Thursday, 20 October 2011

Justice,Europe,fuel poverty and a "misread kiss-Thursday's papers

Pictures of yesterday's scenes at Dale Farm are on nearly all of the front pages thsi morning.However they don't make any of the lead stories.

Indeed there is quite a mixed bag.

Europe is one common theme.The Times reports on the comments of Lord Judge, the Lord Chief Justice who criticised the dominance of the European Court of Human Rights yesterday, saying that British courts are free to ignore its rulings.

Speaking in the Lord's he said there was an arguable case that judges must take account of decisions in Strasbourg but were not bound by them.

Legal matters also feature on the front of the Independent which says that centuries of open justice are threatened by secret courts.

Civil courts, immigration panels and even coroner's inquests would go into secret session if the Government rules that hearing evidence in public could be a threat to national security.

The Mail returns to a popular theme reporting that David Cameron is to rush forward a landmark Commons vote on Britain's relationship with Europe.It follows reports that there is'complete panic' in Tory high command about growing support in the party for a referendum.

The big freeze will kill thousands says the Express saying that more than 2,700 lost their lives to illnesses caused by fuel poverty according to the most recent annual figures released in a Government-commissioned report.

The paper adds that this is higher than the number of people killed in road accidents. But the figure is set to soar this winter because of rocketing gas and electricity bills.

That story makes the front page of the Telegraph but it leads with a report that savers are having their retirement funds “eaten away” by excessive hidden fees.

A study by the National Association of Pension Funds says that fees are too high and that consumers face an “eye wateringly complex” system of hidden levies.

The Guardian returns to the topic of Liam Fox revealing that the affair has reached the Conservative party's high command for the first time after it was confirmed that its leading fundraiser introduced donors to the former defence secretary, who then introduced them to his best man, Adam Werritty

The Mirror reports on the latest revelations to come out of the Vincent Tabak trial as it says that the court heard yesterday that Tabak strangled Joanna Yeates when she screamed after he tried to give her a passionate kiss

That story also features in the Sun.Jurors were told the Dutch engineer "misread" the situation after Jo, 25, invited him into her Bristol flat while her boyfriend was away reports the paper.

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