Newspaper headlines: Special trade deal for UK with US 'delusional'

The head-scratching analysis of how Donald Trump prevailed in the US election continues.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the historian Antony Beevor says a poverty of thought by both the traditional left and right has contributed to a political vacuum into which populists have moved easily.

They do not need practical policies, he says, just hate groups and slogans.

The conventional rules of politics have been torn up.

In the Times, the former Cabinet minister and leading Brexit campaigner Michael Gove also looks to history to assess the rise of Donald Trump from property mogul and TV reality star to president-elect.

Mr Gove likens Mr Trump to the "rough-hewn, hot-tempered businessman" Andrew Jackson, who became Commander in Chief in 1828.

Mr Gove predicts Mr Trump will adopt a zero-tolerance approach to justice; be the most pro-Israel president since Reagan; allow Russia a free hand in Syria while the US deals with the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq; and help Britain to make a success of Brexit.

The same paper carries a blunt warning from a senior German politician to Theresa May about Mr Trump's election victory.

Axel Schafer, a key Brexit adviser in Berlin, has told the paper that even before the businessman's shock win on Tuesday the chances of a speedy and preferential trade deal between the UK and the US were low.

But with a Trump administration likely to be more inward-looking, he says, it is "delusional" to believe that the billionaire's ascent to the Oval Office will be good for Britain.

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Image caption There has been angry reaction in the papers to comments made by Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron

Investors do not appear to share that view, according to the i paper.

It says the Trump effect is already having a positive impact on sterling, precisely because markets see his election as increasing the chances of Britain negotiating a stronger trade deal with the US.

It quotes a senior currency analyst, who says the American election has shifted the focus away from the UK's impending departure from the EU and raised hopes that Britain could be at the front of the queue for a post-Brexit agreement with the US.

'Trump fightback'

Leading Democrats have begun their "fightback" against Mr Trump, according to the Guardian.

It says the post-election politeness has come to an end, citing what it describes as "a blistering statement" by Harry Reid, who is departing as the most senior Democrat in the Senate.

The forces of hate and bigotry in America have been emboldened by the election of Mr Trump, according to the Nevada senator.

Mr Reid says white nationalists, Vladimir Putin and IS are celebrating his victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are racked with fear - and he has urged the president-elect to take responsibility for healing the nation.

China has joined the chorus of concerned reaction to Mr Trump's victory, says the Financial Times.

Beijing has warned the property mogul that he would be defying the wishes of the entire planet if he acted on his vow to back away from the Paris agreement on climate change after he takes office in January.

The paper says the fact that a country once seen as an obstructive force in UN climate talks is now leading the push for progress is a sign of how far the world has shifted in recognising the need to tackle global warming.

Farron criticised

And there's a furious reaction in several papers to comments made by Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron on Radio 4's Today programme on Friday.

Mr Farron told the programme his party would vote against triggering Article 50 - the two-year formal process of leaving the European Union - unless the public is given a second referendum on the terms of any Brexit deal.

In its lead editorial, the Daily Mail calls Mr Farron "cocky" and accuses him of "monstrous arrogance".

The Sun describes Mr Farron as a "pipsqueak" whose stance is "breathtakingly cynical and disingenuous" - a "grubbily opportunistic attempt to hoover up disconsolate Remain voters".

The headline on the front page of the Daily Express, which campaigned for Brexit, indicates far less concern about Mr Farron's plans.

It reads "EU Exit Will Happen" and quotes a Downing Street spokesman as saying the timetable for Brexit is unchanged and Article 50 will be triggered by the end of March next year.

In its leader column, the paper says only a small rump of "second-rate Brussels fanatics such as Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband and Tim Farron" think they can keep the UK in the EU.

Dismissing them as losers and discredited no-hopers, it says the paper retains full confidence in Theresa May to deliver Brexit.

Climate change warning

Much has been written about the effect of the Brexit vote on Marmite and Toblerone, but spare a thought for mushroom farmers in Ireland.

The Guardian reports that the Irish mushroom industry has been "plunged into darkness" because of sterling's drop in value since the referendum in June.

The vast majority of Irish mushrooms are sold to the British market, with most ending up on the shelves of major UK supermarkets.

The industry has already lost £6m out of the average £120m that mushrooms generate for Irish producers every year, and six farmers out of 60 have already gone out of business.

There's an apocalyptic warning about climate change in the i newspaper.

It reports the findings of a group of scientists who say the Earth could be on course for global warming of more than 7C by the turn of the next century.

A leading climatologist says that - if the prediction by a international team of experts is correct - it would be "game over".

'Drunken orgy'

The Sun has highlighted further evidence of the extraordinary risks some motorists are prepared to take when driving.

The paper publishes pictures of a van driver apparently handing his phone number to a woman in another vehicle, as, the paper said, they both drove at 70mph along the M5.

It details a separate account of a motorist who was spotted using a laptop computer while driving on the M60 in Greater Manchester.

The Daily Telegraph carries a sobering account of what can happen when young party-goers are given more champagne than they can handle.

The Durham University Champagne Society's summer ball descended into what the paper describes as a "drunken orgy" after too much bubbly was apparently delivered to the event.

Instead of regular bottles of fizz, larger magnums arrived instead.

Police who attended the ball - at Hardwick Hall Park near Sedgefield - had to call for back-up, said the newspaper, after some students were reportedly seen having sex, vomiting and collapsing unconscious.