Monday, January 11, 2010

What Monday's papers are saying

The Times leads with an exclusive claiming the the forces chief Sir John Stirrup is facing calls to step down.

According to the paper, he is expected to be asked to retire earlier than planned to allow one of the two most senior army commanders to take over the role of principal military adviser to the Government.

Meanwhile the Mirror pays tribute to its reporter,the latest casualty in Afghanistan.39 year old Rupert Hamer,was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan at the weekend.

Military matters on the front of the Independent as well as the paper reports that allegations that a 62-year-old Iraqi grandmother was tortured and executed by British soldiers after her family home was raided three years ago are being investigated by the Royal Military Police.

And the Telegraph leads with the story that General Petraeus has confirmed that the United States has developed contingency plans to deal with Iran's nuclear facilities.

The latest survey in the Sun says that nearly half of voters brand the Labour party "poor" or "terrible".

Whilst the Guardian leads with the cooments of James Purnell who tells the paper that the Prime Minister should adopt a radical and compelling manifesto that can ­combat the Tory election offer of change.

According to Bruce Anderson in the Independent,all of Brown's Cabinet now want him to lose the next election

According to the lead in the Mail,workers would no longer be forced to retire at 65 under radical new Government proposals.

Islam4UK have decided the cancel their march through Wootton Bassett,and the Guardian reports that the decision was welcomed by the local MP and other Muslim leaders, who accused the group of a cynical publicity stunt.

The Times reports that as the world’s third-largest football tournament got off to a shambolic start,he Togo squad boarded an aircraft sent by the country’s President and returned to the capital, Lomé.

Meanwhile the weather continues to get headlines and according to the Telegraph will continue for at least another week threatening to turn the grit shortage into a full-blown transport crisis.

The death toll from the prolonged freeze rose to at least 29 yesterday says the Independent after

Police in South Yorkshire said that a 90-year-old woman had frozen to death in her garden near Barnsley, and a dogwalker died in the North-east yesterday after falling through ice on the River Tees.

Meanwhile the Mail reports that a surprising number of Britons have chosen to subtract the number of clothes they are wearing in line with the minus temperatures.

From Cardiff to Nottingham, legions of shivering women braved freezing temperatures in little next to nothing on nights out.

The Times reports that Northern Ireland’s First Minister will plead for his political life today when he addresses senior party figures about his wife’s affair with a teenager and her financial dealings.

Although according to the Guardian,Lord Trimble said that Peter Robinson's career as Northern Ireland's first minister could not survive the financial scandal involving his wife and her former lover

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