Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Dowler and Grant evidence,more bad news on the economy and X boxes under threat-Tuesday's papers

Two stories dominate the papers this morning,the state of the economy and the Leveson enquiry.

The Independent leads with the former as it reports on yesterday's proceedings in which Milly Dowler's mother tells of her false hopes raised by hacking.

Ms Dowler gave a vivid account of how, after many days of calling her daughter's mobile phone and hearing an automated recording that indicated her voicemail inbox was full, she suddenly heard Milly's recorded voice and was able to leave a message. "I rang her phone," Ms Dowler said. "It clicked through on to her voicemail, so I heard her voice and it was just like: 'She's picked up her voicemails, Bob. She's alive!'" Ms Dowler added: "I told my friends, 'She's picked up her voicemail, She's picked up her voicemail'."

The Dowlers evidence also makes the splash in the Mirror whereas the Guardian chooses to focus on the evidence of Hugh Grant who accused both the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday of obtaining "possibly illegal" information about the birth of his daughter from the hospital at which she was born – prompting a war of words between Grant and the tabloid.

However as the Telegraph reports,Grant was forced to admit he had no direct evidence to support his claims, which were dismissed by the Mail on Sunday as “mendacious smears driven by his hatred of the media”.

The paper leads with the economy with the Prime Minister admitting for first time yesterday that there is a danger they will not be able to tackle borrowing on time as the global economy stands on the brink of a “chronic” debt-driven recession.

According to the FT,the Prime Minister made his comments after reading the final economic and fiscal forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility, which will be published on November 29 alongside the chancellor’s autumn statement.

Confidence in the economy meanwhile is falling as a Populus poll for The Times showed that 79 per cent of voters believe the country will fare “badly” over the next year against 18 per cent who think it will do “well”.

The Guardian meanwhile leads with the news that the High Pay Commission is calling for greater transparency in the setting of executive pay and says employees should sit on remuneration committees and says the paper has the ear of the business secretary.

The Mail says that there is going to be a crackdown on storecards.The paper reports that shops are to be barred from offering instant discounts and free gifts to lure customers to take out store cards.

The move follows complaints that retailers and finance companies are using hard-sell tactics to tempt shoppers to spend money that they do not have.

More problems for consumers in the Sun which claims that online crooks have hacked into thousands of Xbox Live accounts to steal millions of pounds.

The Times leads with more on that leaked report into child sexual exploitation,The paper says that it will tell judges that they should change the way that vulnerable victims give evidence in court in an attempt to ensure more abusers and rapists are convicted.

A growing situation in Egypt is covered widely as he Egyptian cabinet offered its resignation last night as deadly riots, which once again have turned parts of central Cairo into a battlefield, continued into the evening,reports the Independent

At least 33 people have been killed and more than 2,000 injured following a third day of clashes in Cairo and beyond, with confirmation emerging for the first time that security forces have been firing live ammunition at demonstrators.says the Guardian

Finally to the Express which this morning has discovered a new superpill which will treat high blood pressure and is ­available in Britain from today at a cost of just 26p.

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