Iraq War 'whitewash', sex and drugs and GDP, and 1D football bid - the papers

A number of papers are unhappy that transcripts of former Prime Minister Tony Blair's talks with ex-US President George W Bush over the Iraq War are to remain secret.

The Daily Mail leads on the story, recording the anger of the relatives of some who died fighting for the UK. "If there is nothing to hide, why hide it?" asks one.

Recalling that the Chilcot inquiry had promised to reveal the "unvarnished truth", the paper's editorial comment describes an agreement to publish "the gist" of Mr Blair's remarks as a "squalid compromise" and an "insult to democracy, accountability and the intelligence of the British people".

The Daily Mirror mocks up copies of letters between No 10 and the White House, with everything redacted except for: "Dear Mr President, Regarding.... Yours sincerely," and "Yo Blair, This foreign policy stuff.... Have a nice day y'all, Dubya."

Its editorial comment demands Sir John Chilcot "publish and be damned", arguing that "the whiff of a cover-up will persist until the British public is able to read for itself the correspondence and notes of conversations".

For Richard Norton-Taylor, writing in the Guardian, there is some consolation in the fact "we know what they don't want us to know".

He adds: "What we still don't know are the promises or messages Blair gave Bush without telling the British parliament or public. Hopefully, we will finally find out before the end of the year."

Leading articles

Who'd be a political party leader? As a turbulent week for the Lib Dems draws to a close, the flow of negative headlines for Nick Clegg shows no sign of abating.

"Rennard 'non-apology' plunges Lib Dems into fresh chaos," says the Times, in a reference to the party's former chief executive admitting that he "may well have encroached upon the personal space" of four women who claim he harassed them. Meanwhile, cartoonists still haven't stopped making fun of the party. The Daily Telegraph's Adams produces a "dress your own Lib Dem" kit, complete with cut-out beard, tank top, socks and sandals, and a dagger to plunge into the back of a rival - a reference to reports of plotting against Mr Clegg.

However, the Metro does have some good news for the deputy PM, reporting that he scored a "morale-boosting victory against Labour leader Ed Miliband by maintaining his dignity while eating a bacon sandwich" on a webcam during a radio interview.

Some papers use it as an excuse to reproduce evidence of Mr Miliband's facial contortions when trying to do the same last week. And it seems Mr Miliband has scored an own goal even in the eyes of his chief cheerleader among the press, the Daily Mirror, by claiming not to read British newspapers. "That may help to explain why too often he appears not to know what is going on," reckons the paper.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail is similarly disapproving of Conservative leader David Cameron turning up to wish the England football team good luck ahead of next month's World Cup. "Has Cameron cursed our World Cup hopes?" the paper wonders, recalling how the PM's presence "was widely blamed for Andy Murray's 2012 Wimbledon final defeat" and how at the London Olympics he "cursed cyclist Mark Cavendish, diver Tom Daley and judo finalist Gemma Gibbons".

If all this sounds like a boon for UKIP leader Nigel Farage ahead of next week's Newark by-election, the Sun has news for him. It says an opinion poll it commissioned from pollster Survation reveals "a significant dip in support" for his party and predicts a Conservative majority.

Royal wee dram

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A royal visit to a distillery was always likely to create plenty of headlines, and the papers seem particularly impressed by the Duchess of Cambridge's drinking prowess.

According to the Telegraph, Prince William "coughed and spluttered during a tasting session and appeared outdone on the drinking by his wife".

Meanwhile, the Mail wonders if the duchess was "a little squiffy", saying: "There was something about being north of the border yesterday that put the Duchess of Cambridge - using her Scottish title the Countess of Strathearn - in the mood for a wee dram. Or four."

The Mirror was thinking the same thing, asking "what's gurn on, Kate?" as it describes her pulling funny faces for excited youngsters taking photographs.

And the Daily Star deduces that the tasting session was the "tot that says I'm not", scotching rumours of another royal pregnancy.

The Daily Express, however, draws a different conclusion from the visit. It notes William's enthusiastic inspection of Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance and wonders whether he is "considering flying one as part of a new career".

"Earlier this week it emerged that the duke, a former RAF search and rescue pilot, is considering a return to flying, possibly for the East Anglia air ambulance.

"Aides conspicuously refused to rule out the suggestions," writes royal correspondent Richard Palmer.

Sex & drugs & ONS

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Sex and drugs aren't noted for being the stock-in-trade of the Financial Times.

However, the FT's front page declares that prostitutes and drug dealers are "to give Britain a £10bn boost" owing to a change in the way economic performance is measured.

"The revisions will vastly change the official size and shape of the UK economy," says the paper, adding that the inclusion of the activities is part of a series of tweaks to the way the data is calculated that will add up to 5% to Britain's gross domestic product - a measure of national economic activity.

"European Union rules mean the Office for National Statistics (ONS) must add these illegal activities to figures for the economy," explains the Mirror, saying it presents a headache for the ONS in the form of "data gaps" that must be filled by assumptions.

Such nefarious activities "contribute the same amount of money to the economy as the agricultural sector", according to Daily Telegraph which says they generate around £10bn a year.

The Guardian uses graphics to set out the national picture, including an estimated 60,879 prostitutes taking 25 clients a week and 38,000 heroin users spending £0.7bn a year on the drug.

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