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weight of the grasscourt tennis season for the men's number two and

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three at Queens. Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are Isabel Hardman of the

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Spectator, Torcuil Crichton of the Daily Record, and from Glasgow, with

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100 days of campaigning to go before the Scottish referendum, Richard

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Walker of the Sunday Herald. Tomorrow's front pages, starting

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with: The Metro dedicates its front page to the Young Ones comedian Rik

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Mayall, who has died at the age of 56. The Scotsman leads with the Yes

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and No camps marking one`hundred days until the Scottish independence

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referendum. The maximum fine for speeding is to be quadrupled, rising

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to 10,000 pounds, according to the Telegraph. The Ofsted report into 21

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Birmingham schools is the Guardian's main story. The paper quotes

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Education Secretary Michael Gove as saying schools must "promote British

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values". The FT says moves from central banks have extinguished

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volatility in global financial markets. Glasgow newspaper the Daily

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Record marks the death of comedian Rik Mayall and reports that Alex

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Salmond says he'll remain as First Minister if Scotland returns a no

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vote in September. The Times reports that all children will be taught

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British values of liberty and tolerance from September following

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today's Ofsted report. And the Daily Mail goes with the same story

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reporting on what it says is a "damning verdict" by Ofsted. So

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let's begin. A damning verdict by Ofsted. Trojan horse schools. The

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fact is that the report from Ofsted, it didn't really go as far as saying

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that hardline Muslims were trying to take over the schools. No, it did

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not find any evidence of a Trojan horse plot as alleged in the

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original letter which sparked the investigations. But to a certain

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extent, the fact that there wasn't a plot was almost as worrying. This

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infiltration without there being something systematic and organised

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and the extent to which strict Islamist practices and was in

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practices were being introduced in these schools is worrying. Because

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there wasn't something organised going on. It was almost easier to do

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it without it. It is the kind of report that might reflect badly on

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an education secretary. It is happening on his watch. How do you

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think Michael Gove comes out of this, bearing in mind some of these

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allegations were made four years ago? They haven't accounted for it

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before he became secretary, it was a worry he had. He is looking for it

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and has found it. The so`called Trojan horse plot. It is fairly

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damning stuff. The Daily Mail has taken the angle of how bad things

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were. Michael Gove said it wasn't his fault and the Home Office should

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have stamp this out years ago. The Home Secretary was having none of

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that nonsense. She released a letter showing that the Education

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Department had been warned about this beforehand, years ago. And so

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the ball went backwards and forwards in a very damaging Cabinet row over

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the weekend. She had to answer an urgent question, and afterwards made

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a statement outlining the Ofsted report and what Michael gof will do

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about it. `` Michael Gove. It was very artificial in some places.

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Theresa May gave her statement first. And Michael Gove was nodding

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furiously, trying to show her approval `` his approval. And she

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tried to leave very quickly, and it was immediately indicated that she

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should set down. I am sure you are laughing at this in Glasgow,

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Richard. The shenanigans which have been going on down here, have the

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people of Scotland been following them much or as the debate on

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independence taking over everything? It is not taking over everything, it

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is a big important debate. I am laughing at this but mainly at the

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Daily Mail front page, which begins with a campaign for hardline

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Islamist, when it wasn't. It mentions the shocking extent to

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which strict Muslim practices are being imposed. That would be the

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banning of Raffles from school fates. I am shocked to my very core.

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I am starting to get a bit worried about the reporting of this story.

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`` fetes. Michael Gove rejects extreme Muslim perspectives? I would

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agree with that, I would also reject an extreme Christian perspective.

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The Ofsted report is damning. There is no question about that.

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Governments do not reach their statutory responsibilities to

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safeguard pupils. I don't know about these schools. And nor do you and

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nor does anyone in the studio. I know that two years ago, one school

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was described as a modern school, and is now is described as failing

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in every single category. What has changed in two years? I suspect that

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what has changed is what the inspectors are looking for. I wonder

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if that changes motivated by politics or standards? Would you

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consider that the original inspections are flawed? That it was

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all about ticking boxes and not inspecting the actual ethos of these

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schools. It must have been fairly flawed the first time if they didn't

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realise what had been prohibited. OK. Let's go on to the times. All

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schools must teach what is be British. Richard, I will stick with

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you on this. Richard, what would you say it means to be British? And is

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it possible to get that across in schools?

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Where British values and Scottish values start to be defined, that it

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is difficult. It is difficult. That will be the problem here. Do you

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agree with what Richard was saying, that the application is that Muslim

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values or Islamist values potentially are not British values?

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You have to recognise this as the political chat it is. `` chaff.

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Having to write letters of apology, distracting from the Newark

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by`election, the D`Day commendations and everything else. He messed up

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badly last week. So he has to do come out and address British values.

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The schools involved are a lot more important than political

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machinations in Westminster. Isabel, has this hurt Michael Gove? The

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suggestion was that after he had to apologise on Sunday, when Theresa

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May lost her lieutenant as it were, but she came off the worst. But

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longer term, is it really that create? Longer term, it is still

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damaging for Theresa May. There are some special advisers in Westminster

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who do the job with the department. They make sure the department is

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safe and they will stay committed to the department even if the minister

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stays on and they would like to stay at the department. Fiona Cunningham,

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Theresa May's special adviser, wasn't just ambitious for the Home

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Office for Theresa May's you chat. And she was fiercely loyal. If you

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criticise her even with one line in a column, you would get a fierce

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response from Fiona Cunningham. `` future. In the future she doesn't

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have that ally. A week is a long time in politics, and Theresa May

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will be around for longer than a week. She is the one who is a tough

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cookie and has chewed up and spat out the Police Federation in a

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speech which should have been made 25 years ago. She is the one who

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stood up and did it. She stood them down. A lot of policemen would

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disagree with you on that. A lot of other people also. Yes, but she will

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take on her enemies and sit them down. I wouldn't like to be Michael

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Gove walking down a dark alley in Westminster. She does bear a grudge.

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A lot of this row has to do with the previous row and Cabinet when

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Michael Gove gave Theresa May a dressing down in front of her

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colleagues. Some slapped him on the back ahead of that. So who knows

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what her next revenge will be like? Let's go to the Scotsman. The yes

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movement and as referendum nears, do you think Alex Salmond is pouring

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whiskey thinking they have lost this? 100 days to go and they

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haven't done enough? No, strangely enough I don't think that. I think

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right now he is pouring whiskey and saying right, we have 100 days to

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go, let's do this. They have gained ground, the yes campaign. They are

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still eight points behind, something like that. It varies from Pole to

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Pole. What do the SNP and the yes campaign need to do `` poll to poll.

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They need to target the people who are undecided and spend all their

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time and energy making sure they decide to vote yes. They need to

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move the vote towards yes, some polls suggest it has stalled. If it

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has, at this stage, there is plenty of time. But that work needs to be

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done right now. 20 of time, is there enough time? As the days get

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shorter, the odds get longer. With 100 days to go, it is game on. Some

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would say that thank goodness there is only 100 days to go. I have

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written a short tune to celebrate the fact that it is only 100 days to

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go. It has been a long held up. The nationalist camp and the ASCAP is

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looking for a game changer. Something to change these odds. ``

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that yes camp. It was suggested it would be a good idea if David

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Cameron engaged in a TV debate with Alex Salmond, the First Minister of

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Scotland. That is exactly what Alex Salmond wants. He wants Scotland

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versus the Tories. Salmond versus the E `` Etonians. He said they had

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mismanaged things by making it written versus Scotland. Only Scots

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being relevant here. He says it has to be a vote promoting two different

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visions of what Scotland will be, independent or within the UK. But

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the gift to Alex Salmond tonight was Brown's speech. Would people be

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wondering why he would say that? His job is to unite the squabbling

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factions in the Better Together Campaign. You can't envy that task.

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His task is to stay calm and keep a reasonable voice in the know come ``

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no camp. And a vote for the status quo, if there is a no vote, that

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needs to be not seen as a copout but a good thing for Scotland. It is a

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difficult case to make because you don't want to get to emotional, it

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is you can never beat the Nationalists at emotion. By saying

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that the status quo is excellent. It is about tone, and they have made

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things almost boringly quiet. But that is also having a calming effect

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on the other camp. Whoever sounds most reasonable will probably win.

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With 100 days to go, as it hits 50, 40, 30... We will see a lot of

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emotion. From both sides, because a lot is at stake for people. It is

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great to see the nationalist side except that they have been a bit too

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negative `` acts that. Changing their tactics from `` accept.

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Changing their tactics from "no" to "no thanks". Nick Clegg came off

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second best in recent debates, that in itself means that we are unlikely

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to see a debate. If it doesn't happen for political reasons, and

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they don't want portrayed this fight as being between Scotland and posh

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boys in Westminster on and I can see the politics behind that. He has

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also said that he is passionate about saving the union. And that he

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will fight with every fibre of his being to do so. So I am not sure why

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the political machinations triumph over his emotional attachment to the

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union. So I don't see why he doesn't do the debate. There is more chance

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of Scotland winning the World Cup than of David Cameron agreeing to a

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debate unless the polls changed dramatically. Or as much chance of

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England winning the World Cup. Rick Mayall has died suddenly at the

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age of 56 and there is no explanation as of yet why he has so

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young. It is such a shock. He was so talented and seemed so healthy and

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it must be dreadful for his family to have had no warning at all. Was

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there a character like him in your dorm when you were in college? What

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he managed to do was tap into a side of society that we all knew about

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but that was not being written about or publicized on television. It is

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hard now to remember what the British comedy was like before the

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comic strip but if you try to test your memory, it wasn't good and he

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completely revolutionized it. There were groups of people you hated the

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same things you hate it and sat arise the same things and I think

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him and he has sacrificed that recently. As a comedian he made

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comedy out of nothing. He did a lot with very little. A combination of

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physicality and timing and stupidity all coming together in his weird

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characters. All of these were really clever comedians did it very well.

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In between those shows, you had mother`in`law jokes and racist jokes

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and all of that seem to be wiped away by the alternative comedians in

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the 90s and he was part of that revolution. We will now look at this

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one coming I'm not sure what it is coming I guess they went to a favela

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before their training session in Brazil? Two things struck me about

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this. It delivers all the stereotypes of Brazil and as we see

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it is not changing its image during this World Cup but it also appeals

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to me as a Scotsman as there are two pages here about England and it

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doesn't mention 1966. Why would it? England has long got over 1966 and

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it might be time for us to get over it. We are both tripping over each

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other to show how much we're going to support over the next few weeks.

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The obvious question for a man who works for a paper and is supporting

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the Yes campaign, who will you be supporting for the World Cup?

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Football and me have no relationship. No relationship. All

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right. I know you are excited about the whole football story and it

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concerns you deeply. You stay awake at night again about the games. Are

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you looking forward to the opening match on Thursday? You will be

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supporting England quite clearly. I am joking by the way, she hates

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football. You will be really bored over the next month. So will many

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people in the country. I might become a glory supporter and start

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cheering along if they do well but I will probably just do housework. It

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will be a month of fun and we will see Brazil edges a country we don't

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know much about `` which is. What I like is that there is no great

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expectation of England this time. Do us proud just by turning up. We will

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all be able to get behind them. None of this drumbeating. None of this

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golden generation rubbish. At least England are there... Thank you to

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all of you for joining me. Stay with us here on BBC News: At midnight

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we'll have full details of that Ofsted report into a number of

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Birmingham schools, and its implications. But coming up next

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it's time for Sportsday.

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