01/05/2014 The Papers


01/05/2014

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the Sunderland game. And, a shock for Ospreys.

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Are the broadcaster Henry Bonsu, and the former trade minister, Lord

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Digby Jones. The Metro leads on the inquest into

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the death of Peaches Geldof. The Express focuses on rising house

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prices. The Telegraph says dozens of grammar schools in England are

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planning to discriminate against middle class pupils when choosing

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admissions. A housing bubble is now the brightest hazard light on the

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Bank of England's dashboard, according to the FT. The Guardian

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leads on the refusal of barristers to represent defendants, in protest

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at legal aid cuts. And the Mirror reports the apology from Jeremy

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

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reports on the death of Peaches Geldof.

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We are going to start with the Times. ?140 million flats sets

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record for property in return. There is only one person around this table

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who could afford that. That is a presenter at the BBC! I must be

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earning a fortune! This is outrageous, isn't it? I can't even

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get excited about it, I really can't. We were talking about this

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earlier, and I just don't see that as a significant thing. If you have

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got the man, Eastern European and Russian money, you have got

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supplier, a very nice apartment in a very desirable part of London, it is

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worth what someone will pay for it. I don't find that a problem. What is

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significant, and why it deserves a headline, is when you link it in

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your report earlier about where the papers are today. The Financial

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Times talking about, do we have a housing inflation problem which will

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bring on interest rate rises? In the Daily Express was talking about

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these people... You have just said you can't be bothered with this

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story. The underlying thing about our property prices going out of

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control, is hugely important. That is why it is on the front page! But

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the big flag, that is what I can't understand. That is what grabs you

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and brings it into the story. That is symptomatic of a bubble.

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Absolutely, but what is driving that end of the bubble. ?10,000 per

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square feet, that is insane. Polished marble floors, we are

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talking about... You can pronounce it, as well! Of course! Do you live

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in a ?140 million flat? No, I don't. I transcend politics! We are talking

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about huge capital flight because of the Ukrainian crisis. People are

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taking their money out and investing it in London. Some people will

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benefit, but what will it do for the market? It drags it up, 140 million

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at the very top, but that does drag up... It depends where you are a

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teacher. We are in agreement about this, London is a citystate. It is a

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different country. It has different asset values, crime issues,

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transport issues, wage issues, immigration issues. It is a

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different place. We should stop thinking of it as part of the UK,

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and see it as an individual citystate. If you today are small

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businesswoman in Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Newcastle,

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believe me, you are not experiencing growth in this economy because of

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property prices. But if you are priced out of the capital, you will

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get on a train and you will go a bit further north, and you will increase

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the prices. Because a Ukrainian or a Russian walks in with a Russian

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walks in with ?140 million adviser flat, that is not increase a

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property in Grantham, believe doesn't. It gives people the

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perception that the economy is doing far better than it really is, and I

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think we will be in for a shock at some point . I think they will try

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to dampen down supply of money, and therefore you will have a small

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business in Manchester paying more for the money at the time when they

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need better access to capital. Leave me, the man he paid 140 million quid

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did not borrow it. He probably paid in cash. Is his name in their?

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Absolutely not. Let's go to the i. A judge faces jail for lying to the

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police. Constance Briscoe. This is a part`time judge who is now facing

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jail time, it would appear. She has courted publicity, about alleged

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abuse visited upon her by her mother. She was a close friend of

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Vicky Pryce, the former wife of Chris Huhne, and she overreached her

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hand and said things that were false, and that is one of the

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reasons why she has been convicted. A high`profile black woman, very few

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female black judges, she should be a role model. Of course, now she has

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fallen from its pedestal, one that she set for herself. I remember her

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being very clear about law and order, she is a judge, and very

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judge mental about other people. I remember when someone got in trouble

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about tweeting about people wanting to play divide and rule, and she

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jumped on that. Now, she will have very few friends in the black

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community. I think that is absolutely right. A couple of proxy

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speeding points. It is the perversion of the course of

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justice. It happen to be something that is not that important in terms

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of fact. It is hugely important in terms of the law. One thing Britain

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excels at more than anyone else is the rule of law. And respect before

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the law that we are supposed to have. We are all equal in the eyes

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of the law, our judges are not corrupt, when we find that they go

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the long way, you have got to come down hard. Otherwise, what do you

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believe in? I was just about to say, this is a bit... No talk about that!

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The humbling of Clarkson. Let's bring up the front page of the Daily

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Mirror. I beg for your forgiveness. Jeremy Clarkson apologises over the

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N word. He posted a video of his apology. Let's have a look at it. I

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realise that in one of the mumbled versions, if you listen very

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carefully with the sound turned right up, it did appear that I have

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actually used the word I was trying to obscure. I was mortified by this,

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horrified, it is a word that I loathe. A word I loathe, that is the

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N word. He was talking about the nursery rhyme, any meanie `` he said

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that he mumbles where the offensive word would normally occur, and in

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the third I didn't say it, and I replaced it with the word teacher.

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He was saying that in one of the versions, that he had actually used

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the word he was trying to obscure. Is that a watertight apology? I

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wouldn't like to be running his defence. At the end of the day, this

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man is virtually all powerful, he is omnipotent, an immense box office

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for the BBC, staggeringly role model `ish Fourier certain kind of person.

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`` for up . He is immensely powerful, why did he

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even start the nursery rhyme? Why didn't he just say I'm not saying

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this, I'm going to use another example. To get himself into that

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position in the first place, then when he gets to a position where you

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say, if he turns the sound, perhaps it could have been... It's

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extraordinary! It's offensive! Henry, some people would say that

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this is the logical extension of allowing a man who does live on the

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edge, he likes to get into scrapes, and is part of his USP, and people

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enjoy that. It is partly why Top Gear has done so well. If you allow

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things like, feckless Mexicans, or things like that, or the suggestion

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that he mentioned Burmese slopes, having allowed all of that in the

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past, is the fault is not in the door of the BBC? It pays him ?1

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million a year, and he gets ?40 million for the worldwide sales of

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top gear. He has been allowed to push the boat out, he has probably

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been told, you are not allowed to do this, but keep it going, it is a

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successful formula. There is no proof of that. When you consider

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histories of nursery rhymes like this, what do they hark back to? A

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time when black men could be lynched for looking at a white woman in the

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deep south of the US. Let's go and have a picnic, what does that mean?

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Go and find a black man and string him up. Remember 2005, are you

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thinking what we're thinking? That is what he was doing. I think there

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is something in this for the BBC. If it wasn't so staggeringly

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remunerative, I think there would be a different judgement. Do you think

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it would be fired or taken off the air? I'm not the boss of the BBC,

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I'm not here to pass judgement, but I do think that his immense success

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will influence how this is dealt with. Somewhere in this article in

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the mirror, a BBC source said, it is his last chance. I think the public

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are entitled to believe that that means what it is. If you are at the

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BBC, and you are planning this, you think, there is another channel that

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would pick him up in the morning. The BBC, I was so privileged to do

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the troubleshooter series with the BBC, and they did it internally, and

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I learnt about some of the most fabulously professional competent

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people, and the BBC brand itself has some skin in the game. He won't want

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to go anywhere else, because it won't have the global reach of the

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BBC. It is big stuff. The Financial Times, China fought against data

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showing its economy was in top spot this year. Many of my globalisation

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speeches have been going on about how China is now in the top table.

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America is not falling away, she's just got company. Military power

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these days means a lot, but how much when it is never used? Therefore,

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economic might is becoming the boss. China, statistically, is becoming at

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least one equal, and possibly first. The problem is, it carries

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responsibility. It carries people who say, we will league now, we are

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in the spotlight. People scrutinise you. It says that, this data has

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shown that they were number one in the world a year ago, and for the

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last year they have been saying, don't tell anyone! So they are

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trying to tell the rest of the world that they are not as economically

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mighty as they are? They don't want all the responsibility that comes

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with leadership. There are a lot of countries that find themselves

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regraded, such as Nigeria, and what does that mean? We start looking at

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it more closely, we look at defences between rich and poor, Boko Haram,

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bombs going off, and we look at that. But there are lots of

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countries, and I do a bit of work with the UN and OECD, and middle

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income countries, there are shocks that go with it. Some funding pulls

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out, China is the largest economy, there will be consequences. And that

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word responsibility. Lord Jones, you are the troubleshooter. You say you

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help businesses realise their potential, ruffling fig feathers and

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bruising egos. When you coming to look at the BBC ? I wanted a

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mainstream programme that didn't shout, you're fired! At young

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people. I think Twitter might want to have a few people say a few

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things on that. It has been great having it.

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At the top of the hour, at midnight, more on Gerry Adams, who is still in

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police custody. Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm

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Mike Bushell. Chelsea assistant manager Rui Faria

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