Newspaper headlines: Benefit tourism, I'm a Celebrity line-up and David Moyes' return

Widespread press approval greets a European Court ruling backing Germany's attempts to restrict unemployed migrants' rights to welfare.

Showing unusual enthusiasm for a judgement made by the Luxembourg-based court, the Daily Mail and Daily Express speak with one voice in declaring: "At last!" Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph quotes the Open Europe think tank, which wants reform of the EU, suggesting the decision could allow the government to force "benefit tourists" to leave Britain.

"Anybody who thinks they can enjoy a free ride must be left in no doubt that they aren't welcome in a Britain that values graft," declares the Daily Mirror.

However, the Times argues: "Benefit tourism is a smaller problem than people imagine... migrants, who as a group are younger and healthier than the British-born, pay 30% more in taxes than they draw in services."

Prime Minister David Cameron is widely quoted commending the judgement as showing "common sense". Even so, the Guardian reckons it might hamper his efforts to change EU immigration rules, given the ruling that "member states already have the power to stop jobless migrants claiming many benefits for up to five years".

Labour MP Frank Field writes in the Mirror that two measures must now be enforced: "First, make it clear to anyone wishing to reside in this country: you cannot hold out your hand the second you arrive." He continues: "Second... entitlement should be built up through contributions or functions such as caring. To claim something, you have to have put something in."


No Tarzans?

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It's the time of year when the Daily Star overlays its headlines with images of creepy-crawlies, as a new group of personalities head for the Australian jungle to take part in the latest series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

And the paper enjoys speculating as to the motives of some of the contestants. "Get us some Tarzans!" screams its headline, suggesting that a "jungle romp" is on the cards, with some of the "Jungle Janes... up for a bit of romance".

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One of them - reality TV star Gemma Collins - says as much to the Daily Mirror, adding that she was hopeful of meeting wrestler Hulk Hogan in the rainforest. "Sadly for Gemma there is no sign of Hulk Hogan in Oz - for now at least," the paper reports.

Instead, she'll find someone who's "hardly your typical reality TV star", according to the Daily Mail. The paper quotes newsreader Michael Buerk describing himself as a "frightful snob" and wondering whether he had "some kind of late midlife crisis" when he agreed to appear on the show.

Among the other potential Tarzans is former footballer Jimmy Bullard who, according to the Sun, was keen to accept the appearance fee after losing £625,000 in an investment scheme. The paper says the ex-Wigan Athletic star will earn £100,000 for three weeks in the jungle and reckons the "footie joker" will be "an inspired signing" for the show: "He'll be worth every penny."

Bullard is favourite to be crowned King of the Jungle according to bookmakers quoted in several papers, including the Express.


Back on the touchline

Football writers weigh up the chances of ex-Manchester United manager David Moyes resurrecting his career after deciding to return to football with Spanish side Real Sociedad. And while the Scot's reputation suffered in a disastrous season at Old Trafford, it seems fans of the Basque club are happy with the appointment - even if it did take him over a week to make up his mind.

"'MoYES', ran the front of the Basque edition of the sports daily El Mundo Deportivo, the final three letters highlighted in bright yellow," writes the Guardian's Sid Lowe. "If the headline was inevitable, it was accurate too: they had been waiting for Moyes, like a footballing Man from Del Monte."

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Matt Lawton says in the Daily Mail that it's unsurprising Moyes took his time before accepting the job. "This is a decision that could tarnish an already damaged reputation, and Moyes needed to be as sure as he possibly could be that taking charge of a Spanish club languishing towards the bottom of La Liga with only limited financial resources was the right move."

Matt Dickinson, of the Times, writes: "Moyes will perhaps find some reassurance if he compares the job to his experiences with Everton [the club he managed before moving to Manchester]. He will find similarities in a prudent club looking for stable management and steady improvement. Expectations are realistic."

Indeed, the Mirror's Neil McLeman reckons he's at "La Liga's version of Everton", writing: "David Moyes is back in football at a northern club who wear blue and white and run a tight ship."

Pete Jenson, in the i argues: "He will be judged on what he does best: working on the training ground to make players better."


Country concern

Comments from the Prince of Wales that most Britons have "lost any real connection with the land" - written in a foreword for Country Life magazine - are picked up by several papers.

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"They have only a vague understanding of what farming is or does," he writes, going on to say that without farming families there would be "no beautiful landscapes with hedgerows and stone walls; no thriving rural communities, no villages - or village pubs; no local markets, no distinctive local foods".

The Daily Express says many will share the prince's concerns, and argues: "His views have become the consensus view and his deep concern for the countryside and the environment no longer seems eccentric."

As the Telegraph sees it: "His Royal Highness is right to be concerned."

It points to a BBC Radio 4 soap opera for evidence. "One small but telling sign of the trend he decries can be seen in the village of Ambridge - traditionally a bastion of rural values, but recently contaminated by a certain metropolitan sensationalism. It may seem a petty complaint, but if even The Archers cannot take the countryside seriously, what hope is there for the rest of the world beyond the farm gates?"


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