Newspaper review: G4S boss Nick Buckles faces the music
- 18 July 2012
- From the section UK
The head of G4S, Nick Buckles, is pictured on the front of The Guardian , grim-faced as he is driven away following his grilling by MPs.
Simon Hoggart writes in the paper: "It was horrible, painful, almost bestial. I have never seen anyone get such a monstering at a select committee."
The Daily Mirror sums up his replies to the committee with a headline which reads: "We are useless, but we won't give up our £57m".
The Sun claims the Olympics opening ceremony has been "dramatically slashed" by 30 minutes because of fears of delays at G4S checkpoints.
It says personnel earmarked for emergency duty include up to 150 recruits from the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick.
The Daily Mail, The Times and The Guardian lead on revelations by a US Senate investigation that an HSBC offshoot was used for money laundering.
The Sun says: "The shattered reputation of the UK's finance sector plumbed new depths as American politicians slammed the biggest bank in Britain."
The Telegraph leads with claims by the think tank RSA that millions of savers are being misled by City fund managers about hidden fees.
The paper says the RSA's study found these charges can almost halve the value of pensions.
The Daily Express says returns from private pension schemes have been "shocking" in recent years.
Alzheimer's sufferers and their families have been given new hope - according to the lead in the Express.
It says a drug given to people with immune system problems can apparently have "remarkable" effects on Alzheimer's sufferers.
Several papers focus on the tragic deaths of an elderly couple killed by a landslide in Dorset.
Under the headline Buried Alive, the Daily Star says Rosemary Snell, 67, and her companion may have lain dead in a crushed Skoda Fabia car for 10 days before being discovered by police.
Finally several papers have a picture of a run-down terraced house in Tonypandy, South Wales.
It is up for auction with a guide price of £4,000 making it possibly Britain's cheapest house.
The auctioneer tells The Sun : "It could be a shrewd investment".