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Annoyance over rising taxes
The government's policies on tax provoke anger in a number of the Sunday newspapers.

The front page of the Sunday Express warns there could soon be riots on the streets because of the levels of council tax.

The paper claims the police are concerned that a threatened revolt by pensioners in Devon and Cornwall over the issue could spread around the country.

But the Sunday Telegraph reports that the government plans to ease the burden on taxpayers by allowing local councils to generate more revenue from business instead.

The Mail on Sunday is far from impressed by this idea.

It decides that "Gordon Brown has reached the limits of consent" and warns the chancellor to reduce spending instead of raising taxes.

The News of the World is also concerned about what it describes as a "collapse in the government's finances".

The paper claims a crisis has erupted because Mr Brown has spent too much on public sector pay deals and on the public services.

The Observer turns its attention to the prime minister, claiming that he suffered an "embarrassing setback" while on his trip to Berlin to iron out differences over Iraq with the German Chancellor and the French President.

'Saddam talks'

The paper argues that Mr Blair's positive assessment of the meeting could not hide the continuing split over when power should be handed to the Iraqis.

The Independent on Sunday is slightly more upbeat, arguing that there is still time for the differences to be resolved at the UN.

The Sunday Mirror claims that Saddam Hussein has been in secret negotiation with the Americans for several days.

The paper says the former dictator is offering information on weapons of mass destruction in return for safe passage to Belarus.

BBC war of words

The Observer considers proposals to allow students from run-down schools to enter university with lower grades than other applicants.

The paper says the plan, drawn up by the government's advisor on university admissions, Professor Stephen Swartz, will give disadvantaged students a fairer chance.

The Independent says the director general of the BBC, Greg Dyke, has re-ignited what it calls the corporation's "war of words" with the government.

The paper decides that Mr Dyke's criticism of legislation which would allow an American firm to buy ITV indicates the BBC is in no mood to sue for peace.

No naked sit-in

Finally, Sven Goran Eriksson's girlfriend, Nancy Dell'Olio, gives the Sunday Times more details of the couple's desire to be the new John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Ms Dell'Olio explains how she and her boyfriend have been inspired by the late Beatle and his wife to become ambassadors for peace.

"I think it was fantastic for John and Yoko to use their popularity in that way", she says.

"I had an idea that maybe we could use the power of football for good".

The couple are launching a charity which promotes football instead of war, though apparently there are no plans to release a single or stage a naked sit-in.




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