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Papers predict Zimbabwe endgame
The Independent believes the endgame has begun for Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe.
Guardian reporter Rory Carroll agrees the regime appears to be unravelling, because he says it is running out of money to fund repression.
Carroll learnt very quickly the choice of paper you read in Zimbabwe could earn you a beating.
He was covering opposition protests in the capital, Harare, when he was surrounded by seven militants loyal to the president.
They thought it was the Daily News, an outspoken critic of Mugabe, and one of the gang raised a stick.
They let him go when they realised it was a different paper, the Zimbabwe Independent, although that too is critical of the government.
The Times highlights comments by the Lord Chief Justice, suggesting that politicians no longer trust judges to impose the right sentences on criminals.
Speaking to an audience at the prison service college in Rugby, Lord Woolf is reported to have said that too many political initiatives had led to overcrowding in prisons.
Inmates had now stopped going to court for their appeals because they were worried that their cells would be allocated to someone else while they were gone, he said.
The Daily Mail reports that more rigorous passport checks are to be brought in at British airports to stop terrorist suspects slipping through.
The paper predicts long queues will result and the headline calls the policy "a passport to chaos."
The victory over the paparazzi by the DJ, Sara Cox, is a significant development in the eyes of the media commentator, Roy Greenslade.
Cox won damages from the People after the High Court ruled pictures of her on a private beach infringed her human rights.
Writing in the Guardian, he says other celebrities will now be encouraged to try the courts rather than the Press Complaints Commission.
Turn to the Daily Mirror, though, and the appetite for pictures of famous people on beaches is undiminished.
Page one and three have photos of the singer Rachel Stevens sunbathing - apparently taken by somebody hiding in nearby shrubbery.
The Sun, looking ahead to the Queen's Birthday Honours List this month, says the England football captain, David Beckham, will get an OBE.
The back page suggests that could stand for Order of the Big Earner - saying he's being offered £32m to sign for Barcelona.
The Sun hails Beckham as a role model for a generation, and is appalled at the prospect of losing him to Spain.
It tells his manager at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, he has a clear duty to the nation: Save our Becks.
Note of discord
A number of the papers report dismay in the Dorset village of Stoke Abbott, where until recently the church bell has been rung 100 times each day at seven in the morning.
That was too early for holiday cottage owners, who persuaded the parish council to give people a lie-in and ring the bell 45 minutes later.
Now the traditionalists in the village are up in arms.
One authority points out the bell used to be rung even earlier - at 5am.
The original cause of all the disharmony appears to be a succinct and sleep-deprived comment in a holiday cottage guest book: "Would you please ring Quasimodo's neck!"