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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing

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tomorrow. Deputy opinion editor of accounting, Harker. Welcome.

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Westminster correspondent for the press and Journal, Lindsay Watling.

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The Times leads with a warning from health experts against going ahead

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with the rear Olympics over fears of the spread of the Zika virus. The

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Daily Mail leads on pensions prospect of the youth vote. The

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express says the Prime Minister has no real fears that the Dutch economy

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if there is a vote to leave. -- fears for the British economy.

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Lloyds bank is poised to make its first acquisition since been dealt

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out by the taxpayer according to the Financial Times. And older drivers

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should we allow to carry on until 75 without renewing their licence,

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according to an official report, on the front of the Telegraph. The

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Guardian continues the debate on legal highs with the warning of the

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dangers of black-market drugs. Finally, the Mirror, accusations of

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the wife of Johnny Depp, that he assaulted her with a phone. Let's

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start with the Daily Mail. No disagreement on whether staying in

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or leaving the EU would be better for us. Why staying in Europe will

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harm your pension, the experts now saying that staying in could harm

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your pension. More confusion, as we have been warned about today. One

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day we're being told if we leave your will be at risk, tomorrow we

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are then told exactly the opposite. So how do people make up their mind?

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This is essentially a response to what the government put out

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yesterday, just before purdah, suggesting an exit with -- would

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affect pensions. But experts are mentioned three times without

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actually been named. We can assume they are not significant voices

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otherwise they would be named. But it is such an obvious rebuttal

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because they even have a word in underlined, as if you did not

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present the significance. -- appreciate. The government has put

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out its line, the Daily Mail feels it must do a rapid rebuttal. Can I

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move onto the next story? I am not quite ready, you from the Guardian,

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so we know where your loyalties life. Our economics editor is

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borderline exit. Is he? Excuse me, I've just tried to find a keyboard.

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There are left-wing voices for the exit, we just hear the right-wing

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one about immigration. But the left-wing case is about a remote

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body which basically supports business people, improves life only

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for major corporations, doing not a lot for me people. So there is a

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strong left-wing case also. We will move on, as you don't like to stay

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with that. Leave or remain, no wonder we are all confused. It is

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not just pensions on which we had different views. It is pretty much

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every aspect of what it will mean to stay off to go. The reason I want to

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move on is this encapsulates the holder them. -- the whole dilemma of

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information and misinformation. A committee criticised both sides

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today over the figures they use. Claims from the Leave camp that

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leaving would save ?350 million per week, they said was deeply

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problematic. And the Remain camp, also making claims about how we

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would be worse off if we leave, both been criticised for bogus claims. No

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wonder people find it difficult to drill down the facts, they are all

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disputed. In this debate the facts are almost irrelevant. People will

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just believe the facts they want to believe. If 5000 top economists say

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it will be terrible to leave the EU, then if you are so minded, then half

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a dozen saying something different will sway your view. And I think

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people have a view that they either believe in the EU, or they don't. It

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is more of a gut instinct. You either believe that immigration is a

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good or a bad thing, and that will sway your view. You believe it is

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right that it is part of a global organisation which has kept the

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peace and encouraged links, forming links with other countries and

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nations, and that will sway you. But the actual fact, it is all fantasy,

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you have got... It might not be. One sidles a, it is wonderful if we

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leave, the other says, it will be an absolute disaster. Both sides are

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just exaggerating wildly. But some people cannot even find big

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reaction. They don't even know what reaction they should trust. Should

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it be the heart of the head? What other people are saying that they

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don't know which way to vote, even now, they could go into the ballot

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booth on the day and just have to take a guess.

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The key thing is to look at different areas that are important

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to you, arguments for and against. Tom Hunter commissioned a book, last

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month, essentially lots of experts who came together and wrote

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different chapters on different sections of the judgment. It was a

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very balanced take. As close to an independent look as you will get.

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If you have got time to read it, quick. Finally, on the EU, for the

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moment, here is the Guardian. Delia Smith is having her say. Daily scare

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tactics beggar belief, they are not working, the debate is an unsavoury

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petty squabble, it is time to grow up. What I find is interesting is

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that even when both sides are criticised by the Treasury Select

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Committee for exaggerating claims, they then attacked each other for

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the criticism that each had received. It just did not stop.

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Everybody is just piling in. But I did think it is people adding up

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figures and saying, my ?137 a week that I might lose will swing it, or

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this pension argument the Daily Mail has on the front age, I think people

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feel it in a way that, you know, they either tolerate immigration or

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not, or they feel bonded to Europe and they feel, you know, like young

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people, especially, feel like they want to go to Europe as they think

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it will allow them to travel more, they conceded a future lying in

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travelling across the continent, and they like the idea of free movement.

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Those are the issues. Why is Delia Smith being asked for her opinion.

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Although she title to -- she is entitled to it as much as anybody.

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She sums up what many are thinking. People are fed up, you are talking

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about the fighting between the camps, there is even fighting within

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the Remain camp, with the SNP being told, have got to make a more case.

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All these exaggerating claims they are being told off for by the

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Treasury committee. In a nutshell that and actually type people are

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feeling and could feed into a lower turnout which is no good thing. I

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should mention that we had a bit of a tug of war at the Guardian over

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this piece, because she wrote it as a comment peacefully opinion

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section, my section, but they stole the front page. They were right to.

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We hear from politicians of the time but this is a different voice. It

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meant that my headline did not make it into the paper. And did you know

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what the headline was? Let's be having EU! The main picture on the

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times, President Obama embracing a The main picture on the times,

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President Obama embracing a Hiroshima survivor. No apology, but

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nobody expected one. I think what it symbolises, his breakdown of race in

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the USA, he can do things that US presidents have not done. Embracing

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links with Cuba. And going there and embracing a Hiroshima survivor, an

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incredible image, somebody who survived an atomic bomb, and the

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president going there. People tend to do apologies. Japan has

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apologised for what it did, it sort of apologised, Britain has

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apologised for slavery, things like that, but it describes strange that

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the US will not apologise. But then again, this is very difficult, it

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was a tactical decision, there is still a justification for it in some

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people's mind. And the talk of a visit for Pearl Harbor, there is

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talk of a real appetite for it amongst Americans... There is a

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symmetry to it. But Barack Obama is able to do this because he is coming

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to the end. Politically it would be difficult for him to apologise. I

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was reading today something from a survivor who was saying that, in

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fact, Japan was not entirely innocent on all this either. They

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have things to apologise for as well. China have been saying that,

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very much so. Another story on the front of the times, move the real

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Olympics over virus fears. The number of medical experts writing to

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the WHO saying postponed, move it, do something, because of Zika. Just

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this month the IOC said there was no need to delay, no real threat. Now

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just a few weeks later we have an open letter to the WHO saying, yes

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we do. It is frightening, really. Because we are a matter of months

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from it. Logistically, could then be? Maybe back in London again. I

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don't know. There was a suggestion. Logistically it would be difficult.

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For the people of Brazil it is a real shame if there is a threat to

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health I guess there is no decision. They're going through similar

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problems, and impeachment process against the president of the moment.

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What the scientists are saying is they expect 500,000 foreign tourists

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from all over the world and what they worry about is the virus then

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spreading to other parts of the world as the tourist and competitors

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leave. Even if you're just a carrier of it. Especially if it goes to

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poorer parts of the world, Africa, Asia, without the facilities to keep

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it in check. But people travel to Brazil anyway. I guess it is just

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these numbers. They have tried to kill off the mosquitoes and the

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numbers have gone up. Daily Telegraph, Jeremy Corbyn misses a

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memorial to go on holiday. Missing out on commemorations for the battle

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of Jutland. It was a battle between the German and British grand fleets,

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the only major naval clash of the First World War, and slightly

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interesting because both sides claimed victory. The British lost

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more ships and sailors but the Germans never ventured out into the

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North Sea again. So a strategic victory. And Jeremy Corbyn has

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decided not to go. Obviously he should go because it is a symbol,

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you Britain, and, to commemorate it, and to support our servicemen. But I

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can understand he is a man of peace. He is anti-war. And the amount of

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military anniversaries that he has to go to, First World War, Second

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World War, all manner of... Argentina, Iraq, Falklands, you name

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it, we have similar military anniversaries around. We seem to be

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constantly remembering... Shouldn't we? Indeed. This detracts from the

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actual story, the commemorations, it is suddenly all about Jeremy:. David

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Cameron will be there. The German president. Members of the Royal

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family. Essentially it is everyone but Jeremy. I think the fact that,

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you know, this is what we are talking about now, it detracts from

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the importance of the commemorations themselves. We have rolling

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commemorations. People did. I know it is important. Absolutely, it is a

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major commemoration. But there are lots of military commemorations that

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this country does, almost... Because people did. He is missing this to go

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on a holiday. Perhaps you could change his plans. Changes

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destination. Financial Times, this is one for Joseph, a fresh critique

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of the new liberal agenda from the IMF. It is not a tabloid headline.

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Essentially what it is saying is free-market economics and austerity

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combined are not very much. They are making the rich richer and the poor

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poorer. That is an old theme. As people have said for a long time.

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But what is significant about it as it is coming from the IMF, which has

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been pushing this agenda on the countries around the world for

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several years now. Decades. Any sign they will stop? What he said. There

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are signs of criticism, acknowledging that there has been a

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very damaging aspect to the policies the IMF has been pushing. Pull out

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then. A couple more on the Telegraph, keep driving until you

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are 75, pensioners must be spared the hassle of renewing their licence

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when they are in good health. But how do you know if they are in good

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health unless somebody checks? I like this idea because it should be

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about whether somebody is capable of driving still, not how old you are.

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It is a just to say... Some people are in their 20s or 30s when they

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cannot drive. Indeed, but to say you have to stop driving at 75 or have a

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checkup seems ages. But it is good because many older people are

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isolated and if you can get in your car and drive then you can go and do

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things, you are more likely to cause less money to the NHS. Older drivers

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are often safer. Certainly safer than kids under 25, that is sure.

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Obviously they still have an age limit, they are just raising it to

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75. But they are saying that once people reach 70 we need to start

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apply for a licence. A lot of people simply don't bother to renew. It has

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got to be a good thing and given that we need to retire later, work

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longer, all because we are told it would be healthier, then this is at

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least the plus side. The last story we will look at is the cheeky face

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of Chris Evans, who was on the front of the Daily Telegraph he says top

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tier will drop the offensive jokes. Who could he be referring to? No

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idea. I guess it is a good thing. With Jeremy Clarkson, if you'd is

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talking about him, we did have a lot of... Every few months a new

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controversy. He offended just about everyone in the world. Argentinians,

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Mexicans... For some people that was part of the appeal of the programme.

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Not personally, but a lot of people locked all the offensive jokes. But

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it was a programme about cars. Chris Evans says that have spread

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assessor's politically incorrect humour added nothing to the

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programme. Many viewers will disagree. You like to be edgy and to

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have humour. But sometimes the amount of offence caused when a

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bit... Obviously I think that his ego got out of hand. He felt he

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could not only insult people punch them also. And Chris Evans wants to

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chart his own path. You want to make his own thing. There was a recent

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episode where they filmed something and they were speeding past the

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Cenotaph and it had to be cut. A steep learning curve. Thank you

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both. That is all for the papers for tonight. Next, time for the weather.

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Another bank holiday weekend another less than straightforward forecast.

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There are still some complications but for most of us it is a weekend

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is half

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