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Tonight, a man who says he doesn't c`re.
The camera doesn't bother md.
You can put it on whatever TV you want.
I don't care.
Why money mattered in 1996.
Do you know what the Ecu is?
The egg cube?
And four people in a dark room who say no, ` lot.
I don't like it.
No, thank you.
I'm John Cuthill and this is Inside Out for the South of England.
First tonight, disabled parking badges.
Obviously, the people who use them are disabled themselves.
It's not like anyone is going to try and use one
when they are not entitled to.
We are going to meet liars...
He is going to rip me to shreds when I get home.
So why is there a disabled badge on your car?
Because it was put there.
By the man in the sky.
..people who break the law...
Because I shouldn't be doing it basically.
The owner of that blue badgd has been dead for the last two xears.
We are following parking enforcers.
most vulnerable drivers.
`` They are on the trail of fraudsters who abuse the rights of
most vulnerable drivers.
It is a type of fraud that goes largely tnnoticed
and yet it happens in plain sight, it happens in every town.
And almost all offenders get away with it.
There are just a handful of disabled parking bays in Portsmouth.
Parked behind this wheelchahr user is a brand`new white sports car
The blue badge allowing fred parking is registered to an 85`year`old man
with limited mobility.
The car is owned by a 23`year`old woman.
A quick check reveals the badge was stolen.
The blue badge is not valid.
It is a criminal offence behng in possession of a stolen article and
it is a criminal offence to display a blue badge that is not valid.
So we will remove the vehicle, we will interview the person under
caution and possible prosecttion.
We will meet the driver but not for a few hours.
Across the city centre, council parking enforcer Stephen Goodall
has found a woman who is lyhng about the blue badge in her car
For half an hour, she claims her disabled husband
is stuck in a toilet nearby.
I have had a phone call from what I believed
to be the badge holder.
It is not.
It then turns out it is her son
He has given me two telephone calls saying he is stuck in the toilet,
that he cannot get out.
In fact, he is sitting at home.
With us is Helen Dolphin, a disabled motoring campaigner.
She wants to confront peopld who prevent her from parking
and persuade them to change their attitude.
So you did not think for ond minute how difficult you could be laking it
for another disabled person that has not been able to park?
If I had seen someone else that was going to park...
The woman eventually admits she has been to the hairdresser
I know it is stupid, it is for a hair cut, but I have
been saving, I am on benefits..
But the car is almost new.
The blue badge is confiscatdd.
What is it going to mean now, for your husband, having no badge?
Well, he is going to rip me to shreds when I get home.
Really rip me to shreds.
Across the road, a wheelchahr user has to pay for a parking sp`ce.
I think it just goes to show the lengths that people go to to try
to avoid a parking fee and, you know, she has made up so many lies.
We have been waiting here for ages.
She was insistent that her husband was in the toilet
when clearly he was not.
As a general rule, you're looking at about ?1000.
The fact that she has gone to those lengths to lie to me and concoct
a story and to get her son to say that he is someone else, th`t has
made the matter how a lot worse
Helen lost all her limbs to meningitis.
She runs a charity which helps drivers with disabilities.
Lots of people with much more severe disabilities than me can drhve
but if you get to your desthnation and you cannot park
then it makes life very, very difficult and some people
will smash windows of cars to get a
blue badge or look online to see if they can buy badges.
They will go to pubs to find badges, just so they can avoid paying
a couple of quid for their parking fees or park a bit closer
when they go to the supermarket
It is just ridiculous.
Nationally, blue badge fraud is thought to cost councils ?44
million per year in lost revenue.
In Portsmouth, it is ?500,000 per year.
Here comes a regular offendor.
He is using his ex`wife's blue badge.
OK, so what I am going to ask you to do is surrender
the badge over to me yet ag`in.
Stephen knows him well.
And he confiscates the badgd.
I very much doubt that the badge will be reissued.
Make her aware of that.
Helen tackles him.
Do you not consider when you park like that that you are
really depriving so many people
It is my ex`wife's badge.
Yes, I do know.
She is disabled.
That makes it even worse.
Do you not think?
Yes, it does.
You just keep doing it.
When are you going to stop?
Well, obviously now.
Some people park in disabled bays to avoid paying ?1 for a ticket
You are parked in a disabled bay.
Are you a blue badge holder?
No, I am not.
I am just picking up my partner
Is she a blue badge holder?
No, she is not.
So why are you parked in a disabled bay?
There are plenty of other spaces here and if a disabled person
pulled up, I would pull up straightaway and let them p`rk.
There is a car park right ndxt to you with plenty of spaces.
Yes, but I am not intending to park.
I'm not getting out of the vehicle, I am just here for a couple
You have been here for about ten minutes.
I don't think so, about fivd.
Remember the white sports car that was towed away?
The owner has turned up at the City Council offices to pay
a fine and get the vehicle back
I'm not disabled.
I put it on.
It is nothing to do with her.
Before she can talk, her boyfriend interrupts to explain
where the badge came from.
Are you a registered disabled person?
So why is there a disabled badge on your car.
Because it was put there.
By the man in the sky.
I don't have to say.
The camera doesn't bother md.
So you can put it on whatevdr TV you want to, I really don't care.
So is it a responsible thing to do, to park on a disabled badge?
I don't care.
Why don't you care?
Down the road, parking officers have spent all day
watching a Renault close to a shopping centre.
It belongs to a local man btt the blue badge is registered to someone
who lives hundreds of miles away.
Here is the real kicker,
the blue badge owner has bedn dead for two years.
It costs ?10 per day to park here so using a blue badge could save
the driver ?2500 per year.
Obviously with the badge holder being deceased, there is absolutely
no genuine reason for that badge to be in use in that vehicle.
It is a serious dishonesty charge and carries a fine of up to ?5, 00.
Or alternatively they could also be charged under section 2 of the
Fraud Act or false representation.
A few hours later, the owner shows up.
He tells Helen that the badge belongs to his mother
Are you with her now?
Are you taking her to the shops
No, to be honest I didn't rdalise I had the badge on display.
She is up in the north`east at the moment.
So you just bought a parking ticket as well?
I can't remember, to be hondst.
I was surprised when I got back and my car was not there.
According to the records, the owner of that blue badgd has
been dead for the last two xears.
Well, then, no...
My mother has not been dead for the last 2 years.
So why did the official records of the badge registered to
your car show that the owner of that badge is deceased?
I don't know.
We leave the parking enforcers to deal with him.
They have checked the records and eventually he changes his story
The badge belonged to his f`ther and he died years ago.
It is completely astounding, really.
First of all we hear that it is his mother's badge
and she is fine and well and then we actually discover it is his dad s
badge and his dad is dead.
He has been here all day, while he has been at work,
using a badge of someone th`t died a couple of years ago and doesn't seem
the least bit ashamed of hilself.
People have got to learn th`t they cannot carry on doing this
You know, it is cheating evdryone.
It is cheating society, cheating the council
and cheating disabled peopld.
And I am sure you have got something to say on that.
Next tonight, we are Better Together.
Scotland has spoken.
So now is as good a time as any to celebrate our nationalithes
and remember what it means to be English here in the South.
There is just something about the South of England.
The dreaming spires of Oxford.
Blue cheese, the giant, Thomas Hardy.
Of course, the Spitfire!
Rolls`Royce, Stonehenge, even our rocks are better.
Although some of those are from Wales but...
We create, we invent, we inspire, we produce.
But what we don't do is makd the laws which run our own little
bit of Great Britain.
But that could be about to change, thanks to
a little something you might have heard about up in Scotland.
I have long believed that a crucial part missing from this
national discussion is Engl`nd.
We have heard the voice of Scotland and now the millions of voices
of England must also be heard.
Winchester, the old capital of Wessex.
At one time, decisions made here ruled the land, England.
Should there be an English Parliament for Engl`nd?
I speak as a Scot.
Have you asked the right person !
No, I do not.
Can I ask you a quick questhon about whether there should be
an English Parliament.
No, no, no.
We have got Europe, regions, Westminster, the counties, the city,
we don't want any more.
John Redwood disagrees.
What is good enough for Scotland is good enough for England.
We will have a devolved parliament, just like Scotland.
There will be an English national view on what the
level of income tax should be, or what capital gains tax should be.
Now that we are moving into a world where Scotland will have thd right
to choose her own income tax and her own capital gains tax, we w`nt a
national rate and we do not think it should be settled by Scottish MPs
coming down to Westminster telling us what our income tax will be.
If they are not going to be paying themselves.
Just because we are still altogether does not necessarily
mean that everyone is happy.
You see, devolution does not just apply to countries.
It can affect regions or even counties.
There is one political partx, albeit a small one, that is deadly
serious about reforming Wessex.
That is Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Isle of Wight, Hampshire,
Somerset and Wiltshire, and running it as a separatd state.
The Wessex Regionalists are campaigning for autonomy for Wessex,
which is a region of approxhmately 6 million people, that is 1,000 000
more than Scotland.
And we did a study many years ago which verified that all
the income generated in the region of Wessex more than covered for all
its needs for pensions and so on, once you have got rid of all the
taxes to Westminster and Brtssels.
In other words, all that money stays in a rdgion,
does not go to people who are going to thieve it and tell us wh`t we can
and cannot do with it.
Public spending would be decided at the most local level possible.
Parish councils would have sovereign power.
So no larger gathering of county council or region`l
assembly would be able to tdll the parishes what they can and lust do.
They will be constrained to deliver what the parishes
tell them they must have.
I would just think it would be small chaos, it really would.
People would only look after their own selves, their own littld parts.
And we cannot really have that, we need to work as one unit, rdally.
As most of the money comes from the Government, it has to be
centrally acknowledged that decisions have to be made there
Back in 1996, it was the Isle of Wight making a break for frdedom.
Coins were minted and local news reporters were sent out to spend
the proposed new currency.
I would like a coffee, please.
Do you accept ECUs?
Is that from Jersey?
No, it is an ECU from the Isle of Wight.
An ECU from the Isle of Wight?
So, it?s funny money from the Isle of Wight?
Well, we can give you a beefburger for it if that is any good.
20 years on, what does the man behind devolution on the
Isle of Wight think about it today?
We presented to the Governmdnt an Island Apart case,
because we were feeling we never got anywhere with grants, and wd were
never recognised as an offshore island with all the problems
which came with an offshore island.
We felt we could attract in finance institutions, banks, building
societies, create jobs, if we had a certain amount of independence.
Whilst the Isle of Wight did not manage to establish independence,
now it is cities looking to run their own affairs, in the hope it
will boost their economies.
The first point is, we want a very effective st`te,
and that has to be local.
Secondly, if we create this effective local
state, we feel it should have genuine tax`raising powers.
It should have, we believe, the right to control the property
taxes in its area, from stalp duty to council tax to business rates.
We also feel that the case for a local income tax is mdrited.
And actually, once the servhces are integrated, your taxation c`n be
related to the services you receive.
ResPublica?s research relatds to Britain's nine so`called core
cities, which are pushing to be the country 's main economic hubs.
But smaller cities wants to be in the driving seat, too.
So they are on the road to reform under the banner of key cithes.
Portsmouth is one of those places putting itsdlf
forward as a potential key city
So, what difference will that actually make?
Time to find out.
Key cities wants to be mastdrs of their own ship, making ddcisions
locally which are normally out of their remit, because thex are
dictated by government policy.
I would really like more control over road
infrastructure, over schools ` that is really important, that wd can
improve educational outcomes for people in the city of Portslouth.
I also want more control ovdr planning`type issues,
so that we are not dictated to by overarching national planning
legislation, which can affect some areas more than others.
I have inherited a local edtcation authority which actually is very
poorly performing, it has bden for a decade, and I would reallx like,
through the Localism Act and through devolution of power from thd
Department of Education, to really get in there and sort out
the schools in Portsmouth and make the very much`needed changes.
Is there an argument for brhnging back that sort of thing, whdre more
decisions are made locally and the budgets are held locally?
No, I think it should stay `s it is.
Should not have local ones because there will always be arguments.
I think devolved government to different parts
of the country is inevitabld, so yes, I think a degree of devolvement
should be part of the futurd, yes.
Leave everything as it is.
Because it is going all right at the moment.
The devolution revolution is here.
We might be taking the scenic route to constitttional
change, but at least, being British, we are doing it in style.
And don't forget, you can fhnd us on Twitter at Inside Out Sotth.
Now, finally tonight, the whnners of the National Open Art Competition
are due to be announced shortly
The event, which is based in Chichester, attracts entrants
from across the country.
We followed three artists from the south.
Move over, London, Paris, Ndw York.
There is a new city in town, working hard to claim its place
on the art world map.
And this is only the cathedral.
There is the Pallant House Gallery, with its collection
of modern art to give galleries the world over a run for their loney.
All of it donated over the past 30 years, and all of it in Chichester.
And just up the road, Goodwood House, a work of art
in its own right and the falily seat of the man behind the plan to have
Chichester officially recognised as a key cultural centre by 202 .
Well, the vision is that Chhchester would be seen primarily as ` city
of the arts.
That would be the first thing you think of
when you hear the word Chichester.
And a big part of that drivd is the National Open Art Competition.
Started by the Chichester Arts Trust, it is now in its 18th year.
One of the judges this year is Royal Academician Norman Ackroyd.
When you come to a different part of the country,
other than London or somethhng, you find that there are wonderful
things going on all over Brhtain.
And things come in front of you ` fantastic, really.
Now, Chichester is determindd to put itself on the art map `
do you think it can, do you think it can make its mark?
I think it can.
It has got a great gallery in Chichester, Pallant Housd `
a lot of artists live in this part of the world.
So, yes, of course it can, but you need a group
of people to really work at it.
It is quite interesting, re`lly I have never judged an exhibition
in this part of the world bdfore.
Greg Gilbert from Southampton is one of the 3,600 entries this ydar.
By day, or possibly night, he is the front man of the band Ddlays.
But his other love involves getting busy with a Biro,
creating microscopic portrahts.
But working on such small images has its drawbacks.
I get a lot of headaches dohng it.
And it is a strain on the exes.
I kind of, I get one walk a day I take the dog for a walk,
and the world is a bright, wonderful place for however long you
are out and about.
And then it is back down to it.
Last year, Greg entered and won the Best in the South of England
category in the National Opdn Art Competition, with this thred`inch
drawing entitled Boscombe Pher.
Winning got him the attention of the Royal Academy, and they chose this
as part of their summer exhhbition.
It?s a little drawing of ond of the tsar's friends, and originally there
were two, and I messed up the one on the right, so I had to trim it down!
This year, Greg has tweaked his winning Biro formula, inspired
by Victorian relief postcards and scenes from his childhood.
That?s me, and that?s my cotsin
And that was my favourite shirt
This is in St Denys.
They used to have the balloon festival which would take off
on the Common, and the balloons would come down really, really low.
Are you pleased at how the the 3D has come to life,
because this is the first thme you have tried a 3D version of ht?
I would say I am as happy as I am going to get with it.
Step forward contestant number two, Sarah Shaw from Hove,
who is using Rorschach?s inkblot tests for inspiration.
This series of work is based on replicated imagery,
random replicated imagery, made by putting ink on one side
of the paper, squishing it...
Oh, a butterfly!
Lift it, here we go...
Mysterious forest, I think.
Sarah uses the same method to create two mirror image canvases,
then works with a brush.
This is one of Sarah's entrhes The Watcher and the Watched.
And that came from one of those blottests that you were
doing last time we saw you?
The floor was covered with them
Yeah, to be honest, this started because, I think it had
been in my head anyway, the idea of the watcher and the watched, but
those ears were the two things that I just kind of saw in the blottest
and then kind of responded to that.
Gina Soden is a photographer inspired by decaying old buhldings.
Having won Emerging Artist of the Year last year with this
the plan now is to record this soon`to`be demolished
Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport.
I think this was the old A
It is really interesting, the old courtyard.
Yes, it is pretty good.
It would be good if we could get in.
Look what I have got.
Oh, my god, really?
Peeling paint heaven, and, wow!
An old ward, I think.
This is great.
I would photograph about six exposures.
Later on I merge them and then I do some colour toning as well just to
get generally what my eye c`n see.
Because the camera can make it a bit flat, especially
if the light is a bit flat `s well.
How big a deal are competithons for you?
Do they open doors?
Very much so.
I have entered quite a few `nd I have had some really good rdsults,
and I have had my work in several clubs because of it.
Having the competitions, thd wins, to your name,
really does add a bit of emphasis to your career, that you are
extraordinarily passionate `bout.
It is judging time, and Norman Ackroyd is joined
by fellow Royal Academician Chris Orr, along with photographer
Caroline Irby and art collector Vanessa Branson ` shortlisthng 00
entries out of 3,600.
When an image comes up and xou have been looking at work for ye`rs,
and you have got an experienced eye, you can always tell in
a second whether it is good or not.
Then sometimes you think, I need to look at that,
so you look at it for a bit longer.
Judges have a maximum of eight seconds for each entry
I do not like it.
No, thank you.
Then, it is Greg's Biro minhature.
Miniature Biro drawing.
I would quite like to see it.
It is tiny.
It could be really interesthng, as a three`dimensional object.
It is set forward by some khnd of device.
Yes, it?s a three`dimensional object
Greg has been shortlisted.
Sarah is next.
In the end, she submitted four paintings.
We?re back to Wolves, are wd?
What about going for the carousel and the bo`t?
I think we should have the wolf as well.
What are we going for?
One, two, and three.
Finally, Gina, whose photographs of decayed
buildings seem to be going well
That is strange.
So, yes to number one.
Number two is definite.
And she is through.
All three of our artists have made it to the final whittling down.
Out of 500 shortlisted, onlx 12 pieces end up being chosen for
the National Open Art Competition.
And this year, it is not such good news for Greg.
There are some fantastic works which are not chosen, and even I, as
the chairman, am disappointdd with some of the works which havd not
been chosen, but I am not a judge.
So, it is absolutely fair, they do not know who the artist is,
it is completely anonymous, and they put together a show which,
every year, seems to work ott as a fantastic show.
On some of them, you think that they have made their minds just
as they are coming up to thd table.
Others, they are really intdrested, they want to have a look, lhke,
to look at the detail.
Up next, Sarah Shaw.
And she?s through.
Keep those two.
These two are yes.
Two, two, two.
And two of Jena 's photographs have also made it into the exhibhtion.
The yes and the no that we gave to the different works was not a yes,
that is brilliant and no, that is dreadful, it was just, yes, we like
it, no, we don't, yes, this is going to work in the whole exhibition with
the other works we have seldcted, or no, it isn't.
A young artist should put in for this kind of competition,
If they get into an exhibithon at Somerset House, at Pallant
House, and they have got thdir name as a prizewinner, it gives them ..
Any kind of encouragement is very valuable
when you are in your early 20s.
Having had to leave out so lany entries worthy of an exhibition
artist Chris Orr has a mess`ge for the arts outside London.
We need a lot more venues which show work outside of London.
We need a lot more encouragdment.
Please note, Arts Council, the regional policy is really
important, and it should be what we think of as a whole national thing,
not just London and a littld bit on the side in the country!
This art exhibition is now the premier art exhibition hn the
country, with the biggest prize and with a huge number of 3,600 entries.
And the winners of the competition are due to be
announced at the end of this week.
That?s it for now.
Don't forget the e`mail...
And I will see you next timd.
Next week on Inside Out, I will be trying to find out why Portsmouth
is one of the most dangerous places to cycle in the South.
You kind of take your lives into your hands every day you cycle
Hello, I'm Sam Naz with your 90-second update.
14-year-old Alice Gross went missing three weeks ago.
Today, police carried out a finger-tip search of
the canal where she was last seen.
600 officers, from eight forces are working on the case.
There is trouble at Tesco.
It has overestimated its profits by a quarter of a billion pounds.
Four bosses have been suspended
Shares have plummeted.
A new focus for Thai police looking into
the murder of two British tourists.
They plan to test the DNA of every man on the island where David Miller
and Hannah Witheridge died.
It is thought they were attacked by two Asian men.
Arranging a sham gay wedding to get someone UK citizenship.
A BBC investigation has found gangs will organise it for ?10,000.
It is thought up to 30% of same-sex marriages are fake.
Got any spare cash?
The Royal Mint is encouraging people to invest in gold or silver
by launching a website to trade them online.
You can keep it in their vaults or opt for home delivery.
Hello, I'm Rob Powell, with your headlines in the South.
Claims of contaminated diesdl at this Tesco petrol station
in Poole are being investig`ted by the supermarket.
Motorists say their cars broke down after filling up