Sunday Papers – ‘Afghan blame game Erupts’ & ‘UK out of Afghan after 20 years’
Sunday’s papers focus heavily on the end of the UK’s 20-year involvement in Afghanistan. The papers are dominated by the fate of ‘those left behind’ and the Foreign Office is accused of ‘negligence in preparing escape routes and that up to 9,000 people who could have been eligible to be evacuated will be left behind.’
The Observer – ‘Ministry ignored frantic pleas to help Afghans’
The Observer says that the Foreign Office ignored “frantic pleas to help Afghans”. The paper reports that thousands of emails to the ministry from MPs and charities have gone unread.
Read the full story on The Guardian
The Sunday Times – ‘Afghan blame game erupts’
The Sunday Times says the “Afghan blame game erupts” as the last British troops fly out of the country. It reports that ministers and officials have accused the Foreign Office of negligence in preparing escape routes and that up to 9,000 people who could have been eligible to be evacuated will be left behind.
Read the full story on the Times
Sunday Express – ‘PM: We’ll be forever grateful’
The Sunday Express quotes the prime minister saying “We’ll be forever grateful” and says he heaped praise on the armed forces. It also reports on a “miracle baby girl” born on one of the mercy flights to the UK.
Read the full story on the Daily Express
Sunday Mirror – ‘Brit troops leave Afghan: Our blood is on your hands’
The Sunday Mirror leads on a message from a translator hiding from the Taliban who says his blood will be on Boris Johnson’s hands if he is killed. The Afghan, who worked with UK troops for five years, suffered a beating at Kabul airport and fled for his life with his family.
Read the full story on the Daily Mirror
Mail on Sunday – ‘Charles for sale’ & ‘Wills and Kate move to Windsor’
The Mail on Sunday reports on ‘two major royal exclusives’. Firstly, a “cash for access” scheme involving Prince Charles. It says his foundation has launched an ethics investigation, said to be at the prince’s request, after an email showing how wealthy donors could pay £100,000 to secure a lavish dinner with the heir to the throne was seen by the paper. A spokesman for the Prince of Wales says he was unaware of a cut being taken by middlemen and his foundation has severed links with the two men involved in the scheme.
Secondly, Prince William and Kate are reportedly considering a move to Windsor.
Read the full story on the Daily Mail
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