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We will hear from him and we will bring you the latest from the

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Masters snooker, all in Sportsday in 15 minutes after the papers.

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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 Isabel Hardman, Assistant Editor at the Spectator

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and Jim Waterson, Deputy Editor at Buzzfeed.

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Time now for a reminder of some of the front pages.

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The Telegraph front page has the Conservative leader of the House

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of Commons, Chris Grayling, saying the European Union

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in its current state is disastrous for Britain.

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The Financial Times reports that employers may now have the right

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to read workers' personal emails and messages,

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following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.

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It describes it as a landmark ruling giving full access

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The i says the first genetically-modified embryos

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could be created in Britain within weeks, in what it says

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The Guardian has conducted a survey indicating Jeremy Corbyn enjoys

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overwhelming support among the Labour Party's grass roots.

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It also has news of some interesting gifts presented to the Royal Family,

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including a marzipan model of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.

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The Mirror tells us that David Bowie has been cremated without any

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ceremony, even for family and friends.

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The paper says he made clear before his death that he didn't want

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The Scottish Daily Record has the story of David and Carol Martin,

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So, good to have you back with me. Let's begin. Isabel, you can take us

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first to the Times and their lead story is about the fact you are

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going to have to move into your school playground if you want to

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have a place. This is really interesting, 90 primary schools are

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refusing to accept pupils living 300 metres away and one school has

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shrunk its catchment area to 92 metres according to a survey. It's

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really interesting, middle-class parents living near the most

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desirable schools to secure places for their children have forced local

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authorities to shrink their catchment areas. It's unfair to

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blame middle-class parents for wanting the best thing for their

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children, but those parents who can't afford to pay school fees to

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get into the best state schools, under the system that has existed

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for years, are lumped with the school they are given for their

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children when every parent wants the best for their child, it's just what

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they can afford. The state school system shouldn't be set up to cater

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for those who can move to a desirable neighbourhood. Essentially

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you are paying school fees but you are doing it through another means.

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House prices. This all comes down to this point, the Local Government

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Association talking about the burden and the cost of providing these

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extra places needed. We have too many children and not enough spaces.

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Yes. That doesn't mean those schools have to be bad. There's lots of ways

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to look at it. It shouldn't be a case of pupils being terrified.

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People need another choice. Jim, why we are talking about it, staying

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with the Times -- while. Petrol may soon be cheaper than water. The

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price of Brent crude going below $30 a bowl -- $30 a barrel. If petrol is

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86p a litre then it is cheaper than water... I'm not sure what water

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they are drinking or what they are thinking of. It's a nice idea, the

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idea that it has gone that cheap that we can discard it in a bottle

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or something like that. It is great for us. Everyone in the UK who has a

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car feels a bit wealthier. It's terrible for countries relying on

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oil revenue, which includes a lot of places with teetering economies in

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the Middle East where we would prefer them to be stable with lots

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of income. It raises many issues. In Scotland, then you have Scottish

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independence, due in a few months if the "yes" vote would have gone

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through, what with the finances have been like if the oil price is like

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it is. What were you going to say? If it is cheaper than water then you

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could shower in oil. We were talking about what kind of oil, does it have

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fairy dust or do you have to go to special springs to get it? Vets have

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a look at the Guardian, their lead story is about support for Jeremy

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Corbyn -- let's. This is a survey they have done from 632

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constituencies in England, Scotland and Wales. It's really interesting,

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even though the opinion polls for Labour in the General Electric

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aren't great, Labour members are pretty keen on what Jeremy Corbyn is

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doing -- General electorate. MPs are saying they come back from their

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local constituencies and they are being told they have done a great

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job, they are saying that the press and the MPs are being very mean to

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Jeremy Corbyn. Even if the press are biased to Labour, it is one of the

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facts of life that the party needs to deal with. Entail it works out

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how to deal with that and the electorate's suspicions of its

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leaders then they won't get into power -- until. They have more

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complaints for the comments about Jeremy Corbyn underperforming rather

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than voting to bomb Isis in Syria. The action is less important than

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criticising their leader. Why are they constantly undermining him?

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Membership has almost doubled in the general election. These members are

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flooding back in. They are old members coming back in that

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understand the way Labour works. This isn't naive people, these are

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people who left because of the Iraq war and they want to get the party

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back to where they feel it should be. The problem for anti-Corbyn

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Labour MPs, of which there are many, is how to convince the members that

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things will be better in 2020. That was his unique selling point, a new

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kind of politics, they have to convince them of that. That will be

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a long-term project because the members don't trust the MPs, they

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trust Jeremy Corbyn. Fascinating. The Mail have that story we have

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been talking about, the European Court of Human Rights. Looking at an

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old case of someone who lost their job because he was apparently using

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personal e-mail when he shouldn't have been. Talk us through this,

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people will be worried potentially. He set up a Yahoo messenger account,

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the equivalent of Facebook or WhatsApp, some sort of messaging

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service. Fissette it up for work but was using it for private use -- he

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set. When his company checked whether he was doing his job

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properly, they went through his private messages and use them as

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evidence he wasn't using his job properly because there were 40 pages

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of messaging his fiance and his brother. That was in 2007. Finally

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we have a ruling almost a decade later that they were OK to do this.

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It's not that they are going to jump straight into your personal e-mail,

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but if you're logged in on a personal computer using an account

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then there is a certainly wait to which they have access. The Mail

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have a wise quote from an employment law specialist on the front page,

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saying the safest course of action from employees is avoiding using

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these platforms because who knows whether your boss is watching. If

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you don't want your employer to see it, don't send it on your work phone

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or computer. But what about if you have your own smartphone app and you

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are on work's time but it is your device and you might want to send an

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e-mail. You keep it in your pocket and you never let your boss know

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that you have got it and you will be OK. Text in the loo, or something

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like that. Put it under the table or something like that. There is a

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point where you are entitled to a private life even at work, so you

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need some access to be in touch with people on private issues, but where

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are the boundaries? I think with most bosses, as long as you are

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sensible and you don't leave too many breadcrumbs that they could

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follow to find the trail then you are probably all right. Don't do too

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much of your online shopping or anything like that there. You

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wouldn't want to work for a boss going through stuff like that. But

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in some firms, trade unions would be very worried like this, especially

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workers on low paid, on exploitative contracts. This is the kind of thing

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an unscrupulous boss could do to someone less powerful -- Lope. I

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thought the most telling item here is legal experts warn staff should

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now assume all their online activity is monitored. The safest approach,

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as you say, is be discreet and don't think they can't have a look. Let's

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have a look at the i. A picture of a baby with his cute chunky thighs.

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Quite a serious ethical question here because of a ruling that is

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about to be made one way or the other about whether genetically

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modified embryos could be created in Britain. The current law is that the

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embryos aren't allowed to live beyond 14 days. But this piece says

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the research has accepted that the research could one day lead to the

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birth of the first GM babies should the existing ban be lifted. It's

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really interesting about how much control we are going to allow people

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over how what type of baby they could have. You can ask people

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questions, do you want scientists coming up with embryos in a

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laboratory? No. Do you want a family making sure they don't pass on

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Huntington's? Absolutely. They are the same thing. Which framing do you

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like on a slightly contentious issue. Looking at the coverage of

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IVF babies, it was all wide-eyed and, what is this? Test-tube babies.

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Even this coverage here, it says a small step for GM babies. This

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initial decision is about whether the embryo can be genetically

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modified to look at the very early stages of the development of the

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embryo, especially looking at why women miscarry, so there's no

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suggestion of these being implanted, but it opens ethical questions about

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what could happen further down the line. To the Telegraph. This is

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Chris Grayling, who has been talking perhaps not hugely surprisingly

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about his views on the possibility of a Grexit. If we are looking at a

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referendum on EU membership in the summer or early autumn then

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ministers have to start positioning and those that want to be on the

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leave site have to start signalling they want to do this. Chris Grayling

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is the first to jump -- leave side. We can't criticise too much because

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we haven't got a deal yet. We are all pretending that David Cameron

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could come out for leave, although we know he won't. Tentatively he has

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to say in this potential situation I would probably said we should go

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against the EU. I think Chris Grayling is not necessarily at the

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core of the cabinet right now. I think he was sort of sidelined in

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the last reshuffle to become Leader of the House of Commons from Justice

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Secretary. It's interesting, the Telegraph piece covering his article

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says his article today is carefully worded, and it has not come as a

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surprise to number ten. He's not exploding in the media, he's being

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very careful, but he has long made noises about leaving the EU and he

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was one of the key figures to get David Cameron to suspend collective

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responsibility when the renegotiation finishes. On the front

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page he writes, even if David Cameron doesn't get the vote how he

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wants it, he wouldn't have to resign. He says it is wrong that he

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would have to resign according to David Cameron. Gently done. We know

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where that is going. Isabel, end us on this rather lovely news on the

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front of the Daily Record, ?33 million for David and Carol Martin.

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I love the fact the paper has two pictures of them looking really

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shocked and surprised and happy. When you see these stories you

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always think about what you would do with the money and what their life

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must be like, they always talk about small things because they haven't

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grasped what they have won. Champagne flutes and a new pair of

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shoes. They will probably buy a few homes but now it is the shoes. We

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are all tantalised by these life changing amounts of money. In an

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area hit by the floods, and the journalists said Will you give

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anything to the victims of the floods, and they said maybe. The Sun

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are saying they are going to give their fortune away. It must be

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awkward if you have already committed to saying something like

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that. They just want their holiday, doesn't mean they are bad people.

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The question about them changing, they said it might change what they

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will do but not them as people. It might change the people around them

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more than them. You wouldn't fear losing your job because you could

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pay your mortgage for the rest of your life. Fear of not having a pay

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cheque is probably quite a big thing for most. A psychologist earlier

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said it could be deeply demotivating not to have to work again but I

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could cope for a while. ?33 million? Why not? Many thanks to both of you.

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