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comments. Chris gale caused a stir with some


on-air flirting. That hasn't stopped him being offered another contract.


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


With me are the International Editor of the Economist, Helen Joyce,


and the Times columnist, Matthew Syed.


The front page of the Daily Telegraph. Depression and rugs makes


suicide more likely. Pharmaceutical companies accused of failing to


report some suicides and deaths. This is an important scientific will


technique, clinical trials very important to establish what works


and what doesn't, with big pharmaceutical companies rigging the


trial to undermine the validity of what they are doing and minimising


the side effects. We now know from a study that these anti-depression


drugs makes suicide more likely, but the pharmaceutical companies rigged


it. If somebody died, they would come up with an alternative


explanation. If it happened at a particular time, they would say it


was a cut-off date for that particular trial. This has happened


for decades in the pharmaceutical industry. It's amazing to me they


still haven't got their act together. There are families up and


down the country, across the world, who have said for many, many years


that they have people who are under the age of 18. It isn't adult


specifically. It seems to be young people, who have committed suicide


as a result of taking depression drugs. When you have any one case,


you don't know what caused it. With one case, you can say it was a


coincidence, so that is the point of doing a trial and gathering all the


data, so you can see between comparative groups, because it has


play fair. There is an excellent play fair. There is an excellent


global campaign to force pharmaceutical companies to register


all trials before they start. You can sign up if you think it's a good


idea. This would stop the process. The easiest way to do the rigging is


to put the trials that don't give the answer you want in a drawer and


publish the ones you want. This is systematic, right through the


pharmaceutical industry. This report has been published in the British


Medical Journal. Part of the research was done by University


College London. It makes sense. Do you think anyone will act on this? I


hope so. This campaign is vital. It's called publication bias. You do


lots of different trials, and just because of luck you get the answer


you want in three of them, but the answer you don't want in five. You


then published the three and you pay your representatives to push the


trials they carried out. They are rigorous, they are authentic, they


say. But nobody asks if they carry out any other trials? It is their


intellectual property. They also bribed the doctors. They have a


conflict of interest. I. The history is interesting too. I read a book on


this recently! When the first Bible of psychiatric conditions was


published, there are a number of conditions under which psychiatrists


could prescribe drugs. That has gone up incredibly. With the rigging of


the system, it has brought the entire thing into disrepute, and it


is an unfolding tragedy. It is lack of trust. We are going to have to


move on to the bedroom tax. The fight act begins. Families have


challenged the penalty. These are challenges on rather


specific cases. One is a woman who is a rape victim and domestic


violence victim who has a safe room, but that counts as a spare bedroom.


The other is very disabled children who require a spare room for the


equipment. If they were adults, they would be allowed. So both cases


claim discrimination. -- discrimination. The government says


they will challenge it, but there are wider implications for the whole


bedroom tax policy. The government has said it has put aside money to


deal with some specific cases. It doesn't sound as if it is going to


be enough money. When you see people like this on the front of


newspapers, and potential rape victims with panic rooms, it does


see there is a disconnect here between morality and trying to save


pennies. That is on the money. Forgive the pun! It was awful. But


the anomaly between private and social housing, you could sort of


understand the logic of why they want to remove that anomaly. What


surprises me is what you are saying - why didn't they think of the


particularly vulnerable groups who are going to be horrifically damaged


by this? And the funding you mention isn't mitigated by this. They would


say that they did think about vulnerable groups, and there are


measures within the legislation, including this money that has been


set aside. Fundamentally, the majority of the public supported


these changes. You can see why. It sounds fair. But the problem is


there are not small enough houses for people to move into. The


Financial Times. Google and Apple hit back over tax. Google's European


public affairs chief has written saying governments make tax law and


Google complies with the law. Wasn't he the editor of Newsnight? The same


guy. Anyway. What has that got to do with anything? It's because I


recognised the name! I thought it was a trap. No. The Times has


written a strong leader. The Times is often in favour of business and


free markets, but this is an issue of fairness. These are huge


companies that are gaining the international tax system. What we


need is an international set of agreements where the major economies


are prepared to ask the major corporations for transparency, so


you get the tax they deserve to pay. Helen, you work for a very


pro-free-market magazine. Google and Apple. Are they gaining the system?


But they are within the law? We have no idea on what basis they are


paying this ?130 million, because there is secrecy about tax on


corporations. So I cannot tell you. But it isn't likely to be an


overestimation? I am sure of that. We believe in a free market,


fairness and rules, so this ridiculous system where you park


your intellectual property in a tax haven, and this allows you to offset


everything... Is fairness and compatible as -- capitalism


compatible? Yes, of course. It can only work if people are prepared to


be honest. Cameron goes to halt arms sales with Saudi Arabia. Saudi


Arabia is a big contributor to the British bottom line. Fairness and


ethics might suggest that for some people we shouldn't be selling them


weapons. British made weapons have been used to bomb hospitals,


schools, markets and other civilian targets in Yemen. We were discussing


this earlier. When you sell arms to people, they are going to sometimes


be used for bad things. I don't think the British government will be


surprised by this. You are right to say there is a long history of


selling arms to Saudi Arabia. The idea that selling arms to Saudi


Arabia has been a arm of policy for decades. Propping up extremists, and


a Sunni dictatorship is not going to be in our long-term interests. The


religious warring is going to make a mockery of this relationship. It


will be difficult, given the amount of jobs the defence industry


supports. The Daily Express, revealing School reports of the rich


and famous. Churchill is there, and Judi Dench. I know that Churchill's


school report was dreadful. He turned out all right! Don't you feel


sorry for teachers, having to write these works of fiction! They have to


write something about 30 kids' marks, their effort, something


crafted to suggest that their little darlings have been suggested in the


class, in every subject! I wouldn't expect to do it, and I am a writer


in trade. We were not given this stuff when I was little. There were


a lot of good marks when I was little. I was a real sucker! We


didn't get them. They are playing the music. We've got to go. We will


be back in an hour's time. We will tell you about it then. Much more


coming up at the top of the hour first, time for a very enlightening


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