Newspaper review: Hunt memo on BSkyB analysed

A look at the first editions of the UK papers

Friday's papers focus on revelations that Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt sent a memo to PM David Cameron to highlight the merits of Rupert Murdoch's takeover of BSkyB.

"The Minister for Murdoch" is how the Guardian describes him after the details emerged at the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics.

The Daily Mail thinks he should have resigned last month and the Independent says it is clearer than ever he cannot defend his position in the government.

The paper says the whiff of impropriety is drifting closer to the PM daily.

'Perky quiffs'

The Daily Telegraph's sketch writer Michael Deacon is struck by the close resemblance between Mr Hunt and his former aide Adam Smith, who gave evidence at the inquiry.

Both have "perky little quiffs" and could pass for half their age, he says.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mirror says Britain faces "a decade of stagnation and decline" - and firmly blames No 10.

And the Financial Times says so much for hopes that the double-dip recession was a statistical error, in its report on the bigger-than-expected economic downturn.

'Jubilee scorcher'

"Vive la Monarchie!" is the Guardian's headline about an opinion poll suggesting record support for the Queen.

With the Diamond Jubilee celebrations approaching fast, the Star hopes that sizzling weather will help lift the doom and gloom of double-dip Britain.

The Mirror says the heatwave will turn into a "jubilee scorcher" and spark a stampede to beaches and supermarkets.

But the Telegraph warns that a combination of hot sun and cold beer can lead to a barbecue disaster, quoting a survey that found a quarter of men admitted to being drunk while in charge of cooking.

Tale of tape

The Independent reports that an Italian mayor has caused a storm of protest by attending political rallies with a pistol tucked in his belt.

The Telegraph says the town of Hamelin in Germany is in need of a new Pied Piper after rats chewed through electricity cables.

And finally, women have added six inches to their waists over the past 60 years because they no longer burn 1,000 calories a day doing housework, according to the Mail.

The paper says 1950s women also ate fewer calories as rationing was still around and there was very little fast food around.

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