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in the final. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hits back at

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reports he is to leave the club. Hello and welcome to our look

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ahead to what the the papers With me are the Social Affairs

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Editor of the Guardian, Randeep Ramesh, and the Evening

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Standard columnist, Rosamund Urwin. The Prime Minister could be

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about to strike a deal with fellow EU leaders over curbing benefits

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for migrants, that's according to Zika explodes, and

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the world wakes up to the threat, says tomorrow's i, featuring pest

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controllers spraying poison to kill The Telegraph leads

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on the story that Oxford University can't afford to pull

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down its statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes after donors threaten

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to withdraw funding in protest. The Express warns of a Brussels

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plan to slap tax on food - they say it could add more than ?200 a year

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to the average family's bill. Meanwhile,

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the Guardian says the EU is poised to investigate Google's tax deal

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with the British authorities, after Labour and the SNP complained

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about the tech giant's settlement. The Times despairs over the latest

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global league tables for literacy and maths, teenagers in England

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are bottom of the class compared And the Daily Mail says it's not

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just Google who could get Corporations are in line

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for what it calls "cosy Let's begin with the education story

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in The Times. Teenagers bottom of international league table. I feel

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like we used to see this a lot more, and it seems to have gone away

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or improve. This rather suggests unfortunately that you are wrong.

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What they are saying is that teenagers, in their late teens, are

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the worst of 23 developed nations and are ranked 22nd out of 23 NU

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Morrissey. It strikes me that when you look down the list, people that

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you would hope in countries that are significantly below us in other

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matters, would really hope to be above in this. Why are we getting it

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so wrong? It must be very unpleasant for students to read things like

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this. I think a few things are being conflated. We have a lump of people

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who don't perform as well at the bottom of our education system, we

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have known that for some time. When you talk about graduates, maybe some

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should have gone to further education colleges rather than

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university, so there is a bit of that as well. I tend to worry that

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these things become a stick to beat young children with, telling them

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they should be like South Korea or China, where rote learning and

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things don't really suit the kind of culture that we bring our children

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up with. I think people believe the British education system teaches

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children to think creatively. The South Korean system is built up for

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a different client base. And they don't have particularly happy

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children. They work very hard and around mental health around that. I

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think it would be interesting to see exactly what these tests in tail,

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and see if they are the skills that people need. I think that literacy

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skills tend to be quite poor, but people can be quite bright. I think

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if you don't practice maths, the skills to fade. I tested that

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recently with the Times tables test, and startled my guests five asking

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them some questions. The Google tax does not tax Google, why not? George

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Osborne made great play, with a new thing be diverted profit tax. It

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stops corporations from pushing profits into low tax regimes and

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avoiding tax over here. Google is one of the company that has been

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caught in this, but the diverted profit tax doesn't seem to apply to

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them. Therefore, the headline Google tax doesn't really work. Sorry, I

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have a tickly throat. Where is this money being paid from then? They

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have just done a deal in a room, rather than actually being HMRC

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recovering that, they say officials have concluded that Google's

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offshore arrangements are legitimate. It is sort of a goodwill

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gesture, which is quite appalling for most of us. They think, that

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sounds a reasonable amount for us to pay, we can do that. But there is no

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guarantee that they will be paying that in the future, this would have

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meant that you would expect a certain amount coming in every year.

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There is a possibility that this point just apply to Google, but it

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will be made with other corporations as well. Yes, this is looking more

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broadly at a Treasury minister who has been flying around the world to

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woo global corporations. It has essentially said, come here and they

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will give you VIP treatment, HMRC well. I'm sure we would all love VIP

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treatment from HMRC, and they feel that if countries are large enough

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they will be provided with relationship managers to avoid

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expensive litigation. So will we be getting no money out of them at

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all? It is plain to the idea that we're ending over backwards to get

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these people to turn up and not tax them like we would anyone else. I

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think this favouring of big American corporations, like hammers on,

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Starbucks, Google, it doesn't play well. -- Amazon. What about this

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deal, what does this entail? This is David Cameron in a hurry to get

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something out of the EU, such as putting a brake on paying EU

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migrants in work benefits if there were exceptional conditions. I think

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there will be a problem for the Tory Right who will think this isn't good

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enough. Who will it be good enough for? I think that is a fair

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question. I also think the Eurosceptics will remain

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Eurosceptics whatever he came back with. It seems that even before the

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debate had begun, if you are in the yes or no camp it didn't really

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matter what was brought back. A lot of people seem to think they are

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pro- or anti-. Yes, I think it is partly about getting someone in his

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own cabinet to support him. He says he doesn't want people close to him

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arguing that a Grexit is the way forward. The idea that there were

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wavering voters in the cabinet, I don't know about that. He has to

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come back with something, he can't come back with nothing. Let's look

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at the Telegraph. Activists who wanted a plaque commemorating the

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colonialists Cecil Rhodes, which some regard to be racist, to be

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taken down. There has been some debate about whether he should

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rightfully be there, even though he is a major benefactor to the

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college. What appears to have won this is money. All of these donors

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and presumably there are a lot of them leaving money in their wills,

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some have threatened to withdraw their donations over this, and

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because of it being a threat of the statue being removed. Apparently the

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college fears that a proposed ?100 million gift would be in jeopardy

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over this. It is money that has won this. I'm afraid I am on the side of

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Mary Beard who thinks it was barking to raise history, because I don't

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think it is the way to solve this. Far better to lampoon him, put silly

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hats on, whatever, but I don't think by removing something you are

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achieving anything. I have been having a look at the College

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website, and it says it has been decided that the statue will remain

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in place in the college will seek to provide a clear context as to why

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the statue and plaque are there. There needs to be continuing

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presence of these historical artefacts, but also to accept and

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explain colonialism today. That is one way out of it. I am sympathetic

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to the idea that we can't rub out history we disagree with, but I

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think organisations that face the future in a certain way can decide

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what the public space has in it. You could retire Cecil on the grounds

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that he doesn't fit your ideas at the moment. There is an interesting

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park outside of Budapest, and if you hop on a train you can go and see

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all the Communist statues that were taken down. They explain what they

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signify, and fortunately they have not thrown them all away. This is a

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picture story, cloud over a continent. Zika virus has exploded.

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This first came to people's attention not that long ago, but now

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it is huge. I think it is an issue because of the correlation between

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infection and the birth of children who suffer from abnormalities. Just

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because you are in the tropics, the spread of mosquitoes is unstoppable.

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You can't do anything about them, the conditions provide for them, so

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it is very hard. This picture is from Nicaragua, so the threat is

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spreading, and we are seeing them going around fumigating. It seems

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kind of pointless echoes the mosquitoes will be back as soon as

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the water is there. You are right, this is a problem that will affect

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all countries in the Americas, they think that Chile and Canada might be

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spared. It is rather frightening, particularly for pregnant women, it

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must be terrifying if you are pregnant in Brazil at the moment.

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What are you supposed to do? A lot of women were reporting Zika virus,

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and doctors won't taking any notice and didn't recognise it as a

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potential problem. Let us finish with the express. Barbie gets a PC

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makeover. There she is in various forms. You can buy them now in three

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different barytes. You can have a taller Barbie, a curvier Barbie, or

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a petite one. I dread to think how small the petite one is, because the

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regular one was very skinny. I think she's just shorter. They have the

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great line that she has had 180 careers in her time. Her body has

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never changed, and I did have a little Google earlier, and Barbies

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in their current form, her waist is significantly smaller than her

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head. Isn't yours? No, it really isn't. Did you have a Barbie? Didn't

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make any difference to how felt about body image? I had an older

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brother who had chopped up my sister's Barbies. So I never had any

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goals. I think my mother gave up. I had still been in families instead,

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which other rather unrealistic thing of animal heads on human -esque

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bodies. They have a different kind of body dysmorphia. Yes, but in that

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world all the animals are human in physique, except for the horses, who

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are some kind of weird slaves because they are still fully horse.

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They just use them to work, and it seems very unfair. It doesn't seem

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fair on the horses. I think all children's toys don't bear very much

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