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buying a football club. Ryan Giggs and others are clubbing together to

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buy Salford city FC. Hello, and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are Kiran

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Stacey, political correspondent at the Financial Times, and journalist

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and blogger Susie Boniface, aka, the Fleet Street Fox. Here is the

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independent, reporting on a study that shows that students from state

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schools are more likely to get top grade degrees than those with

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Dominic at private schools. `` than those at private schools. The Daily

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Telegraph reports that savers who are locked into pensions will be

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given a free exit. More on the probe into energy prices on the front of

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the Daily Mirror. The Daily Express says millions of people will be

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better off with a cap on pension charges. Ed Miliband calls for

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further curbs on energy bills, that is in the Guardian. And the Daily

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Mail reports on cats passing TB on to humans for the first time. On the

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Times, a picture of Sumatran tiger cubs that have made their first

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appearance at London zoo. We start with the Times. Alarm over

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in new housing bubble, and dangerous levels of borrowing. Some of these,

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if it is London and the south`east, is because of foreign investors in

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London is a great place to buy property. Certainly part two, which

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is available in homes that are just knew by, but definitely fuelling

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prices in London. We have seen prices take off in the past few

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years. Why is coming from places like the Arab world, Spain, Italy,

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where they haven't got much money, or their assets are losing a lot of

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value, so they are coming in buying houses filled. `` buying houses

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here. There is a big turnaround. People are saying, it might be in

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London, but not the rest of the country. Figures are now saying that

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it is the rest of the country. There are some worrying figures that

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suggest that people are borrowing much more than they can afford. It

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says that in 2005, just a few years before the crash, which was partly

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to do with people borrowing too much money for their houses, fewer than

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5% of mortgages were at more than 4.5 times the income. Most people

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were borrowing less than 4.5 times their income. Now, that has gone up

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to 8.3 7%. In London, it is 17.2%. We now have nearly one in five

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people borrowing more than their income. That it have any choice, do

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they? If they want to buy houses in this part of the world, that is what

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property costs. That is what people have had to do. I was borrowing six

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times my salary in 2005, and the bank let me do it. What's

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interesting is that George Osborne has sought to play down fears of a

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housing bubble, following accusations he was stoking the

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market to create a feelgood factor ahead of the election. Of course

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that is what he's doing. That is the entire point the flagship to buy

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scheme, is making everyone feel like they are doing better. That is the

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entire point of the whole thing! Come on, people! Wake`up! Some

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people say that it is going to crash at some point. They don't care, as

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long as it crashes after May 2015. It's not our problem. Two things can

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make it crash. Buyers who have come in from abroad might start to go

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again. That would take out some of the heat from the market. The other

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thing is that people simply get too stretched and can't afford mortgage

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payments any more. Also, talk about a bubble, the criteria of lending

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has tightened up since the crash. I was able to get six times my salary

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a few years ago, there is no way I could do that today. They are now

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saying that 4.5... 3.5 times your mum income if you are single

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person, you are potentially at risk of losing your home if interest

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rates go up. `` 3.5 times your income. The definition of a bubble

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is now a little more cautious than it was. The Chancellor is saying

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that prices are still significantly below their peak. Yes, but the guy

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who is in charge of the Office of Budget Responsibility has said that

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it is looking bubbly, quote, unquote. Once prices hit their

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peak, it is too late. If they are at their peak, they are about to come

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down. There were to move to flatten it out, so that just hit a peak and

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plummet off the other side. Are they any better at predicting that than

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they were in 2005? Absolutely not, they can't predict growth so...

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There are lots of people now, one of the distinct things about the

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housing market is how many people are buying with cash. The people who

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are borrowing are getting more stressed. Loads of people are buying

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with cash, so we could see an utterly divided... Who are these

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people who have hundreds of thousands of pounds? They are people

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coming from abroad, people who have been sitting on houses that are

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escalating in price, or people with rich parents or grandparents. MPs.

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MPs get mortgages get released on those. You particularly cynical,

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even by your standards, Susie. Very cute picture here, three Sumatran

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tiger cubs, you can only see two of them. They have made their public

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debut at the London Zoo. The population in the wild is estimated

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to have dropped to 300. These will be hugely popular at the zoo. It is

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horrifically sad, and that is what is pictured is not illustrate.

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Regents Park is not the place for a Sumatran tiger, they are not going

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to be particularly happy in the northern hemisphere, with smog and

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all that. There is a very narrow gene pool that they are breeding in

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as well. It is like choosing to save the red haired people or the blonde

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haired people or something like that. You wouldn't be very robust.

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The animals in the zoo population are not the same as the Sumatran

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tiger. They become different as a representation of this PC. If you

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want to conserve animals that are in danger, the thing is to conserve the

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habitat. I'm sure they will be cute, and we want to see tigers, but those

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tigers are never going to have freedom, they will never know what

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it is like to be outside was. There will never hunt their own food, and

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they are not going to be tigers in so many ways. This is a species that

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will breed in the wild. It is not like pandas, that have to be

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encouraged through every single matchmaking session that they do.

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Sumatran tigers do actually have a capacity for procreating, but the

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problem is logging and so on in their native territories. The

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developing world, that is having a big impact on lots of animals,

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rhinoceros, elephants... You think parents should not take their kids

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to the zoo? I think they should discuss the correct ways of saving

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Sumatran tigers. I have done lots of stories about animal conservation,

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so I have a little bit of bias. I think a tiger should be in it tiger

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appropriate place, not a zoo. You are not suggesting that we don't

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continue to keep the tigers we have got? No, but having animals create a

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lot of interest, perhaps proponents of this sort of thing would promote

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people try to go and save the situation in Sumatra. But people are

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making a lot of money out of it, they are spending a lot of money on

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these tigers in London, and not doing an awful lot about the

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situation in Sumatra. There is no point saving these animals, if you

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can't introduce them back into their native environment. It is weird and

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biologically odd. You need to take them back to the place where they

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are from, where they were bred, where they are designed to be

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living, and to be happy and to live their lives out. You can't have them

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in captivity for ever and ever just because you say, we can't have

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Sumatran tigers die out. I had no idea you would have so much to say

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about a picture on the Times. Sorry! Don't apologise, I'm thrilled. The

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Financial Times, this is a joint article that has been written by

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David Cameron and he is counterpart from Germany. Doesn't involve any

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tigers at all, unfortunately. What we saw, from what we know last night

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with the debate between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg, England's role in

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the EU is in flux. David Cameron wants to renegotiate his position in

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the rest of Europe. The problem is, does anyone else want to sign up to

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what Britain was? Do they want to stop immigrants coming into the UK

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and other countries, or do they want to keep freedom of movement going?

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This is the first sign that Germany, the major power, might be wanting to

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sign up to some of what Britain want. He is saying that he will put

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in guarantees that the eurozone countries will not be able to gang

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up on those countries that are not inside the eurozone, and determine

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the way that how markets work. What we are worried about is that... All,

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there will be a tax. The Robin Hood tax. They will say, sorry guys, we

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don't care about what you want, or going to do this. That is what

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Britain is terrified about, they are looking for an emergency brake. What

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Wolfgang Schauble is saying is that we are listening, we understand you

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have concerns, we will be listening is a group of 18 without you, and we

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promise not to cook up anything that is going to hurt you. Which shows,

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despite all the problems they have been with the euro project in places

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like Greece, Portugal, Ireland, how powerful the eurozone is. It is

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powerful partially because it has Germany in it. But you are right, it

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is an immensely powerful bloc of countries, these are big economies.

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As a voting bloc and a trading bloc, it really carries some clout.

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David Cameron is still plugging away at the idea that he will get a

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referendum through an renegotiate terms. Also, this only really

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relates to ask and Denmark. We are the only two nations that aren't

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obliged to join the euro, although we are EU states. All Wolfgang

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Schauble has said is that he is going to be fair to countries that

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are outside the Eurozone, isn't exactly what Nigel Farage would

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want, I don't think. It is something, and we have not had much

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so far. They will seize on it, what they? It is genuinely a positive

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sign. There is no reason why Germany should turn around and say they will

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look after our interests as well. That is the ultimate thing that

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David Cameron is hoping. He hoped that Berlin will turn around and

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say, if the choice is giving you something you want or having you

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leave altogether, I would rather have you in. Not least because

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Britain and Germany agree on a lot of things. This is Germany saying,

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we would rather have you in, we will give you a little bit. The question

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is, are they going to go much further? Particularly on things like

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immigration? If they want to exercise a V2 and say, no, we don't

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want to do that, we are not part of the euro but we don't want you to do

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that. `` veto. They might say that, but we wouldn't say that on BBC

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News. You did have as much to say about that as tigers. The Daily

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Telegraph, it is after 9am, we are all grown`ups. Hillsborough police

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question of the deaths. Four police officers being interviewed under

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caution. It is the first time they have been questioned in the criminal

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caution as potential manslaughter suspect. This is part of the

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investigation into what really went on at Hillsborough when 96 people

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died in 1989. 25 years on, it is incredibly slow getting to the

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truth. We didn't know until about 18 months ago whether there had been a

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cover`up that we seem to now know that happen. We are managing to see

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members of the police force brought in for questioning. When the police

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decide to cover something up, they are very good at it. They are very

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good at closing ranks and making sure no one finds out the truth.

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Now, we don't know what the truth is, and I'm not saying either way on

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this one. There does seem to be evidence that evidence might have

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been doctored, that it was covered up Apple all levels in the police.

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And, we are only just now, 25 years later, finding that there are heavy

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suspicions. `` covered up at all levels. Not all police officers are

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cut from the same cloth. 13 are being questioned under caution, four

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for manslaughter and others for offences including perverting the

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course of justice, and abusing public office. Some are still

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serving, 12 are long since retired. It is astonishing that it has taken

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25 years to get to this stage. It has been 18 months or so since the

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Hillsborough Independent panel when we finally learn foreign FAQ that

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there had been a cover`up. We are now waiting for the inquest. ``

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learn for a fact. It is going to be so long since the original event

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that the chances of actually having a court case that you could make a

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charge stick is going to be almost remote, I would have thought. This

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is no victory at all, for anybody. But look at the Daily Mail very

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quickly. For owners catch TB from their pet. You're not a cat owner,

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are you? No. So no sympathy. This disease has lept from one species to

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another. Disease will cross barriers and bugs evolve. I am looking

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forward to the day that the Environment Secretary calls for a

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cull on cats and tries to get that one past the voters. Seem to have

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picked this up from badges, so perhaps he will blame badgers again.

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Shifting the blame on to somebody else. I feel particularly bad about

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the on the front page that has gone missing. He an infected cat and he

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has gone on the loose. They must have known. Look at him, he is

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clearly an evil cat. He is named after Richard Nixon, if you did not

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know that she was up to no good then you do now. There is a little go out

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there who loves that. She should be in bed, it is 11:45pm. Thank you so

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much. We should not make fun of it, but we have. At midnight, the big

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six energy companies face questioning about giving customers a

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poor deal. Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm

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