Newspaper headlines: ‘Amazon tax’ to save High Street

The Guardian Saturday

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The Guardian leads with comments from Chancellor Philip Hammond after retailer House of Fraser went into administration. In an interview with Sky News, Mr Hammond suggested extra taxation on online retailers – dubbed an “Amazon tax” – could be used to help the struggling High Street. Meanwhile, the main picture is of former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman who claims US President Donald Trump has used the N word. The White House says her claims are false.

i weekend

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The i also leads with comments from the chancellor, who said taxation should be “fair” between online and High Street companies. The paper says Mr Hammond is “seriously” considering the option of a possible new tax.

Mirror Saturday

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The Mirror also reports on the prospect of heavier taxation for online retailers. The paper says Mr Hammond’s suggestion that “we may have to rebalance the playing field” is a “big victory” for its own High Street Fightback campaign.

The Financial Times weekend front page

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And according to the Financial Times, Sports Direct’s takeover of House of Fraser shows boss Mike Ashley is “keeping faith” in the High Street. But the paper’s top story is the crisis for Turkey’s lira, after the currency plunged as US President Donald Trump doubled tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminium. Other emerging market currencies like South Africa and Russia also dropped as the lira fell, the paper reports.

The Times Saturday

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Amazon also features on the Times’ front page but for a different reason. The paper reports that Amazon is to be banned from claiming that it can guarantee next-day delivery for Prime customers. It says the Advertising Standards Authority will rule next week that offers of “unlimited one-day delivery” are misleading and it must make clear that some Prime items cannot be delivered the next day.

The Telegraph Saturday

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Saturday’s Daily Telegraph leads with comments from Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg who, writing in the paper, argues that criticising Boris Johnson over his burka comments “merely helps the opposition”. Mr Rees-Mogg says Mr Johnson is being set up for a “show trial” because of Theresa May’s “personal rivalry” with him. He claims disciplinary proceedings are being used to stop Mr Johnson from becoming leader of the party.

The Sun

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Saturday’s Sun also leads with the latest on former foreign secretary Boris Johnson. According to the paper, there are reportedly plans within the Conservative Party to make Mr Johnson undergo diversity training following his remarks saying people wearing burkas looked like “letter boxes”.

Daily Mail Saturday

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Meanwhile, a photograph of Jeremy Corbyn makes the front of the Mail, which reportedly shows the Labour leader during a wreath-laying ceremony at a cemetery in Tunisia. According to the paper, Mr Corbyn is standing near to the graves of members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation including one man who was involved in the 1972 Munich Olympics attack. It was previously reported that Mr Corbyn had attended such a ceremony in 2014.

Daily Express Saturday

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The Daily Express reports that a veteran of the “Cyprus emergency” in the 1950s has been contacted over alleged “wrongdoing” during the conflict. The newspaper calls it a “witch hunt” and says that critics have said “it’s only a matter of time before claims are made about British forces in the Second World War”. The government says it is defending a claim “for compensation, not a criminal investigation”.

Daily Star Saturday

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Former glamour model Samantha Fox is on the front page of the Daily Star. She has reportedly demanded an apology from police for being linked to a sex offence trial, which she says led her to being “viciously trolled”.

The purchase of House of Fraser by Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley is the lead story for many of Saturday’s newspapers.

In its leader column, the Daily Mirror calls it a “welcome boost for the ailing high street” and calls on Mr Ashley to promise to protect the 59-store chain’s workforce.

But the Daily Express says the fact the department store is struggling is “extremely worrying”. It says the traditional British High Street is dying in front of our eyes and businesses should be taxed more fairly to create a level playing field with internet-based firms.

The Sun newspaper agrees and says the chancellor should cut business rates and ensure online companies like Amazon pay everything they owe.

But the Independent says it is the government’s fault there are tax loopholes – not the fault of businesses.

Boris Johnson burka row

Meanwhile, the storm created by Boris Johnson’s comments about Muslim face veils continues.

The Guardian reports that the Equality and Human Rights Commission called the former foreign secretary’s comments “inflammatory and divisive”.

The Sun says Tory bosses have been branded “a joke” after it emerged Mr Johnson could be sent for diversity training as a potential sanction for his comments.

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Mr Johnson sparked a row after describing women in burkas as looking like “letter boxes”

And the Daily Telegraph blames the summer silly season for allowing the row – which it calls an “increasingly bizarre controversy” – to dominate headlines.

The newspaper says the issue is a “self-inflicted wound” for the Conservatives and claims no-one is being allowed to discuss serious issues for fear of being branded a racist. “We are in the realms of censorship and thought crime”, it says in its leader column.

According to the Daily Mirror, Mr Johnson – who is on holiday in Italy – remained relaxed after being informed the Conservative Party was holding a probe into his comments about the burka.

The paper says it understands that after being told in a phonecall, the former foreign secretary dived into the pool at his villa.

Turkish lira plunges

Turkey’s currency crisis is the main story for the Financial Times, after the country’s lira lost nearly a fifth of its value on Friday as US President Trump announced new tariffs.

According to the newspaper, the “defiantly unorthodox reaction” of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – urging people to trade gold and dollars for lira and referencing God – “spooked” the markets further.

The Times calls it the financial markets’ “most serious crisis since the global crash a decade ago”.

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On the front page of the Daily Mail is a picture of Jeremy Corbyn in Tunisia which the newspaper claims shows him standing close to the graves of Palestinian militant leaders during a memorial service. The newspaper reports that sources close to the Labour leader say the event, in 2014, was to commemorate Palestinians killed in an Israeli air strike in 1985.

The Daily Mail also points to a new opinion poll which suggests the Conservatives have a four-point lead over Labour.

Research funding gender balance

Meanwhile, leading female scientists are calling for urgent changes to the way research funding is distributed to tackle gender bias, the Guardian reports.

Data acquired through a Freedom of Information request seen by the paper reveals almost 90% of grants handed out by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council over the past decade have gone to projects led by men.

In 2016/17 less than 7% of grants went to teams led by a woman. And when women were awarded funding they got less money than their male colleagues. The Council tells the paper it has made progress with improved representation of women on its peer review panels and a £5m initiative to speed up culture change.

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Idris Elba has long been touted as a possible successor to Daniel Craig

“The name’s Elba, Idris Elba,” says the Daily Mail as it reports that the producer of the Bond film franchise, Barbara Broccoli, has said a black actor playing the spy “will happen eventually”.

The Daily Telegraph and the Times both believe the news has improved the chances of Elba getting the role.

The Luther actor has been a leading candidate since leaked documents revealed four years ago the company’s co-chairwoman had put him forward for the part, the Telegraph reports.

And the Mail and the i both report that Australian politicians have been inundated with requests for portraits of the Queen after the website Vice pointed out that citizens were legally entitled to a free picture of the monarch.

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