Newspaper review: Gove 'warns May over leadership'


With no single story dominating the front pages on Wednesday, a number of papers report that Education Secretary Michael Gove has challenged Home Secretary Theresa May to stop undermining David Cameron over speculation about his leadership.

According to the Daily Mail, Mr Gove "tore a strip" off Mrs May, who has been increasingly tipped as a potential successor to Mr Cameron.

The Guardian says it is understood Mr Gove didn't name Mrs May, but left his colleagues in no doubt that he had her in mind, after a speech at the weekend in which she spoke way beyond her formal brief.

The Times leads with a warning by GPs' leaders that patients need to be kept away from dangerous hospitals.

The president and chairman of the NHS Alliance - which represents GPs and other primary care staff - have written to the paper saying they believe only the most serious cases should be treated in hospital, with the rest being moved into the community.

The paper describes the appeal - in the wake of the Mid-Staffordshire scandal - as an extraordinary attack on standards of care.

For its main story, the Independent says a study suggests that within two years, more than half of British children will be growing up in homes with incomes judged to be less than the minimum necessary for a decent standard of living.

The research, carried out for the TUC, puts this down to welfare cuts, tax rises and wage freezes. The paper says the study indicates that an unwanted legacy of the coalition's squeeze on spending will be to leave more children living close to poverty.

Yes vote

There's a great deal of interest in the annual changes to the official basket of goods used to track the rate of inflation. The Mail says changes in what we eat, the way we read and how we celebrate have been reflected in the new list.

According to the Guardian, champagne bought in restaurants and bars has been replaced by the young person's cocktail ingredient of choice - white rum. And e-books have been added to the list, the Daily Telegraph adds, in a reflection of the growing popularity of reading on electronic devices.

The Falklands have spoken, the Sun says, and as decisions go, it could hardly be more emphatic. The paper calls on Argentina to respect the result of the referendum on whether the islands should remain an overseas territory of the UK.

But it also urges Britain to "try harder" on the diplomatic front to reduce tensions in the South Atlantic.

The Telegraph is disappointed that the Obama administration has not come out strongly in Britain's support. Now that British control of the territory has been endorsed in a democratic referendum, it says, the US could take the opportunity of standing by its old ally.

The Daily Mail's lead says the chairman of the National Trust has declared that children raised in the countryside have no automatic right to live near their parents' homes when they grow up.

Sir Simon Jenkins told a conference in London that most new homes should be built in towns and cities, rather than in unspoilt rural areas. The paper says his comments are at odds with existing policies that encourage affordable housing to be built in villages for local families.

According to the Sun's main story, Chris Huhne - the former cabinet minister jailed for eight months on Monday for perverting the course of justice - was ridiculed on his first day at Wandsworth jail.

A prison officer is said to have used the public-address system to tell him to collect his breakfast. Mimicking the language used by the Commons Speaker during debates, he's reported to have announced: "Order! Order! The Right Honourable Member for Wandsworth North - down to the office."

Facebook fibs

A picture of Zara Phillips on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival features widely - including on several front pages. But she looked "decidedly glum", the Times says.

The Daily Telegraph explains it was because the Queen's granddaughter was prevented from crossing the parade ring by a security guard who appeared not to recognise her.

The Sun says she pointed towards the VIP areas as she tried to convince the baffled bouncer to let her pass. According to the Mail, after some cross words from the royal, he quickly let her through.

The Times says it has learnt that the world's leading football clubs are to be offered enormous financial inducements to participate in a tournament every two years in Qatar and neighbouring Gulf states.

It says the "Dream Football League", backed by the Qatari royal family, will release plans next month for a new club tournament that it hopes to establish as a rival to the Champions League and the Club World Cup.

Finally, a survey has found that women consistently lie on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, to make their lives appear more exciting.

The Telegraph reports that researchers found at least one in four women exaggerated or distorted what they were doing once a month.

For example, they pretended to be out on the town when in fact they were at home alone, and they embellished the truth about an exotic holiday or their job.

Common reasons for fibbing included worrying about seeming to be boring and jealousy at other people's more exciting posts.

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