Newspaper review: Papers dissect economic measures


The government's various strategies for economic recovery come under scrutiny in most of the newspapers.

The Daily Telegraph reports on David Cameron's hint at the CBI that the cap on skilled workers entering the UK may be eased to help firms short on staff.

The Sun says the prime minister piled pressure on banks to make more loans available to small businesses.

While the Financial Times says business leaders liked Mr Cameron's CBI promise of a "relentless" growth focus.

Labour leak

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, is criticised in the Daily Mirror for saying there is no alternative to spending cuts.

It claims investment, growth and a slower deficit reduction programme would safeguard jobs.

The Times says it has seen an internal Labour Party document which admits its economic policy lacks meat.

It is also said to warn the coalition's cuts may not be much deeper than those once proposed by Alistair Darling.

Champagne lifestyle

The Daily Mail describes the spending cuts as "vital", saying the challenge now is to stick to the agreed strategy.

The Independent says the NHS will face a £6bn funding gap by the year 2015 as the rising cost of drugs and wages outstrip relative budget protections.

And the Daily Telegraph tells us anti-psychotic drugs given to dementia sufferers are to be greatly reduced.

The Daily Star directs its anger at photographs of Wayne Rooney in Dubai, sipping champagne at £50 a glass.

Sony Walkman

A new contraceptive gel could take over from the pill as it is so easy to use and has no side effects, according to the Daily Express.

Hormones to prevent pregnancy are absorbed through the skin.

The Times marks the end of the road for the first mass market portable music device, the Sony Walkman.

Finally, the Guardian reports the death of the much-loved reggae musician from Jamaica, Gregory Isaacs, 59, who had been suffering from cancer.

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