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miss the Euro 2016 draw in Paris, after he lost... And, this

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evening's European rugby. That is all in sport later.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are Neil Midgley from Forbes.com

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and Laura Hughes, who's a political correspondent

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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 close to

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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 businessman caught up

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in the anti-corruption drive in China, where the private sector

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is increasingly nervous of the government's actions.

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The Mail reports on the millions of small business owners forced to file

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The Express says a new blood test could predict

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The Mirror reports on the schoolboy who died after falling under

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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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Laura, we are looking at the Independent, not their top story,

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but that picture of the Eiffel Tower at the climate summit. We were

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trying to work out whether that had been photo shopped, we haven't seen

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the full details, it has been delayed. It will be out tomorrow

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morning. We don't know everything that will be in it, and obviously

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where there are conflict is, you have big powers, with America trying

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to convince India and Brazil and China to sign up to the same

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agreements. Then there are the issues of power countries have stuck

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to the agreements that were made previously. We will see more detail

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tomorrow, and find out how seriously they are going to take its. The

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devil is in the detail, if it wasn't we would have had this agreement by

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now. Copenhagen would not have been such a disaster. There does seem to

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be something different this time around, some of them seem to be

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walking the walk as well as talking the talk. The interesting thing in

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the UK is that voters say that environmental issues are very

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important to them, if you give them a list of issues. They say

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environmental issues are important. But when you get into the detail of,

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would you peep prepared to pay more for petrol at the pump if there was

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a carbon tax or would you be repaired to pay more for food if the

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distribution of that food cost the supermarket more because of the

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carbon tax, then people say no. They think the cost should fall entirely

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on businesses, on Shell and BP and Sainsbury's. Unfortunately that is

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not how it works, if costs rise, unless it is a regulated industry

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where it is banned, they pass it on to the consumers. So, how much

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chance is there for a deal if it is a Draconian deal for the UK, whose

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principal beneficiaries are foreign countries? In issues of money, one

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of the stumbling blocks has been who will pay to compensate the poorer

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countries for money that they are now having to shell out to deal with

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problems that predate any issues that they have had in terms of

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development? I think a lot of people feel that China should be doing

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more, and these larger countries that are producing a lot more

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emissions in the environment than many. The average China -- Chinese

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person, the UK is a big country in terms of how much wealth you have

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per person, and we are big country in those terms. In China they have a

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huge economy but their GDP per head is much smaller. We shall see what

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they come up with tomorrow. It seems to be the day that is being hailed

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as when we will hear this historic deal. The Guardian is also focusing

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on phone hacking. They feel victims may challenge the CPS, who say they

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don't have evidence to go further. Yes, I would definitely add that,

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the lawyers are set to challenge the CPS. There are some legal firms who

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have made a good living the last few years out of representing victims of

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phone hacking, and they tend to be clearing houses. There is one chap

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who represents Paul Gascoigne, the footballer, and Alan Yandle. They

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said subject to a client's instructions we would want to have a

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review of the decision-making process. It doesn't seem like the

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client are the driving force. What has happened here is that Alison

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Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has said there will be

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no further criminal action against... There will be no criminal

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action against journalists at the Daily Mirror who were subject of an

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investigation, all corporate charges against News UK, former News

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International, which is the news branch of the Murdoch empire in the

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UK. That is probably where the rubber comes in this story, because

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people who hate the Murdoch empire really hate it, and they will be

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furious that as they see it once again the Murdoch empire has got off

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the hook. -- the rub. Never mind that Rebekah Brooks was found not

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guilty of all charges, that there have been a number of convictions,

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Andy Coulson went to prison, this would have been an opportunity to go

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for the head honchos, especially James Murdoch. He was in charge at

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News International for part of the time period of this phone hacking,

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so they are talking about the controlling mind of the company, he

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satisfies that test. He was the controlling mind of the company, but

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the CPS has said today that there is no evidence that he or anyone else

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at the top of News International knew that the money that was being

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paid for phone hacking was being used for phone hacking. Laura, take

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us on to the Scottish Daily Mail, because they have a story that

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council tax in Scotland may be on the way out. There is a commission

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that has been going on, and they have basically been given a range of

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options of not what they might want to scrap. We believe that they may

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have got a tipoff that the council tax would be the SNPs's preferred

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option. It is possible Holyrood could have the power to remove their

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council tax. These powers are devolved to Scotland, so it could

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really happen. I think the story here is that it will be the middle

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classes who suffer the most. They might end up paying more money

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because this is designed to save people who are not on high incomes,

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and it also comes as local authorities have had many tax cuts,

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and they are struggling to run. We have quite a lot to get through. The

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Financial Times had this photo of a tai chi enthusiast who is a business

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tycoon, finding himself in some hot water. Yes, he is the Chinese

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equivalent of Warren Buffett. He is a billionaire investor who has

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bought many Western brands, like Club Med and set Salle -- Cirgue du

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Soleil. He has disappeared, and there is and ongoing investigation

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at the moment into corruption. There are a number of very rich people in

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China, some of whom it seems will now be squirrel in even more of

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their money away. We are going to move on to the Sun, freedom of

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information move. What is this about? There is a commission going

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on looking at curbing the power is off FOIs. This is a very unpopular

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move among a lot of newspapers, and they haven't supplied any evidence

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in favour of it. They know they will be destroyed if an MP curb the

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powers of a journalist to get a story. Why did it happen in the

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first place? A lot of public bodies have submitted information, like

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hospital trusts, saying they can't put enough money into services for

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the elderly because the cost of FOIs is too great. Most of it is done by

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members of the public, not just journalists. It is an important

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tool, so things like standards we have at restaurants, like hygiene

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and things. This is all based on FOIs. It all came from this freedom

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of information act. A lot of people have been subject to FOIs, and it

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has been seen to have an agenda even before it started. The Sun's

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front-page has this story about a suspected gang, they think the same

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one that raided Simon Cowell's mansion, they think they may have

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targeted Rita or as well. This is all on the eve of the X factor final

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that starts tomorrow. Imagine them running at Simon Cowell friendly

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story on the eve of such a thing. Back in the day, and by which I mean

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about five years ago, the X factor final was a national event. There

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was a convulsion, and we all cared. We all watched, these were the early

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days of Twitter, I used to talk to my friends on Twitter while it was

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on, but now, Tumbleweed. Nobody cares. I don't think any of us know

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any of the acts that I ring tomorrow night's final. The show still gets 6

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million viewers, but it was getting 11 or 12 in its heyday. It is still

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a big audience but it is lagging three or four viewers behind

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Strictly Come Dancing, its big rival on the BBC. Questions are starting

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to be asked about ITV's ability to keep a compelling autumn schedule

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together for the next few years. You are saying Downton Abbey is

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finishing. Downton Abbey is finishing, but Cold Feat is coming

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back. Is it? Yes. -- Cold Feet. That is a great story to end on. That is

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it for the Papers. Coming up next, Sportsday.

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