Newspaper headlines: PM's schools 'crusade' and Facebook backs down

The continuing row over grammar schools makes the front pages for the third day running with many of Saturday's editions scrutinising Theresa May's speech on the subject.

"My Debt to Grammar Schools" is the headline on the front page of the Daily Mail, which prints an article written by the prime minister, espousing her personal beliefs in the value of selective education.

She writes that her time at a grammar helped make her the person she is today. "I want every child to have the kind of opportunities I enjoyed," she says - adding that "a school system that works for everyone, is the hallmark of a truly meritocratic Britain".

'Very British coup'

In its editorial, the Sun praises Mrs May's plans, saying they reach out to what it calls the "ignored and powerless millions" who "don't qualify for benefits" and are "just getting by". Not since Maggie Thatcher, says the paper, has a politician so convincingly made a pitch to Sun readers.

But the Mirror is less impressed. It says Mrs May has no mandate to "turn back the clock to grammar schools" and accuses her of mounting "a very British coup" by not calling a general election to legitimise her policies.

Meanwhile the Guardian comments that the plans have run into immediate opposition "from a growing number of senior Tories". Columnist Martin Kettle writes that Mrs May is trying to distance herself from the politics of her Eton-educated predecessor David Cameron and will find plenty of Tories to back her up, but "whether she persuades the rest of the country... is much less certain".

Facebook backtracks

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Image caption Controversy over the Vietnam war image was sparked after it was posted by Norway's biggest selling newspaper Aftenposten

One of the most arresting images from the Vietnam war - showing a nine-year-old girl running naked from the site of a napalm attack - is printed on the front of the Guardian, Telegraph and Financial Times.

The papers report that until last night, the photograph was banned by the social network Facebook because it said it violated rules on nudity.

Under the headline "Anti-social network", the Guardian says Facebook was forced into a U-turn after what it calls a "mini-insurrection" by users who kept sharing the image to express anger at the company's stance.

The Financial Times says the incident has placed the internet giant under the spotlight for the way it polices online content and "underlined rising tensions between Facebook and traditional news publishers which promote material on the site".


Eye-catching headlines

  • What a blast!: Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has blown up his £4m house in the Cotswolds to make way for a bigger one, several papers report. The Express says the replacement house - which Clarkson refers to as "Diddly Squat Farm" - will have six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a basement cinema and room to store five cars.
  • Cruise he kidding?: The Mirror criticises businessman Sir Philip Green after he is photographed "lazing around on his £100m yacht in the Med" in the wake of the collapse of BHS. Sir Philip responded that he is working on a "daily basis" to address BHS's mammoth pension deficit.

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The Daily Express gives front page billing to the suggestion by West Midlands Chief Constable Dave Thompson that he would consider allowing female officers to wear a full face veil as a way of encouraging more recruits from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

The paper says British bobbies are figures of both reassurance and authority. "How would you feel if you couldn't see a WPC's face?" it asks.

The Daily Mail dismisses the idea as politically correct lunacy claiming "even Muslims think the idea's mad".

The Times refers to the Muslim Council of Britain's comments that only a very small percentage of women in the UK wear a full veil adding "the women who do would probably not want to be in the police".