“We’ll go our own Huawei”, is the Metro’s headline, channelling Fleetwood Mac as it reports on the prime minister’s U-turn on allowing the Chinese company to be part of the UK’s 5G network. Tory backbenchers have criticised the initial decision to allow the technology firm’s involvement in 5G infrastructure.
The Huawei story leads the Financial Times as well, with the paper focusing on the UK government’s decision creating “fury in Beijing”. The paper says the delay will cost £2bn but has also been criticised by Conservative MPs as firms will have until 2027 to strip the Chinese company’s technology out of their systems.
The i says a “China crisis looms” after the UK pulls the plug on Huawei, warning that diplomatic relations with Beijing have plunged over the PM’s U-turn.
The U-turn on Huawei puts the rollout of 5G at risk, according to the Guardian. The paper says small towns and rural areas will be hardest hit by delays of up to three years. It also carries a story on Covid-19 outbreaks being 20 times more likely at large care homes. There is also a court sketch of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell who has been denied bail by a US judge.
The Daily Mail leads on Ghislaine Maxwell, who has been accused of grooming girls for her former partner Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender, to abuse. The paper speaks of “Ghislaine’s tears” as she is told “you must stay in jail” ahead of her trial. Ms Maxwell, who pleaded not guilty, will go on trial in July 2021.
The Daily Telegraph says face masks will soon be recommended in offices as measures to stop the coronavirus pandemic expand. The paper says ministers are considering advising people to wear face coverings in all public spaces, having made them compulsory in shops. It carries a picture of cabinet ministers Liz Truss and Michael Gove leaving a shop, the former masked and the latter not.
The Daily Mirror also focuses on face masks, saying they will be worn in shops until next year. Its lead story says the rules will remain in place until a vaccine is found. A picture of Vernon Kaye also makes it on to the front as the paper says he has signed up for the next series of ITV reality show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!
Vernon Kaye and his “£250k jungle pay day” also features on the Daily Express front, but the paper leads on a call for a £45,000 cap on care costs from former No 10 adviser Sir Andrew Dilnot. He described the current system as a “stain on our nation”.
The Times front page warns of a “threat of homes tax to pay” for the coronavirus pandemic. The story says Chancellor Rishi Sunak has ordered a review into capital gains tax which could lead to “the Treasury clawing back billions from homeowners and investors”. The Office of Budget Responsibility says £160bn in higher taxes or austerity will be needed to make up the deficit caused by the outbreak, the paper reports.
The Daily Star carries a story about aliens. There is also a picture of ITV’s lead football commentator Clive Tyldesley, who is being replaced, under the headline “They think it’s all over…” reflecting the famous commentary of England’s 1966 World Cup success.
The government’s U-turn on Huawei is the lead for the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Metro and the i,
which has the headline: “China crisis looms as UK pulls the plug on Huawei.”
the FT’s view, the decision to deny the Chinese company a role in Britain’s 5G network is the correct one and is based on changing circumstances – but it will come at a substantial cost, both to the mobile telecoms industry and consumers.
the Times, one uncertainty is how Beijing will retaliate. It says that at a time when Britain is withdrawing from the world’s biggest trading block, any loss of access to what has for many years been the world’s fastest growing major economy could further weaken its global position.
A number of papers report that the chancellor has ordered a review of capital gains tax – prompting fears,
the Telegraph says, of a raid on the wealthy to help pay for the cost of coronavirus. The paper says Rishi Sunak has asked officials to consider how exemptions from the tax – which is paid on the profits from the sale of property and investments – could be reformed or scrapped. The Times, which leads on the story, reports that he may be considering raising the historically low rates of capital gains tax to the same levels as income tax.
Several papers have archive pictures of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell alongside reports of her court hearing. On its front page,
the Guardian carries a sketch of her appearance by video link, looking drawn and with her hair pulled back.
A courtroom sketch of Ghislaine Maxwell, who appeared in court via video link
For its main story,
the Telegraph says it has learnt that face coverings could soon be recommended in all public places, including offices and other workplaces. According to the paper, officials have begun private talks with groups representing major employers amid growing fears over the prospect of a second wave of Covid-19 infections.
And the government’s decision to make the wearing of face masks compulsory in shops in England – they are already mandatory in Scotland – prompts many papers to consider how masks can make us safe as well as chic.
The Times says we can expect no end of sartorial spin as we attempt to make them look stylish. The Mirror has pictures of celebrities “leading the way” with what it calls plain colours to bright gingham and totally wild styles. Whatever your style, the Mail says, designers are using their skills to stitch masks in an array of fabrics, vibrant colours and patterns. It reports that one Italian brand is offering a “trikini” – a mask and bikini set.
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