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hear from India ahead of their first match tomorrow against the West

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Indies. That's all coming up with me, Olly Foster, in the next 15

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minutes after The Papers. Hello and welcome to

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our look ahead to what the papers With me are energy correspondent for

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the FT, Kiran Stacey, and head of The i leads on the shoot-out

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in Brussels. Four officers were injured

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when the raid went wrong, it says. One gunman is dead,

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and two are on the run. The Metro says a police officer is

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fighting for his life in hospital after the shoot-out,

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and a terror suspect is dead. It says

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the officers had expected the flat The Financial Times looks

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ahead to tomorrow's budget. It says George Osborne will admit

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he's broken his own fiscal rules, as he lays out a budget constrained

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by slowing growth The FT calls it fiscal

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claustrophobia. The Telegraph says

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the Chancellor is putting education It says thousands

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of schools will be able to open The New Day leads on the other

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education story about plans for all primary and secondary schools

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in England to become academies. It calls it the

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Great British Schools Shake-up. The Independent says Western powers

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believe Russia is preparing to ditch its support for President Assad,

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as part of a deal to end the Syrian It says Moscow could be ready to

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force the Syrian leader to allow The Guardian reports that the Church

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of England is changing the way it deals with allegations

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of sex abuse, in response to And the Express says there are fears

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that the UK's baby boom could put It says official figures show that

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one in six of all all births in the European Union took place

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in Britain. We will start with the schools story

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on the front of the Times, school dei extended in one point five

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Billion Drive for success, it in tandem to make all schools and

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academies -- schools extended -- billion drive. It would take it out

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of local authority hands and give power to the groups running these

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academies. What the Times and the Telegraph have picked on, the

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eye-catching measure to get one quarter of schools to pay them to

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open an hour longer to keep kids there and to allow them to stay

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until 4:30pm, with a great quote from the Chancellor, talking about

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the end of the Victorian finish time of 3:30pm, which will come as a

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relief to working parents. It is supposed to be one of those measures

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that denotes that we have a school system that is very serious, that is

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there to push British kids right to the top of the international pack,

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whether it will work or not and what they will do in that extra hour, I

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am not sure, but I imagine it will be quite popular with a lot of

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parents. Yes. The suggestion that all schools should become

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academies, that is a drive towards a different kind of schooling that is

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for a minority of schools at the moment, and for schools that are

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failing primarily. Is it really going to be successful for every

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school? It won't be successful for every school. It is quite a big

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experiment, this idea of empowering the hands of academy chains. It is a

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sense of local communities, parents, church groups being able to have

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their own say over not just how the school is run but the curriculum and

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what students learn. It is a real change. And is the idea of

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lengthening schools. We have seen the Far East, with results we are

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jealous of, especially in maths, and feepaying schools have longer hours

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as well. When we have failing schools, there are have had to be

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people stepping in. We might see that going forward. This is

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something the government will push hard. By 2022 they will all be

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academy schools and if not they will be taken over by force. The end of

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comprehensive education as well. I don't think the idea is... It is not

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supposed to be some kind of selective measure. What has been

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happening so far is that a lot of schools that have become academies

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have got a bit of a boost, they get a bit of cash for it, they might

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also get a bit of publicity, the confidence boost, sometimes teachers

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like it, sometimes they don't. But what it has meant is sometimes

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parents have quite successful children, quite well off families,

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have wanted to send their kids to academies instead of local

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comprehensives but the question is whether it can work? We will move

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onto the Financial Times. George Osborne to break second promise in

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budget of fiscal claustrophobia. They mean there is not a lot of

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money, George. He is skint. He is. In spite of a set of quite stringent

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laws and rules and aims and targets. We have not seen very good

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productivity. The world economy is in a tricky position. It has been

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put in an ?18 black hole. He announced to the BBC the extra ?4

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billion of cuts to departments in 2020. This says he has missed his

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meeting, the welfare spending, when he U-turn on tax credits, that big

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moment. This story says he will cut debt as a share of GDP. His target

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is to run a surplus in 2020. Something we have to bear in mind is

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his playing to the instability of the economy is playing towards him.

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As we come towards the EU referendum, those who are pro-

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Brexit lose out with this sense of uncertainty. There is a sense he is

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pushing this line. If the Tories can say, you are safer with us, it could

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be worse than this, then they are stronger. But have you tried to push

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the austerity message and that cuts message, if the reason you are doing

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this is to hit fiscal targets, but you are missing every one of them.

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George Osborne has a speciality of missing his own fiscal targets it

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last parliament regularly. When he first came in he said he would

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balance the books by the end of a certain period of time and that

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period of time kept being pushed back every year. He said, by the

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next period of time and then again. The same thing is happening here. He

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has learnt he is not taking any punishment for it. The Tories had

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been elected with a majority government. It helps him in a way.

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He says, things are tough but the alternative would be worse. Labour

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have failed to pin him down and prove to the voters that the

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alternative would improve things. The Independent - Russia is set to

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ditch Assad. It seems quite clear and has been Lee for a long time

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wait was involved in Syria, with nothing to do with Assad and more to

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do with the Kremlin. He never ceases to surprise us. He got his fingers

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and indeed the whole of Russia in on this conflict in a very powerful

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way. At the same time, instead of targeting ISIS, hitting those

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pushing against Assad. He was a real ally of Assad. Suddenly, yesterday,

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he pulls the troops out. Massive boost to the peace talks but I don't

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know if we can trust anything he says. This story is saying that the

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West is pinning their hopes on the idea that he has stitched Assad.

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Houthi new leader could be is such... No one could step in -- to

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the new leader could be. He just can't afford the war he is waiting

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in Syria. He has Ukraine to contend with as well. I don't know what

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could happen going forward. The plan was for elections in Syria next

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year, hopefully. Whether it is possible, we don't know. It could

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change the landscape. Yes, it would. But of course, whoever replaces

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Assad would have to be someone who is friendly with Russia. Well,

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someone who would be acceptable to Russia and the US. And European

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powers as well. I struggle to think who it would be or how it would

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work. It would be a country in civil war, whoever takes over. So much of

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the country still under the rule of Islamic State, even if you sorted

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out the Assad faction... And moderate Sunni rebels opposed to

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Assad as well. We constantly misread what Putin is trying to do. When he

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went in, commentary was saying what he was doing was making sure Assad

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stays in power. I think he changes his mind about what he is trying to

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do. There is a sense he is just annoyed with Assad and that he is

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not doing what Moscow tells him to do, so he is willing to cut his

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losses. He has achieved embarrassing the west. He has attacked Sunni

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rebels and the West has not defended those moderates, so he has caused a

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division between the West and the allies in Syria, and achieving that

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he is now happy to step back. The suggestion is President Assad was

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buoyed by the fact his forces have taken back territory, helped with

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airstrikes from the Russians, and has played The Hard Man that the

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peace talks, saying they won't negotiate with this or that rebel

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group. Well, now they have been forced into a position where they

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might have to make deals they did not want to originally. Possibly.

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Everybody is so compromised that Putin gets away with it because of

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that. Every one has performed U-turns, the UK, the US, Europe. No

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one is sure which way to go. He can play the strongman. He has brought

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Europe to crisis point. Look at Angela Merkel and how destabilised

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she is. We just had the elections last weekend. There was some very

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strong quotes from the Nato chief in Europe a couple of weeks ago saying

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he is weaponising the migrant crisis, Putin, to destabilise

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Europe. That narrative rings true. And it that he is funding anti-

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Merkel agendas in Germany and across the continent, which is part of his

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political game. Interesting. The Guardian, sex abuse case forces

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Church of England to overhaul rules. You might have felt like you have

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heard this before. So many sex abuse cases have rocked the Church of

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England. This one stands out. A gentleman in the 1970s, a child at

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that point abuse by two senior clerics, he tried to raise the

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issue, and it reaches 2014 and last year, he is trying to talk to the

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Archbishop Justin Welby's office and he is being ignored. They are so

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worried by the financial fallout of him suing that they are ignoring

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him. This was revealed in a report commissioned by the church but it

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shows they are still not and don't know how to deal with child sex

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abuse. This is not something they can say they didn't deal with in the

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70s, the 80s and the 90s. They are going to overhaul the rules? Yes.

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There are some recommendations. They say they will listen more carefully

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and the victim has to be at the centre of everything. It will feel

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mealymouthed. We need culture change. That cannot be done on

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paper. I just watched Spotlight, fantastic film about child abuse in

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the Catholic Church, and it is so interesting, these parallels you

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see, with the cover-up. Still, now, uncovering these things we did not

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know existed. This reminds me of great corporate scandals, when the

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first thing management does is call in lawyers, and the lawyers say

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don't say anything. So, they shut up shop, and that can make the

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situation worse. Don't listen to lawyers. That is life advice. Just

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giving messages cost charities millions in tax. This will upset a

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lot of people. This is an extraordinary story I had not heard

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of before. Apparently, what's been happening is, this is what

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JustGiving is, you can go on a website, you can quickly raise money

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by following a link and pledging money. It is a business, by the way,

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not a charity. Apparently, what has been happening is there is tax

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relief on charitable donations, and JustGiving has been going around

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removing gift aid if someone has signed it for more than one person.

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One of the rules about tax relief is it has to relate to one donor, one

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National Insurance number. JustGiving has been removing that if

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for instance you sponsor your friend for a marathon and you said, from

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Ciaran and Fay, they say, that's more than one person, we will take

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it off -- Kiran. They say that this is because they have been told to

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buy HMRC, and HMRC says it has nothing to do with them. -- by. If

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it is the HMRC, they are pushing at the wrong end of thing. Oh, yes.

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Let's not mention apple or Facebook. You are taking some grainy's name of

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50p given to a charity?! -- Apple. I love this story, why do TV chief put

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the male presenter on the left of the sofa? Louise Minchin! LAUGHS.

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Louise Minchin, if you are watching the TV, she is always on the right,

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and Dan, as was Bill Turnbull, is on the left, and the left tradition has

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been seen traditionally as the most senior position. And Louise is angry

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about this. She looks angry. I don't work in broadcasting so I don't know

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this, but the theory is your eyes go to the left first and then to the

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right, so that would be white you are the most important person --

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why. I don't think normal viewers know this. Maybe they do it some

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consciously. In the papers we have the same thing. The right-hand page,

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when you turn, you open, you see the right-hand page first, so you put

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the most important story there. And we put men only on the right-hand

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page and women on the left. LAUGHS. I would point out that you are on

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the left. And on the news channel we swap the men and women around each

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day. We are totally, totally PC. Everybody else, sexist pigs!

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LAUGHTER. Eamon Holmes, ITV, we've got ITN

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News. All of the men are on the left. Interesting, Dan Walker is new

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and Bill Turnbull was very experienced. Dan Walker should have

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the poor position. They are both good friends of mine, so I'm not

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saying anything. You will both be back, I hope, at some point in

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future, to discuss much more on the papers.

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Coming up next, it's time for Sportsday.

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