Newspaper headlines: Brexit plans and Farage's relevance

Is Nigel Farage relevant?

On Monday, the Prime Minister's spokesman said Mr Farage would not be a "third person" in the relationship between Theresa May and Donald Trump.

But - according to the Daily Telegraph - that's a missed opportunity.

"The government may consider him an irritant, but he can hardly be called irrelevant," says their editorial.

"Indeed, the photograph of Mr Farage and Mr Trump together at the latter's New York apartment suggests quite the opposite.

"Downing Street's peremptory rejection of Mr Farage's potential ability...is short-sighted."

That message is echoed by Ross Clark in the Daily Express.

"Me may not be the most naturally diplomatic of people, but it would be foolish to reject his offer to help," he writes.

"He doesn't have to be given a formal job but at the very least he should be tapped up for advice on how to negotiate with Trump and his team."

For Rachel Sylvester in the Times, the interim UKIP leader has become "the de facto foreign secretary".

"The truth is that Mr Farage is simply stepping into a gaping hole left by Boris Johnson and Mrs May," she writes.

"Since taking over in July, the foreign secretary has inspired mistrust among senior Whitehall officials who fear he is acting like a boy in a man's job.

"The real problem, though, is that the prime minister treats the man appointed to represent Britain abroad as a fool."


Bannon headline

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Donald Trump's chief strategist has been accused of "fanning the flames of neo-Nazism and white supremacy", according to the front page of the Guardian.

Mr Bannon is executive chairman of the right-wing news website, Breitbart.

Michael Keegan, president of a "progressive" pressure group, tells the Guardian: "Trump has made clear that he intends to carry the racism and anti-semitism of his campaign straight into the White House."

Yet - according to Melanie Phillips in the Times - it is "Trump's opponents who are the bigots and racists".

"Breitbart exposes Islamist violence and intimidation," she writes.

"For that, it is called racist, hate-fuelled and Islamophobic.

"Millions of voters who fear Islamist oppression and oppose uncontrolled immigration have been smeared in exactly the same way."

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Media captionChristopher Hope and Miranda Green review Tuesday's papers

What's left?

In the year of Donald Trump and Brexit, almost all the broadsheets discuss the future of the "liberal left".

Hugo Rifkind in the Times focuses on a group called "Stop Funding Hate", which wants big companies to stop advertising in the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, and the Sun.

"I don't much like the way our tabloids write about migrants," he writes.

"The campaign against them, though, is the work of people who want the world to look like their own Facebook page.

"Liberals [have] grown illiberal without even realising it, because they are only speaking to themselves."

In the i's opinion pages, Matthew Norman says "narrow electoral wins for Brexit and Trump are not reason to reimagine the democratic west as sliding towards neo-fascism...

"[But] they are twin sirens warning against the folly of smugly assuming that history will continue on the same trajectory without careful steering."

In the Financial Times, Janan Ganesh thinks rumours of the liberal left's demise have been exaggerated.

"Those of us who follow politics are suckers for the epic," he writes.

"We want to believe we are living through a kink in history. When the world's two stablest democracies vote for change, it must be the end of liberalism.

"To blame it on peculiarities, such as the left's saintly patience with mediocre leaders in recent years, is somehow unsatisfying."


Taxable benefit

A boy who made £100,000 from selling tax disc reminders has made another £2m, according to an exclusive in the Sun.

Harvey Millington, 14, from Taunton in Somerset, invested £40,000 of his tax disc money in three acres of land.

He intended to launch a "glamping" site for upmarket campers - but then got a "knock on the door from a housing company".

The firm offered him £2m. Harvey says it was "too good to turn down".

Despite his wealth, Harvey wants to be a police officer when he's older. He has already joined the cadets.


Comradely behaviour

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The front page of the Financial Times reports that China's ruling Communist party has ordered its members to call each other "comrade" again.

According to the paper, the party is trying to "bolster its credentials as a classless revolutionary organisation...and eliminate the growing importance attached to rank and titles".

But the move may cause confusion.

According to the FT, "gay men have adopted 'comrade' as a sign of affection and unity in an often hostile society".

The Times says "the label has become widespread as 'comrades' continue to risk arrest by pushing for same-sex marriage".


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