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Jadeja during their altercation during the first test between

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England and India. Welcome to our look ahead to what

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the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me here in London is

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Craig Woodhouse, political correspondent for the Sun.

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And in our Glasgow studio, Jean Freeman from Women for Independence.

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Time for a look at the front pages. On the Daily Mirror, bomb terror at

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38,000 feet. The paper describes the moment RAF

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jets were scrambled to escort a passenger plane after a bomb hoax.

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The Times shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry

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walking through a field of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London.

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The Daily Mail says six out of ten chickens on sale at supermarkets

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carry a dangerous bug, which causes food poisoning.

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The Express warns that energy bills may soar as suppliers scramble to

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make up for a dip in their profits. After today's shock resignation by

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the Conservative minister Baroness Warsi, the Telegraph says she's

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warning another minister may follow her lead.

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And the Guardian says Alastair Darling landed a barrage of blows on

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First Minister Alex Salmond in tonight's televised referendum

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debate. No surprise, then, that the debate

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features heavily on some of the front pages. But there is more

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analysis on the inside pages as well. Also, the resignation over

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Gaza. That is the front page on the Times, which also speculates that

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this may just be the beginning. That is what Baroness Warsi indicated in

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her rather inflammatory exit interview she gave yesterday

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evening. Interestingly, the Times says Dominic grieve, the former

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Attorney General, who was axed in the reshuffle recently, has come out

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in favour of Baroness Warsi's position. In her resignation, she

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said that the Council of some of the more moderate figures like Dominic

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Grieve 's and Ken Clarke had been missing in the last few weeks.

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Clearly, there is a rift. Nick Clegg and Vince Cable have come out

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strongly in favour of suspending arms exports to Israel. This is not

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just a Tory party war but a war within the coalition. When things

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like this bubble up in the summertime, when everyone is on

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recess, they take a while to get going. But this one has got going

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very quickly. How do people read into this? Do people care? What

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people care about is when they think that parties are divided and split.

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There is a lot of evidence that voters do not like division within

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parties or, in this case, it looks like not only within a party but

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within the two parties of government. I think that is what

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people care about. Of course, people will care about what is going on in

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Israel and in Gaza and have opinions on that but I think that the impact

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this will have is more on the unsettling nature of division in the

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UK government. I also think the point about things like this

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happening in the summertime, absolutely, it has certainly grown

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legs and run quite fast. Debates like this are harder to close down

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this summer as well because there is not much else happening and the

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Prime Minister is on holiday, so he is not there to get a grip of it and

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take control or even appear and make statements and so on. It feels

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well`planned, well timed and therefore deliberate. I think what

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has been happening over the last few days, she did not have much option

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in that timing. She the World War I commemorations that

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have been going on. She earliest point she could do it and

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she knew that David Cameron was on his way to Portugal. This is your

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newspaper's headline. It is quite clever. Again, it hints at some

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insight into the internal discussions going on at the ten

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Downing Street, if anyone is around, of course. Indeed. David Cameron

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seems to be cursed that whenever he leaves the country, something big

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happens. He was in Africa when his constituency was flooded. He was

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under attack for that at the time. He was on holiday shortly after the

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horrific murder of Lee Rigby. And here he is, looking at fish. And we

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have the caption, gutted, underneath a picture of David Cameron and a

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picture of a fish, just as one of his main ministers walked out. If he

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wanted to give a statement from Portugal, it might give this story

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too much credence. He is dammed if he does and dammed if he doesn't. Do

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you admire someone who was hailed by David Cameron as Britain's first

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female Muslim Cabinet minister? Do you admire what she has done today,

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making a stand? I admire any politician who acts out of beliefs

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and principles. If that is what has happened today, that is worthy of

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admiration. sensibly cynical about politicians

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and their motivations, so I will withhold my judgement until I see

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more about what happens here. That is a good point. This might not end

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up dabbling `` damaging the government too much. People won't

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mind if a person stands down because they have to look in the mirror

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every day and... Let's look at the other main story in the papers, the

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referendum debate in Scotland. The Daily Mail is calling it. Darling

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wins debate as crowd turns on Alex Salmond. Yes. And with all due

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respect, it is something of a classic Daily Mail headline in that

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there were a few seconds when the audience, not the crowd, the

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audience in the venue expressed their displeasure at the first

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minister. There were also other occasions when the audience

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expressed uncomplimentary views of Alistair Darling. It was a bit...

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But it is accurate. They did express displeasure. Whether that warrants a

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headline to say that the crowd has turned on Alex Salmond, I'm less

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sure. This is the problem with these election debates. Similarly with

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leadership debates before elections. The one between Nick Clegg and Nigel

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Farage. Everyone is desperate to reach a judgement immediately on who

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won and who lost and what they key moments were. That is partly the

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reason why David Cameron says he does not want the same format this

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time around. This ends up being dominated by who said this and who

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said that. Sometimes, it's just a couple of seconds either way that

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can determine the entire coverage. Head`to`head battle. Alex Salmond

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and Alistair Darling in a head`to`head battle. It is fair to

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say that it was a heated debate and made interesting television. Yes,

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and that is exactly what we want. That is the point of them. Alistair

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Darling has been criticised as the grey man, the man with no notions.

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He came across much better and gave as good as he got. I agree. You

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found it engaging and heated? It was. Not merely passionate enough

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for my liking at times but in terms of Alistair Darling's performance,

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he is criticised and characterised as being dull and boring and in

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fairness, he was quite energised and animated and he stuck to the script

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and made his points. In that sense, it was not all. Admittedly, you have

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seen more of it than we have. It is on our Parliament channel tomorrow

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at seven o'clock because there were problems with the streaming on the

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internet, so not everybody could get it. So, you are our expert tonight

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on whether it was heated or not. Moving on to the Guardian will stop

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aspirin could cut cancer rates. We seem to get a lot of these Tories.

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In some sense, we must be careful that we do not read into possible

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breakthroughs. I'm always sceptical whenever I see some thing could cut

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or cause cancer. We often get all the same thing can do both. This

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does seem to be a fairly authoritative study pointing to some

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significant health benefits in terms of bowel cancer, cancer of the

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oesophagus, other stomach cancers. It is if you take a small dose of

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aspirin over a long period of time for 50`64 `year`olds. The older you

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get, the better the health benefits for you. It is a slight gamble,

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however, because for every 15 or 17 lives it will save, some people will

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die from the risk of stomach bleeds and strokes, so it is a calculated

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gamble. As always, consult your GP. How much do you read into these

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revelations? I agree very much with what has just been said. You have to

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read the entire article, if you like. Sometimes, you will get that

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kind of headline and when you actually read the story, what has

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happened is that researchers have got to the next stage in their

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research and there is an indication that suggest that such and such a

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thing might be helpful. This is a bit different but I think that with

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all of these things, you have to read past the headline and then

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consult your GP because all drugs are individually dependent on what

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else you have going on, whether it is your weight, your exercise or any

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other conditions that you have. You have to be careful and not just jump

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out and start buying aspirin. The doctor who conducted the study said

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that aspirin looks to be the most important thing we can do to reduce

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cancer after stopping cancer `` after stopping smoking and reducing

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obesity and would probably be much easier to increment. Those other

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things are more important to do but we are so lazy and so bad at giving

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up smoking but it might be easier just to take an aspirin before bed

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everyday. A reminder today that we are still under threat and there is

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still tension about our safety from terrorist attacks. We don't have to

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tell people where you are, in Glasgow, about the threat from

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terrorist attacks because you had the attack at Glasgow Airport some

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time ago. The Mirror is focusing on this story, dedicating its entire

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front page. Yes. There are two aspects to this. The interesting

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thing for me about this story is how quickly both the airline and

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particularly the aircrew and our security forces reacted to this and

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dealt with it. That is a good thing and reassuring. And the risk of them

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is that because it was like that and nothing bad came of it, we need to

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be careful not to become too blase about it and think that this kind of

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threat cannot be carried through with catastrophic consequences.

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However, it is an important story. I think it has to be given some

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context and we have to be grateful that the security forces and the

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aircrew and the airline reacted so well to it and remain vigilant to

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those kinds of threats and such possibilities. Terrifying if you are

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sitting on an aircraft and you see a fighter jet flying by the side. You

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know what it is therefore. Yes, absolutely. And the reason why this

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story took off is that everyone has a high`quality camera in their

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pockets. We had a man filming the RAF jet through the window, we had

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people in gardens in the Manchester area forming the entire thing, and

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this was all happening before the aircraft even landed! It was

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absolutely amazing in terms of speedy coverage. We have time to

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look at the Daily Express. Energy bills soar by ?130. Energy is one of

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the big issues at the heart of the referendum debate. Who will pay and

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how much will it cost? Where will it come from? It is a big worry. And

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this is such a classic story because the argument that is being presented

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for the possibility that energy prices will rise is that the

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companies concerned did not do so well because we had a warm winter.

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If we had a cold winter, that would have been their argument for doing

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it as well. I think that there has to be much more serious examination

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of our energy use and energy resource in the country. Let us get

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away from the capacity of private sector companies to make such a

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degree of profit and to jiggle around prices, which causes enormous

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misery to ordinary, working people, who really, for them, the idea that

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price hike is a significant worry as we head into winter. Thank you. All

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the sport coming up next. Hello, and welcome to Sportsday, I'm

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Mandy

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