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game, the latest from the World Snooker Championship, and a shock

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for Ospreys in the Pro 12. That is all to come in 15 minutes on

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Sportsday 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 other

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broadcaster Henry Bonsu and the former trade minister Lord Digby

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Jones. The Metro is leading on the inquest into the death of Peaches

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Geldof. The Express has decided to focus on a rise in house prices. The

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Telegraph says dozens of grammar schools in England are planning to

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discriminate against middle`class pupils when choosing admissions. The

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housing bubble is now the brightest hazard light on the Bank of

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England's dashboard according to the Financial Times. The Guardian is

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leading on the refusal of barristers to represent defendants in protest

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at legal aid cuts. The Mirror is reporting the apology from Jeremy

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Clarkson following allegations that he used an offensive term. The Daily

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Mail says Nick Clegg is blocking a crackdown on people who carry

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knives. Interesting stories there. We will start with the Daily

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Telegraph. Mr Jones. The new troubleshooter! We will talk about

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that a little bit later. Middle`class pupils losing out on

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grammar schools. What is this about? Thank you! The root out for so many.

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Did you go to a grammar school? Yes. I was a scholarship boy at a

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public school but much the same. It was the way out for kids who were

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frankly bright, and with parents who gave them love and enthusiasm but no

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money. It was the late Anthony Crossland, but the very living

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Shirley Williams, both of whom dedicated themselves to destroying

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this way for the not so well heeled bright kids getting a fabulous

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education. So what is going on now? They have been under the cosh ever

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since. For some reason, if you have done everything well in life, you

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will achieve excellence, which is not true. The metropolitan elite are

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saying that we can't have all these middle`class kids going to grammar

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schools. Grammar schools are responding and saying, OK, we will

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positively discriminate. These people will not go there. So if you

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actually have moved into an area, if your parents might have bought a

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house in a particular area because of a good school, if you are there

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by accident of where you were born and what you do, you could be

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discriminated against. It is an absolute disgrace. But why? Let's

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leave the politics and socioeconomics out of it. It is just

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not good for the country. The country needs as many aspiration of

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the excellent pupils as they can possibly get. It has got to take on

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Asia. You have been talking about poor kids and people from lower

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income backgrounds. The fact is that Ofsted has said that grammar schools

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in this country are stuffed full of middle`class children. Although

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something like 16% of children are on free school meals, only 3% of

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those that go to grammar schools are from a low income backgrounds where

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the household is earning less than ?16,000 and there is a generational

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waste of talent. What are we doing for those young people? The head of

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this grammar school association says that people will not see much

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difference, because we are not talking about huge numbers. This is

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a scare story. It is the Daily Telegraph saying to its tribe, watch

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out. Your kids and their aspirations will be destroyed here. We are

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talking about a few hundred children. It might be factually

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accurate that it is a tribal story but it could be true. So that is all

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right then? It is about the skin. At the end of the day you have a kid in

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a particular environment. It is not that good's fault but their parents

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are middle`class and they will be denied an education because of

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socialism. Hang on. Timeout! Has anyone got a mallet? ! But if the

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facts are that there is such a tiny proportion of youngsters who are

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from very underprivileged backgrounds, those getting free

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school meals, going to grammar schools, then that has got to be

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sorted out, hasn't it? So increase the number of grammar schools. That

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is a big political decision. Exactly. This is about party

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politics, not economics. This is about politics. Because socialism

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will not allow it to happen, we are going to deny... Do we have a

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socialist in the room? We do not. A libertarian in Government? Not as

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libertarian as you. The better off in society have always had choice

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and the poor never had. For some reason the way you give the poor

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choice is to deny everybody else. It is not denying everyone. It is. If

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you don't have the money to knock up a view more grammar schools, what do

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you do? You have got the money but you have not got the political will

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to do so. Let's move on, please, to the Guardian. Fraud trials in

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jeopardy as lawyers rebel. A case has collapsed because of barristers

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protesting about the cuts in legal aid. This is a big story because the

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Government wants to cut the legal aid bill by a million. And

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barristers taking on these cases will see their fees cut by 30%.

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Their words demonstrations earlier this week `` there were

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demonstrations earlier this year. And now a landmark fraud case, it

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has been stopped by Judge Leonard. He is not going to give the

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prosecution any time... In fact he is closing the case because the five

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men accused could not be guaranteed fair representation because no

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barristers wanted to take on the case. They searched high and wide

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and they could not find anyone to take it on. In fact the person who

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pushed this in the court was Alex Cameron QC, who defended one of the

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defendants free of charge. I was a lawyer for 20 years and I come from

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the spirit that says that even somebody caught red`handed... Even

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those guys that killed Lee Rigby, you could not be even more caught

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red`handed than them, they are entitled in my view to free,

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independent, legal representation. That is the hallmark of a good

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society. I don't care who you are. You are entitled to bed. This

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Government is saying it will deny people that because it will put

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barristers in the position where they can't afford to do the job. Is

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that really the case? It is. The public perception is that they all

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owe so much `` all earning so much. The reality is that many solicitors

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are not earning anything at all. They are representing the challenged

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in society. There are two aspect of this that very important it is

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irrelevant. I think they are appealing to their tribe, like the

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Daily Telegraph, but it is irrelevant if the Prime Minister's

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brother is involved. Absolutely irrelevant. It is a journalistic

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point. It is appealing to the tribe. It is challenging the Prime Minister

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with his own brother. But that is not relevant. The Guardian is right

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and on sound ground when they say these people are not getting

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representation because people are being denied justice because of

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that. And also, in a very concentrated fraud trial, it is time

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to look at the way we administer justice. You cannot expect 12 good

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men and women to take on complicated stuff. There are several big fraud

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cases down the line. Today it is fraud, tomorrow criminal cases. You

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probably need to move towards two or three judges, not one, sitting there

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in some sort of trial. All right. Let's go on to the Daily Express.

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This is their take on rising house prices. The record rise in house

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prices, rising at the fastest rate since 2007, as values soar by ?1500

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per month. The way they have written that, one might think that it is a

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good thing. You might think that. They have been banging on about this

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since the credit crunch. About 2007. They have been trying to talk up the

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market for such a long time but those of us in the housing market

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who did buy in 2005 to 2007, taking a punt, many of us who bought

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outside the South East bubble, are still in negative equity, in

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Birmingham, Newcastle, so it is a tale of two countries. They are

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trying to talk this up but I suspect we will see what happened last time.

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Last time prices rose this past was June, 2007, just before the crunch

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and the collapse. `` this fast. And a similar story, Bank of England

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fears over property spiral. They are looking at the glass being half

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empty. I did not think I would agree with Henry then! I think he is spot

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on. There is one country called London, possibly a bit wider,

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possibly within the M25, and both of those stories are absolutely right.

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If you go outside. Out to Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds,

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Newcastle, Cardiff, Belfast, this recovery is big and sustainable and

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it has nothing to do with house prices. It has everything to do with

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all the other big drivers of an economy. What they are saying in the

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Financial Times is that if you have property prices and if you have

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information and you begin the bubble, and you are quite right,

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Henry, you get to the point where you have to do something about it,

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which can only mean interest rate rises. The moment you have that,

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forget the housing bubble. You choke off access to capital for others.

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One of them is consumers, meaning retail goes down, but the other is

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business of course. And don't gloss over that. If you have got a small

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business then getting back into work and suddenly being charged twice as

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much for it because Mrs McGuinness's has has gone up in

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Kensington, you have a problem. `` house. I agree! You have agreed on

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what seems to be blatantly clear to a lot of people that there is

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clearly a huge rise in housing prices in the South East and this

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area is doing particularly well. It has not quite caught on in other

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places. It has not. OK, but it is catching on. But if there is a crash

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in London, that will affect everywhere else anyway. There will

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not be a crash in London. Far too dynamic. I am not too sure. I can

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not take a headline seriously when it has the... It might be a false

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bottom. The false fess! I am far more worried about what the

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FT is saying! That was so pompous of you!

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But true! One final story ` the Metro. Peaches ` the final echo of

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her mother. Very, very sad. I remember, didn't the morning after

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she was found dead, the picture of her and her mother taken many years

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ago. A lot of people responded by being angry with the Metro, thinking

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it was tasteless. In this case people did wonder if she did take

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something. Her friend are saying we should remember the former wild

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child who became a responsible mother. It would appear from text

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cog report that she may have taken heroin. I have two takes. Kids are

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dying of heroin overdose every day. They don't get on the front of the

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Metro. The reason is because who she is, not what she did. The good ` if

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it is the right word out of this ` this f this is a wake`up call... But

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it never is. We all hope it could be. You will be

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back in an hour and look at some more of the stories behind the

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headlines. Many thanks for that. Gerry Adams remains in police

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custody. I will speak to Ian Paisley Junior, that will be live from

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Belfast. Now time for Sportsday. Hello. Good evening welcome to

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Sportsday. The headlines: Chelsea assistant manager, Rui Faria, has

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been given a six`match stadium ban. Batting coach Graham Gooch becomes

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the latest casualty in a new era for English cricket. Mark Selby

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