Thursday, 20 August 2009

Thursday's papers

It's A level results day and the Guardian reports that

The government stands accused today of abandoning its commitment to get more school-leavers into university, triggering an unprecedented scramble for degree places when students discover their A-level results this morning.

The Independent also leads with the same story as it reports how

Tens of thousands of A-level candidates will today join the biggest scramble for university places ever witnessed in the UK

Even those candidates with two As and a B will struggle to secure a place for September.

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi will send his private jet to collect the Lockerbie bomber and take him home to Libya if, as expected, he is released from jail today on compassionate grounds. reports the Times

Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, mounted a last-ditch attempt to sway the Scottish Executive with a warning that it would be "absolutely wrong" to free Megrahi. adds the Telegraph

The Tories have unveiled radical plans to crack down on the binge-drinking culture reports the Mail

Such tax changes would mean a four-pack of extra-strong lager such as Carlsberg Special Brew costing an extra £1.30, a bottle of powerful cider an extra £1.25 and a bottle of alcopop an extra 50p. But duty on low alcohol products would be slashed.

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