Today’s news summary – Paper Talk
Several of Thursday’s front pages lead with stories about the rising cost of living.
The Daily Mirror leads with controversial comments by Conservative MP Lee Anderson accusing him of being “out of touch” and claims the “facile” remark shows the Tories would rather blame others than take responsibility for the crisis unfolding on their watch.
The Metro says the Tory backbencher ‘provoked’ outrage when he claimed families were using food banks because they lacked cooking and household budgeting skills. The paper says Anderson ‘blamed’ poor people for being ‘unable to cook’ leading to the surge for food banks.
The Daily Star points out that Mr Anderson claimed more than £220,000 pounds in expenses in a year – and notes that he made his comments in the Commons, where a subsidised dining room offers chicken and caramelised onion with tarragon and chive jelly “for only £2.84”.
The Daily Express has launched a campaign to “end the disability bills crisis” amid the rising cost of living. Its headline highlights what it calls a “desperate cry for help we cannot ignore.”
UK’s defence pact with Sweden and Finland
The Daily Telegraph reports the new mutual defence pacts with Sweden and Finland as a warning shot to Moscow, in case Russia is tempted to invade the two Nordic countries.
The Times reports, that the agreements that were signed yesterday by the PM, said Britian would “very seriously” consider deploying nuclear weapons to protect the sovereignty of Sweden and Finland.
The Guardian claims to have uncovered evidence that the world’s biggest fossil fuel firms are quietly planning scores of so-called “carbon bomb” oil and gas projects that would drive global warning past internationally agreed temperature limits.
The front page of the Daily Mail claims Rishi Sunak is warming to the idea of an energy windfall tax after becoming alarmed that oil and gas giants have failed to invest sufficiently in infrastructure, despite earning enormous profits.