Friday, January 08, 2010

Friday's papers

The satellite image of a white out Britain features on many of the front pages this morning.

The Independent sums it up saying that

Stocks of salt needed to keep Britain's roads open have run perilously low, the National Grid said it was struggling to cope with the record demand for gas, and factories in the North-west of England and the East Midlands will today have their fuel supplies temporarily suspended, as forecasters warned there was no sign of a let-up in the Arctic temperatures.

For the Mail,At -20c UK is as cold as the South Pole,adding that last night forecasters gave a grim warning of worse to come, with strong winds blowing in to add wind chill to already below-zero temperatures which could continue for at least ten more days.

Another person frozen out is Jonathan Ross or as the front page of the Sun says Fwozen out as he was sensationally forced out of the BBC yesterday after bosses refused to renew his megabucks contract.

The Times believes that he is planning to try to break into American television as part of a new freelance career

It leads with the story that thousands of schools face having hundreds of millions of pounds cut from their budgets as a punishment for being prudent.

A third of schools, including nurseries and special schools, have amassed almost £500 million in surplus cash in case of future cutbacks, official figures revealed.
says the paper

Both the Telegraph and the Express lead with the latest on MP's expenses.According t the former

MPs will continue to profit from their taxpayer-funded expenses after the new parliamentary regulator said he was planning to water down the proposed reforms.

Plans to stop MPs making themselves and their families rich at taxpayers’ expense were in tatters last night after key reforms looked set to be dropped.says the Express

An exclusive on the front of the Guardian which claims that British troops in southern Iraq were scrambled to the Iranian border after the abduction of five British hostages in May 2007, in a failed attempt to stop them being taken into Iran,

The day after the attempt coup in the Labour party and the Mail says Gordon Brown was forced to offer a string of concessions over election tactics to senior colleagues as the price of their lukewarm backing in the failed coup against his leadership

Meanwhile the Guardian says that Brown is expected to capitalise on the complete collapse of Wednesday's leadership coup by quickly handing out clear election campaign roles to leading cabinet ministers, including the key strategy role to Lord Mandelson

some of the latest Tory plans in the Times will include the Armed Forces having an expanded role in reconstruction and development projects in Afghanistan

On a visit to British troops in Helmand province yesterday, George Osborne, the Shadow Chancellor, and William Hague, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, said that a Conservative government would create a stabilisation and reconstruction force within the Army.

Meanwhile the Independent says that David Cameron dropped another two Tory proposals yesterday as he continued a "softly, softly" rewrite of his party's programme for government because of the economic crisis it would inherit.

Police have launched an inquiry after one of Britain's youngest lottery jackpot winners was found dead at his home. says the Telegraph adding that 29 year old Stuart Donnelly won almost £2 million when he shared a £25 million jackpot at the age of 17 in 1997.

The Sun reports the case of a British woman on a break in Dubai who went to police after being raped but was arrested for having illegal sex.

Finally the Mail reports that Staff at a U.S. bank were amazed when two young girls claimed to have a handgun and demanded cash.

The youngsters, who are thought to be about 12 and 14-years-old respectively, walked into the First National Bank in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, on Tuesday afternoon.

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