13/12/2015 The Papers


13/12/2015

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

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With me are the Parliamentary Journalist, Tony Grew,

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and Caroline Frost, who's Entertainment Editor

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The face of Marine Le Pen dominates the front of the Guardian,

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after her far-right National Front Party failed to win

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control of any regions in French local elections.

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The Times goes with the same story, saying the National Front bandwagon

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had been brought to a juddering halt by French voters.

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The Metro has more from Shaker Aamer - who claims that Tony Blair knew

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he was tortured while he was a Guantanamo Bay detainee.

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A spokeswoman for Mr Blair says he has always opposed

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The Telegraph reports on Boris Johnson calling for Britain

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to be granted a an EU opt-out, in order to impose a benefits

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The Financial Times says the cabinet is considering the nationalisation

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of the nuclear submarine arm of Rolls-Royce -

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The Chancellor's promise to protect police spending comes

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It says some areas of the force were not included in the pledge.

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The Express reports on a Rightmove study, which says house prices went

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up by seventeen hundred pounds a month over the past year.

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And it could be a careless whisper, but the Daily Star says

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George Michael is being lined up as a new judge on the X-Factor.

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Sadly we have got to put that to 1 side. Police cuts or are they cuts.

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George Osborne accused of the police spending copout. We heard a pledge a

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couple of weeks ago. Caroline... George Osborne with his spending

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Review and seemed to be getting a hallelujah on both sides of the

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house. Note cuts to police spending in the light of the terror attacks.

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As it transpires a fortnight later, Labour have been quick to jump on

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what they perceive as a gap in the small print or at least fudging.

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What areas are not going to get extra money that George Osborne was

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trumpeting at the review? The Chancellor was talking about the

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Home Office funding to police of which is the normal police forces

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that we know about throughout England and Wales but there are

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other police forces such as the British Transport Police that covers

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all of Britain and did get some of its funding from the Department for

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Transport, the civil nuclear police protecting nuclear sites and the

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Ministry of Defence police protecting army bases. The Labour

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Party asking a question in Parliament and they have got a

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written answer and they found out that the pledge to protect police

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funding does not cover these police forces and at the same time, some of

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the departments that partially fund these small police forces are facing

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cuts themselves. 37% in 1 case, concern is that because the budget

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is not protected because he cuts in these police forces and by the way,

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to remind ourselves of the attack in Leytonstone, a man was attacked in

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our cheap station, that was seen as a terror attack by police and the

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British Transport Police dealt with that. -- tube station. There has

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been a statement from the Treasury tonight. I think it's actually

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included in this article... It says it's ridiculous to suggest the

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government is not committed to funding the forces that keep the

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country safe and talks about the real term increase in funding they

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are going to get by 2020. How can we square that with what the papers

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saying? It may be ridiculous to say that for the statement from the

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government doesn't say is that we will guarantee that there will be

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cuts to the British Transport Police, the MoD police and the civil

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nuclear police, that's the interesting thing from the statement

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and effectively what the Treasury says is that we made a pledge about

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43 police forces in England and Wales, it's up to other departments

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to decide how they spend their money. The concern is if these

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departments face cuts in me still don't have a guarantee that these

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vital police forces will not face cuts in funding. It seems that the

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statement the Treasury has issued as a reference to the forces funded by

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the Home Office. That's exactly it. Funding for the other specialist

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police forces is not provided by central government grant but says

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it's partially for -- and did by central government and I think

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people will be concerned that what the Treasury appears to say is that

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funding for really vital stuff like who is protect our nuclear power

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stations and transport is being funded by industry and the

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indication seems to be the expect industry to fill funding gaps

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because of the cuts to central government. Let's look at the

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Guardian, and the face of Marie Marine Le Pen. Only a week ago,

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Caroline, it was a different story for her party. It is an upside down

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smile this evening. It was all looking very good for her party a

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week ago, I think they registered 28% in the opinion polls, for her

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National Front party, it has galvanised the opposition in the

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people and the politicians and now there have been machinations, a

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couple of socialists have stepped down in key seats and party managed

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to win nothing today. She is accusing the other parties of acting

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against as if they are victims of this that is how she feels of the

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political establishment. If she doesn't like the French voting

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system she should advocate to have changed, they have a 1st round of

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and a week later... The 1st round was last weekend and the 2nd round

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of voting was today and provides a safety valve for French voters.

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Sometimes they use the 1st round as protest vote when things like this

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happen, far right parties and saw ahead and find themselves in the

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run-off to take control of things... People can consider it again. In

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2002, I think the French President system which was a 2 round system,

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shall Marine Le Pen got into the final 2 and I think Shaq Shere got

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82% of the vote cause what happened is moderate people are those who

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support other parties support the mainstream candidates to insure that

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the far right does not get elected and that is what happened in the

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regional elections. The political establishment except that they can

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say we have seen them off. -- Chirac. The Prime Minister has said

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there has been no gloating, no victory speech. Even though they

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have not won in any of the 13 regions there are still merits and

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councillors dotted around the country and the same way that David

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Cameron had to adopt his rhetoric in the light of the Ukip euphoria he

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has had to say we have to listen to the country going forward. Let's

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look at the Metro. Blair knew I was tortured. Shaker Aamer, his 1st

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broadcast interview with the BBC. You can see that tomorrow on the

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Victoria Derbyshire programme... His suggestion is that it was not just a

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British official who was sitting in but it went higher than that when he

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was undergoing degrading treatment. Yes... What he says is that he

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thinks it is almost impossible that Tony Blair was not aware of the fact

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that he alleges he was tortured in Guantanamo Bay. Blair has come back

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and said he has always opposed the use of torture and said so publicly

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and privately. I guess this is a question of how far up the

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government changed knowledge of what was going on in Guantanamo Bay and

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what was happening to British citizens went. We are going to have

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the finding of the inquiry into the Iraq war and that will report but

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that won't answer any of these questions. Tony Blair at facing a

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series of other questions about not Iraq but things that happened under

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his tenure as Prime Minister. The spokesman for Tony Blair as saying

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he never condoned the use of torture or degrading treatment but this

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story has got so many strands to it, hasn't it and it reaches so far back

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in our history since the attacks of September the 11th and what happened

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in Afghanistan. Absolutely. A lady from the State Department in the US,

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formerly so, was keen to post this in a wartime paradigms and she

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described how we feel about Paris now after the French attacks but...

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These strands are so huge, I am always reminded of the Iran Contra

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investigations when officials were quick to say they knew nothing and

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others were quick to say you tell him for knowing or for knowing

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nothing. By the way, you are very much exposed in of explaining

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yourself. In terms of those comparisons with wartime and other

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things... The main takeaway lesson was that it did not work, it didn't

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get significant intelligence as far as we can see and a lot of British

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citizens were held against their will, are government I think was

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complicit and it did not protect its citizens as it should have. This man

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comes home and speaks in such positive terms now, there is no

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visible anger in him and he is preaching a message of peace and

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from a voice like that in the same way as Nelson Mandela... Someone who

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has been through something like that, people will listen to what he

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has to say, both the good and the bad. But look at the Telegraph

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newspaper... The suspected thief who escaped on a hover board may make

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legal history, Tony... Explain. These devices are becoming

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increasingly popular. The fact is they are illegal to use the pavement

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and on the road and the only place you can legally use them is on

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private land but this guy, you may have seen footage of this... He

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basically used 1 of these things to move into a shop, grabbed a crate of

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Lucozade and went out again, the CCTV camera identified him and he

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has been arrested and charged. He will face a series of charges

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including driving a self balancing scooter on the pavement, it's

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thought to be the 1st time that someone has been charged with that.

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It is like back to the future. Very like a movie. Not too late to decide

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against them for Christmas! I will have retailers on my case if I say

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that. No, carry on, by all of them. Strictly is onto front pages.

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Firstly... And under Beck, 13th time lucky, never reached the final. Much

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he and cry about this. A record-breaking series. -- Anton du

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Beke. And Katie making it all the way to the final, the 1st 4 Anton du

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Beke who has battled his way through 13 series. Famously danced with Ann

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Widdecombe and I will never forget the sight of her in a yellow dress,

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spinning around on the floor. It is Anita rani who is presented with

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countrified, the BBC programme, looking glum. Apparently she has not

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won a dancing competition. That is all Tony has to add. Her partner's

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top seems to have come off with amazing regularity. Yes, I believe

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he has many a wardrobe malfunction, much to the delight of many viewers.

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That is it the papers this hour but Tony and Caroline will be back. What

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coming up next, it is Click.

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