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were beaten by Borussia Dortmund in Germany. -- Spurs. We will also have

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6-nation rugby, Twenty20 cricket and badminton. That's all after The

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Papers. Hello and welcome to

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our look ahead to what the papers With me are the barrister and

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broadcaster Sophia Cannon and Joe Watts, who's political correspondent

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at the London Evening Standard. The Times leads with what it calls

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the "extraordinary attack" by President

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Obama on David Cameron over Libya. In the Guardian, Labour's pledge to

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borrow billions of pounds to spend on public investment projects,

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combined with "iron discipline" Comments by the Archbishop

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of Canterbury that Britain has a genuine and justified

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fear of mass immigration make The Telegraph leads with

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the resignation of the chairman of the House

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of Commons Standards Committee. The i reports that George Osborne is

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to pave the way for inflation-busting rises

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in council tax. The European Central Bank's interest

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rates cut makes the lead story A daily vitamin drink costing ?3.50

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could help slow the progression of early onset Alzheimer's disease,

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according to the Daily Express. New Day says that a new

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combination of breast cancer drugs We haven't seen a lot of labour

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macro on the papers of late. What they are back on the Guardian. --

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Labour. The pledge of AU indiscipline. -- iron.

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McDonald is being very wise. After the election, it is clear the

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Conservatives didn't win it and the Labour lost it on the issue of

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fiscal credibility. He is trying to say that he will balance the budget

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in five years and moreover he will borrow money and spend that an

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investment. So it says there will be no shortcut for regaining financial

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credibility with the electorate. We have a long way to go before we can

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regain the trust that was lost after the financial crisis of 2008, which

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happened on Labour's watch. There is no silver bullet. It is key that

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Labour also has other people who want to be the Chancellor. We have

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Rachel Reeds, Angela Eagle and today we had Dan Jarvis talking about how

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he would do it better. Can Labour balance the budget? I hope so.

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Labour have addressed this in the past and acknowledged that they have

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to rebuild trust over the economy. Absolutely. If you look at how far

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behind George Osborne and David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Ed Balls

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were on economic credibility, they were quite a long way behind. But

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McDonald and Corby are even further behind. The report into why Labour

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lost the election raised this issue quite broadly. One of the things it

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said was that Labour should never have given up the fight about

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allowing the Conservatives to pin the blame for the economic crash

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onto Labour and a lot of people said Labour should have fought back of a

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lot more harshly. It is interesting to hear McDonald say that it

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happened on their watch. He is not quite accepting any responsibility,

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but he says, look, we were there, it was our watch and to that extent we

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do bear responsibility for the time that it happened. To what extent is

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what he seemed slight revision of what he has previously said about

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how or we balance the books and over what timescale? In terms of talking

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about how he would balance it, it isn't too far different from what we

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have said before. They have been talking about balancing the

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day-to-day budget and about a link to invest before. I think the

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difference is that he is talking about it happening over on

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Parliament, says there is more meat on the bones, he is talking about

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giving new tough powers to the AB are hold the government to account.

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-- ABR. The report to Parliament, rather than the government. And if

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the ABR thinks the government isn't being credible or is pushing the

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boundaries of borrowing then it can raise the alarm. So there are few

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new measures, whether it works or convincing the public is another

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thing. But you've got to start somewhere. Let's look at Obama on

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the Independent. It says Obama savages Cameron over Libya, blaming

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France and the UK for not doing enough to stop Libya turning into a

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mess. I would love to be a party to the communications that are whizzing

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across the Atlantic as we speak. Downing Street must have been taken

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completely by surprise. It was an interview given to a magazine, it

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wasn't some off-the-cuff or overheard remark. It is right up

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there. This is Obama saying exactly what he thinks in public. It is

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quite an unusual thing for a sitting president to do. This was a Game of

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Thrones, House of Cards full frontal attack in writing. You can imagine

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the hotline between the US and the UK Robert Aleem burnt through. --

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probably burnt through. It is unprecedented for him to put the

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boot to Prime Minister while they are both in office. Even though this

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issue of Benghazi has its own echo in the States, what the president is

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saying is you showed up to the game and walked away at half-time and

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look at the mess and we laid firmly at your door. This is savage. Well,

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the White House has told the BBC, they are keen to make it clear, that

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the United States deeply values the special relationship with Britain.

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This was just hours after the criticism. For David Cameron, he has

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a lot going on domestically at the moment. The next election is a while

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away. Bat Francois Hollande has an election coming up. -- But. This

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could be a real kick in the teeth for him. The youth think this

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matters to the French people? They know France was involved in the

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airstrikes. The thing is, if people join the dots about what happened in

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2011 to what happened in France in 2015 and the current crisis, which

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is knocking on the door of Europe, yes, I think Hollande could be in

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trouble. But there was a lot of commentary about the fact that

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President Obama hasn't got involved to the extent that a lot of people

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would have liked him to in problems in the Middle East. He made it

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clearly wasn't going to, didn't he? You could understand I suppose, not

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necessarily here in Britain, but you could understand his frustration,

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but America has asked to do so much and Brits -- and gets criticised

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when they do it. They were trying to make sure they weren't getting too

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big for their boots with China. They have left a lot to the Europeans to

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sort out. This is him saying, look, you haven't cut the mustard. Moving

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onto the Telegraph. Cash probe. Labour MP stepping aside and the

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Telegraph says it is because of an investigation that they've held into

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events at Parliament. This is all wonderfully incestuous, how the

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common standard system works. We've got this commissioner who has made a

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complaint about how an MP has acted. One of the MPs on that panel has now

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had a complaint made about them to the commission. The commissioner is

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now investigating him and will go back to the panel that he sits on.

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What is his name? Kevin Barron. He has stepped aside, not stepped down.

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Legally, the overarching issue is whether Parliament is suffering and

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equally whether MPs should regulate themselves. Because some members of

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this body are not MPs and whether they should have a right to

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adjudicate upon naughty MPs, and bring them into line. This has been

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questioned. At the moment they are merely advising and they don't have

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any right on that panel. Lord Lester, a very famous QC, is looking

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at this whole issue of whether Lady members of this panel can regulate

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their MP peers. -- lay members. The issue of sleaze was raised in the

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90s. That's right. The whole issue is that recently we had Sir Malcolm

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Rifkind and Jack Straw saying laws were barred by this issue as well.

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It was pertinent and a question that is going to come back time and time

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again. The Daily Mail. Outrageous to dismiss the public's concerns. A

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warning that the Archbishop of Canterbury says, it isn't right to

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fear migration. It is we need to address the questions raised by

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migration head-on. If you look at what has happened over the past 20

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years, there are many people out there saying it is the fact that the

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fears haven't been addressed that has led in the UK and around Europe

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to the rise of more marginal political groups. Because they are

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the people who are talking about immigration first when the

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mainstream parties perhaps weren't addressing the fears that people

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had. So this is the Archbishop sort of coming to this debate now. What

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he is saying is saying isn't particularly controversial. Other

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people have saying we need to address these fears. As Johnson has

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been talking about it. -- Boris Johnson. But he is the Archbishop

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and it is important that he is giving voice to this issue. I am

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obviously the daughter of an immigrant. The debate goes way

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back, it goes back until... It is the issue that Englishness, is it so

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essential that it would be destroyed by immigration? Is it really saying

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that? Or is it about the practical issues of if you have tens of

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thousands of people arriving all at one time where do they live? Where

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do they go to school? I agree. It is perfectly normal to feel that you

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love parts of your country and your heritage and when there is a

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fundamental change, paradigms shift, which happens all at once, that is

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normal to react in a way that you would be concerned or worried. -- a

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paradigm shift. That is normal and I agree entirely with the Archbishop.

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Let's have a look at the Sun. These are pictures of Madonna on stage,

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suggesting she had been drinking, but we don't know whether she had.

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And the story is around access to two of her children. Yes. I think,

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like most mothers, we would be conflicted with this story. First of

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all, her sons are based overseas, one is adopted, money is adopted, on

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his/her own son, and it is this idea of how children change. -- one is

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her own. It is how you deal with this in modern families. I have a

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lot of sympathy for Madonna. I don't think it should be played out in

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public and I certainly don't think it would be right for me to comment

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any further. No, and of course it's a horrible matter and it is a rather

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lurid headline. But behind it a family in a great deal of pain. Yes.

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It shouldn't necessarily be completely played out in public, but

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then again Madonna is there onstage talking about it. These days

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especially people do kind of live their lives through celebrities,

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when celebrities go through something people relate to it and

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talk to -- about it more. Maybe one thing that will come out of it is

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people will talk more about this custody battles and that could be a

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good thing. The Times. Firstly, Cambridge students in political

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correctness row. There were supposed to be students at Pembroke College

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who are going to hold a themed party but decided against it. Why was

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that? There is a strange atmosphere in universities at the moment,

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whether people are being too politically correct about issues. We

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obviously had the thing with Cecil Rose and at Cambridge we have the

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issue of the bronze chicken, but I think was taken from Nigeria and

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they were talking about sending it back. -- that I think. There's

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nothing wrong with holding a party based on around the world in 80 days

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but given there is this atmosphere at the moment, the potential for

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offence was so great, but they just called it. The offence was supposed

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to because the buy dressing in costumes of different cultures. One

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of the first memories I have is of dressing in national costume. What

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it is one thing to get your national costume and another to dress in

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another's cultural costume. I like to dress my twins as a cowboy and

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native Indian. You do? Not any more. It is not seem to be politically

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correct. But an Indian headdress on a child, unless they are a native

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American. -- don't put. This is music to my ears! I think we have

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some breaking news in a second. I shall have a look at that in a

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moment. Staying with the Times. A picture of a little dog. It is

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called" -- called 'Stupid Dog Picture'. This one has its hair in

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curlers. It isn't so stupid. Culturally insensitive, I'm sure! It

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is the whole idea that when you turn to social media people in equal

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numbers talk about their dogs, their cats and their children. It's a

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multi-million pound industry and moreover people want to know which

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breed is this and who is doing what. But it isn't a lot of dignity

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for that dog. No, but it brings in the billions like to watch and

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equally like to see what happening. I have a crossbreed, formerly known

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as a mongrel. She would not take kindly to that happening. Thank you

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both for looking at the papers for us tonight. A bit of breaking news.

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going to endorse Donald Trump in his race for the White House. That's

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just come to us via Reuters, quoting the Washington Post. The former US

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presidential candidate Ben Carson will endorse Donald Trump. Coming up

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