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Manchester city to take charge of MLS team New York City. That is

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coming up in the next 15 minutes. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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

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Boniface, the Mirror columnist also known as Fleet Street Fox, and

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Kiran Stacey, Energy Correspondent Tomorrow's front pages are in. Some

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of them are. The Metro reports on the doping scandal that has rocked

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the world of athletics. Russia could be banned from taking part in

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athletics events at next year's Olympics. The Financial Times

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reports that David Cameron was heckled by campaigners wanting to

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see Britain leave the European Union. Supporting of Aung San Suu

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Kyi are pictured on the front of the Guardian, one in particular, a very

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vibrant photographs. More allegations of payments made to NHS

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bosses. And the Times says that having a roll of fat around your

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waist doubles the risk of an early death.

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No comment! We will talk about that later. Let's

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talk about this extraordinary Russian doping story. Spies, bribes

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and threats. I suppose what is interesting is, this is not just a

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huge doping scandal but allegedly it is state-sponsored, back to the days

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of Soviet communism, Eastern European communism, when we knew

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that all of those athletes were in state programmes of doping? Exactly.

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Although this is a shocking report, it is not a massive surprise. I

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remember watching the Olympics in the 1980s and watching the East

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German athletes. It was quite clear they were obviously taking

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steroids. They were obviously cheating. We already know that in

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China they have got these ridiculous schools that push children through

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from a very young age and force them to do all kinds of stuff which is

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designed to bring them on and make them Olympic athletes. If you

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succeed in the Olympics, you are somehow more prestigious as a

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nation. We think that in Britain. But we tend not to hothouse them in

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the same way. It is not massively shocking. I am more shocked by the

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fact that Sebastian Coe, a man who is numbered two to a man being

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investigated for taking bribes, he was there for seven years while all

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of this was allegedly going on. Involved at numbered two and now at

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number one in an organisation that has had serious problems with his

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processes in order to allow this to happen. He is now investigating it.

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It strikes me as something an outsider should be investigating.

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Not to say that he has done anything wrong, of course. But it should be

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an outsider. You have got to look clean as well as be clean. If

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Sebastian Kehl is in charge that it is not going to look clean.

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Sebastian was closely associated with the London Olympics. --

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Sebastien Coe. The Metro says the London games was sabotaged. It seems

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such a shame because it was a wonderful event. S it feels like the

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moment when we got the big report into Lance Armstrong. The details in

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this report are absolutely incredible. 325 pages. Athletes told

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that if they test positive they have to pay amounts of money to make it

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go away. A shadow laboratory set up on the outskirts of Moscow. Getting

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rid of positive results. Cheating on an epic scale. Russian intelligence

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services operating in those laboratories, as though the KGB have

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nothing else to do with their time! I think this is really serious. You

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see cycling now, and outsiders do not trust it. Athletics will go

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through that period. The thing about Lord Coe, he has been at the top of

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the sport a long time, but a couple of weeks ago when these stories

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started appearing, he said it felt like an attack on athletics. Those

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are the words of a man who is ready to do a root and branch clear out.

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That will worry fans, frankly. I am sure there is more to come on that.

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Let's talk about another story, Britain's relationship with the

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European Union. The FT says that Cameron is flagging national

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security in the whole Brexit struggle. He is eyeing a quick deal.

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Tomorrow he will set out his key demands for European Union reform.

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Yes, the FT has managed to quote some of them. They are really

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boring, as you would expect. They are really dull. They are the kind

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of thing that would make you not want to read on or even as a

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journalist write the article. Cameron is a PR man. He knows how PR

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works. If you do not want anybody to pay attention, ride the most boring

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press release you possibly can! He wants to write competitiveness into

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the DNA of the European Union. Come on. The fourth demand is about

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restricting access to welfare payments among migrant workers. He

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says this is the most difficult. He is even going to start quoting some

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figures saying they are ridiculously high. As long as he makes this as

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boring as possible, journalists will not be able to maintain their

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interest to keep reporting on it. Keep it as boring as possible and

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the voters will not maintain their interest in trying to find out about

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it. So when we come to a referendum, nobody will be remotely interested

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and we will all vote for the status quo, which is what he wants. Do you

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find it boring? No! Absolutely love it! The demands are vague. We know

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that -- what David Cameron wants to do. The idea of restricting access

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to tax credits is the most difficult of these things to do. There are

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plenty of people in Europe with think it goes against the entire

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make-up of the EU, to try to discriminate against EU workers in

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this way. It all sounds very bland but I think there is something in

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here that will be quite difficult to achieve. I am sure he will find a

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way of calling it a success. We have got another story. The NHS looking

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beyond taxpayers for funding, needs to look beyond taxpayers are

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funding? This is the head of the hospital regulator, David Bennett,

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who says we're close to the limit of what people are prepared to pay.

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There is a funding hole. We have to find some way to fill it without

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using tax. That opens up suggestions about increased privatisation,

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selling things off, paying to see your GP etc. The other option would

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be to explain sensibly to the great British public, who are fairly sane,

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most of them, that if they want an NHS, which most of us do, you need

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to pay more for it than we currently are. We have an ageing population.

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We have more health needs. We have obesity. We have to pay more taxes.

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The Guardian, on that point, says that George Osborne, his spending

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means that the British state will be spending 44% of spending on health

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and the elderly. That is a staggering proportion. The highest

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proportion since records began in the 1990s. It tells us two things.

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One, that our society is getting older and sicker and it is taking

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more to keep it running. The other thing is it tells us that older

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people vote. Osborne has cut funding for everything else. One of the

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reasons for that is that older people vote. The classic is the

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triple lock on pensions. Almost the most disastrous policy the coalition

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enacted. The minimum pensions can go up is by 2.5% a year. That is a huge

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chunk of public spending. When everything else is being smashed, if

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you're guaranteeing this massive chunk, you cannot balance of

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spending. It is inevitable all the money goes on health care. A quick

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look at the Guardian. A lovely picture from my and my. -- Myanmar.

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Aung San Suu Kyi poised for power. Is she? She is banned by the

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constitution from taking power. Although she has won some

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parliamentary elections, she will not have total control of the

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Government or the country. Therefore she will not be able to enforce lots

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of reforms which people may want. Therefore people would become more

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disappointed in her. This is a British grandmother. Her children

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are British, her husband was British. She is a British granny who

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is devoted 15 years of her life to being in detention. Finally,

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middle-aged spread and all that kind of thing. A roll of fat doubles the

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risk of an early death. You are definitely not in that category.

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When you look at the headline you think, this sounds fairly obvious.

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If you are fat, you're more likely be unhealthy. The story is actually

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unusual and interesting. If you have a roll of fat you are more likely to

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die sooner than somebody who is all be so all over. Somehow being fat

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everywhere else gives you protection against the damaging effects of

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being fat in the middle. They have no idea why this is. Get obese all

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over or lose weight. I have got a bit of a Tommy, so I am getting

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worried. Nothing more from the BBC canteen tonight.

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See you again at half past 11. That is it from me for now. Now it is

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time for Sportsday. Lord Coe wants answers by the end of

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the week with Russian athletes facing

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