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|Anger at 'assault on our privacy' |
(1 day later)
"Britain's extraordinary march towards a surveillance state" is the focus for the Daily Mail and others on Monday.
With 500,000 requests for email and telephone records made by public bodies in 2008, the paper says it is href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/columnists/article-1205459/A-snoop-far-state-bodies-increasing-us.html">"a snoop too far".
The Daily Telegraph calls it class="inlineText" href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/lawandorder/6001357/A-request-to-snoop-on-public-every-60-seconds.html">"an assault on our privacy" in which intrusive tactics have become "routine".
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 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.
href="http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/sun_says/244723/The-Sun-Says.html">"Do the buffoons at the MoD know it's 2009 not 1809?" the paper asks. | the |
Meanwhile, the Independent leads on a harrowing dispatch from a British captain in Helmand province.
href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/there-is-no-refuge-no-place-to-go-to-deal-with-your-grief-1769938.html">"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." | a |
The Guardian has an interview with Lord Mandelson in which he claims to be href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/aug/10/peter-mandelson-interview-decca-aitkenhead">a "kindly pussycat" rather than a political "big beast".
Nevertheless, the paper thinks "his emergence at the side of a beleaguered prime minister has given him unprecedented power."
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.
class="inlineText" href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/541cddf4-8516-11de-9a64-00144feabdc0,Authorised=false.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2F541cddf4-8516-11de-9a64-00144feabdc0.html&_i_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fhome%2Fuk">Willing "ministerial bag carriers" cannot seem to be found, it claims.
Meanwhile England's fourth test trouncing in the Ashes draws scathing comments from the press.
The Daily Express says the players showed "all the inner toughness of a marshmallow" at Headingley.
"England's tactics seemed to betray href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/leading_article/article6789303.ece">the same degree of no-surprises precision planning as a bingo-caller's monologue," writes the Times' leader. | the |
"Scattergun bilge though the bowlers served up at times, make no mistake: class="inlineText" href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/cricket/2009/08/09/australia-beat-england-at-headingley-to-level-ashes-series-115875-21584813/">England's batsmen were the guilty men," declares the Daily Mirror.