Northern Ireland

What the papers say


Journalist Fionola Meredith takes a look at what is making the headlines in Tuesday's newspapers.

The Prison Service is back in the headlines. Both the Belfast Telegraph and the News Letter report on anger in unionist circles over a proposal to drop the Crown as an emblem of the Northern Ireland Prison Service.

As far as TUV leader Jim Allister is concerned, abandoning the symbol and dropping the words Her Majesty's Prison would be "an utterly unacceptable sop" to republicans.

Elsewhere, the Irish News turns to Stormont's long-awaited programme for government, setting out the priorities of the cross-party government for its four-year term, which began in May. Business leaders have complained about the sluggish progress of the document, but it's due to finally appear on Thursday.

Many papers focus on the Leveson Inquiry into press standards. The Guardian says it was a dramatic opening day at the High Court in London. The inquiry heard that 28 News International staff are named in notes seized from private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.

As the Independent reports, police have uncovered evidence that phone hacking was endemic at News International as recently as 2009, part of a '"thriving cottage industry" of law-breaking, the court was told.

Simon Carr, the Independent's sketchwriter, says that this could be a contender for the longest inquiry ever - but it may end up with a single recommendation - that the press should obey the law.

New recession fears in the Guardian. The paper says that the UK is gripped by a "feel-bad factor" amid fears that the economy is slipping back into recession. It cites a think-tank study that suggests people believe the UK is '"the second-worst country in Europe to live and work in."

It's an equally pessimistic view over in the Daily Mail, which says that the continuing crisis in the eurozone has dented hopes of a recovery from a "battered, flat-lining economy". It says that the coalition can't be blamed for the knock-on effect which the eurozone crisis is having on Britain.

But it says that ministers must stop their in-fighting and produce a growth strategy worthy of the name. Without growth, it says, the plan to slash Britain's deficit is doomed.

Both the Sun and the Mirror look to developments in the celebrity jungle. Both papers report that Freddie Starr, a contestant on the jungle reality show, was rushed to hospital after eating the toe of a camel, a cockroach milkshake and a fermented egg, among other nasty stuff.

Apparently the foods used in the 'bushtucker trial' had all been tested on people beforehand, and producers claim that even the bugs are bred hygienically.

And finally, the Daily Telegraph says that deep voices convey authority. Bosses looking to impose their authority should speak in a lower voice, according to a study with found that a deeper speaking tone is considered to be a sign of strong leadership.

Voters are also more likely to back politicians with lower voices, the research suggests, because they come across as more dominant and confident. As the paper notes, it's well known that Margaret Thatcher had elocution lessons to deepen her voice.

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