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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 April, 2004, 06:29 GMT 07:29 UK
Blair's future pondered by press

Echoing Margaret Thatcher's pledge to go "on and on and on", the Times claims Tony Blair is determined to serve a full third term as prime minister.

The paper reports he intends to beat Mrs Thatcher's Downing Street record by spending 12 years in office.

The Independent said Westminster was awash with rumours about Mr Blair's future.

One senior Labour backbencher tells the paper Mr Blair looks isolated and MPs are not taking bets on him staying.

'Unravelling'

The tabloids still focus on immigration with the Sun accusing Tony Blair of being in a panic over his welfare crackdown on new EU migrants.

The paper claims officials are completely unprepared for any new arrivals from 1 May.

The Express is equally scathing and has said that with two days to go until European Union expansion, Mr Blair's immigration policy is unravelling.

It claims 40,000 east European workers will be heading to the UK.

Iraqi dispatch

A journalist in the Guardian reports from the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

Lee Gordon recounts the plight of four-year-old Ali, bleeding from a horrific groin injury with his left leg amputated above the knee.

But the issue of binge drinking is in many papers which have said preventing alcohol-related crime this summer will be a government priority.

The Mirror has said police will stage a six-week blitz to target lager louts who terrorise town centres.

Third class

Royal Mail's future is pondered on the front page of the Daily Telegraph.

The paper looks ahead to a television documentary exposing what it says is a catalogue of laziness, ineptitude, fraud and theft in the postal service.

The Daily Mail argues that no private sector firm could behave like this because customers would simply switch to its rivals.

"Royal Snail" is the verdict of the Daily Star which has said the scandal has rocked the post office.




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