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England are expected to bring James Anderson back into the side.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be

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With me are the political commentator Miranda Green

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and the Daily Telegraph's chief political correspondent,

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Thank you for being the first paper reviewers of 2016. Setting the year

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off on a good standard, I hope. We can look at the front pages.

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The FT's picture is of the shooting in Tel Aviv.

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They also feature President Obama's New Year's message and a claim

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he is planning to bypass Congress to impose new controls on gun sales.

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Pope Francis at his New Year's Day mass dominates the front

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It also reports on the potential for British troops to face criminal

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charges over abuse and unlawful killing during the Iraq War.

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The Daily Mail has comments from the first wife of suspended

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Simon Danczuk about the impact which the allegation that he sent

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explicit messages to a 17-year-old is having on their family.

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"A student cheating crisis" is the headline on the Times.

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It says almost 50,000 students have been caught cheating

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The I says Jeremy Corbyn must get 35% of the vote in next year's

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elections if he's to avoid a coup from fellow party members.

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The Sun reports on a former EastEnders actress, Sian Blake,

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who has been missing with her two young children for almost three

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Government plans to double the fine for littering to ?150

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And the Mirror has claims from a couple who say they missed

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out on a ?35 million lottery jackpot, because of a mix-up

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Welcome. Let's begin with the FT Weekend, a two-day paper, so plenty

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of time for people to delve into this but a striking story on the

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front page as President Obama enters his final 12 months in office. What

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he has done is returned to an issue he has been vocal on before, which

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is gun control, which in America is incredibly controversial. The

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Republican party refuses to countenance control on who can buy

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and keep weapons. Plenty of Democrats feel the same. Because of

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the American system it is difficult to get legislation through and in

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2013 they tried with a bipartisan Bill after the Newtown school

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killings which was blocked in the Senate and President Obama is

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determined to return to this is his last few months to try to introduce

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a background check on who can buy guns. It is controversial and part

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of the rise of Donald Trump, the phenomenon in the Republican

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selection as to who will run against we think Hillary Clinton, is the

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idea that America and President Obama do not understand each other

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and so trying to take on America's love of guns is controversial. It

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has legacy written all over it. His comments are so important. When the

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most recent massacre happened he said the reporting and reaction is

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routine and it must stop. He was so cross. He has woken up to the fact

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the clock is ticking. When you read the detail, it says he has been

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pushing hard for background checks on those buying guns and would like

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them to be mandatory which Congress will not permit. The only power he

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has is to expand regulations, for background checks on people selling

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the guns. The wrong way round. It is a tiny step towards even having a

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conversation on controlling who has the guns. It is interesting when you

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talk to Americans about this, they will quote to you, very clear in

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their minds, about the right to bear arms. When you look at the

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Constitution, it is the right to bear arms as part of a well ordered

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militia, presumably when there was no police force and presumably the

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police force is armed. They reserve their right to have their cake and

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eat it. Loretta Lynch, the scourge of Fifa. If anybody can do it,

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perhaps she can. That is an interesting thought. We will find

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out more on Monday. In the Times newspaper, and very intriguing

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story. An interesting report from the special correspondent who has

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done investigations and he says he has found 50 student is caught

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cheating at British universities. Many more likely to cheat in exams

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rather than coursework. The Times newspaper has done it in a measured

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way, but it is alarming. Extraordinary these figures. You try

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to get Freedom of Information on these figures but you have to go to

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individual university groups and to pull them together in one go is

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interesting. Students coming from outside the EU to British

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universities are an important source of revenue. Our universities charge

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extraordinary multiples of what British and EU students pay. Is

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there a debate on whether the scale of fees foreign students pay,

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significantly higher than paid by our student is, whether they create

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an incentive for people to behave in a way they might not otherwise

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behave. It is an interesting point. We are as the UK in competition with

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other English-speaking nations to attract people to universities.

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Partly because we want the best people from around the world. We

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want them to stay here and win Nobel prizes here! That they are a source

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of revenue. In the detail of the story, which looks robust as an

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investigation, there is an extraordinary one, five cases of

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impersonation where students arrange for someone else to sit exams on

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their behalf. Imagine getting someone else to turn up to suit your

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Ph.D. . Less than 1% of those found guilty of misconduct. If you aren't

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getting a lot of money from foreign students, you might not want to

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chuck them out. Are they enforcing the rules properly? Presumably it

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will raise questions they will have to answer about procedures, and for

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the employers who might say, is that degree quite as good as I thought it

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was? Colonel Gaddafi, something to do with his Ph.D. In the past... ? I

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think there have been a lot of allegations that he is not with us

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to offer a response, so perhaps we will move on to the I newspaper.

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This man, almost the man of the year in terms of publicity in 2015,

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Jeremy Corbyn. This is fascinating. You have written a piece for the

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Guardian and about pantomime. I do not what -- know what character he

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would be. Dick Whittington? The streets of London paved with

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electoral gold? Jack the giant killer. This piece says Jeremy

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Corbyn's team are letting it be known they think the benchmark for

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success in the May elections is for Labour to get a 35% vote share,

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which could lead to do with managing expectations as to what would allow

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him to survive as leader. A lot of the backchat has been, will there be

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a coup against Corbyn by the moderate wing of the party? We

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expect Jeremy Corbyn in the next weeks to probably knife his Shadow

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Cabinet who are not onside. The drama will not go away any time

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soon. 35%, they are playing down arguably expectations. Roughly 2%

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above the average they are polling at the moment. Local elections are

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not the same thing but we will try to map this on to a figure for the

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next general election. You mentioned reshuffle. What is your sense of

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this? There has been debate about whether it would happen. We had it

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with that stuff in one of the Labour whip saying it is time to deal with

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these traitors. Others trying to slap him down. John Ashworth saying

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he should not have said it. Nobody is saying whether the reshuffle is

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taking place. They say it is a matter for the leader and we are

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told it is next week. How far does it go, dealing with the 11 or so

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members of his close group of Shadow Cabinet who voted against him on

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Syria. What is the risk? It already is called among the media the

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revenge reshuffle, which is a problem because everything he does

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to assert his authority is seen as part of the ideological battle and

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spirit within the party and it goes back to the phenomenon of someone

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who rebelled against the previous Labour leaders over 500 times,

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trying to impose stern party discipline. You remember this, I can

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remember a former minister under John Major when I asked him about

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Iain Duncan Smith's demand for loyalty, saying some expletive rich

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responses about what he thought. Because he had been a serial rebel

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and made John Major's life hell in that period. In the Independent

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newspaper, this is serious. The striking photograph of Pope Francis

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kissing a statue of baby Jesus on New Year's Day. What do you make of

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this? The context, a rambling about human rights we are seeing at the

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moment. They are concerned human rights laws are being used to

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prosecute soldiers, British soldiers, in foreign battlefields

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is. It is a great story. The reporter has found there could be as

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many as 200 people unlawfully killed by British soldiers. It puts it into

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context, if you are trying to defend, and thinking about if you

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will be sued at the end of that, it conflicts the idea of your job. The

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legacy of Iraq is very much with us, domestically also. I agree. We are

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waiting for pitch Chilcot report. Which we are told we will get this

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summer. I hate to say, let's wait and see. -- for the Chilcot report.

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The legacy of Iraq continues to haunt British politics. I am struck

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by the idea that the caseload of the group looking into unlawful killing

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and torture by British troops in Iraq is exploding. They were

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investigating 152 cases and it has swollen to 1500 potential victims of

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British troops behaving in a way against the laws of war, allegedly.

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We will hear more about this in the course of the coming months. I will

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let Christopher start again. I should do with this next one. A drum

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roll. The front of the Daily Telegraph. War declared on litter

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louts by one Christopher hope. It is a consultation from the government

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to increase on the spot litter fine. -- finds. It is something that

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annoys our readers. And probably a lot of other people. Some would say,

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about time. Also interviewed, a man who is running a clean the country

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for the Queen ahead of her 90th birthday and he is concerned that

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some people think it is a human rights to drop litter. I trace it

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back to when Vince were removed from London underground. An

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anti-terrorism strategy. After the King's Cross could be right. --

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Kings crossfire. You could be right. It is said we should police it. He

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is saying... How do you go to someone and say you have dropped a

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cigarette packet. Do it with politeness, he says, oh, you have

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dropped something stop hopefully you will embarrass them into doing

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something. The government is interested in this and it thinks it

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has done it with the supermarket levy. And also sending text messages

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to tell people neighbours had paid up, creating the sense you should

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play along. Neighbours have picked up their litter and so maybe you

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should. This person, a great wit, talks about why everybody should

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have to live in a teenager's bedroom, it is bad for your spirit.

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He is right. Interesting you have an American talking about it because

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Bill Bryson is obsessed with the way we British do not look after our

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country and drop litter. If they say we could improve, we should listen.

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Let me give you the last story from this review. The front page of the

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Mirror newspaper. We will leave the free slimming pull-out aside. The

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story at the bottom. This couple say something went wrong with their

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mobile phone app with which they bought their tickets, which would

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have been a winning ticket and they would have been able to claim ?35

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million. Clearly that is not a brilliant start to the new year for

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them, thinking what might have been. I am interested in why it is the

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splash and the psychology of it. You will you did to the slimming

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pull-out and every single front page has a diet, turn over a new leaf

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from page. What is the psychology of this? Are we supposed to think we

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feel bad for them, or that our New Year will be more cheery? Buy a

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paper ticket, that is what I say. I do notice... We do not have the

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whole story yet, and I might be unfair to the couple, but they say

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the ?2 online ticket purchase failed because they only had 60p in their

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recount. That might not be the fault of the app! It could happen to any

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of us. We have all thing when we thought we had sorted something.

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Misreading the numbers and thinking you have one! It cannot be all of 35

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million. It must be a share of that. That is something I cannot answer.

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Perhaps we will have more when we come back in an hour. Thank you for

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racing through a busy run of stories in the first paper review of 2016.

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Now, the sport.

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