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north-west of the UK by Christmas. -- which may nudge into.
And a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment. Here are the
headlines. David Cameron has hinted that the EU referendum may be held
next year seeing the UK will fundamentally change Italy strip
with Europe. The Prime Minister said he was a step closer to getting
their changes he wanted. 2016 will be the year we achieved something
vital fundamentally changing the UK's relationship with the EU and
addressing the concerns of the British people. The UN Security
Council agrees a peace plan for Syria but without addressing the
future of President Assad. Britain's last deep coal mine
stopped production with the loss of 450 jobs. There was high emotion as
workers worked their final shift. Energy giant empower has to pay a
record fine. Half a million customers where wrongly billed.
Coming up in Sportsday, is this the man for the mean time at Chelsea?
Guus Hiddink flies in for talks but not in time to take charge of the
match tomorrow. More reaction to the sacking of Jose Mourinho. And more
news about the European rugby. Welcome to our look ahead to what
The Papers will be bringing as tomorrow.
The Financial Times leads with the David Cameron EU negotiation story.
The paper says he has cleared the way for an EU referendum membership.
The Sun says the number of foreign passport holders living in the UK
has reached 5 million for the first time.
The Times says doctors are handing out Botox perceptions without
face-to-face consultations with patients.
A mockery of justice is the headline in The Mail.
The Telegraph says leading academics are claiming British universities
have become to put it we correct. The Express claims some stores are
offering discounts of up to 80% for Christmas shoppers.
Let us start with the EU vote. Britain to decide in summer. Cameron
says referendum can be held next year after good process. I am sure
bookmakers are running audits on this about when exactly it will
happen. What intrigues me about this story is that David Cameron is not
daft. Ack walked about him is that he is a poker player. He only bets
when the Carter in his favour. He is not the kind of person who publicly
goes into a negotiation without knowing he is going to win it. And
yet these EU leaders are still coming out saying they will not give
him what he wants. How is he going to achieve this effectively by
February in order to get a referendum on the table in June?
What does he know that we do not? Do you know? I do not. This is part of
the thing. From the outside it looks that he has been cack-handed in his
negotiations and then suddenly he has pulled a rabbit out of a hat and
although he leaders have sat around. They are not going as far as he
wants them to go perhaps but he is definitely where he wants to be.
Maybe he does not what he is doing. What are you hearing. #
This headline that Britain to decide in summer seems fairly certain.
Earlier in the week I heard from Tory sources in Europe saying
September was the date. That was largely by a process of elimination.
That is stretching some are a bit. They are saying June or July. There
are elections in May. It is very close to then have another thought
in June. In July you get into summer, people go on holiday. The
Scottish school holidays start at the end of June. He will be in
trouble if he has to have it in July. The SNP will kick-off. Idea
not predict. I suspect it will be later than June or July. What about
the red lines on in work benefits for migrants? That four-year delay
between arriving in this country and being able to clean? No where near
doors. He has got an emergency brake. Donald Tusk has given him an
emergency brake summit of public services are going to be
overwhelmed, I do not know who decides that, he will be able to put
some sort of break on immigration. Is that a temporary measure? I am
not sure of the mechanics but it is something, moving in the late
direction. In February we have got the next European council meeting
and then he says that will be the deadline then we will find out if he
has been cack-handed. But legislation has got to be put in
place to allow this to happen. That is the other thing. Do we then have
a referendum based on an actual Agreement in stone or based on
promises that things will change? Then other countries have to ratify
it. That is a different proposal. Let us not get bogged down in that
just now. The Independent, we are looking at a
story here, part of our wider story about industry and the relationship
between the banks and Government. The picture is of one of the miners
after the last shift at the coal mine that closed today. There are
still a lot of coal but it is more expensive. It is a very sad story.
People of my vintage remember miners strikes. A huge union with huge
power. NUM is down to 100 members. It is poignant. Christmas is around
the corner. It is a sad story. You wonder why so many redundancies take
place just before Christmas. Never a great time to lose your job, but
Christmas as well? It is a great picture on the front of The
Independent that such a sad story. We are reading elsewhere about mad
Friday, people going out tonight and drinking lots and shopping lots and
at the scene time people are losing their jobs. If we can set aside the
devastation to that mining community for one seconds we now that the days
of coal are numbered. We were hearing in Paris on the last week.
True, but we are still using an awful lot of it. But is still in the
ground. Let us look at The Telegraph. Politically correct
universities are killing free speech. Academics are speaking out
about censorship on campuses of anything that causes the slightest
bit of offence is what The Telegraph says. I am not sure who the student
centres are. They seem to be the spectral idea, people saying you
cannot do this or that, but they do not seem to pin down in this article
who these centres are. I am not sure about the work banning in stories
like this. I hear about this being banned from literally festivals
because of our character being too sensational, it turns out they have
not been banned, they have just not been invited. I often wonder idea
where that millions of other people also have not been invited to
address students or appear at a festival. I have been banned from
every university in the country in that case. Devastated. How far it is
a ban and how far it is just an exercise of wanting to see someone
speak or not I do not know. What are the up in arms about? Lots of things
apparently. Some vehicles. The Sun. David Starkey. Cecil Rhodes. A
statue of Cecil Rhodes. Indeed. Apparently some people want to take
down the statue of Cecil Rhodes. Historic Bingen see it as a subject
of historic interest. It is an object of historic interest. It is
the balance you have to meet. This is what we do in society, finding
the balance between something of historical interest, it just so
happened that has a statue of a man who did terrible things in South
Africa. Maybe it should be taken down now. But if we together thing
down that cause somebody offence there would be nothing left. What is
the barrier? What is the benchmark for offence? That is what we do as a
society. We find that level. It changes over time. As banning
somebody from wearing a or because they are not Mexican racist? Were
they really banned? How can you bounce a buddy from wearing a
sombrero? Is there somebody at all police at East Anglia University? It
is an interesting issue but I never quite sure of where the actual
balance is. There is another aspect to this story which is glossed over.
It is a line that says because universities increasingly see
fee-paying students as customers they do not bear to stand up to a
small and focal minority. I have heard of people teaching at
university who say that because students are paid so much money they
expect certain grades and certain achievement and they do not expect
their teachers to say, you have not earned through your work. It does
seem to be a difficult issue of balance. The students now think the
customer is always right. Something is going on on the campuses but at
the minute it becomes a story about banning somebody was it is reduced
to simplistic terms,. Boris Johnson could be made Foreign Secretary.
When and why? Here is a man who knows about nuance. Boris Johnson.
After he steps down from his term as London near in May it is expected
that David Cameron will give him another job in or around the
Cabinet. Foreign Secretary is a new one although The Telegraph generally
know what they are talking about. Do we really want Boris Johnson
stumbling around Europe as the face of Britain? But when he was mere of
London he did a good job. That he not embarrass us at the Beijing
Olympics? He would certainly be memorable on
the world stage. If you have him in the cabinet you keep them close. It
would be a good platform to stand against George Osborne. Does David
Cameron want that? I am not sure. Daily Mail, riot suspects who
refused to give names in court have charges chopped. What do you do to
make somebody reveal who they are in court? I do not know what to make of
this story. He has not everyone tried that? How difficult can it be
to establish you sundered it is? A computer. Indeed. We are told to be
very careful about our identity, that people can piece it together,
yet these people went to court and refused to say who they are. If that
is true it is outrageous. If you are somebody whose House or business was
smashed up in these rights, and presumably they are men, they turn
up, say they will not tell the name and walk out, that is outrageous. It
then Quartz and MP. If you have to go to Peter Bull for the court it
suggests your story might be desperate. Why? Be careful. He is a
great man and a great MP that he is quite easy to get Quartz from. But
this is the kind of thing you would expect to have a strong opinion on.
If it was a stronger story you might have a stronger court. Maybe he is
speaking up for a lot of people who could agree. Surely they could
prosecute at another time anything to these people are. It is not worth
the time to go after them and spent lots of resources. It needs more
flesh on the bones. Daily Express, January sales started today. I know
you cannot contain yourselves. Up to 80% of as stores/places. I cannot
stand shopping at the best of times. What are we doing? 80% off would not
tempt me to go to the shops today. I would not go near the place. I get
all the shopping done beforehand. What do they do in January or Boxing
Day? They will sell as bikinis judging by the weather. It gets
earlier and earlier. I can remember when the January sales were in
January. Then 20 Boxing Day. Now it is before Christmas. But a lot of
shops have there sales on. There were some quite strong fumes
on my train as I came into work. We will be back again at half past 11.
More on the UN Security Council adopting the resolution on a Peace
Process in Syria. Coming up in the programme:
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