Wednesday’s papers liken scenes at forecourts to the Wild West amid signs the fuel crisis is easing.
Despite Boris Johnson’s attempts to reassure drivers that the situation at petrol stations is “stabilising”, the i paper insists that the queues will last for days.
Industry sources tell the Times the disruption could go on for up to a month. While the Daily Mail says the prime minister faces a “battle to save Xmas”, having tacitly admitted that the problems with tanker drivers and other supply chains are likely to linger for months.
The Daily Express stresses that infrastructure weaknesses “cannot be ignored any longer”. Meanwhile the Financial Times notes that the pound dropped yesterday to its lowest level this year – because of fears the crisis could slow economic growth.
The Daily Mirror describes Sir Keir Starmer’s address to the Labour party conference as a “crunch speech”, offering him the chance to tell voters his story. Labour insiders raise concerns that he may struggle to make an “emotional connection” with the public, with one MP pointing out that as a lawyer he was “better at convincing the judge than the jury”.
The Daily Mail suggests he has to address his “absence of passion”.
The Sun predicts that Sir Keir will try “to consign… Jeremy Corbyn to the dustbin of history”. The Guardian concurs saying he will reject his predecessor’s legacy, while also accusing the government of being “lost in the woods”.
The Daily Telegraph expects him to embrace “a more pro-business stance”. And a party source tells the Times that his speech will show that Labour “will never again go into an election with a manifesto that isn’t a serious plan for government”.
Elsewhere, the Telegraph warns on its front page of a “fresh Brexit fishing war” after ministers rejected three-quarters of recent applications by small French boats to fish in British coastal waters. The Times suggests France wants the EU to threaten trade sanctions.
The Times reports that scientists believe people could live to 130 this century. Researchers have analysed the odds of dying past the age of 110, an age at which you’re dubbed a “supercentenarian”.
They found the mortality risk plateaus from this age with each year the probability of dying fixed at 50%. Those behind the study contend that makes older ages more plausible. But one expert suggests that “healthspan” is more valuable than “lifespan”.
The FT looks at a knee-high robot that’s designed to patrol your home. Amazon has launched the device, which its tech chief suggests will be in every property within 10 years. Analysts are less sure saying consumers may not like the privacy risks.
And an annual bonfire at Dulwich in south east London is to be replaced by a screening of a blaze on a large television, according to the Sun. “What the Fawkes is going on?” asks the paper. It emerges that the change has been made on environmental grounds. One mother suggests it’s pretty joyless and that she may as well stay at home and watch her own TV.