Newspaper headlines: Julien Blanc, I'm a Celebrity... and the price of beer

No single story dominates the front pages on the morning of the Rochester by-election.

While several papers cover the latest from the campaign trail, in accordance with election law for broadcasters, references to these reports are omitted from this review. One story which does feature prominently is the decision to bar a "pick-up artist" who charges for advice sessions about attracting women from coming to the UK.

The Metro leads on the Home Office decision to deny Julien Blanc a visa, calling him "vile". The Daily Mail agrees his "tips to men on seduction are clearly deeply offensive".

However, it argues: "Isn't it ludicrously far-fetched to suggest... that allowing him into the UK would cause an upsurge in sexual harassment and intimidation. The way to deal with such hugely objectionable exhibitionists is by argument and ridicule."


Out of here...

It's not just the Daily Star that's excited about ITV reality show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! this morning, with both the tabloid and its red-top rival the Sun claiming to reveal the REAL reason behind the exit of contestant Gemma Collins after just three days.

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She might not have lasted very long in the Australian jungle but the Daily Mirror points out that it's not the sharpest exit in the show's 14-year history, reminding readers that Malcolm McLaren refused to enter the rainforest after making the trip down-under and that comedian Freddie Starr left after 24 hours.

The Daily Mail notes that Collins has been replaced by former Conservative MP Edwina Currie, who it quotes saying she'll use her performance fee to pay for a new extension. The paper also enjoys photographs of the ex-health minister's encounter with a koala, which ended with a soiled T-shirt.

Despite the publicity - and the presence of journalist Michael Buerk in the jungle - the Daily Express says former PM Sir John Major can relax about the prospect of Mrs Currie revealing all about their affair. She "won't kiss and tell", the paper says.


Must do better?

The Independent's front-page says inspectors from education watchdog Ofsted are to declare a Church of England secondary school in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets "failing" after an Islamic society set up by sixth-formers was found to be promoting links to hardline preachers on its Facebook site. The Sir John Cass Foundation and Red Coat School will also be criticised for allowing sex segregation in playgrounds, the paper says, adding that heads at other local schools believe the rating to be unduly harsh.

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Meanwhile, another Ofsted decision - this time to label a Lincolnshire primary school "not yet outstanding" because pupils were limited by a "lack of first-hand experience of the diverse make up of modern British society" - provokes some consternation.

The Daily Mail describes Middle Rasen Primary as "just too English" for the inspectors, while the Telegraph calls it "too white". The Mail points out that 97% of people in the area are white.

"In other words, they happen to be in rural Lincolshire and not Tower Hamlets," says the Sun, describing the rating as "a triumph of idiotic political correctness". The Daily Express also thinks it's "madness", arguing: "Small rural schools are undoubtedly good not only for pupils but also for the wider community. Forcing them to comply with this politically correct agenda damages something that should be cherished."


Excellent value?

After a Blackpool hotel provoked outrage by "fining" a couple of guests £100 for leaving a bad review on TripAdvisor, the Independent dispatches intrepid travel editor Simon Calder to spend the night there.

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Far from the "filthy, dirty rotten stinking hovel" reported by Tony and Jan Jenkinson, of Cumbria, Calder enjoyed "excellent value" for his £22.50 at the Broadway Hotel, which had upgraded him from a single to a "clean, spacious and comfortable" triple room with a sea view and "television the size of a Blackpool tram".

Even so, the Telegraph's Harry Wallop argues: "Penalising customers for posting their opinion seems to be a pretty poor show".

One hotel which left its guests satisfied is the Childer Thornton Premier Inn, in Cheshire, according to the Sun. It reports how the manager didn't quibble at offering a full refund to a couple who complained "after romping lovers in the next room kept them up all night".


Cause for cheers?

Some hacks find much to celebrate in this week's Commons vote scrapping rules that forced landlords to buy booze at inflated prices from the firms that own their pubs, in exchange for discounted rent.

"Price of beer could fall," declares a hopeful Daily Mail, while the Times says: "A measure that could help to revive the pub trade. Cheers to that." It argues: "Cutting the beer tie would slowly bring back market forces to a sector that is sclerotic and skewed, and bring hope to others snared in the coils of oligopoly."

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The Guardian's Nils Pratley agrees: "Allowing purer market forces to decide rental levels and the price of beer-supply contracts will shake things up."

"Beery romantics are raising a celebratory tankard at the Commons vote," says the Financial Times. However, the paper's front-page says the vote leaves pub firms facing "a decline in investor confidence and months of uncertainty". Its editorial points out: "The message from the stock market is that MPs have made the industry less profitable, whch may lead to more pubs closing."

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