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Papers occupied by Eurostar's continuing woe


For travellers relying on Eurostar - whose trains broke down over the weekend, stranding thousands - the festive getaway is at a standstill and there is no light at the end of the tunnel, says the Daily Telegraph.

The Times says the Christmas travel plans of more than 100,000 people are in disarray.

For the Daily Mail, Eurostar's bosses now face an uphill battle to win the public's confidence.

The Independent demands that they must explain what went wrong and what they plan to do differently from now on.

Climate disappointment

There is widespread dismay at the outcome of the Copenhagen summit.

What did it actually achieve? the Daily Mail asks. Precious little, it says under the headline "Brokenhagen".

The Daily Telegraph describes the climate change accord as a wilting fig leaf. Worse than useless, in the view of the Financial Times.

A considered reading of the agreement by the Guardian reveals that it is "not just inadequate, but in fact utterly empty".

Lordly sums

For its main story, the Daily Telegraph turns its attention to expenses claimed by members of the House of Lords.

Official figures seen by the paper indicate more than 100 peers each claimed in excess of £50,000 last year.

The Financial Times reports that budget cuts at British missions overseas will mean no sherry or cucumber sandwiches at ambassadors' receptions.

The axe has also fallen on diplomats' allowances, counter-terrorism and projects to improve security, it says.

Christmas shopping

There were no limits on spending among Christmas shoppers over the weekend.

The Daily Mirror says they ignored the recession and went on a £5bn spree. The Sun's headline is "We Spree Kings".

But the Daily Telegraph reports that the level of discounting was less generous than last year.

Best-selling items, the Guardian says, were gift foods, electronic games and traditional board games.

According to the Daily Mail, leading stores have sold out of the most popular ranges of Lego.

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