Paper review: Post-Woolwich measures mulled


Monday's newspapers report on the various measures being considered by the home secretary in the aftermath of events in Woolwich.

The Times suggests that Theresa May has "provoked a fierce row" by demanding the revival of "the snooper's charter".

It says the home secretary's desire to reintroduce the Communications Data Bill is backed by the security services but opposed by the Lib Dems and civil liberties groups who have warned against "a knee-jerk reaction".

The Daily Express insists it is "time to lock up hate preachers".

The paper claims Mrs May's critics are demanding "drastic action" - including the return of control orders and wider use of immediate deportations.

The Guardian says the home secretary is preparing to unveil "a battery of measures" in an attempt to prevent the radicalisation of British Muslims, including a pledge to "get tough on extremist websites".

'Hell hol'

In an editorial, the paper warns against "the current simplistic climate" arguing there is "not a single piece of evidence" to suggest the Woolwich murder could have been prevented if MI5 had the power to check email records.

Several of the papers feature pictures of Drummer Lee Rigby's distraught family, who visited the scene of his killing on Sunday to lay flowers.

The Daily Telegraph says his mother "sank to her knees" as she was overwhelmed by grief.

The Sun's headline, "hell hol", contrasts her distress with the other image which dominates the front pages: a relaxed David and Samantha Cameron eating lunch on holiday in Ibiza.

The Daily Mirror accuses Mr Cameron of "sunning himself... in the middle of a terrorism crisis".

And the Daily Mail asks: "Is Ibiza chillaxed enough for you, prime minister?"

'Moral issue'

In other news, the Independent has an interview with the chair of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge, in which she argues companies should no longer be allowed to use confidentiality rules to hide how much tax they pay.

Mrs Hodge tells the paper tax is "a moral issue" and suggests a committee of MPs could oversee the financial affairs of large companies in private if they are not prepared to offer full, public disclosure.

Ahead of Wednesday's 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest, the Times has tracked down what it claims to be one of the last surviving Sherpas from the team put together by Sir Edmund Hillary.

It reports how Kanza Sherpa lives "amid the mists of a Buddhist monastery above Kathmandu" and has taken a vow of silence.

Despite "only gestures and smiles" being available, he tells the paper he enjoyed the expedition but feels sad that - Tenzing aside - the Sherpas are not remembered.

Finally, the Daily Telegraph presents evidence that the phrase, "if I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times", was first used by the author Jane Austen.

The paper says she was also responsible for introducing "family portrait", "door-bell" and "breakfast room" into commonplace usage.

Despite this, the Times concludes, the 300 words and phrases credited to her are trounced by Shakespeare, who, it says, can be credited with more than 1,600.

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