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have all of the action from that, so a signing from Arsenal, and a record

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for Rory Mackle Roy. Hello and welcome to our look

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ahead to what the the papers With me are Tim Montgomerie of The

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Times and Ian Birrell, contributing Tomorrow's front pages, starting

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with: The FT leads on fears over one of

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Portugal's biggest banks which led to a sharp sell off of shares

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across European markets. getting into debt at twice the rate

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of men their own age as they try The Telegraph says men that have the

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vasectomy is are at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer. The

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Guardian reports on the concessions the Prime Minister made in order to

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secure cross`party support for emergency surveillance laws.

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And the top story in the Express top story reveals

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that a million more people are to be offered free weight loss surgery

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in a bid to stop them developing diabetes and heart disease.

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Berlin has put its foot down. The Germans are fed up, aren't they?

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Before angular Merkel heads off to Brazil to watch her nation try and

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put a feud goals past Argentina she is dealing with this very lies issue

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with America. `` a feud. She was able to deal with this forced the

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coalition with Liberal Democrats. The left are much more concerned

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about this infiltration of the German system and her own party. She

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is no longer quite the master of this issue that she was a year ago.

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She has been forced to take tough action against America because the

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German people are very unhappy. The reality of course is that all

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nations spy on each other. They do not spy on us, apparently. The

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transatlantic relationship is a different one. Germany probably knew

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they are being spied on, but now it has been revealed they have two

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respond. The fact is that the state department spokeswoman was asked

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repeatedly and she had to stonewall. It is alleged spying and the

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suggestion is that they have been called to rights on this. What are

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they trying to get? One issue is the parliamentary enquiry where someone

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is feeding information, and the other more serious is someone in the

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defence Department. The danger of course is that up to now Merkel has

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managed to keep a lid on the anti`American sentiment. This may

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bubble things up. This comes at a time when Europe and the West needs

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to be united against Putin and his aggression. The Crimea issue is

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still unresolved. Germany has shown some wobbles on this, and this may

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be what Putin wants, it allows him to get away with what he is doing.

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This may be one of the reasons America is spying on them in the

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first place. They fear that Germany may be getting too close to Russia,

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and it may be useful for America to know why Germany would take a

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pro`Putin stance. They can have negotiations with Merkel if they

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know these things. And the gas problem, or so. Exactly. Staying

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with the Times, Wonga. What we have here is the church of England and

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the new Archbishop of Canterbury taking a high`profile stance about

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Wonga. Now they are taking their money, the pension funds are

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distancing themselves from Wonga. The question is, do you remember

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when they said they would provide credit institutions so that people

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in need of emergency credit would not have to go to Wonga. What

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happened there? That is a great question. I am slightly concerned

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about it, but the archbishop said he would put Wonga out of business. The

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fact is, he said he didn't agree with payday lenders operate. It then

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transpires, unbeknown to him, that the Church of England has

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investments in Wonga. He then tried to get them out of the game and it

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has taken this long, this was months ago. It's no doubt that it's an

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embarrassing episode for him and the church that he was caught on this

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when he was trying to come out with a big statement. It has taken a long

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time to resolve it. There are a lot of issues about the size of church

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investments and assets. Questions are raised why they don't do more

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with their money instead of putting it in companies like Wonga. There

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seems to be a bit of a history of the church being slow on this

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issue. They had to be pushed to disinvest in Barclays. They are not

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really. Comic relief got into trouble with this recently. They had

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exactly the same sort of saga whereby someone confessed to one

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thing and was caught doing another. A pension fund manager of the Church

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of England said that figures declined. Money is not coming in

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through the collection plate and if you are going to pay for the clergy

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you have to invest and maximise your return. They are saying what is your

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choice? Do we invest in a legal company like Wonga or do we risk not

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being able to pay clergy pensions. That is a real world tension. The

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Telegraph, extending pension age, the only way to clear debt. This is

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the crux of problems facing our country. We have a new increasing

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debt that is getting worse and the figures here are very start, saying

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that in the next 50 years the people aged over 85 is going to quadruple.

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That will almost double the debt in 50 years. I don't think, as a

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society, the political class has began to face the implications of

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this. We have had the strikes today, which have been to some extent

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related to this. We have the looming NHS crisis, the looming black hole

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by 2020, and how we afford things we have begun to take as a right. We

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have not begun to grapple these issues of how we afford our pension

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system, and our health system. Those whose were on strike today say don't

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spend stupid money on other issues. Sort other issues rather than

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cutting our salaries. Can we afford it. It is a fair question to ask.

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How are we going to afford the NHS, because that is the big one. The

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reality is that a lot of people think now the economy is growing

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again that good times are around the corner. We can get the public sector

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wages up again. The reality is that only half of the deficit will have

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gone by the end of this. They formed the coalition based on that they

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would eliminate the deficit in this Parliament. They haven't come close.

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And Labour are saying they will have to maintain it as well. The thing

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is, of course, they may be easiest cuts first. The harder decisions lie

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ahead, which is why Ian is right. The difficult one is how do we pay

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for our ageing population and the health service. The next election is

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won to lose, because the party who comes to power, if they take the

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right decisions in the nation's long`term interests, they could be

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very unpopular. Charging for using the National Health Service. There

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is a divide. The difference in opinion between the parties on these

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opinions is not that different. But in the NHS, there is quite a lot of

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ideological difference. Labour make a lot of noise about difference but

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actually it is them that introduced a lot of it. Staying with the

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Telegraph. This ties in to the previous Tory. This is the problem

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facing NHS in the short`term. To put it in perspective, hundred and 88

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countries studied managed to reduce the obesity rate in the past 30

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years. Coming with this is a huge range of allied costs. Surgery is a

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controversial thing because a lot of people take the view that why should

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the state foot the bill. About 14 to ?15,000 per patient, it is by far

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proved to be the most effective treatment, which is why countries

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with health insurance are quite happy to pay for it, because

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long`term the cost is reduced. Again, it shows this is a big issue

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that we haven't begun to tackle. Should we introduce taxes on

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sweets, drinks? I don't know if we can have a close up, but there is a

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guy in a hospital bed with bandages around his arms and says it is

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cheaper than a gastric band and stops me using a knife and fork.

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Let's go to the Guardian. Cameron has rushed through the snooping law.

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We know, with the liminal Liberal Democrats particularly, one of their

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trite trademarks is the state having too much power to pry into our

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lives. We have to ask ourselves, those who worry about the state

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having these powers, why have the liberal Democrats agreed to this?

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They wouldn't have agreed to this unless they really were convinced by

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the security services that it was necessary. All due to a dip in the

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polls. With a dip in the polls the last thing you would do is upset

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your potential voters a game. They wouldn't do this unless they were

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convinced the threat is real. As someone said, power corrupts. Is

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there a sense here that being in power, the Liberal Democrats have

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decided that this is the reality and we have to start playing power ball

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`` hardball here. I think we should be naturally sceptical when

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politicians stand up and go along with something that security

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services want, which is effectively to privatise the collection of data

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and dump it on firms like this. We should be suspicious of it. It's

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good to see some extra restrictions come in, a new oversight board, and

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it has a new time until 2016, but particularly as journalists we

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should be suspicious. So you are sceptical of the fact that the

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government announced they have to do this when PE EU change the law.

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Overnight they deliver it. They steam`roll and convince all the

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parties. Thank you. You will be back in half an hour. We will have much

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more on the hundreds of thousands of workers who took industrial action

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today over pensions and austerity cuts. Now, it is time for the sport

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news. Cook serves his wicket

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on a plate for India. The England captain is

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out cheaply ? again. Cook serves his wicket

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on a plate for India. The England captain is

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out cheaply ? again.

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