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‘Windrush scandal’ and McPartlin apology
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‘Windrush scandal’ and McPartlin apology

Many papers are highly critical of the government’s handling of the residency rights of the “Windrush generation”.

The headline in the Daily Mail is “Fiasco That Shames Britain”.

The paper says Home Secretary Amber Rudd is facing calls to resign because of her handling of the issue.

The Daily Mirror describes the treatment of the people who came to Britain from the Caribbean as child migrants as an “inhuman and cruel persecution”.

The Daily Telegraph points out that the row threatens to overshadow this week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

The Guardian says Ms Rudd was forced to deliver what it calls “an unprecedented apology” for what she referred to as the “appalling” actions of her own department.

The Daily Telegraph reports that President Trump considered a strike three times bigger than was launched on Syria last week – but was dissuaded by his defence secretary, James Matiss.

It highlights claims in the US media that the proposed attack could potentially have included targeting Russian air defence systems – as well as Iranian targets.

The reports say Mr Trump and his UN ambassador, Nikki Hayley, were both pushing for a more robust strike, but that Mr Mattis urged caution, warning of an escalation by Russia or Iran.

There’s continued analysis of Theresa May’s decision to take military action in Syria, without a vote in Parliament.

In its editorial about the air strikes, the Guardian says Parliament should have been consulted before the missiles were fired.

While it hopes that their message has got through to the Assad regime, it fears that the action may have been a futile gesture.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, former foreign secretary Lord Hague says the use of British forces on the scale of Saturday morning’s attack should not have been inhibited by any vote or legislation.

He goes on to criticise Jeremy Corbyn for suggesting he would not take military action, under almost any circumstances, to defend the society whose liberties he has for so long enjoyed.

The face of a forlorn Ant McPartlin features on most of the front pages, after he was fined £86,000 and banned from driving for 20 months for drink driving.

The headline in the Daily Express is “Shamefaced”.

The Mail describes him as “a picture of self-pity”.

A source tells the Sun that the TV presenter went straight from court back to rehab. The paper says he will not be appearing on TV again for the foreseeable future.

The Times reports that Russia has started blocking access to the messaging app, Telegram.

The paper notes that Pavel Durov – the Russian entrepreneur who founded Telegram – has defied a demand to give Russia’s security services access to users’ messages.

The Times says the move is the latest clampdown on internet freedoms in Russia – and follows new restrictions on data storage and proxy servers.

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The Times leads with the warning from the British and US governments about a global Russian hacking offensive.

Security officials have told the paper that Russian hackers are seeking to find ways to sit invisibly within networks – enabling them to launch a cyber-attack, should the order be given.

The Times quotes the head of the National Cyber Security Centre, Ciaran Martin, who describes the warning as “a significant moment in the trans-Atlantic fight-back against Russian aggression in cyber-space”.

The Daily Mail is one of a number of papers to report that Prince Charles is to be named as the next head of the Commonwealth.

Whitehall sources tell the paper that the leaders of the 53-nation group are expected to announce the decision at their summit meeting this week.

The Sun says the move will end speculation of a snub to the Prince of Wales.

It adds that the move is a win for the government – which supports Charles succeeding the Queen in the non-hereditary role – and a blow to Jeremy Corbyn, who’d argued the job should be rotated around member nations.

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