Newspaper headlines: 'Missing man' Johnson and a High Street 'bloodbath'

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Fallout from the A-level results system has continued to feature prominently in the papers

There is no respite for the education secretary, who faces further criticism for his handling of the exams U-turn.

The Daily Mail's sketchwriter, Henry Deedes, describes Gavin Williamson's round of media interviews on the subject yesterday as "a study in political ineptitude" and "a masterclass in ministerial feebleness".

Students at a protest in Leeds tell the Daily Mirror he is "shameless" and must quit. The Guardian says trade unions and MPs are warning that parents and teachers have lost faith in his competence to lead a safe return of pupils to England's schools.

University vice-chancellors have told the Times they'll honour students' offers, but cannot guarantee they'll be able to take them up this year.

The Daily Telegraph reports concerns that Covid-19 is an "elephant in the room" as the desire of universities to increase their numbers of students is limited by desk and lab space.

An administrator working in the admissions office of a leading medical school writes anonymously in Huffpost UK that they've never seen chaos like this year, in a 10-year career.

They say they've added details of the Samaritans to their emails after several applicants threatened self-harm. An algorithm may be to blame, they say, but "it's humans having to clear up the mess".

It argues that children must go back to school next month and stay there throughout the academic year.

It says a "gaping chasm" between rich and poor pupils passing key GCSEs existed even before the pandemic struck.

The paper points to a report from the charity Teach First which shows that in 2019 just 45% of disadvantaged children passed their maths and English GCSEs compared with 72% of their richer classmates.

The paper warns that the concentration of gains in Big Tech firms - including Apple, Amazon and Microsoft - has prompted fears among some investors that the rally might be built on shaky foundations.

The New York Times says investors are buoyed by signs of the coronavirus abating.

Under the headline "End this torture", the Daily Mirror leads with an appeal for the American woman accused of killing the teenage motorcyclist, Harry Dunn, to "do the right thing" and return to Britain to face justice.

Harry's mother, Charlotte Charles, has issued the plea a year after the death of her son.

In its leader column, the paper calls on the foreign secretary to suspend deportations from the UK to the US until Anne Sacoolas is persuaded or required to appear in court.

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The Festival candle tries to give a whiff of the "authentic" festival smell, according to the Times

Scented candles have taken "an unexpected detour", according to the Times, which reports on the success of several new collections which aim to replicate the smells most longed for during lockdown - including a country boozer and, apparently, Norfolk.

Sales of candles, the paper says, have increased since March.

And if you're striving for a whiff of authenticity it recommends a candle called The Festival, which promises the smell of cut grass, burger vans, cannabis smoke and the "merest shimmer of distant Portaloo".