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tonight's games in the Scottish Cup and the Scottish premiership, and

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Ronnie O'Sullivan with more on his decision not to make a 147 in the

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World Cup of snooker. Hello, and welcome to

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our look ahead to what the papers With me are Caroline Daniel,

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the editor of the Weekend FT, and Matthew Syed,

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a columnist at the Times. Tomorrow's front page,

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starting with: The Times reports that the Palace has denied that

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a speech by Prince William backed That is the lead, too,

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in the Telegraph, which says the Duke's remarks echo

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the intervention by the Queen on "Shut your Cakehole" is the Sun's

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headline. It is a reference to comments

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by the actress Emma Thompson, who has apparently described the UK

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as a "cake-filled, misery-laden, The FT says Saudi Arabia and Russia

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have agreed to freeze oil output in the Guardian reports that

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a new report has highlighted high The Mirror leads on the missing

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junior doctor Rose Polge, who left And finally, the Express says house

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prices are rising by an average That is good news if you've got a

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house. A lot of people don't is the problem. The Times says don't push

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us into Brexit. This isn't an editorial. Not yet... You think that

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is how they are going to go? It is a strange story because it has been a

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mixed day for David Cameron in Europe. The European Parliament has

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suggested they have some issues with the deal and they have a right to

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have a say on how the deal might go down in terms of being able to vote

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on it. On the other hand they also stressed that they don't have the

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right of veto over the proposed solution but they had some push back

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today and that wasn't great for David Cameron. He wants to have it

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signed, sealed and delivered. He doesn't want to have some ambiguity

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about the Brits voting on a referendum and later on the European

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Parliament undoing it. He has been under pressure from the Eastern

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European bloc as well, over the concessions around migrants and some

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of their benefits but I think this is... I rather like the fact that in

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the first sentence we see a rather stressed David Cameron because they

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want to give the sense of Time running out, the only having until

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Friday and then he can come out and win some of these issues. Some of

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this is just a bit of drama. Going back to my initial point, and this

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is in your newspaper, The Times, is this the way that they are Leaning,

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do you think? Don't push Britain into Brexit? This is an imputed

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quote from Cameron, and it could just be choreography, as you say. I

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think there will be a lot of this manoeuvring in the build-up to the

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discussion at the end of the week but some of the detail is quite fun.

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He is normally so very relaxed, a senior European official said he

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looks terribly, terribly stressed and he is worried according to this

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report that MEPs will water down an agreement which was already sorted

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by a great deal of the British press. And that could end his

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premiership and tarnish his legacy. But I suspect, I'm with you. One

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thing is that there is a lot of manoeuvring and smoke signalling at

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the moment. Secondly, most people will not make a decision on the

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future referendum on them initiate of child benefits -- the minutiae.

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They will make it on how they feel about written's future. So this is

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not as significant as it seems. And the suggestion he is pleading with

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European MEPs to save his deal, he is in fact arguing with his own MPs.

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This is a far more important domestic issue than what one MEP may

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do. The largest groups in the Parliament made clear their support

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for British reforms. That is hardly MEPs pushing Britain into Brexit. If

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we go to the Independent, the eastern bloc tells Cameron has

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benefits plan is unacceptable. You were pretty relaxed just then. It

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sounded as though you thought that... Don't over into print.

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That's what I always do, over interpret. -- over interpret. It is

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just posturing. It is a poker game. When it comes to the negotiation,

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each has to show that they are willing to walk away if they don't

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get their minimum conditions. And so they are, as it were, exaggerating

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what they can do. So the other thing that is worth throwing into this, is

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Prince William has weighed in. Not just MEPs, not just European

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Commission, it is the future monarch who has given a coded message that

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you don't think is significant at all and I think is rather fun, that

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we should stay in. A coded message not even mentioning the word

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Europe. The eastern bloc is basically saying they want Britain

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to walk an extra mile for the deal. They are not happy with Britain

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doing this anyway. They want to make Britain sweat a bit and they

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wouldn't mind the fact that David Cameron looks a bit stressed. And

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they have their own constituencies as well which they have to play

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too, no question about that. We are not going to talk about its William,

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we did that in the previous hour. But we will talk about another

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member of royalty, acting royalty. This is Emma Thompson who has

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attacked what she called a cake filled, misery laid in Britain,

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saying that we should shut out cakeholes. Not quite, the Sun says

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that she should shut her cakehole. Is that the Victoria sponge? I love

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Victoria sponges. It is crucial, the proportion of cream. Britain's parts

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are the envy of the world. It is one of those kinds of stories -- tarts.

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You had Michael Caine a few months ago coming out as very Eurosceptic.

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Now we have a left-wing lobby coming out, a pro- EU lobby. She did make a

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slightly unfortunate statement during a press conference promoting

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a film in Berlin, so she sort of rift on what she thinks about the EU

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-- riffed. It is a great headline but I don't think it will make a

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substantial change to the debate. Will this really affect the man on

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the Clapham omnibus? More successful than the EU is jam sponge. It is all

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about the lightness of the sponge. It has to be light and fluffy, there

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is no question. I think she is one of the great actresses. Sense and

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Sensibility, one of my favourite films. I can understand saying we

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want to be part of Europe, but that doesn't mean we have to be negative

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about Britain. I'm quite surprised how shrill... I mean, she was asked

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in a movie press conference so she may have been taken out of context.

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Wu Mac it is a reference to the week about the British like to moan --

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she may be trying to convince too many topical news events. Into one

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piece of fabulous Victoria sponge. The Sun also has that quote. But we

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are going to go on to the Financial Times. The Saudis and Russia agree

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on output freezing bid to halt oil price slide. This is a freeze so as

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you are suggesting earlier this is hopefully perhaps the bottom of the

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slide? This is an important intervention but it is not just one

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the market wanted. They wanted them to cut production so the oil price

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would go back up and we are all back in the energy game again. Instead

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they have said they will stop production where it is and they want

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to get other countries like Venezuela and Iran to also agreed to

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halt extra production in the hope that that will stop the oil price

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sliding but they could have done a lot more, and so people will be

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disappointed. But the hope, I think, for an average consumer is

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actually the slide in oil won't go down to $10 a barrel which some

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people have been gloomily forecasting and it may stick around

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$30 which is a bleak what the scientists want to achieve, which is

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to cause trouble for the American fracking companies. They have been

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trying to deal with ) companies over in the United States and put them

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out of business. They have managed to do that with some independent

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producers -- some fracking companies. They have had to bring in

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a Budget which was the most stringent and cost-cutting, I

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suppose you could say, in a long time in the kingdom. This isn't just

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about economics for Saudi Arabia. It is about the long-term political

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integrity. Survival. As if America becomes independent, energy

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independent, on the basis of that relationship, which is essentially

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about the US providing protection and arms in return for oil, changes

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fundamentally and the attempt to keep the price low, private capital

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has been driven into loss-making for the fracking companies in America.

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It is interesting they have made this strategic decision now. What I

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don't understand is that OPEC tripled the oil price in the 70s,

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there was stagflation. Now the price has gone down, it is also a

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disaster. You can't get it right. This is very true. Going onto the

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Guardian. High sugar content of hot drinks. Now this isn't just your

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normal cup of coffee or anything. This is this big things with fruit

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in and all kinds of cream on top. I mean, they look as if they are going

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to give you a heart attack anyway. I know where you're coming from, but

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if I was offered in a Starbucks chai great -- grape latte, I wouldn't

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think it has 25 teaspoons of sugar. I am fine with any ingredient in any

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product so long as the label is clear. That puts the onus on the

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consumer to manage what they consume. But I want clear labelling.

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I went to New York a couple of years ago and had a couple of frappe --

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frappucinos. It was so cloying. Sugar is the new salt and the new

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tobacco. We are getting these stories regularly about the hidden

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problems that sugar can sort of highlight. This would not have been

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front-page news a while ago. And what is equally interesting is that

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Starbucks is saying it will commit to reducing sugar in its tricks by

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25% but not until the end of 2020. -- in its drinks. That seems a long

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time when we already know the impact, I would say for the really

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big ventis you should disclose how much sugar is in them. For most of

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the drinks they tested, two thirds of them had less than a can of

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Coca-Cola in terms of sugar. I think the most extraordinary thing is the

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fact that it says hot chocolate is a fashionable hot drink these days.

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What will be next? We are going to go to the Times. Prescribed drugs to

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tackle Britain's gambling epidemic. That sounds weird. There are two

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different things. I am really interested in the Times picking this

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as something to investigate because these... What are they called? Fixed

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odds machines, they are the crack cocaine of gambling and they take

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?300 a minute. I had a friend who was addicted to gambling and went

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into the most horrific downward spiral and the advertising is

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everywhere. You cannot watch any sporting coverage without seeing

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blanket advertising, both on the television screen and on the shirts

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and on the sponsors. And I think it is a problem, and I think, you know,

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as I said in the previous answer, I'm worried about the state getting

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too involved in these kinds of issues but it is interesting The

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Times has gone after this. I am deeply worried about medicalising

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this, allowing doctors to look at the list of conditions and then to

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start prescribing, in this case, a drug. I think there has been far too

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big moves over the last or four Mac decades to medicalise behaviours

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which should be dealt with. -- three or four decades. What is drug

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actually do? It is a drug prescribed to people with addictions to alcohol

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and other drugs, it reduces the neurotransmitters involved in

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oxytocin and of that kind. Opiates. Onto the Telegraph, finally, British

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children are the laziest. Discussed. There wasn't a lot of proof in this

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story. Good headline though. I was more concerned about the fact they

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were apparently doing the least the work of any child, so that has been

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a concern for me. And it does say that thousands of children had also

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had to disclose attitudes to possessions and the iPhones and it

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doesn't say anything about their interest to possessions and iPhones,

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just talks about them being lazy. That is unfair to Britain's youth.

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So says a woman from the Financial Times talking about a story on the

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front of the Telegraph. Thank you to Caroline Daniel

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and Matthew Syed. Coming up next,

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it is time for Sportsday.

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