27/07/2014 The Papers


27/07/2014

No need to wait to see what's in the papers - Martine Croxall presents a lively and informed conversation about the next day's headlines.


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scrapped. It capsized off the island of Giglio, killing 32 people. Laura

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Trott winds gold at the Commonwealth Games and we will have a full round

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up coming up `` wins. Welcome to our slightly longer than usual lookahead

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to what the paper's are bringing us tomorrow. With us is a fellow at the

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University of Manchester and a feature writer for the Independent.

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The Daily Telegraph focuses on fracking. The Guardian leads with

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fracking as well, it says the government will also invite firms to

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bid for onshore oil and gas licences for the first time in six years. An

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investigation into the NHS by the Sun, says it's in a critical state,

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with budget cuts and hard`pressed A units. The Daily Express claims

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a burst of two minutes of exercise a week, is the easy way to beat

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ageing. The Mail reports on so called "cowboy parking squads",

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roaming the high street and hitting thousands of drivers, with fines.

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The front page of The Times says one in nine patients waiting to see a GP

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can't get an appointment, with doctors turning away their patients

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more than 40 million times this year. And... Cycling Gold for

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England's Laura Trott, on the Independent, who defied a kidney

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infection to win the women's 25 kilometre points race at the

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Commonwealth Games. Let's begin. We will start with the Times. Millions

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shot out of Doctor's clinics. These suggestion is one in nine people

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trying to get an appointment cannot get one and have been turned away

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more than 40 million times this year. When you read into this,

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according to the College of GPs, it has been brought in by patient

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demand. Many people think they need help and with an ageing population,

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they probably do. This is quite worrying. Out only the ageing

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population but also the growing population `` not only. The

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chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs says that the profession has

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been brought to its knees. She says there are simply not enough family

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doctors to go around. There is a statistic that GPs deal with 90% of

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patients within the NHS but only get 9% of the budget so they are

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incredibly overstretched. I am outraged about that because they do

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a fantastic job but they are simply not getting the money they need,

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especially as the population is expanding at such a huge rate. The

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NHS is the biggest employer in Europe, it is a gargantuan

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organisation and they are not putting the money where the patients

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needed most. going to need to change how many

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people get to see their doctors. It is 11% overall not getting

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appointments but the number is worse in London. GPs are a critical first

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point of contact for everybody. It is where people find out they need

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to see an oncology expert, for example. Detection is very clear...

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It is worrying that we will meet our medical services more as we become

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older. Someone is going to have to do something about this soon.

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Critical is the headline in the Sun. NHS in crisis as its budget is cut.

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Doctors warning of a care timebomb. It hopes here, here and here. `` it

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hurts. You mention not being able to see a GP and if people cannot see a

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GP, they take matters into their own hands and go knocking on the A

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door. One third of people think that the NHS has got worse over the past

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year. That is a warning for the government. I have been on this

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programme many times before, discussing my love for the NHS,

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which the majority of this country shares, and the moment any

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politician suggests taking 1p away from the NHS, it is a massive vote

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loser. Every government of every stripe always says it will support

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the NHS and this is a real warning for Jeremy Hunt and this government

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that they must do more because it is the most loved organisation of this

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country, closely followed by the BBC. I can say that because I do not

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work for the BBC. I'm glad you did. Thank you. If the government does

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not love the NHS as much as people do, it will suffer. One of the world

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's biggest airline says it will stop flying over Iraq. This is Emirates.

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Questioning whether Islamist militants in Iraq, ISIS namely, has

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a missile that could take out a commercial airliner. It is

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surprising to some people that airlines still fly over these parts

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of the world, which are troubled with violence. Absolutely. But until

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the loss of light image 17 last week, we probably did not know that

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it was possible on this scale, that surface`to`air missiles was so

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available. `` until the loss of flight MH17. Flying is supposed to

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be our safest mode of transport. It probably still is but we have had

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these incredibly tragic cases of late. And the Air Algerie case as

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well, which came down in Mali a few days ago. But there is also a cost

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implication as well, once you start diverging planes. That is

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interesting because Emirates flies the most flights from this country

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across Iraqi airspace. More than 50 per day. It is a vital air corridor

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between Europe and Asia. If they have to divert from that, it will

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cost more. Passengers will complain about that. The British CEO of it

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has to weigh that up. Ultimately, an airline that crashes a lot of planes

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is also going to go bust. Or for whatever reason they get shot out of

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the air or fall victim to terrorism. It is in the airline's interest.

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Safety is paramount and that is the biggest guarantor for more

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passengers. National parks to be saved from fracking. It depends

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which way you look at this. Countryside campaigners have been

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trying to get reassurances that national parks will not be targeted

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for fracking for shale gas. Here, we have an announcement that there will

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be some protection but it is not an outright ban on the idea. It can be

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possible in exceptional circumstances. In exceptional

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circumstances where a Tory MP is likely to lose his seat. That is

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highly cynical but I do feel that the government seems to be taking a

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lot of notice because Tory backbenchers have been making a lot

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of noise about this, saying that you cannot fracking our constituency.

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Look at all the people who will complain! People might call them

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NIMBYs. There might only complain because it is happening in their

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backyard but if it was happening in your backyard, you would be very

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annoyed about it. But if it happens in a national park, it is not

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necessarily be in your backyard but many people would want to protect

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that. The people here are very protective of their heartlands,

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areas of natural beautiful top the concern is that if there are large

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amount of energy found in these areas... Part of the piece is also

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that there are a lot of jobs potentially attached to fracking, so

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it will be important industry as well as the green agenda. But if it

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comes at the expense of our heartlands, it might change the way

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people think about this. There is also the issue of energy security.

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Especially in light of the recent events in Ukraine, people are

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terrified of Russia turning off the taps and stopping its supply of gas

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to Western Europe. Germany has 60% of its gas supplied by Russia. We

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need to find a way of not being dependent on Russia, of supplying

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our own oil and gas. Is this all a dream? We might wake up. Let's hope

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so. UKIP may hand the keys of Number ten to Ed Miliband. The suggestion

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that if you get when 9% or more of the vote of the general election, Ed

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Miliband will be Prime Minister. It depends on where those folks are

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concentrated. They would have to be concentrated so they could win the

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right number of seats and push the Conservatives out of those seats.

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Absolutely. There has been an opinion poll where there is positive

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movement in the marginals. UKIP has not yet got a seat in the UK but it

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may win some places. But I think it is a desperate story to suggest that

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Labour is counting on UKIP winning more votes to get into number ten. A

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strange thing to do, to suggest people vote for a party they

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disagree with. As a party that is against everything Labour stands

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for. It would be the height of cynicism to usher UKIP in, while

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hoping to win seats away from the Tories. I'm pleased to see people

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like Ed Balls are saying that we should be out there, fighting them

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on the beaches, and not tacitly encouraging them in the hope that

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they beat the Tories. It would be unfortunate for Labour voters if

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this was how Ed Miliband wanted to win. Yeah, otherwise he will just

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win it by eating bacon sandwiches. They are encouraging us to ask

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questions of him. He might regret saying that. Ceasefire pledges but

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no end to the fighting in Gaza. We have seen that fighting has

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continued today, despite announcements of ceasefires on both

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sides. We have also seen that... There has been a phone call today

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between Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama, and Obama says

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there has to be an immediate and unconditional ceasefire. If only for

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humanitarian reasons. The number of civilians who have died... And the

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Pope has spoken on this as well. He has pointed out the number of

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children who have been killed. 218 Palestinian children. 1500

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Palestinian children have been injured. Shocking figures by

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anyone's reckoning. John Kerry has apparently gone home. 15 years ago,

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when the US Secretary of State turned up in Israel, that would be

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the moment a ceasefire would happen. It shows how little traction in the

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US has and how President Obama, much as I love him, has failed in so many

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foreign policy areas. He does not have any weight there any more.

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Angela Netanyahu is not listening to him or else there would have been a

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ceasefire instantly and I think it is a great shame. `` Benjamin

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Netanyahu is not listening to him. The point is well made in that we

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have not yet brokered a deal in the Middle East between the players that

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are currently taking part. Therefore, someone else will have to

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wade into this debate and talk about a ceasefire on different terms. What

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about the Arab nations? Many of these talks have been taking place

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in Qatar. The Qataris have not necessarily hosted many rounds of

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talks... But John Kerry and Khaled Meshaal both went to Dale Parker.

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The Arab nations to understand this conflict better than most, perhaps.

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We will always need American involvement and EU involvement, but

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so far, we have not seen peace and this is very unfortunate for the

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Palestinian people because the loss of life is just... Khaled Meshaal is

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quoted as saying we are not fundamentalists, we are not fighting

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the Jews because they are Jews per se. We do not fight any other

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races. We are fighting occupiers. But Hamas is regarded as a terrorist

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organisation by a number of countries and Fatah, the other

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Palestinian political faction, does not seem to have a great deal of

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sway over what is happening in Gaza. The difficulty is that

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Netanyahu is so reluctant to deal with Hamas... They don't believe in

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the right of Israel to exist and do not acknowledge its right to exist

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for top it is an extremely difficult situation when the two sides cannot

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even agree on how to get to the table. And we have elections in that

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part of the world, so the complexion could be different. Yes. But

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regardless of political parties, when you have loss of civilian life

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on this scale, you have to talk about it differently, or else we

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will never move on. It is totally shocking, I agree. 218 children in

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ten days is absolutely unthinkable. If it would happen anywhere else,

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what would the reaction the? If it happened in London... Anywhere! We

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cannot tolerate the fact that it is happening in this part of the

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world. Somebody has to step in and do something about it. Staying with

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the Guardian. The Commonwealth Games. Happier news. It is a bit of

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a handbrake turn, I grant you. Laura Trott wins gold after an illness.

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She had a kidney infection but got on her bike anyway, cycled 25

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kilometres and got the gold medal in the points cycling. And she is

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pictured with the Scottish competitor, Katie Archibald, who

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took the bronze medal. The people of Glasgow have rolled out the red

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carpet for everybody, making them very welcome. People are fantastic.

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Enjoying the climate in Glasgow. And it is wonderful for the athletes.

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Perseverance goes a long way for those athletes who win gold. It is

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wonderful for the crowd, who get to see lots of home`grown people

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winning. The youngest competitor in the Commonwealth Games, 13 years old

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from Scotland, has surprised spectators by winning the bronze

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medal. She is from Shetland. It was moving. She comes from this very

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small community with a tiny pool, where she has to train, and it cost

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her lots of money to come from the Shetlands. The commentator said that

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the producers were in tears when this 13`year`old girl was being

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interviewed. She was so delightful and so I'm believing that this had

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happened to her the youngest competitor in the Scottish team

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winning a bronze medal. She came from miles behind to get it at the

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last minute. It is a great story and it underlines how fantastic this has

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been. Yes, the bronze in the para sport 100m breaststroke. And she did

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not tell her friends at school she was competing in the Games!

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LAUGHTER. I love the stories that come out of events like this. The

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Express. Two minutes exercise will stop you from ageing. Per week! With

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that win you a place in the Commonwealth Games? I doubt it!

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LAUGHTER. We should try it! The only exercise I will do is raise my

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eyebrows at this because with everything that is going on in the

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world, they have chosen this as a front`page story. Maybe I have my

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journalistic values upside down but it does seem a strange thing to

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choose. I agree. In some distant way, it is possible the linked to

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the NHS story and `` is possibly linked to the NHS story and our

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ageing population. It says we will be better performing everyday tasks.

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What is that? Cutting your own toenails, putting your shoes on?

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Apparently, one of the researchers at this university says it does not

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require exercise in seven days per week that the current guidelines

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promote. Some health specialists will be concerned. Should we take

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this literally. I will not hand in my gym membership just yet. Have I

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got time? I will hop on the treadmill. We all will! Thank you

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for joining us. To Glasgow for the latest from the Commonwealth Games.

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Thank you.

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