Newspaper review: Donald Trump, military charity and police cuts

"Russia opens the champagne, China hopes for the best, and Europe's elites tremble".

So says the Sunday Times in its first assessment of how the election of Donald Trump to the White House could usher in a new world order.

The Sunday Telegraph says the UK is facing a "diplomatic crisis" amid fears the president-elect could forge an alliance with Vladimir Putin and bolster the Syrian regime.

The paper says it understands that British officials will spend the next two months trying to convince Mr Trump's team of the need to remove President Assad.

But writing in the Mail on Sunday, author and historian Michael Burleigh argues that what he calls "liberal hysteria" about the implications of the US election result is misplaced.

With a promise to intervene militarily only when US national interests are at stake, Mr Trump could be just the right president for our times, he says.

Image copyright AFP

A Whitehall source tells the Sunday Express that reaching out to Mr Trump's team could help boost the UK's trading opportunities, post-Brexit.

A cartoon in the paper depicts Mr Trump cradling Theresa May in his arms - looking for all the world like Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh - as the couple explore their two countries' special relationship.

"Frankly, my dear, I DO give a damn," the ardent suitor assures the prime minister.

But writing in the Sunday Times, Adam Boulton warns that trying to be Mr Trump's ally will give the UK a "bumpy ride".

Mrs May should be careful what she wishes for, he writes, "hugging the US President close" after 9/11 got Tony Blair embroiled in Iraq and Afghanistan.


A warning by chief constables that police may have to stop looking for missing people because of financial cuts is highlighted by the Mail on Sunday.

A leaked document sent to the Treasury claims forces are spending £620m a year on searching for people, many of whom have run away from hospitals or children's homes.

Former Home Office minister David Mellor says police forces could continue with their core functions if they were better run - but tells the paper that instead of getting their own house in order they would "rather scare the public".


Still in the Mail, and the paper reports that a military charity has been banned from collecting donations amid allegations that it has misled people over how much of the money collected by a professional fundraising company actually goes to good causes.

The Support The Heroes charity denied any wrong-doing.

In an editorial, the paper backs efforts to crack down on any charities suspecting of misleading donors, saying such behaviour "poisons the wells" of public generosity.


Finally, Labour MP Dan Jarvis appeals to those observing Remembrance Sunday to remember not only the war dead but also soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Writing in the Sunday People, Mr Jarvis, a former major in the Parachute Regiment, calls for an independent inquiry to improve understanding of the crippling condition.

"When people buy a poppy, they don't just think of the fallen," he says, "but of the ongoing support so many need."