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A vision of a better future or a recipe for disaster? Tuesday's papers give their verdicts on a speech by Labour's shadow chancellor setting out key policy pledges.

The Daily Mail pulls no punches, calling it "a blueprint for national bankruptcy and mass unemployment straight from a Marxist textbook".

"Consigned for decades to the lunatic far Left fringe, the policies outlined yesterday by John McDonnell are now the official programme of Her Majesty's Opposition."

Among the ideas the Mail takes issue with are the higher minimum wage, a ban on fracking for shale gas and a programme of industrial intervention.

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To the Daily Star, they were "bombshell pledges" with the promise of a £10-an-hour living wage drawing most attention - complete with the headline: "I'll wage war on your boss."

The Daily Express says the policies "sparked a business backlash" from groups such as the CBI, the Institute of Directors and manufacturing body, the EEF.

On Labour's opposition to fracking, the Sun argues it doesn't even fit with a socialist model of the future.

"The working class they used to represent would embrace a potential source of cheap electricity and all the jobs it would create. But Labour is now a party of middle-class lefties comfortably untroubled by the size of a utility bill."

'Best of Labour'

Not all the papers, though, disapprove of Mr McDonnell's plans. Beneath the talk of socialism, the Guardian's Larry Elliott notes a "subtext" that business may be happier with.

He says the shadow chancellor talked "about productivity... about his desire to ensure that the City of London continued to get access to the single market... about an entrepreneurial state". "None of this was remotely scary," Elliott adds.

The Daily Mirror, in its leader, says Monday showcased some of "the best of Labour", namely that £10-an-hour promise, which was effectively a vow "to end the scandal of millions going home poor after a hard week's graft".

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However, the "worst" was on display too, the Mirror adds - namely "a self-inflicted wound over Trident" which "unnecessarily embarrassed a rising star", shadow defence secretary Clive Lewis.

Mr Lewis was about to address the conference when his autocue was amended at the last minute by Seamus Milne - a close aide to Jeremy Corbyn - removing a commitment to renewing the nuclear weapons system.

"Jeremy Corbyn's drive for party unity descended into farce" with the episode, thinks the Times.

Never mind the autocue row, though, Kate Hudson, general secretary for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, despairs at the policy itself.

"The Corbyn leadership has the opportunity to reshape defence policy, breaking with 20th Century totems and meeting our actual needs. It is profoundly disappointing if it lacks the courage and vision now to do so," she tells the Guardian.


'He made golf cool'

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"Perhaps no professional ever loved the game more." That's how the Guardian's obituary sums up Arnold Palmer, who has died at the age of 87.

"Many of the top players cannot bear to play unless there is a competitive aspect, and a round with friends for pure enjoyment is unthinkable," it continues. "But Palmer played for the joy of it, and in his communication of that fact lay the secret of his incredible popularity."

The newspapers are united in their praise for Palmer and in their certainty about what he did for the game.

"His charisma and common touch elevated him - and golf - to another level during a golden period in the 1960s," says the Daily Star.

"Palmer's impact on a staid and stuffy sport has often been compared to Elvis Presley and the birth of rock and roll and it is not hard to see why," writes Derek Lawrenson, in the Daily Mail.

"Palmer was young, handsome, flew his own plane and had the gift of the gab. The iconic black and white photographs of him with cigarette in hand, or thrashing at the ball with youthful vigour, deservedly occupy a revered place in American culture alongside Presley shaking his hips and shots of a young Muhammad Ali."

"Palmer proved that golf could be cool," writes James Corrigan, in the Daily Telegraph. He "inspired the blue-collared public to realise that they could have a stake in this supposed past-time for the elite".

And in taking golf to the masses, Palmer also transformed the prospects of those who play it.

"Palmer is why they are playing for absurd sums nowadays and why they are absurdly well-known. Palmer is why golfing greats and even sports greats are paid more off the field of play, than they are on it. Believe it, Palmer was the superstar's superstar," Corrigan adds.


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'Identity politics'

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French President Francois Hollande promised on Monday that the migrant camp in Calais known as the Jungle would be demolished by the end of the year.

The Daily Express wants to believe him, but says "we have heard such promises time and again and they inevitably come to nothing."

It is also cross about Mr Hollande's demand that the UK contribute more to dealing with the migrant crisis, arguing it is "a lack of political will" in France, not money from Britain, that's the real sticking point.

"Do French presidential candidates really win votes by whining about Britain doing more to clear the Jungle camp at Calais?" the Sun asks, adding that the authorities there must "get their act together" rather than "bleating pathetically" to Westminster.

The Guardian, meanwhile, sees Mr Hollande's visit - and that of rival Nicolas Sarkozy earlier - as an example of France's "slide towards populism", and evidence that "identity politics is overtaking most public discourse".

"Humanitarian concerns for the fate of the migrants in Calais risk being swamped by electoral politics," it adds.


Ifs and butt

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As regular as clockwork, the Turner Prize rolls around and provokes controversy once again. Picture editors are particularly fond of one entry, by Anthea Hamilton - a giant pair of buttocks, with hands grabbing the cheeks.

It's "a comment on fetishism", the i tells us. The Sun says it's evidence the Turner Prize "really is the butt of jokes now".

Giving the whole exhibition just two stars out of five, the Times' art critic, Rachel Campbell-Johnston, says: "Traditionalists who imagine the contemporary to be nothing but a flatulent puff of hot air will find their suspicions confirmed."

But Jackie Wullschlager, in the Financial Times, thinks the exhibition is "elegantly choreographed", with works that are "figurative, raucously physical and frequently funny".

The giant rear, she explains, is "a parody of guarded doorways to luxury apartment blocks".


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