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Newspaper review: UKIP foster decision criticised

Sunday newspapers

The newspapers have nothing but contempt for a decision by Rotherham Borough Council, to remove three children from foster parents because the couple were members of the UK Independence Party.

The People claimed the behaviour was "of George Orwell's thought police" and showed the judgement of those running the council's children's services "has gone off the Richter Scale of commonsense".

The Telegraph brands it a "case beyond parody", while the Sun rejects the social workers' belief that backing UKIP meant the couple supported racist policies. "What utter tosh", it says.

The papers look ahead with some trepidation to the publication this week of Lord Justice Leveson's report on press standards, and what course of action Prime Minister David Cameron will take in response.

In a full-page leader column, the Mail on Sunday urges the prime minister not to betray those who've fought and died to keep a free press and to resist any call for newspapers to be subject to state regulation. .

The Sunday Mirror takes a similar view, insisting that "shackling the press would be a disgraceful and opportunistic over-reaction" to the actions of a small minority of journalists.

The Independent on Sunday suggests a "pragmatic solution", should Lord Justice Leveson recommend some form of state regulation of newspapers.

It says Mr Cameron should legislate, but then hold any new law in reserve, while giving editors a chance to prove that tighter self-regulation can work.

Will Hutton, writing in the Observer, is something of a lone voice, arguing that regulation is necessary "to rebalance the current madnesses".

The Observer also reports on its front page that Tony Blair will make an impassioned plea this week for Britain to remain at the heart of the European Union.

The former prime minister will say that any disengagement from the EU's "top table" would be a disaster for Britain's economy and its power on the world stage.

The Sunday Telegraph has been looking into the life story of the father of the next Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, much of which comes as a surprise to his son.

The paper says Gavin Welby invented an aristocratic English persona in America, where he married, had an affair with a sister of John F Kennedy and later dated the actress, Vanessa Redgrave.

The Mail on Sunday reveals that Cadbury has found a way to make chocolate that does not melt in hot weather.

It says a "revolutionary breakthrough worthy of Willy Wonka" ensures that new bars of Dairy Milk stay completely solid even when exposed to temperatures of 40C (104F) for more than three hours.

Finally, The Sunday Telegraph reports that Portugal has pulled out of next year's Eurovision song contest because of its parlous financial position. Poland is also said to have withdrawn for economic reasons.

The paper said Portugal holds the record for the longest run in the contest without a win. It adds: "They have no euros, and now they will have nil points."

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