Northern Ireland

What the papers say


Journalist Fionola Meredith takes a look at what is making the headlines in Tuesday's newspapers.

The Belfast Telegraph is concerned about "the lost generation" of young people in Northern Ireland who face being scarred by the effects of recession, with one in five here out of work.

Youth employment in Northern Ireland has more than doubled in the last four years, and a new report by the Equality Commission has found that young people are affected more than any other age group here or across the UK.

The News Letter leads on an apparent snub from the Orange Order to First Minister Peter Robinson, after he wrote to them asking them to reconsider their stance on parades.

'Staggering bill'

As for the Irish News, it reports that expenses claims in the health service have rocketed to more than £100m over the past three years.

The paper says the "staggering bill" has led to warnings from Health Minister Michael McGimpsey that employees should "exercise constraint".

The Miliband brothers show no sign of disappearing from the front pages.

"The psychodrama of the Milibands continues", says the Times - it's all about what Ed will do next as leader, and whether David will decide to stay.

"No turning back" is the Independent headline, showing Ed Miliband walking decisively away against the deep red backdrop of the Labour party conference set.

It reports that he plans to use his first major speech on Tuesday to attack Blair and Brown for their part in the credit crisis.

"It's an audacious step", says the Guardian, "designed to signal the arrival of a new generation with different attitudes and ways of doing politics".


But the Times leads with a poll, conducted by the Conservatives, showing that David Miliband would have been a more popular leader with voters.

But will David Miliband stay in frontline politics following his defeat? The Mail thinks he's on the verge of walking, perhaps to go and run the International Monetary Fund.

Several papers describe his wife weeping "inconsolably" during his conference speech, and she has reportedly advised him to go.

The Times thinks that's a good plan - it says it could prove to be a liberation, and the beginning of a great career in public life.

But the Mirror says no - it describes him as a "titan of his party", and says Labour can ill-afford to lose him.

Several papers report on the tycoon who died after riding a scooter over a cliff.

"Segway boss killed on a segway" is how the Mirror sums up the bizarre tragedy.

Multimillionaire philanthropist Jimi Heseldon died when he apparently drove one of the motorised scooters over a cliff near his home.

The Daily Telegraph says it's believed that he was riding one of the all-terrain versions of the scooter when he lost control and careered into a fast-flowing river.


And finally, the actor Emma Thompson pops up on the front page of the Daily Telegraph - and several other papers - giving off to teenagers about their sloppy use of language.

The paper says she told girls at her old school that using words such as 'innit' and 'like' made them sound stupid.

The Independent says it's all because Thompson is working on a remake of My Fair Lady, and has suddenly come over "all Henry Higgins".

Its message to her? "Don't be a hater - just chillax."

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