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European athletics championships in Swansea and the European swimming in

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

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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 Neil Midgley, media commentator from

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

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

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

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The Daily Telegraph says husbands who bully or intimidate their

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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experts say not enough. It is difficult to get successful

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

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

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created for for example someone within a relationship systemically

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

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

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

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

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

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story makes it clear that possibly some Daily Telegraph readers,

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perhaps the Daily Telegraph themselves, perhaps a wider category

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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careful about this area, because domestic abuse including emotional

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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domestic, psychological et cetera, even though the headline says

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the experts interviewed by the Daily Telegraph points out that the

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companies have seen their profits fall since these measures have been

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

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

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

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regulations as ways of fleecing people collecting their pension pot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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might be very difficult indeed, because the Department for

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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reading twitter on this. Absolutely. The minister today dared

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

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

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

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Thank you Neil Midgley, media commentator from Forbes.com

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and the political commentator and journalist Miranda Green.

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

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At 11.00pm, we'll have more from Missouri, where police have shot

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dead a second young black man, near to where an unarmed black teenager

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