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Papers question Duncan decision


David Cameron's decision to rebuke but not to sack Alan Duncan for complaining about the lot of MPs is still being questioned by many papers.

The Daily Express calls it "the first serious error" the Conservative leader has made in two years.

The Daily Telegraph describes the decision as a missed opportunity.

Matthew Parris observes in the Times that Mr Duncan was not wise to speak over a glass of champagne on the Commons terrace to a self-proclaimed critic.

'No sacred cow'

The tough line taken by Mr Cameron over Daniel Hannan's remarks about the NHS has not pleased everyone either.

The Daily Mail says it can understand why he chose to "slap down" the MEP. But it also warns him not to treat the NHS as "a sacred cow".

The Sun agrees that the service is "far from perfect".

But the Daily Mirror thinks the whole episode has "blown to pieces" Mr Cameron's claims that the Conservatives are now the party of the NHS.

University pressure

This year's crop of school leavers is discovering that it is a difficult world out there.

With the results of A-levels less than a week away, the papers are full of speculation about the number of university places available.

The Guardian talks of unprecedented pressure in the system.

The Times shows glum teenagers counting their peas. One says "tinker, tailor, job-search failure... Barman, volunteer, stay-on-for-another year".

'Scruffy man' Dylan

Of course merit can go unrecognised, even when it has been celebrated around the world for decades.

Bob Dylan found that out, as the Sun reports, when he went for a walk in New Jersey.

Residents, suspicious of "a scruffy man", called police. The officer who turned up, to her colleagues amusement, failed to identify the star.

It gives headline writers the chance to adapt some of the musician's famous lines. The Daily Mail asks "how does it feel, Bob, to be a complete unknown?"

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