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Cincinnati Masters. And why Stuart Broad will not let a bloody nose

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stop him playing in the fifth test. That is in 15 minutes, after the

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papers. Hello and welcome to

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our look ahead to what the papers With me are Kate Devlin,

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the Westminster Correspondent for the Herald, and Amol Rajan,

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editor of the Independent. The Metro's front page has more

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on the police search of a property in Berkshire owned

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by Sir Cliff Richard in connection with an allegation of a sexual

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nature dating back to the 1980s. Sir Cliff says the accusation

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is "completely false". "Eurozone recovery shudders to a halt" is the

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headline in the Financial Times, and it reports calls on

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the European Central Bank to take The Express also has Sir Cliff

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Richard on the front page, and says That story also features on front

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page of The Daily Telegraph. The paper also has the headline

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"Thousands saved from Iraq death Finally, The Guardian reports

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that the UK is ready to arm Kurds And it pictures teachers jumping

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with joy after the success Let's begin with the Metro. We

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clearly can't linger on it for too long as there is only a certain

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amount we can say. The headline is Sir Cliff's fury over child sex

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police swoop. This was one of his properties in Berkshire being

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raided, says the paper, the police. There was no arrest. Sir Cliff is in

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Portugal at the moment with his sister. He says he has been aware of

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allegations made against him, but he says they are completely false.

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Let's move on to the Guardian. The headline is, UK is ready to arm

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Kurds. Move to help forces facing Isis, or Islamic State, draws

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Britain back into the crisis. Kate, we firstly heard the government

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saying, we are just going to be providing humanitarian assistance.

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No suggestion of any military involvement, but now the story is

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moving further? It is. Downing Street hinted at this on Monday,

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when they were asked if they could be involved in arming Kurds. They

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suggested that they would look at this kind of thing, but this seems

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to be a clear moving on from that position. You are right, it comes at

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a time when Number Ten has very much tried to emphasise that we would be

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involved in the humanitarian end of things. This moves on from the

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immediate crisis, and starts to look at how we are going to try and

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tackle Isis, or is Islamic State, in the longer term. It is desperately

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trying to keep the country together. There is the immediate humanitarian

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thing, with all these Yazidis who need to be held in the short term.

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Iraq is a country which has seized to exist in any meaningful sense.

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This is about working out what on earth we can do to try and

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consolidate the Middle East and stop it becoming a power vacuum. It seems

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to be a strategic decision that the people who are best able to resist

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the Islamic State advance other PKK, and there was a feeling that by

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arming them, we can do something about it. It is terrifying to look

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at a map of what used to be Syria and Iraq. You have a quasi state

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being set up by these fascists. A caliphate, as they call it. It

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sounds so grand. When it is actually sinister and nasty. Which is not to

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say that this is not controversial. The Guardian points out that the UK

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once again bears responsibility for deaths in Iraq, and that will be of

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interest to the public. The moment when troops on the ground are put in

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physical danger, that is a much bigger political gambit. This was

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initially about high`tech equipment and surveillance and technical

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support, which is a very different cup of tea from saying, here are UK

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soldiers who are going to be putting their lives in danger. We have not

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got there yet, but it feels like the momentum and the threat from Isis

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are such that that could come further down the line. The United

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States are doing all they can to make sure they do not have to send

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troops in, although they did talk about the siege of Mount Sinjar

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having been broken, thanks to to some kind of US personnel. It was

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not as bad as they initially thought. President Obama got elected

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off the back of saying Iraq was a dumb war. He has been in charge of

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try to take American troops out of Iraq. He does not want to be the guy

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going into his final years as president his second term, sending

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more troops in. One quick Newsline on this is that Nouri al`Maliki, who

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has been the leader of Iraq, was deposed. He resisted it and has said

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tonight that he is actually going to step down. There is a replacement

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for him, who we hope will be more effective at keeping Iraq more

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stable. Yes, that came as a surprise to a lot of us, because he had been

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holding out for a third term. It was inevitable. Let's move on to the

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FT. Eurozone recovery shudders to a halt. Flat growth prompts calls for

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action by the European Central Bank. This is Germany's economy not doing

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as well as they had hoped in the last quarter, and France not putting

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on any growth in quarters one and two. And Italy. It is astonishing

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that we have had this huge crisis for a long time, going back five or

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six years. We thought it was something that attached itself to

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Europe's periphery, countries like Portugal. But Germany, France and

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Italy, three of the biggest economies, have not grown in the

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last two quarters, which is astonishing. After the crisis, there

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was a lot of quick action by policymakers, lots of fiscal and

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monetary stimulus to try and help sort the euro area out. The FT have

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an editorial saying, for goodness' sake, let's not sit on our hands,

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let's do something like wanted to easing to try and drive the economy.

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But one of the people driving that was Germany, the beating heart of

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the Eurozone economy. The problem is, with the dismal numbers coming

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out of Germany, does she lose her authority, which was very

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instrumental last time? This is all in the context of incredibly grim

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stuff to Europe's East, which is Ukraine and Russia. There are

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currently 300 vehicles being sent from Moscow in a weird convoy

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towards Ukraine's eastern edge. There is a feeling that actually,

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war might be about to erupt along Europe's eastern edge, which will

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have a huge effect on gas prices and so on. It feels suddenly like Europe

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has plunged into turmoil. Reading further into this article, I did not

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realise this, the Netherlands economy actually contracted at the

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beginning of this year. So as you say, it is those economies that you

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normally think were stable and robust, even they are suffering. And

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this is at a time when you have an implement in Spain `` use an

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implement in Spain is over 50%. There was a feeling in Britain that

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maybe we are through the worst of it. This would suggest that some of

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the systemic problems that 2007 showed up around Europe and the way

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its banks were operating have not gone away and we need urgent action

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to address that. And there are still some banks teetering on the brink in

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these countries. The problem is, while we think it is great that we

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have managed to recover and we are leading the way, Europe will be a

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drag because we are also interconnected. There is a political

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dimension, which is that lots of people on the right of British

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politics argue that Britain ought to remain outside the euro. This is a

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vindication for them that it is a good thing that we were not dragged

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into this euro hell. Let's move on to the Daily Express. Page seven,

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patrol boats on stand`by to head off channel migrants. Apparently, there

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is a feat of Border Force ship that are going to try to intercept

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migrants trying to reach Britain from Calais in small boats. We have

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seen boats of Lampedusa, the island of Italy's coast, having to do this

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on a daily basis. Malta is being swamped by people desperate to get

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away. But they have clearly come a very long way if they have managed

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to cross the English Channel. Absolutely. They are desperate to

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get here if they are crossing one of the most busy shipping channels in

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the world in these tiny little thingies `` beanies `` dinghies. It

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looks like a toy. A child's toy that you would use in the swimming pool.

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It is a perfect story for my comrades at the express. It has got

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war, patriotism, migrants. And these huge military vessels. The idea that

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what we have to do is used military vessels strikes me as mildly

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ludicrous. But the Daily Express are worried that these people are going

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to take their jobs and so forth. But what happens to them when they are

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picked up? They enter an asylum system, which we have got incredibly

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good at running in this country. If they are fit for asylum, they are

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given asylum. If not, we send them back. But because our asylum system

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has been so terribly underfunded and badly run, you end up with a lot of

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people who either end up becoming illegal migrants, or they are stuck

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in asylum centres for years. If we could sort that out, this would be

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less of a problem. But this is going to be the kind of story that many

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people will point to, because we know immigration will be a massive

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subject in the run`up to the next general election. Absolutely, and

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this kind of thing, stopping boats with refugees on them from trying to

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land, has dominated Australian politics for the last ten years. One

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of the people involved in that has been Lynton Crosby, who is now

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advising David Cameron. It has had a really divisive impact on Australian

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politics. But actually, you could argue that it has very much help

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them right in that country to power. Kate has just come back from

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Australia. I am not envious at all(!). The Daily Telegraph

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front`page has a couple of stories. Everyone was so shocked earlier in

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the week when we heard that Robin Williams had died and it appeared

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that he had taken his own life. Now, his wife says he was in the early

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stages of Parkinson's disease. And this may have worn a relation on the

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fact that he chose to commit suicide, we don't know. Very

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difficult for somebody like him to have to face up to that and tell the

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public about. And very difficult for his family, because his wife has had

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to say he was sober when this happened. So in the 48 hours after

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losing her husband, she is having to make very public statements about

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what happened. I feel for the family. It must be very difficult.

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And above that, the abuse on Twitter. It is astonishing. You look

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at social media and think, what sort of person feels that the thing they

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really want to do when Robin Williams commits suicide is abuse

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his daughter? There was a story it today when his daughter thought

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about leaving Twitter because of the abuse she got. She closed her

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account for a while. It is astonishing that social media, which

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gives us so many opportunities and has been so in reaching in so many

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ways, also means it is quite hard to have a private family tragedy these

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days. Robin Williams is clearly an exceptional case, but the fact that

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his wife has to manage this media operation at a time when she should

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be grieving for her husband is appalling. This is the story about

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A`level results. Record numbers of students going to university even

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though there has been a small drop in the grades and no one seems to be

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troubled about that? It is interesting as has happened under a

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Conservative led government. They oppose the Tony Blair opinion of 50%

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of children going to university. It will cost a lot of money. One way we

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are supposed to be providing for these children under student loans

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is that we were going to sell off the student loan book. Vince Cable

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admitted that was not going to happen. There is a danger here. On

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the other hand, investing in education is a good thing. The guide

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for whom this is bittersweet is Michael Gove, the former Education

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Secretary. These results are a triumph for him and he wanted more

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people doing tough subjects. Lots more people are doing those partly

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because they have taken up the baccalaureate. He also wanted more

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people going to university but he wanted to expand access and there

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seems to be a suggestion from these statistics that has happened. It is

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sad for him. He wanted people getting more top grades and that has

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happened. He will be looking at the headlines tomorrow morning and

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thinking that should have been his glory. It is time gone. Just a

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little voice in my ear! That is all from the papers. It is a sign of

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madness, Boyce is in your ear! My guests will join me at 11:30pm.

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Thank you both for now. Stay with us on BBC News. We will focus on the

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police search of a part went `` of an apartment belonging to Sir Cliff

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Richard. Now it is time for Sportsday.

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Two days before the first ball is even kicked, the Premier League

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Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis has parted company

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