Newspaper headlines: 'Horror and despair' after 'tragedy in Channel'

By BBC News
Staff

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Image source, HENRY NICHOLLS

Thursday's front pages are dominated by coverage of the deaths of dozens of migrants in the Channel.

"Shameful" is the Sun's headline, while the i goes with "Horror In The Channel", saying that those who lost their lives died "in search of a better life".

The Daily Mirror goes with the headline "A Human Tragedy". The Guardian's political editor, Heather Stewart, pens an analysis of the politicisation of the issue. She concludes that "while the shock of yesterday's terrible tragedy may soften the hearts of the public, it appears unlikely to lead to a fundamental shift in the government's approach".

The Daily Express is one of many to illustrate the story with a picture of another group of migrants approaching the sea on the French coast carrying a dinghy, with a French police vehicle parked nearby.

In the paper, the Conservative MP for Dover, Natalie Elphicke, calls for an extension of the joint border force to cover the policing of French beaches, calling yesterday's events "a wake-up call".

The Metro uses the same image alongside the headline "Why Didn't France Stop Them?" while a Whitehall source tells the Daily Mail that "Paris should be truly ashamed".

The paper's columnist, Sarah Vine, accuses French President Emmanuel Macron of allowing his ill feelings about Brexit to cloud his judgement on the issue.

The Daily Telegraph's associate editor, Gordon Rayner, writes that a row between the UK and France about who is responsible now seems inevitable, adding that "as long as Anglo-French mistrust continues, so too will these tragedies".

The front page of The Times claims there are growing tensions between Downing Street and the Treasury, saying that Rishi Sunak is growing increasingly frustrated with what a government source calls "the maelstrom of chaos at No 10".

The report claims the chancellor has voiced annoyance at a perceived lack of professionalism, with the same source saying Mr Sunak is finding the situation "difficult to stomach". An unnamed minister tells the Guardian that members of the Cabinet are becoming irritated by the counter-briefings emanating from within No 10 and No 11 Downing Street.

The Financial Times reports that the boss of JP Morgan Chase has issued two apologies to China, after telling business leaders in Boston that the bank would outlive the country's ruling Communist Party. Jamie Dimon said he regretted the comments, claiming he was only "trying to emphasise the strength and longevity" of his company.

Antarctica could be set to become the world's most sought-after tourist destination according to the Times, after a full sized passenger plane landed on an innovative runway on the continent for the first time. The paper says the ice airstrip has been carved with grooves to make braking possible.

But there may be a shortage of flights, as the difficulties posed by snow glare and atmospheric interference with cockpit instruments mean only the most qualified pilots are allowed to access the Wolf Fang airport.