Newspaper review: Coalition's future under examination
Published: 6th May 2012 05:51:20
The turmoil in the Conservative Party following Thursday's poor showing in the local elections is the focus for many papers.
The Sunday Telegraph says there is a battle plan to stop the party descending into civil war.
The Sun says Prime Minister David Cameron is ripping up the Queen's Speech, in order to put crime, immigration, and jobs centre stage, in place of less popular ideas such as Lords reform and gay marriage.
The Sunday Express says leaders "ignore Middle Britain at their peril".
Many papers think a more fundamental change is needed than just tinkering with policies.
The Sunday Telegraph says Mr Cameron must spell out his vision for Britain: "If the Big Society is the essence of his thinking he is in trouble because few understand it and even fewer support it," says the paper.
The Sunday Times says the voters' love affair with the coalition is over. It believes people now regard the government as incoherent and incompetent.
The Observer agrees, accusing Mr Cameron of mislaying competence, vision, and values, as he heads a government which appears rudderless.
The lead for The Observer is claims that customs checks aimed at thwarting drugs and arms smugglers have been downgraded, in order to deal with the growing queues at Britain's airports.
A Border Force insider has told the Daily Star Sunday that switching staff to swiping passports means there are no doubts that smugglers are slipping through unchecked.
The Sunday Times says Heathrow is offering a secret service costing £1,800, so that wealthy passengers can avoid waiting at passport control.
The paper says it is raising millions of pounds for the airport operator, BAA, but sometimes means border staff are taken away from their regular duties to assist VIPs.
The Mail on Sunday reports Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman caused confusion among cabinet colleagues by saying she might have to call a joint drought-and-flood summit.
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At 01:57:27 in HeadlinesCoral reefs may look static to the naked eye, but scientists have now seen "violent" activity on their surface.
At 01:53:31 in HealthWatching action films may make you more likely to pile on the pounds, according to US researchers.
At 01:38:45 in SportWith £150m of attacking talent already at his disposal, few expected Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to dip back into the transfer market for another forward.
At 01:38:02 in SportThe transfer window has closed and now clubs and managers know what they will be dealing with until it reopens on 1 January.
At 01:29:13 in ScotlandLabour MP Jim Murphy is resuming his street tour of Scotland ahead of the independence referendum, following its suspension last week.
At 01:25:40 in ScotlandSuperfast computer technology is to be piloted in the Highlands.
At 01:20:52 in ScotlandFormer prime minister Gordon Brown has said an independent Scotland would become "an international outcast" if it refused to accept a share of UK debt.
At 01:19:02 in ScotlandChildren's entertainers The Singing Kettle have announced they are to stop performing from early next year.
At 01:15:10 in ScotlandWater voles have been recorded in a part of the Highlands for the first time in 20 years.
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