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Papers angry at cleaner 'debacle'


Pressure continues to be applied to Attorney General Baroness Scotland following the discovery that she employed an illegal Tongan worker.

"It has all the ingredients of farce, but it's no laughing matter," writes the Sun.

The Daily Telegraph insists "ignorance is no defence" and it is up to her to ensure her staff are fit to work.

Finally, the Daily Mail says the "debacle" undermines public confidence in the whole immigration system.

Missile manoeuvres

President Obama's decision to scrap plans for a missile defence system in eastern Europe is widely welcomed.

It means the US knows it can "no longer behave like an international cowboy", believes the Daily Mirror.

The Independent says it will improve relations with some EU countries, including Germany, who "were far from convinced that the military need outweighed the political cost".

After the US concession, the Financial Times wants Russia to now show it is serious about tackling the Iran issue.

'Innocent bloodshed'

The Guardian has an article written by Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who threw a shoe at President Bush.

"I am no hero," he says. "I just acted as an Iraqi who witnessed the pain and bloodshed of too many innocents."

Calling President Bush a "criminal", Mr al-Zaidi goes on: "I wanted to express my rejection of his lies, his occupation of my country.

"I didn't do this so my name would enter history or for material gains. All I wanted was to defend my country."


The Times' leader condemns the Formula One race-fixing scandal involving the Renault team.

"There have been cheats in sport before," it says, "but the Renault disgrace is of a different order of magnitude of scandal."

The Daily Express, meanwhile, claims "shamed" Renault "could be gone from Formula One in six weeks".

"They face a massive fine... but it is the disgrace which the car company cannot accept," writes Bob McKenzie.

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