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Papers criticise Blair over loans
Mastheads of the national newspapers

The Daily Mail describes as astonishing Tony Blair's admission that he was behind a secret scheme to borrow millions of pounds from Labour donors.

The Daily Express says he was "found up to his neck in dodgy secret deals".

"Bit of a Bad Blair Day" - is how the Daily Mirror sums up his performance at his monthly news conference.

The Daily Telegraph accuses Mr Blair of taking the "cash for ermine" row to new depths while the Guardian believes it could hasten his exit from No 10.

Drug trials

Two of the six men left seriously ill after taking part in a drug trial could be in a coma for a year, the Sun says.

The Independent describes how the men were told they could die by television bulletins being shown in their ward.

The Financial Times reflects on a row in government over whether doctors and nurses should receive above-inflation pay increases.

According to the FT, it is understood that the Treasury has objected to the pay proposals.

Chelsea footballers allegedly lost big while gambling during the Cheltenham Festival, the Daily Mirror says.

It claims that the group of soccer stars lost 500,000 in a single day's betting.

'Snatch of the Day'

The Daily Star is angry that the BBC is paying footballer Diego Maradona to talk about his "hand of God" goal against England in a TV documentary.

It accuses the corporation of giving cash to a sporting villain - under the headline: "50,000, Snatch of the Day."

Several papers report on research about the cost of the free "taxi service" provided by parents to their children.

The Daily Telegraph says mothers spend more time supporting their children's social lives than they do their own.

According to the Daily Mail, a dog has been given what's thought to be the first canine Asbo.

Obe, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, has twice attacked a female jogger, so magistrates imposed a 1,000-yard exclusion zone around the woman's home.


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