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Hello and welcome to our look at what the morning papers

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With me are Martin Bentham, the Home Affairs Editor

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for the Evening Standard, and the broadcaster,

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Shyama knows us well and has brought her own snacks! Good evening and

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thank you for coming in to see us. Let's start with

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tomorrow's front pages. The Financial Times writes

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that business leaders are warning their investors that

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global tax crackdowns The headlines that teachers

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are demanding an end to school tests for primary school students saying

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the system has an 'exam The Daily Express warns of travel

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chaos saying Storm Katie has the potential for a month's worth

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of rain to fall on the Bank Holiday The Daily Telegraph headlines

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with rifts in the Tory party deepening after accusations

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David Cameron is ignoring ministers The Guardian leads with calls

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from the Shadow Chancellor to scrap a ?3,000 tax cut for the rich

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in which he says shows we're The Mirror covers the death of a

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girl who died after being blown away on the bouncy castle. The Daily Mail

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covers the same story. The Times carries a warning

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from Presidential hopeful Donald Trump that Britain is no

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longer safe for Americans to travel The Times, Britain is no longer

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safe, Trump warns the presidential contender raises alarm after

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Brussels attacks. He's not the only one saying similar things, is he?

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Well, I don't one saying similar things, is he?

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Well, I don't know. I find all of this very difficult because we are

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living in the middle of it and we are just getting on with our own

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lives and I don't quite understand why the Americans who're so far over

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there, are using us as a pawn in this battle over leadership of the

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Republican Party or indeed any other party. To me, this is a bit of a,

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you know, it's just old Trump bellowing into the dark again, like

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somebody at the other end of the the tunnel and you just get this echo

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coming at you and it's just meaningless. I mean really? !

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Pakistan is a lot less safe than we are. Libya is a lot less safe than

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we are, you know. It's just so ridiculous. Britain is a place and

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Europe is a place though that Americans are more likely to travel

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to on holiday than in Pakistan say and Libya, aren't they and John

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Kerry is saying something similar too? I agree in essence that there

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is a risk and we just get on with it and it depends how you define

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unsafe. But actually it's not such an outlandish thing for Trump to be

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saying because he's echoing what John Kerry said. The US put out a

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travel advisory last week saying there was a potential threat across

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Europe, to avoid crowded places, which is what Kerry has been saying

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here, restaurants could be targeted and all those sorts of things. It

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doesn't say that you shouldn't come here and live your lives and

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Americans shouldn't come here. They are saying if you do come here,

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there is a chance that something bad might happen which is true. Of

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course, it's the same as we have to face isn't it. Interesting that none

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of the other countries which supply us with still-ones of tourists every

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year, Japan, China, are not telling they are people not to travel. I

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don't necessarily know that they are. I don't know what other

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countries have done. It was the same after 9/11, there was a concern that

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people might not want to travel to America because of it and the

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message from the States was, this has happened, it's been appalling,

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but don't let terrorism stop you travelling. It was a very different

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type of attack wasn't it, because it was planes, it was very different,

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it was the first time as well and also it broke into the American

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infrastructure. These are isolated terrorism incidents we are suffering

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at the moment and I sin Searle sigh hope we have no more -- sincerely.

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It seems like an overreaction, I think we are being used as a

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political tool by Trump and it makes me cross because they are supposed

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to be our allies. If they run because one or two allies have

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scared them, it worries me that they are our allies. They should still

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come here generally and be aware that there is a potential danger at

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some points and just get on with it. You mentioned Pakistan, it's on the

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front of the Guardian. At least 60 killed after park blast. A lot of

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them were children, hundreds injured as well as those who died? Yes, and

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this is not the first time this type of thing's happened. Unfortunately

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it illustrates a depressing other side or similar side to what's

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happened in Brussels, Paris, you know, this intolerance of some

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factions of Islamist belief, in this case the Pakistan Taliban have

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claimed responsibility who just don't want to tolerate people who

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have a different religious view. The Pakistan Taliban also target people

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who are getting an education and they shoot bloggers who are 14 years

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old. I mean the Pakistan Taliban will basically blow up anyone they

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can on any excuse they can. They're intolerant to people who don't have

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their view of the world, aren't they? They'll do anything. I think

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there's part of... I think there are a lot of people in the UK at the

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moment he've sort of got fatigue with all of this really and want to

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have a sense of proportion about this. These are - not wanting to be

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terrified by these maniacs who are behaving like this - basically

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they'll blow up anything and anyone and any excuse and anything that

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will make us anxious. I want to feel that I can just go about my business

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and if I have the bad luck to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, I

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will manage. Very commendable attitude. That's the Easter Message

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actually of peace. Let's think about the peace, you know. The other thing

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we should say is, we had the absolute horror of Brussels which

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everyone can relate to and see, this number here, at least 60, it's

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double more or less and shows the difference. That's the

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proportionality debate. Palmyra on the front of the I, the culture

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section, what remains of the remains as Isis are driven out of Palmyra

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and, two temples have been razed to the ground but apparently there are

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still a lot of buildings that apparently are still standing. It's

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an important strategic site and a very big significant defeat for the

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Islamic state. Ultimately, the sort of things we have seen in Brussels,

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Paris and so on, military defeat for them in Iraq and Syria, won't end

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that problem immediately or it won't solve it on its own, but clearly I

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think while they still control lots of territory in that area, that

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threat is going to remain there, causing all the problems it's doing

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there and across Europe and so on. So the fact they are being driven

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out and back is tremendous news really. Strategecally and

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symbolically very important? Really important. I'm very glad Palmyra is

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back. I'm sure everyone is, that Palmyra is back. It changes Assad's

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bargaining position doesn't it? Yes. Martine, this is like we used to say

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in the old days, it will run and run. The FT, interesting story,

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Japan's hard up retirees turn to crime for free board and lodging

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behind bars. A lot of shoplifting it seems so you can get back into

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prison with they'll look after you! It's gone up 70% I think, 70%

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occupancy in prisons and the number of people who've offended six times

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has risen by 460% in recent times. It's because they are fed and looked

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after in prison which is cheaper than looking after themselves. It

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reminds me of when I was a reporter at Bow Streets Magistrates Court and

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there was a wonderful magistrate Kenneth Barraclough and in those

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days if you were a drunk, you were a criminal so they were in all the

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time, always at Christmas they would come in, the week before Christmas

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and Kenneth Barraclough, he was so wonderful would say, you just want

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to go in for Christmas don't you Mr White, OK, seven days, ten days, and

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he'd just put them all in and that's effectively what's happening in

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Japan. Yes, it's not just about contempt for the law is it, this

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story? No, although this is the a mathematical calculation by some

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who've suggested they might deliberately be doing it, although

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on the serious side, it says here that an awful lot of elderly people

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are living alone and the pension rate is poor so actually maybe they

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are driven to it. People saying what happens is they leave prison, don't

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have money or family and therefore they commit crime because they have

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nobody to support them and they are back in again. Maybe it's out of

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necessity or they feel driven to it. I don't know why it's funny but it

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is. It shouldn't be. Kamikaze pensioners going into Lidles or

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whatever they have in Japan. Down the aisle. I wonder if they do? !

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The Telegraph says police officers are getting younger. Police want

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recruits age 16 for cyber beat. You have to be 18 do you at the moment

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to be a police officer and they want the age to be dropped for cell

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cuement. They are brilliant in IT and

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technology and all the thing about increasing cyber crime. Sexting and

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all of that I imagine, in the playground, because they have to

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stay at school until they are 18 now anyway so it's confusing. You can go

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and do work, become an apprentice. You can also be a voluntary police

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cadet can't you. Youth United foundation of which I am a trustee

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supports the voluntary police cadet who is do an amazing job of bringing

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young disenfranchised youngsters and giving them responsibility and

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training them up so this would be a really good thing. I just thought of

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that, a great way of using those young people. If you remember, there

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was that crime commissioner for Medway, she had the 17-year-old who

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got thrown out, Paris Brown or something like that her name was,

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thrown out at 17 for having tweeted rude things, but what was very

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interesting, she was so representative of 17-year-olds, I

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thought that was an inspired move to have a deputy who was 17.

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Also there have been some young people who've gone the wrong way

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unfortunately and done serious things online, committing scriber

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crimes and so on, but again, some of these people are absolutely

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brilliantly talented and enlisting their brains in the right direction.

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Paying them for their expertise could be a good thing. Yes, police

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and intelligence agencies are searching for people who're very

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adept in this field. So it's not a daft idea entirely.

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You would have to come up with a better uniform I think for

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167-year-olds, they are not going to wear the flat jacket thing.

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Finally, there's been a revault, we hear, over Easterless chocolate

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eggs. How so? What's been happening? A lot of manufacturers or retailers

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have been selling eggs without the word Easter apparently and therefore

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trying to neutralise, sanitise the whole thing and take any meaning out

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of the whole point of Easter. I have to say, I was thinking about this. I

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can't remember what it ever did say on an Easter egg. I have one at home

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because one of my daughters bought me one but did it say Easter egg. It

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depends how long you left the wrapper on it before you started

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scoffing it. I'm only thinking of the posh ones, forget about the

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little shiny ones, the Cadburys one, you know, but the cellophane, you

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know. It's a very good question. Did it say anything? Obviously people

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think it would. Did it say smarties egg and there are other available

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brands. Maybe it's an old story that's already happened but the

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point is the same. Like Christmas cards, people get cross when there

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is no mention of Christmas. It's unnecessary isn't it and the whole

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point of Easter is that it's Easter for a reason, it's not, if you are

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not celebrating it as east, then why bother. Spring. -- Easter. Eating

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chocolate is a good enough Weiwei of spending spring. As we have done in

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the newsroom. That's it for this hour. Vale that and Martin will be

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back at 11. 30. Coming up next, it's Reporters.

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