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recognised. AP McCoy was knighted. We will also catch up with all the

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darts action. That is coming up straight after the papers.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are the campaigner and broadcaster Lynn Faulds Wood

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and the Independent's Political Correspondent, James Cusick.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with The Guardian,

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which has a picture of Dumfries in Scotland under water after

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The paper says George Osborne has been accused of jeopardising

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Britain's flood defences by prioritising cutting the deficit.

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Top women in business who have received

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Its main headline says that a review of Britain's banking

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culture has been ditched by Britain's financial watchdog

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The Express says the UK's payments to Brussels are another reason

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Train tickets could become a thing of the past,

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according to the Telegraph, it says customers could pay using a mobile

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The Mail attacks the New Year's Honours List, saying it contains a

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string of scandal-hit bureaucrats, political cronies and donors.

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The Independent agrees, saying among those honoured are almost 30

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The Mirror has an image of the man accused of shooting dead

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Let's start with the Scottish Telegraph. Armed police hit streets

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to tackle new year terror threats? An interesting story. One of the

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comments is that this is the largest mobilisation of police on the 31st

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of December. It is a very strong message. After Brussels, Paris and

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Moscow, London is on high alert. The problem is that the story goes on

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with a message from Boris Johnson which contradicts that. He says to

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go for a fantastic fireworks display on the banks of the Thames. London

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is seriously worried about what might happen, but the Mary is

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telling you to have fun. I don't know how you reconcile those

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measures. You go out and party if you feel secure because there are a

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lot of police to look after you -- Mayor. Council, firearms officers,

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there is a specific threat from what they called friendly Islamic State

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fanatics to say that European cities would be hit. Some places like

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Brussels have cancelled their displays. In London, they are saying

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to continue because we have no specific threat. They want life to

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carry on as much as we can. I think that is the hard part. There are no

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specific threats. You have to assume that the intelligence services are

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overworked at the moment. London is not receiving a specific threat, but

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if we were taking it easy then the police would be outraged. The trail

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of devastation after the floods in Doug Free 's? What happened in

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Scotland is absolutely terrible. Some of the most severe flood

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warnings could indicate a loss of life -- Dumfries. This last was in

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air -- bus was in Ayrshire, they were sitting in water up to their

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chests for about three hours before they were rescued. There are 6000

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homes which have no electricity tonight. The winds have taken down

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the power lines from the Borders up to the Northern Isles. Scotland is

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in real trouble from Storm Frank. It stretched a long way across

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Scotland, Aberdeenshire was affected as well. For once, the headlines

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accurate, it really is a trail of devastation. The Borders, the

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Hebrides, it is right across Scotland. I'm trying to figure out

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which part of Scotland has not been hit. Looking at the forecast

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before, Scotland is going to get another blast. They will get the

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worst of the rain tomorrow. It is the equivalent of... This is the

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Scottish edition of the Telegraph, it said, a second meeting of the

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resilience committee of the government will be called. That is

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what we will need to have two survive tonight. You will have to

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party tomorrow night. Resilience is what you will need. The issue of

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spending on flood defence features on the front of The Guardian. George

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Osborne put deficit cuts before flood defences, says to? An analyst

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from Oxford University. His analysis of the National office, he says

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there has been a real cut in spending of 10% since 2010. They are

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effectively saying that the current spending plans fail to take account

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of the dramatic changes in climate. I think in the last two months, the

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government has suggested that there have been no underspending. He is

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obviously challenging that. Some very good figures to challenge it.

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David Cameron had promised ?4 million to flood defence, but that

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has been cut. I think before the summer comes, we will have a

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conclusion as to whether we are spending the money we have got

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appropriately. Whether we have been subsidising the right things. This

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will tie in with, I think there should be a field enquiry as to

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whether we are spending the money correctly. As a former Watchdog

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presenter, what worries me is how much there is to do. We just have

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not got that number of builders around. When I covered the floods

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for breakfast television, there were walls crumbling along rivers because

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they had not been built properly. Is now also the time for political

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parties to put their differences aside and agree on a long-term plan,

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that cannot be altered? That is just impossible. To agree on that they

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will say, this is the case. Any new government will change the decisions

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of the previous one. I think the Chancellor will have, when

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Parliament comes back in January, will have to do something more than

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say, I got it right. We will have some great investigative journalism

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on that. Not for me, but for others. Talking about builders, the

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Guardian's main story is about this. Holding back enough land for 600,000

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new homes. Call me cynical, but the booming of profits, and the article

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exposing the size of their land banks, they have enough land to

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create 600,000 new homes. I would be very interested to know how many

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might now be in flood plains where we may not want to build houses any

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more because of what has happened. My worry is that this is all the big

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housebuilders seem to be included, housebuilding is dysfunctional

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because we are not building homes that are affordable. This is a

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potential scandal that is going on. Quickchange given what George

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Osborne mentions, in the autumn he offered the ?2 billion figure of

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public funds are yet to find affordable housing? He had a

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policy, the use it or lose it policy. Regardless of everything

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that Ed Miliband did, it was one policy that I think needs a

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revisiting. If they are not going to use it, the government said they

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needed to build 300,000 homes a year. If the subsidy isn't working,

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if there is a hesitation, I don't think that the use it or lose it is

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a bad idea. The Daily Mail and The Independent agree on their front

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pages today. New years Honours, they are not happy because... This is

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difficult territory. I will just use what the Mail are saying. There was

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a string of contentious awards. They are basically saying that the boss

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of Ann Summers, is it still classed as a sex shop? This is not deserved,

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they are saying, and the rest of the system is shambolic. A scandal hit

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politicians. If we take that and the front page of The Independent, they

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have pushed Ann Summers to one side. We have concentrated on the Tory

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member supporters. It is not quite public servers. It is party

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rewards. It should be public service to the country. They are saying it

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looks more like rewards for supporting the Conservative Party.

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Several things annoy me about this. Personally, I think the system

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stinks. Here is an example with national newspapers putting cronies

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on the front page. We have got all sorts of people, you have to

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remember that a Baroness got put in the House of Lords because she was

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going to conduct a review. Apparently our sex shop queen is

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also being given a CBE, this is a really high on a. I might have to

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leap to the defence here at -- high honour. Given it you would

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presumably, you would say there ought to be some sort of system in

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place to acknowledge people who have achieved is perhaps beyond what you

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would expect. What should we have instead? . Bat Lynton Crosby, he is

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an Australian who masterminded the Conservative election trail. In

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Australia, they announced that they would not have this system any more.

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It is outdated. I can't remember the exact line. It was very damning of

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our honours system. A lot of people who are not big names are sitting

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back tonight thinking, I am thrilled to bits. I am thrilled for them, if

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a system that is wrong. We need something that is not based in

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Empire. The rest of the world is annoyed we are giving all these

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honours out of Empire. There is a large list, the media tend to

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concentrate on the more contentious figures -- empire. I suppose the

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main point is that the Labour Party... Philip Gould was

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inaugurated, Ed Miliband said... Whereat think they have got it wrong

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is the epic community gets less than 6%. Women, 40%. They make it look as

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if women are leading, but we are still not half even though we are

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more than half the population. Maseko continues to be really

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popular with his friendly and approachable style which means

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cheaper. Friendly and approachable. Indeed. Thank you both very much.

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Coming up next it is time for sports day.

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Hello I'm Olly Foster, these are our headlines tonight.

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A Christian holiday for Liverpool, Benteke with two winners

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