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Hello.

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This is BBC News.

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We'll be taking a look

at tomorrow papers in a moment.

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With two of my favourite guests.

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First, the headlines.

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Haiti's Ambassador to the UK tells

the BBC he believes Oxfam

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did cover up a scandal,

involving aid workers

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and prostitutes.

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The charity alerted UK

authorities to what happened

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after the earthquake in 2010.

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That is the lead story today on BBC

News. We can take you through the

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papers and in a moment I will speak

to...

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With me are Anne Ashworth,

associate editor of the Times.

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And Bonnie Greer, playwright

and writer for the New European.

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A general look at the front pages.

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The Observer leads

with Labour's attack

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on the privatised water industry.

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Calling the amount in dividends paid

to shareholders "scandalous".

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The Mail on Sunday's front page

says that Brendan Cox,

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husband of murdered MP Jo Cox,

was accused of sexual abuse.

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His lawyers say he vehemently

denies the allegations.

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The Sunday Telegraph reports

on concerns from some EU countries

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that chief Brexit negotiator

Michel Barnier's conduct

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could lead to the UK walking

away from Brexit talks.

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The Sunday Express previews a speech

from the Prime Minster,

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saying she will set out plans

to make the UK "a truly global,

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free-trading nation".

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The Sunday Times has more

allegations concerning the conduct

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of aid workers, suggesting that more

than 120 people working for leading

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charities have been accused

of sexual abuse in the past year.

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A mixture of stories. I hope you are

both well. Very well, yes. You were

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warming up on Twitter, as well, I

noticed!

People seem to be staying

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in tonight at watching.

It is the

weather outside. We start with the

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Observer. The Oxfam story. The Times

break this but the Observer have it

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on the front page.

The crisis

engulfing perhaps the most famous

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charity, Oxfam, seems

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engulfing perhaps the most famous

charity, Oxfam, seems to be

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spreading out. There were

allegations of a cover-up, conduct

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all senior Oxfam people in Haiti.

The Observer newspaper is telling us

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that the same thing seems to have

happened in Chad with some of the

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same individuals who were let go

from Oxfam, mentioned as working in

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Chad and leading the Oxfam operation

in that country at the time. This

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seems to be... Oxfam saying there

was no cover-up but it seems to me

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the Charity Commission was not fully

informed of the events and the

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charities who was subsequently

employing some of these people were

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not properly informed of the conduct

of these people.

Whether it is true

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or not we know the UN peacekeepers,

some of them have been accused of

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this in times past. This is a sad

old horrible story. The sooner we

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get to the bottom of this, it has to

do with a oppression, it is a form

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of oppression. We need to get to the

bottom of this as soon as possible.

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What fascinates me, Priti Patel was

the former International Development

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Secretary, warned that predatory

paedophiles have been allowed to

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exploit the aid sector. Did she just

find this out, or did she know when

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she was in charge of this sector?

We

have jumped onto the Times

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newspaper. It is the same story. But

it is talking about, almost a crisis

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in the charity.

Almost endemic in

the charity sector. If we have

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someone in charge, the implication

is she is telling us something

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either she has told others and it

did not get through, or she is now

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saying something about it. This is a

catastrophic situation. It has to be

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dealt with. We should not think it

is new because it is not new.

What

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does it do to your thoughts when you

think of charities?

Would you think

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twice now? A lot of people will feel

dismayed and feeding their

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contributions and taxpayer money is

going to organisations that are not

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run in a properly regulated and

responsible way. We expect high

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standards of them than the ordinary

organisation, to be exemplary of

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high behaviour -- good behaviour of

the highest moral standards. The

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Sunday Times leader saying there are

120 people accused of sexual abuse

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in major charities and paedophiles

might be infiltrating the sector.

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That will leave people asking a

great many questions.

I think it

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will be an unnerving week ahead. It

should be if this is going on. Let's

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go back to the Observer. We heard

Jeremy Corbyn talking about

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nationalisation and his hopes. What

do you think about it?

Just as an

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idea? I am of the school who

believes these things should be

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nationalised. Why? It may sound

strange but I do not think people

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should own water. I do not get what

that is about. I understand owning

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pipes but the water I do not

understand. I think trains need to

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be under control of the government.

The problem for Labour is who will

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pay? How will it happen? You have to

get them back. Somebody said they

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will just not renew the franchises.

Is that how it works? There would

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have to be compensation paid to

shareholders, which includes a lot

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of us through pension schemes as

shareholders in utilities such as

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water companies. There is still huge

disquiet in the corporate sector and

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the City about the way companies

such as Thames Water have been run,

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the dividends paid to former

shareholders, such as the Australian

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institution by Thames Water. Thames

Water is trying to put its house in

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order. While we see evidence of

perhaps skimping on maintenance of

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these utilities, people will start

to think, maybe nationalisation

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would not be a bad idea.

Nationalisation is oversight. If we

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have a government supposedly in

charge of these things we should

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assume they are watching out for us.

You put it in the private sector

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because you think it will be better.

It is not better. How does Labour do

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it? How was it paid for?

Does it

make the regulators more muscular?

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We have regulators for these

businesses. Maybe they do not have

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sufficient power to intervene.

Ofwat, regulating the water

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industry, maybe it needs fresh

powers to see the system works. Why

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has it not happened? I wonder if

these companies have not been under

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the scrutiny they might have been.

The bus I regularly uses being held

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up by a burst water main and I feel

resentful about Thames Water's

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behaviour at the moment. Maybe we

need to be tougher.

Talking about

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being tough, let's turn to the

Telegraph and our favourite subject,

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Brexit.

It is interesting. Everyone

is trying to figure out how to

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explain why this is not working or

why it looks crazy. What the

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Telegraph has done is they will find

someone on the other side acres zero

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in on because it works. People are

like, I don't know what is but give

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me a name. They have come up with

Michel Barnier, who is saying do

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what you said you are going to do.

We have a meeting and we have to be

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able to take something back to 27

countries. He is saying, what is

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Brexit?

Is the Sunday Telegraph

basically trying to say the shell

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Barnier is out of step with the rest

of the EU? That he is being too

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demanding. Everybody quoted in the

story is saying he will need to step

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back, calm down, and demand a little

less, otherwise Britain can just

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walk away. Who are they quoting?

Every official quoted seems to back

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up the central theme of the story,

that Michel Barnier is overstepping

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his authority, trying to bring

Britain to the brink. Nevertheless

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it is an interesting thing. The

brink of what? What the cost would

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be to the EU if we just walked away.

The cost will be to the UK. The EU

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did not say get out. We said we want

to leave. We want a trade deal and

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the EU is saying this is how you can

have it. Somebody in the UK is

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saying we want this and that. The UK

does not have any cards on the table

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as nobody wants to be honest about

that.

It is interesting because

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picking up on what you said, Anne. I

do not know whether you listen to

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Any Answers after Any Questions.

There was a consensus Michel Barnier

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was scaremongering. That was the

feeling coming from the British

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public.

We are looking for a

bogeyman.

And he would be the

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person. What about Japan? Japan told

us yesterday, we are here to make

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money and if we are not making

money, we are out of here.

Is Japan

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scaremongering also? We are not

leaving this subject because if we

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turn to the Sunday Express, still

Brexit, but the headline is that

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Theresa May sets out a road map to a

successful Brexit.

What is that?

How

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many road maps have we had? What do

they say it is?

This is another

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crunch time. We keep coming to a

crunch moment where Theresa May will

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sit down and said to them all, we

have to concentrate.

They just had a

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weekend away at Chequers. They had

one a week ago.

It is only one year

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away and we are supposed to be

leaving the EU.

We have to have this

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together by October because they are

coming together in October and they

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will vote on our plan, whether they

want to go ahead with trade deals.

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We have to be ready by October.

The

broader question is whether Theresa

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May will bring together her party.

Those people who are vehement

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Brexiteers and those who disagree

with them. We have been seeing the

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division between those parts.

You

know that the pound is collapsing

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because of this. What I am trying to

understand, I thought there was a

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meeting this week about that. She

had a summit this week about

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bringing the factions together.

Is

this another summit? I think we have

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a speech coming up.

There is a very

big speech coming up and it seems to

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me the Conservative Party is more

divided on this issue that it has

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ever been.

They have always been

divided and maybe now this will

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surface and we can see it for what

it is.

The Sunday Telegraph, we are

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talking about pensions. Savers to be

discouraged from raiding their

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pensions. Who has got a pension?

The

pension freedoms were supposed to

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give us control over our pension

funds. They were one George

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Osborne's largest reforms as

Chancellor. There are now growing

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concerns that people are using their

pensions up too early. They have the

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freedom to withdraw them and they

are not anticipating how long they

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will live.

This is human nature.

George Osborne said when he did

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this, now you can use your pension

the way you like and that is what

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they are doing.

The problem is that

if people deplete their pensions,

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they will fall back on the support

of the state, so there needs to be

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curbs on these freedoms and there

was concern when they were

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announced.

My point is of course,

this is what was said when the

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Tories announce this. What are you

going to do, what is the curve?

They

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did not do that. There are people,

whatever the circumstances, will be

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thrifty. And some people see a lump

sum and will fritter it away and

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there are concerns people are not

realising how long they will live

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and using up all their money.

And

the cost of living is going up. Very

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quickly, the Sunday Times.

Cheating

teachers, what is going on? Did any

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of your teachers give you help with

examinations? Not my teacher.

Where

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is it happening? Why is it

happening? If it is, it is about

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performance tables.

Where is this

happening? Are they allowing

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children to see copies of state

examinations? How do you do it? It

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is evidently happening if they have

to have a clamp-down.

Are they

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getting results and thinking why are

so many people...

? An indication of

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the questions so when you do your

revision you know what to prepare

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for.

If you are a parent and

desperate for your child to get

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through these exams, would you be

happy with that?

No.

We are really

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hard line. I would not. It is a bad

example to set for your child and I

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would be crying my eyes out. Also,

life is not easy. There is a lesson

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to be learnt at school. You have to

work for what you want.

You will be

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coming back after 11:30pm. You can

join Anne and Bonnie and myself at

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the top of the hour.

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Next on BBC News - Meet The Author.

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