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Newspaper headlines: ‘March for change’, and quarantine travel ‘chaos’

Newspaper headlines: ‘March for change’, and quarantine travel ‘chaos’


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“The march for change” is the lead story on the front page of the Daily Mirror, as thousands took part in anti-racism protests across the UK at the weekend. The lead image is of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston being toppled and thrown into Bristol harbour.

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Also leading on the protests across the UK, the Daily Mail’s headline is “lawless and reckless”. The paper reports comments by Home Secretary Priti Patel condemning the toppling of the Colston statue. The Mail also pictures a memorial to Winston Churchill in London which was defaced. Graffiti sprawled on the statue called the former British prime minister “a racist”. The paper reports comments by Ms Patel describing the actions of a “thuggish minority” as “disgraceful vandalism”.

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The government has been accused of “ignorance” on racism in the UK for suggesting that protests are driven only by anger about prejudice in the US, according to the Guardian. Shadow justice secretary David Lammy said it was “real ignorance” to suggest protesters were only angry about the police’s actions across the Atlantic, with Labour MP Dawn Butler saying the government is “not listening” and lacks commitment to resolve “issues of racism in our own country”. Earlier, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he did not think the UK was racist. The paper also reports that people who have died at home alone from Covid-19 have not been found for up to two weeks.

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“Quarantine won’t work, Home Office concedes,” is the headline on the front page of the Daily Telegraph. The paper reports that travel plans risk descending into “chaos” as new restrictions on people arriving into the UK comes into force on Monday. Citing a leaked Home Office document, the Telegraph says there is no way for officials to ensure details of those filling in a form at ports of entry are genuine and fines will only be issued if they are obviously false.

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Meanwhile, the Times reports that Britons will be offered a “flood” of cheap airline seats and package holidays as firms try to lure “nervous” travellers abroad, according to industry experts. The paper also reports that Boris Johnson is due to announce tough new laws to stop foreign takeovers that present a risk to UK national security. It comes as concern grows over the influence of China. Companies that do not report attempted takeovers that could present security risks could see bosses hit with fines, disqualification or even jail, the paper adds.

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“Stay at home warning for northern cities,” is the lead story on the front page of the i. English mayors, concerned by high reproduction rates in different regions, have urged millions to stay under lockdown – contrary to guidance being issued by Westminster. The paper also reports comments from a government scientific adviser that the UK’s “late response” cost many lives, plus the PM’s desire to open up the economy to avoid mass unemployment.

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Keeping the focus on the economy, the Daily Express headlines on Mr Johnson’s “battle plan to save 3m jobs”. The paper reports that the PM will fire the starting gun to kickstart the economy before 3.5 million jobs are “lost forever”. Mr Johnson will tell ministers to find a way of lifting lockdown by mid-summer and keep workers in their jobs, the paper adds.

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The Financial Times headlines on warnings from the shipping industry that up to 400,000 crew are stranded at sea or at home by the global pandemic, leading to a trade “logjam”. One industry expert tells the paper the situation is a “ticking time bomb”, with growing concerns over the supply chain, rising fatigue and the safety of staff. The paper also reports that ministers have identified 22 June as the date when they want pubs and restaurants to reopen. The hospitality sector was not due to open until 4 July.

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The Daily Star’s lead story is on the “weather shocker” that Britain could be hit with hosepipe bans despite hail and downpours over the weekend. The dry spring and hot summer could mean “large parts” of the country will be at risk of wildfires, the paper reports.

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