Tuesday’s papers have plenty of advice for the prime minister ahead of the next round of Brexit talks.
The Guardian says Theresa May must not subordinate her judgement to the whim of “no deal Brexit hardliners“.
The paper says “the reckless dogma that would drive us to a Brexit without a deal enjoys no majority in Parliament or the country”.
Former Prime Minister David Cameron’s old spin doctor, Andy Coulson, writes in the Daily Telegraph that Mrs May should announce that she will stand down as leader before the next general election.
He says such a dramatic announcement could convince voters that “it’s not all about her but about the country”.
The Daily Mail columnist, Richard Littlejohn, is also frustrated with what he sees at the Tory Party’s introspection.
Fifteen months on from the EU referendum, he complains, “it’s still all about them“. The only thing that matters, he says, is getting Britain out of the EU as quickly as possible.
Several papers are alarmed by the warnings from the Care Quality Commission about the pressures facing the NHS and the care system.
It’s the front page story in the Daily Mirror, which says “savage Tory austerity” is killing “our most precious public service” – although the government says the vast majority of patients are getting good care.
The Daily Mail says unhealthy lifestyles are to blame for increasing rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and dementia.
The Times says it’s learnt that the term “junior doctor” could be banished from the NHS because it’s viewed as demeaning.
The chief medical officer for England, Dame Sally Davies, has apparently said that doctors need job titles that give them “the respect they deserve”.
She’s backing a call to rename qualified doctors with medical degrees – many of whom are in their late 30s and have been working for 10 years. At a time of low morale, it is hoped changing job titles would be a cost-free way of making the doctors feel valued and improving patient care.
The Spectator reports that Culture Secretary Karen Bradley, who is responsible for government policy on broadcasting, has complained of being hounded by TV Licensing for not having a licence for her constituency office.
A Culture department spokesman says the minister has now explained that she doesn’t have a television in her office. The Spectator’s gossip columnist, Steerpike, hopes that none of the minster’s staff have been watching the BBC iPlayer on their office computers – an offence that risks a £1,000 fine.
The Huffington Post reports that the founder of the the grassroots Labour movement, Momentum, is being lined up for a seat on Labour’s ruling body.
It quotes “multiple sources” as saying that Jon Lansman, who’s a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn, will run for one of three new places on the National Executive Committee.
The Times and the Daily Telegraph cast new light on a painting which the National Gallery describes as a Gainsborough masterpiece – but which it’s now being suggested contains rude symbols and sexual innuendo intended as an insult to its subjects.
“Mr and Mrs Andrews” portrays a fashionable young couple in a landscape soon after their marriage.
The artist’s biographer, James Hamilton, has told the Cheltenham Literature Festival that the inclusion of two donkeys trapped in a pen in the background; a gun he believes is a phallic symbol; and what he believes to be a phallic drawing on the wife’s skirt suggest Gainsborough had fallen out with the couple and was exacting revenge.