Newspaper review: Focus on Tom Watson's resignation


The resignation of Labour's Tom Watson as the party's election co-ordinator amid the row about Unite's influence on candidate selection in Falkirk generates many headlines.

The Independent concludes that Labour is "in crisis" with the Conservative chairman Grant Shapps, telling the paper that Tom Watson's resignation is a clear vote of no confidence in Ed Miliband.

In an opinion piece in the Times, Philip Collins says the shenanigans show that Mr Miliband has not persuaded the public that he cuts it as a leader.

The Sun, meanwhile, says the episode shows Labour are not fit to run a bath, let alone the country.

The Daily Mirror, usually Labour's staunchest ally, says Mr Watson's resignation will give him free rein to "shoot from the hip" and demand the party delivers on the radical programme of reforms it promised in 2007.

Staying with politics, according to the Daily Telegraph, almost 150 MPs have used their children to claim more expenses.

The paper says the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has given MPs special dispensation to claim higher expenses to rent bigger properties and to pay for their children's travel.

'New life'

There continues to be widespread coverage of the events in Egypt, with the Guardian predicting the country is preparing for a backlash after the Muslim Brotherhood called for a "day of rejection" following a widespread crackdown on its leadership by the country's new interim president.

Writing in the Independent, Robert Fisk, asks when a coup is not a coup and concludes it is when the United States decides not to call it one.

In an editorial the paper is emphatic, the overthrow of an elected leader, ousted by the military and at the behest of a mob, is a coup d'etat.

For Fraser Nelson, writing in the Daily Telegraph, the events of the last 48 hours have been like watching a videotape of the Arab Spring played backwards.

He says the ballot box has been kicked away, the constitution torn up, the military has announced the name of a puppet president and the crowds have gone wild with joy in Tahrir Square.

The Daily Mail says there is "fury" at the news that Jon Venables, one of the killers of the toddler James Bulger, is to be freed again.

The Sun says it is "new life number four" for the killer, with yet another new identity and it's costing the taxpayer £5m.

The Independent says James Bulger's family are dismayed by what they call a "wrong decision".

Bigger than Beatles

"Every Chance Madeleine is alive" is the front page headline in the Daily Telegraph which reports on a new Scotland Yard investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal six years ago.

The headline is replicated in the Daily Express and Daily Star.

But the Guardian's coverage is more cautious. It says British detectives are targeting 38 potential suspects from five countries as they try to find out what happened to Madeleine.

Many papers pay tribute to the singer, Bernie Nolan, who has died at the age of 52 after a long battle against breast cancer.

The Times says that the singer wanted the disease to "get stuffed" so she could be around for her 14-year-old daughter's 21st birthday.

Her sister Coleen tells the Daily Star that the family are "devastated" and that "a light has gone out for ever".

The Guardian recalls that the Nolan Sisters' biggest hit "I'm in the mood for dancing" became so popular in Japan that the band reportedly outsold the Beatles there.

Secret message

Several papers look forward to the Wimbledon semi-final between Andy Murray and Poland's Jerzy Janowicz.

The Daily Mail features a front page photo of the 6ft 8in Janowicz tearing off his shirt and a caption which reads "look out Andy - Jerzy the giant wants to rip you apart".

The Daily Telegraph says that Murray will draw inspiration from former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who watched him win his epic five set quarter final.

Murray tells the paper that Sir Alex gave him some advice on how to handle the pressure but said he would be keeping the comments, described as "gold dust", a secret.

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