Time for a look at this morning’s papers, which feature plenty of discussion about the prospect of the chancellor raising taxes to pay for the costs of coronavirus support schemes.
the Times puts forward the case for tax hikes, saying the unprecedented economic difficulties require “a collective willingness of middle earners to pay for Britain”.
The Daily Express argues for a different approach, saying that increasing taxes would “destroy any hope of recovery”, and that they should be cut instead to grow the economy and support businesses.
The Daily Telegraph reports that a public information campaign aimed at getting people to return to workplaces has been postponed. It says the Cabinet Office delayed the project because of fears ministers could be accused of hypocrisy because of the low numbers of civil servants in Whitehall offices.
The paper says the data specialist was removed from a senior position at the Cabinet Office after an internal investigation in July.
A government spokesman said all standard vetting processes were carried out for the worker to be employed as a contractor, and that they had never met or spoken to Dominic Cummings.
She is one of only five people worldwide who’s known to have contracted the disease for a second time – and says she was told by doctors that she didn’t need to have another test when she went to hospital suffering from shortness of breath due to her previous positive diagnosis.
Writing in the paper, Dr Simon Clarke from Reading University warns that efforts to fight the virus will become much more difficult if re-infection becomes widespread.
The BBC’s decision to perform a U-turn on whether Land of Hope and Glory and Rule, Britannia! would be sung at the Last Night of the Proms features in many papers.
Leo McKinstry adds to the chorus of praise for Mr Davie, claiming his decision hints that he will “transform the corporation for the better”.
Writing in the i, the comedian Shappi Khorsandi says “BBC bashers should chill out”, but welcomes the director general’s plans to make comedy shows more impartial, suggesting that a greater emphasis should be placed on commissioning sitcoms and sketch shows rather than political satire.