Newspaper review: PM criticised over Carr

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The papers roundly criticise David Cameron for calling comedian Jimmy Carr's tax affairs "morally wrong".

"This is difficult terrain," says the Daily Telegraph, for a man whose family has "had intimate knowledge of tax minimisation techniques".

"It's Britain's incomprehensible tax system that's the most morally offensive," says the Daily Mail.

In the Guardian, Marina Hyde writes that "celebrity obsession" made the PM unable to resist sharing his views.

'Cuts and closures'

A week of negative headlines about tax avoidance are a "game changer", according to the Financial Times.

The paper says one scheme - apparently used by various prominent football managers - could "backfire" and result in a "big bill".

But the Times suggests the tax department, HMRC, could take 38 years to clear a backlog of tribunals.

"Cuts and closures," it says, "have left the taxman unequal in battle against army of accountants".

Ode to Joy

"Discord", says the Financial Times, sums up the mood of the eurozone crisis meeting in Rome, attended by leaders of Spain, France, Germany and Italy.

The trouble, reports the Telegraph, was German resistance to a proposed scheme to share debt.

What happened to the "Ode to Joy sing-along" of past European summits? asks Roger Boyes in the Times.

The Sun shows Germany's Angela Merkel cheering with the headline "Greeks exit Euro"... referring to the football.

'Daring to dream'

The Mail predicts that England's quarter-final against Italy on Sunday will draw a TV audience of 20m "bigger than the Jubilee".

England's secret weapon, according to the Daily Mirror, will be a "peanut protein blast".

It has spoken to the team chef, Tim De-Ath, who says a peanut ball is given to the players at 16:30 and also before bed, at 21:30.

"A nation is daring to dream," declares the Daily Express. "Come on England."

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