Newspaper headlines: 'Fed up Rishi?' and 'is nothing sacred?'


Most of the front pages focus on Rishi Sunak's plan to revive the government's Rwanda policy, after the Supreme Court ruled the scheme was unlawful. "PM fights back" declares the Daily Express, which describes him as "defiant". The Times says Mr Sunak has pledged to do "whatever is necessary" to get flights to Rwanda off the ground by the next election. The Guardian says Mr Sunak has "staked his political credibility" on pushing through emergency legislation to resurrect the policy. But The Independent's headline calls him "rattled".

The Daily Telegraph reports that Conservative rebels have warned that Mr Sunak's proposed new emergency law to declare Rwanda safe doesn't go far enough, and could still be obstructed by the European Court of Human Rights. The Times argues that Mr Sunak is right to, as the paper puts it, "exhaust every last judicial avenue in pursuit of a solution to the small boats crisis". But it warns that he's now at risk of "breaking his contract with an electorate anxious to see migration controlled" and urges ministers to prioritise action, not rhetoric. The Sun's editorial says it "cautiously welcomes" the government's new approach to "get those flights off the ground" but says the paper and its readers are "sick of broken promises". The Daily Mail suggests Mr Sunak's reaction to the Supreme Court judgement has revealed a new aspect of his personality".

More than 50 Labour MPs defying Sir Keir Starmer on last night's vote for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict, is reflected in most of the papers. The Telegraph says Sir Keir "suffered the biggest rebellion of his leadership" so far. The headline in the Daily Express is "Starmer's revolt". The Times says Sir Keir was "unrepentant" as the Gaza vote split his party. Writing in the i, Jane Merrick says the rebellion is not going to cause irreparable damage to the Labour leader, but she argues he has "suffered a serious challenge to his authority".

Photographs of Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales, in the latest series of The Crown feature in many of the papers. The first instalment of the final season arrives on Netflix today, covering the princess' death. The Guardian says the entire cast provide "brilliant performances" but they cannot lift what it calls "crass writing". The paper also says the series is "impossibly hamstrung by being set well within living memory". In its review, the Daily Mirror says that, despite some flaws with these latest episodes, "Netflix's jewel in the crown continues to sparkle".

Finally, the Times reports that with international travel booming again, families are paying for their pet chickens to stay at "hen hotels". The number of chickens, and other similar birds, being kept as pets in the UK has shot up in recent years - from 400,000 in 2020, to almost 1.5 million last year. Some hen hotels are apparently offering their feathered guests soft bedding, fresh fruit and soothing classical music.

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