The Papers: ‘Brexit mutineers’, and Russian tweets
Under the headline, “The Brexit mutineers”, the Daily Telegraph gives over half of its front page to photographs of Conservative MPs that it says are threatening to block Theresa May’s plans for leaving the EU.
The newspaper says the group – which includes seven former ministers and two select committee chairmen – will join forces with Labour to block new measures that would enshrine the date of leaving into law.
The Independent describes bad-tempered exchanges during last night’s debate in the Commons, which it says regularly spilled over into the question of Brexit itself.
The newspaper quotes the former Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, calling it “an extraordinarily painful process of national self-mutilation I’m required to facilitate”.
The Daily Express says Labour’s leader in the European Parliament has let slip a secret plot to stop Brexit.
It says Richard Corbett wants to ensure Britain remains a full EU member during a two-year “transition period” in the hope the time can be used to overturn the referendum result.
The Zanu-PF Youth League says it will stand by President Mugabe in the face of any threat to his position, the state-run Zimbabwe Herald reports.
Zimbabwe’s military has read out a statement after taking over the national broadcaster, ZBC, saying it has taken action to “target criminals”.
However, it said this was not “a military takeover of government” and President Robert Mugabe was safe.
The Secretary for Youth League Affairs Kudzanai Chipanga says they are prepared to defend President Mugabe’s leadership with their lives.
The Daily Mail reports that half of pensioners are taking at least five drugs a day – and some are on as many as 23.
The number has quadrupled in 20 years, in what the paper calls “a worrying sign of the medicalisation of the elderly”, saying there are calls for older people to have their medication reviewed more often.
But the head of the Royal College of GPs says people are only being prescribed what they need.
France’s fraud squad has been dragged into a “bitter cheese war”, the Daily Telegraph reports, centring on what constitutes a real Camembert.
Independent producers, who use techniques virtually unchanged since the French Revolution, want to stop industrial firms from using the word “Normandy” on packets, saying the flouting of the rules “can no longer be tolerated”.
But Lactalis – the world’s biggest cheesemaker – says removing the label could cost 1,200 jobs.
There are plenty of photos of the athlete Sir Mo Farah after he picked up his knighthood from the Queen on Tuesday.
But it was comments made by the cook Delia Smith, who was at the palace to be made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour, that stood out.
The i reports that she thinks cooking has become “very poncey” and “chefy”.
But the Guardian thinks Ms Smith is “completely wrong”. The paper’s food writer, Tony Naylor, argues her – in his words – “sweeping dismissal” of ornately designed dishes “encapsulates a small-minded English fear of modernity and fuss”.
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The Daily Express calls her words “salty”, but concludes that readers who swear by her cookery course will have no argument with anything she says.
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