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Brown 'cuts' speech in headlines

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There is a cry of hallelujah from the Daily Mail to welcome Gordon Brown's admission that cuts will have to be made in government spending.

In the paper's words, the prime minister "finally brought himself to admit the obvious".

This, it said, is that "no matter which party wins the election, state sector budgets will have to be slashed".

For the Independent, Mr Brown's Trades Union Congress speech was "the most inevitable political U turn" in years.

The Financial Times manages to extract some humour from what most describe as a subdued occasion.

"You wait months for Gordon Brown to utter the C-word," it remarks, "and all of sudden he cannot stop."

TUC delegates were warned of cuts four times in 10 seconds, yet at the same time nothing specific emerged.

The Daily Telegraph's sketchwriter, Andrew Gimson, sums up the prime minister's performance as "gloomily and arrogantly evasive".

The Times reports the news that TUC delegates are calling for risk assessments on workplace footwear. This is because of concerns that some women, such as air stewardesses, are required to wear high heels as part of their dress code.

Another health issue surfaces in the Daily Express and the Mail.

They report on a study suggesting children who often swim in chlorinated indoor pools may be more likely to develop asthma and other allergies.

The Telegraph and the Mail have both been enjoying previews of Ben Hur Live, based on the 1959 film epic which propelled Charlton Heston to stardom.

Four hundred performers and 46 horses make up the cast, which will perform at the 02 arena in London.

It climaxes in a chariot race, and the Telegraph says the speeds will be so great that a special adhesive has been used on the surface.

This is to help keep horses and charioteers on the track.



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