Saturday, January 30, 2010

What Saturday's papers are saying

Strangely two people share top billing today.Tony Blair and.....John Terry.

The former Prime Minister's appearance in front of the Chilcott inquiry is not surprisingly well covered.

He ended an epic six-hour inquisition by the Chilcot inquiry last night by insisting he had "no regrets" over toppling Saddam Hussein, arguing that the world was more secure and that Iraq has replaced "the certainty of suppression" with "the uncertainty of democratic politics".
says the Guardian

Branded a murderer and liar after ending his appearance before the inquiry,he ended it with a refusal to voice any regrets says the Times

To gasps of anger from grieving relatives Tony Blair used the final moments of his evidence to the Iraq war inquiry to justify leading Britain in one of the country's most divisive conflicts in its history says the Independent

Whilst the Telegraph says he told the inquiry he would take the decision to invade Iraq again even knowing the dictator had no weapons of mass destruction.

There was uproar and shouts of 'liar' and ' murderer' as bereaved relatives in the public gallery of the QEII conference centre in Westminster realised they were not going to receive the apology for which they had waited all day.says the Mail

It though as do many of the papers leads with the news that aHigh Court judge has ruled thats England captain John Terry can't keep his affair with a team mate's girlfriend secret.

That team mate is Wayne Bridge and the Sun can reveal the married star's fling with French underwear model Vanessa Perroncel, 28,

As to the legal implications of the ruling,the “creeping” culture of secrecy in Britain’s courts was halted says the Telegraph.

The “super-injunction” had been granted last week after Terry’s legal team used human rights laws to argue that the public had no right to know about his extramarital relationship with Vanessa Perroncel, the long-term girlfriend of Wayne Bridge, a fellow England defender.
adds the paper

A crisis at Toyota is reporting in the Times which threatens to engulf Peugeot and Citro├źn last night as the Japanese motor manufacturer admitted that 1.8 million cars across Europe could have defective accelerator pedals.

The Guardian reports that one of BAE's former confidential agents, Count Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly, was today charged by the Serious Fraud Office with bribery over arms deals.

Just a day after the London summit on Afghanistan,reports the Telegraph,a Taliban suicide squad seized a hotel in Helmand on Friday, triggering gun battles with security forces

Meanwhile says the Independent,Taliban leaders will decide soon whether to join talks with the Afghan government, a militant spokesman said yesterday, after President Hamid Karzai invited them to a peace council aimed at ending the war.

Closer to home the Mail reports on the scandal of GPs refusing to work nights and weekends that claimed a boy's life.

According to the paper

The parents of Joseph Seevaraj had sought medical help for their son, who had tonsillitis. Joseph was prescribed antibiotics, but when he started to vomit and had diarrhoea, Mr Seevaraj phoned for further help.
Because it was a Sunday, he could not talk to the family doctor. Instead, he was connected to the out-of-hours service and was put through to a German-trained medic

The Times reports that the good school's guide out next week will show a premier league of comprehensive schools is leaving behind the rest of the state sector and luring middle-class parents away from private education,

Seven students are competing for every place at elite universities this year amid warnings record numbers of straight-A candidates will be rejected according to the Telegraph.

Finally the Express reports that A California preservation panel has taken the unusual step of naming the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing site as a state historical resource.

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