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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are the political commentator Lance Price, and

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The Observer's main story is a poll it carried out on the EU

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referendum, which suggests the out camp is leading.

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The Sunday Express claims police have been given six more months to

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find out what happened to Madeleine McCann, who went missing

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from a holiday apartment in Portugal nine years ago.

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The Mail on Sunday alleges the Government

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overspent its foreign aid budget by some ?200 million last year.

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The Sunday Times carries an investigation into doping in sport,

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and claims one doctor has prescribed banned performance enhancing drugs

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British aid to Tanzania is the headline on the

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Sunday Telegraph, which suggests the Foreign Office should suspend

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aid to the country following disputed elections in Zanzibar.

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And the Simpsons characters Smithers and Mr Burns are pictured on

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Smithers is due to declare his love for his boss, Mr Burns,

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Should have given you a spoiler alert. Let's begin with this doping

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story. British doctor claims he joked 150 sports stars. -- doped. It

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is treating its own story with caution, and we have not

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substantiated this other. They are treating it with caution, and they

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say there is no independent evidence that this doctor actually did treat

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any of the players he claims he treated. Having said that, they

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dedicated a great deal of space to the story in the paper, suggesting

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they have confidence in it, and the Sunday Times have a good track

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record on these sorts of stories. They have exposed scandals in the

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past. It is a difficult one to read, because the number of people that he

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is supposed to have treated is huge, and sports included Premier League

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footballers, and even Strictly Come Dancing, but it is all based on

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interviews with him. It was undercover recording, and it appears

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an athlete went to see him. An athlete who had a heating camera at

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the behest of the good team at the Sunday Times -- heating camera. The

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doctor was prepared to provide this athlete with testosterone, even

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though he did not need it for medical reasons, and therefore it

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does seem to clear that this doctor was prepared to break the code, at

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least according to the story. The context is that this is the kind of

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person who would give people who are not unhealthy drugs that enhance

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performance. But there is no independent corroboration that he

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did give specific athletes, who we are told are high-profile, so I

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would not be surprised if the Sunday Times comes back to this, and it may

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be that the story insides some people to come forward and say we

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know about this chap. The Doctor himself has denied all of the

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allegations, and we have had a statement from the UK anti- doping

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chief executive, is very long statement, so we will only read a

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little bit where they say they are concerned and shocked by the

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allegations made in the Sunday Times and that the media have shown how

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valuable they are in protecting clean sport and in the fight against

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doping. It says much further in the statement that under current

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legislation, they only have the power to investigate athletes and

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entourage including medics who are themselves governed by a sport, and

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they will be humanly pursue any incident of doping or support

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personnel assisting them. If it is true and he is denying it, this

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doctor, but he was prescribing drugs with serious side effects, even

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though there was no medical condition that would justify such a

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prescription, that would be a breach of the GMC code. You would think the

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anti- doping organisation would have referred him to the GMC, and that

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did not happen. That is the allegation outstanding against the

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anti- doping organisation. If you add this to all of the other stories

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we have heard, it is got to the point where a lot of people must be

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thinking they are all at it, and it is unfair to those athletes who are

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clean. The Olympic Games, I went to watch a lot of the athletics when I

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played table tennis, and the suspicion that whoever came the line

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first, you would wonder what they are on. When it gets to that level

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of cynicism, clean sport does begin to look threatened. Let's move on to

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the Observer and look at the Brexit story. The young hold the key to

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Brexit as leave takes lead, and this is an online poll. The name of the

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polling organisation, Opinium, said the younger demographic, more

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outward looking and feeling more European, however, were they go out

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and vote on the big day? Older people tend to turn up and younger

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people proportionately don't do so in such large numbers, and therefore

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this could be bad news for the remaining camp. It is not that far

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away, but things can change so close to a poll, can't they? It is a long

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way. We have several weeks of campaigning and we have not gotten

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into the short campaigning politics, where it really gets... The two

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sides lock horns and the media will be full of it. A lot of people still

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have not made their minds, and one of the interesting parts of the poll

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is that when some of those don't knows are pressed, they tend to move

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towards staying in the European Union rather than leaving. That

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gives some hope to the remaining campaign, but overall, it is a

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warning to the remain campaign that they can't afford to be complacent.

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They have to get their vote out and that may be difficult. German firm

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offers still plant hope, this is after the uncertainty over Port

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Talbot. It does seem that has been a potential buyer, the German

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industrial conglomerate, who have been looking at the British steel

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industry, and possibly investing in it and taking over Port Talbot and

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the other plants. But clearly the big issue is how much money the

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British government are willing to put behind it. You have nothing to

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say? Sorry! I wasn't sure. You nodded at me. I wasn't sure if you

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wanted me to say something. Let's move on. A couple of foreign aid

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stories. 170 new million -- 172 main pounds is what we overspent by

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mistake. It is a minimum amount. -- million. It was a commitment to

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spend 0.7% of GDP on foreign aid, and I emigrate believer of paying

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money to people who need it, and I have some misgivings about that

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being ring-fenced. -- and I am a believer. More of that budget needs

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to be spent on evaluation. Can we be sure the money we are spending is

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making a difference in terms of nutrition, disease, education

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outcomes? I have done some work on this and I don't think it is as good

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as it could be in terms of its rigour. How well monitored are these

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schemes? They are well monitored. Charities have gone through the

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hoops to get some of this foreign aid, and it is difficult. The

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question always comes back to outcomes. How can you showed that

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the money, if we give it to you, will be properly invested and

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produced the outcomes you say you will? They will be times when that

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fails, and the outcomes are not the ones expected at the beginning, and

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of course there will be times when money is creamed off and there is

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corruption and all the rest of it. But if you look at that and the size

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of the phone aid budget, although it's .7% is the United Nations

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target, not just rent up at the British government, it sounds

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substantial -- 0.7%. If you look at the waist in defence procurement and

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that sort of thing, of course some money will be misspent and some will

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go astray. But we should be proud of the fact we invest as much as we are

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in the poorest of the world. In the Observer, the Prime Minister under

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fire for how little is being spent in Libya. You can't win. This is a

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criticism that there are people in desperate need any amount of money

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going there is paltry, to quote. There was an educational project

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built brilliant on the surface, English textbooks, maths and all

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sorts of things in Rick Kenya. Some children were interviewed and said

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we are benefiting from this -- remote Kenya. But when they did a

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trial, it turned out when you compare the People get in the books

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with another community not getting them, it made no difference at all

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it was very few of the children spoke English. You have to have

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rigourous evaluation to find out if something is making a difference.

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Anger of middle-class savers is Bill the devious inheritance tax tops ?4

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billion. -- as Bill for devious inheritance tax. It will bring a lot

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of money for the Treasury. If you are a couple that can leave more to

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your kids than before, this can refer to the situation before those

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new allowances coming. But the number of family estates on which

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the tax was paid is 40,000, which I thought was a small figure. Normally

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we talk about property prices or money in property, and property

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prices in London and the south-east are very high. I'm surprised it is

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as low as 40,000. I think inheritance tax is a real bugbear

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for people. They have a ready pay tax, capital gains tax, National

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Insurance. And VAT. And they think why do we have to pay to gain? And

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petrol duty. But the person who inherits is not the one who paid the

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tax. And finally, dear residents, stop stressing my council tax by

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complaining. Sorry! We have moved on! Should we not bother with this?

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This is the council in Dorset who had their parents out, their quills.

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-- pens. I'm glad to hear people are writing letters to their local

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council to protest, and the local council said they can't cope whose

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it is causing stress to their staff. I have to give a shout out to my

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friend Richard. We sat by a pool in Spain and he said he was writing a

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letter to the council because he is angry about a sign they had put up.

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That is their specific duty. Do you think? That is it. We have no time

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for more, thankfully. I'm very grateful for your expensive

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comments, and your jacket. The camera was struggling with

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Matthew's show. Thank you very much. -- shirt.

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Coming up next, it's The Film Review.

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