Newspaper headlines: Donald Trump, energy bills, hospital closures and school libraries

"Americans have made their decision and it is now for other countries to come to terms with it," says the Daily Telegraph as the leader writers digest the implications of a Trump presidency.

The paper is highly critical of EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for attacking Mr Trump after his victory, saying it would be far better to engage with the new president and try to persuade him to keep the US fully committed to Nato and free trade.

The Financial Times, however, thinks Mr Trump has some "dangerous delusions on trade".

The FT is particularly worried that the US will no longer play a central role in shaping the world's trading system, threatening international commerce.


The Guardian uses its editorial to focus on a different concern; climate change.

It warns that Mr Trump is the first self-declared climate denier to lead one of the world's biggest emitters.

It says that even if the US does not withdraw from the Paris agreement on tackling global warming, he will have a chilling effect on climate negotiations because they rely on good faith and political will.

But Matt Ridley in the Times looks on the bright side of a Trump presidency.

He points out the markets went up; Mr Trump is already watering down his more outlandish threats and some of his tax reform policies are not bad.


In its front page story, the Sun alleges that the "Big Six" energy firms are misleading people about their profits, which it says are seven times bigger than they have been claiming.

It has been examining what it says was a secret report produced for Energy UK, which represents the power companies.

It found profits on standard variable tariffs could be as much as £272, a margin of 24% per cent.

Yet, according to the paper, the firms have been saying they make typical profits of just over 3% per cent.

Energy UK says it rejects completely the implication it tried to alter the perception of the profits made by the companies.


The Daily Mail leads with NHS proposals to shake up services in England, saying that even the managers involved believe there is a "ludicrous" level of secrecy surrounding the process.

"Where are the real people in this?" one is reported to have said.

According to the Mail, the plans would lead to one of five hospitals in south-west London shutting, while in the West Midlands the hospital maternity units at Birmingham Women's or Heart of England would either shrink or close.

The paper says experts are questioning whether it is credible to reduce the number of beds while the system is stretched.


The Guardian reports that current Children's Laureate Chris Riddell has joined forces with his eight predecessors, including Quentin Blake and Julia Donaldson, to press the government to offer some protection to school libraries and librarians.

It quotes figures suggesting there has recently been a loss of 280 school libraries in England.

The laureates are alarmed, arguing that the libraries play a central role in promoting reading for pleasure and turning children into lifelong readers.