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-- which is likely to see Usain Bolt's last performance before

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retiring. I am joined by Kate Devlin and and

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Oliver Wright, policy editor of The Times. Thanks for coming in. The

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front pages: The FT leads with a host Brexit future of the city and

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how it all reinvent itself after its biggest shake-up in almost 30 years.

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-- it well. A photograph of mother to raise on the front of the

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Independent. 19 years after her death she is to be canonised at the

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Vatican on Sunday. The Telegraph says obese people are routinely

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refused operations by the NHS. The express runs a warning from the

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French interior minister as its lead story. It says he is going to

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bulldoze the migrant camp at Calais. The Guardian has a picture of the

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Bishop of Grantham saying he is the first Church of England bishop to

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come out as gay. The Times has a report by its war correspondent

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saying a civilian rebel who once shot him is now working for the CIA.

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And watch out for the giant cannibal spiders in your homes, according to

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the daily Star. Lots of different choice. We will start with the

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Telegraph. And the story about the NHS denying operations to the ODs. I

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wouldn't say it is particularly new. -- obese. This features a

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constituency in North Yorkshire. Yes. They are talking about doing

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this because of money reasons. There are financial concerns. I think they

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will cause a lot of concern for the public. On the face of it, it is not

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so much denying but postponed. On the face of it there is a sensible

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health argument. People will be given a year if they are obese to

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try and lose weight, six months if they are a smoker to come off

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cigarettes, and then they will have to wait until there are operations.

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This has been going on in the NHS for a long time. This is one health

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authority in one part of the country. There is probably a decent

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clinical reason for doing it. But if you need a hip replacement, they are

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much more likely to be successful in the long term if people are not

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obese. It seems to be a realisation by the Health Authority in North

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Yorkshire that if you say to people, well, if you have a BMI rating of

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over 30 you probably ought to lose some weight. If you don't, you will

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have to wait. This has been dressed up as an NHS crisis, more about

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rationing, but I think this has been going on for a while. What was your

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however? This is what people have worried about for years. It is the

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slippery slope. The fear is that if money problems means we will focus

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on who we will not give operations to, then big money problems mean

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fewer operations to wider groups of people. If you are obese, actually,

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not having a hip or knee operation is probably unlikely to make you

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lose any weight. Not least because you will be struggling to walk

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around. Surely the basic point is that you eat less you lose weight.

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As much as it is about mobility. There is a certain point. The NHS

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has always rationed. There was this public perception that was put about

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by politicians that the NHS is there for everyone. If you have a problem

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it will be there for you. But in different ways the NHS has always

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carried out a degree of rationing. Financial pressures are making it

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more acute than in the past, but I'm not sure it is a huge change. To be

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clear, it says the ban will not apply to cancer patients or those

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with some conditions which could become life threatening, or if

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exceptional circumstances can be shown. It does say that the

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restrictions echo others in Hertfordshire, North West and London

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in the past two years. On this particular thing, particularly about

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money. Also, they have to be careful that they are not just postponing

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further problems further down the line. If you don't treat people they

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can start to develop other health problems which are linked. They can

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turn out to be much more expensive than the NHS finally gets around to

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getting the money together to treat them. And the big fear is the start

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of the slippery slope, what the critics would say. A lot of people

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out there are smokers, they've always worried this would be coming

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you know, something that would start happening on a grand scale. I think

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they will be worried about this story. The Times, this is quite a

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complicated story, but it shows the murkiness of the sides, the blurred

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lines of the sides of the war in Syria. On one level this is a

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personal story about what happened to him and what happened to the man

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who shot him when he was snapped in Syria. That was in 2014. -- when he

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was kidnapped. This has much wider implications for us in the West

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choosing sides in that conflict in Syria. Anthony's piece is saying in

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a nutshell that the man that shot him twice in the leg when he was

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kidnapped in Syria has now appeared in a video as part of a CIA backed

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militia group in Syria. He is talking about the man he knew and

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what happened to him and the betrayal in that sense. He is

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talking about what Betty went on by the CIA when this guy came over from

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Turkey, it appears, quite recently. -- vetting. What did the USA do when

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they said you are against the Assad regime, we will supply you with

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weapons, we will provide everything you need. Questions of who are you

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supporting, what was he then, what is he now, and it is an interesting

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and important piece. The irony is that Anthony Loyd was denounced as

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being a CIA spy. And it appears this man is now working with the CIA. It

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also appears to be an opportunist. He kidnapped Anthony Loyd because he

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thought he could ransom him and make money from it. Now he appears to be

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working, masquerading as a rebel. It does ask very serious questions. And

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when kidnaps happen, it can go to the highest bidder, and sometimes

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the highest bidder could be Isis. The independent, the future of

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Hinkley Point nuclear-power station comes up in a couple of pages. It

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makes the front page of the Independent and the Telegraph. The

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angle on the independent is the headline that Theresa May has flown

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out to China for the first major summit. It is in China. And they're

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likely to be some awkward questions asked about Theresa May and the

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future of Hinkley Point project which is being financed largely by

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the Chinese. Theresa May will come face-to-face with the Chinese

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premier, we think. That will be an awkward meeting entirely. The

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Chinese were flabbergasted and not a little angry a couple of weeks ago.

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It put a pause of this multi-billion pound nuclear-power plant. They have

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issued a series of threats about the UK Government and what it thinks it

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is doing over this. There is going to be a tense weekend entirely for

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Theresa May. The angle on the Daily Telegraph is different, suggesting

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Theresa May is a long way off from making a decision and will not be

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pressured into it. She always had this impression of taking a long

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time to make decisions. The interesting thing is how she adapts

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in Downing Street when they are pressured to do things within a

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short timescale. Much greater than they perhaps were in the Home

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Office. She appears to be sticking to the way in which she behaved

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before which was, I will take my time over it. This could be a case

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in point. This is her first foreign summit. It is in China. An

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international meeting of the G20. She has got a meeting with the

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Chinese premier. The Chinese have made their concern and frankly

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displeasure already clear. If she is intending to give the go-ahead to

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Hinkley in the end, not doing it at this meeting is stupid. Because the

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Chinese know how to humiliate someone. I think it will be

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difficult for her. The decision about Hinkley Point is difficult for

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Theresa May. The reality is, if she doesn't go ahead with Hinkley Point

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she has to fill the gap to keep the lights on. Hinkley Point is actually

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quite advanced. How you will do that and keep within your carbon target

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will be difficult. If you do decide to go ahead, why hang around, why

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cause yourself the extra diplomatic headache by going to China and

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saying I haven't made up my mind yet. You should probably get on with

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it. We will have to see another diplomatic nightmare. Barack Obama

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said that the UK would be the back of the queue after the Brexit vote.

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That will be a difficult one. She will have to have different stances

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to the Chinese as to the Americans. Fly on the wall. She needs trade

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deals from all of them. The meeting scheduled at the end of the G20, the

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British press pack will be interested in that and they will be

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shepherded onto the plane within minutes of the meeting ending. It

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has been carefully choreographed to avoid trouble. A story of a

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different kind in the Guardian. The first Church of England bishop has

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come out as being gay. This is Nicholas Chamberlain, the Bishop of

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Grantham. This raises all sorts of questions. It is said that

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Archbishop Welby has been told and he has said he is in a long-term and

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committed relationship. He is fine about it. He doesn't feel misled

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about it. Interesting story. Yes. The other interesting bit to it is

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that this doesn't look entirely voluntary. It appears the Sunday

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newspaper got hold of the story and was going to run it this weekend. As

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a consequence of it, Bishop Chamberlain has come out in advance

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and said, I'm gay, I'm in a relationship, it is a celibate

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relationship, therefore it doesn't break any of the Church of England

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rules. I was going to say, that's the crucial bit, isn't it? It is.

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One thinks back to a few years ago and Jeffrey Johns who was also

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openly gay, and there was a huge row about whether or not he could be

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made a bishop. In the end he went to St Albans, which was gay, sort of,

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post which was high in the church but it wasn't specifically Bishop.

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The ramifications will be big. What do you make of it? It's really

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interesting, both the grown-up attitude that there is within the

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church hierarchy, and also their childish attitude. It seems to be a

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case of do ask don't tell, but don't tell the public you do. It puts them

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in a very difficult position if you are just Welby. A couple of weeks

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ago he talks about his horror of how the Church of England treats

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lesbians and gay men. -- if you are Welby. Yet there is this agreement

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at the top of the church hierarchy that in order to keep everything

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together, to keep the show on the road, that they have to tie

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themselves up in these knots. I'm not terribly sure that is what

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people want in their church leaders. What I think they want is some

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leadership. Let's see what the ramifications of that. Onto the

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Daily Mail. It looks like the beads have had it. These plastic beads

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which are supposed to be in everything from toothpaste to shower

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gels, etc, which have been choking the planet. It looks like the

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campaign has succeeded. This is a huge victory. They have been

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campaigning. It was a quick victory. I'm looking at the headlines, they

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appear to have started this on the 25th of August, and tomorrow is the

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3rd of September, pretty much one week. One wonders if they knew they

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would win this campaign before they set it off. You are in a cynical

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mood. Or is this the kind of thing that happens with new governments,

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keen to keep the press happy. This has captured people's imagination.

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It has. It has been an issue for quite a while. There is not much

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doubt that these things should be banned. Most of the major

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manufacturers were getting to the stage where they were phasing it out

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anyway. I think the government is saying that they will ban it by the

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end of next year. I think almost all major manufacturers are saying that

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they were not going to be producing this stuff anyway. Not hugely

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problematic. An easy campaign to win. Not too many dilemmas involved

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in it. It is a product whose time has probably come. And when it they

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have. The FT weekend, the last one, animal farm is low ill wind as study

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takes shine off healthy country life. Who would like to explain

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this? I love this story. It is fabulous. Well done to the FT for

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putting it on their FrontPage. It would not work half as well if it

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was on the front page on a Monday or Tuesday. -- front page. People will

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splatter over their cornflakes as they make their way to their country

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homes for the weekend. To realise it was all for nothing. And to realise

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that the country air is polluting their lungs just as much as it was

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in the towns and cities. And we are looking at the animal waste, which

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is the pollutant, and ammonia in it. Yes, that's the problem. If you

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think it is great that you living next door to lovely farm animals --

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you are living next door to lovely farm animals, perhaps it would be

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better to be more isolated and on an island. The animal farms are indeed

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causing the problems. Does this spell an end to your country pile? I

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wish I had one. I don't know. It is a counterintuitive story. You think

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all of the fresh air Darcey wonders. It is kind of interesting. -- does

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your lungs wonders. There has always been this focus on pollutant in the

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cities. Carbon dioxide in the air, but it is a broad and rounder

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question we need to be looking at. Always thinking that it is an urban

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problem. People living within one kilometre of 15 farms would be 1%

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worse. Gorgeous detail. The fact that if you see hay some -- the fact

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that if you see some haze drifting in the distance, you might just

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think it is the lovely warmth, but that is the pollutant. You are in

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fine mood this evening. All of the Papers are online. Also, you can see

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us there with each night's addition being posted on the page shortly

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after we finish. Thanks to Kate and Oliver. Goodbyes. -- goodbye.

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Good evening. We will start with a quick look at the latest satellite

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sequence. It started pretty cloudy across England and Wales. Some rain

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to go with it. But it has been moving

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