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in the cricket against South Africa in Cape Town. More on that later.

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Welcome to our Sunday morning edition of the papers. With me are

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Phillipa Leighton Jones, editor of WSJ City at the Wall Street Journal

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and journist KunalDutta. The the observer leads with flooding and

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claims the Government budget cuts are almost doubling the number of

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homes considered as being at writhe risk of flooding. The Sunday Times

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headline an executive pay row. Saying the Environment Agency PR

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chief left the organisation with a six figure payoff despite troubling

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week for the agency. The Sunday express leads with the same story.

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Saying senior managers at the Environment Agency have been awarded

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bonuses worth almost ?300,000. The Independent on Sunday's picture

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shows a woman in Bahrain protesting against Saudi Arabia's decision to

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excuse 47 individuals, including a prominent Shia cleveric. The Sunday

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Telegraph reports 11-year-olds will be expected to know all their times

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tables when they leave primary school under new Government plans

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It's hunt the guilty parties for the flooding rather than acts of God.

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The Environment Agency, we'll get to them in a minute. Revealed how Tory

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cuts are wrecking UK flood defences is The Observer splash. Ministers

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warned of risk twice the number of homes face threat. This is moving on

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to the next chapter of who gets the blame for the lack of flood

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defences. This one is particularly damning for the Tories. As you'd

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expect from the Observer. This is the emergence of a report from the

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association of drainage authorities which warned the Government things

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were getting worse. We've had five the wettest winters since 2010 or

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since 2,000. As things have progressively got worse, the Tories

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have cut the budgets for drainage, flood defences and this is why we're

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at the situation we are now. Questions have been asked about this

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all week. The emergence of this report and the fact the Tories were

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told about this ahead of time calls into question their decision to cut

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budgets for this. The key figure in here is today homes at risk from

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floods, 330,000, it will rise to 570,000 by 2035 which calls into

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question a lot of things. Also, last week, the Government, the word

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unprecedented appeared in every statement pretty much they said.

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This is saying this might have been unprecedented but not unpredictage.

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People thought this could happen if this course of policy was followed?

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Yeah, we've seen with floods, initially it was climate change the

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big issue. The Government said we've got to do something about climate

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change which is such a long-term policy procedure. With actual

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flooding itself, it's no coincidence we are seeing this much more

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frequently. We are seeing storms almost annually. We only started

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naming storms in November and, this was Alf bet cal. And we're already

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coming to F. We only started with Abigail in November. So, they've got

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nowhere to hide. I think what this is about is saying enough about the

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big rhetoric about climate change, we need to do something. Things have

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to happen on the ground. Money has though flow into the north where

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this problem is being hardest hit rather than just in the capital. The

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whole northern powerhouse thing, three Great Northern cities under

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water is... That's a huge challenge. Cameron's made the northern

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powerhouse a key parts of his election pledge. Look what's

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happened. He worried about the pair of wellies he'll don so he doesn't

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look posh. Some of these homes arend water some not for the first time.

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Lhotse Facing the problem of not being able to insure their homes. It

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is miserable. Disgusting when you see what flooding does. The other

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way to point the finger of blame is the Environment Agency. This the

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Sunday express's take. Fury at fat cat bonuses. Awarded bonuses of

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almost ?300,000. This is the other side of it. We were sussing earlier,

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the viern agency is effectively public funded. It has to be

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accountable to the public. When you see the disconnect between massive

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flooding problems and failure of flood defences and you look at the

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agency and the bonuses that executives are getting for it, there

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is likely to be, publicly, a question of is that actually

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working? Rewards for failure. If this was banging. What would happen,

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these days anyway, executives would say we accept we haven't done the

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job expected. They'd hand back the bonuses or implement some long-term

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incentive. That is hard to do when you've something as unpredictable as

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the weather. Why not say here's your bonus. We'll pay you in ten years

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when we see how you've done. Use the scientific evidence of how things

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are going to go. At least work with a modus operandi who... One or two

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people not around during the Christmas period when storm Frank

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hits. Being in sunny places. The message the head of this agency was

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at home with family and they failed to mention at first that at home was

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in Barbados. I think it's tricky all round for them. They need to take a

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good long hard look at their incentive schemes. This story will

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run and run, these two stories about what the Government and Environment

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Agency is doing. Given the figures, people won't accept this. They're

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not. And these moves where the Government responds like David

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Cameron has today, a ?40 million emergency fund to go to Yorkshire.

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Matching of charity donations to ?2 million, it's seen as on the hoof

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when you're responding to things like this. Whereas, I think,

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long-term, there needs to be a much more clear strategy in place which

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acknowledges this will be the story that does carry on and will happen

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next year probably It seeps haphazard up to now, dare I say, not

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taken particularly seriously. There needs to be a revisit of how far up

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the agenda this goes. I'm sure David Cameron's thinking about that. One

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of the things he's also thinking about, the biggest story we can

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predict of 2016, what happens when we vote on Europe, if we vote this

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year which most of us seem to think will happen. Pinsters, PM must go if

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ministers loose EU vote. It would be terrible for David Cameron

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personally if he were to lead a campaign to stay in Europe and the

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people rejected it? Yes, it would be bad for him. I just warn everyone

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not to underestimate what a master tactics he is strategically. The way

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he's pitching getting this deal from Europe he's after, it will be very

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carefully presented to the country. I think when it comes to it, don't

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under estimate the fact he has until February to get the deal he needs

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from Brussels. Then has the lag period where he needs to sell that

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into the country. He's very good at that. That's the key point. He

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doesn't have much time and is distracted by the floods. Six weeks

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Bev he has to do this deal with Europe the. He might or might not

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get a good deal. Whatever happens, there will be a huge degree of

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uncertainty. His key job is to educate the public. There is still

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too little information out there about what EU membership means.

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There's been spurious data put out there or heavily spun data. The EU

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cost us X amount last week and that's why no flood defences. We've

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been spending money on EU membership without telling about the upside of

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EU membership. Euro scepticism, Britain's relationship, how

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eurosceptic Britain is open to debate. People thought Ukip would be

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the party to pull Britain out of Europe or gain attraction. They

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haven't done that. When it comes to it, the time he has, if the

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referendum is later on, he will have time to build a case very carefully.

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It is how considered people are. Those people who are very interested

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are very interested. A lot of British people are, we're irritated

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by various things but not that bothered. That's part of it. The

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other key question is whether, even if he wins this referendum, it

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becomes a run are sore. If it is overwhelming we want to stay in or

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get out. If it's quite close, David Cameron's still got a split party.

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He has but the Tory Party has by its nature has always been dealing with

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their disgruntled backbench Eurosceptics. That seas been the

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challenge since John Major. David Cameron is one of the more

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successful Prime Ministers at keeping them quietly in the back

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Birch in the days of John Major we saw leadership challenges talking

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about frequently. Someone here said if eurosceptic MPs don't agree with

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Cameron, Osborne will have them out so watch out. Let's look at the

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Sunday Telegraph. Two quick stories. Nick'spm will be an outsider.

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Rebuilding the Conservative Party in Scotland says she believes George

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Osborne, Boris Johnson and Theresa May may all be beaten in the race to

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beat David Cameron. She says the party are not necessarily good good

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at picking people you think. And pupils must know all times table by

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age 11. Frankly, if they don't already, it's a good thing for

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people to be able to count, isn't it? Geoff knitly able to count,

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yeah. That's useful. We were talking about it earlier. What kind of times

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tables does, is, I guess the argument goes, gives you an

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inference and understanding of numbers you don't necessarily get

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otherwise through calculators or coding or anything else. It is so

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important for everything else. I've no experience of teaching. I have a

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12-year-old son. I've seen some of the maths homework. Everything he

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does, you need to know times tables. I was quite shocked pupils didn't

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know times tables. 74,000 children are still failing to meet the

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standard required. I know teachers of stressed. Maybe there's a failure

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of the teaching methods. An implication under Labour the

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teaching became quite unstructured. Maybe it needs to be pulled back to

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old fashioned teaching. Find different ways to teach children

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times tables. Maybe all pupils should know how to spell reasonably

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by age 11. A start as well. Read? This is a really interesting story

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in the Independent. Dam you, it says. The excuse of 47 prisoners by

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the beleagueered Saudi Arabian regime yesterday. 1078 of these were

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extreme Sunni Isis lambists. Al-Qaeda persuasion. Many focussed

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on the killing of a Shia cleric. A protester but a peaceful man. Yes,

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it is to do with power in that region on. The fact the Shia's

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rightfully in countries like Saudi Arabia feel marginalised, possibly

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oppressed. Sheikh al-Nimr wasn't a violent man. He told the BBC in 2011

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breve his arrest words were more powerful than weapons. So,

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symbolically, this has had huge ramifications across parts of the

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Middle East. Particularly in Iran, the rhetoric coming out of Tehran

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last night was extremely hostile. There will be worried as we ally

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closer to the Saudi rib ya for what David Cameron argues is national

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security reasons, this this destabilisation could have grave

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consequences for Britain's relationship. This comes at a very

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tricky time for Saudi Arabia. Dividing Shia's and Sunnis further

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won't help. On December 28th they implemented a round of austerity

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measures, including VAT and taxes on water and electricity. The key

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reason there is Saudi is reliant on the ol rev enewes. Oil prices

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slumped from $100 a barrel to $38 a barrel. They've bout themselves calm

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and legitimacy by being able to provide a relatively comfort for

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Saudi nationals. Now, there that could lead to a restive population

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there as well. Tricky time for them. Phillipa, I wanted toent on what I

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thought was an interesting story in the Sunday Times. Beans means grills

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eats like Gwyneth. She's been derided for what she eats, Gwyneth

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pal Strow. Bear Grylls doesn't eat much meat and eats more like Gwyneth

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Paltrow. They are saying, bear Grylls doesn't eat considering dial

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eyes but goes eats seeds and yoghurts, things normal people might

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eat. He's done this because he's just written a recipe book. One of

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my favourite lines. He doesn't eat much meat, he relies more on plant

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food such as quinoa, buckwheat for his protein which surely we all do.

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Just catching up with the rest of us. The crocodile eyes are not easy

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to get in stains breast. Half of it, I don't know what it is. What did

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you make of that story? The great macho guy who has been eating and

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preying with barrack Obama in the wild turns out to be eating veggie

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burgers? It is a contrast between a television personality who Bear

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Grylls is out there, explore tiff. Eating deer. Why do that at home? If

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that's his work life, it stands to reason he's not doing that. I want

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to see Gwyneth eat a crocodile's eye. That would get on page one.

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That's it for the papers.s thank you both. A reminder, we take a look

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atom's front pages every evening at 10.30pm and 11.30pm every

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