Newspaper headlines: Holiday 'police' to visit homes amid travel 'chaos'

By BBC News

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Several front pages carry images of the scenes of ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinians.

The Guardian's photo shows an injured child being tended to, with the caption "De-escalate, orders Biden. US president talks tough to Netanyahu".

"Hopes rise for end to lockdown next month" is the main headline for the Times, which says hospital admissions remain flat in hotspots of the Indian Covid variant.

The Guardian has a different take. Its front page suggests that plans for further easing of Covid restrictions in June "may be diluted" after a sharp rise in cases of the variant.

The Daily Mail leads with the news that Britons who decide to go ahead with a holiday in amber-list countries will face spot checks at home when they return - to ensure they observe the official 10-day quarantine period.

The paper says Home Secretary Priti Patel is stepping up the checks, with 30,000 carried out last week.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the BBC-commissioned Dyson inquiry into how Martin Bashir obtained his 1995 Panorama interview with Princess Diana will find him guilty of deceit and breaching corporation guidelines when it is published later. It adds that he has declined to comment publicly, citing poor health.

Meanwhile, "BBC bosses braced for damning report" is the headline of the i.

"Humph still rules Whitehall" is the Sun's verdict on the Social Mobility Commission's report - referencing the fictional mandarin Sir Humphrey Appleby, from the TV series 'Yes Minister'.

The study finds that just 18% of senior civil servants are from working class or low socio-economic backgrounds - compared with 19% in 1967.

The Times says that staff who took part in the study reported feeling excluded because of their regional accents, or by the use of Latin in meetings.

Rail revolution

"Season tickets go Flexi" is the Metro's headline as it tells readers that plans for the biggest rail shake-up in 25 years will reflect emerging post-pandemic working patterns.

The Daily Telegraph focuses on plans for ownership and control in its coverage suggesting that the new publicly owned Great British Railway, which will centralise operations as franchising ends, is 'British Rail' under a new name.

It carries criticism too, from those who oppose what they see as "nationalisation by the back door".

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Several papers carry the news that there is to be one final novel from the espionage and thriller writer John Le Carre.

The Guardian reports that Le Carre gave permission for his completed final manuscript to be published before he died in December.

His son, Nick Cornwell describes 'Silverview', which will be released in October, as 'fierce and forensic' and a superb searching of the soul of the modern secret intelligence service.