16/05/2014 The Papers


16/05/2014

No need to wait until tomorrow morning to see what's in the papers - Martine Croxall presents a lively and informed conversation about the next day's headlines.


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to only 21 players. We will have more sport in 15 minutes.

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

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bringing us tomorrow. With me are Jennifer Howze, journalist and

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co`founder of Brit Mums and the Sunday Post's Westminster

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correspondent James Millar. Tomorrow's front pages, starting

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with The Mail leads with claims that migrants who don't speak English can

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buy language certificates, helping them en route to British

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citizenship.The Independent has a picture of a British`born man it

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says is suspected of masterminding Boko Haram bomb attacks in Nigeria.

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The Mirror claims NHS bosses pocketed hundreds of millions of

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pounds in extra pay last year, as nurses were hit by a 1% fall in

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their wages. The Express says the taxpayer is paying for asylum

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seekers to be secretly housed in hotels. The number of people being

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investigated by the HMRC has doubled according to the Telegraph. The

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Financial Times leads with India's election and the historic victory by

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Narendra Modi and the BJP. The Guardian's headline has allegations

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that child protection services are going to be privatised. And the

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Times leads with a report from war correspondent Anthony Lloyd

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describing the moment he and a colleague were kidnapped in Syria

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this week. So let's begin. We will. With `` we

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will start with the Scotsman. This is a terrible story, there have been

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two explosions. They have gotten hundreds of holidaymakers back into

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the UK, they have cancelled flights until October. In addition to the

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effects on the families of those involved with the bombings, there

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are going to be long`term effects because of the tourism. Tourism has

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been hit. People are not going to resorts, safari parks, I think it is

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too bad for Kenya overall on both elements. Very much so. And for

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innocent and hard`working Kenyon is connected with the tourism industry,

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it is their second biggest industry and will take the floor out from

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underneath their feet. It is an arresting picture on the front,

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people being taken to hospital, it sums up the situation in Kenya.

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Kenya is in pain. It has been hurt as a country by this. They are going

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to suffer for sometime because of this through no fault of their own.

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It is disappointing for British tourists out there but it looks like

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the Foreign and Commonwealth office is did the right thing at this stage

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of getting people out. On to the Telegraph, the headline "innocent

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victims of tax raiders". Tell us what this is about. This is the news

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that HM RC have investigated a lot more people for potential tax fraud.

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The Telegraph seems to think that this is a bad thing and suggests

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that these could be innocent people making innocent mistakes. They do

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not have a lot to back that up, there are no figures about the

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number of people who have been convicted as a result of these

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investigations. Given that the country is bust, surely we should be

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collecting as much tax from all of the people who owe it as possible?

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Whether they are so`called soft targets or anyone else? Nobody would

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dispute that, Jennifer, but the thing is, filling in a tax return

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self assessment is complicated and this is arguing, I think it lists

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doctors and teachers, they may have innocently made a mistake and being

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pursued. That is the tone of the article. Exactly, these are soft

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targets, I think, individuals who make mistakes on their taxes. They

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all... Not that regular folk do not make mistakes. But, pursuing

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individuals, we have heard similar stories about tax avoidance from

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wealthy individuals and corporations. It seems to me that it

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is harder of course for HM RC or the government to close loopholes or to

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go after the big guys, who are based in other countries. And make it more

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difficult. But, reaping returns every year, let's go after these

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people who have made mistakes. They know that most law abiding citizens

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will not fight it or complain but just pay. If they are law`abiding

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citizens, they will do it. If I got a letter saying that my tax return

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was wrong, I will say, "no it is not. " it takes up a lot of time,

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anyway. Some people would just settle if it takes up a lot of time.

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I don't know, it is not a problem I have! Onto the times, and the story

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about Syria, I thought of him as a friend, but then he shot me. What an

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arresting headline matters. This is the very disturbing story that I

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liked. `` that is an arresting headline. This is from one of the

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journalists, it shows how chaotic and framing it is for journalists

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going into these war zones. We can become complacent as readers, they

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ended up being abducted by people they trusted and worked with.

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Someone who had been part of the Islamic front, and then other people

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from the Islamic front came in and demanded their release and helped

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them. It shows how confused those situations are. And what journalists

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go through to get us a story. It is a good Saturday story, it does not

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have to be hard news. It almost reads like a novel. You get dragged

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into the story, and then when you get to the fourth column, you get

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hit by the horrible stuff, it is ready horrible, but you have to read

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on because it is so well written and you want to learn what happened, it

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makes you care, it makes you care about Syria. It seems far away and

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is complicated. They had known each other for two years. It was not like

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they just picked up these people. It is a very well written piece, isn't

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it? It is a good Saturday story. Onto the Guardian, this suggesting

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that child social services are for sale. But, reading through this, it

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is quite difficult to see that that is a definite proposal, possibly one

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of several proposals by the look of it? Perhaps, I hope though it is

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something that does not go through. We deal with all sorts of families,

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we have more than 6000 members, we deal with specific problems. It

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seems wrongheaded for the government who is involved in taking kids away

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or safeguarding them in the family environment, to outsource that two

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companies who answer to shareholders, or answer to owners.

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``to. Putting that into the market seems like the wrong idea for me. It

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seems that you are essentially privatising it and would encourage

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innovation and outcomes, but for every innovation in the privatised

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companies like energy and railways, people have stories of things that

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have gone horribly wrong, and trains are later than they have ever been,

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and more full. I am not sure that privatisation is necessarily a good

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idea, and certainly when you are dealing with vulnerable children and

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families, you have to be definite that it is going to work. Jennifer,

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you speak to a lot of different mothers, the services are far from

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perfect. What are the sorts of things that might, looking at the

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story, could be improved? That might be improved with...? With the

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service as it stands. You heard of social workers getting the wrong end

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of the stick in terms of family situations. And intervening at

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runtimes, or not intervening, we have heard those high`profile

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stories. `` intervening at the wrong times. We are struggling as a

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society with how to safeguard children in a better way. This

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philosophy as to whether it is better to keep children with

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families and parents, or always take them out, when it looks like there

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is any danger... Yes. It is not an exact science. It is very

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difficult. Resources shrink, they need to find a better way of doing

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it. Anyway, I am pretty positive that it is not getting private

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companies involved. Let's move on to the Financial Times, we touched on

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this story earlier, they are the only paper I have seen so far and

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have got the election of Modi in India on the front page. It says

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sweeping to power, and it looks that way. Absolutely, it is a landslide.

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As interesting as it is that it is only on the front page of one

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paper, it is a huge election. India is one of the rising countries, one

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of the bricks, with Brazil and Russia. What happens here has an

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impact everywhere. With our historic links, it is a big trading partner

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for us. It was on the issues here, and with the issues we have been

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talking about, there was a large youth vote, it was about innovation

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and corruption. And basically, the economy. The economy has been

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faltering in India, this election will be interesting to see what he

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is going to do now and whether he will fulfil those pledges. I am no

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expert on the Indian economy, but the global country is picking up and

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he could be lucky that he has this power at a good time. And he will be

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able to deliver jobs and investment and cutting in bureaucracy. It is

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the same issues we are having here. Even down to, as described, a"

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tectonic shift". UKIP love to talk about tectonic shifts if they win,

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head of the election. There is a lot of similarities. Staying with the

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Financial Times. And the second story there that they have. This is

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about mortgages, there have been these new regulations, have a

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mayor, to try and make the whole process of those borrowing money and

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needing finances to make sure it is done aboveboard and everything. ``

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haven't there. It is now causing a logjam, and putting deals at risk?

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Many people said that as it should be, they are looking into these

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finances more and making sure that you can pay them back when you get

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them. Last time I was on, the story had just broken and we were talking

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about it, one of the things pointed to was that if you are taking more

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time and you have these interviews that last up to three hours talking

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about your background and how much you are spending on personal

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grooming, then that is going to take more time and basically the story is

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all about that. With several estate agents quoted as saying that the

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market is moving so fast but mortgages take too long. Sales are

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falling through, as agents are worried about the buyers finances.

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These finances are being checked more thoroughly, so they are a sound

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of that than they were originally. There was a headline about do you

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stay? When you go to the gym? It seems that there is a more rigourous

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process `` do you eat steak? But up to a point. Newspapers are pulling

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out a bit, some of the crazy thing is to highlight it, like spending on

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pets. It is hard to imagine that breaking anyone's bank! Yes, it is

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good that we are looking into mortgages and they are trained to

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lead properly. Just very briefly slipping back to that story we were

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talking about with the Guardian, there is a statement now from the

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government Department of education, saying they want to improve the

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government and efficiency of social care. They are trained to use

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expertise to improve their work, and extend these freedoms we can look at

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and better ways of delivering services. They will take into

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account responses. We will finally move to the times. This is the story

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we have been looking at on E`ON. What is interesting in the Times is

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that the Chief Executive's bonus has been slashed by a quarter. It is

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still quite significant. This is the E`ON story through the prism of pay

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packages. His pay package, his bonus has been slashed by a quarter to a

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mere ?510,000. I suppose in comparison to some of the other

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bonus is we have seen, it is not that big a deal. It is fun to see a

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possible that `` bitterness. The most vulnerable customers are going

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to get ?35 back. This chap is walking off with half a million in

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bonuses. Something is wrong. What I am struggling with is that there is

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a litany of problems. But they say, there was no organised attempt to

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mislead. Isn't that worse? Then the CEO gets this kind of bonus. It is

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the innovation through privatisation. And with regard to

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E`ON, it is the biggest fine, but everybody has been investigated and

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sanctioned in some way. ?100 million in fines in the past four years.

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Thank you very much. That is it for the papers. Thank you to our guests

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this evening. Stay with us. At midnight, as hundreds of British

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tourists are evacuated we bring you more on today's attacks in Kenya's

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capital. Coming up next, it is

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