Budget's pensions 'revolution', Madeleine McCann latest and David Moyes 'saved'

There's a celebratory tone to several front pages, as they hail George Osborne's savings and pensions "revolution".

"Joy for all," reads the Daily Express's front page. But not all the papers are so pleased, with some questioning whether the chancellor couldn't have done more for young people and the jobless.

In a 24-page Budget special, the Financial Times reprints Mr Osborne's entire speech. However, like most papers, it also divides its coverage into more easily digestible chunks, by subject.

Many personalise the measures, with the Daily Express picking out winners - such as pensioners keeping more of their savings "away from the taxman" - and losers, such as the stay-at-home mum unable to take advantage of the tax-free childcare allowance extension.

"The Great British Rake-Off" is how the Sun describes the extension of the zero-rate income tax band and cuts in duty on beer and bingo. It gets reaction from four namesakes of Mr Osborne, PM David Cameron, his deputy Nick Clegg and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander - as well as eight residents of two different Downing Streets - and finds six of the 10 feeling positive.

The Independent tries the same with George Osborne, of Edlington near Doncaster, but finds the Labour supporter less impressed, saying: "The people who are going to get any improvement... are people that have got loads of money."

As ever, the dense subject matter tests papers' imagination when it comes to illustrating the story. Daily Star cartoonist Scott takes inspiration from the halving of tax on bingo halls to sketch the chancellor as a bingo caller, while - in a pullout section - the Guardian illustrates the effect of income tax changes on different social groups using Lego figures.

The Daily Mail does the same with a handy table showing people whether they're better or worse off, while it uses a Q&A to explain annuities to those confused by the terminology of the pensions changes.

Politically astute?

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Much of the analysis focuses on the decision to allow people more freedom with pension pots, removing the necessity of buying an annuity. Financial Times personal finance editor Jonathan Eley says Mr Osborne "staked a fair chunk of his legacy" on the "high-stakes totemic move", while Daily Telegraph assistant editor Jeremy Warner says the chancellor managed to appear "both economically wise and politically astute".

Jonathan Freedland, in the Guardian, says: "[Mr Osborne's] target was the fairly comfortable older voter, the person who has built up a nest egg but seen little gain while interest rates have hovered close to the floor. The voter... [is] perhaps, UKIP-curious - and in need of a good reason to come home to the Tories." On this issue, Times cartoonist Peter Brookes pictures Mr Osborne as a fly in UKIP leader Nigel Farage's pint.

Meanwhile, the Financial Times translates what the chancellor said into "what he meant", including on the introduction of the new threepenny bit-shaped £1 coin: "UKIP voters want to recreate the past. I hope they can be bought off with the reintroduction of a coin last used in 1971."

The pensions shake-up has the Daily Mail declaring "victory" in the campaign against the "great pensions rip-off" and its city editor Alex Brunner saying "Bravo!" to a Budget that rewards the "self-reliance of the silent majority". However, while the Independent acknowledges the chancellor "fortified his political base", it asks: "What about the young and the poor?"

Daily Mirror columnist Brian Reade argues: "It was a Budget for people who budget for nannies and ski trips, and a decent investment nest-egg to keep them well-feathered in old age. As for the rest? Osborne hopes a penny off a pint of beer and a cut in bingo tax will keep them distracted while he caps the welfare budget."

A breakthrough?

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The Mirror and Daily Star relegate the Budget to the inside pages to lead on the latest in the search for Madeleine McCann, who went missing from a Portuguese holiday resort as a three-year-old in May 2007.

Police have announced they're seeking a "pot-bellied serial sex fiend" who abused five other British girls in Algarve holiday homes, according to the Star, while the Mirror quotes the investigating officer saying the suspect - who carried out attacks between 2004 and 2006 - has "an unhealthy interest in young, white girls".

Asking "who is the prowler?" the Sun describes his distinctive clothes, appearance and accented spoken English. The Mirror gives space to ex-Metropolitan Police detective Peter Kirkham, who describes the latest development as "incredibly important" and questions why the initial Portuguese investigation didn't make the link.

Sandra Laville, in the Guardian, finds hope in the "breakthrough", saying: "Identifying a potentially linked series of sex attacks, as detectives on the inquiry have done, has been the key to solving similarly high-profile cases of sexually motivated crimes in the past."

The Times identifies three other priorities driving the investigation, saying police want to trace a man seen carrying a child on the night Madeleine disappeared, three men suspected of burgling holiday apartments around that time and a third grouping comprising "persons of interest" and known sex offenders.

Reliant Robin

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Striker Robin Van Persie's hat-trick, which helped Manchester United overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit to beat Olympiakos and progress to the Champions League quarter-finals, earns him back-page headlines.

The Mirror renames him "RV3" while he's "Rompin' Van Persie" to the Sun, which says the result could keep manager David Moyes in a job under the headline: "They can't sack Moy now."

Paul Hayward, in the Telegraph, agrees: "The Moyes debate is suspended, contingency plans (if any) are shelved, a Champions League quarter-final beckons. And United's fans can 'stand up for the champions', rather than sit down for a wake."

Tim Rich, in the Independent, finds five things we learned about United from the performance. Jamie Jackson, in the Guardian, describes it as a "rare occasion when the players appeared to believe completely in their manager" but wonders how long the "real Red Devils" will be in evidence at Old Trafford.

Matt Dickinson, in the Times, believes the result has given Moyes "vital room to manoeuvre" but adds: "Moyes still has to prove he deserves to keep his position next month, next season and, if he succeeds, that will be a far more remarkable revival than one rousing victory over Olympiakos."

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