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Gamble may 'cost' British economy

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The scale of Alistair Darling's rescue package for the economy is reflected in the scale of the newspaper coverage of what was outlined in his pre-Budget report.

The Times is not impressed and claims the government has mortgaged the future on the ideas of the past.

The Daily Telegraph is adamant the chancellor has set off a "middle class tax time bomb" with his tax plans.

'Masterpiece'

The Sun believes Mr Darling has taken a massive gamble which could leave Britain with a trillion pound debt.

The Daily Mail, the Times and the Sun claim the pre-Budget report has signalled the "death of New Labour".

But Simon Carr's sketch in the Independent claims Mr Darling's speech in parliament was a "masterpiece".

"Above and beyond all imitation, it was in a class of its own. It wasn't just boring - it was Alistair Darling boring," he said.

The Guardian also claims Westminster sees the plans to increase taxes and borrowing as Labour's death-knell.

'Lost talent'

The introduction of identity cards for foreigners in Britain has provoked outrage in letters written to the Telegraph by several prominent people.

Liberty's Shami Chakrabati and Lib Dem Chris Huhne fear it will prevent talented people from coming to the UK.

Meanwhile, Sarah McCarthy-Fry, the new schools minister, is calling for a return to single-sex education in the Independent.

She claims boys hog the limelight too much, putting off girls from subjects such as science and engineering.

Spy tactics

The newspapers are also concerned about American spies breaking a "gentleman's code of conduct".

The Mail reports a former Navy communications officer has claimed American spymasters snooped on Tony Blair.

The Daily Express claims a teapot given to the Queen by the Russians is also under suspicion.

British spies were apparently worried the ornate electrical device was bugged. Luckily it was never used.

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