Newspaper review: Three-person IVF features


"What's wrong with having three parents?" asks the leader column in the Independent, which backs the government's decision to allow an IVF procedure using DNA from three people to create a baby.

The paper says the move is good news for the babies who would, without the use of DNA from a healthy female donor, be at risk of inheriting serious genetic disorders .

The Independent also applauds the move as "an example of Britain leading the world", breaking new ground medically and ethically.

Hamburger response

The Sun predicts that motorists will face "a blizzard of cones" as a result of the capital investment programme announced by the government.

The paper is happy though that the roadworks, along with improvements in rail and broadband, will help "drive the growth Britain is desperate for".

But the Guardian says most of what was announced by Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander will not begin to bear fruit for at least three years.

"His pretence that this was some sort of Roosevelt-style New Deal for Britain," the paper says, "was a spin too far and an insult to the intelligence."

After Mr Alexander's boss at the Treasury, George Osborne, tweeted a photo of himself eating a hamburger at his desk, several papers highlight the tongue-in-cheek response of Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, who was praised by the chancellor for being a "model of lean government".

Mr Pickles, described by the Sun as a "cabinet heavyweight", tweeted a picture of himself sitting at his desk eating a salad and carrot sticks.

The Daily Mail says internet pranksters soon worked their magic on Mr Pickles' photo, digitally inserting a bucket of fried chicken.

House prices

The Daily Telegraph believes it can explain why so many tennis players have been slipping over at Wimbledon this week.

After criticism of the playing surface from Maria Sharapova, among others, the All England Club insisted the courts were no different from any other year.

But experts in the turf business have told the the Telegraph that the late spring means the grass is "too lush - and full of sugar".

The paper's gardening writer says London has also been more humid than usual and "everybody's lawn is much greener now than normal".

There are plenty of photos of music fans arriving, all smiles, at the Glastonbury Festival.

And while many are carrying their tents in their rucksacks, the Times says those with deeper pockets have opted for a weekend of "glamping" in more luxurious accommodation.

As well as paying £205 for a standard ticket, festival-goers have been able to book yurts sleeping four people for £600 or six-person tents in the "tipi field" for £950.

There are also £420 hospitality tickets giving their holders access to cleaner toilets, showers and private bars.

Finally, several papers report that Virginia Water in Surrey has become the first town in Britain where the average house price exceeds £1m.

In London's priciest neighbourhood, Kensington, the average property price is now £2.3m.

The Guardian says that means a standard doormat in Kensington, covering two-and-a-half square feet, occupies a space worth about £3,500 pounds.

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