A quick roundup of news stories from the Sunday papers relevant to the Politics course.
1: Empire of the Sun – The New Statesman
If the Murdoch tabloid dies, I reserve the right not to mourn.
2. Anger over marriage tax breaks– The Independent
George Osborne has infuriated Tory MPs by reportedly ruling out tax breaks for married couples in the Budget.
3. Andy Burnham: It’s a genie out of the bottle moment – Independent
The shadow Health Secretary is furious at the coalition’s plans for NHS reform, but reckons this is the one issue that could trigger David Cameron’s downfall. Matt Chorley meets Andy Burnham
Lib Dem deputy leader says health secretary should ‘move on’ to enable government to put NHS controversy behind it
5. David Cameron backs beleaguered Andrew Lansley in NHS row – Telegraph
David Cameron will today go into battle to support his beleaguered Health Secretary by insisting Andrew Lansley’s “leadership” is vital to push through much-needed reforms.
A terracotta bust of the 19th century Tory prime minister Benjamin Disraeli glowers over the burly shoulders of Eric Pickles as he sits at his desk, labouring away at reforming Britain’s planning system and dragging town halls into the 21st century.
7. The abuse of the Human Rights Act – Telegraph
It has allowed judges to downplay parliamentary legislation.
Lawyers criticise changes that could cloak sensitive information about state complicity in torture and threaten open trials
Governors defiant over ‘hit list’ as popular headteacher stands aside
10. RBS bankers arrested in tax fraud investigation – Guardian
HMRC says five current and former employees of Edinburgh-based bank were detained in investigation into personal financial affairs