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Papers criticise PM on migrants

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Gordon Brown's speech on immigration generates widespread comment from the papers - much of it critical.

"Better late than never" is the Daily Telegraph's verdict - after what it calls "Labour's decade of silence on an issue of such immense concern".

The Daily Mail says that the prime minister delivered no more than "reheated announcements".

But Mr Brown is praised by the Independent, which says his speech was firm, humane and principled.

Cold comfort

The Times's front page carries a photo of Natasha Paton - the 17-year-old girl killed in South Lanarkshire when a coach crashed in atrocious weather.

It reports that fellow pupils were furious that a 500-mile round trip to Alton Towers was allowed to go ahead - despite warnings of blizzards.

The Guardian describes how motorists and local people went to the rescue after the coach came off the road.

It says lorry drivers sheltered some of the children in their cabs.

Judgement call

The end of the first serious criminal trial in England and Wales held without a jury since the mid-17th century draws comment from the Daily Mirror.

It hopes the conviction of four armed robbers by a lone judge will not open the floodgates to similar hearings.

But it applauds the trial for sending out a clear warning to hardened criminals who see jury-nobbling as a "legitimate get-out-of-jail-free card".

In the paper's words, the "long arm of the law just got more muscular".

More fool you?

Bearing in mind that today is 1 April, some stories in the papers should be approached with appropriate scepticism.

The Guardian "reports" that Labour's election campaign will play on Gordon Brown's angry reputation, with the slogan: "Step outside, posh boy."

According to a story in the Daily Mail, stranded motorists will soon be looking skywards for assistance.

It says the AA is launching a new team of of rapid reaction "rocket men" in jet-packs to reach breakdowns quicker.



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