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She was best known for playing

Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley.

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Britain is set for its coldest

February week in five years

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as freezing air, dubbed

'The Beast from The East',

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arrives from Russia.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are Martin Lipton,

the deputy sports editor

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of The Sun, and Benedicte Paviot,

president of the Foreign Press

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Association, as well as UK

correspondent for France 24.

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Before our chat, we'll

look at the front pages.

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Following the UN's resolution

for a ceasefire in Syria,

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the Observer carries the picture

of two children in Eastern Ghouta,

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where it's thought hundreds have

died in the past week.

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Brexit leads the Sunday Telegraph.

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The piece is from the

senior Cabinet member,

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David Lidington, in which he claims

that the SNP could split the UK

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economy and ruin trade deals.

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Let's stay with Brexit,

and the Sunday Express reports

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that the Prime Minister will declare

Britain's best days lie ahead

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in a major speech

coming up next week.

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The Sunday Times carries claims

about high street tycoon

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Philip Green's business plans.

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The Mail on Sunday reports

that the Ministry of Defence

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is setting up a helpline

for British troops suffering

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from conditions including PTSD.

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And the Independent has a picture

of the actress Emma Chambers -

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best known for playing

Alice Tinker in the TV series,

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The Vicar of Dibley -

who has died at the age of 53.

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A nice mixture of front pages there,

we shall start. Shall we start with

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the Observer? In the lead story

really for us today was that draft

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resolution that was passed in New

York at the UN, what are your

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thoughts on that, realistically?

Sadly, one fears that not a lot will

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actually happen. Within minutes of

the Security Council resolution,

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which was unanimous and all 50

members of the Security Council

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voted for the 30 day ceasefire, the

bombs started falling again in this

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province, this on clay on the

outskirts of northern Damascus. The

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regime in Syria cares not at all

about the lives of these people, it

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does not, and unless Russia can be

brought to the table and forced to

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do something about it, because

Russia the strong power in the

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Middle East, then nothing will

change and we will have is more

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children killed.

What is that say

than about the effectiveness of the

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UN, what do you think?

Well, there

are very many questions, I mean we

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have had many criticisms, some from

the US ambassador, Nikki Haley, to

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the UN, some from France's UN

representative, saying that if this

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was not passed yesterday or today

that it really could be curtains, I

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mean, for the respect of the UN,

could spell the end of the UN

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itself. It is quite extraordinary.

Let's be very clear, this week of

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intense bombardment, which has

proceeded finally after this

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prevarication because of Russia,

really, that bombing on Eastern

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Ghouta, possibly 500 people, over

100 of them children, killed just

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this week and that is where delay

in, and what is being talked about

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is simply allowing aid deliveries,

medical evacuations, children to see

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daylight, Fred to go in. They

understand one of the aid charities,

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it is not in the newspapers but I

had an interview, they have been

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ready since the 14th of February

when they last went in, but of

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course, they need the ceasefire to

be able to go in. They needed day to

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go in, at least a day to go out.

They do not know what conditions

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they are going to be dealing with.

And bombarded by the Syrian

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government forces, backed by the

Russians, but it is basically Bashar

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Al-Assad bombing his own people,

killing them.

OK, let's turn, we are

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going to stay with the Observer and

university chiefs having 5-star

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expenses. I mean, the figures here

are shocking, I think an annual bill

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of 8 million in expenses by vice

chancellors, is that right?

There an

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awful lot of numbers here but is a

Channel 4 programme but it has been

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linked to the Observer, and these

are the questionable claims made by

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the University vice chancellors,

including a pawn star Martini.

You

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stopped right there that you forgot

the fine dining, the 5-star hotels.

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I did not know what a pawn star

Martini was.

We do now. We looked

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up, we did our research.

We

understand it is called research.

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Apparently, it is passionfruit,

vodka with vanilla essence, and you

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have Prosecco on the sideline juices

well.

Freshly squeezed lime juice as

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well.

It is the only way.

It is

lovely.

And £1600 for one new vice

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chancellor for his pet dog to be

relocated from Australia. This is

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properly scandalous when lecturers

are being told that they should not

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be taking industrial action over

potential cuts to their pensions,

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this is absolutely quite a

revelation, I have to say.

OK, let's

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turn to the Telegraph and possibly

another scandal that will get you

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head up today. What do you think

about this, the aid charities

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scandal? What has really upset you

about this story?

I think the thing

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that makes it very difficult to come

to terms with is that it is clear

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from the decisions that have come

out that a number of charities, not

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only were aware of this sort of

behaviour of sexual abuse

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perpetrated by aid workers in

various parts of the world, and I

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understand that the view was that

the good we do outweighs the bad

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that some of us do, and I can see

why that might be argued, it just is

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not a moral argument that is

acceptable. But this has only come

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out subsequently and these major

charities were aiding and abetting

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this behaviour, they were not doing

anything about it, they were passing

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them on to other jobs other similar

ilk within the aid industry and if

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someone is taking advantage their

position to sexually abuse young

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kids, to take advantage of teenage

prostitutes of any gender, what on

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earth are they doing in this, these

jobs? Is absolutely horrendous. It

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really, you can understand why there

is now a genuine fear among a lot of

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these charities that they are going

to lose a lot of their donors.

What

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a lot of people are saying that the

real money for these charities comes

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from the government, that is their

core funding but they do not want to

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lose the support of the public.

Would you stop donating?

Know, but

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what Penny Mordaunt is demanding my

Monday is for almost 200 UK

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charities to disclose any

safeguarding issues and there is no

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doubt that some of them are eating

humble pie, and this is why more

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sexual misconduct claims are coming

out. But to be clear, on Oxfam, the

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only 10% of the money, I understand,

£32 million in the last natural

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year, actually went Oxfam. They also

get other donations and there is no

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doubt that by Tuesday, they had lost

over 7000 individual donors and

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subscriptions. What is the big

question mark at the moment for

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those charities and for the rest of

us is we do not know what big

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corporations, they are observing for

the moment, are not making public

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that they all looking at it, et

cetera. So it is about the initial,

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a small number of people who seem to

have targeted these organisations,

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let's remember that there is

fantastic work that is done by these

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aid charities, whether they are

French or British, and by the way,

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the British scandal is making

international headlines. But France

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and other countries are looking at

this and I think the most

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interesting thing that has come out

that apart from safeguarding rules

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and the whistleblowers line in all

of that, is very much this idea put

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up by Save the Children and I think

one of the worst possible things

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about preying on vunerable people is

for one person to do that, not be

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reported on and be able to move onto

another charities.

OK, well, we will

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see what happens this demand. The

Sunday Express has led the Brexit

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and apparently we have some good

days ahead.

This is wonderful.

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Theresa May will tell the country

the best day is really do lie ahead

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of us, she will be... Because we

have an ambition. OK. And we will

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have an ambitious future in our

ambition and we are going to make

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that ambition into reality and we

will have an ambitious policy and a

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great relation ship, and the best

exit is about our national future,

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part of the way we improve the lives

of people all over the country.

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Excellent, so Brexit will be the

beginning of a bright new chapter in

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a national story.

Do you feel

better?

And our best days, I want to

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point this out again really do lie

ahead of us. That is excellent news

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and I am delighted to read it, I

think the whole country will rejoice

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in this brilliant speech on the

Prime Minister, who once again

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has...

And when is the speech?

Friday?

Friday, in the north-east.

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Yeah, I am so happy.

That is what is

said that the decisions we make now

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will shape this country for

generation.

The Sunday Times.

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Reigning on the Prime Minister's

parade before she makes that beach

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and before the United front becomes

very public about this day away at

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Checkers, is that actually the

Archbishop of Canterbury is not

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agree at all and is warning that the

catalyst of British introspection,

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xenophobia and self-pity. I had to

say that on the European continent,

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this has been reported somewhat

before. Justin Welby as saying that

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actually this is very, very serious,

he is actually also saying that what

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he is witnessing, seeing and hearing

about is more hate crime, more

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divisions within this country, and

he is basically by worried about

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that.

OK. We have three more stories

we are going to squeeze in. The Mail

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on Sunday, that makes you happy,

does it as yellow well, it is a

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start. We have troops come back from

various parts of the world who are

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suffering from their involvement.

--

well, it does. This will be the

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first round-the-clock helpline for

them to ring for help, basically

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when they need someone to talk to,

to listen to them, to give their

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problems. The mental stress, the

mental harm that warfare does to

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people is now accepted, I think.

People were shot forward in the

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First World War because they could

not cope with it and thankfully we

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have moved on, they still happen,

these things still happen. It is how

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you deal with people, how you give

them a chance to read out and deal

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with -- to readapt to civilian

existence.

They quickly, we have a

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minute. The rugby, who is following

it, who is a fan?

We were rubbish.

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And we, as in England?

Scotland

thoroughly deserved to win, they

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were much better. England's Rugby

World Cup hopes destroyed up at

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Murrayfield. The first lost to

Scotland since 2008 and rightly so,

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they were excellent.

I'm going to

point you to the front page of the

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Telegraph, why did this your

interest?

Well, because I just think

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he has a way off, I think it

actually has a French flavour, maybe

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it is my education and my

sensitivity, but it is basically two

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University academics walking along

and saying if a philosophy...

I can

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read that...

Lecturer.

Thank you,

lecturer. And that is, I could just

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see that as a dissertation in the

baccalaureate. As the Vice

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chancellors make expenses claims,

pawn star martinis and go to 5-star

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hotels, the lecturers are fighting

for their pensions. And meanwhile,

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the poor students who have to do

exams, I do not know if they get any

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money back.

I'm going to say a very

good night and thank you to you

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both.

It has been a pleasure.

This

is water, this is water. Don't

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forget, plenty more online. You can

see the papers on the website seven

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days a week.

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Thinking to both of my guess is but

there is more

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Thinking to both of my guess is but

there is more coming up right here

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on BBC News.

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