#AceNewsReport – Apr.24: Saturday’s front pages are dominated by Dominic Cummings’ attack on the prime minister.
Cummings declares war on Johnson”, is the headline on the front page of the i. The paper says Mr Cummings has attacked the prime minister’s character, questioning Mr Johnson’s “competence and integrity”.The Guardian says Mr Cummings used a lengthy post on his personal blog to deny any leaking of the prime minister’s text messages. Mr Johnson had behaved in a way he considered “mad and totally unethical”, the paper says.
Newspaper headlines: ‘Cummings declares war on PM’ and ‘No masks by the summer’
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A No 10 source is quoting by the paper as saying the prime minister was “saddened about what Dom is doing” and said the former Downing Street adviser was “bitter about what’s happened since he left” in November.The Daily Telegraph leads on the “war” between Mr Cummings and Mr Johnson. But its front page also carries a message from government scientists who say face masks may not be needed this summer as the vaccine does the “heavy lifting” in the battle against coronavirus. However, it says some experts have called for masks to remain in place to prevent a new surge of infections.”Smile! No masks by the summer”, is the headline on the Daily Express, which also reports that face masks could be ditched this summer. The paper quotes a senior source as saying there is nothing in the data to throw off course plans to remove social contact limits in England on 21 June.The Daily Star says a Great White Shark is heading to Britain. Its front page picture features of mock-up of Boris Johnson as a swimmer and Dominic Cummings as a diver alongside a shark.
The i is one of many to say the former Downing Street chief adviser’s blog post declared war on Boris Johnson. The paper’s editor Oliver Duff calls it a character assassination “motivated by bug-eyed revenge”, made all the more remarkable by the “blind loyalty” the PM showed him last summer.
The Sun questions why Mr Johnson risked incurring the wrath of his former strategist when the leaks of text messages between himself and the businessman Sir James Dyson “were not even seriously damaging”.
The leader in the Times says the matter calls Mr Johnson’s judgement into question and puts the focus firmly on the issue of his integrity.
Elsewhere, the papers feature the sub-postmasters cleared of financial crimes by the Court of Appeal on Friday.
The Sun’s leader urges action to be taken against the Post Office bosses who pushed for the prosecutions, saying “the scale of the injustice boggles the mind”.
Writing in the Daily Express, Reverend Richard Coles – who has campaigned for the convictions to be overturned – calls for those responsible to be held to account to ensure trust can be restored in the company and the entire justice system.
The former Olympic long jump champion, Greg Rutherford, has told the Guardian he is aiming to become the first British person to win a medal at a summer and winter games.
The 34-year-old, who retired from athletics in 2018 – six years after winning a gold medal in London 2012 – is aiming to be selected for the Team GB bobsleigh squad for next year’s Winter Olympics.
He tells the paper he believes he’s got a “100% chance” of making the podium in Beijing, despite still having never actually sat in a bobsleigh.
Finally, the Times reports on a trial of new satellite technology that could make visiting tourist hotspots around the UK a much less stressful experience.
The system analyses the number of cars parked at popular destinations to assess how crowded they are likely to be, and can even work when there is heavy cloud cover.
A trial will be launched in Cornwall, the Lake District and Northern Ireland next year to test its effectiveness, with tourists able to input their travel plans and be advised on better times to visit desirable places, or be recommended good alternatives.
The Guardian also features news that 39 postal staff who were wrongly accused of theft and fraud have been cleared after a huge miscarriage of justice.Mr Cummings says he has WhatsApp messages, emails and documents to support his claims and he would be prepared to hand them over to a parliamentary inquiry, the Times says. THE GREAT POST OFFICE TRIAL: A decade-long battle and a miscarriage of justice
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