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comments. Chris gale caused a stir with some

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

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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 International Editor of the Economist, Helen Joyce,

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and the Times columnist, Matthew Syed.

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

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suicide more likely. Pharmaceutical companies accused of failing to

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

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technique, clinical trials very important to establish what works

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

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

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

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drugs makes suicide more likely, but the pharmaceutical companies rigged

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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global campaign to force pharmaceutical companies to register

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

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

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

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

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pharmaceutical industry. This report has been published in the British

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Medical Journal. Part of the research was done by University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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this recently! When the first Bible of psychiatric conditions was

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published, there are a number of conditions under which psychiatrists

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

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

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

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

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challenged the penalty. These are challenges on rather

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

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

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

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

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claim discrimination. -- discrimination. The government says

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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particularly vulnerable groups who are going to be horrifically damaged

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

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

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measures within the legislation, including this money that has been

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set aside. Fundamentally, the majority of the public supported

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

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

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

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public affairs chief has written saying governments make tax law and

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

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

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

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

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

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companies that are gaining the international tax system. What we

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need is an international set of agreements where the major economies

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are prepared to ask the major corporations for transparency, so

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

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

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

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

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

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

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fairness and rules, so this ridiculous system where you park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sportsday. here's what we have

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for you on Sportsday tonight.

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