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.
At 08:58:03 in SportAmir Khan appears to have improved his chances of landing a lucrative showdown with Floyd Mayweather by teaming up with the boxing adviser Al Haymon.
At 08:54:42 in WalesThe chief executive and chair of one of Wales' oldest Welsh-language support groups have stepped down from their posts.
At 08:52:53 in SportAntrim's preparations for the forthcoming Ulster Senior Football Championship have been hit by the loss of three key players from the squad.
At 08:51:32 in BusinessSwiss bank Credit Suisse has found nothing "materially untoward" in how it trades foreign currencies, finance officer David Mathers has said.
At 08:45:40 in EnglandA man has been charged with murder after a woman's body was found on Teesside.
At 08:43:50 in WalesDementia services across Wales are not sustainable with changes needed to cope with future demand, a review has found.
At 08:42:36 in EnglandNumbers of homeless people being discharged back on to the streets after hospital treatment is being reduced with a new scheme in Gloucestershire.
At 08:41:52 in EnglandBurglars have been targeting flood-damaged homes in Surrey, with police stopping thousands of people suspected of being involved.
At 08:37:18 in Northern IrelandA 98-year-old document that was intended to stop a rebellion against British rule in Ireland has been sold at auction for 30,000 euros (£24,800).
At 08:20:41 in EnglandSearches have been taking place for a man seen getting into difficulty in a lake.
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