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appearances. All that and much more coming up in Sportsday in 15 minutes


after The Papers. Hello and welcome to our look ahead


to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are


the former State Department official Colleen Graffy and Kate Devlin,


political correspondent at the Herald. Good to have you with us.


The Independent reports that David Cameron has threatened to veto the


admission of new members to the EU unless they accept controls on their


citizens moving to the UK. The Mirror claims Nigella Lawson has


reacted furiously to her former aides being cleared of fraud.


It's going to be a white Christmas, according to the Daily Express.


The Financial Times is calling the festive period a tale of two


Christmases, comparing buoyant consumer spending with declining


incomes and savings. And the Telegraph's top story is The Met


Police Commissioner's decision not to investigate Nigella Lawson's


confession to taking class A drugs. The paper questions whether it


amounts to a drugs amnesty for the middle class.


And the Sun reports on Nigella's funerary after the court case


involving her former assistance. -- her funerary. And it is with the


Nigella story that we will begin. There are a couple of strands to it


in different newspapers. The Mirror says the TV star is furious over a


sustained campaign, as her aides are cleared of fraud. It seemed at times


that we had a mine ourselves while the case was going on that it was


about fraud and it was not my Jell-o was on trial. -- we had to remind


ourselves. It was not my Jell-o that was on trial. Absolutely. I think


she has not really understood what the British public has thought of


the trial. She is saying it was part of a sustained campaign to attack


her. I think most people came out of the trial on her side, even the


Prime Minister. Much to the annoyance of the judge, having the


Prime Minister making any comments while the trial was underway.


Americans have a new series coming on ABC that Nigella Lawson is part


of, a second series in January. And the view appears to be that they


like her and it will be fine. It has been surprising that this was a


trial for fraud that turned into a trial on Nigella Lawson. She spent


as much time in the witness stand as the sisters. One of the ironies is


that the idea of a cross examination on bad character that the judge


eventually allowed, he had initially not agreed with, but it was the


e-mail from Charles Saatchi that came out that changed his mind. And


we later learned that Charles Saatchi never heard of her taking


drugs for ten years and did not believe it. It is unfortunate that


she ends up the victim. I agree that this is how she will be seen. She


lost her sister, her mother, her first husband. I think there is a


big sympathy vote for her, and it looks like her marriage to -- it


looked like her marriage to Charles Saatchi was brilliant, but it looks


like the marriage was not the best and it looks, perhaps out of spite,


that he sent this e-mail which allowed her bad character to be


introduced. He said he regretted that the e-mail had come to light.


Is there not a certain naivete that it would not get nasty? You will


throw whatever you need to at a case, if you are being charged with


something. This is part of the problem. The criminal justice system


is not easy, not simple, not smooth. Even the witnesses, as she was in


this case, will find that lots of things that perhaps they do not want


to come to light will come to light. It is unfortunate. I am not


sure there is any way to make sure, in this kind of case, when it is


about fraud and these kind of allegations, that you can not have


this kind of thing happen. Also, I doubt Charles Saatchi knew there was


section 100 of the criminal Justice act in 2003 that allows for this bad


character aspect of the case. I am sure he had no idea of what that


would cause. But certainly it seems he regrets it. And it will be


interesting, but at the moment the public seems to be rallying around


her. She is beautiful, talented, she has been through a lot in her life.


Someone wasn't suggesting that one of the things Americans love is


transformation, someone who says, yes, I did drugs but I have stopped


that and I am clear cut again. Do you think that would go down well in


the US? I think it is more, what did she call it, intimate terrorism,


something along that line. I think there will be an understanding of


being trapped in this marriage that was not fulfilling perhaps to either


one of them. That will also be an angle. A final thought on this, she


made the point that her children were effectively put on trial. That


idea that, hang on, I am not the guilty party, not the person on


trial, because the Grillo sisters have been found not guilty. But many


people who have been through the court system will feel they have


been through the ringer, even though they were only a witness. This was


supposed to be a fraud trial. I am sure she did not expect to be on the


witness stand. She did not have council to come back with. Some are


suggesting that for a section 100 ad behaviour, bad character, rather,


that there is a counsel for the witness that is allowed in to cross


examine on her behalf. Let's move onto the Telegraph macro. Nigella


legacy, drugs amnesty for the middle class. This is after Britain's most


senior police man said there would not be an investigation following


Nigella Lawson's confession to taking class a drugs. Does it amount


to an amnesty for the middle class? Would it be different if you were


not beautiful, successful and not known to everybody on TV? I think it


absolutely would be different. To be honest, if you were not middle aged


as well. If you were a teenager, and perhaps you do not have a job yet,


or you are wearing a hardy, these things do tend to influence it. I


think there does need to be a much more honest discussion about trucks


policy in the UK, about what we want our drugs policy to do. At the


moment, to my mind, it is not unlike the Vatican policy on contraception,


where something is decreed from the pulpit but the flock is not quite


agreeing on most of it. I think a lot of people would not be surprised


that a television presenter does drugs, but whether they want them to


or not is a different matter. This is also at odds with Sir Bernard


Hogan-Howe's normally tough stance on drugs. It will smack of double


standards if they are not careful. Much of it has to do with the fact,


where is the evidence, what has happened recently, who will testify


against her? She has said so herself, but that is not something


you prosecute someone on. That would be tough for them. I like the


cartoon. This year, I am doing a Nigella Lawson Christmas. Whatever


that means. Moving on to the Independent, talking turkey, a


seasonal headline but nothing to do with what will be on our tables. It


is Cameron's biggest EU gamble yet, the idea that David Cameron will use


a bit of a threat, will only allow expansion of the EE you if numbers


of people who can migrate from those countries is curbed. -- expansion of


the youth. He has to have something in his


promised referendum, and in-out referendum on Europe. He needs to


show that he has got them to change something. So far, he has not really


got anything. This seems to be the kind of thing he is going for. What


this seems to be as well, and I do not know if you would agree, is a


failure of diplomacy. According to the Independent, there was silence


whenever he suggested this. No one came to his aid saying, we will


agree. He said quite a similar thing in Lithuania two weeks ago, so it


should not come as a surprise. Obviously they are not particularly


keen to get behind him at the moment. But the European Union needs


to solve this problem somehow. They need to keep this ship on the seas.


The problem is that he is going against the foundation of the


European Union, free movement of goods, services and people. If you


start saying, free movement of some people, some time, that will be


difficult to sustain. On the other hand, it looks like Germany,


Netherlands and Austria are also saying, we have sympathy with this,


and we are potentially online. But how do you do that when it goes


against a main principle of the European Union? The potential new


members they are talking about, Albania, one of the poorest


countries in the region, which is something David Cameron has


highlighted, that we should only allow unfettered movement once your


economy has reached 75% health of the recipient country. Also, Serbia,


Turkey and the Ukraine. Turkey will not be that much of a hard sell,


because there has always been disquiet about Turkey joining. The


United States is very supportive of Turkey being a member. The US does


not have a vote, but it is seen as the linchpin between the Middle East


and Europe. That could be an ongoing influence towards the Middle East. I


think the rest of the European Union is not so keen on that. In any


case, I think the idea of saying that there will be a certain period


of time before you can accrue for benefits, other European Union


countries do that I am not sure why the UK cannot do that. That would be


one aspect. The other is that the economy 's reach a certain standard.


Unless they do it with support from other members, and there is radio


silence from many, they are open to legal challenge. The EU is a strange


organisation. On the one hand, everybody has to agree - on the


other hand, well, actually on the same hand, if one person or one


leader of one country says he is going to veto something, that really


is that. The other leaders may not like what with David Cameron has


said but they can't ignore T The other thing is, they might agree but


they are staying sigh epted for political reasons. They might be


hiding behind the skirts of David Cameron in saying - we agree with


this, but politickedically... Let's move on to the FT - Britain's tale


of two Christmasses, people have been spending money but incomes and


savings going down. Does that sound like people are wracking up debt? A


good Christmas for George Osborne, Britain's economy roared into the


Christmas holiday on the back of stronger spending and faster growth.


Ed Miliband and Balls perhaps will be a little glummer. But I also like


the fact of what people are expecting now are sales. So - I


couldn't believe going into the shops now, everything has 50% off,


60% off. Usually you will have to wait until the new year. You will be


kicking yourself if you did your shopping early. Exactly. A different


type of spending one, we look for the deals and the other, is foe


cousin on children, electronics, headphones, and away from clothing.


And people easing off in the last three or four Chris masts and


feeling they can be more optimist why about how they can spend. --


Christmases. They are a bit more, not very. And probably right. We saw


unemployment figures which suggested unemployment was going down, more


people in jobs, you would think that's a good thing but Mark


Kearney, the Bank of England governor has suggested if it gets to


a certain level, which we are not far off, he might look at interest


rates and a lot of people have managed to keep their household


economies going because their mortgage has been pretty low for the


past couple of years. A lot of people are close to that margin f


that starts to go up, even just a little bit, they are starting to not


be able to make their monthly payments. Let's lack at the Daily


Express - Christmas day, snow is on the way. We know the Express loves a


weather story and we like the idea of a white Christmas, or do we?


Would you welcome it? I would absolutely love a white Christmas


day, as long as it is not a white Christmas Eve or white Boxing Day. I


think it's part of the problem with this, the UK infrastructure just


grinds to a halt if we have any kind of snow at all. Not something you


are going to have to worry B I will be missing that in Santa bar,


California, where we have palm trees and walking around with spray snow


on windows. I would enjoy a white Christmas. I think the last one was


'76. I can't remember that. I should be able to. I think it is beautiful


with the snow. I will miss it. We feel jealous you are having to two


Santa bar a bra for Christmas. It must be awful. A hardship -- Santa


Barbara. We'll have more later on the


controversy surround surrounding Nigella Lawson as a witness in a


fraud trial. Now coming up it's Sportsday.


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