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Friday, 7 July, 2000, 06:42 GMT 07:42 UK
Papers sympathise with Euan Blair

There is good news and bad news for Euan Blair in the papers - a day after the media found out about his arrest for being drunk in Leicester Square.

The good news is that there is almost universal sympathy and support for the scrape he got himself into.

We have all done it, declares Richard Littlejohn in the Sun, while the Star maintains that he was behaving like any other 16-year-old who had just finished his GCSEs.

The Mirror argues that going on a well-deserved bender is not clever, but it is what teenagers do.

The bad news? The Daily Mail's headline: "My son must pay for what he's done", does not sound too promising for Euan.

Mother's wrath

The paper reports that Tony Blair is insisting that his son should pay the full penalty for his conduct, without any special treatment.

But the really bad news is summed up in the Daily Express headline: "Just wait until mum gets home".

Having faced his father, his hangover, and caused massive embarrassment, the teenager will have to answer to Cherie Blair when she returns from Portugal on Friday.

Under the headline "castrating the Commons", the Daily Telegraph's leader column attacks the government's plans to introduce more family-friendly hours for MPs.

The paper regards the proposal as "fishy" and declares that behind the "fug", parliamentary democracy is being attacked.

Writing in the Independent, the former Tory MP, Michael Brown, fondly remembers all-night sittings fuelled by alcohol, and bacon sandwiches.

'Glory days'

During what he calls the "glory days" of all-night sessions in the early 1980s, there would be a champagne breakfast at six in the morning, with an immaculate Margaret Thatcher sweeping in to restore flagging morale.

The Sun is in no doubt that football hooligans are to blame for England's failure to secure the 2006 World Cup. The paper sums up its view with the headline: "Morons 0 Germany 1".

The Star also concludes that England were "stuffed" by the yobs.

The Financial Times says that Germany confounded the odds to win the FIFA vote, leaving South Africa in a state of shock.

The Times reports new research which has found that homosexuals are more likely to be left handed.

Modern 'junk'

Combining the results of twenty previous studies, Canadian researchers found that lesbians were nearly 50% more likely to be left-handed than the general population. Among gay men, the figure was 34%.

The Sun reports that a lecturer who dismissed many exhibits at the Tate Modern in London as "junk" has had some success in trying to prove his point.

Keith Armstrong, from Nottingham, found a piece of plywood which was covered in grooves left by a wood cutting machine. For a joke he spent two minutes painting it white and called it "millennium dawn".

Five judges from Nottingham University declared the plywood to be "an abstract sculptural piece of work" and selected it for exhibition from 600 entries.

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