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Newspaper review: Gaza, energy prices and MPs' expenses

  • 20 November 2012
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Gaza, energy prices and MPs' expenses occupy the papers on Tuesday.

The Times calls on Israel to show some restraint in Gaza.

Nothing in the past six days has diminished Israel's right to self-defence, the paper says, but thecountry faces a real risk that every new report of a child or family caught in the crossfire will be seen to erode the "rightness of its cause".

The Independent says any sympathy with Israel's predicament is fast running out to be replaced by anger.

"This is a cycle that must not be allowed to repeat itself," it says.

Energy bills

The Guardian and Mail both lead with the government's plan to tackle spiralling domestic energy bills.

The Mail says it will reserve judgement on the scheme until it sees concrete evidence that it truly protects hard-pressed families against the unscrupulous rapacity of the energy companies.

The Guardian says Downing Street aides have been under enormous pressure to make good on David Cameron's earlier promise to force companies to put people on the cheapest tariffs.

The government is coming under growing pressure from the City to tackle climate change, according to the Independent.

A coalition of the world's biggest investment institutions, including Scottish Widows, Aviva and HSBC, say they are increasingly concerned about severe weather events and their cost to the global economy.

The paper says the group wants Chancellor George Osborne to cut Britain's reliance on gas.

MPs expenses

The Telegraph says more than 50 MPs have been allowed to censor details of their expenses claims, so that the public cannot establish the identities of those they rent homes from.

The paper says the MPs include several who rent properties from one another.

The Mirror has a possible solution - "give MPs paid digs". It suggests the Olympic athletes village could be turned into a political hamlet.

There is plenty of advice for David Cameron as he prepares for EU budget negotiations in Brussels on Friday.

The time has come to say goodbye, says the Express.

But the Sun says europhile minister without portfolio Ken Clarke has signalled that Britain will agree to an EU budget rise.

The Mirror urges caution. We must not stagger to the exit door just because politicians falsely blame other countries for their own failings in Britain, and destroy jobs and trade in the process, it says.

Spanish property

The Mail and Telegraph report that Spain is offering residency permits to foreigners who buy homes.

The Telegraph says the scheme - apparently aimed at Chinese and Russian investors - is designed to reduce the nation's glut of unsold properties.

"Hallelujah!", says the Independent, amid signs that momentum is growing behind the push for women bishops in the Church of England.

Supporters of the change are confident that they can navigate a tricky vote by members of the General Synod.

The Times calls for a "yes" vote. "Perpetuating the subordinate role of women," it says, "will damage the standing of the Church as well as violate the principles of simple justice."

The Church has had two decades to get used to women priests, says the Telegraph, so allowing them to progress to higher office will seem like common sense.

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