Newspaper review: UK and Republic of Ireland stories


Journalist Fionola Meredith takes a look at what is making the headlines in Tuesday's newspapers.

The trouble in London continues to dominate the headlines.

"Rule of the mob" - that's the Daily Telegraph headline, and it's the same or something similar on almost every other front page.

The paper says that police appeared to be losing the battle to take back control of London's streets, as violence, rioting and looting escalated - and spread to other English cities.

The Times fears that the capital is descending into a "summer of lawlessness".

The papers are still struggling to make sense of it all, but the Daily Mail is unequivocal - it says that blaming the cuts for the violence is "immoral and cynical - this is criminality pure and simple".

The Times says it's time for a much stronger police response, a call echoed in the Telegraph and the Sun, which asks where the water cannon and the tear gas are, and why they haven't been deployed already?

The Guardian says that the causes of the riots still have to be understood - though not in any way excused - so that they can be overcome.

As possible explanations, the paper cites deprivation, a cult of violence, and a "rage against exclusion from consumerist fulfilment".

The Belfast Telegraph brings a local perspective. It says that, in this part of the world, we know how TV pictures of street violence can create a distorted image of a place - and now London is suffering the same blow to its own reputation.

"White mouse"

The Irish News reports on the practice of absent teachers "clocking in".

The paper says that teachers absent from school for months come back during the dying days of the term to remain on full pay for the summer.

New figures apparently show that teachers on sickness and maternity leave returned "in their droves" in the final week of term.

Elsewhere, the News Letter has been speaking to a soldier from County Antrim, who lost part of his leg in an explosion in Afghanistan.

Twenty three year old Phillip Gillespie speaks of his determination to run a marathon and take part in the world's toughest rally car event. The paper describes him as a "true inspiration".

The Times is among several papers to report on the death of a female spy.

The paper describes Nancy Wake, who has died aged 98, as "the mouse the Gestapo could not trap".

Ms Wake was code-named "the white mouse" by the Germans, who continually failed to catch her. She became a French Resistance courier in 1940, setting up escape routes, sabotaging Nazi plans, and saving hundreds of lives in the process.

The Daily Mail reports the comment of a male comrade-in-arms in the Resistance, who apparently described her as "the most feminine woman I know, until the fighting starts, and then she is like five men".

In her later years, Ms Wake lived free of charge at a hotel in Piccadilly, emerging promptly from her room at 11 o'clock every day for her gin and tonic.

And finally, the metro sexual look is over reports the Mail.

Sales of male grooming products, things like hair styling gel and facial skin care, are on the slide - and so are razors.

According to trade magazine The Grocer, the scented, moisturised metro sexual has now made way for the more "natural, rugged and beard-loving retro sexual".

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