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Newspaper review: Papers discuss 'tycoon tax'

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A new tax has entered the negotiations ahead of the Budget in 10 days' time and the Sunday Telegraph claims it has split the Liberal Democrats.

The Independent on Sunday says the "tycoon tax" was an alternative to the "mansion tax" favoured by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Nick Clegg had suggested it as a "trade-off" with the chancellor for dropping the 50p top rate of tax.

The Telegraph said he had shifted because the mansion tax was doomed.

But the Sunday Times says many Liberal Democrats had known nothing about the proposal for a "tycoon tax".

It says they fear it is so woolly it will never be adopted and it undermines demands for a mansion tax.

The deaths of six British soldiers in Afghanistan prompts soul-searching.

Fiona McIntosh in the Daily Mirror asks: "If the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014 has already been made, why do we continue to pack off these kids to face the Taliban?"

The Observer says some MEPs are calling for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan.

They are concerned about the country's poor human rights record and the paper points out Armenia has already withdrawn and Icelandic TV may pull out.

The Sunday Times says dentists are worried about people consuming five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

One expert believes acid in fruit juice is bad for teeth and schools should offer milk and water instead.

The Mail on Sunday claims some of Britain's most popular TV game shows could be forced off air by the Gambling Commission.

The paper says Channel Four's Deal Or No Deal and ITV's Red or Black could be breaking the law because they rely on luck rather than skill.

Finally the Sunday Express hints at an elixir to life.

The paper claims Israeli scientists have identified a gene which could extend all our lives by two decades.

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