Newspaper headlines: Cummings accused of leaks and a beaming Prince Louis
Published: April,23: 2021: With Kindness & Wisdom
#AceNewsReport – Apr.23: Several of Friday’s front pages report on claims from a Downing Street source that the prime minister believes his former aide Dominic Cummings has been leaking his texts. The Times quotes the source as saying Mr Cummings was “engaged in systematic leaking” and “bitter about what’s happened since he left”. The paper says Mr Cummings did not respond to its requests for comment.”Dom’s a text maniac,” is how the Sun headlines the story. It says insiders say Boris Johnson is “deeply disappointed and saddened” that texts he sent were made public.The Daily Telegraph says Mr Cummings is seen by No 10 sources as the prime suspect in leaking of messages which implicated Mr Johnson in two separate lobbying scandals. The paper says the “revelation” threatens to “reignite the damaging briefing war which erupted in Downing Street after the former adviser was forced out in November.”
Elsewhere, the paper – like many others – features a picture of Prince Louis as he celebrates his third birthday on Friday.The Daily Mail also features the same photo of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s youngest child, beaming as he arrives on his bike for his first day of nursery. In its main story, the paper says the government rebuffed calls to review the limit on 30 mourners at funerals in England. “Show them some pity,” it says.”Prince of Wheels,” puns the Daily Mirror next to the photograph of Prince Louis, which the paper says was taken by his mother Catherine.
Elsewhere, the paper reports that Britons could be “holidaying in the Costas by June” after a tourism minister said Spain is finally ready to have visitors again.”Time to step up!” is the headline on the front page of the Metro, referencing an online meeting of 40 world leaders where they discussed tackling climate change. The paper says many of those attending promised bold new targets, but it quotes Greenpeace as saying targets mean nothing without radical action.
The i leads on the Treasury’s publication of 40 pages of messages relating to its contact with David Cameron and Greensill Capital, as the former PM continues to be embroiled in a row over attempts to lobby top officials on behalf of the financial firm.
The Guardian leads on the same story. It says Mr Cameron urged the UK’s central bank to provide support to Greensill, but the exchanges became “increasingly desperate in tone” as the financial firm was turned down.
Senior Downing Street sources tell the Daily Telegraph, the Timesand the Sun that Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings is suspected of being behind recent leaks of the prime minister’s text messages.The Telegraph says Mr Cummings is considered the “prime suspect” behind the leaked messages between Boris Johnson and the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, as well as those with Sir James Dyson.The Sun says Mr Johnson is “deeply disappointed” that the texts have been made public and fears Mr Cummings it trying to “undermine the government.”ReutersDominic Cummings left Downing Street in November last yearA No 10 source suggests to the Times that the ex-adviser “feels bitter about what’s happened since he left”. Mr Cummings has not responded to requests for comment, the paper said.
The Telegraph suggests that the success of the UK’s vaccination programme means Britain is no longer in a pandemic but is now in an endemic, as new data showed the vaccination programme is reducing symptomatic Covid infections by up to 90%.The research prompts the Daily Mail to declare that “jabs are the path out of the crisis” and complains that the prime minister is “stubbornly refusing to speed up lifting lockdown”.
The Daily Mail also reports that children as young as 12 will get their vaccines from September.ReutersIndia has close to 16 million confirmed infections and saw a record number of cases on Thursday:
The Times of India considers how it has ended up shattering the global record for the most Covid infections in a day. Experts suggest people let down their guard, believing the worst was over, while the government failed to improve its health infrastructure and vaccinate aggressively.
The Financial Times reveals how staff at Wirecard, the German financial technology company that went bust last year, carried millions of euros out of its Munich headquarters in carrier bags over many years. The practice is said to have started as early as 2012 with employees moving six-digit sums of banknotes in Aldi and Lidl plastic bags. And finally many front pages feature a smiling Prince Louis on a red balance bike as he celebrates his third birthday.The Daily Express describes the picture as “Kate’s sweet birthday snap,” explaining that he was photographed shortly before leaving for nursery.Duchess of Cambridge
#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.23: 2021:
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