UK newspaper review: Triple killer Joanna Dennehy on front pages

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Media captionBeth Rigby, of the Financial Times, and commentator John Kampfner discuss Tuesday's front pages for the BBC News Channel.

The face of Joanna Dennehy stares out from the front of both the Daily Mirror and the Guardian, in light of her shock admission to murdering three men whose bodies were found in ditches.

Like many of the papers, the Mirror is quick to label Dennehy - with her distinctive facial star tattoo - a serial killer, although the exact circumstances of the killings have yet to be revealed in court.

Meanwhile, the Financial Times has analysed student loans data to paint a depressing picture for the latest generation of graduates. It suggests those who most recently collected their degree certificates earn 12% less than the class of 2007/8, the last to have graduated before the financial crash.

Its statistics show average student debt up 60% and a 9% drop in graduate vacancies.

Tax affairs

The Daily Telegraph says thousands of Britons could be caught up in tax changes which aim to target foreigners who buy and sell property in the UK.

It says Brits who are resident abroad but still own property at home will have to pay capital gains tax if they sell up.

Reviewing the papers for the BBC News Channel, Beth Rigby, of the Financial Times, said the move "plays into the Lib Dem view that it's better to tax wealth than income".

But with reports suggesting it will be worth between £10m and £100m, she asked: "Is it worth it?"

However, commentator John Kampfner argued: "I don't think it's right to base a policy on how much it can accrue."

Meanwhile, the Independent focuses on a man with kidney failure who says he has been forced to pay the "bedroom tax" on a specially designed dialysis room.

The report says this was down to Rivers Pound being off dialysis when his benefits were assessed because he was recovering from a failed transplant.

Its editorial argues that, in principle, the government's determination that social housing should be provided appropriately to each family "is not unreasonable" but that this case highlights what can go wrong.

Gallery praise

Elsewhere, the Independent has a striking image of the spiral staircase at the newly-refurbished Tate Britain gallery on its front. Inside, architecture correspondent Jay Merrick argues that while the £45m makeover "won't make Tate Britain cool, a la Tate Modern" its outcome is "pristine".

Oliver Wainwright, in the Guardian, offers praise for a gallery that had previously "suffered from an identity complex, standing as a confused muddle of bits". The Telegraph's Ellis Woodman declares the work "far more than a mere exercise in conservation", adding: "The greatest compliment one can pay the work may be to note that it has left Sidney Smith's building looking better than it ever did before."

And, in the Financial Times, Edwin Heathcote writes that the transformation is such that "walking around the collection, once a trudge, is now a pleasure".

Meanwhile, the Times concentrates on the display of a note secreted behind a wall in the gallery, which begins: "This was placed here on the fourth of June, 1897, Jubilee Year, by the plasterers working on the job."


The revelation that an aide of Labour leader Ed Miliband branded Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls a "nightmare" over his approach to the economy has led to what the Sun describes as "An Ed Scratcher". It notes: "Ed Balls... admitted he DOES have disagreements with Ed Miliband - who insists they are 'working well together'."

The Independent's Andrew Grice reckons the "rocky relationship" is a "recurring nightmare" for Labour. But Rachel Sylvester writes in the Times that suggestions the pair are "as bitterly divided as Tony Blair and Gordon Brown once were" are over-simplistic.

"The reality is more interesting and makes the future less predictable," she argues, highlighting the emerging strength of more recently elected members of Labour's front bench.

Benedict Brogan, in the Telegraph, goes further when pondering on the "baffling recovery of Teflon Labour and Unpopular Ed [Miliband]", by suggesting that - on current trends - it is entirely rational to expect Labour to win the next election.

Errand boy or time traveller?

Two of the nation's best-loved TV shows are in the news, with one set of photographs revealing progress on filming of the one-off Christmas reprise of Open All Hours, and another showing a host of Time Lords dropping in on Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

The Express dedicates page three to the former, picturing Sir David Jason outside the Doncaster hairdresser which has - once again - been transformed into Arkwright's grocery store where his character, the errand boy Granville, has now taken over from his uncle as shopkeeper.

"G-g-g-goodness, Granville is back," it says, playing on the trademark stutter used by Ronnie Barker in the Arkwright role. Meanwhile, the Mirror's take on the first day of filming is: "Ay up, Granville's b-ber-ber-back." The Sun's TV Biz page features Sir David acting opposite Stephanie Cole's "black widow" Mrs Featherstone.

"Who's let Daleks in the Palace?" is how the Express treats the Doctor Who event. It pictures former Doctors Matt Smith, Tom Baker, Peter Davison and John Hurt - who plays a previously unknown "dark" incarnation of the character in the anniversary special - alongside the most famous of the show's aliens, as they meet Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

"Buckingham Palace has had its share of intruder alerts over the years but never had royal security been threatened by anything as formidable as a Dalek - until yesterday," notes the Telegraph.

"Doctor Who's 50th anniversary episode is BBC Drama's biggest event ever," writes Andrew Harrison in the Guardian's G2 section, as he asks whether it can live up to the hype.

Cheese off

A dairy has created a cheese that tastes like Christmas dinner, reports the Daily Mail. It says one variety includes turkey flavouring, whole sprouts, pieces of carrot and festive fruit, while another is a Christmas pudding flavour, with brandy-soaked sultanas, candied cherries and apple.

But the paper's cartoonist, Pugh, doesn't seem keen. He sketches a wife delving into the fridge, while turning to her husband to say: "They've outstayed their welcome - I'll bring the Christmas cheese out."