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This is all very exciting, isn't it? We are a little bit early.

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This is all very exciting, isn't it? We are a little This is BBC News. We

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will be looking at the morning's front pages. Early but perfectly

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formed. Britain has the fastest`growing economy of the main

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developed countries, according to the IMF. The Queen at the

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Commonwealth Games but not an official portrait this time. She is

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tapping into the edge of the selfie being taken by two of Australia's

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athletes. The Independent has a picture of injured children in

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Gaza. And claims that new government figures show that council tax rises

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are hitting Britain's for the hardest. Gaza is on the front of the

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Metro. A grief stricken father, whose son has died in the recent

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shelling. The Guardian says the Health Secretary is demanding

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investigation by the Food Standards Agency. This is in relation to a

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poultry farm scandal. The IMF raises growth forecast to more than 3%,

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leaving other developed countries are standing, by the looks of

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things. How real and deep rooted is the economic recovery and who is

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benefiting and who will benefit politically? In this article, they

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seem to feel that they accept this IMF report, the same IMF that told

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us one year ago that the Chancellor was playing with fire with austerity

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measures, is now saying that the UK is surging ahead with every other

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member of the G7 group of leading nations. They were wrong but George

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Osborne was right? That has to be the implication that you would take

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from it but they are saying that we have to see where we are in one year

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and so on will stop and then further down the article, quite

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interestingly, talking about the politics of it, we have Danny

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Alexander telling us that this confirms again that "our decision"

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to form the coalition has given the UK the strength and stability to

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deliver the economic plan, every part of which there is the hallmark

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of Liberal Democrat very useful top they all want some credit for this

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in the run`up to the general election. `` Liberal Democrat

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values. This is very interesting. George Osborne has not jumped on

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this story. There are quotes from George Osborne everywhere all over

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these stories normally but this is quite canny of him. He knows that an

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election is coming up and now is probably not the right moment to

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make too much of this. There will be plenty of that further down the line

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as we get closer to the general election next year. The other

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question is about the credibility of the IMF. We think of it as a gold

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standard brand, that is the IMF says something, we should believe it. And

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yet, one year to the next, we have a big change in their own reliability

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being called into question. One tweet says that some expect the UK

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economy to be the biggest in the EU by 2050, which raises serious

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questions for an EU referendum because if that is true, the UK

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could lead the EU. I don't know where... Inside the EU. It would be

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a different proposition. It would be. If the Conservatives win the

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next general election and if there is another referendum in 2017, it

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will be very interesting to see how this sort of thing plays out. But

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why is the economy doing so well? One reason is because we're in the

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EU. And because we get the sort of inward investment that other

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countries do not have. And the business case against leaving the EU

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will be as strong as ever despite this. Moving onto the Guardian.

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Chickens. You will be thrilled with this. A story about the destruction

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of a school used as a refuge in Gaza. Hundreds of people have been

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injured in this missile strike, this shelling. Both sides blame each

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other. Here in the Guardian, it does say that the IDF have responded by

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targeting the source of the fire, and that in a series of tweets, they

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later confirmed the deaths were as a result of the Israeli strike. We

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hear all the time that Israel gives warnings to people who are in

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targeted areas and that they are pinpoint accurate, but it raises

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questions over both of those is, that people were not able to get out

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and for some time, no one was able to find out who had fired this

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missile. Clearly the UN believes they were not given sufficient time

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to evacuate civilians from the area. Whether or not the UN accepts

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that there have been missiles inside their own schools and why they have

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not done something about it in advance is another question. These

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stories at the moment don't get onto this. I find it interesting that it

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used to be that something as as this, people like the IDF would put

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out a statement. Now they are putting out tweets, which they don't

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have to update and change as they go along. You would almost think this

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is too serious for Twitter. I was going to say exactly the same

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thing. I think that it is really... That any government would use

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Twitter... But they know people follow it. They do know. They

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absolutely no. And that is the very reason for making sure that you are

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right and you are putting out the facts certainly from your point of

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view. The other thing is that most of the injured were women and

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children. Among the dead was a mother and her one`year`old baby.

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And UN staff, of course, as well. Some of them lost their lives in

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this. Food agency forced to carry out an investigation on chicken

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factories. The Guardian has been plugging away at this, talking about

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the standards of hygiene or lack thereof in chicken processing

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factories. This seems like a resurrection of a story we have been

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hearing of quite a few times. This talks about how many chickens have

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this bacteria that none of us particularly want to come into

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contact with. It looks as if they have almost been

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pushed into it by the Health Secretary, into doing an enquiry.

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They do not think it is necessary. I think this could be the beginning of

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lots and lots of stories about the way in which food is produced. We

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turn a blind eye to a lot of it. We do turn a blind eye and in other

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countries they turn both of their eyes in that way. Our standards, I

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still believe, and the farming lobby believes very strongly, are as high

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as just about any country in the world. Also interesting, the

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government has separately been considering proposals to reduce the

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contamination of fresh chicken. But stories like this do bring matters

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to a head. Jeremy Hunt's intervention shows. I had chicken

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for dinner tonight. I will eat chicken again tomorrow. If 66% of

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the content got this and it has not made me fall and over, why does it

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matter? `` of chicken. This is Russia under pressure after what has

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happened in eastern Ukraine, with the plane coming down last week.

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Retaliation with the threat of greater sanctions. This is the

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question. How would Russia actually react to David Cameron's threats of

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significant sanctions? This is a story which addresses that issue.

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And the Russians do not want to get into a tit for tat reaction. The

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Russians have their own economic robins. `` problems. The solution

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for Russia is not very optimistic, put it in its mildly. `` putting it.

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There was a story we were talking about which shows a downgrading of

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growth prospects for the Russian economy. This is an idle threat from

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Russia. Vladimir Putin likes to throw his weight around, but he is

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the head of a very weak and fragile state. An economy that could not

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sustain this. He does have a lot of people in parts of Ukraine who are

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looking to him to look after them. Absolutely. As he has a

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responsibility to his own people and to the world. I think the Russians

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are comforted by the situation of the reliance on the Germans and that

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relationship. How Angela Merkel and the Germans handle this situation

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going forward is very interesting. Staying with the daily Telegraph.

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Scotland's gold rush is under way. Medals in the judo. We have been

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looking at the English edition of the Telegraph. This is the Scottish

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version. A different selection of photographs. Again, a tussle for

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prominence on the front pages. The Scottish women were not given a look

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in on the English edition. I do not think the English are given a

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built`in on the Scottish version. `` look in. I was always the person

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accused of making sure that England never played Scotland unless we

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absolutely had to. There is some truth in that allegation, I have two

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say. For me, yes, our coaches always wanted to play the game. It `` but

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recently, the rivalry was so intense. I still remember an England

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team going to Hamdan, not a happy experience, even though we won. We

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have got the referendum only a few weeks away on the future of

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Scotland. This cartoon brings sport and politics together. Glasgow 2014.

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Two people tangled up in each other in judo. Is this judo, or a

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discussion about keeping the pound? This is such a ripe subject for all

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of these puns and rivalry. Absolutely. We often debate the way

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in which sport gets entangled in politics. And apparently sports

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people hate that. They want sport to be pure and just about the game. But

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of course it get involved in politics. I remember the days in

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which people said, sport and politics must never mix mingle.

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There was a prime minister, didn't he have a competition with Kevin

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King? We have seen the Prime Minister on the tennis court. That

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also caused controversy. Do not mess with the red arrows. This would have

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been an outrage. The Ministry of Defence have told us that the red

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arrows are ambassadors for the UK. So it was appropriate that red,

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white and blue smoke was used. Apparently it was never a formal

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request. It is a bit of a nonstory. It seems that somebody who was

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involved in the promotion of the games thought there might have been

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some suggestion that perhaps the Redwood have been taken out of the

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red arrows. `` red would. There is also a line in the story. The BBC

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understands the production company only became aware of the possibility

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of the change in colour the day before the opening ceremony. This

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may have gone a little bit further than some are suggesting. One quick

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look at the Queen. She is at the Commonwealth Games. She has photo

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bombed a selfies. There she is looking extremely happy. It reminded

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me of that day. Do not do it again, your Majesty. Thank you for being

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with us. It is time for Commonwealth Games Sportsday.

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