The Papers: ‘Poor can’t cook’ says MP and UK signs defence pact

The Papers: ‘Poor can’t cook’ says MP and UK signs defence pact

By BBC NewsStaffImage caption, Several papers feature stories about the rising cost of living, with the Daily Mirror focusing on controversial comments by Conservative MP Lee Anderson. The paper says he accused families of only using food banks because they never learned to cook or budget, and quotes a Lib Dem MP condemning his remarks…

By BBC News
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Several papers feature stories about the rising cost of living, with the Daily Mirror focusing on controversial comments by Conservative MP Lee Anderson. The paper says he accused families of only using food banks because they never learned to cook or budget, and quotes a Lib Dem MP condemning his remarks as “disgraceful”.

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“Can’t cook, won’t cook!” is Metro’s headline, as it reports that Mr Anderson said the poor should cook from scratch and could make meals for as little as 30p.

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The i newspaper focuses on the policy debate, saying Tories are split over plans to try and ease the cost of living – with Chancellor Rishi Sunak resisting extra spending. Scottish Tories are opponents of a possible windfall tax, the paper says.

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But the Daily Mail suggests the chancellor has ordered officials to examine plans for a windfall tax on oil and gas giants. The paper says ministers had repeatedly ruled out the idea, but that Mr Sunak is “alarmed” that companies have done nothing to increase investment in infrastructure despite huge profits.

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The “grim reality” of the cost of living rises are the focus of the Daily Express front page, which is launching a campaign to cut bills for disabled families – featuring the story of a mother forced to choose between eating or keeping her daughter’s life-saving machinery running. The paper’s headline calls it a “desperate cry for help we cannot ignore”.

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A photo of Boris Johnson rowing the Swedish prime minister across a lake accompanies the Daily Telegraph’s story about a defence pact which means the UK would send soldiers to defend Sweden and Finland if Russia invaded. The paper quotes a tweet from Mr Johnson: “We are literally and metaphorically in the same boat.”

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The prime minister is the first leader to explicitly pledge military support for the two Nordic countries, the Times points out. It adds that Mr Johnson said the UK would “very seriously” consider deploying nuclear weapons to protect Sweden and Finland.

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“Revealed: ‘Carbon bombs’ set to trigger climate catastrophe” is the poster-sized warning on the front of the Guardian, as the paper investigates “massive projects” planned by oil and gas companies that threaten to worsen the climate crisis. The paper accuses the firms of cashing in “as the world burns” – unless governments take action.

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The Financial Times focuses on the ongoing row over the post-Brexit trade deal for Northern Ireland, reporting that the EU has vowed to retaliate if the UK rips up the agreement. The paper says the dispute has also caused alarm in Washington, with US President Joe Biden appealing for the UK to show “courage, co-operation and leadership”.

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“Bride of a monster” is the headline on the Sun front page, as the paper reports that serial killer Levi Bellfield – who murdered Milly Dowler – is due to get married in prison. The paper says the news has sparked outrage.

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And the Daily Star sums up in an easily digestible style the latest evidence from Rebecca Vardy, who is suing fellow footballers’ wife Colleen Rooney for libel. The headline reads: “I tried to leak story about footballer, says footballer’s wife who denies leaking stories on footballer’s wife.”

The UK’s new mutual defence pacts with Sweden and Finland are highlighted by the Daily Telegraph, which describes the agreements as a warning shot to Moscow, in case it’s tempted to invade the two Nordic countries.

The agreements were signed yesterday by Boris Johnson, and the Times reports that the prime minister said Britain 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 warming past internationally agreed temperature limits.

It says the companies are in effect placing massive bets against humanity halting climate change, as their huge investments in new fossil fuel production can only pay off if countries fail to cut carbon emissions.

According to the Daily Mail, Chancellor 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.

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” – the plight of a mother from Brighton, Susanne Crosby, who is forced to choose between eating and keeping her disabled daughter’s life-saving machine running.

The paper is urging the government and energy firms to step in with immediate targeted support, such as a £200 grant for hard-hit families. Writing in the Express, Minister for Disabled People Chloe Smith insists the government is taking “decisive action” to help carers.

The Daily Mirror accuses him of being “out of touch“, and claims the “facile” remark shows that the Tories would rather blame others than take responsibility for the crisis unfolding on their watch.

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”.

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The annual conference of a civil servants union will later be told that work should no longer be considered a “place”, according to a leaked copy of its agenda seen by the Daily Telegraph.

The paper says members of the FDA union are in “open revolt” against the government’s plan to get them back to the office and are instead calling for permanent flexible working arrangements in “neutral” locations.

The Daily Mail claims the head of the FDA is set to take an “extraordinary swipe” at the cabinet minister leading the drive to end working from home.

It says Dave Penman will denounce notes left on empty desks in the Cabinet Office by Jacob Rees-Mogg as “crass, condescending and passive-aggressive”.

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