Friday, February 26, 2010

What Friday's papers are saying

Both the Telegraph and the Guardian lead with what the former calls frightening echoes of the Baby Peter case,in which a seven-year-old girl starved to death by her mother might still be alive if she had not been failed by social services, a High Court judge has ruled.

Khyra Ishaq, who weighed just 2st 9lb (16.8kg), was said by a paramedic to be like a concentration camp victim when she was finally rescued from her home.reports the Guardian

The Mail says that

Khyra Ishaq was beaten with a cane and allowed to die a slow and agonising death, despite being monitored and visited by at least nine social workers, education officers, teachers and police

Meanwhile the Times claims to have got sight of awideranging strategic review at the BBC in which it

will close two radio stations, shut half its website and cut spending heavily on imported American programmes

According to the paper

Mark Thompson, the Director-General, will admit that the corporation, which is funded by the £3.6 billion annual licence fee, has become too large and must shrink to give its commercial rivals room to operate.

RBS stands accused of creating 100 millionaires on the front of the Independent despite says the paper making a loss of £3.6bn.

the bank will reward its 16,800 investment bankers with £1.3bn in bonuses. The average that each of them will pocket comes to £160,000, made up of a basic salary of £80,000 and the same again in bonus, although that will be paid in shares. That compares to the national average full-time wage of those whose taxes are propping up the bank of about £25,000.

Meanwhile says the Guardian,

Fears of a double-dip recession and a sterling crisis in the run-up to the election were raised last night amid news of collapsing investment in British industry and a warning from one of the world's leading financiers that the pound could plummet within weeks.

The latest opinion poll in the Telegraph shows that Labour could still win the most number of seats at the general election

The latest survey indicates there will be a hung parliament, but it would be Gordon Brown who would be in the position to try and form a government as leader of the largest party.

and the Independent reports that George Osborne is seen as "lacking experience" by Britain's business leaders but still outscores the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, according to its latest survey.

Professor David Kerr reports the Times, one of the architects of Labour’s NHS reforms is to become a key adviser to the Conservatives.

Many of the papers report that Italy's highest appeals court have quashed the four-and-a-half year prison sentence handed to Tessa Jowell's estranged husband, David Mills,

However says the Times, the court ordered Mr Mills to pay €250,000 (£220,000) to the Italian state for “damaging” its image.

Insult to the 7/7 victims is the lead in the Mail as it says that families of the July 7 victims reacted furiously yesterday to the decision to include the deaths of the four bombers at the inquest.

More climate change controversy in the Express as its front page reports how climate scientists yesterday stunned Britons suffering the coldest winter for 30 years by claiming last month was the ­hottest January the world has ever seen.

War seems to have broken out on the football field

Wayne Bridge's dramatic international retirement has caused the simmering tension between the Manchester City left‑back and his former best friend John Terry to erupt into open warfare.
reports the Guardian

I cant forgive Terry he makes me sick says the front page of the Mirror

However the Sun says that Wayne Bridge was last night accused of damaging England's World Cup hopes by the ex- lover who broke his heart.

Back to more important matters and the Telegraph's headline "Barack Obama health care summit descends into bickering" is covered in many of the papers

It did not take long for the bipartisan health care summit to degenerate into the kind of bickering and points-scoring that has created a crescendo of anger about the conduct of politics in Washington.
reports the paper

Staying on the subject of America,the Mail reports that

America's refusal to support Britain in the Falklands oil drilling row was last night blamed on the UK's decision to release sensitive U.S. intelligence on a terror suspect.

Finally watch out Switzerland,Muammar Gaddafi has appealed for jihad against the country after its referendum in November to ban the construction of minarets on mosques.reports the Times ,

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