Newspaper review: Escaped lion or cat on the prowl?

Papers A first look at Tuesday's newspapers

The main story in many of Tuesday's newspapers is the conclusion to the curious tale of the "Essex lion".

The Daily Mirror believes it has solved the mystery, reporting that the creature was none other than a ginger cat named Tom.

The Guardian runs a picture of an unidentified creature, under the headline: "Cat? Dog? Stuffed toy? Well, it's certainly not a lion."

The Times's front page cartoon depicts two lions chatting, with one quipping: "Essex? It's a jungle out there mate."

'World has changed'

The future prospects for the economy is the reason why, according to one senior Conservative politician, his party must perform a very public U-turn.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Tim Yeo argues the PM should abandon the pre-election promise he made to rule out building a third runway at Heathrow.

The MP believes the world has changed - and the government should too.

With this one reversal, David Cameron could "kick-start" a "sluggish economy" and "seize the political initiative".

Reshuffle request

And question marks over the economy appear to have been on the minds of those who took part in an ICM opinion poll commissioned by the Guardian.

The newspaper reports that nearly half of those questioned - 48% - said the chancellor should lose his job in the forthcoming cabinet reshuffle.

The paper expects it will be seized on by Conservatives who want to rejuvenate economic policies without dropping the commitment to deficit reduction.

But the newspaper thinks Mr Cameron is "unlikely to budge".

Tale of two Eds

Relationships between prime ministers and chancellors are often fraught, so says the Independent.

But the paper uses that observation to make a rather different argument - one that has focused on the opposition.

The newspaper believes Ed Miliband and Ed Balls are finding it "harder to get along", and urges the pair to have it out.

And, the paper says, if the shadow chancellor will not back down on policy differences, Mr Miliband should sack him but "try to limit the fall out".

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