The papers: Low pay plan and all the Bafta glamour

A "radical plan" to tackle low pay is the Guardian's lead story.

The paper says that Labour leader Ed Miliband will outline a proposal to link the national minimum wage to the median hourly pay for British workers.

Minimum pay - currently 54.6% of national average earnings - could rise to around 60% after a five-year transitional period the paper believes, although it stresses that no decision as to the precise target has been taken.

The Guardian says Mr Miliband's plan has attracted criticism from employers' body the CBI.

Its deputy director general Katja Hall said "businesses will be concerned with this sort of interference from a Labour government". The minimum wage rate is currently set by the Low Pay Commission.

The Independent, which also leads on the story, says Labour figures think the commission has been "too cautious" in setting a wage figure.

In its analysis, the paper says "Mr Miliband believes that - after the financial crisis - there is a public appetite for the government to intervene much more in the markets to promote equality".

It adds that Labour hopes using the "power of the state" to create "a fairer society" will be a vote winner.

The Daily Mirror's leader column is staunchly behind that assertion, stating "the economy is skewed when profitable firms that could easily afford to pay a decent whack are subsidised by the taxpayer topping up the employees' pay packets".

It concludes: "When the rich are undeservedly richer, Labour must look after its own people with a decent day's pay for a decent day's work."


The papers are still chewing over Bank of England Governor Mark Carney's Sky TV interview on Sunday, where he warned that an "overheated" housing market is the UK's biggest current economic risk.

The Daily Telegraph notes that the £9,409 jump recorded last month in the price of the average British house is the biggest monthly increase ever recorded.

The paper says Carney is "ready" to cap the size of mortgages that can be obtained relative to income.

Its leader column says Mr Carney's comments echo its long-stated worries about a property price "bubble" developing.

"It is inevitable there will be pressures on the Conservatives in the run-up to the next election to continue to be generous to home buyers," it says.

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But "it would be foolish to imperil the entire recovery by allowing one part of it to overheat", it adds.

The Times notes Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has already supported the Bank of England chief's recommendations.

But it says George Osborne is thought to be keen to preserve the Help To Buy scheme that some commentators say is helping to fuel house prices.

If anyone needs an easy-to-view illustration of Mr Carney's claims that Britain isn't building enough houses, The Times obliges.

Its bar chart shows that only in the north east of England is housing supply outstripping demand,: the gap between increased population and new housing in London is vast.

The Times notes that last year, average house prices in Tower Hamlets - hitherto one of the capital's least expensive boroughs - leapt by 43.1%.

One reason for those sort of vast increases might be suggested in the Daily Telegraph.

The paper notes that London has overtaken New York as the world's premier financial hub, in rankings compiled by consultants PwC.

London's "growing digital reputation" and tech company start-ups in east London is said to be one of the reasons it has climbed the rankings, the paper says.

Two sides

Another weekend interview which is still being reflected on is Nigel Farage's on-air chat at radio station LBC.

The Times reports that Mr Farage - who sparked controversy by appearing to suggest that people would be unhappy to live next to Romanians - has admitted that he got the interview "wrong".

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Mr Farage, the paper adds, said he was "tired" when he spoke to the London-based station and he didn't use "the form of words" he would have liked.

"I could've been clearer," he is quoted as saying.

The Times adds that Mr Farage's political opponents, have been careful to avoid calling the Ukip leader a racist.

Ed Miliband, it says, made a "nuanced judgement" that "baffled some party figures" when he said the Romanian comment was a "racist slur" but he didn't believe Mr Farage to be a racist.

Nick Clegg, it notes, also avoided the term, but did say Mr Farage "had a rather nasty view of the world".

The Sun is more outspoken, calling Mr Farage's comments a "racist outburst" and saying he has now "made the closest thing to an apology" for them.

Its leader column says the affair has exposed the "two sides" of the Ukip chief: one "affable and straightforward" and the other "a bigoted menace".

The Daily Telegraph says Mr Farage has "gone on the defensive" over the racism claims, and a full page advert Ukip in the paper outlines the party's position.

Highlighting statistics which suggest 92% of all ATM crime in London is committed by Romanians, it says if Britain took back "control of our borders" Romanians who did come here would undergo "necessary checks" and their presence would cause no concern.

The ad concludes: "It is not racist to want to stop criminal gangs undermining our way of life - it is common sense".

The Telegraph's leader column says Thursday's European and local council elections is beginning to "feel like a referendum on Ukip".

It tells its readers to "prepare for a noisy, tight election".


How do you measure true wealth? The Sunday Times Rich List might be enough for some, but the Independent writes about a different method.

It says a UN conference is to call for some measures of personal happiness and freedom from chores to be factored in alongside Gross Domestic Product when measuring nations' economic progress.

These not usually quantified measures can include levels of urban birdsong, the number of hours a typical person sleeps and the numbers of households with washing machines, the paper says.

The conference's organiser tells the paper: "People often value non-material wealth just as highly, if not more, than monetary wealth".

The concept is called "Beyond GDP" measurement, the Independent adds.

The Daily Telegraph also carries the story, saying that academics suggest monitoring "smiles, random acts of kindness and access to lollipops".

If sunshine makes us all wealthy in happiness, then there are mixed messages in Monday's press.

The Daily Mirror says it will be "boiling today ... but then back to rainy weather".

"Bank Holiday weekend could be a washout with showers and longer spells of rain predicted," it adds.

The Daily Telegraph says the weekend's hot spell - with temperatures reaching up to 8C above the May average - was "too good to last".

But the Daily Star bucks these gloomy predictions saying that despite forecast rain later this week, Britain is heading for "a summer of baking weather".

The balmy weekend is good news for British tourism, the paper notes, with experts saying Britons spend £350m daily on day visits and overnight stays during good weather, three times higher than on cool weekends.

It's good news too for British fruit lovers.

Bumper crops of strawberries, cherries, apples, pears and plums are expected because of the UK's "long run of benign weather", The Times reports.


The TV Baftas give most of Fleet Street their front page pictures and there is plenty of analysis inside most papers.

The Daily Mail said that some were joking that the award should be renamed "the Olivias" after Olivia Colman "was named queen of Bafta TV" for the second year running.

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Image caption It is the second year running that Olivia Colman has claimed the best actress TV Bafta

Ms Colman, who picked up best actress for her role in the ITV drama Broadchurch, was "incomprehensible" for much of her acceptance speech, the Mail says, as she "sobbed her way through a list of those she wished to thank".

The Daily Express says Strictly Come Dancing's new presenting team of Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly "hogged the red carpet limelight" outside the awards and had an "emotional reunion" with outgoing presenter Sir Bruce Forsyth at the Bafta party.

But it says it was "Ant and Dec's night" as the Geordie entertainers beat Strictly to take the best entertainment programme award for their Saturday Night Takeaway.

The Daily Star noted that "cops and baddies unite to grab big awards" at the event, with crime dramas getting many of the gongs.

As well as Broadchurch, US drama Breaking Bad and "Brit chiller" Southcliffe also proved a hit with the Bafta judges.

The paper says it shows "crime does pay - at least on TV".

The Guardian notes that BBC3 supernatural series In The Flesh won best mini series just months after the BBC announced it will close the channel.

It says the success, and six other BBC3 nominations, would be "seized on" by the channels supporters "as further evidence" that it should be saved.

An online petition to save the youth-orientated channel has gathered nearly quarter of a million supporters, it ads.

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