Newspaper review: Papers examine government accounts

Published

The government's accounts - which have been published for the first time - have piqued the interest of the press.

The Independent examines the "eye-catching" ways taxpayers' money has been spent, including an HM Revenue and Customs £17,000 bill for bottled water.

The Daily Mail says there is no doubt the payments were perfectly justifiable but they somewhat mar what would otherwise be a victory for transparency.

'Out of touch'

Tory peer Lord Young tells the Daily Telegraph that most British people are better off because of low interest rates in the "so-called recession".

But the paper believes the coalition's critics will use his comments to show that the government is out of touch.

It says Russia has backed China's attempts to stop dissident Liu Xiaobo's family from collecting the award.

The Irish Republic's economy continues to make the headlines, as the country moves closer to a financial bail out.

Anti-ageing

The Daily Mail reports that doctors' receptionists could be sacked if government plans to replace them with call centre staff get the go ahead.

Critics fear the new system could lead to a "floodgate of mistakes".

It could mean the development of drugs that help people live well beyond 100.

It says the idea is "sensible" as otherwise there could have been "mass work absenteeism" on the happy day.

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