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winter, it is just a case of when. -- of FIFA. We will also have the

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latest action from the lakeside. Welcome to our look ahead to what

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the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are Beth Rigby,

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political editor at the Financial Times, and the freelance journalist

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John Kampfner. We are good to start with the independent which has this

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headline... The Telegraph says coalition

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planning reforms are causing physical harm to the countryside.

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And the Daily Express says Britain is in for a blast of Siberian snow

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after a week of flooding. The Guardian also leads on the Mark

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Duggan inquest. The Daily Mail has a striking image from outside the

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inquest. We are going to stalk with a story

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which has dominated the headlines this afternoon and this evening, the

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Mark Duggan inquest. A lot of people I think are still, despite a lot of

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analysis in the media, and I do not know why we have got that flooding

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picture, scratching their heads, wondering how it can be that a jury

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can find that this man did not have a gun at the time he was shot, and

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yet he was lawfully shot. No, this is the conclusion of three months of

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deliberation, that there has not been an unlawful killing verdict,

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and as you said, he did not have a gun when he was shot, there was not

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a gun in his hand, and yet, there has not been any punishment or

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verdict of unlawful killing. As the family said tonight, there is no

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justice and no peace. So, an attempt to draw a line under this matter has

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left unanswered questions. This is not going to go away, and I wonder

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whether it will though couple more tensions within Tottenham in the

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coming weeks, as the implications of what has happened are played out.

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Partly, John Kampfner, part of the reasoning in people's minds in terms

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of understanding what is going on is because they do not trust the police

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anyway. Yes, and the police have formed. There was the Jean Charles

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de Menezes case the killing of Ian Tomlinson and others, and there is

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the question not just of what happens, but in this case, there

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seems to have been some question marks over the evidence come and the

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placing of the minicab involved afterwards, and the role of the

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supposedly independent police complaints commission. There are

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still a lot of questions. It saddens everybody to say it, because any

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healthy democracy needs, does not just want, it needs a police force

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which is credible and which has universal trust across all

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communities, and even if you look, a completely separate case, but the

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Andrew Mitchell case, involving the former Conservative Cabinet

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Minister, that threw up early different questions about the

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credibility of the police. This is really a moment for all parties to

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grapple with police process, as much as what happens after an incident,

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regrettable as it is, about the killing of one person, but the whole

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process of engagement before and after. Interestingly, tonight,

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Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Met Commissioner, has come out and said,

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in the future, firearms policemen will work cameras on them when they

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go into these situations and incidents, so that there is video

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evidence. There is a feeling I think within the police that in the case

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of the Lee Rigby Woolwich murder, that because there was video

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evidence, the public could see very clearly what happened and how the

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police responded, and then you can have complete transparency. Whereas

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this is a case where an eyewitness says, he was holding up a mobile

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phone, the police said, we thought he was holding a gun. A gun emerges

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in the grass, did he throw the gun, was the gun placed there? It is the

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police's word against an eyewitness, and it does not give the family any

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piece. Yes, officers wearing cameras is something which happens in a very

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interesting report we have had this morning, where one US police officer

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was cleared, exonerated, because the video footage really showed him give

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a warning to the perpetrator, showed the perpetrator had a weapon, and

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the officer fired. That God forbid, if our police ever became anything

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close to the American gun culture, anybody who has ever been stopped

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driving a car in America, hands on the steering wheel, it is a very

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frightening, trigger-happy culture. The one silver lining on this or.

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The is that people remember, they can name the people killed in

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situations like this because it is so rare. I think the police want to

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improve transparency. They clearly have gone away with unease as well

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and recognised that really, there are still unanswered questions, and

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are going to try to change the process going forward. If you look

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at the figures for the last month,. And search in Tottenham and the

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surrounding borough, 686 cases of stop and search, which is double the

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month before, and apparently, if you are black, you are twice as likely

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to be stopped as a white person. This is in the middle of a campaign

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to ease stop and search. So, clearly, there are issues in dealing

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with suspects in the Tottenham area, and clearly, a big problem, and a

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big headache, in trying to improve police relations with the public.

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There is also an issue about dealing with gun crime and with gangs, and a

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note of sympathy for the police, they are dammed if they do and

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dammed if they don't. Stop and search seems by any standards to be

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an incredibly crude and invasive and publicly humiliating way of doing

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it. It would be great if there was a better way of doing it, in which you

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could really tackle gun crime and gang culture, that you have got to

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get right into the heart of communities. You can only do that if

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you have the trust of communities. Going onto the Daily Mail, mayhem at

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the High Court... And moving on to the Daily

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Telegraph... It is already becoming a bit

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politicised. You have got different towns in the way the different in

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the Daily Mail, he is a gangster. As John was saying, the political lines

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are dividing here. You have got Diane Abbott, the London MP in

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Hackney, who was branded irresponsible today, after she said,

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if they believed he did not have a gun in his hand when he was shot,

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how can they find it was a lawful killing? And David Lambie the MP for

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Tottenham, also raised some questions. The Daily Mail, for all

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what might -- one might think about the loose use of the term gangster,

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we should not forget, that was the paper that went out on a limb over

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the killing of Stephen Lawrence, and did not just go out on a limb

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journalistically, in effect changed a verdict and changed procedures.

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So, they have obviously done this advisory, put it that way. One other

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point in terms of the Duggan family, immediately in the aftermath of his

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death, the police did not go round to the house, his then girlfriend

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had to go to his mother to get a birth certificate so she could prove

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to the police that she knew him. You know, over two years, there must

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have been this tension building up where the family feel like they

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haven't been handled properly and then they have a verdict they

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disagree with. That is potentially quite explosive. Just a side issue,

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it is not just the police in this issue going to the press first.

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There have been recent incidents where the CPS go to the police first

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when it is a question of whether they prosecute somebody or not. You

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would think you would heal with the people involved first, whether they

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are victims, whether they are alleged perpetrators or whatever,

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before you start releasing information. That is one of the

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whole question around the leather is an inquiry. But that is for another

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time. Indeed. Interestingly, a trick you see a lot in the United States,

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prosecutors or whatever going to the press and setting out their stall

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ahead of a trial. We are going to stick with the Telegraph and talk

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about the coalition's legacy of rural harm, what is this about?

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Well, depending on your point of view, it is about nimbyism all

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legitimate concerns, if you live in the green belt, about rapacious

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development destroying communities, etc. We have the potential blight,

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or progress, depending on your point of view, of HS2, the high-speed link

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between London and the Midlands in the North. We have questions about

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wind farms. This is a senior figure in the Conservative Party, almost

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telling the Telegraph what its readers want to hear, that those

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people that live in the Home Counties are seriously worried about

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increased planning permissions for building in the green belt. Is this

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something that the coalition, or the conservative half of the coalition,

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should be worried about in terms of the election coming up and their

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core base, people in the countryside? This has been the kind

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of hands off our land thing has been a long-running Telegraph campaign

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ever since the Conservative led coalition set up what they call the

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National planning policy framework. What this was was an attempt to take

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hundreds of pages of planning regulation and streamline it, so you

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can actually get more community development through. The big stress

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for the Conservatives and the Lib Dems has been that this was not

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about building on green belt. What he is suggesting is that developers

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are getting clever barristers, etc, to kind of circumnavigate these

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checks and balances. There is some argy-bargy. There is a housing stock

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rises in the UK. 90% of the UK is not built on. George Osborne has

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done a help to buy scheme and flooded the mortgage market with

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money, so that people can buy homes. If we don't start building more

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homes, we are just creating another housing bubble. Yes, the Tories

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might have some problems in rural areas, with some voters who do not

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like these plans. Not so much so that they are worried about not

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doing it, because they recognise there is a bigger constituency of

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people that need houses. Lets go on to the Guardian. A high-profile foot

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wall has announced that he is gay. Thomas Hitzlsperger has told's he

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was told a big wave would crush on him if he made his sexuality

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public. There aren't actually many British or English footballers that

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have come out, only two, Justin Fashanu and Robbie Rogers. The

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suggestion is that there are many more and they fear coming out

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because of repressionrepercussions. I find it strange that footballers

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are scared of coming out as gay, when all of the polling shows that

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young people don't actually care. Have you been on the football

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terrace recently? That's the problem. And I met Chelsea

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supporter! Is this a particular football issue, or a sport issue? We

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had Tom Daley. He came out and that was OK. The odd rugby player, as

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well. We have to leave it there. We will get to Splash at 11:30. Coming

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up now is Sportsday. Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm

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Olly Foster, these are our headlines tonight. Halfway to Wembley - City

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hit West Ham for six in the League Cup semifinal first leg. Allardyce

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could be on his last legs. That's 11 conceded in two matches for the

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Hammers now. German

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