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Weathermen blamed for washout woe

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It predicted "a barbecue summer," but now the Met Office is facing a grilling after the weather became a washout.

"What a shower!" declares the Daily Mail front page, as it rebrands the organisation the "Wet Office".

The Daily Express says such "ineptitude would be laughable had it not laid waste people's business and holiday plans". The soggy reality is "a bitter blow", it adds.

The Times, though, insists that while "the mood is thunderous", we should not blame it on the weathermen.

'Flushed away'

The tie-up between Microsoft and Yahoo in a bid to rival Google does not impress many commentators.

The Financial Times sees it as Yahoo "bowing out" of the search engine race and effectively "surrendering its technology position".

"All the money Yahoo ever spent on refining its search product has just been flushed down the toilet," says Charles Arthur in the Guardian.

"For now at least, Google executives won't be having too many sleepless nights," adds the Independent.

'Hair-splitting meanness'

The government's decision to speed up a review of injury payouts for soldiers in the face of a damaging court case draws faint praise from the tabloids.

"Retreating under heavy fire over cutting compensation is a sensible withdrawal by the MoD," says the Daily Mirror.

After their "hair-splitting meanness" to date, the Sun thinks officials have finally woken up to the "scandal" of the "miserly" amounts offered.

The paper says ministers "will never be forgiven" if changes are not made quickly.

'Waft of virtuousness'

Organic food is under scrutiny after a study said it had no more nutritional value than conventional produce.

"A myth debunked," writes the Daily Express, "But will it stop people feeling a waft of virtuousness as they pay a bit extra? We suspect not."

The Daily Telegraph, however, is more pessimistic about the organics industry which it says is "already struggling in the downturn".

But writing in the Independent, Soil Association chief Peter Melchett insists: "It's good for the countryside and wildlife, which means its good for us."



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