Newspaper review: Dementia 'shame', Black Friday and winter 'hell'
Concern over the extent to which dementia goes untreated in England leads the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail.
They report Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's assertion that more than half of the estimated 670,000 people with the illness have not been formally diagnosed, largely because doctors' fears of stigmatising their patients.
The Telegraph prints a map showing diagnosis rates by area next to a commentary, in which Mr Hunt declares: "In the sixties people were too scared to talk about cancer. In the eighties the same happened with HIV/Aids.
"After a long and painful journey, we are now much more open about both - and better able to tackle them. We now need to do the same with dementia."
Britain has its "coldest winter on record" in store, according to the Daily Star.
Its front page declares: "Three months winter hell on way," alongside a photograph of huskies towing a smiling child on a sled, with Father Christmas hitching a ride on the back.
The Daily Express also forecasts a "big freeze to last three months". Inside, its opinion column warns that "decisive political leadership is required in order to keep winter deaths to a minimum".
It calls on ministers to remind pensioners of the availability of cold weather payments and winter fuel allowance to avoid leaving them "so fearful that they cut corners on heating and end up putting their lives needlessly at risk".
With that in mind, the Daily Mail's Amanda Platell reacts to the health secretary's call for "Winter Friends" to look out for elderly neighbours by pointing out that kindness isn't necessarily a one-way street.
She describes how a close friendship developed when she helped out an older neighbour who'd just been told he had cancer. "What started out as an act of charity became, for me, the blessing of friendship," she says.
The Daily Telegraph follows up its revelations about suspected match-rigging in football by claiming that suspect betting patterns were detected at two Conference fixtures earlier this year.
It quotes the chairman of non-league Billericay Town saying there was "more bet on our game than on the Barcelona game [that night]", although the team's manager points out his players had nothing to do with suspect gambling.
The Daily Mirror has the story on its front page, quoting one "fixer", secretly filmed by an investigator, claiming he had rigged qualifying ties for next year's World Cup.
The Sun hears from former FA compliance officer Graham Bean, who says the FA are "ignorant to the scale of the problem", while the Daily Mail quotes conference chairman Brian Lee as saying he's "horrified" at the suggestion matches in his league could have been influenced.
Meanwhile, the Independent focuses on the problem of players' gambling, quoting former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra's evidence, as a witness in a cocaine trial, that players would gamble £30,000 on the team bus travelling to games. Chopra said gambling had cost him £2m.
Black Friday, Cyber Monday
On behalf of those not furnished with the income of the average Premier League footballer, the Daily Star is very excited about "Black Friday".
It names a number of High Street stores conducting "mega sales" to follow a trend from the US, where shops offer festive discounts the day after Thanksgiving.
"Yes, it's hype, but we've found some great Xmas bargains," confesses the Daily Mail, suggesting Britons are about to go "Christmas shopping crazy".
For anyone confused by the terminology, the Mirror's website helpfully points out the difference between Black Friday and "Cyber Monday", online shopping's busiest day of the year.
But the Daily Telegraph's Jane Shilling declares "online deals are no match for a charity shop bargain".
She revels in an Oxfam shop dress that she loves "almost as much for being pre-owned and costing £6.99 as... for being elegant [and] versatile."
Her "sticking with the thrill of the High Street chase" comes too late for several of the shops listed in the Daily Express, however, which laments the "decline of the department store".
Bursting a bubble?
Bank of England governor Mark Carney's decision to refocus the Funding for Lending scheme away from mortgages in favour of loans for small businesses is widely interpreted as his response to fears that government help for homebuyers was fuelling a house price bubble.
And the Financial Times hears from business leaders who see the move as a "double dose of steroids", having already reduced the cost of finance and now having potential to increase the number of firms qualifying for finance.
Some papers see a political context. "Mark Carney has faced down George Osborne," says Phillip Inman, in the Guardian, "after he slammed the brakes on the chancellor's goal of a booming housing market sweeping him and the Tories back into power in 2015."
The Independent sees Mr Carney "proving his independence", describing it as a "relief" to those who feared government policies were ratcheting up house prices.
Meanwhile, Samuel Brittan, in the FT, explains why he thinks Conservatives always buy into the "cult of home-ownership" by saying: "Promoting house-buying is the one form of fiscal stimulus that does not overtly add to the national fiscal deficit."
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