Newspaper review: Papers cover 50p taxation plans

A look at the first editions of the UK papers

A change of heart by the government over the 50p higher rate of tax is highlighted in the day's papers.

The Daily Telegraph says David Cameron is to abandon plans to scrap the tax before 2015.

He and the Chancellor, George Osborne, are said to have concluded that its abolition is politically impossible in the near future.

The Times reports that government departments have wasted £31bn of taxpayers' money in the past two years.

Password breach

The Daily Express leads with what it says is a "vow" by ministers to crack down on benefits.

This comes after official figures revealed that 200 families with 10 or more children each get £60,000 a year in hand-outs.

The Guardian is reporting that thousands of British email addresses and passwords have been revealed on the internet by hackers.

Among them are said to be the details of British military officials.

The Daily Mirror says David Cameron's remark likening the heckling of Ed Balls to "someone with Tourette's" was "offensive" and "risks fuelling the harassment of disabled people."

Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips says the reaction has been overblown.

Chocks away

Former Labour Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, writing in the Mirror, says Labour leader Ed Miliband needs to "get out more".

And Labour's period for "mea culpa" is over, he adds.

Several papers make great play of the case of a former Spitfire pilot who says he was refused permission to sit in the cockpit of a Spitfire at a museum in Stoke-on-Trent.

This was because officials thought it would be too risky.

The Mirror points out that Eric Carter, who is 91, fought daily dogfights with the Nazis during WWII.

The newspaper quotes him saying: "Now that really was a health and safety concern."

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