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Sunday papers ponder hunt ban
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They may be known as a "Press pack", but instead they are off in different directions looking for a lead story.

Naturally, hunting itself gets a thorough run-out after a ban was pushed through Parliament last week.

In the Sunday Telegraph, a junior member of the government, parliamentary private secretary Peter Bradley, calls the struggle over the Bill a class war.

He says it was a war launched by - in his words - "the toffs against the tribunes", not the other way around.

As the papers dissect hunting, the Independent on Sunday welcomes the ban as "a blessedly quick end" to a "prolonged saga of indecision".

Meanwhile, the Sunday Times thinks it has very little to do with hunting foxes, and everything to do with "hunting the toffs."

The Observer believes Home Secretary David Blunkett favours a softly-softly approach to implementing the ban.

The paper says he has compared it to the introduction of seatbelts - suggesting police will have some discretion over how they enforce the law.

Prince Charles' views on education, revealed in a private memo, have the papers in agreement on one thing - it is a great story.

News that the Prince will respond to his critics on Monday is carried everywhere.

Apology call

The Mail on Sunday believes he deserves an apology from government ministers who leapt on his remarks.

It argues that the views he expressed were concerned only with natural ability, not class status.

As the Mail says Prince Charles' critics should apologise, The News of the World is having none of it, telling the Prince to bite his tongue.

It is not his role to get into a punch-up with elected government, it warns.

The Sunday Express reveals that an advance copy of the Prince's speech, putting his side, was leaked to all Sunday's papers.

The tabloid suggests this is a sure sign of how damaging the Royal family regards the controversy.

The new television series of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here gets extensive coverage in the tabloids.

The Daily Star Sunday dedicates five pages to the story.

Elsewhere the Independent backs its editor-at-large, Janet Street-Porter, giving a "dozen good reasons" why she should win the competition.

She is one of the older contestants and explains to readers: "I'm striking a blow for crumblie-power."




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