Newspaper headlines: Free internet pledge and high street tax cuts

By BBC News

  • Published
Nigel Farage on a crabbing boat in GrimsbyImage source, PA Media
Image caption,
Nigel Farage has accused Downing Street of trying to bribe his election candidates

The face of Nigel Farage peering out of the window of a crabbing boat in Grimsby appears on the front of the Daily Telegraph.

It says the Brexit Party leader has threatened to report the Conservatives to the police - after he accused Downing Street of trying to bribe his election candidates with jobs and peerages if they agreed not to stand. Number 10 has vehemently denied making such offers.

The Sun says candidates pulling out of the election is a good thing - if it gives the Tories a clear run in Labour-held marginals.

"Some of Mr Farage's people now grasp the monstrous risk he is having them take," the paper argues in its editorial.

"They do not want the blame for Labour sneaking through to win a seat they would otherwise have lost."

"Betrayed" is the headline on the front of the Daily Mirror, which pictures 99-year-old Brian Fish, who spent 10 hours in pain on an A&E trolley waiting for treatment.

The paper says figures released on Thursday - showing hospital performance in England is at its worst level on record - "stand as a damning indictment of nearly 10 years of Tory rule".

The Daily Mail says the figures have come "at the worst possible time" for the Conservatives, but it believes things would deteriorate further if they were removed from power.

"Labour's tax, borrow and spend madness would bankrupt the country", it claims in its editorial, "and the NHS along with it".

In an open letter, they say the pain felt by the Jewish community "has been relegated as an issue, pushed aside by arguments about Britain's European future".

In response, Labour says it's an "extraordinary" letter given that some of the other signatories have themselves been accused of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia or misogyny.

It adds that the party is taking "robust action" to root out anti-Jewish behaviour.

Onion shortage

Figures compiled by the Guardian show that well over 1,700 properties in the north of England have been directly affected by flooding in the past week - more than double the Environment Agency's official estimate.

The paper says the leaders of several councils in Yorkshire have written to the government demanding "massive" increases in funding to help them recover from the floods, which they believe have caused "considerable and lasting damage on a wide scale".

The mayor of the Sheffield city region, Dan Jarvis, has also asked officials to review defences on the River Don - one of the waterways hit hardest in recent days.

Extreme heat followed by torrential rain during the monsoon season have led to a sharp fall in production of the vegetable - a key ingredient in many of the country's most popular dishes.

Wholesale prices have risen by almost 500% since the start of the year, while ministers have pledged to import 100,000 tonnes of onions to try to rebalance the market.

The FT points out that similar crises have been linked to the downfall of more than one government since 1980.

And most of the papers review one of the most anticipated film sequels of the year - Disney's Frozen 2.

The Daily Mirror gives it four stars, saying it surpasses the first film for fun and adventure and "is guaranteed to enchant a new generation of fans".

The Daily Mail is less impressed. "One of the joys of the original was its simplicity," says Brian Viner.

"This is a different kettle of frozen fish, with a plot that will befuddle most seven-year-olds and frankly, writing from experience, a few 57-year-olds."