Newspaper review: Syria crossroads considered


As the West considers its reaction to the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, the Observer says the world appears to be at a crossroads.

Military intervention, the paper says, seems "a deeply perilous route, with no guarantee of success and pregnant with the risk of triggering a wider regional war".

But it says a tipping point appears to be "coming ever closer".

The Sunday Telegraph reports that David Cameron's officials are drafting a resolution to be put before the UN, giving President Bashar al-Assad one last chance to disarm.

And the Sunday Times says military staff in London and Washington are compiling a list of possible targets.

A Downing Street source is quoted as saying that it is not just about victims of chemical attacks.

It is also about the future of the 21st Century and the kind of world we want to live in.

'Black hole'

Tessa Jowell uses an article in the Observer to signal her disquiet about Labour disunity.

The paper's political editor says it amounts to a warning that public criticism of leader Ed Miliband risks handing the next election to the Conservatives.

The Sunday Express calls on Labour MPs to address "the black hole" at the heart of the party and declare publicly whether they support Mr Milband or want to seek a replacement.

The Sunday Times says Labour has imposed a £50bn cap on the HS2 rail link and will withdraw its support if the cost of the troubled project rises further.

The Sunday Telegraph reports that business groups, who have been keen supporters of the scheme, will disclose this week that they are increasingly sceptical.

One will identify road and rail projects which it believes will be of more value to the economy.

Apartheid warning

The Observer highlights a warning from a charity that Britain risks sleepwalking into a world where inequality is so entrenched that children grow up in a state of social apartheid.

The paper says a report from the National Children's Bureau will conclude that, in many respects, child poverty is worse now than it was in the 1960s.

The Observer calls it "a monumental failure of policy in which the whole political establishment is implicated".

The Independent on Sunday says Parliament's expenses watchdog is to name scores of MPs who are channelling thousands of pounds of public money into party coffers.

The paper says they are paying local parties for offices or secretarial help.

It says the watchdog is considering banning the practice and giving MPs office space in council buildings instead.

Honey trap?

The Mail on Sunday devotes its front page - and four inside pages - to accounts by the two women from the UK charged in Peru with smuggling cocaine.

The Sunday Express has a four-page spread - with photographs, maps and diagrams - looking again at the road accident in Paris which killed Princess Diana.

The merits of Manuka honey, which sells for up to £45 a jar, may have been praised by sports stars and celebrities.

But, according to the Sunday Times, there is evidence that much of it is fake.

The paper says the Food Standards Agency has issued an alert after tests suggested a good deal of the Manuka on sale has nothing to set it apart from ordinary honey - except the price.

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