Newspaper review: Nurses' fury at health secretary


Pressures on the NHS make the front pages as Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is due at the Royal College of Nursing congress where he will be the subject of a motion of no confidence.

The Daily Mirror calls his decision not to make a speech "gutless".

The Independent says delegates are "incensed" that he will speak to only 60 of them in a question-and-answer session.

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph reports how budget cuts have seen GPs barred from prescribing many drugs.

'End to sovereignty'

The Daily Mail accuses the European Court of Human Rights of "arrogance" for dismissing the government's appeal against the ruling that prisoners must be given the right to vote.

It calls the judgement "intolerable" and says that "time and again" the court has "affronted our traditions of justice and common sense".

It urges ministers to consider removing Britain from the court's jurisdiction.

If not, they will be admitting we are no longer a sovereign nation, it says.

Job applications

The Times looks ahead to the publication of the latest unemployment figures due out later.

The paper says they are expected to show a record number of young people are looking for work.

Economists predict the number of unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds could soon rise above one million, it says.

One 23-year-old woman, who has sent out 50 CVs with no success, tells the paper being unemployed is "difficult" and "depressing".

Bright idea

A flock of bright orange sheep from Devon are pictured in many papers, among them the Sun and the Daily Express.

In the past few years, rustlers have stolen 200 sheep from farmer John Heard so he decided to take action and dipped them in orange dye.

They are now so distinctive that he has not lost any livestock this year.

All the headline writers have come up with the same bright idea: "Ewe've been tangoed."

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