Sunday, March 07, 2010

What the Sunday's are saying

According to the Sunday Times,damning reports on the state of the NHS, suppressed by the government, will reveal a neglect of patients’ needs

The harsh verdict on the state of the NHS, after a spending splurge under Labour between 2000 and 2008, raises worrying questions about the future quality of the health service as budgets are squeezed. says the paper

Meanwhile the Sunday Telegraph says that millions of pounds promised for respite breaks for carers has been mis-spent and diverted to plug NHS deficits,adding that

Ministers pledged £150 million to allow those looking after sick, infirm and elderly relatives short periods away from their duties, to prevent them reaching "breaking point".

As Gordon Brown visits Afghnanistan,the Independent repports that

Hundreds of soft-skinned "snatch" Land Rovers of the type implicated in the deaths of at least 36 British troops over the past decade are finally to be phased out after a bitter five-year campaign.

The Sunday Times reports that Britain's special forces have suffered the worst blow to their fighting strength since the second world war, with 80 members killed or crippled in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile the Observer reports that

Gordon Brown was embroiled in a furious row when former prime minister John Major accused him of using British troops as a "party political prop" on a surprise visit to thank soldiers in Afghanistan. Major condemned Brown's decision and said he had orchestrated a "cynically-timed political stunt".

It leads with an exclusive claiming that senior City financiers allied to the wealthy consortium planning a takeover of Manchester United claim Sir Alex Ferguson is supporting the controversial bid.

The Telegraph meanwhile says that the imposition of VAT on groceries is being actively considered by Whitehall officials as a radical means of reducing the national deficit.

So politically-sensitive is the move that all the talks are occurring "under the radar", according to retail industry insiders.
says the paper

Meanwhile according to the Mail on Sunday,o of the Camerons' closest friends, senior Tory MP Ed Vaizey, raises the extraordinary possibility that Samantha Cameron could vote for Labour in a film to be broadcast tomorrow.

The story of Jon Venebles continues to dominate.According to the Sunday Mirror,James Bulger’s killer Jon Venables was sent back to jail on suspicion of child porn offences,

The Observer reports that it has been told that Venables had descended into a "persistent state of self-disclosure" in which he felt compelled to tell others his real identity in the months before his return to prison,

The week's other big story gets a lot of pages.According to the Independent,The Lord Ashcroft affair is causing deep divisions at the heart of David Cameron's inner circle,

According to the Telegraph,The key civil servant who oversaw the terms on which Lord Ashcroft took up his seat in the House of Lords,Sir Hayden Phillips, said yesterday that the Tory peer had done nothing illegal.

However the Observer says that questions were raised over whether the Queen and the former prime minister, Tony Blair, had granted him a peerage under false pretences.

The News of the World reveals that Jade Goody has made certain her playboy widower Jack Tweed wasn't left a penny of her £3million fortune.

Despite naming him as a beneficiary - which saved more than £1million in inheritance tax - tragic Jade's carefully written deathbed will ensures the 22-year-old nightclub promoter can't touch any of the cash she salted away for her two precious sons.

Finally the Independent dedicates its front page to the 100th International Women's Day tomorrow reporting that

Just 19.5 per cent of the MPs in Britain are women; a record so poor that it puts the UK 69th in the world for our proportion of female parliamentarians – behind Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan

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