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News roundup 2.11.07

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Today's papers are dominated by calls for Sir Ian Blair to resign following the guilty verdict that the Metropolitan Police was given for mistakenly killing Charles De Menezes.

The Times leads with "Met chief urged to quit over shooting", The Daily Telegraph, "I won't resign over Menezes, says Met chief" and in The Guardian, "Guilty, but Blair refuses to go".

The Independent reports, "Calls mount for Met commissioner to quit" while the Daily Mail labels the Met commissioner, "A man without honour".

The Guardian points out that successful policing requires public confidence, observing that confidence has slipped and Sir Ian's response suggested that he would not recover it.

Similarly, The Times argues that Sir Ian is not the right man to lead the Metropolitan Police right now, while The Independent exclaims that the "buck stops" with Sir Ian, arguing that his position is untenable.


Another dominant story concerns education and the findings from Durham University that many primary school children had been subjected to too much testing. The Daily Telegraph writes, "Too much testing harms primary school pupils", while The Guardian says, "Test results for third of primary students wrong, says study".

There are two further education stories. The Times reports "Gifted and talented programme extended to one million pupils" and The Daily Telegraph, "Select pupils by lottery, secondary schools told".

Other news

In other news, the Daily Express insists that it is important to break the cycle of benefit dependency. The paper argues that radical welfare reform is vital as well as proper immigration controls.

Meanwhile, The Guardian comments on adoption, emphasising that 60,000 children in Britain are being looked after by the state and while not all children in care are available for adoption, there is a shortage of adoptive parents.

The Independent outlines its campaign against waste, emphasising that reducing waste makes sense for household bank balances as well as the planet.

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