Insights from the UK and beyond
Wednesday’s front pages
The crucial poll win in Pennsylvania by US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton came too late for many newspapers, who predominantly went instead with rising food prices and fears for a missing boy in Wednesday’s headlines.
THE INDEPENDENT: The Chilling Message From Zimbabwe’s Church Leaders
The paper runs a dramatic quote in red and black letters which says: “If nothing is done to help the people of Zimbabwe, we shall soon be witnessing genocide similar to that in Kenya and Rwanda.” Story here.
DAILY MIRROR: The Lost Boy
Fears were mounting for a vanished disabled boy whose devoted mother was found dead in woods near her home in Worcester. Story here.
DAILY MAIL: The Petrol “Profiteers”
Consumer groups accused petrol firms of profiteering after raising prices by up to 5p a litre in 48 hours, ahead of a planned strike at Grangemouth refinery, the paper said. Story here.
THE GUARDIAN: 1bln Pounds Package Would End Tax Row, Say Rebels
Frank Field, the architect of Labour’s 10p tax rebellion, said ministers must provide up to 1bln pounds in compensation for those affected by the changes before local elections next week, if they are to defuse the row, the paper said. But he insisted he did not want to bring the government to its knees. Story here.
DAILY EXPRESS: Shopping Bill Up 15 Pounds a Week
Soaring food costs are adding 15 pounds a week to supermarket shopping bills, research showed, in the latest hammer blow to hard-pressed family budgets, the paper said. Story here.
THE SUN: Wills Gets Chopper Out at Sandringham
The paper claims an exclusive on Prince William, who recently received his flying wings, taking another joyride in an RAF helicopter — this time over the Queen’s Sandringham home. The paper had earlier said he had landed a helicopter in the garden of his girlfriend. Story here.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: 800 Pounds-a-Year Rise in Family Grocery Bill
The paper used the same research on food prices to say families are having to spend almost 800 pounds more on their annual grocery bills as the highest rate of food inflation for a generation drives up supermarket prices. Story here.
THE TIMES: Era of Cheap Food Ends as Prices Surge
Experts warn the prices of basic foods will rise steeply again because of acute shortages in commodity markets, the paper said. Story here.
THE FINANCIAL TIMES: RBS Chief Faces Calls to Name Exit Date
Sir Fred Goodwin faces demands from leading investors to step down as chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland within a year after the bank launched a 12 bln pounds rights issue, the paper said. Story here.