Newspaper review: Papers reflect on Boston bombings


A small American boy, Martin Richard, appears on the front of many papers - and the Independent neatly sums up why.

"He was eight years old", it says. "His father liked to run marathons; his family loved watching. Today he is dead... and Boston is no nearer to understanding an atrocity that has shaken Britain as well as America."

The Guardian says that Martin - one of three people killed by the bomb attack on the Boston Marathon - has come to symbolise the tragedy.

The picture it shows is of him with a painting he did at school last year, which reads: "No more hurting people... Peace".

His mother suffered a brain injury in the bombings, his sister lost a leg. His family, says the Daily Express, have had their lives ripped apart.

There is also focus on the investigation into the bombings.

The Guardian says some of the "fog of confusion" that surrounded the incident has begun to dissipate, but the big questions remain unanswered - who did it, and why?

The Times leads on the FBI's pledge to go to the ends of the Earth to find the culprits but the Financial Times says there are still "few indications" of suspects, while the Independent notes there has been no hint that the investigation is making any solid headway.

Journey's end

The other main picture on the front pages is of Baroness Thatcher's coffin, draped with a union jack in the chapel of St Mary Undercroft at Westminster.

The Daily Mail says the former prime minister is "near her journey's end" while the Daily Express says she is making "her final visit to the Parliament which she once dominated so majestically".

The Daily Telegraph says the service conducted on Tuesday for family and friends was "short, small and strictly private", with police clearing tourists and reporters away from mourners.

The Daily Mirror thinks the IMF gave a "damning verdict" on the government's economic plans when it lowered growth forecasts for the UK and - in the words of the Financial Times - urged George Osborne to adopt Plan B.

The Guardian says he is "under mounting pressure" to change course, and reports that his Treasury team are "furious" the IMF has handed ammunition to his political opponents.

The Daily Telegraph says Mr Osborne has found himself the victim of an ideological battle inside the IMF, where the changeover from a Bush to an Obama influence has led to a lack of enthusiasm for spending cuts.

"The UK has become totemic in the growth versus austerity debate," it says, and while the IMF criticism may be "unfair", Mr Osborne has, for now, lost the argument.

Fashion revamp

The success of Marks and Spencer is often said to hinge on it being the nation's favourite purveyor of underwear.

So it is perhaps understandable that the Sun thinks the company has been "plunged into chaos" by the departure of the woman known as its "Knicker Queen".

Janie Schaffer was recruited from the rather racier Victoria's Secret only three months ago to help revamp M&S but, says the Times, she clashed with the chief executive.

The paper says the store cannot take its position for granted, and that it must adapt quickly because many see it as "teetering on the edge of boring".

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