Boris Johnson’s appeal to get children back to school receives support across a number of editorials.
The Daily Express backs the idea that there’s a “moral duty” to ensure the return of pupils. It argues that while schools aren’t wholly without risk, going back is the right thing to do.
The paper devotes its front page to new research from Public Health England which reveals that teachers are far more likely to transmit the virus than the children in their schools. Two thirds of outbreaks recorded in June and July were found to be either staff-to-staff, or staff-to-pupil transmission.
It reports that the Ministry of Justice is considering the move – which would include videoed cross-examinations – in a bid to prevent victims from being intimidated by attackers in court.
Justice minister Alex Chalk tells the paper it is vital to protect the vulnerable without reducing a defendant’s right to a fair trial.
Dame Vera Baird, the victims’ commissioner, describes the change as “essential” to ensure increasing numbers of victims don’t give up on the justice system.
It says police were forced to break up at least 100 mass gatherings across Britain over the weekend.
Margaret Thatcher earned herself the nickname “the milk snatcher” by ending free school milk in the 1970s.
The paper says currently about one and a half million children receive free or subsidised cow’s milk. Schools are able to serve plant-based alternatives if they’re calcium-enriched but these don’t receive the school milk subsidy.
Dr Shireen Kassam, a campaigner for plant-based diets tells the paper: “The wrong foods are being subsidised; access to fruit or vegetables for our children would be much more beneficial.”
The BBC has said its still finalising arrangements for the Last Night to ensure it complies with Covid-related guidance.