“They never stood a chance” is the headline in the Daily Mail.
The phrase sums up the first impression that many have formed of the evidence and opinion presented to the Grenfell Tower inquiry so far.
That inquiry has a very long way to go – but it has already revealed what the Guardian calls a “litany of fire safety failures”.
The shocking facts of the disaster are remembered. The Daily Star says the inferno “swallowed up nineteen floors in just twelve minutes”.
The Daily Telegraph is the only paper to display on its front page a large image of the burning building.
Its headline asks: “Why weren’t they told to get out?”
The paper notes that, in the view of one expert, the strategy of asking residents to stay put had failed within half an hour of the call to the fire service – yet residents were not advised to leave for another hour and a half.
According to the Times, the stay-put policy is still in place at more than ten tower blocks close to the burnt-out shell of Grenfell.
The London Fire Brigade tells the paper its advice to residents is still “to stay put” if fire breaks out elsewhere in your building and you are not being affected by fire, heat or smoke.
The Times also questions whether it is right to make children at school stand in silence when a disaster has happened.
Teachers, it says, are worried that too frequent commemorations in recent months have caused distress to their younger pupils.
The paper fears that “public silences have become social niceties that bewilder children” and it might be better to talk about their grief and seek explanations.
The continuing chaos on some rail lines has provoked both anger – and some comedy.
An example of the former can be found in the leading article in the Daily Mail. The paper lists the main features of what it calls “this appalling shambles” and demands to know “why should passengers pay extortionate prices for a Third World service?”
The Daily Mirror wants the rail network to be renationalised.
The Mail disagrees, saying British Rail was, at its worst, “filthy, erratic and strike-ridden”.
The cartoonist Matt – in the Telegraph – finds humour in adversity. He shows a commuter on a crowded platform on the phone to his wife: “Hello darling,” he say. “I’m coming home by train. You should re-marry and try to forget me.”
The Guardian thinks that any government which fails to sort out the railways will “hit the buffers”.
Yesterday, according to the Daily Mail, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was “flattened” in the Commons over the rail timetable saga.
The sketch writers are unanimous.
“A whipping”, says Patrick Kidd in the Times – Labour backbenchers “rode up and down what remains of Mr Grayling’s spine,” and he was attacked by his own side too.
“Hell hath no fury like a commuter scorned”, says John Crace in the Guardian.
“A drubbing”, says the Daily Telegraph. Labour accused Mr Grayling of being complacent, but Quentin Letts in the Mail doesn’t agree: “He was in a dreadful state, his voice husky, the left of his face twitching terribly. Helpless, maybe. Entirely miserable. But not, I think, complacent.”
Whatever may be happening to the railways, the Sun is sure that a decision must be made soon to approve the expansion of Heathrow.
The paper says “it would be an act of national self-harm for MPs to reject a third Heathrow runway”.
In fact, it wants expansion to happen at Gatwick too, saying “this new runway will be at capacity almost as soon as it is finally finished”.
Meanwhile, the Sun thinks the future of Theresa May will be decided by the fate of her Brexit withdrawal legislation.
The Times reckons she has a week to head off a potential rebellion by Tory MPs about the future of customs arrangements.
The Daily Express says Mrs May is facing a “a long and gruelling battle” as the Commons tries to reverse changes made in the Lords.
And the paper takes Labour to task, accusing the party of trying to hijack the parliamentary process by conjuring up “pompous procedural objections”.
Over the years, much debate has been devoted to the question, how far back childhood memories reach?
The Telegraph carries a report on research in California – where scientists took MRI scans of sleeping toddlers who’d earlier been played lullabies.
The psychologists have concluded – from the brain activity they observed – that children as young as two are able to form memories.
Previously it was thought that memories could not be laid down until a child was three and a half.
And, according to American scientists, “a day on Earth was a full five hours and fifteen minutes shorter a billion or so years ago”.
That’s because, the Telegraph says, the Moon is slowly moving further away from us, which changes the way the Earth spins on its axis, and orbits the Sun.
Lastly, to guests at her B&B in the Cotswolds, Caron Cooper is just the owner. But, says the Sun, to visitors from Japan, she’s a star.
The Mirror explains that her picturesque farmhouse in Wiltshire features in cartoon comics and TV series in the Far East.
“Fans cross the world to see her” and eat her cream teas, says the Times, and members of the Japanese royal family have even been to stay.
Fosse farmhouse is – as the Sun puts it – “the house of the rising scone”.