Newspaper review: Papers look ahead to US election

Sunday newspapers

It is the Sunday papers' last chance to place their bets on who will win the US presidential election on Tuesday.

The Sunday Times reports that national polls have the two candidates neck and neck - with Mitt Romney on 47.3% and Barack Obama on 47.4%.

The gap might be a lot wider if Britain really was the 51st US state.

Another poll published in the paper suggests 70% of Britons would vote for Obama, and just 7% would back the Republican candidate.

Many of the papers comment on the boost which last week's storm may have given to Mr Obama.

The Independent on Sunday says: "By common consent Barack Obama had a good storm."

The Sunday Telegraph says there are "good reasons to be anxious" about Mr Obama winning a second term, saying his economic record was "a disappointment".

But a former British ambassador to Washington, writing in the Mail on Sunday, disagrees.

"We have to hope that Superstorm Sandy was powerful enough to blow Obama back into the White House," writes Sir Christopher Meyer.

The Independent sounds a word of caution for Scottish nationalists.

It reports that an independent Scotland would not be told exactly what share of the UK's national debt it would have to take on - until after the referendum.

The paper speaks to a constitutional expert who says "Scotland is being asked to buy a pig in a poke."

The Sunday Telegraph quotes a senior government source saying some "rather stupid" projects are receiving cash from the EU's structural funds.

The paper cites a few examples: a botanical "wonderland" in France - costing £13m; a jazz festival in the Caribbean; and a tourism project in Poland which recreates Biblical scenes.

It says David Cameron will call for big changes at a summit later this month.

The row over boosting airport capacity makes the front page of The Observer.

"Mayor Boris told to leave politics out of airport plans", says the headline.

Sir Howard Davies, who is heading a commission on the issue, says a third runway at Heathrow will "stay on the table" even though Mr Johnson said last week it "simply will not happen".

Canada - which is facing a shortage of labour - is hoping to tempt Polish immigrants to abandon the UK for its own shores, says the Independent.

The Canadian government says it has "a better economy, better social mobility and a lower cost of living" than Britain.

The paper says instead of stealing our jobs - as what it calls "the bigoted adage" goes, foreigners are now coming over here and stealing our immigrants.

Britain's UFO watchers are predicting their hobby could peter out within a decade, says the Sunday Telegraph.

The Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena says the decline has coincided with the advent of the internet.

The lack of convincing Youtube footage seems to have undermined Ufologists.

The Sunday Mirror's front page reports that Dame Maggie Smith was taken to hospital with chest pains on Friday, but was released after tests.

The paper says "the health scare will add to fears that she will not return" for the fourth series of the hit ITV drama Downton Abbey.

The Sun carries a front page photograph of a man who describes his shock on being told he was the son of the serial killer Fred West.

Dean Barry's mother reportedly had a fling with West at a Butlins holiday camp where she worked more than 30 years ago.

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