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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are the political

commentator Lance Price

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and the public affairs consultant

Alex Deane.

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Tomorrow's front pages.

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Starting with...

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The Metro leads with the sentencing

of acid attacker Arthur Collins,

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who has been jailed for 20 years.

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The Daily Telegraph reports that

Scotland Yard has announced a review

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of all current rape and sex abuse

investigations, after a second trial

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collapses in less than a week.

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A story also picked up by the

Guardian, which claims the case is

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the second in which material had not

been disclosed to the defence teams.

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Four meant arrested in Derbyshire

and South Yorkshire to prevent an

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alleged terror plot. The Sun claims

the men planned to attack over the

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Christmas holidays.

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The Express claims that household

face a hike in council tax,

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after Ministers allow Police

and Crime Commissioners to raise

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funds for local forces.

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The Daily Mail also headlines

a possible rise in council tax,

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which it suggests could add more

than £100 to average

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household bills.

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The Star warns of three massive

storms set to blast Britain over

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the Christmas period.

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So, let's begin...

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Starting with the front page of the

Metro, which has the sentence for

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Arthur Collins, who threw acid in a

crowded nightclub 20 years, a hefty

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sentence.

But no less than he

deserved and some of his victims

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expressing the hope he would serve

life in prison. He is a man who was

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no stranger to the criminal court

system and he was on a suspended

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sentence for another nightclub act

of violence. When he committed this

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one. To be clear, people may not

know how serious it was. People with

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third-degree burns on their face

with the City through. Corrosive

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acid in their eyes. His wilful act,

injuring many people, 16 people were

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injured that night, was an act of

supreme selfishness. And almost

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sociopathic, in total disregard for

other people.

A sentence really

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designed to send a message about

what the system thinks of this sort

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of attack.

Yes, it is a one

sentence, of course. As Alex says, a

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lot of the coverage, there is the

heartbreaking evidence from the

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victims of the attack. You see his

face all over the front pages, but

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it is the victim is we should be

thinking about. And by pleading not

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guilty, he forced them to go to

court and relive the horror of what

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happened. And they say that every

year now, one of them was

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celebrating her birthday and every

year now, it will be the anniversary

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of that attack and their lives will

never be the same again.

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They have to disclose evidence. That

obligation lapses.

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Like the same scale but the

ex-girlfriend of his who was on the

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TV show, because she had an element

of Fame she gets mentioned in every

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story about this awful person.

Let's

move on to the Daily Telegraph and

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another crime

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The paper points out that the

conviction rate is 11%.

They are

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hard to prove and it is one word

against another. It is difficult. In

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our system, the right thing is to

contest these as best you can. Not

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withholding material that is plainly

relevant. It was clear they had held

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back material that was plainly

disclosed.

Let's go on to the Daily

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Express which shares the same front

page story.

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Both these middle market tabloids

look very similar this morning.

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Concentrating on how much this will

cost individuals. The reason it will

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happen is this massive funding

crisis. In part it is the need for

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police and growing commissioners to

get more resources into combating

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crime but more important is the

social Care Bill. The government has

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failed to come up with a solution to

this. The government have not

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stepped in and local government are

having to step up the cost. This

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money is going into that.

It seems

to me we've ducked some of the big

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questions on council tax, and plenty

of properties are worth a great deal

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more money than they were when they

went into the bands initially.

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Furthermore, the increase in value

means we probably need some higher

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bands to represent more significant

value.

They don't necessarily

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reflect income, do they? True. These

are regressive and will hit poor

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people the most. That's why these

papers have run identical front

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pages. The front page of the i. It

is a second day front page. It was

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that the NHS was running a deficit

of 100,000, and now it has the

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Health Secretary agreeing that there

is a problem.

He disputes that

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number. He says it is not accurate.

That is a Labour figure, an estimate

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he says is not right. But he does

say there's a problem.

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Notwithstanding more people working

as professionally qualified staff,

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32,000 more people working there

since 2010 but nevertheless he

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concedes there is a very big

problem. What a thing to have to say

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having been one of the longest ever

serving Health Secretary is.

Imagine

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if he had not said it. He would have

been laughed out of court. There are

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times in politics when you have to

take it on the chin and recognise

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that you are facing a problem,

provided you can indicate that there

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are things in the pipeline designed

to address that problem. The problem

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is that a lot of those things take a

lot of time to come through in terms

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of training new doctors or making

sure those going through medical

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school go into general practice. In

the short term, the NHS is hoping we

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don't have a really cold winter. GPs

are the first port of call. Let's

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move on to the Financial Times. It

has a very happy looking Paul Ryan.

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Let's put some context into it.

People view this as if it is a

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rampage through the tax rate. It

will still be higher than ours but

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not by much. Ten years ago the tax

rates were broadly comparable. There

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is was a bit higher, ours was 28%.

Now we have a flat rate of 20. The

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Americans have been so uncompetitive

that it is a wonder they've done as

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well as they have. You can criticise

this administration for many

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different things but this is

desperately needed.

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They are smiling because they can

say that they've got to the end of

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the year and actually passed

something. It is a significant.

His

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first victory. The other front page

story is banker bonus hopes dashed

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as the EU insists on rules for

access. We've bitterly opposed any

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limits on bankers bonuses. We say it

will not be global if you pause

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across the EU. People earn megabucks

across the world. One of the things

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people have hoped for, written by

people like Mark Carney, is that

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when we leave the EU we can be

outside the banker bonus caps and

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preserve the city of the's edge. It

seems that the EU wants to say you

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need to maintain equivalents on

things like goods, to make sure your

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material is the same standards but

also have equivalents in the rules.

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It becomes almost impossible to

envisage the EU -- the UK agreeing

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to that. It's stymies the point of

leaving. We want to trade with the

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world and not just the EU. Great

front cover of city AM. It happens

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every year. Somebody gets likened to

Scrooge. He is stating the obvious.

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If the United Kingdom wants to have

freedom of access, which now trade

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deal has ever been offered to

anybody else with that advantage, we

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will be to stick by the rules.

It is

not obvious at all. Nobody else

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outside the EU have bankers bound by

requirements imposed by the EU.

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Leaving the single market is a

fundamental, not least because it is

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about freedom of movement. That

doesn't mean they get to dictate

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what are bankers do. News in brief

on the front page, promote parking

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to get the green light.

I thought

cars could already do this. This is

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great news for everybody who finds

parking in tight spaces difficult.

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They need to rewrite the Highway

code.

It must be safer.

I think you

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are both hopeless. It is part of the

skill of driving. That is it from

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us. You can find the front pages on

the BBC website. If you missed the

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programme you can watch it on BBC

iPlayer.

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