Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Tuesday's papers

Afghanistan is on many of the front pages this morning.

The Times leads with the news that Britain may need to send more troops to Afghanistan despite the success of Operation Panther’s Claw announced yesterday,

The scale of the challenge was revealed yesterday as it emerged that British soldiers have faced nearly 1,000 roadside bombs in the past three months. Although 3,000 troops managed to drive out about 500 Taleban during the five-week offensive, they will be fully deployed holding an area in Helmand province about the size of the Isle of Wight,

The Guardian meanwhile reports that

A concerted effort to start unprecedented talks between Taliban and British and American envoys was outlined yesterday in a significant change in tactics designed to bring about a breakthrough in the attritional, eight-year conflict in Afghanistan.

The Independent reports the findings of a poll which says that a majority of the public believes that the war in Afghanistan is unwinnable and British troops should be pulled out immediately

The Telegraph returns to the subjcet of MP's as it reveals that MPs have ignored public anger over the expenses system by quietly introducing new rules which allow them to claim up to £9,125 a year without producing any receipts.

They have devised a new scheme allowing them to claim a £25-a-night “subsistence” allowance when staying away from their designated main home.

Exercise can beat cancer according to the Express which reports

People who take part in physically demanding sports like jogging, swimming, rowing, squash or football can reduce the risk of developing the killer disease.

Some analysis on the front of the Mail reveals that

Homeowners are paying an average £1,800 a year extra for their mortgages as banks fail to pass on cuts in borrowing rates
.and adds

Bank base rate has plunged to a historic low of 0.5 per cent, but business organisations say their members are going to the wall because they cannot gain access to credit, while home-buyers are struggling to find mortgages and then having to pay over the odds

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