Newspaper headlines: Queen's Speech 'backlash' and Fred West cops dig

By BBC News
Staff

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image captionThe government has been criticised in the press for a lack of concrete proposals on social care

The Daily Mail says Boris Johnson is facing a "massive backlash" after devoting just nine words to social care in the Queen's Speech.

The paper says it's disgraceful that no reforms were announced - asking in its headline - "When Will They Show They Care?"

The answer, it suggests, is when the Treasury and No 10 can agree a strategy. The Mail says lengthy negotiations between the two have failed to produce results. And it's not alone in being unimpressed. Almost all of this morning's papers use their editorials to criticise the government for not coming forward with concrete proposals.

The Times says ministers are calling time on student cancel culture, with measures intended to protect freedom of speech at universities.

The paper says it's the first time that student unions face being taken to court, if they gag - or "no platform" - visiting speakers.

The measures would only apply in England - but the main story for the Times' Scottish edition illustrates the debate. It says the Principal of Edinburgh University is being urged to resign after being accused by academics of bowing to "political zealots".

As an example, the paper cites the university's decision last year to rename David Hume Tower - because of the 18th century philosopher's racist views, and involvement in the slave trade.

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image captionThe violence between Israel's military and Palestinian militants has escalated

Escalating violence in Israel and Gaza prompts the Haaretz newspaper to strongly criticise Benjamin Netanyahu - saying his strategy of exclusion and discrimination has blown up in Israel's face. The paper says he should be replaced urgently, with someone capable of real dialogue with the Arab leadership.

The Jerusalem Post believes the Israeli government has done nothing wrong - apart from allowing Hamas to gain the upper hand. It calls on world leaders to side with Israel in order - it says - that Hamas and the Palestinians learn that terrorism doesn't pay.

The Daily Mirror and the Sun lead on the search at a café in Gloucester for a missing teenager who, it's believed, could have been murdered by Fred West more than 50 years ago. The Sun says the alarm was raised when a documentary crew - led by Sir Trevor McDonald - brought a dog trained to locate human remains into the café's basement.

Some of the papers pick up on a call from the former Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, for all non-EU migration into France to be banned for up to five years.

The Telegraph says he's positioning himself to challenge Emmanuel Macron from the centre-right, in next year's presidential elections. For the Sun, Monsieur Barnier has been reborn as the Nigel Farage of Paris. But the Times believes he's casting himself as a French Joe Biden - a seasoned veteran who's needed to restore calm.

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image captionThe Daily Express and Daily Star report on a re-enactment of the D-Day landings being cancelled

Finally, the Daily Express and the Daily Star report that a popular re-enactment of the D-Day landings, held at a beach in Devon, won't go ahead this year - because of blown sand and surface water.

The organisers tell the Express the site is "downright dangerous" and could damage vintage vehicles. The Star can't resist comparing modern attitudes towards health and safety with the spirit of the Normandy invasion - calling the organisers a "bunch of lemons" - and complaining, they don't make 'em like they used to.