Sunday, February 21, 2010

What the Sunday's are saying

It was always going to be the big story of the morning as the new look Observer previews Andrew Rawnsley's book The End of the Party,which charts Labour's second and third terms in power.

The big revelation is that Gordon Brown's abusive behaviour and volcanic eruptions of foul temper left Downing Street staff so frightened that he received an unprecedented reprimand from the head of the civil service.

The Mail on Sunday has uncovered new evidence of Mr Brown’s extraordinary eruptions, including an incident in which he hurled a tirade of foul-mouthed abuse at Bank of England Governor Mervyn King in a stand-up row.

The Independent also leads with the story but it has an exclusive interview with the PM in which he reveales his frustration at the way he is portrayed by what he sees as a "hostile" media.

he dismissed the suggestion that he once assaulted a senior aide while rushing to a Downing Street reception.

Poliitics features in fact of many of the front pages.The Telegraph carries the comments of Lord Hesletine who says that David Cameron will not win a general election outright and will struggle to form a government.

Meanwhile the Sunday Times claims that the Tories faced with declining popularity are planning a bank shares bonanza for millions of families.

The “people’s bonus” plan comes as a Sunday Times/YouGov survey today reveals that the Tories’ lead over Labour has slipped to the narrowest gap in more than a year.

Most of the papers report from the island of Madeira where floods and mudslides have killed at least 32 people and left hundreds of others homeless.

More than 60 others were also hospitalised as torrential streams of water and liquid mud swept through the capital, Funchal, destroying homes, overturning cars and felling trees
.reports the Telegraph

Sports stars continue to dominate the tabloids.However the Sunday Times reveals that the football stars are going to come under scrutiny for their earnings by the taxman

Some 20 tax inspectors from HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) special civil investigations unit in Solihull are writing to top players who receive part of their income from their clubs in return for “image rights”.

The News of the World reveals the latest Ashley Cole problem as it reports

love rat Ashley Cole sobbed down the phone to his American one-night stand as he suddenly realised their secret fling was in danger of being exposed.

The People claims Cheryl Cole has vowed to take revenge on her wayward husband Ashley by imposing a lengthy sex ban,until she makes up her mind whether to leave him or not.

The Mirror says the singer is sick of being made to look an idiot by him and wonders is there anything left to salvage.

Staying with showbusiness,the Mail reports on the tragic death of Channel 4's high-flier who was behind How To Look Good Naked

Sarah Mulvey, a Channel 4 commissioning editor and a highly regarded TV producer, was found dead in her flat in North London by police who broke down her door after they were alerted by a concerned relative.

The Observer reports that there is new evidence that one of Britain's most notorious multiple murderers Jeremy Bamber may be innocent.According to the paper

Analysis of police negatives by one of Britain's most eminent photographic experts has found them incompatible with the principal prosecution case used to imprison Bamber for the White House Farm murders 25 years ago.

One of the week's big stories is still on the front pages.The Telegraph claims that ministers were told that Israeli immigration officials at Tel Aviv airport secretly copied the British passports which were then used by the hit squad which assassinated a leading Hamas official.

Another big foreign story of the week is followed up in the Independent which reports that Argentina has excluded war but tensions continue to riserise as Buenos Ares recruits allies and promises to use all legal means to stop British oil drilling.

The Sunday Times reports that dozens of sailing students were forced to spend over 40 hours in life rafts being battered by huge seas, after their training ship sank off the coast of Brazil last Wednesday.

Many of the papers report on the death of Alexander Haig, a former US secretary of state and senior aide to President Nixon during the Watergate scandal,who died ­yesterday in a Baltimore hospital at the age of 85.

Finally back to showbusiness and the Mail report that Gabby Logan by her own admission went into ‘meltdown’ after anchoring coverage of the France-Ireland rugby clash in Paris last week.The cause?

The 36-year-old presenter was involved in an embarrassing altercation with station officials at the Gare du Nord after turning up 20 minutes too late to board the last train to England.

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