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December. That's all in Sportsday in 15

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

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

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

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political commentator for the Independent on Sunday. Thank you

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

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many men suffering from prostrate cancer are being given misleading

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assessment, leading them to underestimate the severity of their

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tumours. The Costa del Sol murder

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

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

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

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

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difficulties. More news on the former Commons

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

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

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rape. The Evans case is also on the front

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Guardian, that story about the Conservatives and the CPS Adam

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

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

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

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

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

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the Parliamentary party are very annoyed this was brought in the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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something about these celebrity, shall I call on celebrity rape

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

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

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

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

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

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

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criticised for not prosecuting cases, generally not cases involving

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celebrities ` but they have been accused of not bringing enough

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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lot of these things have unravelled. There has been an

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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to have to tighten up its procedures. This comes from

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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wrong. And they have not only upgraded their original growth

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

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

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