Newspaper headlines: Chief Rabbi's Corbyn warning and care 'revolution'

The Papers 26 November 2019

An intervention by Britain's most senior Jewish leader, the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, leads the Times - which calls his attack on Jeremy Corbyn "an unprecedented intervention into politics".

Several other papers pick up the story. The Daily Telegraph describes the Chief Rabbi's words as "excoriating". "Convention dictates," says the Daily Mail, "that Britain's religious leaders give politics a wide berth, especially during general elections." The intervention, it says, is "profoundly significant".

Labour denials that Jeremy Corbyn's future could be up for discussion as the price of a deal with the SNP or Liberal Democrats are highlighted by The Daily Telegraph. The suggestion was reportedly made by Lord Kerslake, a crossbench peer and former head of the civil service, who the Telegraph describes as a "long standing ally of John McDonnell".

Labour's 'care revolution'

The Daily Mirror leads on what it describes as a "care revolution for pensioners" being announced by the Labour leader. It says he'll unveil a seven-point plan "to restore dignity and respect, after years of Tory cuts".

Mr Corbyn, meanwhile, has confirmed in the i newspaper that Labour would borrow to fund the £58bn cost of compensating the so-called Waspi women, those born in the 1950s who find themselves waiting six years longer than they'd expected for a state pension. Mr Corbyn describes it as "a one-off contingency payment" to "right a wrong" and settle a "moral debt".

The main news in the Guardian is a claim by the Resolution Foundation think tank that child poverty is at risk of rising to a 60-year high under a Boris Johnson-led government. A Conservative spokesman tells the paper the party "is committed to tackling child poverty".

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'Swing then you're winning'

The Sun, meanwhile, has been number-crunching and concluded that the election - and the fate of Brexit - will be decided by about 32,195 voters in 50 key marginal seats.

Striking university lecturers find support in the Guardian, which concludes they have "a just cause" in what it calls "this important battle for the soul of the campus". "Many stumble from year to year on temporary contracts," the paper adds. The Times, however, tells the lecturers to "go to Work". "Their strikes," it says, "harm students and risk long-term damage to university reputations."

The main headline in the Daily Express asks: "Why are we still failing Britain's women?" The paper talks of a "worsening scandal" involving shortages of the drugs needed for hormone replacement therapy, with thousands of women being turned away from pharmacies.

Headline writers have had fun with Transport for London's decision to strip the online minicab firm, Uber, of its licence to operate in London. "They think it's all Uber" says the Sun, "it is now as London licence is axed." "Taxi for Uber!" says Metro.

Green Vault heist

Elsewhere in Europe, Germany's front pages are dominated by the theft of priceless jewels and artefacts from one of Europe's most famous collections of Baroque treasures - the Green Vault at the Royal Palace in Dresden.

Bild questions whether security was tight enough and speculates why guards rang the emergency services instead of pushing an alarm button. Some reports say the alarm had been disabled.

One expert tells Die Welt that it is "a cultural-historical disaster" and, in financial terms, the loss "cannot be measured".

And finally...

Does "anyone fancy sprout ketchup?" asks the Mail. No, really. An online store is selling the "unlikely" condiment, with each £3 bottle, the Mail reports, containing 15 sprouts. It comes recommended as a dip or as an addition to a festive sandwich, the paper adds.