Thursday, February 11, 2010

What Thursday's papers are saying

According to the Guardian,yesterday's legal defeat in the Binyam Mohamed case, plunges the Security Services into crisis,

after one of the country's most senior judges found that the Security Service had failed to respect human rights, deliberately misled parliament, and had a "culture of suppression" that undermined government assurances about its conduct.

The Mail refers to its as Britain's Dirty secret saying that The Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, effectively accused MI5 of complicity in torture and having a culture of disregarding human rights.

However according to the Telegraph,The United States has warned that our relations will be harmed by a court decision to reveal that Binyan Mohamed was deprived of sleep, shackled and made to think he might “disappear” while detained at Guantánamo Bay.

For the Times it is the revelation that The Foreign Secretary persuaded senior judges to erase “exceptionally damning criticism” of MI5 from their ruling yesterday which makes the headlines

The Independent chooses to lead with the headline Brown's reign of terror as it reports that a new book out will show

In a series of interviews with current and former No 10 staff, Lance Price, deputy to Tony Blair's communications director Alastair Campbell, paints a damaging portrait of the way Mr Brown runs government. He describes the Prime Minister "shouting at staff, jabbing an angry finger, throwing down papers, kicking the furniture".

It wasn't a good day for the government.The Telegraph reports that Gordon Brown has refused to rule out a compulsory 'death tax' to pay for the care of elderly people who can no longer look after themselves.

Whilst the Times says that the row over Gordon Brown’s social care plans intensified last night when it emerged that five Labour councillors were put under pressure to withdraw their names from a campaign against his pledge to help the elderly.

The bailout of the Greek economy is heavily featured.According to the Guardian,Germany and France are tomorrow expected to move to guarantee Greek solvency and to shore up the euro against assault from gamblers on the financial markets.

The Express says that British taxpayers could be forced to pay up to £3.5billion a year towards bailing out the crisis-hit Greek economy,

The Independent reports from a country where offices are deserted,an economy is on the brink and a nation is in uproar.

Meanwhile it reports that a Government-commissioned report will warn today that all but the richest Britons are dying early and suffering years of ill health because of "unfair and unjust" inequalities.

It's 20 years today since the release of Nelson Mandela and the Times reports that he has abruptly called off a historic return to the prison from which he walked to freedom 20 years ago today. It follows says the paper

a dispute within his extended and fractious family on managing the movements of the increasingly frail former President, now aged 91.

According to the Sun,our SAS heroes have killed up to 50 Taliban commanders in daring raids behind enemy lines.

The joint attacks with US special forces over the past two weeks have helped prepare the ground for the biggest battle in Afghanistan yet - when 4,000 British troops will go into action.

Finally from the Mail and as Valentine’s Day approaches it reports that

Pupils have been banned from celebrating or sending cards – to protect them from the emotional trauma of being dumped. The pupils have been warned that if any cards are found or exchanged in school, they will be confiscated.

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