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The Papers: PM’s ‘power grab’ and Harry and Meghan ‘axe team’


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The Papers: PM’s ‘power grab’ and Harry and Meghan ‘axe team’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The sight of Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid next to each other in cabinet meetings is a thing of the past The drama of Thursday’s cabinet reshuffle fills the front pages – with phrases such as “bloodbath” and “power grab” featuring again and again.Paul Waugh says on HuffPostUK that…

The Papers: PM’s ‘power grab’ and Harry and Meghan ‘axe team’

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The sight of Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid next to each other in cabinet meetings is a thing of the past

The drama of Thursday’s cabinet reshuffle fills the front pages – with phrases such as “bloodbath” and “power grab” featuring again and again.

Paul Waugh says on HuffPostUK that even though the prime minister’s chief strategist, Dominic Cummings, was not in the Downing Street study with Boris Johnson when Sajid Javid resigned, his presence “loomed like a thundercloud crackling with static”.

He writes that during their meeting, Mr Johnson congratulated the job his chancellor had done during the election campaign, only introducing the idea which would lead to Mr Javid’s resignation as a “throwaway” remark at the end of the meeting.

According to the Times, when the chancellor was asked to sack his advisers, he demanded to know what they’d been accused of – but received no answer and refused outright.

The Daily Mail points to the “anger” in Mr Javid’s resignation letter.

Several papers agree he was taking aim at Mr Cummings when he warned about the “character and integrity” of those around Mr Johnson.

Theresa May’s former aide, Nick Timothy, tells the Telegraph the resignation was “transparently engineered by No 10”.

An unnamed former cabinet minister tells the Politico website it seemed “perfectly obvious” Downing Street wanted to sack Mr Javid, but because Mr Johnson had promised not to fire him, he had to get him to resign.

For the Daily Express, Mr Johnson has demonstrated “ruthless, Thatcher-like determination” which will free “policy-making from Treasury inertia”.

But the Times believes this profound shift isn’t good. It argues that where prime minister should be concerned with overall political fortunes, the chancellor’s task is to safeguard the public finances.

And it says Mr Johnson may come to regret the move, if it leads to Britain’s fiscal credibility being questioned.

The Mail describes what it says is another bloodbath on its front page – the decision by Harry and Meghan to close their Buckingham Palace office and axe 15 staff.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have stepped back as senior royals

The paper thinks this is the surest sign yet that the couple and their son Archie are unlikely ever to return to Britain to live.

Several papers carry news of a device which could keep transplant hearts alive for a whole day and save the lives of thousands of people.

According to the Daily Mirror, the system works by surrounding the tissue with oxygen-rich fluid and is small enough to fit into carry-on luggage.

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The paper says currently three quarters of hearts transported for transplantation are of no use by the time they arrive – so, according to researchers, the new method could be a “game-changer”.

Many of us would perhaps disown the compilation tapes we made in the 1990s – but the papers have news of one mixtape lost in Majorca in 1993, only to turn up in an art exhibition.

According to the Sun, Stella Wedell was 12 when she put the compilation together for her Walkman. It includes Mr Vain by Culture Beat and Would I Lie to You? by Charles and Eddie.

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