Northern Ireland

What the papers say


Journalist Mike Philpott takes a look at what is making the headlines in Thursday's newspapers.

The death of a patient on a trolley at our busiest hospital is the lead story for theIrish News.

The paper says it is not known how long the man lay unnoticed in the accident and emergency unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital, but he was discovered only when staff arrived to move him to another location.

According to the story, the death comes "amid mounting concern about an emergency care system at breaking point".

TheBelfast Telegraphis up in arms about the latest pay rise for politicians at Stormont.

"MLAs to get 11% pay rise and no, we're not joking," says the headline. The paper comments that the increase is "wrong on all counts". It sends out the wrong signal at the wrong time, it says, and will only lower the standing of politicians in the public eye.

TheNews Letterreports on Wednesday night's meeting of hundreds of Rangers fans in east Belfast aimed at saving the club from liquidation. People apparently travelled from as far away as Dublin and Scotland to attend the event.

There is a different headline on almost every front page in London.

TheGuardiangoes with a cache of leaked emails from Syrian President Bashar al Assad which reveal that Damascus asked for help from Iran in putting down the uprising.

TheDaily Telegraphreports on a breach of security at the main British base in Afghanistan, after a civilian worker unsuccessfully used a burning truck as a battering ram as the US defence secretary's plane landed. That story is also the lead in theIndependent.

TheTimesconcentrates on David Cameron's attempt to reduce the number of UK citizens being extradited to the United States under a controversial treaty that is seen by many as one-sided.

There are a couple of contenders for photograph of the morning. The Times shows the Duchess of Cornwall looking horrified as Wishful Thinking fell at Cheltenham.

Dover fall

TheMirroris one of several papers to carry a dramatic picture of a huge rock fall at the white cliffs of Dover. It shows a whole section of the cliffs collapsed into the sea.

Several papers report on the explosive resignation letter from a bank executive.

Greg Smith quit as a senior executive at Goldman Sachs in London - but he did so in the columns of the New York Times. As theMailreports under its main headline, he attacked the investment bank for what he called its toxic culture and moral bankruptcy.

He claimed customers were described as Muppets by directors whose only aim was to make money.

The Times says the bank denied the claims of its former employee, but the damage was already reverberating across trading floors and resulted in a flurry of calls by its staff to customers and bank regulators.

The Independent calls it "a fire storm".

Finally, Matt's cartoon in theDaily Telegraphencapsulates a whole issue in very few words.

The story is the decision by Tesco to raise its retirement age for staff by two years. Matt's drawing shows a checkout operator wearing a t-shirt bearing the words: "Best before 65."

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