Monday, February 08, 2010

What Monday's papers are saying

David Cameron is to vow to change the law to stop three MPs charged with false accounting from escaping justice is the lead story in the Telegraph.

The paper says that he will accuse Gordon Brown of tolerating the “disgusting sight” of the Labour MPs attempting to use parliamentary privilege as a defence to serious charges.

The Guardian picks up on the story adding that

Cameron will tomorrow pledge to introduce a Parliamentary Privileges Act to ensure that MPs cannot invoke a 300-year-old bill that protects parliamentarians from legal liability "for words spoken or things done in the course of, or for the purposes of or incidental to, any proceedings in parliament".

It leads with the headline that Thousands to lose jobs as universities prepare to cope with cuts

The Guardian spoke to vice-chancellors and other senior staff at 25 universities, some of whom condemned the funding squeeze as "painful" and "insidious". They warned that UK universities were being pushed towards becoming US-style, quasi-privatised institutions.

For the Times,the main news is that Toyota is to order a humiliating global recall of the Prius

In a deepening of the crisis at the world’s largest car manufacturer, Toyota will this week warn 300,000 Prius owners — 3,500 of them in the UK — that the brakes on their car may fail in icy conditions or on bumpy surfaces.

Complaints against GPs have risen by 12 per cent in just a year reports the Mail adding that

Much of the increase in complaints has followed the introduction of a new GP contract in 2004, which sent family doctors’ salaries soaring by 47 per cent to an average of £106,000 a year.

Staying on medical matters,The Times has learnt that British couples are to be offered a groundbreaking genetic test that would virtually eliminate their chances of having a baby with one of more than 100 inherited diseases.

The Independent reports that Ministers have been told by a senior judge to consider opening an independent inquiry into all allegations of abuse made by Iraqi civilians against the British Army.

Events in Ukraine's presidential election get a lot of coverage with the Guardian reporting that

Ukraine's Russian-leaning opposition leader, Viktor Yanukovych, was last night on course to become the country's president, with early results indicating he had a lead of several points over his bitter rival, Yulia Tymoshenko, the prime minister.

Taliban fighters in Afghanistan have been given a choice to lay down their weapons or face ''overwhelming force'' as the British military prepared to take part in a major international offensive. says the Telegraph

The Sun meanwhile reveals that

Our Boys are being sent into the fight of their lives against the Taliban with outdated body armour after a £16million deal was botched.

A large explosion at a Connecticut power station has killed five people and left a dozen injured, while last night police were using dogs to hunt for other potential ­victims among the rubble of a blast felt 30 miles away says the Guardian

Residents of Washington DC began the heavy task yesterday of digging out from one of the biggest snowstorms on record, reports the Independent

Finally if you thought the winter was over,think again for as the Mail reports

any buds about to poke their way through the soil would be advised to stay put because yet another spell of icy weather is on the way.
Some parts will have up to five inches of snow, and ice is expected to cause chaos on the roads as temperatures drop to as low as -6c.

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