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lots of runs on the opening day of their first Tour match. That's all

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coming up in the next 15 minutes straight after the papers.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are the Middle East correspondent for the

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Wall Street Journal, Margaret Coker, and the business correpondent

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The FT says that Bank of England governor Mark Carney has signalled

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there'll be no haste to raise UK interest rates.

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The Express reckons that falling oil prices could hit millions

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The i warns of a Christmas travel nightmare, with rail links

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The NHS watchdog has told doctors that they must show more respect to

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dying patients after complaints from families, according to The Sun.

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The Telegraph says the UK would be prepared to back ground forces

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from a newly-formed coalition of Muslim countries in an attack on

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The Mail leads with a story about Prince Charles being shown

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confidential cabinet papers for many years.

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The Guardian has the same story, but also carries a picture of

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Tim Peake's Soyuz rocket blasting off on its way to

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And the Times carries news of plans for

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a European Union force which would protect the EU's external borders.

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We will start with the Mirror, which has a clever mix of the Star Wars

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premiere and a real life in space for Tim Peake. May the force be with

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you, dad. That was among one of the most touching moments, him with his

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family on earth and speaking to them from the International Space

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Station. Absolutely. When his son got to the microphone and said his

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goodbye to his father was very sweet. In America, lots of kids from

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the 60s have dreams of being an astronaut. Finally, congratulations,

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Britain. They were watching all over the country, which is good news for

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the space agencies, to be honest. Absolutely, NASA in particular has

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always been good with public relations, it has been a key part of

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its activities, to get funding. If children are more interested in

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space, maybe more people will study spines. This is where we may get

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dividends. It costs about 300 million to the UK each year. The

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astronaut going up is not the main payoff. Interesting looking at the

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Times, they also have the advert for the first review of Star Wars, and

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then a picture of Tim Peake entering the International Space Station.

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What do you think kids would rather read about, Star Wars or Tim Peake

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Les --? It depends on their Christmas list, doesn't it? What is

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interesting to me as someone who started their career in the former

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Soviet Union, the IS is a place where Russians and people over the

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world co-operate on scientific discovery -- ISS. All in a days

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work, according to the Times. That is just the start of it. Six months

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of important experiments and no doubt more conversations with

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schoolchildren and Britain from around the world with the ISS.

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Absolutely. It has taken a decade. Six years of preparation. 2.5 years

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training for this mission. Maybe there is a lesson for children,

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exercise and you have to work hard and it may come in the end. 30 years

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for Star Wars as well... LAUGHS. Now, onto other matters, the Times

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dedicating some of its front page to the EU army to protect borders. The

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subhead line, talking about thousands of troops planned. This

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comes as the migrant crisis overshadows David Cameron, who is

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trying to revive the renegotiation of the British membership. Yeah,

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this is a fascinating story that leaves a lot of unanswered

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questions. Right now this proposal is in the planning stage. The EU

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moves very slowly. Will this be implemented? From the pictures we

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are familiar with from summer, border control and security is a

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huge issue right now. The existing institution, front axle, which helps

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keep the see it safe needs more funding -- Frontex. The issue is of

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course that there is multiple frontiers when tackling the migrant

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crisis, it is not just about securing borders but about helping

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people as well. And the question is what will the so-called EU army do?

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Will it support people. Hand Atwater? We will discuss it -- hand

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out water? Even if a country does not want the help of the force, it

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could go in to help the country secure its borders. That is what

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newspapers focus on today. Already, some countries have come and spoken

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out against it. Clearly, that is an area which is quite testing. The

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sovereignty of nations could be impacted. Even if this idea gets

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through, it mightn't come through in the form in which it is being

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discussed. And as the paper points out, while the focus is on the

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migrant crisis, less focus on what David Cameron wants for the future

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of Britain and the EU. That is true. He wanted the main agenda to be

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about Britain. He has had some good news today. Mr Tusk has said there

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is no taboo. Hopefully the issues will come up. Playing second fiddle

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to the migrant issue. The next or you want to talk about in the

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Telegraph is kind of linked with this -- next story you want to talk

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about. If there was an persecution in Iraq and Syria, people wouldn't

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perhaps be fleeing to Europe -- wasn't. The Daily Telegraph is one

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of a number suggesting the UK could background force attacks on

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so-called Islamic State. It is a story with a lot of caveats. The US,

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the UK and others have said they were not put boots on the ground.

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The question is who will. Arab states led by Saudi Arabia will put

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together their own Muslim coalition of fighters. However, it is not

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clear where any force will come from and what nationality. This seems

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like an easy win for David Cameron to look tough on security and

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terrorism without putting together a really concrete package about what

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it means for Britain's defends expenses or its own forces. There is

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a lot of nervousness about how far to go in Syria and Iraq. It took

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David attempts to get backing for a -- Eric power. The action today it

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is a move to avoid having to do that -- air power. What he is saying is

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if Muslim countries try to solve it, we will support them. The hope

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would be that countries like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan can solve the

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problem, thereby making sure Britain does not have to do anything more.

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The only issue is with this new agenda unveiled today. We don't have

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the details. How will these foreign countries and to Syria to secure the

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area? They say they also don't want another void to be filled by the

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Assad regime, if ISIS is removed. It is difficult to see how it will

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work. And where is the UK are going to get the air assets to support

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another mission? Where do the bombers come from, logistics and

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cargo planes? There is the defence budget issue in the UK. Lots of good

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headlines without a lot of meat behind them. What is different about

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tackling Islamic State is the continued incentive to involve

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Muslim countries, to involve... It doesn't become bad foreign policy

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that many experts have blamed on creating Jihad. Depending on how far

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back in history you want to go, people will argue that Al-Qaeda is a

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response to every bad regime in Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf

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monarchies which don't support democracy. And that it evolved.

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Yes, into something extreme. -- if you are on the road to

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radicalisation, in Syria and Iraq where there are Muslims fighting, it

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went to sleep you from joining ISIS. Shall we move on to the Guardian?

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Interesting story on the front page, next to the

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to the heir of the throne. Continued focus on Prince Charles's

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relationship with politicians. In one sense the argument is that this

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has gone on for decades, back to the 1930s, in that the heir to the

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throne has to prepare for his final position and therefore should access

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this information. That is the The criticism today is Prince

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Charles is unlike some previous monarchs in that he takes a

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political road and lobbies certain issues. We had the private letters,

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which were finally published after the London debate. The argument is

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that Prince Charles has information which helped him lobby for his pet

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causes more effectively, and that does not fit with his constitutional

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role -- helps him. That is the basis. What is interesting is this

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has come from a freedom of information request from an NGO, and

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Thai -- and anti-Monarch. We would all like more access to government

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documents. When you look at the parallel in the US, with Wikileaks

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and the diplomatic cables spread out across the Internet, one thing

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that, when US officials got over the embarrassment, what they started to

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say was, you will see that what we say in public is what you will see

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that we have said in private. I would say that maybe Prince Charles

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can take some of that comfort as well. I think people pretty much

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know what he believes in and the causes that he adopts. He has never

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been shy of saying that. Let's move on to the inside pages of the Daily

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Mail to get more information on their lead story. The arrogance of

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doctors still using banned deaf pathway. This follows complaints

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from families of loved ones that have died and how they were treated

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by NHS staff -- death pathway. When you are told you are terminal and

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have no right to care or comfort and you will be left to die, it really

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is a nightmare. It rings all of the bells when it comes to, as an

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American or European, in that the government has run a mark.

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Continuing scandals on this subject, it looks quite bad -- amck. The

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government launched a report last year to say that we shouldn't have

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this. Some officials say it is being continued in places. It is obviously

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a worry for people with family in hospitals, who potentially might be

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the kind of people to be put on this pathway. We will read more about

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what the Daily Mail says. It points out that people are often quick to

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point the finger and blame. Sometimes at the wrong people. Is it

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the doctors, the nurses, or the pressure put on them from above as

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well? The pressure is budgetary. It is basically creating more spare

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beds. This isn't the issue. There is not enough money to go around for

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the services we need and people are looking at ways to be more

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efficient, would be the description. Inappropriate

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deaths... That is not the kind of wording a family member would use

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when discussing this. It seems a policy which everyone has agreed is

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not a good idea. But it basically grew out of the need to free up

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space and to save money, so it is... And then how are we going to

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solve this problem? We have been saying that since 2012, according to

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the Daily Mail. One headline, did NHS kill my mother to free up a bed

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in 2012. Lonely death on the care pathway. July 30, 2015, here it is

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again. And December, 2015. It has been going on for a long time.

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Indeed, it is surprising. People are coming and finding that, I mean,

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family members have been denied water and food and literally been

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left to die because someone decided they were dying. One of the points

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made today is that doctors don't always know if someone is dying or

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not. Someone who is being helped along the way on the basis of

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possibly an erroneous decision about whether they will die or not, there

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is mention in this story that some individuals who may have recovered

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were actually put on this pathway, which is very worrying. The Daily

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Telegraph, the intriguing story, as it often is with the Daily

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Telegraph, who always has a high story count why eating lettuce is

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not so green. Who wants to go for it? LAUGHS.

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Yeah, well, I am leery of things that smack of junk science! I am not

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so sure where they are going with this. If you believe everything the

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papers say about food and you would starve to death! And I am a print

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journalist. We've just had a very big climate change conference. We've

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just had an enormous amount of international tension. On carbon

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emissions and global warming. It is very contrary to come back and say

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the vegetables you eat are things we should focus on. I don't think those

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sitting in Paris last week considered lettuce as the major game

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changer on climate issues! We have been warned about bacon and other

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meat. They said that bacon is bad for us, and yet, we cut down trees

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to make space. My bacon sandwich in the morning is much healthier. Are

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you going to put letters in it? I am thinking about the environment and I

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will keep the letters in the fridge and the shop. Always a pleasure.

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Thank you for taking us through the papers. Thank you for joining us.

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Coming up next, it it's Sportsday. -- it's.

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