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

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With me are public affairs consultant Alex Deane

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Starting with the i, and the parents of Charlie Gard who have given up

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their legal fight to keep him alive. It is on the Sun's front page as

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well, picking up on comments made by Charlie Gard's parents outside

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court. The story also appears on the front page of the Metro and Charlie

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Gard is also the Daily Mail's lead story. The Telegraph front of the

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story on how consumers who buy internetting gauged appliances for

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them homes -- their homes are vulnerable to cyber attacks. The

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Times says that ministers are considering clamping down on

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developers who sell houses with escalating ground rents. Also a

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story on the Police and Crime Commissioner accused of pulling

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police away from an anti-fracking protest. The Guardian leads with a

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warning from the Bank of England on rising levels of personal debt. The

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Express fix on what it calls a row among doctors over the safety of

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starting is. So, it was inevitable given the huge public interest that

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there is in the story that this is the only picture on the front page

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and the photograph on the front page of the Daily Mail. Incredibly

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striking and while we are looking at the papers, they are united in

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morning trade Charlie Gard, who it seems, his battle has come to an

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end, but the next focus will be on what the parents are saying has

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caused this decision, which is that great form and is it prolonged the

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decision so long that he could no longer have the treatment. It is not

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that they are saying he could have been saved if he had had the

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treatment earlier but that if he could have promptly had the

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treatment instead of the court process, they might have saved him

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but now they have to give up because the process has taken so long. Right

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now, it is a very sad story that everybody rallies around and mourn

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server for the next age is very dangerous that the people on the

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other side of the argument. The doctors would say they work in the

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interests of the child and they presumed that there was nothing that

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could be done for him and whether there was or not is... And it is

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certainly true that many independent doctors who didn't work at Great

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Ormond Street Hospital of those doctors that there really was no

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hope of this experimental American treatment working, or any other

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treatment. Journalistically, I would like to add that it's just amazing

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the way a story like this catches fire. You know, it became a minor

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story in April and then suddenly, it just took off. Then you have Donald

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Trump commenting, you have the Vatican, you had controversial

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American pastor coming over here to way into the debate. They raised 1.2

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million on a crowdfunding website, social media funding Mac at the rate

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fuelling it but that is the way that human emotion stories which really

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tell the raw sorrow and anger and quite understandable sense of fury

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that the parents have gone through, are communicated to the public and,

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as I say, it is fuelled by social media and it has become an

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incredibly huge worldwide story. The front page of the Sun," we are so

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sorry we couldn't save you". They say they are haunted by the what

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ifs. And I take James' point entirely, the doctor treating

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Charlie Gard seemed entirely of one view and many doctors who weren't

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from, none of them would support what has happened, the threats and

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so on, but the point for me as a layman, many of us will be

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wondering, you say there is no hope but when you switch off the machine,

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that is definitely no Hove, right? So the chance of life is what the

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parents were seeking. A doctor on the programme this evening said are

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these expert, ordinarily kings of their domain, are they in some way

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reticent to take advice or maybe expertise from outside their

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hospital? I have two uncles that doctors but it doesn't make me a

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doctor and maybe I'm a bit naive, but I would always trust the

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integrity of the doctors and I am slightly suspicious of the Michael

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Gove line, we have had enough of experts, everybody knows better than

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experts, but I think the doctors do take a Hippocratic oath which almost

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all doctors follow to the letter and would have the child's best

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interests at heart and I absolutely agree that if I were the parent, I

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would be fighting as long as I could and as hard as I could to keep him

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alive, but sometimes, doctors are right. I don't trust expert but I do

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worry in this country that institutions, especially when they

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are used to being in command, don't like being told they are wrong and

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there might be a bit of that. And a great suspicion of experts in this

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country, as we well know. This is one of the other big stories of the

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evening, the visit of Liam Fox to the United States, this is the front

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page of the Independent. He is dismissing concerns that some might

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have in this country, if there is a future trade deal in the United

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States, they are correlated chicken and hormone raised beef. Some

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watchers of the Brexit process will wonder why he is there because we

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are not formally allowed to have negotiations with any other country

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whilst we are still in the EU protest Michel Barnier said, very

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French expression, how can you stop people talking? You can have the

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informal conversations with their to negotiation and that is what Liam

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Fox is doing and there is no bigger fish in the Pont than a deal with

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the United States. We are their largest investor, they are ours and

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so forth. Things people get hung up on, chlorinated chicken catches the

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mine because it sounds horrible, is food standards. And his bargaining,

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which is probably true statistically but a difficult one to swallow, is

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that this is a detail and what I would invite you to hang onto him

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thinking about that is that if you have been to the United States and

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jaw not vegetarian, you have eaten chlorinated chicken and hormone

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treated beef and you are fine and even if you are, you have eaten

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genetically modified food. Interestingly, at the end of this

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front page, it says the National farmers union, their president has

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said it is vital that any discussions on future trade deal do

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not serve to allow cheap food imports. This is interesting,

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everything to do with Brexit is about playing to the home crowd.

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Obviously it is important to develop links with the US for when we leave

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the EU but this is a turf war that might be developing between the Fox,

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who has been complaining this week that he is not getting enough

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coverage, and Michael Gove, who has said he wants to enforce

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environmental food standards and indeed Andrea Leeds said today she

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was worried that British farmers would be disadvantaged -- Andrea led

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some. So there will be a big battle. Like any good trade union, the NFU

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are sticking up the interest of their members. That is what they are

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paid for! A story on the front page of The Times which is rumbling on

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the shopping precincts and pubs, the rip-off scandal of leaseholds. So

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you buy a new house, you get a decent deal and tact in in the small

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print is the ground rent, the leasehold and you think I have 999

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years, it looks like a small leaseholder and lo and behold, it

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starts to go up pretty quickly and the Government says it is going to

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end this. People are not realising that they are buying a house they

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don't fully owned, and their leasehold, which we are used to

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seeing in flats, is being attached to new-build homes, which means you

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may be paying up to, concrete examples, of ?10,000 a year being

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paid in ground rent. That is going to make homes unsellable in the

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future if that escalation continues, and it's not right. There is no

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principal reason for doing it. One example here of someone who bought a

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house in Bolton for ?200,000, a family home, her ground rent went up

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3000% and will hit almost ?10,000 a year. This is a scheme that people

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are: greedy and nobody seems to have highlighted it before and I think

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Sajid Javid has done a good job, bringing it to our attention and

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using colourful language that will catch the eye and saying enough is

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enough, if house-builders aren't prepared to step off the ground rent

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gravy train, I will derail it and that will go down well with the

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people who are in it and that is 43% of new builds being leaseholds, an

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extraordinary percentage of the market. It has put people in a

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horrible position but one has to point out that they took the

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decision to take that misprision of the under professional advice and

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they have something to answer to. -- Take That position. They are saying

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you can buy it but it is 2,000 and then a few years down the line, it

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is a lot more. I'm not going to blame the people hoodwinked into

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these deals but if they were professionally advised and it wasn't

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flagged to them properly, someone has to suffer that. There may be

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more legal action on that, you are right. In the Times, anti-fracking

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police chief accused of pulling force from protest, the police and

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crime commission of the North Wales. It is very interesting, with Police

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and Crime Commissioner is, you can argue it either way, they should be

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professional and run by like police officers or it is good to have

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democratic principle in. The good thing about -- the thing about

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elected Police and Crime Commissioner is issue will from time

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to time get conflict-of-interest were what a person stood for before

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they took office as PCC and what they are now doing in their job and

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this seems to be a clear example of someone who has an agenda,

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anti-fracking, in charge of the police, who have a duty to protect

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those carrying out unlawful business and directing them not to do so, so

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police officers are pulled away from protecting those who are trying to

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carry out their fracking activity. As you say, the way the Times tells

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it, it does look quite questionable and the residents who are "Backing

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fracking" are calling it cronyism and it is true that Mr Jones was a

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member of "Phrack three Wrexham". His forces sending officers to help

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out in Lancashire Blackpool and he is saying how can they do that when

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there are capacity issues at home and he is saying it is nothing to do

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that. Many people will look at the fact he

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was in anti-fracking campaigner, and they will question it. Are the

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memories of what caused all the problems in 2008-9, are they

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starting to wear off? The Bank of England is saying that they are

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increasingly alarmed by the amount of money being borrowed on easy

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terms. The Guardian says people are complacent about building up debt

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but when you have a central bank that prints money, which is what

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quantitative easing is, and keeps rates so low that you can't make

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money if you are a saver and you can't make real returns in the

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economic environment because interest rates are so low, how can

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you say I am shocked to find out there is gambling going on in this

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establishment. How can this have happened? It is a shocker. It is

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interesting that it was maybe 25 years ago that Gordon gecko said

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"Greed is good" in Wall Street, the famous film about Wall Street

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operatives and it seems to be the motivation of a lot of people, the

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greed or consumerism that is driving this huge consumer boom at the

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moment, but the bank is warning there is a spiral of complacency

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that could lead to another crash. That is quite alarmist to put it in

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those terms but he is warning we could be going in that direction.

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Interest rates are artificially low. It punishes savers and encourages

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this kind of spending. It says it has helped the economy to grow.

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Speaking of which is true in the short term. We are going to the

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Telegraph and the rugby story. We have brilliant women's teams doing

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so well at the moment in the football and the cricket and the

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rugby women are the world champions and that they have all lost their

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job. I can't understand, even if you think the right thing to do is end

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of the contracts, they are moving their focus from full 15 rugby to

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playing sevens, which is a fast-moving, exciting game and I

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enjoy both films, they are both great forms of rugby, but who in

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their right mind says, days at you win the World Cup, let's get rid of

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our contracts for our victorious squad, shake the whole thing up and

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make some of them effectively redundant? That is definitely the

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Gerald Ratner School of ER. What interests me is that you are

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personally to blame for this because a Labour MP saying it is a kick in

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the teeth and to treat women like this, particularly in light of how

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women working for the BBC got paid... So everything is to do with

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BBC pay. With three guys talking about the papers! Moving swiftly on.

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Men of a certain age. Maybe we could all go out for a pint because it

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says here drinking to forget could be harder than you think, so I

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brought this expert panel together, these expert drinkers who could tell

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me whether that is true or not. We have a long time thought that you

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would drink to plot their jaw memories, but a very interesting

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study undertaken by the University of Exeter demonstrates that there is

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a limited, and they want to underscore this, limited, positive

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affect from drinking and that, actually, what you think of as the

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well-established negative effects of drinking too much can be

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counteracted by the ability to have recall. So if you are drinking to

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forget, try something else. It has destroyed a lifetime of hope that I

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would forget. And listening to blues music telling me to drink and all of

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my woes will disappear, I'm just going to have to drink to forget

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that music. A sharpener tonight. That is it for the papers, you

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consider front pages of the paper online on the BBC News website, it

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is all there for you, seven days a week. And if you missed the

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programme, you can watch it later on BBC iPlayer. Thank you to Alex and

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James, it has been a pleasure having you. Thanks for watching.

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