Newspaper review: Papers focus on terror plot men


Many of Friday's papers focus on the three would-be suicide bombers who have been convicted of terrorism charges.

According to the Guardian, they had been plotting "murder on an horrendous scale".

The Daily Mirror says the gang wanted to carry out the nation's "worst atrocity".

But Sajda Mughal, the only known Muslim survivor of the 7 July bombings, tells the paper: "They have a very warped interpretation of Islam."

She says her religion is a peaceful, positive one, but communities have to speak out if they know anything about terrorism.

The Sun calls the foiling of the scheme by MI5 and West Midlands Police a "triumph" and argues that budget cuts should never hamper those combating terrorism on British soil.

Home-grown extremists

The Daily Telegraph says the case has led to fears about a new generation of home-grown extremists.

The security services are concerned, it says, about how two of the men, who had no previous links to al-Qaeda, managed to make contact with the terror group.

The Times says the plotters were known in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham and the fact no-one contacted police called into question the government's strategy to stop extremism through engagement with communities.

The paper says Sparkhill remains a hotbed of Islamic radicalism.

Several of the papers, including the Sun, the Daily Mail and the Mirror, print a photograph of Oscar Pistorius's bedside table taken by a photographer from a French magazine three years ago.

Alongside the Paralympic champion's phone, keys and designer watch, lies a 9mm pistol.

He is accused of murdering his girlfriend but the Daily Star says his bail hearing has descended into "farce" after the detective leading the inquiry was himself revealed to be facing attempted murder charges.

Arthritis 'breakthrough'

Elsewhere, the front page of the Daily Express heralds what it describes as a "breakthrough" in the treatment of arthritis.

US scientists have found that aspirin and fish oil, when taken in combination, work together to combat inflammation responsible for the condition.

The researchers believe the discovery could help people with a host of illnesses, including heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's.

Thousands of internal BBC documents about the corporation's handling of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal - due to be released later - show the broadcaster to be "dysfunctional", according to the Independent.

One source, who has read the material, told the paper it revealed a "deeply unedifying spectacle" of people trying to cover themselves.

The Times says hundreds of lines of the most explosive evidence given to the inquiry have been censored.

The Mirror reports that the Newsnight editor who stepped aside over the investigation into Savile has been given a job heading up the BBC News online archive.

A former producer is quoted as saying Peter Rippon has been "sent to the library for detention".

'Almost unworkable'

Meanwhile, the prime minister is facing a backlash over his suggestion that money from the overseas aid budget could be spent on stabilisation and peacekeeping operations, according to the Daily Mail.

It says charities have reacted with "alarm".

The Independent says the idea is "so unwise as to be almost unworkable".

It argues that the blurring of responsibilities and accountabilities between the military and non-military is dangerous and efforts to impose stability by force have only a "patchy" record.

But the Daily Telegraph welcomes the idea.

It says shuffling money from a generously funded department to an overstretched one "makes a lot of sense" and a strong military is preferable to more aid spending.

Got the brains?

The remarkable list of questions passed to the judge in the Vicky Pryce case has prompted much debate about the UK's jury system.

Research reported in the Daily Mail suggests two thirds of jurors do not understand judges' legal directions.

But the government's leading advisor on juries, Professor Cheryl Thomas, tells the Independent conclusions should not be drawn about the whole process from one "very exceptional" jury.

The Sun offers its readers a multiple choice quiz to see if they "have the brains" to serve on a jury.

But the former Director of Public Prosecutions, Lord Macdonald, tells the paper the jury system is at the heart of British justice and the suggestion people are not capable of deciding cases "is offensive and wrong".

A family who made a pledge to live off only British products have been shocked to discover how hard it is to do, according to the Daily Star.

James and Emily Bradshaw say they have been shocked to find that many of their favourite British brands are actually made overseas.

They say they are having to go without television after the batteries in their remote control died and they found it impossible to find UK-made replacements.

The Daily Express applauds the couple's efforts, arguing that if everyone followed their lead the demand for British products would be a springboard for economic growth.

Dysania and wamble

A photograph of the Queen meeting the new High Commissioner of Australia, printed in the Telegraph, offers a glimpse of life at Buckingham Palace.

Paintings by Canaletto and Gainsborough hang on the walls of the first floor audience room but the monarch has also surrounded herself with photographs of four generations of her family.

Wedding pictures of the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall can be seen alongside a studio portrait of the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry in their military uniforms.

But perhaps what is least expected is the two-bar electric heater placed in the monumental fireplace.

The paper helpfully informs its readers a similar one would cost around £29.99 in most electrical shops.

Finally, you might never have heard of them but that does not mean to say you do not have a bad case of "Dysania" or "Wamble" this morning.

They are, the Mirror explains, two of a host of English words for things you may never have known had been named.

Dysania means not wanting to get up in the morning and Wamble is the rumbling of a stomach.

If it rains on Friday, we might get to experience Petrichor - the smell that follows rain.

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