Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Hacking,petrol,Europe and Freddie's camel toe-Tuesday's papers

Both the Independent and the Guardian lead with the latest in the phone hacking scandal that came to light at yesterday's Levenson enquiry.

The Guardian says that 28 of News International's staff are named in notes seized from a private investigator who specialised in the practice.

The suggestion that the identities of more than two dozen NI staff were scribbled in the margins of Mulcaire's notes is the clearest indication yet that journalists at the company engaged in the practice systematically
.says the paper.

The Independent meanwhile says that if information is uncovered that the Mirror commissioned Mulcaire to hack phones, it would be the first time that a non-Murdoch newspaper has been implicated in the scandal.

Petrol prices are the concern of both the Times and the Mail.

Prompted by the latest e-petition the government faces a Commons debate on the proposed 3p increase in fuel duty after Christmas and according to the Times Downing Street is considering scrapping the planned rise to avoid imposing another crippling burden on motorists and damaging growth prospects.

The Mail says that m than 100 MPs have signed a motion calling for the Government to abandon the 3p rise.

Europe is not far from the headlines and the Telegraph leads with the Prime Minister comments that the Union is in “peril” unless leaders grasp the “opportunity” presented by the single currency crisis to reform the institution

Most of the papers report on the German chancellor's comments yesterday when she called the Euro crisis "maybe Europe's most difficult hours since world war two".

The trial begins today of the two men accused of the murder of Stephen Lawrence 18 years ago and many of the papers preview that.

The Times reports how Stephen’s parents, Doreen and Neville Lawrence, listened intensely during the start of jury selection for the trial of Gary Dobson and David Norris.

The king of Jordan has called on Syria's President Assad to step down.The Independent reports that in an unexpected remark during a televised interview, King Abdullah said it would be in the Syrian people's interests if Mr Assad were to resign. "I believe, if I were in his shoes, I would step down,"

The Mirror leads with the kidnap terror of a 10 year old boy whom the paper says was grabbed off the streets by a gang of men as he visited a shop in broad daylight.

The Sun resurrects one of its most famous ever headlines with a 2011 twist reporting that Freddie Starr ate my camel.

Pale Freddie collapsed with a severe allergic reaction after eating a camel's toe on ITV's I'm a celebratory.

Elsewhere the Telegraph returns to one of its favorite causes.The director-general of the National Trust,reports the paper has warned that David Cameron must not use the “smokescreen” of a planning “free-for-all” as a substitute for a proper strategy to boost the economy.

Security at British airports continues to captivate.The Independent reports that leaked documents disclosed that passengers on private jets have for months routinely been allowed into Britain without passport checks.

Finally another bad moment for America's Republican candidates.As the Times reports Herman Cain’s faltering grasp of foreign policy issues reached a humiliating nadir last night after video footage showed him being asked whether he agreed with President Obama’s handling of the Libya crisis.

The former pizza executive appeared dumbstruck by the question. After 19 seconds of consideration, he asked: “President Obama supported the uprising, correct?”

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