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The British nurse who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has been

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discharged from a London hospital. Will Pooley said that he is

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wonderfully lucky to have survived. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are the

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Telegraph columnist Tim Stanley and the broadcaster and football

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commentator Clarke Carlisle. The Financial Times highlights the

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advance of the FTSE, which is close to a record high despite the unrest

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in the Middle East and Europe. The Telegraph leads on the warning

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from one of the world's major investment banks that Scottish

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independence could provoke a sterling crisis.

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The Express warns kettles and lawnmowers could be next after the

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EU banned high`powered vacuum cleaners.

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The Guardian says Barack Obama and David Cameron will use the Nato

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summit to forge a military coalition to destroy the Islamic State

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operation in northern Iraq. The Metro also leads on Islamic

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State. It says the militant believed to have killed two American

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journalists in Syria will be hunted like Osama Bin Laden, according to a

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former security minister. The Independent says Barack Obama has

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begun to look alarmingly impotent in the face of the international crisis

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in the Middle East and Russia. And the Mirror has a picture of

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Brett and Naghemeh King, reunited with their son Ashya. They say their

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period in a Spanish prison has taken its toll on him.

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The front page of the Independent is quite arresting. Your move, Mr

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President. He is arriving for the Nato summit. There does not seem to

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have been a coherent response to the crisis in Iraq, Syria and also the

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crisis in Eastern Europe. That is what they are trying to convey with

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this headline and this question. What amazes me is that there is this

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expectation for decisions to be made instantaneously. And on as matter as

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grave and as huge as this, obviously we do not want procrastination and

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we do need action, but this has to be done from a basis of knowledge,

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effectiveness and also support. The last time Barack Obama went into

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some then bullheaded, we had the War on Terror and that ended in

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disaster, costing lives. President Bush. President Bush, sorry. The

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last time we tried to attack something like this head on. I don't

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think that they should mistake patients and searching for some

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discernment and sagacity as weakness. He is a thoughtful man,

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who takes his time to think through all of the ramifications of a

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particular move, but some would say that it is now turning into

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procrastination. And the suggestion last week that we do not have a

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strategy, which he now says was a misunderstanding, some say that is

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dangerous. He was not misquoted. This front page is extraordinary

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because the Independent is a centre`left newspaper and it says

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that a coherent response is conspicuous by its absence and

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President Obama is beginning to look alarmingly impotent. After six years

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in power, to say that President Obama is looking alarmingly impotent

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is very surprising. Having said that, I have to come to his

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defence. First, he has taken action. There have been US airstrikes

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against ISIS. It is not true that he has done nothing. Second, I'm not

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sure what a coherent strategy is, what would be appropriate, or if

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simply having one for the sake of having one is a good thing. The War

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on Terror was a coherent strategy but it led to the crisis in Iraq.

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And I wonder if this slightly halting style of President Obama is

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the only thing that stands between us and world War three. I don't want

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John McCain. There was a map of countries in the world that Senator

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John McCain said he would like to go to war with and it covers almost

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every single continent. I want a careful and deliberate president. I

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did what action eventually when it is necessary and the President has

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done that and I don't think it's necessary to lay out some grand,

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Western strategy especially when you're dealing with band. Very well

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armed and very well funded bandits but bandits nonetheless. I don't

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want to lay out a ten year plan. The future is much too uncertain. We

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have spoken about Tony Blair, George Bush and Iraq. Is this a president

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who still has this conflict, which he voted against and argued

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against, is that what is weighing on him? There is a legacy in both

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countries for both David Cameron and Barack Obama to contemplate when

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making decisions. The lack of support for the UK going into that

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conflict had a huge ramifications on the decision`making process for

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David Cameron and that is why he is reticent to get into bed on this

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one. But when we talk about fighting bandits, President Obama cannot go

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in there and just bomb the nation to hell because they are a Morpheus. We

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don't know where ISIS is hiding and we cannot go in there and carpet

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bomb the entire nation because the ramifications would be huge for

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everyone! Tim Tom is the big discussion that is taking place

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between Barack Obama and David Cameron, is it really about working

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out how to get Bashar al`Assad onboard? Is that really what is

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causing the log jamming? A strategic view of what to do? Because if they

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are going to go after ISIS, whatever the acronym for this organisation

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is, its paces are in Syria. `` bases. I don't know. If they were to

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do that, it would be an enormous mistake. An example of the enemy of

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my enemy not really being my friend at all. I heard an interesting

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argument suggesting why they should talk to Bashar al`Assad. Obviously

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the basis for ISIS are in Syria. But Bashar al`Assad has never directly

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threatened the US or the UK. ISIS has. But when the crisis started in

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Syria, one of the first thing Bashar al`Assad did was release the ice

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star militants from prison in order to split the opposition against

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him. `` ISIS style militants. This is well documented. He would dilute

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the democratic opposition by releasing people who would make its

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politics far more complicated. And that worked very well because the

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narrative of the Syrian civil war has moved away from the Arab string

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`` Arab Spring and democracy and has now become him being the last man

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against extremism. Don't forget that Barack Obama was elected on an

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anti`war ticket. For people to come down on him and say why are you not

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being stronger on Iraq is a question of short`term memory loss and we

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have to remember he got into power to get America out of the Middle

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East and he is not going to rush to get them back in. With all due

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respect, or a man who does not like Barack Obama, you have done a great

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job in defending him. In these last ten minutes, you have defended his

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policy against some ruthless cutthroats. At this point in time,

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I'm glad this is not the second term of John McCain. John McCain and

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Sarah Halen! LAUGHTER Sarah Palin! Why am I laughing? I don't know? We

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are very balanced. Let's not go there. The Mirror has a fantastic

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story for this particular family. The Kings have been reunited with

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Ashya after being in prison for three nights, four nights, and this

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is a photo that will gladden the hearts of many people. A fantastic

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story in the end. There will be serious questions asked about what

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they have had to go through. Not just their fight against the

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hospital and the police and Interpol or whoever it was who picked them up

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in Spain but the fact that this has all been put on them on top of the

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intense trauma that they are having to go through, supporting and

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looking after their son and finding the necessary treatment for him. I

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think that there are two issues in this story. Obviously there is the

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personal and the actual family involved in this story. The hospital

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have many questions to answer about their processes. And the lines of

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communication with the family and also the police. That is one issue.

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The second one, which is almost an umbrella issue, is that of

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paediatric brain tumours and how we treat and diagnose and research them

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in England. It has the highest mortality rate of all cancers but

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less than 0.7% of the funding for cancer research goes into

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researching paediatric brain tumours. This is why I'm humbled and

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honoured to be a patron of the Katie Holmes trust, a poor young girl from

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Preston who died from paediatric brain tumour. The treatment she

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needed was not available in the UK. And they are now researching

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themselves and trying to raise the various funds to launch research

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themselves. And this is another question. Why is the research not

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there for paediatric brain tumours when it has the highest mortality

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rate of all cancers? This whole debate has resurfaced about the

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quality of the nature of the cancer care in this country because of the

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situation regarding the Kings. Is it some then that you think Jeremy Hunt

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and the government should look at now? Or is this something that

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happens, is talked about for five minutes and then disappears? I don't

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see why the treatment should be available in Spain and the Czech

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Republic is not available in this country as well. I think the thing

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they have to immediately deal with is the use of the European Arrest

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Warrant, the role of the CPS and the NHS is chasing down the family.

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There are some more pressing political things they have to deal

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with as soon as possible. It has not been a good few days for the welfare

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state. In Rotherham, we had the welfare state letting people down by

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not stepping in on their behalf. In this story, we have the welfare

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state doing too much, pressing themselves on the private lives of a

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family who should have been left alone. Why were these people hounded

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across the Channel by the welfare state when they were trying to do

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the best thing for their child? Lots of questions. And I have to say that

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over the last couple of nights, I have had to play devils advocate for

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the hospital and they were doing the right thing for this child. But why

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did the CPS become involved? Why did this become a police matter? And our

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NHS, how is it able to exert that much political and judicial

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influence? Now, this story, an issue that could be interesting, bearing

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in mind that the police were involved in the story with the

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Kings. And some other things... The police are telling victims to solve

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their own crimes. It is absolutely extraordinary. And the person

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running it says that a large number of crimes are being decriminalised

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because the police are not dealing with them. That is very worrying. I

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would like to think if I called the police, not only would they listen,

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they would actually take action to solve the crime that has occurred.

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But there are some crimes that have to be without a doubt investigated

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by the police but if it is a minor crime, a vehicular crime or

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whatever, this is... Again, I'm playing the devil 's advocate...

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Perhaps there are some offences that are minor to the point where, you

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know, the police cannot get involved completely? Minor

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national government and police crackdown. It is interesting. The

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turnaround in New York City under the rule of Rudolph Giuliani, it was

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a zero tolerance policy. And the EU are trying to steal our kettles.

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That is a crime, according to some. The Express. God bless them. We use

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kettles to make tea. This is the very fabric of British society. What

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is going on? A certain wattage is too strong for some devices and so

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they have been outlawed. Will we have maters? The Tetley maters? ``

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matyrs? This is a European assault on the very nature of British life

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full of the right to a cup of tea without interfering busybodies. It

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has to be said that this is not Brussels. We signed up to this. Yes

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and these decisions must be made. This is playing devils advocate

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but... LAUGHTER. This is a ridiculous headline, it really is.

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What is the worst that will happen? An extra 12 seconds to boil your

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cattle? Yes! It could ruin a cup of tea! The whole issue is undermining

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the whole climate change philosophy or science. Headlines like this make

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people think that this is nonsense. That there are things we can do in

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our daily lives that can help change the speed of climate change.

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Stay with us here on BBC News to

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Stay with us here on BBC News because we will have much more on

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the government response to the continuing crisis in the Middle

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East. Now, it is time for Sportsday. Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm

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Nina Warhurst. Captain Rooney seals a 1`0 win for

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England in their friendly against Norway at Wembley. But only 40,000

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are there to watch it go in. Not quite the World Cup final, but

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Argentina take some

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