The Guardian – Desperate, deluded PM clings to power
The Guardian describes the prime minister as “desperate and deluded” as he refuses to resign.
Boris Johnson was locked in an unprecedented standoff with his own cabinet on Wednesday, as he clung to power after an extraordinary day that saw more than 40 resignations, and the sacking of Michael Gove.
The prime minister appeared determined to fight on, despite a delegation of senior cabinet ministers, including the home secretary, Priti Patel, and the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, personally urging him to resign.
Today's Headlines - Summarised
The Guardian leads with the Bank of England’s warning that the UK is in a recession and interest rates may need to go higher. The paper reports the Bank of England (BoE) has warned Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng the country is already in recession, after the economy shrank for the second quarter in a row. The paper also notes the BoE hiked interest rates by half a percent on Thursday, continuing its efforts to reduce inflation.
The Guardian says Catholics outnumber Protestants in Northern Ireland for the first time, a demographic milestone for a state that was designed a century ago to have a permanent Protestant majority.
The Guardian says Donald Trump’s legal perils have become insurmountable and could snuff out the former US president’s hopes of an election-winning comeback, according to political analysts and legal experts.
The Guardian says Liz Truss has dismissed as “sabre-rattling” Vladimir Putin’s warning that Russia will use “all the means at our disposal” to protect itself, warning in her UN speech: “This will not work.”
The Guardian says Kwasi Kwarteng will tighten benefit rules for part-time workers, requiring them to work longer hours or take steps to increase their earnings.
The Guardian says A Briton who was threatened with execution after being captured by Russian forces during the siege of Mariupol has been released alongside four other Britons and five international prisoners after the intervention of Saudi Arabia.