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December. That's all in Sportsday in 15


minutes' time after the Papers. Hello, and welcome to our look ahead


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


Knight, chief executive of Energy UK, and John Rentoul, chief


political commentator for the Independent on Sunday. Thank you


both for joining us this evening. The Telegraph leads with news that


many men suffering from prostrate cancer are being given misleading


assessment, leading them to underestimate the severity of their


tumours. The Costa del Sol murder


investigations, the Mirror says that the woman wanted in connection with


the death of a British business man is carrying his unborn child.


Air pollution in the Metro, the paper says that tens of thousands of


deaths come as a direct result of what it says is breathing


difficulties. More news on the former Commons


Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans' case in the Guardian. The paper says the


Conservative Party and the CPS are at war after the MP was cleared of


rape. The Evans case is also on the front


of the I, with the MP saying his life would not be the same following


the trial. And on the front of the Times, which says his acquittal had


put the spotlight on the CPS and how they choose to peruse high`profile


cases. The Scotsman says the SNP is going to empty its coppers in the


run`up to the Scottish vote on independence. `` coffers. The Mail


has more claims of sexual harassment in the House of Commons. Lots of


different stories on the front pages, we will start at the


Guardian, that story about the Conservatives and the CPS Adam


Walker as Nigel Evans is cleared of those allegations. `` at war. It has


been the big story in Westminster, and a lot of people are very puzzled


by this case, because even though we have not heard all the legal


arguments and you cannot be in court all the time, then never did seem to


be a very strong case against Nigel Evans, and a lot of his friends in


the Parliamentary party are very annoyed this was brought in the


first place. So puzzled the case was brought the evidence did not seem to


be very strong when it got going? We do not know what might have been


eliminated at an earlier stage and we do not know about it, but the


case as it ended up being presented to the court seemed pretty weak, so


a lot of Nigel Evans' supporters are asking why the CPS ever thought that


they could possibly secure a conviction. Angela, the CPS in the


dock over this and other stories. First of all, Nigel must have been


through an absolutely terrible period of time, and all his life


been rolled out in the courts, and it must have been absolutely awful.


Certainly, as one watched it, what did you see? You saw people coming


in and giving evidence, and even though they were apparently called


on the other side, they were saying, well, no, he's a good guy,


it was not like that. Somebody in that position, and there have been a


few before who have had all their private life out, and of course


there has been a focus on it, and then they have been cleared, they


have had a terrible time. Somewhere along the line, is not just a


question of this particular issue, but this is one of a number of


cases. What is prosecuted, how, what is the evidence brought forward for


consideration as to what cases go`ahead, surely that is where the


focus must lie in future. His description, hell, I would imagine


from what you're saying, you understand it. I should think it


must be awful! Imagine if it was one of us, for whatever it might be that


we had done, and not only were we in court, but what was happening was in


court was on the television, in the paper, things you might not have


wanted to tell your parents or children, your friends. It all comes


out, and then of course, we did not need to do that, because you are


innocent. I feel for somebody in that position. This particularly,


because this is today's, but there are others, we have an absolute


first class justice system, which I am wholly committed to, but there is


something about these celebrity, shall I call on celebrity rape


cases? Is that right? There are all sorts of allegations. Maybe we do


not quite get that right. John, moving in political circles, to


think there is genuine war between ministers and the CPS? No, I don't,


this is friends of Nigel Evans who are asking the sort of questions


that Angela is asking. But on the other side, you know, you have got


to see it from the CPS point of view. You know, they have been


criticised for not prosecuting cases, generally not cases involving


celebrities ` but they have been accused of not bringing enough


prosecutions and not securing enough convictions in rape cases, famously.


And not being able to give out the details they might want to do to


explain why they have done it. That is a PowerPoint back drop. I do not


think anyone should pretend the balance is easy. `` that is a fair


point. Everything that goes on, it is all in the public domain, and


then they are cleared. Angela, I will ask you to start on this story,


the Co`op, because of your background in finances and banking


and so forth. Turmoil as Co`op loss is unveiled, still in the Guardian.


I think a loss was expected but this adds to a series of things that have


happened with the Co`op Bank and into the wider governance of the


Co`op, which does rather tend you towards some of these things, you


know, turmoil and disruption and what is happening. I think here one


of the critical things is that and in individual, Lord Myners, was


brought in for the purpose of sorting out the governance, and now


he is saying that people will not go for it in the way that he was


asking, or something along those lines, so he has resigned. The chief


executive previously, four or five weeks ago, said, I am resigning


because this is not govern a ball. Is it a mess? It is a mess, but the


Co`op is something we are all familiar with, the shop down the


road, the biggest funeral parlour in the country, it has a bank, and a


lot of these things have unravelled. There has been an


expectation in some areas. One of the critical thing is that the Co`op


and its members have to do is get some stability. They have got to go


for a change, they have got to be on a path of getting this business


which is so important to us all running in a way that is being


managed correctly. And right now turmoil is probably the right word.


John, do you think this is done the co`operative movement, all of them,


has it done the movement a very fatal wound? I do, the Co`op


movement, to be frank, is pretty weak in this country. It consists of


the shops and a label which is used by some Labour MPs as a flag of


convenience. There are lots of little co`operatives, a movement


that must be damaged. It is a small movement, and as a result of this it


will be even smaller! A lot of small co`operatives and then you have got


the big one, the Co`op, but the big one is actually also composed of


some pretty independent entities. So I think it is how the whole lot


rises up to the top, how that is managed. I quite agree, it all


started with the bank, and that has unravelled. The Metro, killed by the


air we breathe, tens of thousands killed every year as a result of


breathing toxic air, and nobody would be surprised to know that it


is London where the rate is worse, climbing up to one in 12. This is a


good health horror story, isn't it? Especially as everyone is aware of


the toxic smoke that we have been suffering. Actually, it was not


smog, it was toxic haze, and just because it had a bit of sand from


the Sahara in it, and we could see it, we noticed it. But the air


quality has been worse than that for, you know, 60 days per year, and


nobody bats an eyelid. So yeah, an interesting story. I am not sure


whether people who live in London are going to say, well, because that


is four days off my life, I will move to the countryside. Or I am


going to start wearing a paper mask, like they do in Tokyo. It is


Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster has the highest death rates. It


does. An interesting conundrum is it gives you a solution which says,


start cycling and walking. But surely you breathe more of the


toxins? That's precisely the conundrum I saw in the story. It's


only a short period of time ago when we had the one in Paris, because


they were so bad you could only drive every other day depending on


what your number plate was. Do big cities have a problem? Yes. They do


in China but London is reasonably clean. Of course, we are a big city


but can we not see, and the answer is no. All this dust which came from


the Sahara apparently brings with it a whole lot of goodness which we


actually need, so as soon as it has rained and it's landed on the flower


beds, and in the ocean, it's a good thing. The Daily Telegraph. A very


worrying story for many people, I'm sure the headline, patients given


false hope on cancer. Half of men reassured on prostate disease have


dangerous tumours apparently. The gist of this seems to be that the


biopsies that they do fail to detect more aggressive cancers, prostate


cancer, which obviously is one of the most common cancers amongst men.


I think this is quite a concern. It does suggest that the NHS is going


to have to tighten up its procedures. This comes from


Cambridge University researchers. I hope the story doesn't put people


off going to cancer tests or think every time they get a result from a


cancer test somehow it's wrong. I appreciate this is a male story


because is about prostate cancer, but there's been a lot of the


stories over many, many years, cancer testing on women in various


forms, which we tend to get and the men do not. And I think every time


you get a cancer story which says that maybe the tests are not right,


it can put a hesitancy onto people. It's absolutely essential to get


these tests right if you possibly can but equally essential people go


off and get themselves tested. Women are more inclined to do with the men


sometimes. Just carry on, go and get tested. Sticking with the


Telegraph, George Osborne predicted Britain's best days lie ahead. Not


the weather forecast. He's talking about the economy. It's another


political story. He's making a speech in Washington tomorrow. The


Telegraph seem to have some advance information over what is going to


say about it. There's only nine words of actual quotations in the


story and I'm not sure he's actually going to say what the Telegraph


summarises. Economic stagnation will not return to the UK. It sounds


awfully like no more boom and bust. No one is ever going to say that one


again. Tempting fate like Gordon Brown. I don't think he will say


that. There's a bit more into this because the IMF, 14 months ago,


actually criticised the UK economic policy, the austerity and said that


we would not get growth from that. There was quite a few heart about


that. George Osborne said the IMF was wrong. And the IMF said we are


wrong. And they have not only upgraded their original growth


forecast, but it's now higher than the one the Chancellor had. There we


must leave it. We will come back to that. Thank you very much. John and


Angela, thank you. Stay with us. At 11pm, more on the news for the man


has been charged over the 1998 Omagh bombing. Coming up next, it is time


for sports day. Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm


Hugh Ferris. Day one of the Masters and it's almost like a year hasn't


passed. Defending champion Adam Scott is right in the hunt again at


Augusta. Banned for 18 months but back by December. Asafa Powell calls


his backdated doping suspension unfair and


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