Newspaper review: Queen's hospital stay on front pages


Reports of the Queen's admission to hospital with gastroenteritis make the front page of several newspapers.

The Daily Mail says the Queen's visits to hospitals have generally either been for formal engagements or to check on the welfare of other family members.

And it adds she insisted that there must be no fuss in her case.

Nevertheless, she is also the main story in the Daily Mirror, the Sun and the Star and her picture dominates the front page of the Daily Telegraph.

The Daily Telegraph says the Queen is never one to let a minor detail such as illness stand in the way of duty, but even she had to give in to this one.

The Daily Mirror says her devotion to duty means we sometimes forget she is 86.

And the Daily Mail says she can take heart that Britain's tallest policeman is standing guard outside the hospital.

At 7ft 2in (215cm), PC Anthony Wallyn is shown in many papers including the front of the Times towering over a colleague.

Kick start

Staying with police, the Daily Mail says the officers could soon be the boys in yellow.

It says Scotland Yard may become the first force in England to ditch the traditional dark blue jacket in favour of high-visibility outfits as standard.

The fluorescent jackets should make it easier to spot officers.

But the paper says critics believe police could end up being confused with dustmen, street cleaners and others who wear similar jackets.

The Daily Telegraph says Chancellor George Osborne is facing demands from Tory MPs and business leaders to cut taxes and demonstrate support for "aspiration".

It says a group of Conservative MPs will publicly warn a radical change of economic strategy is needed in the Budget to kick-start the economy.

Meanwhile, South African President Jacob Zuma tells the Financial Times that Western companies must change their old "colonial" approach to Africa or risk losing even more business to China and other developing powers.

'Frightening foretaste'

A number of papers report cardinals gathering in Rome are considering electing the first non-European Pope, who would then name a Vatican official as Secretary of State.

The Telegraph says it would satisfy calls from non-European cardinals to give the papacy a global appeal, while convincing insiders an experienced hand would manage the Vatican.

But the Times quotes one cardinal as saying colleagues believe a Pope from the New World must not be tied to an old way of doing things.

Government suggestions that the Tories could go into the general election with a pledge to repeal the Human Rights Act is the lead for the Independent.

Lawyers and human rights advocates say ministers risk making the UK a pariah state alongside Belarus - the only European country not signed up.

The Guardian's leader column describes the idea as a frightening foretaste of the Tory manifesto.

But the Daily Express says it is welcome news indeed.

Takeaway etiquette

The papers also take stock of a series of other Conservative ideas being put forward after its defeat in the Eastleigh by-election.

Along with the scrapping human rights legislation, these include a ban on immigrants using the NHS.

The Independent says ideas expressed by some in the party now gave airing to many gripes of the Tory right.

The Daily Mirror says Mr Cameron's talk of not veering to the right is hollow when ministers appear to be doing that.

But the Daily Express is worried that politicians have shown themselves quick to make promises - and then even quicker to renege on them.

Finally, the Times says guidance from Debrett's, the authority on etiquette, could cheer lazy hosts across the country - serving takeaway food at a dinner party is socially acceptable.

But, the Daily Mail reports the guidance make clear that it is all right only if you have guests coming round at the last minute - and the food should be served on warm china plates.

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