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European athletics championships in Swansea and the European swimming in


Berlin. That's in Sportsday in 15 minutes, after the papers.


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


us tomorrow. With me are Neil Midgley, media commentator from


Forbes.com, and the political commentator and journalist, Miranda


Green. We start with the financial times. It is high lighting how rail


fares will rise 3.5% from January in another above`inflation increase.


The Daily Telegraph says husbands who bully or intimidate their


partners should be jailed under a new offence of domestic abu The


Metro says first`time buyers in London need to find an extra ?63,000


compared to this time last year. The Daily Mail claims nurses are being


asked to question elderly patients about whether they would agree to a


do not resuscitate order. And private patient income soars at NHS


Trust is the headline on the front of Guardian We are going to start


with an interesting story in the Daily Telegraph. Jail for husbands


who control their wives. A proposed new domestic abuse law would punish


spouses who intimidate or bully. Some would say about time. It is


interesting this, because some parts of domestic abuse which are not


physical are already covered by stalking laws, harassment laws, but


experts say not enough. It is difficult to get successful


prosecutions in some case. They say the law is ambiguous and needs to be


tightened up and possibly even a new category of offence needs to be


created for for example someone within a relationship systemically


bullies and intimidates and provokes fear in a partner or someone they


were living with. It is really interesting, because the legal


experts may say there's a need for it and the Home Office is going to


go through this consultation process on what's necessary. This is just a


proposal at this stage. But the way the Daily Telegraph has written the


story makes it clear that possibly some Daily Telegraph readers,


perhaps the Daily Telegraph themselves, perhaps a wider category


of people, might final easy about this. It comes on the back of a


so`called Cinderella law, which means they can prosecute parents for


emotional effect of a child for example. It is really interesting,


because it's the law and it's the state starting to venture inside the


home into quite often ambiguous situations, some might feel. It will


be very controversial, which is why it is the main story on the Daily


Telegraph. Neil, one also wonders how you are going to prove this


intimidation, bullying. There are no physical marks necessarily. That's


going to be problematic. That is going to be a problem. We have to be


careful about this area, because domestic abuse including emotional


abuse short of violence is a very serious issue. I don't think anybody


would want to downplay that. Absolutely. At the same time, I do


wonder whether criminalising the abusive partner, I don't know how


that helps in a lot of situations. What a lot of people need when they


are the victim of that kind of abuse is actually help in getting out of


the relationship or in sticking up for themselves. Obviously there may


be children of the relationship as well. Not necessarily helpful for


them to have dad sent to prison. It is a very vexed area, because you


don't want to downplay the seriousness of the problem, but at


the same time as Miranda said, shoving the criminal law inside


people's domestic arrangements is a very blunt instrument. It is going


to be very difficult to draft these offences. And for the courts to


interpret them and for the police to know when they are investigating a


crime and when they are just breaking up a domestic. Sure. It is


out for consultation at the moment. That's the period that it is going


to be entering. It is going to be a lively debate on whether or not this


makes sense. We should point out also, this story does make it clear


several perhaps in, that it will of course apply to male victims of


domestic, psychological et cetera, even though the headline says


husbands. It would work both ways. Staying with the Daily Telegraph,


this could be good news for pensioners, for all of us, those who


are going to be drawing their pensions in the future pension fees


cap could add ?1 billion to savers' policy. Nsions in the future pension


fees cap could add ?1 billion to savers' policy. `` pots. I think


this is while you are aKrug your pension pot. Most people in the


private sector have what's called a defined contribution scheme where


you don't get a guaranteed payout at the end. You build up a pot of money


based on what you pay. In your pension provider often is taking a


fee, which could be 1% of your fund every year. Obviously 1% doesn't


sound much but if you think you might be paying in for 20 or 30 or


40 years, that could be a third of your pension pot by the time they've


finished the skimming this off the top. The good news aspect of this


story is that when the Government said they were going to put in place


this 0.75% cap on these fees, they thought it might enrich us by ?200


million a year in total. But no. It might be ?1 billion, according to


one of the regulated companies. We are all going to... I'm smiling.


Miranda, you are smiling. It is a good news story, so we should all


hurrah that and it will affect most of us I think as we get older. But


there's a slight sting in the tail. There always is. What is it? One of


the experts interviewed by the Daily Telegraph points out that the


companies have seen their profits fall since these measures have been


proposed and are being introduced the, because going to hit their


proof pretty, the profits of the big insurance companies. He starts to


speculate they might find other fees that are not covered by the new


regulations as ways of fleecing people collecting their pension pot.


I'm shocked at that. Who would have thought it? The pensions industry is


seeing such a shake`up at the moment. The annuities, not having to


buy an annuity, that's a seismic change. If you are an insurance


company, you can't reconstitute your profits by new charges if the


product has disappeared completely. Indeed. They are going to have to


find another way of hitting their bottom line in a better way. The


financial times Miranda. From a good news story to a bad news story


potentially for millions of people. Fair's fare, inflation falls but


ticket prices go off the rails. Yes. In general terms, in terms of cost


of living crisis, as Labour has successfully dubbed it. Eyes rolling


here, but it has been quite a successful campaign. Very


successful. The fact that overall inflation is going down is good for


most of us. But if you are a commuter it looks as if next year


might be very difficult indeed, because the Department for


Transport, even though they insist no decision has been taken yet, may


be agreeing to a rise in commuter rail fares of 3.5%, which is much


higher than inflation. That will cause a great deal of anger among a


lot of people and a lot of people who will have a vote next May in a


general election. Which is why perhaps funnily enough it might not


happen. It may not. They have been very careful all day to say no


decision has been taken. They are even starting to say for example


that the department is looking closely at the cost of travel as our


ongoing commitment to those famous hard`working people. What's


interesting is the Government uses the RPI index, 1% above RP positive.


To calculate this. Yet if they are talking about increasing pensions or


benefits it is the lower CPI. It is a massive scam isn't it? If you are


a commuter. If I'm going to be dispassionate about this and... And


I'm being devil's advocate, can I point that out to anyone about to


good on to Twitter? The rail industry costs a lot of money. That


has to be divide up between fare payers and taxpayers. Either the


people commuting are going to pay higher fares. If the costs are going


up overall it has to come either from higher fares or higher taxes on


people not using the trains. So you might say, particularly if you live


outside the South East, here in the South East we all worry about these


things because we all have to use these trains to get into work. If


you are elsewhere in the country, where rail is not such a usual


method of commuting, where I come from in Leeds or Bradford, then you


might want the southerners to pay a few more quid on their season ticket


and take a few more quid off your tax bill. But northerners use trains


as will. your hands. I'm looking forward to


reading twitter on this. Absolutely. The minister today dared


to suggest that some rail fares were fair. She is feeling the full fury


of the community public for those remarks. Not the smartest thing to


say on a day when you are announcing the fans going up.


Thank you Neil Midgley, media commentator from Forbes.com


and the political commentator and journalist Miranda Green.


You'll both be back at half eleven for another look at the


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