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defence of the Davis Cup off to a good start. And we will be the

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result from a host of Rob the matches from both codes. That is

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after the Papers. Hello and welcome to

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our look ahead to what the papers With me are the

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Mirror's Deputy Political Editor Jack Blanchard and the Daily

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Telegraph columnist Tim Stanley. The Independent claims that Facebook

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may pay little or nothing in additional tax for

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the next few years, despite today's The Culture Secretary John

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Whittingdale tells the Telegraph that the Prime Minister should

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release figures that show the true number of European Union

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migrants living in the UK. A Home Office Minister tells

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the Daily Mail that human rights laws mean some illegal immigrants

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can't be deported from the UK. Meanwhile the Express says

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the number of new asylum applications lodged across the EU

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last year rose to 1.2 million. The Times reports that

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George Osborne has abandoned an overhaul of pension tax

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after a revolt from Tory MPs. And, 20 years since 16 pupils and

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a teacher were killed at Dunblane primary school, the headteacher back

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in 1996 has given an emotional We start with pensions and how the

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Guardian is looking at it. George Osborne forced to give up radical

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reforms in the budget. I wonder how much of this is because he doesn't

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understand any more than anyone else does. The tax on pensions is

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graduated, which means if you are high earner you end up saving a

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great deal of money. The idea was that that would be replaced with a

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flat tax of around 20%. It was suggested the Chancellor would then

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make up for any losses that people might have suffered while they were

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paying into their pension by saying that when you came to take money

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out, it wouldn't be taxed. So, a kind of neat way round the problem.

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The problem is that it would have put people off from investing in

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their pension, which is what the government should be encouraging

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people to do, but also, would anyone trust a future government not to tax

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pensionable income? So he has backed down. It is a sign that the proposal

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is flawed, but also that he feels politically weak. The government is

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facing a referendum on the EU, is desperate not to alienate the Tory

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grassroots, and they probably calculated that this person would

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have done exactly that. It might surprise some that he is feeling

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weak, given some of the changes he has managed to get through. He

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hasn't had the best year, and he is making a bit of a habit of this. Is

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2012 budget, he had to rewrite a lot of it, with U-turns on various

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taxes. His budget last year, the first one as in all Tory Chancellor,

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he had to do a U-turn on the tax credit cards that he had just

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announced. Now he is you turning on his budget before he has even

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announced his budget, which is a new record to him and not a good look.

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He has tried to slip it out on Friday night in the hope it wouldn't

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make the front pages, but that didn't go too well. How much do you

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think, Jack, is down to the fact that he has leadership aspirations,

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and if he upsets the voters or his own backbenchers that might thwart

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him. I think everything George Osborne does is down to the fact

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that he has leadership aspirations. He is trying to fight his own party

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on too many fronts. The last thing he needs to do is go picking a fight

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with them on pensions as well as Europe. As soon as we saw the scale

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of the opposition from the press, who should be his allies, from the

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MPs standing behind him, to the grassroots, as soon as he realised

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what he was getting himself into, he has gone straight back. How much is

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down to the fact it was a flawed policy rather than political

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expediency? Who knows. The fact that it was trailed and then withdrawn is

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suspicious. George Osborne is a Chancellor who is very good at

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pulling rabbits out of hats. He surprised everyone with his living

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wage announcements, and the changes to pensions he made before the

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election with annuity reforms. Having made us all think he is weak

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and you turning right now, when it comes to the budget he could do

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something incredible that makes us all think he is absolutely amazing

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again. We all know how that feels, performance and sleight of hand!

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Facebook to pay its fair share of tax, but not yet. We had only just

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got used to the idea that this was actually happening today, and now we

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are told not to be too excited about it. Yes, because they are sitting on

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?21 million worth of deferred tax relief, which means they could end

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up not paying the money until quite sometime in the future. So on the

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face of it it looked like they were doing the right thing, but we're not

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going to any money yet. There is method in their madness. There is a

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new tax system coming in saying that if you don't pay your 20% corporate

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tax, we will charge a 25%. It is not clear whether that will have caught

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them in the way that they were using pirated to pay their taxes. I don't

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know. They have certainly moved before they were taken out. The

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problem is that they haven't given us any real detail of exactly how

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they will do it. They say they will put more of their UK profits through

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the UK tax revenues, which is good news, but what is interesting is you

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don't see anything from the government today saying this is a

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huge success. If you think back to the Google success a few weeks ago,

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when the Chancellor came out saying this was a huge success of the

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government, and it turned out most people didn't see it that way. They

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are saying nothing about this, they are being completely quiet, they

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want to see the details about getting caught up. Let's look at the

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Telegraph. A cabinet minister has warned that Britain's public

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services are creaking at the seams. This is coming from the culture

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Secretary. And not just from John Whittingdale, but it is something

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that the eurosceptic side of the referendum debate have been saying

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for some time. Part of what looks like a co-ordinated attack on David

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Cameron. He was ambushed at PMQs on Wednesday by David Davis, a

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prominent Eurosceptic, who asked why there is this difference between the

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official number of people who have moved to the country, and the number

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of national insurance numbers that have been registered by people

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abroad. The difference is extraordinary. 257,000 EU migrants

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last year. Over the same time, 630,000 EU citizens registered for a

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national insurance number. That is a huge difference. What they are

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trying to suggest is that a lot more European migrants are coming to work

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than statistics would suggest. But those statistics might also be

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wrong. We don't know how many people have got a national insurance number

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who aren't here. Yes, you can get one, and hold it for a few weeks and

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then go back. I think they are trying to prove a point that they

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are coming to work, rather than claim benefits. That shoots the Fox

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when it comes to the Brussels summit deal. David Cameron said he had

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stopped the issue of benefits, and that would stop people from coming.

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They are trying to shoot at. It is a pity that the EU debate has become

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harder about internal Tory propping or about immigration. -- plotting.

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It should be about sovereignty and issues of trade and things like

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that. But I think this will be the issue it keeps coming back to. If

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you think the Eurosceptics are playing this card too strongly,

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don't forget the government has tried it by claiming that if Britain

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leaves the EU, migrants will stream across the Channel and set up camp

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in Dover instead of in Calais. Everyone is playing the migrant

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card. There is also talk of the migrants issue and Europe on pages

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eight and nine of the Daily Mail. Tory civil war erupts. We rather

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like these pictures of Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel cosying

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up. Who would want to leave the EU when you can see how happy they can

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be as part of it? It is a glorious thing. The more serious story

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alongside the pictures are the plotting against David Cameron, the

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open plotting against David Cameron, that is now starting to happen among

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his own party. We are two weeks into a four-month campaign, and already

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very senior Conservatives are starting to say David Cameron will

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have to go if he loses the referendum. Some are starting to him

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that he might have to go if he wins it. How bad will this get? We have

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weeks of this! Why would he have to go if he wins? He would have to go

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if he won Andy that wasn't large. -- and the gap wasn't large. Also at

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the party felt that he had been bullied or the campaign had been

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very acrimonious. The EU referendum is on one hand about a

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straightforward policy choice to be in the EU or not. On another level

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it is about so much more. For the Tories it is a generational battle

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between Thatcherites and Liberals, and people are settling old scores

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with this. That is what we are seeing. The irony is that this could

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end up damaging the PM and encouraging a lot of Labour voters

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to join in with the league side. If they calculate that the EU

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referendum is evolving into a vote of confidence in David Cameron, a

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lot of centrist and centre-left voters don't like David Cameron, and

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they might come out and vote was to damage him. A lot of this might

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deflect the debate away from the EU and towards domestic issues. But a

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lot of people will look at that and wonder what people are talking

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about, with wet and dry and generational, I understand that for

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the conservative movement it is important. But for most people it is

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about jobs, people moving to the country, will my business be

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stronger or more secure part of the union or not? They will be looking

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at it in a hardheaded way. They see the Conservative Party tearing

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itself apart over Europe yet again, and it will only end up damaging one

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thing, and that is the Conservative Party. That is indisputable, but

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just to add, if you look at the polls what is really interesting is

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that if you simply ask people how they will vote, it is close. If you

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distinguish between those who are definitely going to vote and those

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who aren't, leave has a significant majority. If people judge this whole

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debate as an intra- Tory spat, a lot of people will stay at home. I

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suspect it will be the Europhiles who stay at home. I think this all

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works to the advantage of the leave campaign. The more toxic the debate

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becomes, I think it helps the Tory right. So, possibly the complete

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opposite. I am relieved, that allows balance! The Express, OJ Simpson.

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This story never seems to go away. A nice that has been found in the

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house that formerly belonged to OJ Simpson has been discovered, but

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apparently it had been in the possession of a police officer for a

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long time, and we are hearing that he intended to put it on display

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somehow. We don't even know whether it has anything to do with the death

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of his wife. The details still need to come out in the wash, but as a

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headline, how eye-catching was at this afternoon when we saw, knife

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found that OJ's house. Anyone who was old enough to remember the mid-

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90s and what happened will be interested in this story. I believe

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there is a TV show at the moment going over the old ground in some

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detail, that a lot of people are watching. It is a real revival. They

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might have to make another episode of the TV show! It is a fantastic

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archaeological find, and I understand that they also found the

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part of the covenant and the holy Grail nearby. -- the Ark of the

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covenant. I was at work, and somebody asked who OJ is. I said,

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don't lie, you are not that young! Someone who is feeling very young

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despite his venerable years. Rupert Murdoch has married Jerry Hall. I

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don't understand why people are not happy about this. People have a lot

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of reasons why they have relationships, and people see things

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in each other that we can't seen each other, and I am very happy that

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these two have found each other. You are romantic, I love it. I can think

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of a few veteran journalists who will see some irony in Rupert

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deciding to exchange vows on Fleet Street, the street he destroyed 30

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years ago almost single-handedly. Yes, he didn't choose to get married

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in Wapping. No, and who would? It is an awful place, no one would want to

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go work there. If you live in Wapping, we apologise. Thank you

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both for coming. Hello and welcome to

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Sportsday, I'm Azi Farni. Coming up, Great Britain

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