Paper review: Syria attack and ‘shrine’ to burglar
April 9, 2018
A number of Tuesday’s front pages focus on the political aftermath of the alleged chemical attack in Syria, and the response of world leaders.
The Times says Theresa May is under pressure from her ministers to join a US-led strike against the country.
Whitehall sources tell the paper that France’s President Emmanuel Macron is “setting the pace” for the international response by “egging on” US President Donald Trump.
Mrs May is still waiting to speak to Mr Trump about the matter, the sources say – a fact they acknowledge is embarrassing for Downing Street.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Lord Hague warns that the future use of chemical weapons will be legitimised, unless the West takes action.
He says there is little doubt that he would support military action, were he still foreign secretary.
The business website Bloomberg interprets a remark by the Russian ambassador to the United Nations – that “we need to get to the bottom of what happened in an honest way” – as a sign that Moscow could make concessions.
It says it could mean Russia could accept a UN proposal for a new body to be established in order to investigate alleged chemical attacks.
A shrine of flowers is pictured on the front of the Metro, outside the house where a burglar was stabbed to death by a pensioner.
It says Richard Osborn-Brooks – who was cleared by police after initially being arrested on suspicion of murder – is now in hiding, to protect him from reprisals.
The Sun says he has received death threats from the burglar’s friends and is under 24-hour police guard.
The Daily Mail previews what it says will be a five-year campaign to wage war on prostate cancer, set to be unveiled by Mrs May.
It says spending worth £75m will help to spot symptoms earlier and improve treatment – potentially saving thousands of lives a year.
The newspaper says the commitment will put prostate cancer on a par with breast cancer
The Daily Express leads with the results of a survey by the charity Diabetes UK, which it says lays bare the “shocking” treatment of British workers with the condition.
One-sixth of the 10,000 people questioned said their employers had made their lives more difficult because of the disorder.
They cite having to use up their holiday allowance to arrange vital check-ups.
Scores of top footballers are facing financial ruin, according to the Daily Mirror, after being hit with a combined tax bill of more than £250m.
The paper says HMRC is chasing players who invested in a film project, structured to avoid tax.
A former Premiership star is said to have put in more than £30m alone.
The Financial Times reports that plans are in motion to set up a museum, celebrating the history of euro-scepticism in Britain.
Its backers – among them a former UKIP spokesman – have christened the project “The Museum of Sovereignty” and are appealing for memorabilia going back 45 years.
Collection centres are to be set up around the country, with the city of Lincoln identified as a possible home for a permanent exhibit.
Sir Nick Clegg offers the newspaper some ideas for what it could feature: namely the Brexit battle bus, with its promise of £350m a week for the NHS, parked in the forecourt.