Newspaper headlines: Birthday honours and a disruptive President Trump
The Queen's Birthday Honours list has been published and there are, as the Daily Mirror puts it, heroes and zeros. Chief amongst the latter, it says, is the boss of Network Rail, Mark Carne, who's been appointed CBE. Off the rails, says the Daily Mail. Mr Carne, it says, has presided over chaos, with travellers stranded or delayed because of the botched introduction of the new national rail timetable. It quotes Emily Yates of the Association of British Commuters, who calls it a "slap in the face" for rail travellers.
Kenny Dalglish's remarkable life and career has been given the ultimate recognition with a knighthood. He opened the letter, saw a bit of the crown and thought it was the tax man, reports the Mail. "When I was a boy in Glasgow I wouldn't have had the words to give this due testimony." The Guardian notes that King Kenny is to become a knight.
The Times reports that Theresa May's hopes of creating a united front against Russia at the G7 summit in Canada were left in tatters by Donald Trump. It says Mr Trump's call for Russia to rejoin the elite group came as other G7 leaders were already outraged at the US imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium.
It's been quite a week for all things Brexit, with leaked secret tapes, threatened resignations and proposals scorned.
The Daily Mail reports that the prime minister will take her "warring cabinet to Chequers for Brexit peace talks" next month, to "hammer out detailed plans for the UK's future partnership with the EU". Under the headline, Boris the Bold, the Sun says the foreign secretary's comments have been praised by leave-backing Tories. But it also notes the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, ridiculed the comments and called for a more collaborative approach.
Earlier this week it was reported that Brexit Secretary David Davis had threatened to walk unless the so-called 'backstop' to avoid a hard Irish border in the event of no deal wasn't time limited. Yesterday, according to the Guardian, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, dismissed a time limit and said the proposal raised more questions than it answered.
On Mr Johnson's comments about a lack of concessions from the EU, the Times reports Mr Barnier said "we're not going to be intimidated by this form of blame game." The EU's response, according to the Sun, was arrogant, contemptuous and destructive. But the Financial Times believes that the big game talked by Brexiteers, that a deal will be one of the easiest in human history, has "collided, once again with reality".
The Daily Express claims that Theresa May's promise to beef up police powers to tackle moped crime is a victory for the paper and its "Stop the Moped Madness" campaign. The paper says there are 60 attacks by robbers on motorcycles every day in London alone.
The Guardian reports that police officers in London are posing as takeaway delivery drivers as part of an operation to catch moped-ding criminals. The tactic, according to the paper, is part of a range of measures to combat thefts and violent crime of which delivery drivers have frequently been the target. But, says the paper, the officers are there in a purely operational role and are not delivering food.
The papers are full of admiration for the Queen, after news that she continued her duties as usual despite undergoing surgery to remove a cataract last month. The Daily Telegraph said Her Majesty battled on in sunglasses after the procedure, rather than cancelling long-planned engagements. The Sun features the story under the headline "I can see clearly now, my reign goes on".
Several papers carry the news that former England football captain David Beckham and his ex-pop star wife Victoria have been forced to deny rumours they are to divorce. According to the Sun, gossip spread by thousands of social media users have been described as "laughable" by a spokesman for the couple.