Monday, 5 December 2011

Rioters,Nick Clegg on executive pay and pensioners and Pandas-Monday's papers

A mixed bag of headlines this Monday morning with the the Guardian's landmark study into the main motivations behind last summer's riots getting a lot of coverage.

After conducting interviews across the country,the survey found that widespread anger and frustration at the way police engage with communities was a significant cause of the summer riots.

Amongst its other findings was that many rioters conceded that their involvement in looting was simply down to opportunism, saying that a perceived suspension of normal rules presented them with an opportunity to acquire goods and luxury items they could not ordinarily afford.

Executive pay is the main topic for the Independent which reports on the Depury Prime Minister's comments to yesterday's Andrew Marr show in which he threatened to introduce new laws to clamp down on executive pay as well as warning that the private sector must take its share of the pain in the "age of austerity.

The Telegraph also reports on the comments of the Deputy Prime Minister who says the paper said that better-off elderly people should make a “sacrifice” to help the Government balance its books which will include the ending of free bus passes and TV licenses.

The Times leads with what it calls the Prime Minister's prescription for economic recovery which will be unveiled in the Prime Minister’s first keynote speech on science today.

One of the plans says the paper will be that seriously ill NHS patients are to be allowed to receive promising new drugs before they have cleared full clinical trials.

The Mirror leads with the tragic deaths of two people in Southport.The paper says that detectives who are hunting a missing lodger after two women were found dead believe one of the victims may have been lured to her death.

The bodies of 75-year-old Alice Huyton and her daughter Angela Holgate,were discovered when emergency services entered landlady Angela’s home.

Do you duty for Gary and Britain says the front page of the Mail.In an impassioned open letter to the paper,the mother of Gary McKinnon begs MPs to stand up for Britain by voting to change the unfair extradition laws.

McKinnon was arrested a decade ago on allegations of hacking into NASA and Pentagon computers while searching for evidence of 'little green men' from his north London home and faces a long stretch of imprisonment in the US.

With the Eurozone again under the spotlight,the Telegraph reports that Iain Duncan Smith has put himself at the head of a Conservative push to force David Cameron to hold a referendum on the European “fiscal union” being drawn up by France and Germany.

On the eve of an international conference in Bonn to discuss the future of Afghanistan,a top British general tells the Guardian that the UK had made "an investment in blood" and that now was not the time for western nations to turn their back on the country.

Most of the papers report the latest escalation in Iran as an unmanned American surveillance drone operating from Afghanistan has been shot down by Iran over its territory.

The Times says that the report from Tehran also said it had been recovered without serious damage. This would imply that it was not hit by anti-aircraft defence systems but by electronic counter-measures.

The writing on the wall for Putin? Maybe not just yet but as the Guardian reports his United Russia party was predicted to lose its majority in parliament, as voters used a national election to register concern at authoritarianism and corruption.

The Sun has been out to England's Euro 2012 training ground in Poland and proclaims it a dump.

The muddy, waterlogged pitch and rubble-strewn changing rooms are barely fit for a pub team says the paper.

The Mail lifts the cover off supermarket pricing.Research into the ‘big four’ – Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons, pours scorn on their claims to be in the middle of a price war says the paper adding that they are misleading shoppers with confusing and untrue claims that could leave them open to prosecution.

Finally the Pandas have arrived.Flown into Edinburgh on a private jet says the Telegraph, with an entourage of helpers and greeted by thousands of people.

The paper adds that Tian Tian and Yang Guang are the first giant pandas to live in the UK for 17 years, in what is seen as a reinstatement of "panda diplomacy".

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