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are subject to constant bombardment. In a situation like this, you would

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kind of think, this sounds like clutching at straws. Certainly upped

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the ante and broken the truce, but it is hard to see now we are in

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this, it is just going to be tit`for`tat with what

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this, it is just going to be tit`for`tat with ever power play

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each side can grasp. Israel have perhaps said they will respond with

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crushing force. It is compulsory to be in the army. They have tens of

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thousands as reserve is too can be called upon at any time, with the

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promise that what ever happens, they can get you home. Yes, you talk

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about a crushing force. This young man, his father used to be in

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Cambridge University. He had his bar mitzvah at Cambridge University.

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These are points of reference so people can understand to this young

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man is. Then, toward the end of the story it says at least 62

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Palestinians were killed and 220 wounded when Israeli tanks began

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shelling the town of Rafer. Crushing force is exactly it and of course

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Israelis, the Israeli state is a democratic state, defending its

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borders, it is supported by the US and indeed by Britain, to an extent,

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but it doesn't feel the force of the attacks in the same way because it

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has the iron Dome. All the casualties are on the Palestinian

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side. This is a day on which the Israeli government has managed to

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get the PR offensive on its side as well as the massive air bombardment.

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We have seen the incredible destruction that has been caused in

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places like a town pretty much levelled in the centre of Gaza city.

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The cease`fire was meant to last three days, and 90 minutes is barely

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enough time for people to restock their food supplies, never mind

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anything else. We have no words as a watching world to describe the

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horror of this. We are getting really graphic images of what it is

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like. It is not something that needs to be left to the imagination. We

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are seeing the bodies of children taken into hospitals. We are

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watching men who are usually guarded with the language they use saying

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this is outrageous. We have seen UN officials break down in tears. If

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you've `` if you need any parallels, we are seeing people

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break down, unable to stand basically what they are seen in Gaza

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and we seem to be completely powerless to act. At the same time,

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bizarrely, it looks as though the peace talks scheduled to go on in

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Egypt are somehow expected to go on in the midst of this. I appreciate

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there may well be a couple of attempts to establish a proper

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cease`fire and there may be stopped and starts but it strikes me that

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Israel have made it very clear in recent days that they intend to shut

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down all these tunnels. Now they haven't yet, so it strikes me that

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that really does look like in military terms their objective

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before they will stop. Staying with the times just for a quick look at

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the photo story, very different tone to it. This is Claudia, who has won

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four gold medals in the Commonwealth Games forced the first Englishwoman

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for 84 years to do that. Tell us what the impact has been on the city

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of Glasgow. It is unbelievable. I am sitting here in the studio the

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moment and I hope you cannot hear the constant thud, thud, thud

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because there are about 12 bands outside, a TV programme going on

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beneath as elsewhere in the civic key here in Glasgow. The streets are

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buzzing. I came from an event night called the Empire cafe exploring

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Scotland's not very great track record of investing in the

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colonies, in the Empire and imperialism. There have been some

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long hard look going on on the fringe of all this and at the same

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time the streets are absolutely full of people. The Commonwealth Games

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have set the city alight and actually because TV coverage is so

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good it is the same across Scotland. Iron free where I was out last night

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in Edinburgh, they actually turned the music down in a very busy

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restaurant at the point where a Lee Childs was going in her 800 metres

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for us all to watch her get the silver medal. Not much turns

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television set off in pubs these days. What you might know about Neal

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is that he is a very keen amateur ice skaters so you no doubt will

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appreciate this sort of athleticism that we see Western Mark yes, that's

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right. Of course I am almost winter Olympic standard on the ice rink

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twice a week. Not quite. Let's move on to the Daily Mail. I think Neal

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was being unnecessarily modest. This is a campaign that the Daily Mail

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has been running, it has been very cross about the fact that huge fines

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levied by private parking companies and the suggestion is that some of

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the fines they levy are not even legal. It seems that they have some

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have been running stories about this have been running stories about this

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last week. What they are talking about is people who take your car

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when you are on private property. If you park on double yellow line and

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get ticketed by the authority, they are talking about people in hospital

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car parks or supermarket car parks who can leave a ticket on your

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windscreen which looks very official but isn't actually. They are saying

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that an adviser to David Cameron said this ranks alongside the EPI

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protections gambol in terms of money they shouldn't have to spend. Having

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read almost the full version of this on their website, I don't know what

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happens next. Clearly you do not have a right to park for free in

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Sainsbury's car park all day and go off and commute to your job and

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leave your car for free in somebody else's car park. So there has to be

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a balance struck between the supermarkets and the hospitals

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having proper rights over their private property and at the same

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time people parking, not being gouged by heavy fines. I will move

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on to you Leslie for this one on the Financial Times, airlines split on

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safety of Iraq roots. Not all are convinced that flying over Iraq

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given the fact it is still a war`torn country, it costs more

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money as we know for flights to be diverted around conflict zones, but

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the reason that this is so pertinent is that the suggestion is that Isis

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militant may have some surface to air missiles. And of course what

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happens to the Malaysia airline a couple of weeks ago. Yes. In a way

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this is fascinating. I must say, very shortly after the Malaysia

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airline went down, I began to wonder what we were actually doing, flying

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over these areas, but it did seem to be a story. Now it seems actually

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British Airways and another rail line have decided that yes it is OK

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to go over Iraq where as virgin and Air France have decided that no,

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they are not. It is possible to fly higher now, the flights are 20,000

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feet, you can at 30 thousand feet. It's the justification that seems to

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be interesting to me. BA are saying that basically they would only fly

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where it is safe to fly but that rather begs the question how would

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you now? How could you possibly know what kind of weaponry terrorist

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groups or verbal groups, however you want to characterise it, had in

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their possession when let's face it, in the case of the shocking events

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around the Ukraine, we still have search and rescue people unable to

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even reach the site. The amount of intelligence on the ground is zero.

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Very briefly, Neill, when I fly somebody I don't normally care how I

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get there but now people will start asking me. I had a friend living in

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Dubai for the last few years so I have flown that a number of times.

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When you have that flight Tracker on the screen in the seat in front of

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you, when we go over Iraqi airspace I've never really been very

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comfortable. Obviously I didn't have a reason for my discomfort until

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now. Clearly, Malaysia airlines, if you asked them, are you flying in

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safe airspace, they would have said yes we are. Moving on, we will leap

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across a story we were going to do. I would like to move you on onto the

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Daily Telegraph. The headline is that Scots have more disposable

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income than nearly all other small countries that Scottish Nationalists

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have been comparing Scotland too. But only because the UK provides

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that kind of economy of scale, that buying power that allows prices to

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be kept down in Scotland. I should say, I intend to be voting yes, you

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can take it with whatever pinch of salt you want. This strikes me as

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quite extraordinary. It says in the small print, that the Norwegians and

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Stockholm residents still have more cash than Scots. That is quite

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extraordinary. Their taxation rates are famously quite high. The second

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thing is, what can you do with more disposable income? We have the

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highest cost of childcare in the European Union, and we have some of

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the highest rail fares throughout the whole of Britain. You cannot buy

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social goods with any amount of disposable income. The thing that

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Scots are trying to say to the rest of Britain, and I think many people

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would echo this, any amount of personal disposable income will not

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buy us a good society. That is what these other countries have got. We

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will talk about that later, the next time we look at the papers. But we

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have to leave it there. Thank you both very much. Well done for coping

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with being so far away. I hope you stay with us, at 11pm we will be

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taking a look at the situation in Gaza. Coming up next, it is time for

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sports day. I am only faster, welcome to sports

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day from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Usain Bolt does his talking

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on the track, carrying Jamaica into the relay

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