Newspaper headlines: Brexit trade speech and No 10 adviser resigns

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People bail water out of flooded homes after the River Wye burst its banks in Ross-on-Wye, western England, on February 17, 2020,Image source, Getty Images
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More rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours which could further affect towns like Ross-on-Wye

Many of Tuesday's newspapers continue to focus on the flooding caused by Storm Dennis, which an expert tells the Daily Mirror now represents a "national emergency".

Angela Terry, an environmental scientist, says the response so far - including sending in the army to fill sandbags - amounts to a "sticking plaster".

"Where the floody hell is Boris?" the Sun asks.

"The prime minister is in danger of misjudging the public mood," its leader column says.

"Whole communities are under water for the second time in months... but Boris Johnson is nowhere to be seen."

The Daily Mail says a "No 10 source" has told it that the prime minister is concerned that if he took part in a "PR stunt" in a flood-hit area, he would just "get in the way".

The Mail's editorial gives that excuse short shrift. "Get your feet wet, Boris," it says.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the UK should get used to the current scenes of inundated homes and businesses.

It reports that ministers are to announce a "radical policy shift" which will see the Environment Agency consider flooding an inevitable part of climate change.

Instead of spending millions on "limitlessly high walls" and barriers, the government will instead help people rebuild water-damaged homes or move away from flood-risk areas.

The former environment minister, Owen Paterson, tells the Telegraph that is a "cop out."

No 10 disagreement

Meanwhile, the Times says Boris Johnson is at odds with senior Downing Street advisers, including Dominic Cummings, over plans to scrap the BBC licence fee and replace it with a voluntary subscription.

On Sunday, it was reported that Downing Street wanted to "whack" the corporation.

But the Times says it's been told by an ally of Mr Johnson that he's "not as gung-ho on the licence fee as Dom", adding: "With the PM it's more reform than revolution".

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Dominic Cummings, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's special adviser

Many of the papers digest the resignation of the Downing Street adviser and self-styled "super-forecaster" Andrew Sabisky, following criticism of alleged past remarks on pregnancies, eugenics and race

The Daily Mail says the 28-year-old had been one of the first to respond to an appeal from Dominic Cummings - the prime minister's most powerful aide - for "weirdos and misfits".

The Daily Telegraph calls it an "embarrassing setback" for Mr Cummings - a man whose "abrasive approach" to government, the Guardian suggests, is causing "consternation" among some Tories.

Royal divorce

The Daily Express leads on what it says is the Queen's "sorrow" over the divorce of the Earl of Snowdon and his wife, Serena.

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The Earl and Countess of Snowdon were pictured together at a premiere in October 2017

The paper says it's a particularly "bitter blow" coming as it does just a week after the Queen's grandson, Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn, announced their separation.

Meanwhile, several of the papers reflect on the Amazon boss, Jeff Bezos, announcing he will give $10bn (£7.7bn) to fighting climate change.

The Times notes that it follows previous criticism of Mr Bezos for focusing on spending his wealth on grand projects - such as a £42m giant clock, which will allegedly last 10,000 years in a cave in Texas.

"What is the point of saving?" is the Daily Mail's headline, as it reports that National Savings and Investments has "slashed" interest rates to "rock-bottom" levels, and cut its prizes.

Instead of trying to reverse the "race to the bottom" savers face, the Mail says, the government is "joining it".

Its editorial urges the new Chancellor Rishi Sunak to "make his mark" by overturning the cuts in the forthcoming budget.

According to the Times, Mr Sunak could have other priorities, as it reports he and the prime minister are considering cutting pension tax relief for higher earners.

It says the Treasury has drawn up plans to reduce it from 40 to 20 per cent, a move that would raise £10bn a year.

Currently, the wealthy get more relief than lower earners. "If that's levelling up then I'm a flying pig," a government source tells the Times.

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Rishi Sunak became the new chancellor last week

Meanwhile, the Financial Times covers the collapse of Laundrapp, which - it says - was originally conceived of as the "Uber of dry cleaning."

One of the City's best known investors, Michael Spencer, is among those the FT says has been "taken to the cleaners."

He tells the paper losing the millions he put in had been a "nasty sting" but "that's entrepreneurship".

Finally, flying pigs may be notable by their absence but, the Guardian reports, insects including dragon flies seem to be becoming increasingly common.

It says they, along with mosses and lichens, appear to be bucking the trend of UK wildlife loss.

The data has been gathered through observations by the general public - a demonstration that researchers say illustrates the power of "citizen science" and proves that "anyone can contribute to impactful research".