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semi-finals. Dwain Chambers also won his heat. That's all in Sportsday in


15 minutes after The Papers. Hello and welcome to our look at


what the papers will be bringing tomorrow. With us, Peter Conradi,


foreign editor of the Sunday Times and Ben Chu, economics editor of the


Independent. The Independent has a picture of


lawyers on strike outside Parliament. Its main story - the


Government's reforms have hit women's incomes four times harder


than men, according to new figures. The Mail has more about the police


spy who targeted Stephen Lawrence's parents.


The Mirror leads on the condition of Michael Schumacher, who remains in a


coma. The Express says Lib Dems are


proposing policies which would relax immigration rules.


The Telegraph says not paying the TV licence may no longer be a criminal


offence under Government plans. The Guardian says Ofsted is drawing


up plans for a big shake up in the way it inspects schools.


And the Sun has Prince Harry on its front page, with a friend.


I don't have many friends like that. Let's begin with the Mail and a


story that has been dominating the bulletins all day today. Police


spies snooped on Lawrence marriage. This gives further details about


just how intrusive this undercover police officer was, who made his or


her way into the Lawrence family, and knew that the marriage was in a


mess. It's absolutely extraordinary. This is something one thought was


over and it has come back again with a vengeance. The extent of


surveillance that was going on by this officer from the Special


Demonstration Squad was just incredible, looking into the


marriage of Stephen Lawrence's parents. There is -- there are some


very poignant quotes from Neville Lawrence. He says, what in heaven 's


name has the state of my marriage got to do with Stephen's murder? Did


they think that Doreen and I had fallen out and one of us had decided


to have our son murdered to spite the other? That is the only reason I


can think of for them taking an interest in our relationship. He


also says, I think they are worse than criminals because they get paid


with taxpayers money for what they do. The level of distrust this will


cause is incredible. You can see the frustration of the family boiling


over. They fought this very long campaign to get justice for their


son and they said from the start that justice had not been done and


the police were not investigating properly. This week, they have been


completely vindicated on that and it has become clear that the Met did


not give documentation to the Macpherson inquiry, and it was not


up front, and this has now come out. Other reports suggest that in 2003


there was shredding of evidence, so there will be some evidence they


can't find. That is the root of their frustration. The truth may not


come out. This is why there will be a new public enquiry into the role


of this special force, the spying force, and the Lawrence family have


said, we are not sure we trust it any more. What is the point? Lord


Condon, former head of the Met, was saying today that he knew nothing


about the Special Demonstration Squad and if he had done he would


have stopped it. That beggars belief, doesn't it? How can you have


an organisation where something like that is going on and the bust is


going on and the borstals not know? Extraordinary. -- the boss does not


know what is going on. Earlier, someone was saying that if the


evidence is missing, what can we do? The enquiry has to be


forward-looking to set out rules for what can be done and what cannot be


done by undercover officers. The most important thing is that they


try to establish what has happened. We are seeing that they are starting


to look back properly for the first time, probably. The head of


counterterrorism, Richard Walton, who was removed from his position on


that particular force today, because of his links with the special


demonstration force, and links with Macpherson, and the fact that he,


presumably, was one of the people who was not upfront. So I think they


are finally saying, who knew what and when, and obviously not before


time. Let's move onto another story in the Mail. This is depressing for


many people, I am sure. Four out of ten old age pensioners are still


supporting children. Not with luxury items, according to this, but with


everyday living expenses. That is worrying, if you are expecting comfy


retirement. This is the cost of living crisis rearing its head


again, I suppose. What is striking is that it is pensioners. Ed


Miliband will be thrilled you have described it like that. Many people


are still feeling the pinch. Presumably these OAPs have children


in their 30s and 40s and are still feeling the need to pay them about


?250 a month, just to help them make ends meet, to meet their expenses.


It is quite stark. That is what occurred to me. If many of us have


children when we are older, we will inevitably be supporting them for


longer in our lifetime. The other side of it is that children are --


people are having children later in life. Hopefully they are better off


by them. Maybe it is not so shocking if you are 65 and you have a child


who is 20-25. That may be a minority of cases. It is a very short story


and I would have liked to have known more about it, whether it is a


temporary thing or whether it is part of a long-term shift. It would


be interesting to find out if they are helping to pay mortgages.


Helping people get on the housing ladder might be a factor, but we


just don't know. Let's move on to the Independent. The main story


here, Osborne's war on women, the Chancellor's performs are hitting


women four times harder than men, as Labour highlight the gender gap. We


have to start with you, as it is your paper. The idea that it is a


war on women sounds like it is deliberate. George Osborne came in


with a large budget deficit which he needed to get down and there is


controversy about the pace with which he has decided to go about


doing that, but I am sure that was his primary objective. The charge


levelled against him is that he was not careful enough to make sure that


the impact of that was equitable manner that it did not penalising


women more than men. These figures show, from the House of Commons


library analysis, that four times, women have been hit four times


harder than men, which is striking. It is at odds with efforts the


coalition has made to try to make sure that women who have taken time


out to have children, or who are carers and do not clock up enough


working years for a state pension, are not penalised later. It is


certainly not joined up government. No political party would set out to


alienate more than half the population, so I think it just was


not well thought through. I think, clearly, there was a need to save


money and there were obvious targets and no one sat down and did an


impact review of which group would suffer more as a result. We know


that all the main political parties are seeking the female vote.


Exactly. The Conservatives are perceived to have a problem with


women, relative to Labour. The opinion polls show that David


Cameron and George Osborne are less popular with women than they are


with men. This feeds into that existing criticism and will be used


against them. George Osborne has a budget macro later this month and it


will be interesting to see whether he puts anything in there to try to


ameliorate the impact on women. There is a photo on the front of the


Independent, objection, my lord, as lawyers strike outside Parliament,


bringing the courts to a halt. How great is the sympathy for barristers


who rely on legal aid, do you think? I don't know. I find it


difficult to work out whether they are well paid or not well paid at


all, because there is a discrepancy within the profession. One comes


across some who are hugely well paid and then you see the statistics of


young people setting out who earn less than minimum wage, kind of


thing. I know some criminal barristers who have had to turn to


other areas of the law because there is no money in criminal law. There


is a big divide between corporate law barristers and the sort of


people who would be doing legal aid criminal stuff. The corporate side


are very well paid. These guys, less so. Some of them earn hundreds of


thousands from legal aid, the top ones. It is a particularly


well-dressed picket line. This lot do not look on the bread line. They


do not look too hard done by, but the picture is not always the whole


story. The Daily Express has, open door for new migrants. Outrage over


plans for entry visas. This has created a lot of interest in social


media. The lead story in the express is not property prices, arthritis


cure is the weather. It is immigration, which they turned to


from time to time. This is another way of the Lib Dems, if it is true,


making themselves different from the Conservatives. It is


differentiation, but that is what the Liberal Democrat conference


stars. They are unique in that they come up with what would be perceived


to be quite offbeat policies, unusual policies for a mainstream


political party. This is in keeping with that. The mood in the country


is anti-immigration, trying to stop so many people coming in. They are


flying in the face of that. This is something we think they have made


up, this title, made up themselves. We now know there will be a


grandparent 's superb ease. Whether you have to wear an outfit with it,


I don't know. Apparently it lets people come from abroad, special


provisions for grandparents. But it is not that super. It only allows


you to stay for two years. When they get here, they will be supporting


their kids! Moving on to the Guardian a foreign affairs story.


You have picked out this turn of phrase which Nick Clegg has chosen,


Indeed, in order to do that, he says Russia has a very pronounced imprint


on Crimea. I suppose it is the imprint of all those boots of all of


the Russian soldiers. It is quite a gentle euphemism. I think it is.


Just a lot of chaps that have turned up in Russian army uniforms,


sometimes driving Russian army trucks, and just happen to be


volunteers and so on. So, quite how plugged in Nick Clegg is to the


highest level negotiations on the subject, I do not know. He has been


very critical of what Putin has been doing. Interesting that Crimea might


be a different case, there might be some accommodation that Britain


could foresee, if Vladimir Putin goes about it in the right way. Yes,


I think they are clearly trying to find some way that they can reach


the tone of phrase is he, the imprint, recognising that there is a


constituency for Russia in the Crimea. It is not a simple case of


Russia, uninvited, marching in. There is an element of the


population who are afraid of what is going on in the rest of the country,


and who are favourable to a Russian presence. After all, Crimea was part


of Russia until 1954, 50 9% of the population of Russians, it is sort


of different from the rest of Crimea. Moving on to the Telegraph,


dodging a TV licence will not be a crime. It says people will no longer


be prosecuted in court. Before I get your reaction, I will tell you what


the Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, is saying. This is an interesting


idea, but the timing is crucial. The BBC has also issued a statement,


saying legislation is a matter for the Government. However, a change in


the law could lead to more evasion, and a 1% increase in evasion could


lead to a loss of 35mm is, the equivalent of ten BBC local radio


stations. -- 35mm pounds. Should it be a criminal offence? It depends on


your political perspective, I suppose. A lot of people dismissed


the licence fee as a kind of poll tax, which people have no say over.


Well, they do not have to have a TV. They do not, but... Increasingly,


people won't, probably, they will be watching us online. But if they


watch you online live, I think they are still required to have a


licence. I am surprised by the sheer number of people but do not,


180,000, class 70 people a year jailed for not paying. It is


extraordinary. And a lot of them are women of course. We knew you paid.


We have got our eye on everybody. That is it from The Papers for this


hour. We will be back again at half past 11. Stay with us, because at 11


o'clock, the Metropolitan Police are under fire after a new report


revealed that it spied on the family of the murdered black teenager


Stephen Lawrence. Coming up next, Sportsday.


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