Newspaper headlines: Economists 'taken aback' by Labour spending plans

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The launch of Labour's election manifesto is the lead for most of today's papers.

The Express headline describes it as an "£80bn raid on your wallets", while, for the Daily Mail, it amounts to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's "£83bn tax robbery".

The front page of the Financial Times print edition reads: "Corbyn's tax and spend manifesto stirs spectre of 1970s for business". Labour's plans are a "recipe for decline", it warns.

But the Mirror says Mr Corbyn aims to rebuild a country "ravaged" by nine years of Tory austerity.

According to the Guardian, with Labour still significantly behind the Tories in the polls, party strategists hope the manifesto "will help to tempt wavering voters".

Polly Toynbee argues that the manifesto offers a "vision of a country that can begin to put to rights the dilapidation and dysfunction that has been the deliberate policy of the past decade". It "goes right to the heart of longstanding fault lines in how the country is run, and for whom".

Politico says that at the last election, the Labour manifesto was a "major turning point in the campaign, with a number of popular policies boosting the party's performance".

The i newspaper says says there's "plenty to admire". It thinks the measures on employment, for example, "are not rabid socialism but a meaningful contribution to addressing the changing nature of the workplace". Ayesha Hazarika describes it as "full-fat Corbynism" - the political equivalent of Black Friday.

The question for HuffPost UK is: "Can Jeremy Corbyn's Big State, Big Budget Manifesto Win The Big Vote?" "This election will test to destruction the idea that the UK is ready for 21st Century socialism," it declares.

Prince Andrew fallout

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Image caption Prince Andrew was photographed leaving Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening

The Sun leads with a claim that the Duke of York's private secretary, Amanda Thirsk, has been told that she is to lose her job. A friend of Prince Andrew tells the paper there's a "genuine fury because she was the driving force behind the Newsnight interview and the person that arranged for it to be filmed at Buckingham Palace". The paper adds that the duke is to employ her privately in another role.

According to the Daily Mail, Prince Andrew has been forced to pull out of a business trip to Bahrain this weekend after being persuaded by his family it was "not a good idea" following the events of the past week. The paper says he had planned to fly to the Gulf to attend an event connected with his Pitch@Palace initiative. "Does the duke still not get it?" the paper asks.

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Oxbridge in the news

A former Oxford college master has called for the Oxford Union to be shut down, following the manhandling of a blind, black student out of the debating chamber. Mark Damazer - until recently the head of St Peter's College - writes in the Times that the union is "palpably in disgrace".

He says the episode "exposes the weirdness" of the private club, which charges £170 to join. He suggests the university and colleges should run a debating society for all students and staff, and for free. "The celebs would still turn up, probably in greater numbers," he adds.

Over at Cambridge University, a 17th Century oil painting has been removed from the dining room of Hughes Hall because it was "putting non-meat-eaters off their food". The Telegraph explains that the painting - The Fowl Market, from the studio of a Flemish artist - features a collection of dead animals bound for the dinner table. The painting will now go on display at the university's Fitzwilliam Museum.