Newspaper review: Papers predict tuition fees clash


Lord Browne's proposals on the funding of universities in England - including the removal of the cap on tuition fees - draw much attention in the papers.

But it is more because, as the Financial Times puts it, they are likely to spark a clash between the coalition parties.

The Independent says they could trigger the first big split of the coalition.

The Guardian says Lib Dem MPs signed a pledge, both before and after the election, to oppose any increase.

For the Sun, the problem is now political - and Lib Dem leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg knows he cannot avoid it, it says.

The Telegraph says the Lib Dems' rejection of higher education reforms would leave the Conservatives trying to push the measure through the Commons alone.

The Times says it understands that the prime minister has appealed to military chiefs not to cut the Territorial Army as part of plans to save money.

The paper itself sets out a case for the TA to be spared.

Equality in Britain

A report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission is widely covered.

Life's winners and losers are laid bare, as the Guardian puts it.

The Telegraph leads on the report's warning that urgent action is needed to help millions of "dutiful, middle-aged" couples who care for their parents and teenage children.

For the Times, the most interesting part is the conclusion that opportunities remain "permanently closed" for many minority groups.

The Mail leads with the collapse of the trial of two Iraqis accused of the murders of six British military policemen.

It says the officers had useless radios, not enough ammunition - and now the dropping of charges against the Iraqis is, according to the paper's headline, the "Final betrayal of the Red Caps".

The Mirror says "it is proper to ask" whether the decision to send in special forces to try to rescue aid worker Linda Norgrove in Afghanistan was the right one in light of her death.

But it "cannot judge until we know exactly what went wrong on the ground".

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