Newspaper review: Abu Qatada latest considered


David Cameron's admission that it makes his "blood boil" that the radical cleric, Abu Qatada, is still in Britain, is welcomed by the Sun.

"At least the PM knows how the rest of us have felt for the past decade", says the paper.

The Daily Mail says it has no doubt the prime minister's fury is genuine but believes that, while the Lib Dems oppose withdrawal from the European Court of Human Rights, it will remain "nothing more than impotent rage".

The Daily Express and the Star demand action from Home Secretary Theresa May.

"She should stick him on a plane to Jordan anyway," says the Star.

If he does not receive a fair trial there, adds the Express, "then so be it".

'Real toe-curler'

HSBC's announcement that it would be "demising" hundreds of jobs raises eyebrows at several papers.

The Mail suggests it is management jargon for, "you're sacked".

The Times says the firm has brought a new word into the corporate lexicon.

For Jonathan Guthrie in the Financial Times, the offence of turning a noun into a verb was only incidental.

"The real toe-curler is using a euphemism for death for a euphemism for redundancy," he writes.

"As if 'execution by firing squad' was a more palatable prospect than getting fired."

'Amazing fraud'

The fate of pensioners' finances is the main story for the Express.

It reports that the cost of an annuity - the retirement income bought with pension savings - has soared by nearly a third in the past four years.

In an editorial, the paper blames, in part, the Bank of England's policy of quantitative easing and says we must all be more vigilant about what is happening to our savings.

An expert quoted in the Daily Telegraph agrees, saying "far too many people are disengaged right up to the point of retirement".

The conviction of James McCormick for selling fake bomb detectors is the lead for the Daily Mirror, which calls it "the most amazing fraud ever".

The Independent also puts the story on the front page but accompanies it with a claim that Chancellor George Osborne has "a secret veto" over potentially politically-sensitive fraud investigations.

The paper says budget cuts at the Serious Fraud Office mean that complex new inquiries have to be approved by the Treasury.

Fat chance

Celebrity chefs have been accused by researchers of fuelling the country's obesity crisis with recipes containing too much fat, sugar or salt.

"A fat lot of good they are", says the Times.

Cycling could be the answer, according to a group of organisations including the AA, the Road Haulage Association and the UK Health Forum, who have written to the Daily Telegraph.

They say cycling should be in the national curriculum to fight obesity and improve road safety.

Biting back

The sports pages are dominated by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez who will tell the FA later that he should not be banned for more than three matches for biting a Chelsea player at the weekend.

"Suarez bites back", is the Telegraph's headline.

"Suarez appeals for leniency as the FA prepares to show its teeth," says the Times.

The Daily Mail says Suarez is "shameless" and accuses Liverpool of scoring another massive PR own goal by allowing him to contest a longer ban.

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