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Newspaper headlines: 'Buy Christmas gifts early', and EU's Brexit offer Newspaper headlines: 'Buy Christmas gifts early', and EU's Brexit offer
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Fears about toy shortages in the run-up to Christmas are the focus of the Daily Mirror's lead story, following warnings that supply chain problems could continue. The paper says Brits are being told to buy their Christmas gifts early, to beat any delays caused by the lorry driver shortage and shipping containers stuck at ports. According to the paper, a million Elf on the Shelf toys - very popular with families - have reportedly not yet left China. Festive food delivery slots are also already being booked up, the paper adds.Fears about toy shortages in the run-up to Christmas are the focus of the Daily Mirror's lead story, following warnings that supply chain problems could continue. The paper says Brits are being told to buy their Christmas gifts early, to beat any delays caused by the lorry driver shortage and shipping containers stuck at ports. According to the paper, a million Elf on the Shelf toys - very popular with families - have reportedly not yet left China. Festive food delivery slots are also already being booked up, the paper adds.
According to the Daily Express, stores are now launching their Christmas sales a month sooner than planned to allow shoppers to buy presents early and avoid empty shelves later in the year. One toy industry spokesman told the paper that there are currently plenty of presents available - but that buying early is "prudent".According to the Daily Express, stores are now launching their Christmas sales a month sooner than planned to allow shoppers to buy presents early and avoid empty shelves later in the year. One toy industry spokesman told the paper that there are currently plenty of presents available - but that buying early is "prudent".
The latest on the Brexit deal makes the front page of the Financial Times, after the EU offered to scrap most checks on goods arriving into Northern Ireland from Great Britain. The EU put forward its new plan in a bid to end the row between the two sides over the part of the Brexit deal that specifically covers Northern Ireland. Some British officials were "taken aback" by the scale of the EU's offer, the FT says - but "stumbling blocks remain" over the role of the European Court of Justice in Northern Ireland.The latest on the Brexit deal makes the front page of the Financial Times, after the EU offered to scrap most checks on goods arriving into Northern Ireland from Great Britain. The EU put forward its new plan in a bid to end the row between the two sides over the part of the Brexit deal that specifically covers Northern Ireland. Some British officials were "taken aback" by the scale of the EU's offer, the FT says - but "stumbling blocks remain" over the role of the European Court of Justice in Northern Ireland.
The Guardian reports that the EU was last night "preparing for the worst" amid fears and signs that Boris Johnson could reject their offer. The chances of a compromise appear low, the paper says, because of the disagreement over whether the European Court of Justice should be the arbiter of EU law in Northern Ireland. A three-week deadline for talks on the new proposals has been set.The Guardian reports that the EU was last night "preparing for the worst" amid fears and signs that Boris Johnson could reject their offer. The chances of a compromise appear low, the paper says, because of the disagreement over whether the European Court of Justice should be the arbiter of EU law in Northern Ireland. A three-week deadline for talks on the new proposals has been set.
The health secretary's plan to boost the number of face-to-face GP appointments leads the Daily Mail for a second day. The paper reports that Sajid Javid is unveiling a nine-point plan, which includes an extra £250m to improve patient access and also league tables to "shame doctors who won't see patients". It is a major victory for the Mail, the paper claims. following its campaign.The health secretary's plan to boost the number of face-to-face GP appointments leads the Daily Mail for a second day. The paper reports that Sajid Javid is unveiling a nine-point plan, which includes an extra £250m to improve patient access and also league tables to "shame doctors who won't see patients". It is a major victory for the Mail, the paper claims. following its campaign.
The Daily Telegraph also leads on the government's plan for GPs, saying that surgeries will be told they must respect patients' preferences for face-to-face appointments. Some GPs could consider using the funding to extend opening house to free up more appointments, the paper says. The latest monthly data show that 58% of appointments were face-to-face, down from 80% before the pandemic.
The top story for the Metro is an interview Prince William has given to the BBC, which will be aired tonight. In it, the Metro says the future king launches an attack on the space race and space tourism, saying that the world's top minds "need to focus on trying to fix the planet instead". It comes the day after Star Trek actor William Shatner was blasted into space in a rocket developed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the paper adds.
Paul McCartney has made a dig at The Rolling Stones, the Daily Star reports, by describing them as a "blues covers band" in an interview. The Star says the comment is the latest in six decades of rivalry between McCartney and Mick Jagger. "Now we're all for carrying on a petty feud but legends Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger's spat simply won't Fade Away," says the Star.Paul McCartney has made a dig at The Rolling Stones, the Daily Star reports, by describing them as a "blues covers band" in an interview. The Star says the comment is the latest in six decades of rivalry between McCartney and Mick Jagger. "Now we're all for carrying on a petty feud but legends Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger's spat simply won't Fade Away," says the Star.
The Sun leads with the news that comedian Robert Webb has withdrawn from Strictly Come Dancing. The paper calls it a bombshell, saying it follows a health scare. Webb had heart surgery two years ago and, after experiencing symptoms, was advised by his specialist to "step back" from the competition.The Sun leads with the news that comedian Robert Webb has withdrawn from Strictly Come Dancing. The paper calls it a bombshell, saying it follows a health scare. Webb had heart surgery two years ago and, after experiencing symptoms, was advised by his specialist to "step back" from the competition.
The Guardian says Brussels is "preparing for the worst" amid signs that Boris Johnson will reject yesterday's proposals from the EU on how to resolve the row about trade in Northern Ireland.
It says chances of a compromise appear low, because of British insistence that the European Court of Justice must not have an oversight role.
The online Independent says the UK is maintaining its "hard line stance" about the court.
The Financial Times says some British officials were "taken aback" by the scale of the EU's move, but they warn the devil will be in the detail.
It says Brussels has insisted this latest offer on the Northern Ireland Protocol is also its final offer.
The UK says the current Northern Ireland Protocol imposes too many barriers, and the EU says it has caused problems for businesses
But there are positive signs too. The Daily Telegraph thinks Britain could compromise on the court issue, after Lord Frost said he would enter talks without any "red lines".
The Times says both sides appear ready to go the extra mile for an agreement. Its editorial urges Boris Johnson to take the chance to get a deal, and not subject consumers and businesses to more uncertainty.
The Irish Times quotes a diplomat as saying "there was blood on the floor" at the European Commission as a result of arguments about the offer - but it says reluctant member states such as France were won over by framing the package as a love letter to the people of Northern Ireland, rather than a concession to British brinkmanship.
Festive fears
The focus for the Daily Mirror is what it calls the "rush to save Christmas".
It says the supply chain issues have led to problems with Elf on the Shelf toys, iPhone computer chips, and festive food delivery slots.
The Daily Express says its readers are being urged to "get their skates on" and buy presents early. It says stores are now launching their Christmas sales a month sooner than planned.
The Sun reports that supermarkets are disguising empty shelves by filling them with random items which they do have in stock - including salad cream and cooking oil.
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The Daily Mail declares victory in its campaign to get GPs in England to hold more face-to-face consultations.
It says a new plan put forward by the Health Secretary Sajid Javid - which provides millions of pounds to improve patient access - will be a godsend for an anxious public.
The Daily Telegraph says surgeries which fail to offer enough in-person appointments will be "named and shamed", while the Times says millions more patients will be sent to see pharmacists, in order to free up doctors for consultations.
Writing in the Daily Mirror, the head of the Royal College of GPs Martin Marshall says it is demoralising to be told constantly you are not doing enough. He urges politicians and the media to recognise the stresses on family doctors.
And the 90-year-old actor William Shatner is on many front pages, after his trip to the fringes of space.
The Sun offers "Captain Kirk" congratulations on going to space at last, while the Express says his thrill ride should inspire older citizens. "Star's Trek" is the paper's headline.
The Guardian is one one of many to opt for: "to oldly go".
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