Newspaper headlines: Brexit abuse and Tory rebellion

Many papers choose the language of battle to describe last night's Brexit manoeuvring in the Commons.

The Guardian describes it as "parliamentary warfare", with a cross-party alliance starting a concerted campaign to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

For the Times, it was a "rebellion" and a "guerrilla" campaign.

The Daily Telegraph says Conservative rebels have "drawn first blood", while the i says Theresa May suffered a "wounding" defeat.

'Crazy and dangerous'

James Forsyth in the Spectator believes the vote is a significant moment, arguing that rebelling gets easier the more you do it - so the Tory MPs who voted against no-deal can be expected to keep doing so.

The Sun thinks MPs who opposed the government are embarking on a "crazy and dangerous" strategy. If no deal does happen, it says, they will have crippled the government's ability to deal with it.

Neither is the Daily Express happy. "They really do want to steal your Brexit," is its front-page headline.

The Guardian uses its editorial to call for Brexit to be put to the people again to resolve the impasse caused by what it calls "floundering across the political spectrum". It says if Theresa May's plan is rejected, then Article 50 should be paused, a citizens' assembly should examine the issues, and then new choices should be put to the people.

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'Ever-snowballing nastiness'

The Daily Mail says the behaviour of "agitators" and "extremists" outside Parliament has been appalling. It claims one of the leaders of Monday's protests has links to UKIP, and shows him with the party's leader Gerard Batten at a rally calling for the release of the far-right activist Tommy Robinson. Mr Batten has said he didn't know the man, and simply agreed to a stranger's request for a selfie.

Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff is one of many to condemn the behaviour but she says police face a difficult dilemma. Do nothing and they are criticised; make arrests, and extremists who seek martyrdom will get their wish.

However, writing for the New Statesman, Anoosh Chakelian says Westminster has failed to condemn abuse such as "Nazi" and "traitor", or respond to the murder of Jo Cox in the way it promised.

She says the "ever-snowballing nastiness of our politics, and the lack of will to stop it, is changing the face of our democracy."

While calling the abuse "vile", the Telegraph's Allison Pearson says Leavers have also been targeted, and notes that MPs who treat Brexit voters with contempt should not be surprised to get contempt in return.

Droning on

The dismay of the Express and the Mail at the appearance of drones near Heathrow airport is clear.

"Not again", say their headlines.

The Times thinks the latest alarm has raised fears about security at British airports, with concern that blocking devices have not been installed since the disruption at Gatwick.

The i says both airports - like much of the UK's national infrastructure - are stretched and vulnerable both to the elements, and to man-made problems such as drones.

At war?

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The fallout from Tuesday's court ruling that the Scottish government acted unlawfully when it investigated allegations against Alex Salmond is the lead for the Herald.

It says Mr Salmond and his successor as first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, are now "openly at war". It says she is standing by a senior civil servant who Mr Salmond has accused of a "botched mess".

The Scottish Daily Mail calls the whole affair a "shambles", while the Scotsman says opposition parties fear that women could lose faith in the system.

And finally, Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting gave its name to the "Mona Lisa effect" in which the eyes of a subject seem to follow you.

But the Telegraph says German psychologists have debunked the theory. They determined that the angle of the Mona Lisa's eyes mean she is, in fact, looking at the viewer's right ear.

They conclude the reason people think she's looking at them is purely psychological, and could indicate their desire to be the centre of attention.