What the papers say


Journalist Liz Kennedy takes a look at what is making the headlines in Friday's newspapers.

Locally, the Colin Howell court case is the dominant theme.

"I did kill my wife" says the Sun, meanwhile the Mirror goes with "Driller killer".

"Murdered" reads the headline in the News Letter. All are referring to the deaths of Lesley Howell and Trevor Buchanan.

In court on Thursday, dentist Colin Howell pleaded guilty to murdering his wife and Mr Buchanan a former RUC officer, and the dentist's ex-lover's husband.

Inside the News Letter, it reports that Howell looked "grim and gaunt", in the dock at Laganside court. It contrasts his former life as a senior member of Coleraine's Baptist church with his current circumstances.

The Belfast Telegraph also leads with the story of the man it calls the "killer dentist". A "man who had it all, loses his liberty and the rest of his life".

The Irish News carries the Howell case inside the paper, but leads with its continued examination of American trips taken by health chiefs.

Glamour model Jordan is pictured on the front page, however, accompanied by a Sinn Fein councillor and former republican prisoner.

Brendan Curran was providing Katie Price's personal security on her fragrant visit to two local shopping centres.


There is a rather contrasting picture lead in the Irish papers.

Unusually, the same shot is in both the Irish Independent and the Irish Times, but it's something of an iconic one.

It's the International Monetary Fund officials striding past a beggar on the streets in Dublin - maybe a metaphor for its ailing economy?

The IMF officials will begin formal talks with the government in Dublin on Friday, with a financial rescue package in sight.

But Taoiseach Brian Cowen says it isn't an Irish failure and is quoted in the Irish Times: "I don't believe there's any reason for Irish people to be ashamed and humiliated."

Meanwhile Lord Young is also a rose coloured spectacle wearer in the UK.

The Daily Telegraph leads with the headline: "Recession? You've never had it so good."

The British enterprise minister has said that a drop in mortgage rates since this "so-called recession" will leave most people better off. It's understood an apology has now been made by the peer.

Nobel boycott

A political fracas seems to be surrounding the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Times and the Independent both lead on the prospect of the prize not being handed out for the first time in 106 years.

It's because of China's attempts to stop one of its leading dissidents from receiving the honour.

The Independent says that Russia, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Morocco and Iraq are all joining with China in an unprecedented boycott of the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Aung San Su Kyi smiles out from the front of the Guardian, finally free from "her lonely life of house arrest".

She says she was "both prisoner and maintenance woman" there, but that her life was much easier than that of the 2,100 political prisoners still being held in the country.

And finally, in this age of austerity, no more keeping up, are you keeping down with the Joneses?

Poor is the new rich, according to the Mail. We should beware of looking "too flash" in this "so-called recession".

The Mail says it's a reminder of the Monty Python sketch of men trying to outdo the others about the harshness of their childhoods - you may remember the "living in a shoebox in the middle of the road" line.

Now we should "wear our frugality like a badge of honour" and talk about how little money we have.

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