Newspaper review: 'Snooper's charter' occupies papers


The Independent reports that the government's plan to introduce a so-called snooper's charter in the wake of the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby faces opposition from the Security Service.

The paper suggests that MI5 has delivered a "rebuke" to Home Secretary Theresa May after officials said that using the killing to justify the introduction of the Communications Data Bill was a "cheap argument".

Writing in the Times, former policing minister Nick Herbert criticises Nick Clegg for previously blocking the data legislation.

The deputy prime minister, he says, "is being irresponsible in preventing the government from bringing the measure forward".

The Daily Mail's headline reveals that patients are 82% more likely to die if they have surgery at the weekend, rather than on a Monday.

The paper says the "shocking findings" by researchers from Imperial College, London, "will add to mounting concern" about poor medical care during anti-social hours.

The Guardian claims the study is "significant" as it is the first to suggest inferior outcomes if patients in Britain elect to be operated on towards the end of the week.

Blood pressure

The improving state of the US economy is the lead story in the Financial Times.

It says house prices rose by 10.9% in March - the largest rise for seven years - and this has helped push consumer confidence to its strongest level for five years.

The FT concludes that the data adds to evidence that the Fed's "ultra-low" interest rates are helping the economy and "setting the stage for strong growth" next year.

The front page of the Daily Express features details of a do-it-yourself test that the paper claims "will save your life".

It reports that people who used a new device to monitor their high blood pressure at home before sending the data to medical staff saw their readings drop further than those who did not.

The Express states that successful trials have taken place and it is now hoped the test can be rolled out "in the near future".

Save party

Several papers feature comments made by the prime minister's former spin doctor Andy Coulson who is quoted as saying that Boris Johnson wants David Cameron to "fail miserably".

The Times says Mr Coulson told GQ magazine that if that were to happen the Mayor of London would then "ride in on his bike to save party and country".

The Independent reports that Mr Coulson "has broken a two-year silence" to publish a 10-point master plan with the aim of rescuing Mr Cameron's premiership.

But it warns that the prime minister "will be wary" that his former employee has revealed details of private conversations and suggests that his return to journalism "could prompt further revelations".

Pipe baby

Finally, many of the papers feature the newborn baby who was discovered alive in a sewage pipe in China.

The Sun and the Daily Mirror both devote their front pages to a picture of the infant, still firmly wedged inside the partially opened pipe.

The Mirror says the baby, who was apparently flushed down the toilet, "has captured hearts around the world" as he recovers from "his amazing ordeal".

The Sun claims the police are treating the case as attempted murder and reveals that the rescue has sparked a "furious response" on Chinese social media networks.

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