Newspaper review: Christmas recycle 'shambles' and GP waits

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Image caption Thursday's newpapers report on lengthy waits for patients to get an appointment with a GP

The death of Debbie Reynolds came too late for the first editions. Instead, the warning from the Royal College of GPs that people could be forced to wait up to a month to see their family doctor is the main story for the Sun and the i.

In an editorial, the Sun calls for a radical rethink about how the NHS is funded.

It suggests looking at more inventive ways of easing the financial burden on the service, such as requiring those who can afford it to pay a small charge to see their GP or fining those who miss an appointment for no good reason.

In what it calls a "festive farce", the Daily Mail reports that millions of tons of wrapping paper and Christmas cards won't be recycled, despite the best intentions of homeowners.

It says paper products made with glitter or a metallic finish are being rejected by paper mills because they clog the machinery and will be buried or burned instead.

Ministers are considering guaranteeing child offenders lifelong anonymity, according to the Times.

It says a government-commissioned review suggests that a blanket ban on revealing the identity of criminals under the age of eighteen would help reduce the chances of them re-offending. Penal reformers say that "naming and shaming" harms the chance of rehabilitation.

But some MPs believe that the public have a right to know the identities of those convicted of the most serious offences.

The familiar face of Sir Bradley Wiggins stares out from a number of front pages this morning acknowledging his retirement from cycling.

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Image caption The five-time Olympic champion announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 36

Many pay tribute to him, but the Mail says his withdrawal from the sport has been "tarnished" by his use of "Therapeutic Use Exemptions" which allow athletes with medical conditions to use banned substances.

A study in the Times supports what many employees already believe: that bosses are being paid a fortune for delivering little of long-term value.

According to researchers at Lancaster University Management School, pay for the chief executives of Britain's top 350 listed companies increased on average by 82% between 2003 and 2014. Yet, returns - using the most meaningful measure of value creation - improved by less than 8.5% per cent.

The paper says the findings come at a sensitive time for big business as public concern gathers against the scale of boardroom excess.

The festive lull in political hostilities appears to have come to an end with a fierce attack by Jeremy Corbyn on the prime minister - who is accused of acting like an autocratic monarch.

Interviewed by the Guardian, the Labour leader says Theresa May's apparent unwillingness to put a final Brexit deal to a vote of parliament conjures up the image of Henry VIII.

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Image caption Jeremy Corbyn has attacked the PM in his latest interview with the Guardian

Mr Corbyn said the idea that the prime minister would use the royal prerogative to bypass parliament on something as important as this was "extraordinary".

In the Daily Mirror, Mr Corbyn is also reported as saying he will knock out Ukip in Labour heartlands.

But councillors spoke to the Financial Times, urging him to have a "rethink" on the party's immigration policy to stop them losing out to the party led by Paul Nuttall in the local elections.

Once the thorny issue of Britain's negotiated departure from the EU is complete, Theresa May will set about pulling out of the European Court of Human Rights, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The paper says she will go further than David Cameron's proposals and she will put the policy at the heart of her campaign for the 2020 general election.

'Fog of death'

Never a paper to shy away from a weather story, the Daily Express warns that Britain is facing a deadly New Year freeze, with temperatures set to stay low while more thick fog and ice on roads and pavements threaten danger.

The Daily Star calls it "fog of death" in its headline, after a 20-car pile-up in Oxfordshire left one woman dead.

And the Times says people can expect further disruption on the roads today with freezing temperatures and visibility less than a hundred metres in places.