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of Praia da Luz. Yeah, it must be just such a worrying, difficult time

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for my blunder can's parents. I was reading today a feature on the BBC

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website, talking to people in the local area. `` Madeleine McCann. The

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mayor was saying, couldn't they have waited until after the tourist

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season? You just think, pole come on, there are more important things

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to worry about, surely. It seems to be concretely they are following up.

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You will be back in an hour's time, many thanks for that. Stay with us

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at BBC News, much more at the top of the hour on all the latest

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developments on all the stories. Now it is time for Sportsday.

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Hello and welcome to Sportsday, I'm Hugh Ferris.

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