Newspaper review: PM's speech dissected


Most of Thursday's papers reflect on the prime minister's performance at his party's conference.

The Times reports that David Cameron is planning a "blitz" on the cost of living, with cuts in the cost of rail tickets and a curb on bank fees.

But the paper says he avoided a policy response to Ed Miliband's promise to freeze energy prices and instead accused the Labour leader of offering a return to "1970s-style socialism".

For the Daily Mail, Mr Cameron's pledge to create a "land of opportunity for all" was an echo of slogans used by Margaret Thatcher and John Major and an effort to reprise their 1987 and 1992 general election victories.

For the Daily Mirror though, the prime minister's slogan was "turgid" and offered "no hope at all".

'Steady hand'

"Earn or learn" is the message young people need to take away from the Conservative Party Conference, according to both the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph.

The Guardian says the prime minister's indication that housing benefit and job seeker's allowance could be withdrawn from many of the one million youngsters currently not in work, education or training signals a major overhaul in benefits.

The Daily Express calls it a "benefits ban for under-25s" but believes Mr Cameron is the right man to lead Britain in serious times.

The Daily Telegraph agrees, arguing that the prime minister offers a steady hand on the tiller.

But for the Independent, Mr Cameron's optimistic vision of Britain will be lost on the young unemployed.

'No precedent'

In other front page news, the Independent looks at events in Iraq and claims that bogus bomb detectors are still being used there five months after a British businessman who supplied the devices was found guilty of fraud.

"Killed by the system" is the front page headline in the Sun, which examines the events leading up to the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Christina Edkins on a bus in Birmingham by a man with previous convictions known to have paranoid schizophrenia.

It concludes Christina was let down by the police, the prison service, probation, the health trust - and Britain.

The Guardian continues its coverage of conditions on building sites in Qatar ahead of preparations for the 2022 World Cup.

It says there have been calls for Qatar to be stripped of hosting the tournament unless more is done to safeguard the safety of migrant workers who will help to build the stadiums.

The Financial Times says Wall Street is increasingly fearful of the first default by the US of its debt obligations, because of the continued federal shutdown.

The paper reports the warning by the chief executive of Goldman Sachs that while there was precedent for a shutdown, there was no precedent for a default.

Young blue eyes?

Many papers look back at the life of one of the world's best-selling authors, the American thriller writer Tom Clancy.

The Daily Telegraph says the writer of books including the Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games once offered an insight in to his success by telling would-be authors not to intellectualise but just "tell the damned story".

The Independent says Clancy believed the secret of his success was simple graft and compared it to playing golf, saying: "You keep working till you get it right."

Under the headline: "Young Blue Eyes", the Daily Telegraph,Daily Mirror and the Times all feature front page photographs of Mia Farrow's 25-year-old-son, Ronan.

It follows the disclosure by the actress that Ronan could be Frank Sinatra's son and not the son of her husband of a quarter of a century ago, film director Woody Allen.

The Times reports that Farrow admitted she "never really split" up with Sinatra, even after their 18-month marriage ended in 1968.

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