02/06/2013 Sunday Politics West


02/06/2013

Andrew Neil and David Garmston with the latest political news, interviews and debate, including the latest on the lobbying scandal with Francis Maude and Jim Murphy.


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disgraced MPs, since then, nothing, the West Country. Farmers lobby the

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politicians at the Bath and West Show, but do they have too much

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 2448 seconds

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just for us here in the West. Coming up call on how farmers are looking

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to the coalition government to make their lives better. With an imminent

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col of badgers and promises to start dredging rivers, are farmers getting

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too much of their own way? We are joined by the conservative for

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Swindon and the live then. Duncan, you are a close colleague of Nick

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Clegg, what is life like at the top? It is pretty hectic. There is

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always alive issue. He gets involved in things right at the top of and.

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There is always something to be sorted out. How does he deal with

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the pressure? He makes sure he has a team of ministers he can rely on to

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take care of business in the departments. One of the main themes

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in this programme is about leadership, does David Cameron and

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have two chicken with Nick Clegg all of the time? -- to check in. David

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Cameron was the first conservative to win an election since 1982. It is

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all to play for, he has the attention to be a great leader. --

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potential. Was it right for him to be photographed in the sunshine in

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Spain with everything going on? is a family man. He should not look

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shattered. He has two have some normal life. Now rule up he bailed

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for a story about normal country folk. Farmers have been gathering at

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the Bass and West show. What is the relationship between farmers and

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government? Have a look at this. A rally to tell farmers they have got

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it wrong and the countryside. A ban on hunting with hounds still stands.

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Money that farmers get for reducing milk still continues. Bovine to back

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scissors another thing for farmers to complain about when they get

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together. This is one of the premier agricultural shows. It demonstrates

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our strong attachment to farming. 70% of written's land is used for

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agriculture. -- Britain's land is used for agriculture. A deputy

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minister met lease and discussed the badger cull, that has boasted

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interest in the coalition among the NFU. We argued with the previous

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government about the importance of culling badgers and they refused to

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do that. At least now we have the determination from the coalition

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government to do that. Neither is a bit more understanding. Farmers are

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typically unsure of politicians, could that have changed? It are some

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promising signs coming from government. Compared to the previous

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government they are an enormous help. We have got younger MPs and

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countrymen who are prepared to listen and talk. It is better

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because they actually listen, they just do not do anything, the last

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government did not listen at all! Farmers say there would be less

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flooding if local rivers were dredged. Last week we got the

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greatest tent that money would be found. I was keen to impress on him

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that we need to do something about maintaining the waterways. Make sure

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that they are Rob Lee maintained and dredged so that the real increase in

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capacity and get what week worker. -- properly maintained. Government

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policy in the countryside will be severely tested in the weeks and

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months ahead. Positive results might take longer to be heard. Let us pick

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up on a couple of those points. Conservative MPs are sometimes seen

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as being in the pockets of farmers. Is that fair? I represent probably

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one of the most urban parts of the south-west. We saw last year when it

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was about the price of milk and many farmers possibly going out of this

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mess, consumers actually supported pricing creases. There is goodwill

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out there. Given that farming contributes less than 1% of the

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GDP, isn't it true that politicians listen more than that might suggest?

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The takeover 70% of the land so that is appropriate. What about the cull

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on badgers? This is an issue that is so important and we have to look at

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all the issues available. Do you follow the Conservatives doing what

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they want? I find that constituents who are not farmers want a healthy

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agricultural sect as part of the stronger economy. The proudest thing

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that government has done for farmers is an act of Parliament which will

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mean we have someone making sure small farmers are not taken

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advantage of by the very powerful supermarkets. You wanted but called

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to stop bullying of farmers, has that happened? There is an

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adjudicator who will be able to fine supermarkets if they are having an

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adverse effect on farmers. You will have to look hoarsely to see how it

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works over the next couple of years. Who else get that kind of

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protection? There was clearly a balance of power in food retail

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versus agriculture, it had clearly to very strongly in one direction

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and we needed something done about it. They might seek to a farmer we

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want you to completely grow apples and then halfway through the season

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see apples are not selling any more that is tough luck to you. In the

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day they could have gone through the courts. You listen to the NFU but

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not other unions quite so much. is all other trades people who sell

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their goods to supermarkets. It is important we have that balanced

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economy. People in this country want to see the brutal economy a strong.

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We will park our tractors and move on to account issue. The honeymoon

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period seems to be over for the Bristol mere over residents parking

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zones. The mere insists he is showing strong readership to tackle

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the clock on street but others say he is acting like a dictator.

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Gridlock on Driscoll was Mike Rhodes is an all too familiar sight. It is

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one of the longest in the country and there is illusion. There are

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plans to roll out restricted parking zones across the inner-city weather

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able want them or not. Businesses and residents will have two p for a

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permit while others have 2p and display. Small traders and

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shopkeeper is no fear for their livelihoods. I think it will affect

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all businesses. If the cost of permits remains the same it is a 5%

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increase on your rates. Now the there's another Jackson Merrett on

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parking. It is a taxation. It will be �48 to part one car, another 96

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for the second. Traders are allowed up to five permits for their

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customers at 500 pounds each. Some are now taking legal advice on

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withholding the business rates. we start with folding money, it does

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not mean not being money but it can go to a holding account administered

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by a solicitor with all our reference numbers on. If traders

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started doing that and got together it would be very interesting.

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streets away via a pilot system has been brought in traders with

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experience of parking outside the shops have a different view. It is

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far more easy to park around here than when commuters used to park for

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the duty should of the working day. On the streets the opinion is

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divided. I think it is an excellent idea. I lived in Newcastle and when

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residents parking Key meant it encouraged people to use buses.

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Residents could park outside their houses and it made for a more

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relaxed atmosphere. Bristol is poaching with cars. I have groups of

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students, up to eight at a time, they will not want to pay for

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parking and I think I will lose income. I think the way it is being

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gone around is it tweaked ordeal. have not been consulted which is why

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people feel frustrated. It is those claims of steamrollering through

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lands and being Dick tutorial really sting for Amir who wants to be seen

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to be listening. People regard our roads as unsafe and and fit for our

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health. That has got to be appeared to those who find that shop seeing

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customers cannot get to them because of the Lord's being clogged with

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commuter traffic. We need leadership. This city has suffered

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from not having that clear direction in the past. Asking thousands of

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April 2p for parking outside their homes is a contentious issue. It

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could not have happened under the previous government by counsel.

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Others have accused the mere of abusing the huge hours -- huge

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powers in his hands. I am joined by an adviser to David Cameron. The

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mere is determined district go through, is that good leadership or

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arrogance? The there's nothing wrong with being decisive as a leader. In

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good times poor leadership can be hidden but in bad times like we are

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in now it is a recipe for disaster. One of the key attributes to being

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an effective leader is the ability to listen. It seems in this instance

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the man might not have listened to the people. Some say he does not

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feel the pain of the people who will have two coming to town and the four

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parking, put an extra hour on the day. Maybe he is listening to the

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wrong people. I live right in the heart of pistol and a lot of people

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are going to be affected by this. I suspect he will make a lot of people

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in particular employers, unhappy by doing it. It is not the right way to

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go about it. Maybe he is rushing this through. Maybe a key strategy

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as a leader to be effective is to learn from mistakes. It is not a bad

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trait to take stock and say perhaps we are rushing this through and

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could go through more of a collaborative process to see if

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there might be an alternative. see if you can give him some advice.

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I would be -- they take stock of what people are telling you. He was

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not elected on a manifesto, if it was in his manifesto she might have

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a right to do this at it was not. I would slow down, take more advice

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from a wider section of the community. In this age with social

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media getting feedback is pretty easy. He is not short of feedback.

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He never had a manifesto but he had the CDs of visions. Let's bring in

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our other guests, any sympathy for the mere? He was elected as an

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independent. I am not judging. Ultimately he will be judged in the

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next election. In this case he is getting on and doing something,

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maybe that is why he was elected. am not sure if this is how John

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Rogers went about residents parking. He was allowed them. That's right.

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This is a risk of having figures responsible for all city easier. --

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he was a Liberal Democrat. You are working with a leader and if they

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see this will happen because I am a strong character and the drive

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something through the are criticised full top if they listen to people

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they are accused of being wishy-washy. That's true. You want

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to make the right decision which means if you want to do one thing in

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one media you have two do it differently in another to reflect

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the circumstances there, that is different. You help David Cameron

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with his happiness index, remind us what was discovered. At the time

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they read in the top quartile but recently the happiness in the UK

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generally has improved somewhat. We still have a little way to go to

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reach Australia which has imported the happiest nation on the planet

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for three years running. The happiness index based on a number of

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measures was six out of ten and has now gone up to 7.4. Does having a

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parking space make you happy? read somewhere that in London you

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can spend two hours looking for a parking space. I think one of the

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challenges for the mere is to come up with some workable alternatives.

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I think people would appreciate that. He doesn't have two rush into

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this. Congestion charges is an emotive subject. I think if we just

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slowed it down a bit. If he gets it wrong he will be dammed, take longer

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and get it right. Some would say it has going on for 30 years. Let's

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take a spin through the other political stories making the

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headlines in 60 seconds. A new anti-terrorism lease squad is being

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formed across the south-west. Five forces have signed a deal to tackle

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terrorism and also domestic extremism. The police and crying

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commissioners also decided to allow closer working and sheared frontline

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resources. Here is the Bristol mere doing his impression of Lord sugar

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looking for apprentices. I will see you here in nine months time in my

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boardroom, of Newport. -- off you go. He is going to employee 19 two

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21-year-olds. Some see the changes to the police forces could the

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privatisation through the back four. That was the week. How it flies

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past. Let's pick up on one story, the stability of these forces being

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sponsored for what they do. What is your gut reaction to that? I am not

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sure. My police Commissioner said zero 28, let us have someone else

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the the guinea pig. They will have two see someone else try and see if

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it makes a difference. You keep an eye on the numbers but is it so

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tight that is forces have to go out and get a DIY store or something to

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sponsor them? I fear that if we go down a route where some

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organisations have sponsored the police that it rings some distance

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between the lease and everyone else. They are there to serve all of us

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and I do not think they would want to give the impression that they

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have some kind of privileged access to a different group. I am sure

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there with the safeguards but Chief constables are facing cuts under

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your government of 20%. They are bringing down crying. I am sure they

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can make changes to the way they operate and that will be for the

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better. In Bristol they seem to resort very well without making

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alterations to the police service that are negative. What about big

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organisations being taxed and paying for the police service in that way?

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I am keen to see that. But take the Bristol fit all teams, the Jews took

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the four leasing and if they do not pay for that then the police choose

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not to do the policing and the game cannot go ahead. Let's see other

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Andrew Neil and David Garmston with the latest political news, interviews and debate, including the latest on the lobbying scandal with Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude and shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy. Plus Nadine Dorries MP on MPs' expenses.


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