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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing


us tomorrow. With me are the journalist known as the Fleet Street


Fox, and Kieron Stacey, the political correspondent for the


Financial Times. The front pages are already in, many of them. The Daily


Telegraph is leading on the Lib Dem's party decision not to


discipline Lord Rennard over allegations he harassed women


activists because of insufficient evidence. The mirror is leading on


William Roache's trial at Preston Crown Court. Onto the Guardian, and


it says Labour will bring in more competition to high-street banks.


The express is claiming scientists searching for a cure for cancer have


made a major breakthrough. The Daily Mail says official crime statistics


simply cannot be trusted. And the times says hundreds of teachers have


been accused of having a sexual relationship with a pupil in the


past five years. We are going to start with The Daily


Telegraph, and a story that has dogged the Liberal Democrats for


quite some time now. Click cowardice on sex case appear. This refers to


Lord Rennard. -- Nick Clegg cowardice. Sticky yellow yes, the


Lib Dem peer was apparently accused of harassing various activists. And


there has been a police investigation which has found it


does not have enough to proceed with. This is an internal Lib Dem


enquiry led by a QC, and the only thing they have been able to come up


with is that there has been a personal violation of space. He has


denied all the charges but it seems incontrovertible. They do say there


is credible evidence against him but not enough to be beyond reasonable


doubt. He does seem to have been a bit of a sex pic, really. He has


been unreasonable. OK, he has been a bit of a sex pig, but nothing as far


as the police is concerned. Nothing that rises to the level of a


criminal investigation and the Liberal Democrats don't think it


warrants him to be kicked out of the party. It is just somebody who has


acted in a terribly ungentlemanly fashion. But Nick Clegg and Tim


Farron, the party chairman, have said they do think there is an issue


here. They do things Lord Rennard needs to reflect upon his actions


and issue an apology and they don't want him involved in the future


developer and of the party. -- they do think. However, you does not


appear to be reflecting on his actions and is looking forward to


going back to work. -- he does not. The issue is, according to this Lib


Dem report, that he violated the personal space of female activists.


So he has been exonerated in a very muddled way. He has been exonerated


from serious sexual offences but the Liberal Democrats are saying there


is something a bit murky going on that you might not like, ladies, but


there is nothing we can do about it. He doesn't want to apologise and


we cannot make him. No sanctions whatsoever. So a member of a party


who has acted in a way that other members think is unreasonable. So


they have completely fudged it and made a mess of it. Where does Nick


Clegg stand? I think Nick Clegg will brush it off and move on. Why don't


think we will get any more allegations other than the ones that


are already out there. -- I. And it is not in any one's interest to keep


going further. That said, I think there is a wider problem here. And


you do see instances, particularly of elder men in positions of power,


abusing that power and abusing the trust. The trust of people who work


for them and around them, particularly younger women. And I


have sat there at a dinner, for example, where I have seen it, and


an older senior politician essentially gropes a young female


journalist under the table. And what was incredible about that, this


stuff happens... You see it in various walks of life at various


times but this man just seem to think you could get away with it.


And in fact did get away with it. But you saw it. They did get away


with it. You didn't lean across and say anything. It didn't feel my


place to say it. Therein lies the problem. Women think they need to


just not make a fuss. Other people think it is not my place, what is


going on? But something is amiss. Something is not right in that


situation and it should be everybody feels able to say something.


Particularly in politics you have the culture of a lot of middle-aged


men dominating the positions of seniority and power. That happens in


a lot of workplaces but especially in politics, where there is a late


late-night, boozy culture for a long time, though that is starting to die


away. It can be quite an intimidating place for many women to


work and you kind of think when women are brave enough to come out,


these Lib Dem female activists, who have done so, put their names on the


record and said, this has happened to me, and that must be a really


tough thing to go through. I'd think anything the Lib Dems have said


suggests these woman lying but what is difficult to say is how much this


crosses the boundary and where does the boundary lie. The police made it


clear the evidence wasn't there to reach the bar they had set for this


to precipitate a Chronicle investigation, but where does this


leave women and politics? -- reciprocate a criminal


investigation. The Conservatives perhaps have looked at this more,


possibly just in terms of policy. But is this the kind of thing that


is going to put women of? Of course it is! You are not going to want to


go to a meeting with pepper spray and protection! It puts voters off.


And it puts people off wanting to join. Lord Rennard's job, when he


rejoins the party, will be on the party committee writing the election


manifesto. They do have a particular problem, the Lib Dems. They don't


have a single female member. One of the things that has gone wrong here


is essentially allegations went through a strain of different people


none of who really got it, none of whom thought instinctively, we have


to do something about it, this is woolly serious. They all looked at


it and thought, somebody else can deal with this. -- really serious.


Ideal with these guys a lot. There is no suggestion there is sexism or


that this is endemic in the party. It is sometimes difficult, I guess,


as a man just to understand instinctively how or why a lady in


that situation can feel and possibly where the boundaries. I am sure the


party has learned a lot. We're going to stick with the Telegraph. Anchor


bonuses. This is the time of year where all those bankers are rubbing


their hands, salivating. -- bankers' bonuses. Tuscan yachts,


except for! Rubbing their hands! But we are angry because we own half


that bank. Yes, nearly all of it. 80%. And George Osborne can, if you


want to do, simply say no to whatever their bonus is. -- if he


wants to. They are going to say, please can we pay bonuses up to two


times their salary. That is a significant amount, particularly


with senior staff. But there is a very good reason to have bonuses,


which is that in good times, do give hefty bonuses and in lean times you


take the bonus of way and you manage to keep people in jobs, so rather


than pay people a lot of money and then have to sack them later, it is


a push on. But it is the level of bonuses. It depends what your salary


is. Two times your salary if you are on a quite moderate one is not so


much. It is the whole package. How much is the whole package? That is


the question. If you are paying somebody ?1 million there is a good


case for saying 500,000 of that should be salary and 500,000 of that


is a bonus. That is entirely sensible. But why do they have to


get a bonus at all? No other industry, really... We don't get


paid bonuses. And then told, you have done well this year. We don't


have the same swings people in the city do. The problem in the City is,


they haven't taken the bonuses await in tough times. Oh, pull them! But


we are only just coming out of the recession we were in. We are talking


about bankers who are potentially earning ?1 million getting a ?2


million bonus. As you say, Kieron, it might seem OK to pay them in the


good times but we're only just coming out of a really bad economic


slump. It might be doing well for some people, the economy, on paper,


but it is not doing well for others. They are struggling a lot. It is


terrible, terrible PR. If we had a serious banking crisis only just,


and banking wants to continue with public trust, they cannot have this


tin ear for the public mood, saying, well, we need to have twice as


salary. They need to change their payment systems and convince all of


us they have changed their ways, but, then again, does it matter?


Because we cannot cope without the banks and they can do what they


like, to some extent. Let's go on to The Guardian. Should the banks be


broken up? Is that the real way to deal with this? More smaller banks,


so therefore you don't have these five monoliths who can dictate


everything? Well, the issue previously was the energy companies


and that didn't work, so why don't have a lot of confidence in Ed


Miliband giving them this morning -- this warning. -- I. Part of the


problem is it is already happening. This is something Europe is doing.


But it doesn't come in for another year and the Government is fighting


this in the courts, so it may never happen if they win? I think it will


happen, we're just gearing up for that. Part of the reason RBS will


have to ask for this is because the EU laws allow you to ask for leeway.


On the Labour policy, this is something that governments always


say, they want more competition in the market, and the reason that


things are not going well in the energy market for consumers is the


lack of companies. Running a bank is not easy, you need a lot of capital.


It is not a free school! All right, OK, let's stay with the Guardian,


apparently the Austro-Hungarian Empire's decision to declare war on


Serbia in 1914 had nothing to do with the start of the First World


War, apparently! Thank God for the Guardian, bringing the news right up


to date, up-to-the-minute, illustrating their front page like


that. This is what Franz Ferdinand's family say, by the way.


The First World War was triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz


Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914, and one of his descendants are said, it


wasn't our fault, you know, guys, we didn't start this mess! The Guardian


has finally got around to reporting it 100 years on, fair enough, it is


the centenary year for the start of the war, but what is interesting is,


further down in this copy, he says, the descendants says, this was


already happening, it was in the starting blocks, the assassination


was the blue touch paper to light the inevitable conflagration of the


First World War. He says, if you have to blame someone, the greatest


blame would lie with nationalism itself, which was really which


started the First World War in terms of the Serbian-Bosnian conflict,


Austria, Hungary, Russia, Britain and Germany, nationalism, and a


couple of weeks ago Michael Gove was doing what? Banging the Nationalists


drum, saying it was our finest moment, a great British achievement.


I am more prepared to listen to Franz Ferdinand's many times over


grandson saying nationalism is a bad thing. Not the band, not the pop


group, by the way! But you might be a little bit sheepish this year, and


in fact over the next four years, if you are related to the Ferdinand


family! They are out there doing interviews. I think this is a


brilliant piece of journalism! Who goes up to their news editor and


says, do you know who I really want to interview?! I want to hear the


pitch! I have got a really good story! It is a bit old, we have done


it before... My news editor would say, if it is not new, it is not


news, and this qualifies. Let's just throw the Guardian in the bin!


Thanks for that, you will be back in an hour for a look at some of the


stories behind the headlines here on the Papers, but stay with us,


because at the top of the hour we will be looking at the decision of


the Prime Minister that he is not going to allow bonuses that go


beyond the overall bonus pot four, certainly, RBS at any rate. We will


bring you more on that at the top of the hour, but now the time for


Sportsday. Hello and welcome to Sportsday, I'm


Karthi Gnanasegaram. The headlines this evening: The 99th goal of the


season for City puts them into the fourth round of the FA Cup after a


5-0 win over Blackburn.


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