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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 Katie Martin of the Financial Times

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Both of them got the memo about black attire!

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Tomorrow's front pages, The Daily Express leads on the war

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of words between North Korea and President Donald Trump who says

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the US is locked and loaded in readiness for battle.

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The Times headlines a change in tack from the Royal College

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of Midwives who say they've dropped their decade-long campaign

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for normal births after it made women feel like failures.

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The Daily Telegraph questions standards at universities after it

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emerged some of the nation's most prestigious establishments

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are offering students places regardless of their exam grades.

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The Daily Mail claims drivers and homeowners

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who pay their insurance monthly are being charged hundreds of pounds

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The Sun leads with a poll that most British people want to see Prince

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William and -- as king and leap frog Prince Charles. The Daily Mirror

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says the owner of the car that Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed

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in wants to put it on display in a museum. The Guardian headlines the

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conviction of 11 people from one family in Lincolnshire who have been

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convicted of involvement with a modern day slavery ring. We return

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to North Korea with claims that the White House has used a back channel

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for talks with Kim Jong-un 's regime.

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Locked and loaded is this headline as President Bush says that the --

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President Trump says that the US military is ready to take on North

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Korea when it comes to it. Brinkmanship it is said to be. North

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Korea are said to feel frightened even though they are carrying out

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these missile tests. Yes, you can trade barbs about who started it but

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it is a bit schoolboyish. What the world really needs now and what

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Germany has called for and China has called for is calm. What we have

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instead is Donald Trump saying that military options are locked and

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loaded and ready to go should North Korea act unwisely, which is a

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statement issued in a tweet. This is how modern-day diplomacy works.

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There was no obvious sign at the moment that either the Korean side

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or Donald Trump is ready to back down. No. You have the regional

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neighbours, South Korea and particular and Japan, over which

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these missiles would fly, if North Korea were to launch them, you have

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got everyone extremely anxious. You have two spare the thoughts for the

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Islanders in Guam who have been told to lie flat in the ground and have

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been issued leaflets about what to do. There are about 6000 American

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troops there and the island is in the middle of nowhere but it has a

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defence system ready to shoot down missiles if they are coming in their

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way, but you have got to feel for these people who live there. China

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is supposed to be the one country who can talk some sense into North

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Korea, but even they appear to be waning confidence. The ability of

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China to control what North Korea does has been vastly overstated over

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the years. It is not like the president can just pick up phone and

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make it all stop. It doesn't all work like that. There are signs that

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there are diplomatic back channels and there has been some kind of

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contact between North Korea and people connected to the White House.

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It has been assumed to be contact that is dealing with the hostage

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situations in North Korea in terms of US citizens that are held over

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there but actually it turns out they have been talking much more broadly

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in recent weeks and so maybe that can help to defuse the situation

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somewhat but neither side wants to be seen to be backing down. You

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wonder what pressure the international community can put on.

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In Iran in the end they became a carrot to go with the stick. At the

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moment more sanctions for North Korea are negative incentives, if

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you like, to get them to stop firing missiles. You wonder if there is any

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appetite anywhere for a positive incentive, if it is through

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diplomatic channels, as Angela Merkel has been talking about. As

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the rhetoric we have been saying, where does it" Mackey says will

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regret it and regret it fast and at least him with nowhere to go. We

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would all regret it if it was to happen. In the Times the midwives

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back down on natural childbirth. Current policy makes women feel like

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failures if you have to have a Caesarean -- Caesarean, and of

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course a lot of women do, that is a difficult thing. This campaign to

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deter us from having interventions has been going on since 2005. It

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has, indeed. More than a quarter of women end up having a Caesarean,

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whether through choice because they are forced to have one at the last

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minute and the last thing women need is to end up feeling this way and

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have this pressure put on them at this time particularly. It is a

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change of tack here from the Royal College of midwives and I think it

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is a welcome one. I think mums to be will welcome this change. Which

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reminds me of some of the forceful breast-feeding campaigns that get

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mounted now and if you can't breast-feed or you don't want to you

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feel like you are a second-rate mum. Yes, I am delighted to see this

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story because I think a lot of the instructions that women get about

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how to give birth on how to breast-feed and how to bottle feed

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on whether to bottle feed, it is all built up into a huge commercial and

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public health enterprise that goes into telling mums that they are

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doing it wrong, everything they do they are doing it wrong. It would be

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nice to be told actually once in awhile that you are doing your best.

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If you need an epidural or a Caesarean or you need to use

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bottles, you're not a bad person, you will not harm your baby, quite

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the opposite. You are doing the best thing for your health and the baby

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's health and it is really time for the medical and a lot of other

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people to think about the extent to which they are bullying new mothers

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at a time when frankly they are not in the mood for fun and games. No,

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you are feeling pretty vulnerable, aren't you? I had a fantastic health

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visitor who said, do you think you're doing the right thing? And I

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said, I think so, and she said, then you are. Carry on! Eminently

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sensible and I have always been grateful to her. The Daily

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Telegraph. Unconditional offers being an out left and right and

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centre. It means you don't have to get particular grades to get a

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place. Didn't work like that in my day! Normally. The story is saying

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that universe have such pressure to have students on the books that they

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dish out a lot more unconditional offers than they once were.

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Unconditional offers from Edinburgh have trebled from 2012. You would

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feel pretty lucky to get a place at Edinburgh without having to hit

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those targets. Exactly! For Birmingham the rate has doubled

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apparently and it raises concerns about standards. There have always

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been unconditional offers and about to some, if you have particularly

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impressed them. And it it's a different system in Scotland because

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you are a bit younger and you have another year to do your hires. I

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have to say that this is another story about universities that is

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negative that we have had over the past few weeks and we have had a lot

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of discussion about university pay particularly. You know, students are

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now having to pay ?9,000 a year in tuition fees. If you wonder where it

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is going, it is going to pay vice chancellors who are earning ?450,000

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a year. The Bath University Vice Chancellor, there were some

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information that yesterday, some details about pay, where there is

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hundreds of university staff earning more than ?200,000 a year and some

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are earning over ?800,000 a year and they can be clinicians working in

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Oxford but also lecturing so I put that caveat in there but they have

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two fail and once you have that money coming in Europe to keep it

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coming in and Europe to keep people coming in and so I do not think that

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this is the last story we will see of this sort. The sun has an

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exclusive shock poll. Most Brits want King William. They want to

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leapfrog over Charles. Are you surprised? I will not answer that.

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Does it surprise you. Guild we have had a few weeks of extensive

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coverage of Princess Diana and her life and controversial programmes on

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the television this week and out of 2000 people who were surveyed in

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this case quarters said that they had seen the programme and that they

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wanted Prince William which is fairly obvious and more than half

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backed him as the next king and only one fifth think it should be Prince

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Charles. It is not done on opinion polls though, is it? I thought the

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whole idea was that it is immutable and you cannot just pick and choose,

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so I find this poll quite interesting. Pointless ultimately?

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Yes, possibly. Over half of the Brits wanted to be William, fine,

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but one statistic that caught my eye is that 11% wanted to be Harry and

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14% say no one. Sorry, Harry! That is a bit of a poke in the eye. No

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one at all. I don't have that is Jeremy Corbyn! I am not sure if it

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will make any difference but it will not be nice breakfast reading for

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Prince Charles. He has waited for such a long time! The Times, page

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seven. Police resignations double in a four years. Why are so many people

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leaving the force? They are fed up and worried about safety and

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resources and this is what the story is saying. It is a Freedom of

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information request posed by the Times which has Leal -- which has

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yielded this information. The number of police officers or police staff

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quitting is at a record high and it has doubled since 2011 on what the

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story is saying that while certain types of crime on the up police

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numbers are at a 30 year low and it is important to note that the number

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of resignations that we are seeing is in addition to those retiring.

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This is a fair number of people and it does add to this growing chorus

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of calls for Amber Rudd the Home Secretary to pump more money into

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the police force. If they are overstretched stress levels and

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sickness levels rise and there stresses and strains keep growing.

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We forget what we are asking police officers to do on a daily basis,

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which is put their lives on the line to protect the rest of us and there

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is an example here of a gentleman, a university graduate, who joined the

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Met at 2009 and was fired up to be a constable and DeWitt and five years

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later he has quit because he is beleaguered and demoralised. There

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is talk of cuts and obviously Theresa May gave a speech a couple

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of years ago which was Home Secretary where she spoke about

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reshaping the Police Federation and wanting them to stop moaning but you

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have the cuts and the difficulties there, and you have the fact that

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when you join you know you have 30 years, and you resign at the end of

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it and you have a nice pension but you also have the loss of experience

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and knowledge that just vanishes when they leave and that experience

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and knowledge is really vital and it really needs to be there to bring up

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the younger officers. A lot of those new recruits certainly won't be

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staying for 30 years, by the look of things. The FT, tax burden and

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landlords turn to Manchester, so if you have a few quid and you want to

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buy to let, head north. Actually, cherie Blair, and her son Euan,

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quite a few years ago they bought up blocks of flats in Manchester just

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to do that. They spotted the hotspot that Manchester clearly years now.

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There is the BBC and a lot of other organisations joining and it is

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clearly very popular and more affordable. A lot of people now are

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not coming to London anymore, graduates coming to London because

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rents are pretty unaffordable but actually you can go somewhere like

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Manchester where you can enjoy all of the features of a big city,

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concerts and culture and everything else, but it is a bit cheaper. A bit

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cheaper, but there is the stamp duty cost of putting investors. The

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Conservatives have said if they do not disagree about it it will cost

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votes. Apparently London has always had roughly three times the number

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of buy to let mortgages as other cities like Manchester but actually

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the rate of new buy to let mortgages in London as half since 2016 and it

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is very much about the new tax that is placed on purchasing new

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properties so, yes, there are a lot of people desperately searching

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around London for the last cheap property that they can buy and rent

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out to some poor and unsuspecting soul. Actually, Lachlan was saying,

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may be better off just looking outside London altogether. Whether

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this is a good thing for renters in cities outside London is a whole

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other question, but nonetheless it is difficult to stop the market

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forces once they are in place. People with money to spam will look

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for a good place to invest it. Let us look at a back page. Mo Farah 's

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last lap. We move onto Guardian. Thank you. He warms up for the final

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tilt at track gold. He is running tomorrow night in the 5000 metres

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and the crowd will be in fine voice no doubt, to see it. Yes, I am

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running five K tomorrow as well but I doubt it will be quite so exciting

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and it will be nowhere near as fast. This is a big opportunity for the

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nation to bid farewell to Mo Farah. This is his last turn on the track

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before he has a more relaxing life running marathons or something. He

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won the 10,000 metres a week ago when going for the 5000 metres

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tomorrow and it is hugely exciting because he is purely any person who

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has won anything for us. There was that. A bit of a dearth of medals.

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They were hoping for between six and eight. Not so good. We have been

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watching him for about seven years now. This was the third gold that he

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took in the 10,000 metres this week, I think. Brendan Foster described

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him as a ruthless running machine and Paula Radcliffe said it was one

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of the best races he has run and there was a great picture of him

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with his cheeky smile so I don't think there will be any booing in

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the stadium when he starts the race. That is the problem. When you have

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had a fantastic generation of athletes, who we watched in 2012 in

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London at the Olympics, and it is great to see them back in London for

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this, but you get used to that level of success, don't you? And in Rio as

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well. But eventually they have to retiring to have to replace them and

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give them time. Yes, teams need time to renew and I was lucky enough to

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get the stadium twice this week to see the sport and it was fantastic

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and, yes, there are a number of events where the British team came

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forth and from where I was sitting there was no lack of support for

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these guys earned huge admiration for some seriously plucky efforts.

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These were underdogs that way of running their hearts out and I think

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the crowd was absolutely with the man they have some faith that they

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can come through for us next time. Is it apart from that you are doing

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tomorrow? I am obsessed with park runs. They are a bit early for me

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after a late Friday night and that is my excuse. No is the only

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medallist at these championships. I think we did say that. I did say

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that. Thank you, Amanda, she sent me a message to make sure that we know.

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There was no escaping here, it is a goldfish bowl! Let us finish with

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Page three of the holiday -- Daily Express. It is holiday season. I

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hope you're going with someone more cheerful than this if you are going

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on holiday. This is a woman on Mumsnet complaining about the extent

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of this man's dissatisfaction with being away on holiday. He has not

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been told that nobody likes a man on holiday or otherwise. His complaints

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were being too hot, the beach being to Sandy, mountain is being too

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stony and foreign chocolate being not a patch on British. That is a

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reasonable complaint I think. Defends Warriors in Europe. Belgium

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maybe not. Switzerland. He would be happy there. I think she should go

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on holiday with a friend instead of him. It sounds like he has been

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complaining about some pretty interesting stuff and the story says

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that what makes it worse is that he chose to resort himself. There was

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clearly no pleasing some people. My favourite complaint of his is that

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he doesn't like being told things by people, i:e., the tour guide with

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expert knowledge. Brilliant. He should be sent on a coach trip. You

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can stay at home next year. He should come away with us, we would

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have a great time. Don't forget you can see the front

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pages of The Papers online It's all there for

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you seven days a week. And if you miss the programme any

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evening you can watch it Good luck tomorrow morning. Make

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sure you do your stretches. The weather is coming up

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