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the return of Martin Adams, back to his best, in the darts. That is all


to come, after the papers macro. Hello and welcome to our look ahead


to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me Jennie Bond and


David Davies. We are going to start with the Independent, and it is


leading with a leaked report from 2002, suggesting organised criminals


were able to infiltrate Scotland Yard at will by bribing corrupt


officers. The Telegraph says there are concerns for the elderly, over a


proposed NHS policy which could see drugs being licensed only if they


are deemed to be of a wider benefit to society. On the front of the


Express is a man who has avoided prison after telling the judge he


needed to be at home to look after his youngest baby. He has 22


children by 11 different women. The Guardian says thousands could get


refunds from the Department for Work and Pensions following errors in


calculating the spare room levy. The Mirror also features the story of


that adult 22, whom it claims has avoided jail because of his


childcare duties. The Mail says the new on benefits has revealed more


than 30,000 families who were previously claiming sums amounting


to a salary of more than ?60,000. So, let's begin with the Guardian,


Jennie Bond, and the fallout continuing after the verdict into


Mark Duggan's death, that he was unlawfully killed by police. The


headline, stop-and-search could be curtailed. -- that he was lawfully


killed. I am old enough to remember, you guys are barely old


enough to remember, the 1981 Brixton riots, and the 1985 Broadwater Farm


riots. We had exactly the same comments after those, with regards


to stop-and-search. It is deja vu, isn't it? Yes, it did not happen


then, I would hope it might happen now. Maybe this is one good thing


which might come out of this very sensitive and delicate situation,


following the inquest verdict. The Guardian says Theresa May is


considering curtailing stop-and-search. It also has some


quite interesting, you will not find it shocking, research, which says


that over a 10-year period recently, ethnic minority Britons


were subjected to 1.5 million times more stop and searches than if they


had been treated as white Britons. They are shocking. It seems to me a


misused power. My mind goes back to the 1980s, in my case covering riots


in Moss Side and in Liverpool. As you rightly say, this


stop-and-search issue has dogged successive home secretaries. The


interesting thing is, right in the middle of this Guardian story, one


official report found that in over a quarter of cases, officers did not


have reasonable suspicion, as required by legislation, and may not


understand their powers. This whole thing about reasonable suspicion, a


similar thing actually on the motorways, when the police stop you,


you are either meant to have visibly been breaking the law, or they have


reasonable suspicion that you are breaking the law, or that you have


been drinking or whatever it is. This reasonable suspicion thing, it


is so easy to interpret it as you see fit. And it is quite shocking


that they do not apparently understand their powers in the first


place, so basic education of our police officers. And some people


might be thinking, well, you know, back people or ethnic minorities are


stopped more because they are more likely to commit crime - that is not


the case. The crime figures clearly show that we are going to stay with


the Guardian, and we are going to go to another story. Thousands due


refunds on bedroom tax after blunder by DWP. Well, this so-called bedroom


tax continues to dog the Government and Iain Duncan Smith's welfare


reforms. We are told that thousands of people have been wrongly


identified as liable for this tax, including some who now face


eviction. Now, how many people have been wrongly categorised? Well,


housing experts, we are told, saying it could be 40,000 people. The DWP,


surprise, surprise, says it leaves only a small number of tenants are


affected, which could be 5000. That is a rather startling difference.


But his bedroom tax, we were saying before we came on air that actually,


are we surprised that it has survived? Absolutely, it has been a


cook up from beginning to end, it seems. But this is a huge


bureaucratic thing, and the Department has been going through a


massive shake-up as a result of the fallout of the national debt and the


problems with the country's finances, and as a result, there are


going to be problems and teething troubles, should we be more


understanding? Understanding of the DWP, I don't think so! I am playing


devil's advocate. I am not a natural fan, necessarily, of Iain Duncan


Smith, but I happen to believe, without patronising him, as


virtually everybody believes, that his heart is very much in the right


place. And the work that he did after he was dumped out as


Conservative Party leader, and he has dedicated his life to this sort


of work. But talking about the policies themselves, and whether


they are right or wrong, but also, the scale of what he was trying to


do, it was so huge. And you say, isn't it inevitable that there


should be teething problems, and of course you are right. But this is


the price you pay when you are in government. They say they are going


to close the loophole, but they an interesting story on the front of


the Daily Telegraph, fears for the elderly under the new NHS drugs


policy. Apparently, drugs may only be licensed in the future if they


are of a wider benefit to society? This is a really scary story, I


think. It is the national Institute for health and care excellence, the


guys who decide how funding is going to be allocated. And apparently,


they have put forward a draft proposal that basically, if you are


not deemed to be worthy of a place in society, if you are not good


enough... By whom? They are not going to fund the medicines which


will keep you alive. Cancer is one example, where it afflicts many,


many older people, and maybe they will not fund the cancer drugs. I


would have thought the majority of the people who were on the board of


NICE all of a certain age, surely? I am not sure this is going to fly at


all. Firstly, to be fair, we are told that this is a possible new


development. It is a consultation. Yes, and it is the sort of story


which, if you are sitting in the press office of the Department of


Health tonight, you are thinking, oh, my God, what is this case we are


told, sources close to Jeremy Hunt insist the proposal is at an early


stage, and he will intervene if the elderly are being discriminated


against. You bet he will. I think it is a nonsense story. Sorry, Daily


Telegraph. Maybe, but you see, it says in here that in the past 12


months, NICE has given the go-ahead to just one cancer drug, even though


more than a dozen were put forward. I think that is a shocking


statistic. But isn't that potentially to do with the efficacy


of the cancer drug itself? I do not know. If they are now going to look


at the efficacy of the person who might be receiving it?! But it is a


thankless task, judging between this potential cure and that potential


cure, and how many more people you are going to cure, if you go down


that road, than the other road. And it will not get any easier. Who


would want to be on the board of NICE? Moving on to the Independent,


an interesting story, Scotland Yard's rotten core exposed, it says.


The Met isn't the only public institution whose persona has taken


a pasting in modern times. But nothing is more damaging than


allegations of corruption within the police force. Now, this story


relates to a decade ago, and yet, here it is, that Britain's biggest


force, the Metropolitan Police, suffered endemic corruption at the


time. And in the middle of the story, we find figures such as, 18


corrupt individuals with links to the police, including 42 then


serving officers, and 19 former detectives. -- 80 corrupt


individuals. But the significant question now is, is this still


there? And the story would certainly imply that it is, albeit to a lesser


extent, we hope. The Independent says they have spoken to one former


senior officer, who says, that is just the way it was 14 years ago, of


course! There were extraordinary examples in the middle of the story,


that senior police officers co-owned properties, and indeed racehorses,


with a. Who was suspected of being one of Britain's most hardened


criminals. I don't know if we should be surprised by that. -- with a. Who


was suspected... -- with a chap. The wider thing is, were these


allegations of corruption pursued with enough vigour which Mike and


clearly, they weren't. According to the Independent, they shifted a few


officers around, hardly any of those named were convicted of anything,


they shifted them around and even put all the bad apples in one


barrel, in one office, and had a strong management team behind them,


apparently. If you talk to younger police officers today, they are


hugely resentful about what they see as the sins of the past, and how


damaging those sins are to them today.


One wonders what the reaction will be from Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, one


assumed he knew about this report. He was not in the force in 2002, but


very interesting. And a crestfallen and forlorn looking governor of New


Jersey, Chris Christie. This is turning into quite a huge story. And


the suggestion that this is a man, one of the front runners,


potentially, for the red presidential nomination for the


republicans. You can argue, the front runner. A man who would have


been a very different candidate for the republican Party than anything


we have seen recently. And he very clearly in those days leading up to


the most recent American election day for the tea party, absolutely


was treacherous in siding with Obama, as they saw it, in saying how


he had reacted to the problems and the awful storms in New Jersey. And


was offering a much more bipartisan approach to his candidature, and was


thought to be not just a front runner, many pundits think that he


was the front runner. I think it is hilariously could be scuppered by


one of his aides. The specifics of the story... It seems that one of


his aides decided that she would cause massive traffic jams in a


rival's district. In fact she closed two of the three traffic lanes to


the George Washington Bridge, absolute chaos ensued, so everyone


would think this guy was a hopeless mayor. And Christie would then have


it. It has gone rather the other way. It is so petty and silly, yet


is only happen in America, couldn't it? I was in traffic the other day,


what was the bridge? Boris? We didn't say that!


This perhaps makes the way even clearer... There are a few other


would-be Republican candidates. The thing about Christie was he was seen


as Mr bipartisan. Someone who could struggle the island. The suggestion


is that the Republicans have got a bit fed up of the tea party and


their particular brand of ideology. But anyway, it is still not a done


deal in terms of him deciding not to run. But some of the mud is


potentially beginning to stick to him. Let's go back to the Telegraph.


What is this about? Apparently, deciding who is going to get what in


any divorce is difficult. Apparently, fighting for your dog is


quite as bad. Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton went to court over


who would keep the dog. It says that Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson


were fighting over custody of their stuffed dog. It is probably a work


of art worth millions of pounds. There is a serious side. The dogs


trust says they have kept 400 abandoned pets because of break-ups.


Seriously asking a prenuptial agreement? Hey! You will be back in


our. Stay with us because at 11:00pm, we will have more reaction


on the finding that Mark Duggan was lawfully killed by an on lease


office. His family said they will campaign peacefully to get a


judicial review -- lawfully killed by an armed police officer.


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