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Ed Miliband failed to rule out an informal agreement with the SNPWhen a politician says ‘I couldn’t be clearer about this’, it’s a sure sign that an obfuscation is on the way.So it was with Ed Miliband yesterday, when he said he couldn’t be clearer about ruling out a coalition with the Scottish Nationalists after May 7.True, he was clear enough about rejecting a formal arrangement, under which SNP members would be given seats in a Labour cabinet.Indeed, the only surprise there is that it took him so long to make up his mind (while 24 hours earlier, on the Andrew Marr Show, Ed Balls ducked 13 invitations to make a similar pledge).Conspicuously, however, Mr Miliband failed to rule out an informal agreement with the Scots Nats, who look likely to grab many more than half his party’s 41 seats north of the border.Under such a deal, the SNP would wield grossly disproportionate power by propping up a Labour government, issue by issue, in return for concessions at the rest of the kingdom’s expense.In contrast, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon couldn’t have been clearer in spelling out that this is precisely what she wants.With monstrous presumption, she says the nationalists are ready to ‘lock the Tories out of government’ by voting with Labour – even on matters that apply only to England and Wales.As Miss Sturgeon is well aware, such an affront to democracy would infuriate voters in the rest of the UK, already fed up with funding excessive subsidies to Scotland. But then this is all part of her game, since it would stir up anti-Union feeling in England.If Mr Miliband is really prepared to play along with her, hasn’t he a democratic duty to be clear about this?  Firms need relief now Dating back to 1601, business rates are anachronistic, unfair and a huge threat to the High Street, falling disproportionately on smaller firms in the age of internet giants such as Amazon.So this paper welcomes ‘the most radical review in a generation’, expected to be announced in tomorrow’s Budget, of a system which is cumbersome to administer and hammers companies before they’ve made a penny in profit.
This paper welcomes the radical review of business rates, expected to be announced in Chancellor George Osbornes Budget tomorrowJust one problem. Reviews, no matter how radical, don’t change anything until their recommendations are put into action. Meanwhile businesses and their customers continue to suffer.True, in these straitened times, the Chancellor can’t be expected to scrap a source of revenue that brings in almost £27billion a year.But is it too much to hope that when he unveils his review, he will also announce measures to give immediate relief to the firms most unfairly hit? 
A BBC investigation confirmed claims police were ordered to keep Cyril Smiths arrest quietPolice and the Press A victims statement altered to omit the name of a senior politician … no action taken on a document listing MPs and police officers said to be involved in a paedophile ring … surveillance of a child abuse network shut down because prominent people were involved …It is impossible to exaggerate the gravity of the 16 charges against Scotland Yard, passed by the Met to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.Meanwhile, following the Mail’s exposé of Sir Cyril Smith, a BBC investigation confirms claims that officers were ordered to keep quiet about the late Liberal MP’s arrest at a sex party with teenage boys.We can only guess how many victims might have been spared if only police whistleblowers had found the courage to publicise the truth.How chilling to reflect, in the clampdown on Press freedom since the Leveson Inquiry, that they now face more obstacles than ever.

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Ben Amos has confirmed he expects to leave Manchester United this summer.The 24-year-old goalkeeper is on loan at Championship side Bolton but out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the season.
Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos has made six appearances on loan at BoltonHe said: Being a United fan, I’ve always believed I can play for Manchester United and always aspired to be a Manchester United player.Pre-season, I was told I was number two. With the cup games, if Id got a sniff of that, that would have made it worthwhile sticking around for.As soon as Victor Valdes was brought in, I was essentially demoted to fourth really – youve got to move on.
Amos has seen his chances limited by David de Gea (right) and Victor ValdesPrevious
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Hes the man who is currently setting social media alight every Sunday evening – and whose chiselled abs and Mr Darcy smoulder have won him a legion of female fans.But while Aidan Turner was unknown to many prior to his turn as the troubled Ross Poldark in the BBC drama of the same name, the 31-year-old is no stranger to success.Yet although he may look familiar to some, others might find him hard to place – unless youre a fan of fantasy films and supernatural drama that is.
Turner plays Ross Poldark whos lost his love, Elizabeth (played by Heida Reed, left) to another man
Irish actor Aidan Turner, who plays dashing Captain Ross Poldark, sets pulses racing on the BBC showFor before donning the tricorn hat and brooding scowl of the landowner who returns to Cornwall to find his true love is engaged to another man, Turner was busy fighting evil in Middle Earth.The 5ft 10in Turner was digitally shrunk for his role as Kili, one of two dwarf brothers who set out alongside Thorin Oakenshield and Bilbo Baggins in a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain in Peter Jacksons Hobbit trilogy.
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But with Martin Freeman playing Bilbo Baggins and Richard Armitages brooding dwarf chieftan stealing all the screen thunder, you might have missed Aidans fantastical role – had he not also enjoyed a plotline that involved flirting with Tauriel the elf, played by Evangeline Lilly.
Action stations: From left, John Callen, Dean OGorman, Aidan Turner, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Adam Brown, Jed Brophy, Peter Hambleton, Ken Stott and Stephen Hunter in a scene from The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies film
He became famous as vampire John Mitchell in the BBC3 supernatural housemates dramedy Being HumanBut it seems training to play the warrior dwarf may have helped sculpt the abs that have become famous in their own right.Turner told Empire about the prep needed for the trilogy: A lot of going to the gym; a lot of movement classes. Dwarves are just weighed down by everything, he said.They’re not sluggish, they just have this work-horse mentality. When they get going they’re unstoppable.
Turner even popped up in The Tudors in one episode as a richly-dressed character called Bedoli
As John Schofield, Hattie Jacques lodger and lover, Turner had to don Sixties clothing
Aidan Turner and Dean OGorman as brothers Kili and Fili respectively in a scene from The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneySince graduating from The Gaiety School of Acting in 2004, the Dubliner has enjoyed an eclectic range of parts and notched up a number of award nominations.His career in television began in 2007 when he embraced 16th century-style costume to appear in one episode of the television series The Tudors.More period work was to follow when he was chosen to play pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the six-part BBC series the Desperate Romantics, followed swiftly by appearances as Ruairí McGowan on The Clinic.But Turner finally had a change of pace in 2008 when he was cast as the undead John Mitchell in the supernatural drama Being Human, about a werewolf, vampire and a ghost who share a house.With his hair slicked back, his face deathly pale, an all-black wardrobe and a set of menacing fangs, the actor earned a new army of fans.
Head turner: Russell Tovey (left) as George, Aidan Turner (centre) as Mitchell and Lenora Crichlow as Annie won a legion of fans after starring in the hit Being Human
Aidan Turner (second from right) dons period costume as Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the six-part BBC series the Desperate Romantics alongside (from left) Samuel Barnett as John Millais, Sam Crane as Fred Walters and Rafe Spall as William Holman HuntBut for Hattie, the 2011 TV film about Hattie Jacques life, Aidan returned to period costume again – this time from the Sixties – as the Carry On actresss lodger and lover, opposite Ruth Jones.Now that hes back in breeches for the BBC remake, Aidan is now appealing to a new class of Poldark fans.Not only are hoards of viewers tuning in to see him and learn of Poldarks adventures for the first time, fans from the original 1975 drama are also turning on their television sets to see how Aidans portrayal of the charismatic hero differ. For the first time he may have become the stuff of female fantasy – rather than fantasy films. 
Aidan Turner is setting pulses racing with his portrayal of the troubled Ross Poldark in the new BBC series 
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