Newspaper headlines: Papers return to Cameron-hunting in force

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Almost all the Sunday front pages resume the press's Cameron hunt with a vengeance, with attention shifting from the prime minister's financial dealings with his father, to those with his mother.

Most highlight the fact that the Prime Minister received £200,000 from his mother Mary following the death of his father Ian - a move which both the Mail on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror call a tax "dodge".

Several of the papers suggest, as does the Mail, that if the £200,000 had been left to the prime minister by his father, then, added to the £300,000 which Ian Cameron did leave him, it would have pushed his inheritance above the level at which it would become liable to tax.

None of the papers suggests that the transaction was illegal - and several admit that it is normal for people in the Camerons' tax bracket to manage their tax affairs.

"There is something very British" writes Anne McElvoy in the Observer, in papers "doing over Cameron because of offshore funds and yet also having avidly read 'money' sections".


India prepares royal welcome

  • Some of the papers preview the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's tour of India, which starts on Sunday.
  • The visitors will begin with a "Bollywood-themed extravaganza" at a Mumbai hotel hit by a terrorist attack in 2008, says the Sunday Times.
  • The tour will be the 'most colourful yet' for the royal couple, according to the Telegraph.
  • But 10-year-old Saniya Chauhan, who lives in an eight-foot square room with eight other family members, would ask them "How can you call to each other in such a big house?" says the Mail.

"There is something very British" writes Anne McElvoy in the Observer, in papers "doing over Cameron because of offshore funds and yet also having avidly read 'money' sections".

But out of all the figures revealed on Saturday about Mr Cameron's rent income, share dealings and salaries comes an impression that the "Prime Minister, landlord and share seller" (as the Sunday Telegraph describes him) is richer than most of us dream of being, and the papers cry out against it.

"The rich get richer and richer but aren't content with that. The more they have, the more they want to keep," the Mirror complains.

The Sun on Sunday talks of the premier "raking in" rent from his family home while he lives in Downing Street, and says he "bagged" £12,000 in interest.


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Some say Mr Cameron has himself to blame because he struck out too vehemently against tax-avoiders in the past. In the Telegraph Janet Daley writes that many voters "are very susceptible to the impression that Mr Cameron is a rich man who may possibly be a hypocrite when he denounces the tax-avoiding wealthy."

For Dominic Lawson in the Sunday Times Mr Cameron "should never have pandered" to those who regard the very idea of personal wealth as immoral.

Now, some papers claim, pro-EU campaigners fear that the damage done to Mr Cameron will also give a boost to Brexit supporters. The Observer recounts how the tax row diverted attention from the EU in the prime minister's ITV interview and his visit to students in Exeter - "a shift of emphasis that felt ominous to many Remain campaigners".

For the Sunday Times the prime minister is so damaged that a "Save Dave" effort is under way, The paper predicts that Boris Johnson will be offered a major Cabinet post in a "reconciliation reshuffle" after the EU referendum.

That is not how Ian Birrell in the Mail sees it. He thinks that if Mr Cameron wins a pro-EU vote in the referendum, he could "purge malcontents for his Cabinet and remake his party in his real image."

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Media captionPolitical commentator Jo Phillips and Nigel Nelson, political editor of the Sunday People, join the BBC News Channel to discuss Sunday's front pages.

According to Professor Matt Qvortrup in the Sunday Express, "Cameron is in real danger of losing the Brexit referendum". The prime minister's "ambition and aspiration are not matched by his ability," he concludes.

While there is little praise for the prime minister there is much for the Archbishop of Canterbury, who the Mirror says showed his "inner strength and character" on learning that he was the illegitimate son of Winston Churchill's private secretary. Like other papers it says the primate's first concern was for his mother.

The Telegraph quotes other religious leaders as praising the "dignity" and "grace" with which Justin Welby dealt with the news.

But the Mail says it can reveal that the archbishop told another bishop that he knew of claims that Anthony Montague Browne was his father, some years ago.

Image caption Hugh Laurie (right) thinks Tom Hiddleston has the right qualities to play Bond, says the Express

In a special report, the Observer says thousands have been abducted, tortured, raped or killed in a wave of violence in Burundi.

"The world looks away as blood flows" in the African nation, the paper says, claiming the government is trying to stir up old ethnic hatred in an effort to hold on to power.

Meanwhile, the Sunday Telegraph claims that families of UK soldiers killed in Iraq fear a "whitewash" as the long-delayed Chilcot report into the conflict there now faces vetting by security officials.

The Sun on Sunday leads with a story about an England sports star sending sex texts to a model "behind the back" of his girlfriend.

Meanwhile, several papers say stars Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie have ruled out another series of TV thriller The Night Manager.

But the Express quotes Laurie as saying Hiddleston has the right qualities to play James Bond, calling his fellow-actor "a gorgeous fellow, virile as well" and adding that "he now walks in a particularly Bondy way."


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