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

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

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

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

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Independent. The Independent has a picture of

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lawyers on strike outside Parliament. Its main story - the

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

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

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spy who targeted Stephen Lawrence's parents.

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

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coma. The Express says Lib Dems are

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proposing policies which would relax immigration rules.

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

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offence under Government plans. The Guardian says Ofsted is drawing

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

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

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

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

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spies snooped on Lawrence marriage. This gives further details about

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

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

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

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

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surveillance that was going on by this officer from the Special

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Demonstration Squad was just incredible, looking into the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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are still feeling the pinch. Presumably these OAPs have children

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Exactly. The Conservatives are perceived to have a problem with

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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making themselves different from the Conservatives. It is

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differentiation, but that is what the Liberal Democrat conference

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

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to be quite offbeat policies, unusual policies for a mainstream

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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sometimes driving Russian army trucks, and just happen to be

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stephen Lawrence. Coming up next, Sportsday.

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