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Anger at 'assault on our privacy' Baby Peter back on front pages
(1 day later)
"Britain's extraordinary march towards a surveillance state" is the focus for the Daily Mail and others on Monday. The first photographs of those responsible for Baby Peter's death dominate most front pages.
With 500,000 requests for email and telephone records made by public bodies in 2008, the paper says it is href="">"a snoop too far". href="">The Daily Express says Tracey Connelly ate pizzas as her son was beaten and turned up the volume on her TV to drown out his cries for help.
The Daily Telegraph calls it class="inlineText" href="">"an assault on our privacy" in which intrusive tactics have become "routine". Connelly's boyfriend, Steven Barker, is a convicted rapist and paedophile and a 6ft 4in "thug", the Daily Mail reports.
It says the line has been blurred between "those given the task of maintaining law and order... and the people who empty our dustbins". The paper describes Connelly class="inlineText" href="">as "evil" and "a sex-obsessed slob" who concealed months of abuse of the 17-month-old.
'No refuge' 'Vengeful mob'
The Ministry of Defence is under fire again in the Sun, which says it has uncovered a new equipment crisis in Afghanistan - a lack of green camouflage shirts. The identities of the people behind Baby P's death are published after a judge lifted a court order.
href="">"Do the buffoons at the MoD know it's 2009 not 1809?" the paper asks. The Guardian questions if it is right to name those responsible href="">because "little good" comes out of a vengeful mob, but concludes the judge was right.
Meanwhile, the Independent leads on a harrowing dispatch from a British captain in Helmand province. It says Mr Justice Coleridge released their identities to maintain public confidence in the judicial system.
href="">"There is no refuge, no place to go to deal with your grief," he says. Later he adds: "Each death is zipped up in a mental body bag in the recesses of your mind." The Sun describes Barker as a Nazi-obsessed sadist href="">who skinned animals alive and raped a two-year-old girl.
'Bag carriers' Playing poker
The Guardian has an interview with Lord Mandelson in which he claims to be href="">a "kindly pussycat" rather than a political "big beast". The Daily Mirror, meanwhile, says he and his brother Jason Owen are href="">alleged to have attacked their own grandmother.
Nevertheless, the paper thinks "his emergence at the side of a beleaguered prime minister has given him unprecedented power." Hilda Barker, 82, told police she was beaten and locked in a cupboard to try to force her to change her will. She died before they could be put on trial.
The Financial Times says others seem to have far less appetite for power, with Gordon Brown unable to fill vacancies in the low ranks of government. The Independent says Baby Peter's mother Tracey Connelly class="inlineText" href="">spent her days in web chatrooms and playing poker.
class="inlineText" href=",Authorised=false.html?">Willing "ministerial bag carriers" cannot seem to be found, it claims. The paper also reminds its readers that he had 60 injuries including a broken back.
'Scattergun bilge' Boxing clever
Meanwhile England's fourth test trouncing in the Ashes draws scathing comments from the press. The Daily Telegraph claims bright students at some state comprehensives class="inlineText" href="">are not applying for Oxbridge because they are badly advised by teachers.
The Daily Express says the players showed "all the inner toughness of a marshmallow" at Headingley. class="inlineText" href="">And the paper also says a good diet, staying slim, not smoking and regular exercise can cut the risk of chronic disease by 80%.
"England's tactics seemed to betray href="">the same degree of no-surprises precision planning as a bingo-caller's monologue," writes the Times' leader. The Times tells us that href="">women's boxing is due to be made an Olympic sport, starting at the London games in 2012.
"Scattergun bilge though the bowlers served up at times, make no mistake: class="inlineText" href="">England's batsmen were the guilty men," declares the Daily Mirror. It says the decision is likely to be made by the International Olympic Committee in Berlin later this week.