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Championship match and action from European rugby, all coming up in

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Sportsday in the next 15 minutes. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the papers will be With me are the former US

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State Department Official and law professor, Colleen Graffy,

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and the Political Editor of the Daily Mirror,

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Jason Beattie. Let's get into the front pages as we

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have them. Let's kick off, there we go, with Jose Mourinho.

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Were you a fan? How could you not be? He's gorgeous! Don't hold back!

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Finding someone that good-looking, it seems a shame after you have done

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so well, they say the best in 110 years, and after one season, he's

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out? But there seems to be some personality issues that have arisen

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and I guess that is part of it but what a shame. Gorgeous but

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personality issues. Exactly. We discussed this in the newspaper

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conference today at the daily Mirror and this came up, do we put up a

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front page and make it the main story? But some women won't like

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football. But they said, "No, we like him". He does transcend

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football. He is the superstar manager. This story was what the

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word schadenfreude was invented for, every other football fan in every

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other club in Britain is going, "Yes!" The man who traded on his ego

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has had a spectacular fall. It seems harsh. I'm not a Chelsea fan, I have

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to say but a man who has won the Premier League title three times,

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you would think he deserves a bit of time to fail, even one season of

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failure. What is interesting here, sorry about the football talk! Let's

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do a bit of Charlton while we are doing this because they don't get

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mentioned here very often. Part of the whole Jose Mourinho shtick was

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that he would defend the players by attacking the referee, the

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opponents, anyone. Doctors! It was almost like he was doing it on

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purpose to deflect attention from what happened in the dressing room.

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What has happened is that he has fallen out with the players. Instead

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of... This act, this ring of steel that he put around them, it is no

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longer working because it was obviously a major bust up behind the

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scenes. He's broken the trust. Did he deserve to go? I know you are not

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a breakable fun. No, I enjoy it, very much so, NFL and British! Is it

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harsh? A lot of people would say he got them a lot of trophies. It is

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clear when you have some of the bust up that he has had, in other clubs

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he's been too as well, not just Chelsea, that it seems to be after

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two years, something, some black cloud kicks in. I'm not sure what

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that is. But you can't feel too sorry for him, you will be crying

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all the way to the bank, ?250,000 per week out of ?10 million while

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he's looking for a new job. And he will write a book and goodness knows

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what else. Don't feel too sorry. He could do the paper review sometime!

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Staying with the Independent, speaking of wealth, one nation or

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two, priming as do? What do you make of this? This is Alan

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former Labour Health Secretary who was appointed by David Cameron as

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the social mobility is, a slightly clunky title, to look at how you

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improve the life chances of many of the poorest people in this country.

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He's come out with his annual report and he has hung Cameron Buttle 's

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Mac words, which the Prime Minister after just after he was re-elected

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about being a one nation by Minister. -- he has hung Cameron's

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words. He has said the divide between rich and boys getting wider,

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has Alan Milburn. But it has been under Tony Blair as well. He said if

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you want after Sylvia election promise you got to do a lot more.

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Alan Milburn describes over 1 million children as in persistent

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poverty. He takes the cities of Norwich and Saint Oldland 's, and

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says they are 100 miles apart but the life expectancy, the salaries,

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the fortunes of children in St Albans are so much more better than

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they are in Norwich. It's not a particularly poor city in itself. As

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an outsider, Colleen, what do you make of inequality in this country?

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I have to say, first, the idea that there has been a commission, and

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this is the third annual review that they are identifying the problems

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and also, that you have George Osborne focusing on this northern

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powerhouse, so the government is concentrated on how to crack this.

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They recognise the problem which is half the battle and they are trying

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to identify ways of overcoming it. One is to have zero tolerance of

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schools with for example salts. We have a similar situation in the US.

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-- with poor exam results. They forced them to become academies and

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recognise that education is an essential part of getting above the

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poverty line. And so to work for new teachers getting higher paid,

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helping provide housing, that is going to be key to changing the gap.

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But this is the key point. One, these issues are not unique to

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Britain. There is a massive wealth gap in the US as well. But the

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majority of solutions Alan Milburn is advocating require a stronger

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state. They require the government to put more money in. We could

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debate that all night but we don't have time. Let's talk about the

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European Union in the Daily Telegraph. David Cameron, a rather

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good picture of him... Looking stressed! He looks a bit nervous in

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front of Angela Merkel. She is saying no. The headline says, "Now,

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Mrs Merkel, about Britain's demand". It's going to be a tough, long night

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for David Cameron. He's there as we speak. It's going to be difficult

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for him because he's asking the other European to vote to accept

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that Britain does not have to give in-kind benefits to citizens from

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their country coming to Britain. Would we want that reciprocated?

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Probably not. They are an unlikely to vote for that to happen in

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Britain. -- not likely. How will he get a deal? There's a lot of talk

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about compromise. There will have to be a compromise. David Cameron had

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four key demands and three of them were agreed anyway, although they

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were pretty woolly, like there would not be a two tear Europe, regarding

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the single currency, and there would be a new drive to eradicate

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bureaucracy and red tape which had general agreement. The third one was

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against ever closer union which was pretty much happening. But the one

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awkward demand is the one he's going to have to go back on which is the

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four year ban on migrant benefits. Also on the front page, an

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extraordinary story about divorce and a computer software blunder

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which means a lot of couples who have divorced may have to go back

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through the courts. Yes, if you have divorced in the last 20 months, you

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want to make sure you read this story, particularly if you were

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bemused by settlement. And if you used software on the form. If you

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did it online. They found out they were not taking in some of the debts

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and liabilities. Interestingly enough, it was a friend of the

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court, a McKenzie friend who identified this and went back and

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alerted the Department but it has taken them a while to recognise the

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software problem. There's only about 20,000 cases but that's a lot. And

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also, how do you get it back into the hands of the court to revise?

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It's going to be tricky bureaucracy. Extraordinary. The Financial Times

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have an interesting story about a whizz kid who has been arrested for

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running a Ponzi scheme. What is this about? He is in Jose Mourinho's

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hooded top, by the way. He hit the headlines a few months ago when he

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bought this pharmaceutical firm and became Chief Executive. He ramped up

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the costs by 500%, of this drug which was partly used for some HIV

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AIDS patients to help them. Massive social media backlash. A lot of

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people will be saying that this is his just reward. He did this

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horrific thing and maybe he's getting his just deserts. But he is

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saying that the case against him has no merit. He's just 32. He looked

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like he was ramping up the cost of this in order to pay back those that

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were part of the hedge scheme. Allegedly he had all sorts of money

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in this hedge fund which turned out to be ?700, or dollars or something.

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So beware, there are so many of these Ponzi schemes and it is all to

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do with confidence and one thing leading to another. Everyone thought

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he was a whizz kid and now it looks like it is a house of cards. He's 32

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and he had a very controversial exit from his previous company and how

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did he become Chief Executive of another firm? It's an interesting

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question. Lastly, your favourite, I think, dog owners are being

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threatened with prosecution if they dress up their pets and their dogs

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in Christmas outfits. I don't know quite what sort of outfit we are

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talking about. Things like antlers, Father Christmas outfits. I have to

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confess, I have a dog. You dress him up as Father Christmas? I don't. The

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RSPCA is worried about the stress and the trauma for the dog but I'm

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not sure how traumatic it is for the dog. How have they evaluated this?

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It could be stressful, it could be embarrassing to walk down the

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street. The dog is embarrassed? What about the owner was to mark I don't

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think they get embarrassed. Do dogs have shame? Do you have a dog? I did

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when I grew up. We did not dress it up. It seems a bit over reaching to

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see that they will feel unable to express themselves as well as being

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scared and worried about the unfamiliar clothing. Don't you think

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dog owners that love their dogs would not do anything that would

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create any tension question mark they would be the first to recognise

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that, not the RSPCA. -- any tension? And Christmas jumpers are so last

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year! Let's not get onto that. Thank you for joining us. We will see you

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again at 11:30pm. We will be back with more of the front pages then.

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Stay with us. At 11pm, David Cameron has told one of his proposed key

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reforms of the UK to stop migrant workers claiming benefits for years

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is unacceptable. Next, Sportsday. Hello and welcome to Sportsday -

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I'm Olly Foster, here's what's

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