Secret trial, Gove and May's 'rift', D-Day commemorations and Tesco's woes

Efforts by the media to overturn a ruling that the trial of two men on terror charges should be held in secret are recorded by several papers.

The Guardian leads on the case, quoting lawyers for the media groups arguing that to hold a trial behind closed doors is "inconsistent with democracy and the rule of law".

However, the government says total secrecy is required to preserve national security and the paper quotes counter-terror officers arguing that there is a "serious possibility that the trial may not be able to go ahead" if it has to be held in public.

The Telegraph's headline quotes civil rights campaigners describing it as an "assault" on British justice, while for the Times the move "puts open justice in jeopardy".

Pointing out that it was only as a result of the media's legal challenge that judges allowed any mention of the fact a secret trial was to be held, the Daily Mail prints a front-page comment arguing: "Yes, national security is of paramount importance, but being unable to report that a trial is held in secret is surely the thin end of a deeply sinister wedge."

Half measures?

Image copyright AP

"Boost to pay, pubs, pensions and families," is the Daily Star's summary of the measures contained in the Queen's Speech. "There must be an election coming up," it adds.

But not all the press is so enthusiastic about the range of bills the government hopes to get onto the statute book. "The emptiness of the programme is best gauged by the PM asking Her Maj to announce that plastic bags in England's supermarkets will in future cost 5p each," says Kevin Maguire in the Daily Mirror.

And Independent cartoonist Dave Brown takes inspiration from that phrase "zombie parliament", that ministers were so keen to shake, by picturing the Queen holding a festering speech with gloved hands. "My government will stumble desperately forward in a ravenous, drooling hunger for the electorate's brains," he imagines her saying.

Meanwhile, his paper points out some of the expected measures that were left out such as a ban on wild animals being used in circuses. Similarly, the Sun's Tom Newton Dunn complains: "There was nothing new on how to solve the growing NHS funding black hole, or chronic housing shortage. And shamefully, there was nothing for the 16 to 24-year-olds of Generation Y. Almost a million are still on a jobless scrapheap."

Image copyright AFP

The Financial Times sees each of the governing parties using the occasion to "appeal directly to its own voters" and reckons the coalition is "falling apart at the seams".

For Daily Express columnist Leo McKinstry, the relatively small number of new bills - 11 - was a "welcome brake on legislation". He says: "We already have too many laws and regulations creating more work for busybodying officialdom."

Likewise, the Telegraph argues: "Too much importance is attached to the quantity rather than the quality of law-making; indeed Labour's principle criticism of the Queen's Speech - that it contained too little in the way of statutory reform - will for many people be its most creditable attribute."

However, the Guardian's Patrick Wintour points out that - when the six bills carried over from the last parliament and three more draft bills are added - it's "on a par" with the last Labour government's activity levels.

Image copyright Getty Images

The Daily Mail reports anger at legislation to give the public "power of recall" over MPs they believe have demeaned the office being "weakened" to require approval from a committee of MPs. As the Independent puts it, the bill "promises power to kick out MPs - but only if we ask them first".

However, the sketchwriters are more interested in the toppling of an unelected figure - a page boy identified as 12-year-old Viscount Aithrie - who fainted as the monarch was speaking.

The Independent's Donald MacIntyre heard: "[My government]... will work towards a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran," Thump, "the United Kingdom will lead efforts..."

"Lad, you spoke for the nation," says the Daily Mail's Quentin Letts. "Many of us looked at him with his eye-whites rolled, away in the land of dazed nod, and felt a twinge of envy."

War stories

Image copyright Getty Images

Tales of bravery and grim humour in the face of horror feature in coverage of events marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The Times hears from Walter Baker, of the Canadian Regiment de la Chaudiere, who landed on Juno Beach to find a khaki-clad body face-down in the water. When he tried to retrieve it, he was left holding a severed arm. He then saw his friend's boat obliterated by three German mines, suffering a scalp wound in the blast, but still managed to paddle ashore to rally his men. "My objective was to kill Germans and stay alive. I managed to do both," he tells Oliver Moody.

In the Guardian, Robert Ashby, of the Glider Pilot Regiment, describes descending too fast - "at 100mph, enough to tear the flaps off" - in the operation to take Pegasus Bridge and Ranville, northern France. He clambered out and was immediately in mortal dread "not of the enemy but of other gliders... They were landing all over the place".

"Typically English I suppose, but the first thing we did in Normandy was to get out the large Thermos flasks and have a mug of tea," he says.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph speaks to Scotsman Jock Hutton who - 70 years after he parachuted into the area - is to jump into the same field at the age of 89. He'd left the battle a little over a fortnight after landing on French soil, wounded by shrapnel which remains embedded in his stomach and which he nicknames "my wee friend". Asked how he thought his jump - in tandem with a current Parachute Regiment member - would go, he reckoned it "should be cushy".

Image copyright Getty Images

The Daily Mail's Paul Harris finds veterans in high spirits as they travel to commemorative events by the Portsmouth-Caen ferry. "They sang and danced, toasted each other with beer and made more than a few saucy comments to the ladies," he writes. "It certainly wasn't like this the first time they invaded Normandy."

The Mirror pictures Royal Navy veteran Harry Grew covered in lipstick left by members of the 40s tribute singers the Candy Girls, who accompanied the travelling party. The paper also remembers one of its staff, Ian Fyfe, who volunteered to join a glider crew in a bid to be one of the first British reporters in France. "Ian's glider never made it. No wreckage was ever recovered and like so many of the fallen soldiers, neither was Ian's body," the paper says.

Meanwhile, the Independent remembers the 10,000 civilians killed as a result of Allied raids in the summer of 1944. "For a dozen Norman towns, this week's 70th anniversary of D-Day will revive memories not of liberation but of obliteration," writes John Lichfield. He hears from Jean Banchet who remembers being "tossed around like pancakes" as a nine-year-old as bombs landed in the fields surrounding a makeshift shelter where he spent half an hour cowering and watching his town burn.

Sliding sales

Image copyright Reuters

Tesco's latest "dismal" quarterly figures - showing a 3.8% fall in like-for-like sales - are front-page news for the Financial Times, and it says the supermarket's boss is making no promises of an improvement.

Philip Clarke reportedly admits mistakes such as having continued to expand for too long and not having moved fast enough to cut prices but, says the Mail, he "won't quit". Nevertheless, the Telegraph's Graham Ruddick reckons some investors will demand his resignation if results don't improve. The writer compares the shareholders' dilemma to Mr Clarke's football team - Liverpool - suffering a record defeat, asking: "Would it be described as a one-off or evidence of deep-rooted problems?"

The Independent's Jane Merrick analyses her mum's shopping strategy - buying fruit and veg in Waitrose, enjoying one of their free coffees, then nipping to Aldi for her staples - to explain why Tesco "in the squeezed middle" is suffering.

However, Alistair Osborne, in the Times, says Mr Clarke's strategy to engender customer loyalty by "cutting prices on everyday lines, such as milk and eggs, while offering fuel savings for its 20 million Clubcard members" isn't working. "A million shoppers can't be wrong," he ventures.

The Guardian's Nils Pratley says the only alternative is "a full-blooded price war", adding: "A chorus of City analysts is advising exactly that course: create some chaos in the knowledge that price wars tend to be won by the biggest beast."

Making people click

Daily Mail: Heartbroken family find inspirational 3,000-word secret message written on back of mirror after daughter, 13, dies of cancer

Financial Times: Hedge funds bet on euro decline

Times: Three Mounties shot dead in gun rampage

Daily Telegraph: Rooney answers critics as tempers fray