Tuesday, February 02, 2010

What Tuesday's papers are saying

A new poll in the Independent shows that Labour is closing the gap with the Conservatives amid public doubts about David Cameron's economic policies.

It puts the Tories on 38 per cent (unchanged since last month), Labour on 31 per cent (up two points), the Liberal Democrats on 19 per cent
says the paper adding that

If repeated at a general election, these figures would leave Mr Cameron 24 seats short of an overall majority in a hung parliament

According to the lead in the Times meanwhwile,high earners will cost the public purse hundreds of millions of pounds through tax dodges as they avoid the new 50p rate of income tax.

The paper repeats the comments of Lord Myners, the City Minister,who says that he Treasury had “significantly reduced” its estimate of the revenue to be earned from the historic change.

It was a day of spending squabbles in Westminster as the Guardian reports that The Tories yesterday continued to soften their plans to tear up Labour spending proposals in 2010-11

More than 200,000 students face missing out on degree courses as swingeing budget cuts force universities to freeze places, vice-chancellors have warned reports the Telegraph.

it leads though with the story that the Pope has made an unprecedented attack on the Government, accusing it of pursuing “unjust” equality laws.

Benedict XVI claimed that legislation introduced by Labour to end discrimination “actually violates natural law” because it stopped worshippers remaining true to their beliefs.

Climate change controversy in the Guardian which reports that

Phil Jones, the beleaguered British climate scientist at the centre of the leaked emails controversy, is facing fresh claims that he sought to hide problems in key temperature data on which some of his work was based.

Meanwhile the Independent reports that,Homeowners will soon be able to take out "solar panel loans" to cover the high costs of renewable energy.

Fewer than half of the countries that took part in the Copenhagen negotiations managed to meet the latest deadline to fight global warming reports the Telegraph.

The Mail claims that doctors are agreeing to just one in 50 requests for out-of-hours home visits in some parts of the country.

Even in the best areas, only one in four people calling for a GP at night or at weekends will receive a visit, according to a shocking study.

The Sun and the Mirror continue to pour shame on John Terry.,The former reports that he is to miss a vital FA Cup match so he can spend Valentine's Day trying to win back his wife Toni.

Whilst the Mirror claims Vanessa Perroncel had a fling with a second Premiership star – during her on-off affair with the England skipper.

Her mystery man is a household name and is now terrified he will be the next to be exposed.

Finally the Mail asks Is it the end of the world? No not the real world but the man-made archipelago in Dubai which photographed from space

According to Nasa's Earth Observatory website: 'Little to no infrastructure development of The World is apparent in this astronaut photograph.'

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