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from the short list for the 2015 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

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That is all in Sportsday in 15 minutes, first here is The Papers.

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

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With me are Neil Midgley, from Forbes.com, and Laura Hughes,

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who's a political correspondent at the Daily Telegraph.

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The Independent's front page has a picture of an illuminated

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Eiffel Tower in Paris where negotiators are said to be

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close to an "historic deal" on climate change.

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The Times says households are paying "extortionate" charges to Britain's

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energy networks for routine jobs such as moving meters.

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The FT looks at the Chinese investor caught up in the anti-corruption

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drive in China, where the private sector is increasingly nervous

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The Mail says millions of investors are to be forced to file tax returns

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The Express says a new blood test could predict arthritis years

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The Mirror reports on the schoolboy who died after falling under a bus

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And the Guardian says phone-hacking victims are expected to demand

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a review of the Crown Prosecution Service's decision to cease pursuing

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Let us get to grips with some of this. There is not one top story. We

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will start with climate change and what has been happening in Paris,

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but as they go to print the still just on the verge of a historic

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deal. I will believe it when I see it. There is still some time to go.

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The deadline for some agreement has been put back, it was supposed to

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happen today but now tomorrow, and as you were saying and as The

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Independent says, there is talk of this target of only a 1.5 degrees

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increase in global temperatures due to man-made climate change, as the

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scientists would say. Whether that will be agreed or there will be

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weasel words. I have heard reports that will be weasel words around to

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degrees at the final tally should be as far under two degrees as

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possible. The devil with these big international agreements is in the

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detail on what individual countries will promise to do to cut their own

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emissions and what mechanisms there will be to make sure that they stick

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to those promises. Neither of those counts, from what was reported today

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by the BBC and others, did not seem to be any clear idea of what sticks

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the individual countries were going to give away to get beaten with. Do

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you think this will end in a tight agreement? You have America who are

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pushing on China to adhere to a single way of measuring. China says

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that they measure it in a different way and that is where the conflict

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is. The cell and China and America are involved so it is a big deal. It

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is a step forward but people tend to find ways to wiggle out. I have not

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been following this in detail but what I did not hear today in the

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reports is anything about population control and it seems to me

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common-sense, and there is a documentary film called ten Billion

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that talks about the possibility that the world population will reach

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out within our lifetimes. Clearly the more people that there are the

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more carbon emissions there will be because there will be a certain

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amount of carbon emissions per head. It seems to be that without grasping

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that particularly unpleasant metal, this could turn out... It is

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interesting because with the flooding someone came out and said

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that it could be a result of global warming. It is a big story for us

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this week. It focuses the mind and a feeling that I've had from our

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correspondence led by up in speaking to today is that there is that says

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that this time we are ready to grasp the nettle because we are realising

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it is now or never. Is that rose tinted or do you think the vibe is

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better this time? I think it is and I think this week will have made

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people look at the story because it has affected them, they have been

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kicked out of their homes because of that potentially, and there are

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senior ministers... Not to minimise what happened in Cumbria, that is a

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relatively small proportion of the UK population. When the polling data

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comes back about whether people are prepared to pay extra at the petrol

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pump or in the supermarket for climate change commitments and lower

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carbon emissions, people said no. They want BT or cells to pick it up

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-- BP or shell to pick it up. It will be interesting to see what

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comes out. At the bottom of The Independent and in The Guardian we

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have the phone hacking story. This is the decision by the Director of

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Public Prosecutions not to pursue certain prosecutions and it is

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proving pretty controversial for some of the victims who were hoping

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to see this through to the end. Other we know that illegal things

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are going on she says there is not sufficient evidence for big

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corporate charges and a lot of the victims are now saying they are

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going to challenge the single back to the court that it is not enough.

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This has been going on for years and Andy Coulson and others have gone

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down. The cost of this whole thing is now ?40 million. The newspapers

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are giving different figures but it is a lot of money. There is some

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public appetite and Hugh Grant is going to come out to speak about

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this. How much more do we want this to go one? It is a story that I

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sensed the public got tired off quite quickly after the Milly Dowler

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revelations came out in July 2000 and 11. People were appalled and

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rightly so and there were more revelations during the levels

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report. We might get part two of the Levenson report. And the terms of

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reference, there is provision for a second part to take place after the

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criminal investigation by the police into phone hacking specifically. If

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that judicial requiring was to take place, -- judicial inquiry, he would

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be able to call witnesses from e-mail grip. -- from the Miller

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group. They are not saying that phone hacking did not happen at The

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Mirror, they have paid out, they appeared civil damages to people

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saying that they know they have to phone. The Crown Prosecution Service

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is saying that they do not have enough evidence against any

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individual journalists. They were licking at full call data from

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different phones within the office, they did not know which journalists

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had made which calls on which days. These were office phones. That is

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something rather Crown Prosecution Service before it brings a criminal

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prosecution has to be really sure it has another evidence. People are

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often frustrated by that because they know that there was bad

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software was going on, but it is the detail that has to stand up in court

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which is something different. That aside I have been 154 arrests but

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only 45 convictions. That is nearly ?1 million of public money. There

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was a lot of talk about deregulation of the press. Do you think people

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were interested in hearing about how the press were going to be regulated

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or do you think that was being tired old these to this. It's about Milly

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Dowler, people did not want to get involved in the nitty-gritty? Is not

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in the nitty-gritty and I think that is the basic principle of the free

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press and that is what most people recognise and realise and want. All

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these disgusting things came out which most journalists would agree

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when appropriate. It has never really been a Tory issue, regulating

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the press. David Cameron was never keen on it and he has always said

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that the pressure be free and it should regulate itself. It was an Ed

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Miliband issue and he was very keen on making a big song and dance about

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the fact that he had taken on Rupert Murdoch was the first party leader

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to do so, but now that the Tories do not have the drag of the Liberal

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Democrats and coalition as they did before, dragging them towards a more

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interventionist regulation of the press, I think that is probably a

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dead letter for them. We will stay with The Guardian and a story that

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keeps giving. Donald Trump is on the front page again. The story just

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keeps going and today Hillary Clinton came out and said that he is

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just not funny any more. It has gone too far. The reaction from

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politicians has been interesting. George Osborne stood in for David

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Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions are quite a few MPs said

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that he should be banned from the country because the things that he

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had been saying is hate speech. George Osborne argued that you have

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to give these people are boys about you challenge them and argue against

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them and welcome them here. The BBC is Boris Johnson who said that he

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should not be allowed in the country. There's a conflict about

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what people believe but the story is extraordinary and the petition is

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just... It is Bjorn 400,000 now. I figured has 500,000 signatures now.

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I'm not sure that he would want to come because clearly it is not safe

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to walk on the streets here. There are parts of London you can go into.

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Could he become the president of the United States and because he is such

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a wealthy man and has been bankrolling his campaign for the

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Republican nomination, unlike Hillary Clinton, he does not have to

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go out to big donors and get a coalition of the willing to fund the

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campaign, he can say whatever he likes. That can go down very well.

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People have been patented Nigel Farage and I think that is unfair.

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Where the comparison holds some water is that Nigel Farage before

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the last election and during the last parliament was the maverick

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politician in Britain and he was the one who supposedly said what the

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ordinary man was thinking. She wasn't hateful in the way that

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Donald Trump has been. He didn't get anywhere, but the American system is

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different and if you have enough money you can buy your way quite a

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long way down the track and getting the Republican nomination is

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different from winning the presidency, because the nomination

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is largely decided by the Republican base of evangelical and Christians.

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The American electorate hopefully will take a different view. The

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Times is talking about thousands being caught up in an energy price

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rip-off. This is the watchdog looking at what we're being charged

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to a meter. What is most bizarre is the difference in price. On one side

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of the road you can be quoted ?5,400 and then something completely

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different on the other side of the road. I think it is an interesting

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story and the danger is that people are turning to a legal suppliers of

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the servers to might not move the meter in a safe way. This is very

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dangerous. Energy companies are not very popular with the company 's

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cop-mac public. What I didn't realise is that there are ten

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different companies who own the networks that bring the electricity

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and gas to our houses, as opposed to the National Grid which is the

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backbone of the system which is owned by one company. You have the

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National Grid and then his distribution companies and then the

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retail energy companies, from whom you buy a relative city and who are

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using these networks to distribute it. It is fiendishly complicated.

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Only a privatised, national monopoly could come up with such a difficult

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to regulate system with so many different moving parts and it is not

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a surprise that the energy regulator doesn't seem to have been able to

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keep up with it. We were going to look at the FT in China but we don't

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have time although we will come back to it in the next hour, a story

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about a Chinese tycoon who seems to have found themselves in trouble

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over anti-corruption. We will talk about this and some of the other

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stories. That is all from

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The Papers this hour. They will be back with me at 11.30pm

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for another look at the stories

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