Newspaper headlines: Fat cat bosses come under fire

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The Observer says Labour has announced a dramatic policy shift by backing continued membership of the single market after Brexit in March 2019. “The announcement, revealed in the Observer by shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer, means voters will have a clear choice between the two main parties on the UK’s future relations with the EU after a year in which Labour’s approach has been criticised for lacking definition and appeared at times hard to distinguish from that of the Tories,” remarks the Observer.

Sunday Times front page

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Ministers are facing calls to curb the “fat cat” salaries of academy school chiefs after it emerged that more than 100 earned more than the prime minister and some enjoy lucrative perks such as company BMWs. Former chief inspector of schools Sir Michael Wilshaw and Labour ex-schools minister Lord Adonis tell the paper that ministers must cap salaries for academy high-earners.

Mail on Sunday front page

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More fat cat bosses in the Mail on Sunday, which says Theresa May has launched an outspoken new war on them and accused them of wrecking Britain’s “social fabric”. Mrs May announces in an article in the paper moves to prevent greedy company chiefs paying themselves millions of pounds more than they are worth, it says.

Sunday Telegraph front page

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The Sunday Telegraph reveals that a secret test conducted by police showed that terrorists could break into Parliament in under five minutes and stage a massacre of more than 100 MPs. The paper reports that in a simulated attack, which took place at night, officers posing as extremists used a boat to gain access from the River Thames, navigated the corridors and stormed the House of Commons chamber.

Sunday Express front page

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The Sunday Express leads on the M1 crash involving a minibus and two lorries in which six men and two women died, describing it as carnage. “Police were investigating whether the victims were from the same family,” says the Express.

Star on Sunday front page

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The Star on Sunday leads with Celebrity Big Brother, saying that winner Sarah Harding, of Girls Aloud fame, has no regrets about cheating romantically in the television house despite being in a relationship.

According to the Mail on Sunday, the prime minister has launched an outspoken war on fat cat bosses – executives whose salaries outstrip the performance of their companies.

Writing in the paper, Theresa May accuses them of damaging “the social fabric” and emboldening those on the far left who “advocate state control of industry”.

She proposes that if one in five shareholders complain about an executive’s pay deal they should be named in a public register – with the risk that investors will take their money elsewhere.

But the Mail says the measures are a slimmed down version of wider curbs promised by Mrs May in the past.

It claims that Chancellor Philip Hammond vetoed putting workers’ representatives on boards.

And the prime minister is criticised by one of her own MPs, George Freeman, who accuses her of “flirting with anti-capitalism”.

The lead in the Sunday Times is also concerned with fat cats – this time in the education sector.

Former Chief Inspector of Schools Sir Michael Wilshaw and Lord Adonis, who used to be a Labour schools minister, are calling for ministers to impose limits on the money earned by academy bosses.

The paper says more than 100 of them are receiving more than £150,000, the salary paid to the prime minister.

And it points out that some of these are overseeing schools where children performed poorly in GCSEs and A-levels.

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Photos of the horrific crash on the M1 can be found in many of the papers, including the Daily Star Sunday which shows the flattened wreckage of the minibus.

A charity worker who was one of the first on the scene tells the Sunday Mirror how he comforted a five-year-old girl trapped in the wreckage, using his jacket to keep her warm and doing his best to distract her.

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The Observer believes Labour’s new Brexit policy could transform the debate.

It says the party’s election manifesto pledge – to retain the benefits of the single market while promising to end freedom of movement – lacked clarity.

The paper welcomes Labour’s new promise to keep the UK in the single market and customs union during a transitional period, arguing this is the only short-term position that makes sense.

It says it is now down to moderate, pragmatic Conservative MPs to rally behind Labour to bring realism to the Brexit process.

The Sun on Sunday blames EU negotiators for a stalemate in the Brexit negotiations.

It says it is clear they are determined to make the talks all about Britain’s exit bill, before adding that as anyone in any divorce will testify you cannot agree the settlement until you have worked out the terms.

It thinks Mrs May needs to bang some heads together by making a strong speech warning Brussels will not get a blank cheque from the UK.

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The Sunday Express focuses on the background of one of the latest contestants on the Great British Bake Off.

Kate Lyon is a health and safety officer, which gives the paper an excuse to delve into all the risks facing budding cooks.

Apparently, insurance claims for fires caused by cooking go up markedly while Bake Off is on the air.

It leads one insurer to give this advice: “At the end of the day, a soggy bottom is better than a burnt one.”

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