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

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With me are sports writer for the Sun, Martin Lipton

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and broadcaster and barrister Sophia Cannon.

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She turned up looking like the snow Queen in a very beautiful quote.

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Sadly she had to take it off. Nice to see you.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with

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It leads with accusations that energy companies are ripping

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off consumers by not passing on three billion pounds worth

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of falls in the cost of gas and electricity.

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The Independent says six alleged victims of child abuse - at the

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hands, they claim, of the late Labour peer Lord Janner - are to

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David Cameron is preparing to send out a document

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to the public, ahead of a referendum on the UK's membership

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of the European Union, outlining the case for staying in -

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that's according to the Daily Telegraph,

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who say it will infuriate Conservative eurosceptics.

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The Metro highlights a report from the consumer group Which,

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that says ?100 million of compensation claims for rail

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The Mirror says the SAS will be called in to help guard the England,

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Wales and Northern Ireland football teams ahead of the Euro 200016 in

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France. And the daily Mail talks about

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shortages to nurses putting patients at risk. Let's begin, where we all

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guessed we would, with Europe. Here it is in the Teloni Cameron dossier

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to make case for EU. He prepares document to send to families before

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a poll. At some point, Sophia he has to tell us which way he wants us to

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vote. A lot of people would guess that David Cameron would be pro the

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EU, wouldn't he? The problem is, he is making a mockery of democracy,

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surely. If the Prime Minister is siding with one side and not the

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other, surely he is going to have an upper hand and that's the whole

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issue. He is using the Government machinery to put his case forward.

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Don't we expect him to lead? He is the leader of the country. He is

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supposed to put the best interests of the country first? You would

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think he would be partisan, the three wise men, Villiers and Iain

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Duncan Smith, too and I think he also has Chris Grayling. They are

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eurosceptics. They don't want to leave and they see it as a betrayal

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that their Prime Minister is siding with one side before the purr darks

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before the Government can't come in and assist, as it were, or shall we

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say, put forward a view or position that isn't neutral. If the Cabinet

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are talking about a rebellion. If you are in the Cabinet, you are

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supposed to stick together, aren't you? This is where Cabinet

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responsibility comes down. Where there is no effective Opposition, it

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allows for civil war within the governing party. There is no doubt

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that Cameron is instinctively pro European, for all the attempts

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occasionally to take a eurosceptic position on issues, his heart is not

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in T even now he is talking about the summits with EU leaders, he

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talks about being sure to get a deal to sell to the British people. It'll

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be echoing Harold Wilson in the '75 Reviellere, which even I was too

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young to vote in, to urge the country to take the stance of

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staying n will call outrage. We already know that Liam Fox was a

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prominent eurosceptic, stood against Cameron for the leadership of the

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Tory Party back in 2005. He has publicly said he will vote to come

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out. You have Major saying it would be extraordinary for Cabinet members

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to take an anti-EU policy. We have positioning Look Look we know with

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the Tory Party debate on Europe, it becomes a rupture. Going back to 97.

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There is a danger of going down the same path. How can anyone decide to

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vote against coming out or staying in, until we know what the deal Is

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it is horse and cart mrivenlingts this deal will be announced, it is

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going to be pro EU before we have decided what the position is and

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what we have put forward. It is crazy. Let's look at the Metro. Put

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rail delay payments on the fast track. Millions are being denied

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refunds. Why? What is going on? People don't claim, half the battle.

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Can't be bothered. Too much aggravation. There are signs if you

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are two hours or three hours' delayed you have a chance it claim

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your money back, but so many hoops to go through and we now have Which?

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Which? The consumers demanding a much more streamlined policy for

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things to be simplified and better publicity because we are being

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taken, literally Forestieri a ride Perhaps we need an app. Someone

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needs to decide how you can put in the details and you can claim

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instantly. We live in the north, when your train doesn't show up, you

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are cold. You don't live in the north you travel up north. It is

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only a few quid. But it all adds up. Said in Unison. Exposito - energy

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rip-off. Outcry at ?3 billion that greedy firms, says the paper, are

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refusing to slash bills by. Household prices have come down.

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Plummeted. Simple economics would suggest that bills are supposed to

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come down, too. It doesn't always though? Surely it is schoolgirl

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economics, Martine. You and I know, if the wholesale price drops, the

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retail price should dro. We have all signed up to this package that we

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have all got direct debits and we have all actually fixed our gas

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prices. Now look at us. We are fixed in, and in the hottest December we

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can all remember, paying our direct dibts, when there is a lot of people

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out there having to face that heat or eat deadline. That's the whole

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issue. Surely if the wholesale price drops, the retail price should drop

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almost instantaneously. Except, don't a lot of firms buy their gas

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in advance, don't they? And they are having to forecast way ahead of what

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they are going to need and buy it at possibly higher prices than the

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prices now? Well, there is a little bit of advanced buying but we have

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the situation where we have the oil prays going up to $150 a barrel and

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petrol price goes through the roof and oil price goes down to ?2.50 and

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they barely move. The energy companies in all the various forms

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have a position where they can take advantage of the consumer and lo and

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behold they do. have a position where they can take

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advantage of the consumer and lo and behold they do.

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Isn't the ditches with gas and electricity. The regulator is

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supposed to look after them. Gas and electricity isn't subject to tax

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levies by the Chancellor in the way petrol and diesel are. So you have a

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huge amount of tax added on which you don't have for gas and

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Bot bonchts again schoolgirl economics A supply issue. Six main

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suppliers are holding and strangling the Government and market. We have

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no choice, we can't go out elsewhere and ensure the gas pliers are all in

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a competition. Borriello We have a regulator. The

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regulator needs to pull their finger out and sort this situation out.

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Especially when there are a lot of families at the moment who cannot

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heat or eat. Let's look at the Independent. A

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very happy-looking independent. I noticed he was Scottish. He can't be

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Scottish when he has won. He is only Scottish when he loses. Scottish,

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Britain. A worthy winner. He won, playing for Britain as Robert kindly

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reminds me in my ear. The first win in the Davis Cup since 1936. It

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wasn't quite a one-man team. He played doubles with his brother but

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in terms of winning matches it pretty much was. An outstanding

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triumph. He led to us victory in Belgium the other way, as he has

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done all the way through. He has been absolutely brilliant. A

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momentous achievement for British tennis. We have never had his like

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before. He deserves T he got 80,000 more votes than second-placed Kevin

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Sinfield and that was very much a Rugby League write-in vote followed

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by Jess Ennis in third and everyone's favourite boxer, Tyson

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Fury in fourth. Murray's winning margin was more of the votes of the

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candidates. Some people take issue with the title, sports personality.

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And even Andy Murray said a friend sent him a link to an article which

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said "Andy Murray is duller than a wet weekend in Worthing", which he

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said was a bit harsh on Murray. I didn't recognise him. He is smiling.

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When he lost the Wimbledon final and the nation went with him and he won

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at the Olympics and they were behind him. Two women behind that. His wife

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and his mum. And his coach I forgot that, the triumphalism of three

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women supporting Andrew and good for him but also good for that team

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behind him tonight. We must talk about the Tyson Fury issue. He was

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very close in the number of votes he got to Jessica Ennis Hill who was

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third. It would have been quite a difficult

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one for the BBC had Tyson Fury won this? I have a lead on this, I'm

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sory. The whole issue, is a lot of people excuse his behaviour or his

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comment because he is a northern, even said, white-working class lad,

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done good but I know another working class man, John amery, he is gay. If

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you remember he is a basketball player. That's the whole issue.

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Sending out the message to society - what is right and proper. Can you

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start Banning things? I don't want him banned. A lot of people z didn't

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they? I thought it was wrong. I have always approved. The fact is,

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whatever you think of Fury's views, which I find utterly reprehensible

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in every bone of my body, he is also the world heavyweight boxing

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champion which is a huge achievement, baeteding, as he z

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Klitschko this giant who nominated the sport for ten years, effectively

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in his back yard, it was a remarkable achievement. With

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somebody with views who a lot of people found to be offensive,

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irrespective of who they are, isn't there a problem in giving them an

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award that sort of celebrates their personality, when a lot of people

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find some of that aspect difficult to stomach? The thing about it, it

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is called Sports Personality, as it always has been, actually it is

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Sports Person of the Year. Their achievement. We have had odd winners

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in the past, it is fair to say, and you would wonder how they wanted.

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Personally, I didn't want fury to win, he didn't, he came fourth. That

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will do. Back to today's Teloni - cheese turned into -- to the

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Telegraph. Cheese turned into electricity. If

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there's a will there's a whey. Generating electricity from cheese.

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Sounds like a plot from a comic but that's what is happening in a new

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power plant in the Alps, says David Chazan, formerly of this BBC parish.

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It provides electricity that provides electricity and it is sold

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to an electricity company EDF. It is going to be the way forward. We are

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going to be seeing more and more uses of biofuel like this. A

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micro-generation where people from villages and small towns, that their

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generation comes locally into the home. We can't have the situation

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now where we are piping power to our cities from miles away. And where

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else but France could this be pioneered. That's the papers for

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this hour. Mike and Sophia will be back again.

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Everyone is feisty tonight. I quite like it. We will be back to look at

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the front pages. Coming up next, it is Click.

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