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If only you knew what I have to put up with!

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing

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us tomorrow. With me are the political journalist, Sean Dilley

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and the broadcaster Penny Smith. He is the one sitting nice and still.

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And Penny is a real fidget. Hold on, you said I was looking a little

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short. I couldn't find the handle! I am trying to tell people the news. I

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do apologise. The Metro leads with a record number

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of serial criminals being allowed to walk free with suspended sentences,

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in an effort to keep down the prison population.

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The Telegraph's front page features celebrating Manchester City players

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as they life the Premier League cup. `` as they lift the Premier League

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cup. Their main headline claims pensioners shouldn't rely on

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government plans designed to limit the cost of care.

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The Guardian reports a sharp increase in the number of soldiers

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returning from Afghanistan and Iraq seeking help for mental health

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issues. The Express says summer is just

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around the corner and that temperatures of 75 degrees are on

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the way. The Daily Mail has more on the

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government's policy of in`depth questioning for anyone seeking a

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mortgage. And claims from Stephen Sutton, the teen with cancer who's

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been fundraising for charity, that doctors initially missed his

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disease. And, finally, the Daily Star claims

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this year's Eurovision winner, Austria's bearded lady Conchita

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Wurst, is due to cash in. They say she could be the most successful

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winner since Abba. With costumes to rival Abba, too.

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So let's begin. Thousands dodge jail for crimes, what kind of crimes? We

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are talking everything. The scent of a crime prevention `` the Centre for

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crime prevention have dug out anything from sex offences, and

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downwards, seen suspended sentences. It mentions paedophilia,

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which is very loaded, and that covers a multitude of offences, of

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course. I think this is rather interesting, almost something you'd

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see on the front of the Daily Mail, because you've got 12,000 criminals

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with more than ten convictions getting suspended sentences, which

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indicates they are being overused, but where will we put them? Where

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can you put prisoners? You stick some of them in open prisons and

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they abscond. The other thing is, what our prisons for? Are they for

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rehabilitation? Could they be doing something a lot more useful? In the

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United States, they have an island for criminals. People can live in

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villages. We are not proposing this in this review, it has to be said,

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but it is interesting because it is fair to say that you can lock them

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all up, but what it is indicative of is that the justice system isn't

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working. But there is a point, what is prison for? You'd have to go

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right back down to what we supposed to be doing with these people? If

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they are thugs and they are thanks for all of reasons. People turn to

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that sort of crime... How will you sort it out? Tough on crime tough on

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the causes of crime? Prison itself as it hush`hush went `` as a

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punishment. Resources are stretched if you have a huge prison

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population, how do you rehabilitate all of them? Privatise it! That is

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happening everywhere. And some of these people, you are not saying

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they shouldn't go to prison? IM not. Of course they should. Violent

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people who reoffend should go to prison. But the point is, what is

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better? As you say, the trouble is that although we talk about violent

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people, is it violent people attacking other violent people? I

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suppose it is more understandable... I do know, that

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stories to compensate it! You might be doing that to quite a few

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stories. # that story is too complicated. Right, let's move on.

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Stop rustling! You are very unruly tonight. The business section of the

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Telegraph. Fracking, hugely controversial, as we know. The first

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British ale gas is to fuel British homes next year. `` British shale

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gas. Really? And then, people who are going to have fracking on their

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land, they are going to be entitled to minimum compensation if they

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don't want it going on. I read later on that it says that just one shale

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gas well has been partially fracked in the UK to date by Cuadrilla. How

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will that go on the size a logical effects `` the seismological

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effect? It causes earthquakes. It could be next year, they say, but

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isn't going to happen, I think, because there will be a lot of

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opposition. There are already has been. But the politicians wanted.

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Everyone says this fracking is bad, but there seems such a drive for it,

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it is going to go ahead whatever happens. We don't want the lights to

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go out, do we? That is difficult because until we find an alternative

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source of energy, this is going to be a problem. We need to go hell for

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leather to try to find something. On a serious note, if it is causing

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earthquakes, if you look at it globally, if there are these issues,

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there are still questions, and they don't really belong in government

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policy, questions. There is also the issue of getting access to the land

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because people could get in the way just that way, saying, you cannot

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access it. At the moment, they have done a deal with some farmers in

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some of these sites. They are allowed to drill under the land,

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then they are going along. Soap... I don't know. `` so... I don't know.

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It is very complicated. Let's go to the front page of the Daily

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Telegraph. This is another complicated story. Cap won't prevent

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shocking care costs. Pensioners bills will reach ?140,000 for care,

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before new rules take effect, but some people will not live long

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enough to see these new rules come in. But this new cap isn't going to

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be a cap at all. We will talk about this story at the moment, but Ed

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Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameron or promised to work together

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on social care. `` lately promised to work together on social care. Yet

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this story, we are sorry about all of this, the devil is in the detail.

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This cap doesn't cover accommodation. That is a third of

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the cost. About a third of it, yes. And it doesn't include the full

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amount that people have to pay in residential homes, only the official

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local cost. Which is the amount that a council says it will pay for a

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place in a home, which is... There are lots of caveats, and that is

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where it becomes complicated. What it boils down to is that there we

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were, all saying, this is great news, it isn't. Can I just say,

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nearly five years of doing paper reviews, I've never come across a

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story where on a first paragraph on the front page, you're not clear

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about what the story is about. And then in the sixth paragraph, you're

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still not sure. It is interesting that maybe that means how

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complicated this story is. You're sort of having to feel your way

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through the subject. Could it be that the politicians have agreed to

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something without understanding the nuance? Well, who knows. All I know

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is that as we get older, and, as a nation, this is going to be more and

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more problematic. It affects more men than women because one in 13

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women this will affect these extra costs is, and one in seven men.

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Let's stay with the Daily Telegraph. BBC disgraceful over race row says

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Boris, the background to this, a local radio presenter, David Lowe,

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who has been working for 32 years at BBC Radio Devon accidentally played

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a song that had a racist word in it. And Boris says the way that the way

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the BBC have dealt with it is a disgrace. You find yourself in

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partial agreement with this. It is very ordered. This is a song, The

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Sun Has Got His Hat On... From 1932. When very different language

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pertained. It is an understandable mistake. If it is sunny outside, I

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would say, yes, it's quite nice to have an old`fashioned song. And, off

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you go. Then he says, I'm sorry, I didn't realise it had that word in

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it. He offers to fall on his sword, and they say, yes. What's

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fascinating as well, BBC regional stations and national stations don't

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have a delay system such as the commercial stations. The argument

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for that is that they treat the audience as adults. To do is sort of

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wonder, then, one coma `` one commercial station has a 14 second

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delay, should you introduce these things to protect the corporation's

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reputation when something like that happens? And nobody is defending

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that. The whole of the BBC board should apologise to David Lowe for

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the way he has been treated, Boris says. They talk about it being mob

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rule, almost. The Internet bob, exactly, terrified bureaucrats, he

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says. Let's try to cover some of the stories. Mental illness surges among

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war veterans. A charity warns there is a rising tide for those who

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fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, coming home after perilous tours of

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duty. This is not a surprise, as the rose. I'm about to give a defence of

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the military because it is close to my heart. My friends are back from

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Afghanistan, nobody is sure when they will go out there again. We

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pick people to join the military from the general public, we give

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them guns, we train them to kill people, that is the reality. We

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train them to die. More than that, the military don't understand why it

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is that when we ask them to make this ultimate sacrifice, the public

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do not have the sympathy they put a foot wrong that they are going to

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get attacked, and that is enough to send anybody around the bend. And

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they need not just physical rehabilitation but mental, too. It

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seems the mental health is the one which is the lurking thing because

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they are talking about it coming out even ten or 12 years, many years

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afterwards. They are still talking about people in service from

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Northern Ireland coming forward right now. It takes a long time

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sometimes the people tick even realise that what they are suffering

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as a direct result of their experiences. And to seek help. That

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is the other thing, seeking help. If you're used to being a strong man,

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or strong woman, and then you are having these terrible might there

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whatever, or anything else that's affecting alive, there is this kind

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of... You try to battle on. One key point, 57%, the number of

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incidences, and it is important to realise we have had the budget is

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top`level and this will get worse not better. That's it for The Papers

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this hour. Thank you to my guests Sean Dilley and Penny Smith, you'll

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both be back at 11:30pm for another look at the stories making the news

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tomorrow. Stay with us here on BBC News. You

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have the latest from the Ukraine where government forces have opened

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fire at crowd. But coming up next, it's time for

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