Today’s news summary – Paper Talk
‘King’s Speech will see Monarch shred eco-policy’
Tuesday’s front pages cover a variety of stories.
Breast cancer drug trials
Several of Tuesday’s front pages report that almost 300,000 women at risk of breast cancer are to be offered a drug that trials have shown could help prevent the disease.
NHS England boss Amanda Pritchard writes in the Telegraph that it marked a “new era for cancer prevention” A similar sentiment from the National Clinical Director for Cancer, Professor Peter Johnson, who in a comment piece for the Daily Express calls the announcement “genuinely great news”. The Times says the drug costs 4p a day and will save the NHS around £15m in treatment costs.
The i newspaper reports on Tuesday’s King’s Speech and says it will see the monarch “forced to announce a shredding of eco-policy.”
The King will have to “hide his true feelings as he heralds a new era of oil and gas exploration,” the paper says, noting the Monarch has long campaigned on climate issues.
The Times says new legislation for driverless vehicles will clear the way for buses, grocery deliveries and farm machinery to operate autonomously by the end of the decade.
The Guardian picks up on warnings from the UN about overcrowding in shelters in Gaza. A UN official at a compound in the southern city of Khan Younis has told the paper there is one toilet for up to 800 people and no room to sleep. The official says that everyone is just “concentrating on survival”.
The Daily Mail reports a 78-year-old poppy seller who was caught up in a pro-Palestinian rally in Edinburgh tells the paper he was punched and kicked by protesters.
The Financial Times says that accountancy firm PwC is planning to axe up to 600 jobs in the UK after the number of resignations dropped below average. Sources have told the paper that a voluntary redundancy programme will be launched, but roles will be cut on a compulsory basis if not enough people opt to leave.
The Sun says Prince Harry and Meghan Markle travelled to a gig on a private plane owned by a Texas oil tycoon. The paper reports the duke is the face of a sustainable travel initiative and says the couple have been branded “eco-hypocrites”.
The final series of The Crown
Several of the papers report on comments from an interview with the actress Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Princess Diana in the final series of the Crown – released next week. The Mail says the actress found the experience of filming Diana’s final 24 hours “very demanding” and says she was redacted to tears whilst shooting the scenes surrounding her death.
The Mirror quotes her as saying she felt she was carrying “profound sadness” when filming the scenes.