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

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And Neil Midgley, columnist at the Telegraph.

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The FT talks of surprise expressed in China, after the UK Government

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announced a review for plans for a new nuclear power station,

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which was being partly funded by Beijing.

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The i says national security concerns may have contributed

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to the government getting cold feet over the deal.

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The Mirror says 53 Britons have contracted Zika -

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amid warnings for tourists travelling to Florida.

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An alleged programme of Russian propaganda on Britain is the lead

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It also has a picture of Honeysuckle Weeks the actress

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Shall I carry on with the front pages?

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an environmental victory for campaigning to bring in a 5p

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It says usage is down by 85 per cent.

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Safety fears of overworked pilots is the Guardian's lead -

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it also has an image of a jubilant-looking Hillary Clinton.

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The Telegraph reports that the website of Donald Trump's wife has

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been wiped from the web after allegations she exaggerated academic

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achievements. Let's start with the times and

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President Putin waiting propaganda war on the UK. They are focusing on

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Sputnik. Tell us about Sputnik. Many would know them as a Russian TV

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station who might be considered to have a political agenda. Their

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background is they are a sort of propaganda wing of the Russian

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government. I am not sure how many I have upset with that. The suggestion

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that the Russian government are launching, as the article says,

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conspiracy theorists in universities to use non-tactics. They are not

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just claims -- they are just claims. A conspiracy theory. Apparently the

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news agency, so-called, Sputnik, which has opened in Edinburgh, has

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published a report suggesting the Labour MP Jo Cox may have been

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killed because of a plot by supporters of the European Union to

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sway the referendum result. She died before the vote. That is a dark

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piece of supposed reporting, but is apparently a conspiracy theory that

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has run on Russian television. Sputnik peddles the myth that the

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west agreed never to expand Nato to Russia's borders. Well, did it? That

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was a key plank apparently of Moscow's propaganda to excuse it

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invasion of Ukraine. I don't think Nato said that. It is something

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President Putin would like us to believe. If you are going to take

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what some might perceive as dramatic military action around the border I

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suppose you have to have a reason for wanting to. This is money

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invested in various places. Good it be a genuine linguistic and cultural

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enterprise? Every major power want soft power. We think of the BBC

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World Service as being a bastion of independent journalism,

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independently funded and has the same standards as we perceive the

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BBC to have at home. That is not the way it is seen by governments in

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China and Russia. Of course, both the Chinese and Russians have been

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pumping money, particularly China, into their international broadcast

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operations over the past years because they have seen, in part,

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because Britain and again because the World Service in most places in

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the world is seen as a Bastian of accurate and impartial reporting, it

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contributes to Britain's soft power around the world. Lots of countries

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have set up their own TV programme. Turkey, for example. And Iran. To a

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degree, the problem with espionage and what we don't know is we do not

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know what we don't know. Donald Rumsfeld territory! The Telegraph.

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Traffic is ?100,000 Channel trips. The amount of money that's somebody

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who is intent on smiting a large number of people can make. Some

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people have been found guilty of trafficking people into ports on the

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south coast of Britain. Dymchurch. Chichester. Charging up to ?7,000 a

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time, per person, not per boat, for the cross-channel crossing. In a

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boat that was leaking and cost them ?3000. They bought it online. They

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had no life jackets. I think we remember this, the horrific scenes.

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We have people in camps in Calais living desperate lies and so

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whatever people think of refugee status, these are people, you would,

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I would, do anything to get across, it including raising to Western

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values what seems a lot of money. And they would have paid a lot of

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money to make a perilous journey overland often. They have and it

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highlights what has been in the news before, how few resources we in

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Britain have to I suppose police the coastline. It is also a humanitarian

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effort, if you try to pick up leaky boats that have maybe 17 people on

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them, desperate to get to the UK, then clearly to an extent you are

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policing your borders by trying to deter people from setting off on

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that trip in the first place and you are also trying to find those boats

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and stop people from dying when the boats fail. We only have four boats

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to police the coastline. We are not just talking of the south, you think

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of Orkney, Shetland, drugs and guns, they have to be alert for all the

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things coming in there. It seems inconceivable we have four boats.

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These people received jail terms, which is supposedly a deterrent. You

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can imagine if there are ?100,000 per trip, that is a few house

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burglaries. You would have to do a lot of other crime to net that kind

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of ill gotten gains. These people, one of them brought them in on his

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yacht. It shows the perception, whether it is the reality is another

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matter, but the perception of these people, is it safer them to do it? I

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don't mean logistically safe in un-seaworthy vessels, but they feel

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there is little chance of getting caught. When we hear there are four

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vessels, they might well think that. The express newspaper, police ID,

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500 child victims of sexual abuse. This is an operation that Police

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Scotland RAM. It was over a six-week period. It was an operation led in

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Scotland. In terms of the way UK police forces work, in Scotland

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there is one police force doing all the policing affectively for one

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country. South of the border you have 43 forces, Home Office forces

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and the Police Service of Northern Ireland. You think if they have 77

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arrest in a small period, 30 million abuse images, 10 million of which on

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one computer, you think Tom how many more would we discover if all the

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efforts of policing were driven that way? Against the climate of police

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cuts, reality bites perhaps it is they cannot afford to do -- you

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think that how many more would we discover? A lot of them are overseas

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and it is live streaming of abuse, which is horrific.

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Resources are one thing but the cross-border nature of any

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cybercrime is what makes it difficult to police because it is

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difficult to stop something being put in front of a camera in a less

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well policed jurisdiction overseas, even if it is being received by

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criminals in Scotland. The Shia -- the numbers. 500 victims. 30

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million images. It is slightly mind-boggling. Those are the images

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they have found. The stuff on the .net is difficult to find. It is

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anonymous. They can disguise details. It is very hard to police

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what is anonymous. 10 million images on one computer is something beyond

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consuming pornography, that is an obsessive collecting and you wonder

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how those images are created in the first place, who is creating them

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and where they are coming from. 500 victims is clearly the thin end of

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the wedge. It is difficult enough to protect children in this country

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where we hopefully have more resources available and children in

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schools are made aware of the dangers of internet usage but in

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other parts of the world where resources are less available it is

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difficult for parents to protect their children. Millions of images.

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Without prejudging anyone case, millions and millions of images of

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people being abused. This is happening and showing, to a degree,

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it isn't something nobody is doing, it is something that maybe as a

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society we are not good enough at detecting. Rehabilitation. If some

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of these people arrested go to prison eventually, what kind of help

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is there to rehabilitate? There was a programme I think was called

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Circles of Accountability and Support for previously convicted

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paedophiles who had been released and who had a circle of people they

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could call if they felt the urge to offend again, so those people could

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support them in not offending. Of course, that is a controversial

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approach to bringing anything like that out into the open and suggests

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that it can be dealt with effectively in the community. That

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is a controversial approach. I think that programme has excess. The FT,

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China surprised at UK nuclear delay. The Hinkley Point decision. May be

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seen as rethinking relations. Theresa May again saying, hold on, I

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am in charge. To a degree she is entitled to. You are talking a

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different political direction. We think back to a couple of years ago

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when Chinese dignitaries were in the UK and many journalists were

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screaming human rights abuses, why are you not mentioning them? It was

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briefed at the time because I was briefed they did not want to mess up

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lucrative financial deals with China, but frankly there are human

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rights abuses concerns with China at the time swept under the carpet. Is

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it old-fashioned to wonder whether any foreign country, particularly a

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rich one the size of the intelligence agencies, would there

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be a national security concern? There clearly is a concern about

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China and hacking. To put it broadly. Cyber-espionage. That has

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been a concern around China for a long time. Obviously there is

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tension between the facts China is one of the world's biggest economies

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and recently they were one of the world's fastest growing economies on

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the one hand and in the other hand a serial human rights abuser and

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suspected of espionage as well. These are tensions they have to

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resolve the whole time and they have to resolve them in terms of Arab

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countries and weapons contracts. Also, if there is an international

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incident where a diplomat said the wrong thing these are people with a

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stake internationally in 7% of our power supply. In one plant.

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Currently people can be sanctioned and ambassadors called to embassies.

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Many would say that is a doomsday scenario and it would not happen and

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you can see these questions and discussions need to be had as

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companies have conceded. There is the issue of EDF, a heavily indebted

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company. Even the board were hardly unanimous, ten voting for, seven

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against and one resigning. Not a ringing endorsement. When you look

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at two other similar power stations they are building elsewhere in the

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world, both years behind schedule and well over budget, and it was

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instructed when it was announced this morning that the British

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Government was delaying its final decision on this project. The EDF

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share price went up I think by 9% almost instantly because I think

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there is a certain amount of, let's wait and see. They are not going to

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backtrack on it, the British Government, we have to have power,

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we have to have a mixed way of producing energy. It has to be

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thought out and decided upon. This is unlikely to be Theresa May

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walking into Downing Street saying, I am in charge, I will do it for the

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sake of it. It shows she is perceived to be more on the right

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wing of the party compared to David Cameron. You see a difference in

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political view and I suppose it is good to be looked at afresh,

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whatever the result. The Mirror. 53 Zika virus cases in Britain. It

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would seem these are cases that have been brought back into the country.

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Yes, it is important to be careful with something that causes so much

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concern and which seems to be spreading. To use a broad term. To

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distinguish this, that 53 people appear to have brought the virus

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back from abroad where they were bitten by mosquitoes in Brazil or

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somewhere else where the virus is now endemic. With the story we had

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yesterday from Florida, where four people in the US in Miami, had

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caught the virus by being bitten by a mosquito in Florida. Which is very

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different. I do not think there is any suggestion there is a

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possibility that you can, yet, catch the Zika virus in the UK. Let's move

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on and talk about a plastic bag victory. Your plastic bag victory it

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says. 85% drop in plastic bag use. It is huge. They base it on 6-7

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months of figures. Apparently 5p worth of banks is equivalent to 3

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million pelicans, say the government. How much does a pelican

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way and multiply it by... It might have been a Secretary of State for

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Wales. Apparently the equivalent of 300 bewails, or so. Who has been

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weighing them. 1000 sea turtles. -- blue whales. The fact the plastic

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bags, when they are washed out to see kill wildlife on the one hand

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and on the other is saying we have two-way plastic bags and see how

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many of various different kinds of creatures they are equivalent to!

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There is a serious point to it. It is strange. Olympic size swimming

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pools and London buses, isn't it? Who would think a five pence charge

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would make the difference? I am guilty, I walk around with banks. If

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you are spending whatever it might be, a weekly shop, ?10 in a shop,

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what is 5p on top of that? I would have thought people would be as

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reckless as I. Clearly not. Clearly you are more reckless! As more shop

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online and have it delivered, as I do, when I get my shopping

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delivered, they put it in loads of plastic bags for which I am charged.

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Don't you hand them back? Of course you can hand them back and you get

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the 5p back will stop I am suspicious about what happens to the

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banks. I don't think they can be easily reused as opposed to be

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cycles. The recycling, I am not sure how much takes place. Really? Let's

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not get into that. And the energy it uses. I rarely have enough plastic

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bags at home because I use shopping bags. I am bladed -- loaded. I

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probably have trip as 50 worth at home. A voice in my here. -- my ear.

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This is awful. I am sorry to put you off your supper. Cockroach milk. Is

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that what you made my coffee with? It could be the next super food. If

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you are consuming any thing which you are enjoying at this moment,

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please look away now. Cockroach milk, the milk exuded by a certain

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kind of cockroach could be the most nutritious substance on the planet,

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it turns out. There are cockroaches that do not lay eggs. They sound

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like mammals. They give birth to live young and feed them with a

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dense milky substance and this is where it is stomach churning, which

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crystallises in the stomachs of young cockroaches. It's their

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leaches into their bodies, the nutrition that they need. A heady

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mix of proteins, fats and sugars. Harvesting this, it would be tricky?

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I think it is tricky and scientists are not sure. They physically have

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to get in there and process. They are not sure it is fit for human

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consumption. I think it is a quiet news day. If you look at the

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newspapers today, it is why we have 800 words of copy on two, three

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lines. It got our attention. When they make cockroach milk chocolate I

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might be tempted. Really? More on the website. Seven days a week, and

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you can see us there. Each night's edition is posted shortly after we

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have finished. Thank U. Good evening. Friday brought us a

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mixed bag of weather. We had summary sunshine and big showers and

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thunderstorms as well as funnel clouds. This is the sun setting in

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Hertfordshire. It is a

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