The Papers: ‘Wish you were ER II’ and a ‘Waggro’ libel trial

The Papers: ‘Wish you were ER II’ and a ‘Waggro’ libel trial

By BBC NewsStaffImage caption, Many of the front pages feature the Queen’s Speech, delivered for the first time by the heir to the throne, the Prince of Wales. “Wish you were ER II” is Metro’s headline, as it describes a historic occasion with a poignant note – highlighting how Prince Charles looked over at the…

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Many of the front pages feature the Queen’s Speech, delivered for the first time by the heir to the throne, the Prince of Wales. “Wish you were ER II” is Metro’s headline, as it describes a historic occasion with a poignant note – highlighting how Prince Charles looked over at the crown and where his mother would have been.

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“I hope I did you proud, mummy” is the Sun’s headline over an image of Prince Charles sitting in the House of Lords beside the crown. It says he was the first heir to deliver the speech in 202 years, as the Queen was absent due to mobility issues – but sources tell the paper the monarch was “very proud” of her son.

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The Guardian focuses on the speech’s political content, reporting criticism from opposition parties and think tanks that the Conservative Party is “bereft of ideas” about how to alleviate the cost of living crisis. It quotes the Resolution Foundation saying the speech rightly highlighted the need for growth, but “did little to actually bring it about”.

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Promises of “fiscal firepower” from Boris Johnson and hints of extra support for hardworking people are the focus of the Daily Express’s lead story. The paper says the prime minister signalled further help was on the way, but warned against “spending our way” out of the crisis.

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The Times focuses on one of the plans outlined in the speech, allowing neighbours to hold referendums over the style and size of extensions, new homes and conversions on their street. The paper says the new laws will permit “street votes” on whether more loft conversions and conservatories can be built without full planning permission, which ministers hope will encourage more intensive development.

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“Death knell for work from home” cries the Daily Mail, as its lead story homes in on a bill omitted from the Queen’s Speech. Plans in an expected Employment Bill to give staff a right to work from home by default have been axed due to fears it would become impossible to get workers back to their desks, the paper says.

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The Daily Telegraph’s main story says Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is preparing to announce that the UK will unilaterally change the post-Brexit treaty for Northern Ireland as early as next week. The paper says EU leaders threatened a trade war if the UK reneges on commitments made in the 2019 Brexit withdrawal agreement.

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Entrepreneur Elon Musk has called the decision by Twitter to ban former US President Donald Trump from the social network as “morally bad” and “foolish in the extreme”, the Financial Times reports. The billionaire – who agreed to buy Twitter for $44bn but has been critical of its attempts to crack down on hate speech and misinformation – tells the paper he would reverse the ban.

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“Waggro” is the Daily Mirror’s headline on its story about the libel case brought by Rebecca Vardy against fellow footballers’ wife Coleen Rooney. The wife of ex-footballer Wayne Rooney is being sued after claiming Mrs Vardy, the wife of striker Jamie, leaked her private information. The paper says Mrs Vardy told the court she had received a “chilling” and “menacing” phone call by Mrs Rooney following her accusations.

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And the Daily Star covers another footballing controversy as it reports that Lyon star Marcelo was axed from the team for farting and laughing about it. The paper takes its headline from former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s phrase for tense moments of competition: “Squeaky bum time”.

Details of Tuesday’s State Opening of Parliament feature in all the papers.

The Guardian says Boris Johnson has been accused of being “bereft of ideas or purpose”, after the Queen’s Speech failed to include specific measures to tackle the immediate cost of living crisis.

The Daily Mail highlights how the long-awaited Employment Bill was also missing from the government’s legislative programme, sounding what the paper calls the “death knell” for giving staff a default right to work from home.

The Times focuses on the government’s plans to allow residents to hold “street votes” on whether their neighbours should be permitted to develop their homes without full planning permission.

Many of the front pages feature photographs of the Prince of Wales delivering the Queen’s Speech, after mobility problems meant his mother missed the event for the first time in 59 years.

With the headline, “I hope I did you proud, mummy”, the Sun says Prince Charles “looked emotional” as he gave a glimpse of the monarchy’s future.

According to Metro, the Queen’s Speech was missing its “real jewel”, and Prince Charles “seemed to feel it the most, as he gazed across to where she should have been”.

For the Daily Express, the absence of the Queen created a “poignant void”, amid a sense that a long tradition is ending and a new era is beginning.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is preparing to announce that the UK will unilaterally make changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol, after she warned Brussels that its proposals to solve the problems with post-Brexit trading arrangements “would make the situation worse”.

It says the EU is set to retaliate if the UK rips up the protocol by starting dispute proceedings that could develop into a trade war.

One unnamed former minister has told the paper: “Even if it gets through the Commons it will be mullered in the Lords.”

It says US intelligence officials are concerned that Mr Putin could resort to such a tactic if he believes that a failure to win the war constitutes an existential threat to his regime.

Mateusz Morawiecki says the Russian leader’s “monstrous ideology” poses a deadly threat to Europe, and must be rooted out.

With the headline “Waggro”, the Daily Mirror focuses on the first day of what it calls the “long-anticipated libel battle” between two footballers’ wives.

Coleen Rooney is being sued by Rebekah Vardy after Mrs Rooney accused Mrs Vardy of leaking stories about her private life.

The Mirror says the showdown at the High Court kicked off with “claims, counter-claims and a sleazy account of a sexual encounter”.

The Daily Mail describes the so-called “Wagatha Christie” trial as “idiotic, frivolous, yet deliciously entertaining” – and suggests the courtroom drama could rival the legal dispute between the former married actors, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

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