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Newspaper review: Papers’ concern over UK’s Mali role – BBC News

  1. 1. Newspaper review: Papers’ concern over UK’s Mali role –BBC News29 January 2013Last updated at 00:36 ETThe Guardian, the Daily Mail and the Sun all give front-page coverage to the news that the UKmay send up to 200 troops to west Africa to help the French drive Islamist militants from Mali.The Mail calls it a “major escalation” of British involvement in the region.Even though Downing Street insists the soldiers will not have a combat role, the paper believesthe development will fuel fears that the UK is being sucked into another open-ended conflict in aMuslim country.The Daily Mirror is also wary of what it sees as “mission creep”. 1/4
  2. 2. Hundreds of British troops flying to Africa must not be allowed to become the thin end of a verythick wedge, the paper warns.The Independent believes the operation in Mali has already exposed serious gaps in France’smilitary capability.It says that as with the Libya conflict it is clear the French and the British cannot mount evensuch limited operations entirely by themselves.Mali’s lesson, it says, is that we still need the US.Tax increasesAccording to the Times, the Conservative Party is considering whether to force majorcompanies to reveal the ethnic breakdown of their workforce as part of a new drive to woo blackand Asian voters.The paper says David Cameron has told Tory cabinet ministers to come up with policies toappeal to ethnic communities, amid fears that without their support the party will struggle to winan outright majority.The Daily Express and the Daily Star focus on government tax policies after a report by theTaxpayers’ Alliance claimed that millions of people have been hit by more than 250 taxincreases since the coalition came to power.The Financial Times says Chancellor George Osborne is braced for a fresh backlash over bankbonuses.It reports that Royal Bank of Scotland, which is state-controlled, is preparing to pay as much as 2/4
  3. 3. £250m to staff at an investment division implicated in the Libor-rigging scandal.Poor conditionA report in the Daily Telegraph claims that foreign motorists are “driving a horse and cart”through Britain’s motoring laws.Anyone coming to the UK must register their car and get British plates within six months,allowing the authorities to make sure the vehicle is taxed, insured and roadworthy.But the paper highlights an admission by Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond that thegovernment has no idea how many motorists are flouting the law.It says local authorities believe there could be at least 30,000 foreign-registered cars which areon Britain’s roads illegally – some in poor and potentially dangerous condition.Covert patrolsThe Daily Mail describes how the number of people fined for dropping litter has risen 90-fold inEngland in 15 years, from just over 700 to 64,000 in 2012.It puts much of the increase down to covert patrols by former soldiers working for a firm that ispaid by councils according to the number of penalties it hands out.The Mail says dropped bank cards, nut shells and even pens have been enough to warranton-the-spot fines of £80.One woman in Blaenau Gwent claims she was targeted for accidentally dropping a cottonthread from her glove. 3/4
  4. 4. The paper describes the number of tickets now being issued as “staggering”. Source Article from Newspaper review: Papers’ concern over UK’s Mali role – BBC News 4/4Powered by TCPDF (