Monday, 17 August 2009

Monday's papers

One story dominates this morning as the Telegraph's front page carries a role call of the deaths in Afghanistan.

It reports that

Three more British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, taking the number of UK personnel killed since operations began in 2001 to 204.The three, all from The 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, died on Sunday morning after they were attacked while on patrol near Sangin

The expected call for reinforcements will increase pressure on the Government at a time when casualties are rising at an alarming rate.says the Times adding

There is also concern that British lives are being lost to support a government with very different values from those of liberal Western democracies. President Karzai, the Afghan leader seeking re-election this week, has approved a law that critics say condones marital rape

Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has come under furious attack after trying to put a positive gloss on British deaths in Afghanistan.says the Mail adding

he was accused of 'false optimism' and 'wild predictions' for saying our troops will be off the front line within a year

Whilst the Express says that

Defence chiefs were accused of failing British troops at the Afghan front after it was revealed that no accurate numbers of those injured are being kept.

Elsewwhere the Independent leads with what it calls the great overtime bonanza of police pay reporting that

Britain's police constables are topping up their salaries by thousands of pounds every year – in some cases more than doubling their annual pay – by making large overtime claims,

The Guardian reports that the government rejected advice from its expert advisers on swine flu,

An independent panel set up by the Department of Health warned ministers that plans to make the stockpiled drug widely available could do more harm than good, by helping the flu virus to develop resistance to the drug.

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