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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be
With me are sports writer for the Sun, Martin Lipton
and broadcaster and barrister Sophia Cannon.
She turned up looking like the snow Queen in a very beautiful quote.
Sadly she had to take it off. Nice to see you.
Tomorrow's front pages, starting with
It leads with accusations that energy companies are ripping
off consumers by not passing on three billion pounds worth
of falls in the cost of gas and electricity.
The Independent says six alleged victims of child abuse - at the
hands, they claim, of the late Labour peer Lord Janner - are to
David Cameron is preparing to send out a document
to the public, ahead of a referendum on the UK's membership
of the European Union, outlining the case for staying in -
that's according to the Daily Telegraph,
who say it will infuriate Conservative eurosceptics.
The Metro highlights a report from the consumer group Which,
that says ?100 million of compensation claims for rail
The Mirror says the SAS will be called in to help guard the England,
Wales and Northern Ireland football teams ahead of the Euro 200016 in
France. And the daily Mail talks about
shortages to nurses putting patients at risk. Let's begin, where we all
guessed we would, with Europe. Here it is in the Teloni Cameron dossier
to make case for EU. He prepares document to send to families before
a poll. At some point, Sophia he has to tell us which way he wants us to
vote. A lot of people would guess that David Cameron would be pro the
EU, wouldn't he? The problem is, he is making a mockery of democracy,
surely. If the Prime Minister is siding with one side and not the
other, surely he is going to have an upper hand and that's the whole
issue. He is using the Government machinery to put his case forward.
Don't we expect him to lead? He is the leader of the country. He is
supposed to put the best interests of the country first? You would
think he would be partisan, the three wise men, Villiers and Iain
Duncan Smith, too and I think he also has Chris Grayling. They are
eurosceptics. They don't want to leave and they see it as a betrayal
that their Prime Minister is siding with one side before the purr darks
before the Government can't come in and assist, as it were, or shall we
say, put forward a view or position that isn't neutral. If the Cabinet
are talking about a rebellion. If you are in the Cabinet, you are
supposed to stick together, aren't you? This is where Cabinet
responsibility comes down. Where there is no effective Opposition, it
allows for civil war within the governing party. There is no doubt
that Cameron is instinctively pro European, for all the attempts
occasionally to take a eurosceptic position on issues, his heart is not
in T even now he is talking about the summits with EU leaders, he
talks about being sure to get a deal to sell to the British people. It'll
be echoing Harold Wilson in the '75 Reviellere, which even I was too
young to vote in, to urge the country to take the stance of
staying n will call outrage. We already know that Liam Fox was a
prominent eurosceptic, stood against Cameron for the leadership of the
Tory Party back in 2005. He has publicly said he will vote to come
out. You have Major saying it would be extraordinary for Cabinet members
to take an anti-EU policy. We have positioning Look Look we know with
the Tory Party debate on Europe, it becomes a rupture. Going back to 97.
There is a danger of going down the same path. How can anyone decide to
vote against coming out or staying in, until we know what the deal Is
it is horse and cart mrivenlingts this deal will be announced, it is
going to be pro EU before we have decided what the position is and
what we have put forward. It is crazy. Let's look at the Metro. Put
rail delay payments on the fast track. Millions are being denied
refunds. Why? What is going on? People don't claim, half the battle.
Can't be bothered. Too much aggravation. There are signs if you
are two hours or three hours' delayed you have a chance it claim
your money back, but so many hoops to go through and we now have Which?
Which? The consumers demanding a much more streamlined policy for
things to be simplified and better publicity because we are being
taken, literally Forestieri a ride Perhaps we need an app. Someone
needs to decide how you can put in the details and you can claim
instantly. We live in the north, when your train doesn't show up, you
are cold. You don't live in the north you travel up north. It is
only a few quid. But it all adds up. Said in Unison. Exposito - energy
rip-off. Outcry at ?3 billion that greedy firms, says the paper, are
refusing to slash bills by. Household prices have come down.
Plummeted. Simple economics would suggest that bills are supposed to
come down, too. It doesn't always though? Surely it is schoolgirl
economics, Martine. You and I know, if the wholesale price drops, the
retail price should dro. We have all signed up to this package that we
have all got direct debits and we have all actually fixed our gas
prices. Now look at us. We are fixed in, and in the hottest December we
can all remember, paying our direct dibts, when there is a lot of people
out there having to face that heat or eat deadline. That's the whole
issue. Surely if the wholesale price drops, the retail price should drop
almost instantaneously. Except, don't a lot of firms buy their gas
in advance, don't they? And they are having to forecast way ahead of what
they are going to need and buy it at possibly higher prices than the
prices now? Well, there is a little bit of advanced buying but we have
the situation where we have the oil prays going up to $150 a barrel and
petrol price goes through the roof and oil price goes down to ?2.50 and
they barely move. The energy companies in all the various forms
have a position where they can take advantage of the consumer and lo and
behold they do. have a position where they can take
advantage of the consumer and lo and behold they do.
Isn't the ditches with gas and electricity. The regulator is
supposed to look after them. Gas and electricity isn't subject to tax
levies by the Chancellor in the way petrol and diesel are. So you have a
huge amount of tax added on which you don't have for gas and
Bot bonchts again schoolgirl economics A supply issue. Six main
suppliers are holding and strangling the Government and market. We have
no choice, we can't go out elsewhere and ensure the gas pliers are all in
a competition. Borriello We have a regulator. The
regulator needs to pull their finger out and sort this situation out.
Especially when there are a lot of families at the moment who cannot
heat or eat. Let's look at the Independent. A
very happy-looking independent. I noticed he was Scottish. He can't be
Scottish when he has won. He is only Scottish when he loses. Scottish,
Britain. A worthy winner. He won, playing for Britain as Robert kindly
reminds me in my ear. The first win in the Davis Cup since 1936. It
wasn't quite a one-man team. He played doubles with his brother but
in terms of winning matches it pretty much was. An outstanding
triumph. He led to us victory in Belgium the other way, as he has
done all the way through. He has been absolutely brilliant. A
momentous achievement for British tennis. We have never had his like
before. He deserves T he got 80,000 more votes than second-placed Kevin
Sinfield and that was very much a Rugby League write-in vote followed
by Jess Ennis in third and everyone's favourite boxer, Tyson
Fury in fourth. Murray's winning margin was more of the votes of the
candidates. Some people take issue with the title, sports personality.
And even Andy Murray said a friend sent him a link to an article which
said "Andy Murray is duller than a wet weekend in Worthing", which he
said was a bit harsh on Murray. I didn't recognise him. He is smiling.
When he lost the Wimbledon final and the nation went with him and he won
at the Olympics and they were behind him. Two women behind that. His wife
and his mum. And his coach I forgot that, the triumphalism of three
women supporting Andrew and good for him but also good for that team
behind him tonight. We must talk about the Tyson Fury issue. He was
very close in the number of votes he got to Jessica Ennis Hill who was
third. It would have been quite a difficult
one for the BBC had Tyson Fury won this? I have a lead on this, I'm
sory. The whole issue, is a lot of people excuse his behaviour or his
comment because he is a northern, even said, white-working class lad,
done good but I know another working class man, John amery, he is gay. If
you remember he is a basketball player. That's the whole issue.
Sending out the message to society - what is right and proper. Can you
start Banning things? I don't want him banned. A lot of people z didn't
they? I thought it was wrong. I have always approved. The fact is,
whatever you think of Fury's views, which I find utterly reprehensible
in every bone of my body, he is also the world heavyweight boxing
champion which is a huge achievement, baeteding, as he z
Klitschko this giant who nominated the sport for ten years, effectively
in his back yard, it was a remarkable achievement. With
somebody with views who a lot of people found to be offensive,
irrespective of who they are, isn't there a problem in giving them an
award that sort of celebrates their personality, when a lot of people
find some of that aspect difficult to stomach? The thing about it, it
is called Sports Personality, as it always has been, actually it is
Sports Person of the Year. Their achievement. We have had odd winners
in the past, it is fair to say, and you would wonder how they wanted.
Personally, I didn't want fury to win, he didn't, he came fourth. That
will do. Back to today's Teloni - cheese turned into -- to the
Telegraph. Cheese turned into electricity. If
there's a will there's a whey. Generating electricity from cheese.
Sounds like a plot from a comic but that's what is happening in a new
power plant in the Alps, says David Chazan, formerly of this BBC parish.
It provides electricity that provides electricity and it is sold
to an electricity company EDF. It is going to be the way forward. We are
going to be seeing more and more uses of biofuel like this. A
micro-generation where people from villages and small towns, that their
generation comes locally into the home. We can't have the situation
now where we are piping power to our cities from miles away. And where
else but France could this be pioneered. That's the papers for
this hour. Mike and Sophia will be back again.
Everyone is feisty tonight. I quite like it. We will be back to look at
the front pages. Coming up next, it is Click.