Today’s news summary – Paper Talk
Wednesday’s front pages are dominated by the news the planned deportation flight to Rwanda was cancelled last minute following the intervention of the European Court of Human Rights.
Most of the front pages also feature a picture of England’s Jonny Bairstow celebrating his stunning century during his side’s Test victory over New Zealand.
Metro and the Daily Mirror both call the whole situation a “farce” – “Rwandan air farce” says the Metro which reports those due to be transported to Africa were waiting on the runway. Whilst the Daily Mirror calls it “a cruel farce” on its front page and accuses the Tory government of an “immoral” stunt – at a cost of £500,000 to the taxpayer.
The i newspaper takes a different approach. The paper questions whether the deportation policy is working as a deterrent, highlighting how hundreds of migrants crossed the Channel as the legal arguments continued.
Whilst the Independent reports that several opponents of the scheme have suffered racist abuse on social media. The list includes several Labour politicians including Sadiq Khan, David Lammy and Diane Abbott – who have been targeted by posts saying they should be “sent to Rwanda.”
The Guardian suggests the plan to deport thousands of asylum seekers to Rwanda was “plunged into chaos” as a result of the ruling and calls it a “significant blow” for Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The Daily Telegraph looks at the potential consequences of the intervention. The paper says it could prompt UK ministers to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights, with a government source calling it “appalling.”
The Daily Mail’s Whitehall source told the paper the decision is “an abomination.”
The Daily Express’s headline says there was “fury” at the development, with another unnamed insider laying blame on “lefty lawyers exploiting the system to block the removal of those who have no right to be here.”
The Sun takes aim at the so-called “liberal elite” relentlessly attacking the policy, with the paper moaning the opponents of the scheme have failed to offer a solution to stop people trafficking.