Newspaper review: 'Slavery' shock, and JFK still making headlines

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Media captionDaily Mirror political editor Jason Beattie and Colleen Graffy, a former US State Department official, discuss the front pages for the BBC News Channel.

There's almost blanket coverage of the London "slavery" case, with only the Daily Mail and Financial Times not featuring it on their front pages.

But with limited specifics available at the time of going to print, the Daily Express and Daily Mirror run down a list of other notorious cases of people held captive in Western countries.

The Guardian hears from those with experience of helping human trafficking victims, noting: "The delicate moments after suspected victims... are rescued are so important they are known by care workers as 'the golden hour'."

Meanwhile, the director of campaign group Anti-Slavery International, Aidan McQuade, writes in the Independent that - while the public may be shocked by this case arising in London - the UK is no different to the rest of the world when it comes to forced servitude. "Are we shocked? Yes. Am I surprised? No," he says.

However, reviewing the papers for the BBC News Channel, former US State Department official Colleen Graffy takes issue with the Independent's headline to the story, which reads: "London's shame."

She said: "Thankfully, these things are rare. But [slavery] is not particular to any one country. It's just a tragic story."

Her co-panellist, Daily Mirror political editor Jason Beattie agreed: "What you have is a global phenomenon. You have mass migration; people moving to cities in a way they didn't before. They can become impersonal places."

Rub off the Green

Downing Street insists David Cameron never referred to environmental levies on energy bills as "green crap" - as claimed by Thursday's Sun - despite pledging to "roll them back" to ease pressure on energy bills, the Daily Telegraph reports.

But it didn't stop the prime minister's Liberal Democrat coalition partners from throwing it back in his face, with front-bencher Danny Alexander retorting that the Conservatives are "full of crap" on the issue.

And the cartoonists have plenty of fun too, with the Telegraph's Matt picturing three recycling bins outside No 10 - one each for glass, paper and "green crap".

His colleague Blower harks back to Mr Cameron's time in opposition and the "Vote Blue, Go Green" slogan, picturing the PM on a rocket-powered bike, daubed with the phrase "Vote Blue, Get Mean."

In the Times, Peter Brookes sketches a reminder of two high-profile occasions in Mr Cameron's past - the 2006 speech that became known as "hug a hoodie" and his trip that year to Norway to view the effects of global warming. Headed "hug a husky", it caricatures a wild-eyed PM throttling one of his sled dogs.

But there's support for the Conservatives in the Sun, in a leader column entitled "Lib Dims", which says Mr Alexander's fury over "backtracking on costly Green taxes is a perfect example of a ludicrous political naivety."

Where were you...?

Fifty years on from the assassination of John F Kennedy, the Daily Mail's Tom Utley remembers exactly what he was doing when he heard the news: "Half way through a pillow fight in my school dorm, I realised how our world had changed for ever."

The Daily Express remembers what it did the following day, by replicating its front page as a centrefold, complete with a photograph captioned: "Detective leaps on the rear of the President's car as Mrs. Kennedy bends frantically over her shot husband."

The Guardian does the same, and spares space on its present day front page to allow Jonathan Freedland to write about the "idealism of a story that ended before its time". Inside, it describes how correspondent Alistair Cooke covered events by watching TV from his New York office. He'd turned down the "routine outing" because he was bored with Democratic politics but later reckoned he'd "been able to cover the story better from the box".

Janet Daley, in the Telegraph, sees JFK's legacy as what happened in the wake of his death: "An era of almost fanatical idealism in which extraordinary numbers of young people risked their futures to do what they believed to be right. Some became civil rights workers, travelling to the South to register black voters... Others burned their draft cards (a federal offence) in their determination not to be conscripted to fight in Vietnam."

Call to alms

A rare moment of political unity is captured in the Daily Telegraph, which pictures Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameron lining up in support of Prince Charles's call for more young people to get involved in volunteering.

They were at Buckingham Palace to hear the Prince open the Step Up To Serve campaign, which aims to see 50% of 10 to 20-year-olds volunteering by the end of the decade.

They could learn a thing or two from the Daily Express's Diamond Champions, such as 76-year-old Nick Barwell - a former volunteer coastguard and RNLI crew member - who's now a volunteer driver for older people, despite being terminally ill.

He started volunteering aged eight, as a "mouse catcher" at boarding school, the paper reports.

And while the PM may be encouraging volunteering, his health secretary has turned down an offer of a volunteer army to care for the elderly, the Times reports.

It says Jeremy Hunt refused a proposal from umbrella body Aveco for £38m national programme to fund 5,000 voluntary workers from the Red Cross, Royal Voluntary Service and Age UK with the aim of ensuring older people do not spent longer in hospital than necessary. Instead, he reportedly said, individual hospitals should decide their own plans.