Newspaper headlines: 'Betrayal of our bravest' as PPE order delayed

By BBC News
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There's still plenty of discussion in Monday's papers about how and when the coronavirus lockdown measures may be relaxed.

The Daily Mail says that, with the daily death toll at its lowest level for a fortnight, ministers are under pressure to lay out how restrictions might be eased.

The Daily Telegraph columnist Paul Nuki welcomes the government's cautious approach, writing that "a second peak would be an economic tragedy as well as a human one" which would "put UK PLC on a slab". 

The paper's editorial urges ministers to be more open about the discussions being held, calling the government's refusal to discuss the matter "unacceptable". An editorial in the Sun urges people to "cut the backseat driving" and let ministers get on with making decisions away from public scrutiny.

The Telegraph's front page claims two-thirds of children are not taking part in online lessons being provided by schools. The report points out that private school pupils are twice as likely to log on - fuelling fears that educational disparities between the rich and poor could widen. 

A Times editorial on the subject urges the government to prioritise the reopening of schools as quickly as possible, calling it a matter of "social justice" - citing a Norwegian scientific study that showed the future income of children from poorer backgrounds was lowered for every week of schooling they missed.

The Guardian dedicates its editorial to this week's reopening of Parliament. It calls the move "overdue", saying that "in dark days, parliamentary democracy must shine the strongest possible light on the questions that face us all".

The paper, however, makes a plea for more MPs to be involved, with current plans only allowing 50 members to be in the chamber, with another 70 taking part in debates virtually - a situation it says that could allow proceedings to be controlled by party whips. 

Writing in the Times, the Conservative MP and chair of the House of Commons Procedure Committee, Karen Bradley, says that technical hitches are inevitable, as anybody who has attempted to set up a video call with colleagues, friends or family during the lockdown will know all too well.

There's a warning in the Telegraph that some of the UK's best loved seafood is at risk of extinction because of government plans to relax fishing quotas next year to help the industry survive the current crisis. 

The Marine Conservation Society has told the paper that cod, eels and sea bass are all at risk of dying out. The Daily Express reports that the pandemic is also putting the Great British cuppa at risk. The paper reports that tea production has been severely affected in places like India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia, which could cause shortages and sharp prices increases.

And the Guardian says that Danish football fans will be given the chance to watch games in a unique way when the season restarts next month. With games set to be played behind closed doors, the Superliga side Midtjylland have installed giant screens in a car park outside their stadium where fans will be able to watch the action from their cars. Screens have also been installed in the ground's stands to broadcast footage of the drive-in cinema's crowd back to the players.