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Newspaper review: Papers divided on jubilee yacht plan

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The papers switch their focus from the Concordia cruise ship crash to another sea-faring story that is causing controversy closer to home.

"Britannia can rule the waves" says the Daily Mail, as it applauds the prime minister for backing its call for a new, privately funded yacht to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

It says the plan to replace the Queen's yacht, at no cost to the taxpayer, is a fitting way for a sea-faring nation to mark the event.

But the Financial Times believes David Cameron has dipped his toe into perilous political waters.

'Excitable prime ministers'

Even if the yacht is paid for privately, there could be a stumbling block over who pays for security and crew on the ship, the FT says.

The Daily Mirror agrees that the controversy could tarnish the jubilee .

It advises the Queen to have a quiet word with Mr Cameron to explain that, in these austere times, it would be wrong to use any public money on the project.

She is a wise monarch, says the paper, who knows how to advise "excitable prime ministers" about the public mood.

Secret dossier

The Sun reports that a secret dossier detailing plans for policing the London Olympics was left on a train.

A commuter handed it in to the paper, which says it could have given terrorists invaluable data. The Metropolitan Police insisted the documents were not thought to be "operationally sensitive".

The Independent says up to 100 Tory MPs could revolt against David Cameron's plan to legalise gay marriage.

It says a campaign to defeat the proposal is being organised by traditionalist MPs, who claim it would weaken the institution of marriage.

Abuse inquiry

Lawyers of victims of clerical abuse in England and Wales have written to the Times calling for a public inquiry.

They say the Catholic Church, in particular, should be forced to disclose secret documents, which detail allegations of abuse.

Housing Minister Grant Shapps tells the Daily Telegraph that elderly people should downsize so councils can rent their homes to local families.

He says the UK-wide idea could help to ease the housing shortage.

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