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after beating Liverpool in the late kick-off. We will look back on day

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one in Melbourne in the fourth Ashes Test. Andy Murray's return to action

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after back surgery. And we will find out who won the King George VI

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Chase. Welcome to our look ahead to what

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the papers are bringing us tomorrow. With me is solicitor, Michael

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Caplan, and a mince pie bearing Neil Midgley, of the Daily Telegraph.

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Starting with the Telegraph. Shoppers have given retailers a

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Christmas boost today in what may have been Britain's biggest one-day

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shopping spree on record. The Guardian says voters are turning

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away from politics, not because they are apathetic but because they are

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angry. The FT finds evidence that the Boxing Day sales may not have

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been as profitable as retailers were hoping. They say shoppers have been

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demanding much deeper discounts from stores. The Times says civil

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servants are having to rely on private sector expertise to complete

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some of the Government's biggest infrastructure projects. The mirror

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says the Boxing Day sales promote a frenzy on the high street, with

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shoppers spending ?60,000 a second. The independent save the NHS is

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accused of covering up failings at a London centre for rape victims.

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Let's begin with a quick flick through the front pages of the

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papers that are covering the Boxing Day sales. The Daily Mirror, an

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extraordinary figure. ?60,000 a second. All sorts of records being

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broken. Were you amongst them, Michael? I certainly wasn't, I

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stayed at home. What I find very interesting, not so much that, but

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the effect internet shopping is having at the moment. According to

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one report here, people have spent almost an hour on the internet

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during Christmas Day, actually shopping will stop John Lewis say

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50% of all their purchases from mobile devices. It's one thing

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people going to shops, I wonder how long that is going to last because I

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think there's a changing landscape. The FTR group of people who really

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did turn out, they weren't doing shopping online. I think the point

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is you can sell anything if you sell it cheap enough. This is always Jeff

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Randall's point, my former colleague in the Telegraph, what is important

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for a retailer is how much profit they make. It's not how many people

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they get through the doors or how much stuff they flog. If you sell

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something below cost then there's not really much point in selling it

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in the first place. But it does seem that it has been a very good day for

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retailers, just in terms of getting people through the doors. There's a

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lot... This is a great thing for news reporters, there aren't many

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new facts on Boxing Day. When you are putting together the paper,

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there's a lot of... Christmas Day TV ratings, lots of figures, and

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there's lots of figures here about retail. 10 million people, up from

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9.8 million last year, a 1.5% increase, went shopping today,

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apparently. So one in six of everybody in the country. The Daily

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Telegraph says they've spent ?2.7 billion. We don't know yet. Aren't

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these statistics are a little bit made up? They could be misleading

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because you just don't know how much is returned. With internet

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shopping, people do have a cooling off period. I'm a bit dubious about

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some of these figures. Even know it is your paper. In defence of the

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fine reporting by paper, this is money that has been spent today. You

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can get pretty good estimates of that, just from credit card

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companies. Most of this money is spent on cards of one description or

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another. But people are holding out for a bargain. There might not be a

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lot of profit. But it's better than... For the retailers, it's

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better than people not going out and shopping. I just have visions of

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people all over the country sitting there on Christmas night and I feel

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slightly depressed by it. They've got their new tablet, what am I

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going to do with it? I'm going to go shopping. I find it revolting. I

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don't know how people have time. I've been cooking! When I was

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younger, it was the New Year's Day sale. And there are sales during the

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summer as well. Do you really need a Boxing Day sale? It does seem like

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it has got closer and closer to Christmas. A lot of sales were on

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before Christmas. What happened to this so-called cost of living

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crisis? Where are we finding this money to spend? The credit cards. A

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lot of people do buy things on a card. If it is over the internet,

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you have to do it on a card. That has revolutionised things and does

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make a difference. We will see how well placed people to pay the vet

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bills off in January. The Guardian, few Rebus MPs. -- view re-with MPs.

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The main reason for not voting is we are not bored, but people are angry.

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That is why people are refusing to engage politically. This will give

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the MPs something to work on, because they are always trying to

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work out how they attract the under 30 voter. This is another way to get

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a story for the 27th of December. Do an opinion poll, so you've got your

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own statistics to put on the front page. It's an interesting one to do.

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People were asked, what was the emotion they most readily felt when

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they were asked about politics and politicians. Anger came ahead of

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apathy, respect, boredom and inspiration. Only 2% of people... It

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was disenchantment generally. But what I do find worrying is the

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Guardian do refer to a number of high-profile people who say they've

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never voted and will not vote. I think that's sad, because it's one

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of the rights of people. I always encourage everyone, exercise your

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vote. I think that is open to some criticism of these high-profile

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people saying, well, I haven't voted. Russell Brand was very

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outspoken in that interview with Jeremy Paxman, he said he doesn't

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vote because he doesn't think it makes any difference and doesn't

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really bring about change. If we all thought that then it never would.

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The worry is that younger people, because one of the aspects of this

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which brings it home is back in the 1960s, there were three quarters of

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a population voting. Equally, to all age groups. In the last election,

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less than half of 18 to 30s voted. It would be sad if in 2015 that is

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repeated. But there is less difference these days between the

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parties. When I was first politically sentience in the early

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1980s, we had Margaret Thatcher facing Michael Foot in the Commons.

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There were real differences in ideology. Talking about new killer

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disarmament, socialism versus capitalism almost an almost Russian

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version of socialism on one side and a very right-wing capitalism on the

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other. Now Miliband and Cameron are arguing about very small economic

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distinctions in particular. There are very few, very small

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differences, but there are differences. People have to listen

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to the debates between all the leaders and make up their own minds.

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Let's move on to the picture story on the Guardian. Sinking feline

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flood warning. A cat being carried to safety in Kent which was one of

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the places in the south-east of England that has born the brunt of

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this weather. A grim time for a lot of people. Very sad pictures in Kent

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and Surrey, people having to leave their homes on Christmas Day,

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flooding, no electricity. It also brings home the animal population.

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Here we have a cat being rescued. This must have taken its toll on

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animal throughout the whole country. I saw horses wading through

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knee deep water up in the Midlands. And more to come, unfortunately.

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This is the lull between the two storms. Let's look at the Financial

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Times. Cameron's enterprise zones fall far short of job creation

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targets. These targets hark back to the days, speaking of the 1980s,

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when Michael Heseltine was up in Liverpool and creating new

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opportunities and trying to encourage investment particularly in

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the north. Didn't he say that Tories were supposed to be not

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interventionist, but he would intervene before breakfast, lunch

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and dinner? President of the board of trade, as he restyled himself in

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that role. Enterprise zones are a very odd policy for the Tories to a

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spouse, because the are big government. The idea of a Tory

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economic policy surely should be for government backed road to get out of

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the way. The idea here was to create jobs. These enterprise zones, which

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create over 50,000 jobs, it's going to fall short of that. What was even

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more stark and sad is that revelation that 1,000,016 to

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24-year-olds are neither in training, education or working.

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That's where something has got to be done by the Government. Those people

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need to be getting into either training or work. There is the big

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problem that David Cameron has to tackle before the next election, at

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least perceived increasing divide between the haves and have-nots. The

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cost of living crisis. If it's real. There clearly is a squeeze on

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disposable incomes. But it's also a recovery. The Conservatives have

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laid their stall out. Recovery will come through economic recovery.

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Clearly, this is an indication it won't come through jobs. That is the

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worry. Where will you have an economic recovery if you don't have

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it through jobs, especially for the younger people? Now the

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independent, Salmond hit legal reality of Scotland's EU status. The

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idea that it might not be quite so simple for Scotland to be fast

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tracked into membership of the EU, should it become independent from

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the rest of the UK, as Alex Salmond is hoping. He certainly hoping it

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would be. Fast tracked within 18 months and it would be very smooth

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and quick. That clearly is not going to happen. There are seriously

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unresolved issues, according to this exclusive in the app independent.

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There will be problems with voting rights and opt outs. Apparently

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further financial questions. The one you miss out of the list is the use

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of the Euro. As far as I knew, Alex Salmond wanted to keep the pound. It

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will be a sterling zone alongside the eurozone. One thing which is

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guaranteed to make a lot of Scottish people think twice about voting in

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favour of independence would be if they thought they were going to be

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in some way hoodwinked into getting the you wrote. They've seen what

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happens to other countries in the eurozone, particularly small

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companies -- is. It's pretty good for lawyers. On to most things? You

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make sure it is so. I try not to. But in reality, will this issue make

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or break independence? No, but I think there's going to be an awful

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lot more of this as we get towards the referendum in 2014. There's

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going to be a lot more pulling on the thread which will unravel the

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knitting that Alex Salmond is trying to do, of his perfect independent

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sweater. It's a more complex issue. They are all complex. Think about

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the future of the BBC, for example. It is very quickly getting into

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difficult territory about what happens to the BBC north of the

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border, and to BBC services which Scottish people value. Whitehall

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forced to call on the experts, consultants needed to rescue

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troubled projects that have proven to be riskier than expected. In the

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past when consultants have been used that has ended up costing a lot of

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money. My guess is we are looking across the Atlantic to Washington

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and have seen the disaster that has befallen the Obama administration,

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with the health care website simply not working. Those issues of

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competency and can you get the business of government done? They

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are very damaging if you get them wrong. They are looking at the HS2

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high-speed rail line as well. ?40 million written off on universal

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credit schemes. Anyone listening will think that is a huge figure

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around should there not be some kind of enquiry? The hope is that the

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enquiry would not cost more money but clearly there has to be some

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kind of accountability. It sounds to me is that Margaret Hodge is going

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to be very busy. Much more to talk about when we are back at 11:30pm

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with more of the front pages. Coming up next, time for Sportsday.

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