Scottish newspapers: Horror in the Channel and Sturgeon ratings drop

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Many of the newspapers lead with the tragic events in the English Channel in which a girl and five women were seen among a group of people killed while trying to cross into the UK. The newspaper i calls it the “deadliest incident in the migration crisis in the English Channel”, as it said they were in search of a better life. The newspaper also says that French police have been criticized for appearing to see migrants launch small boats without intervention.

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The Daily Record calls it a “migration tragedy” because it reports the same story. The newspaper shows children sitting in a boat that it says was thrown “under the noses” of French police in France on Wednesday.

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The Herald says Boris Johnson has asked France to accept joint police patrols along the French Channel coast after the tragedy. The Herald, like all newspapers, reports 31 deaths, but 27 have since been reviewed.

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“Why didn’t France stop them?” asks the Metro while reporting “despair” over the tragedy, adding that the alarm was given at 2:00 pm local time by a fisherman who saw corpses in the water around his own boat.

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The Daily Telegraph reports on Boris Johnson’s response to the tragic events. The prime minister said France must “step up” and stop migrant crossings. On its front page, the newspaper features two of the 255 people who reportedly made the trip to England on Wednesday. He says the chaotic scenes on the Canal saw dozens of ships crossing in an attempt to beat impending bad weather.

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The Scottish Daily Express quotes the prime minister as saying that those who organized dangerous crossings were “getting away with it.” The newspaper also notes that two people were saved from the water after the incident.

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The Scottish Daily Mail leads with the same quote from the prime minister that was addressed to French President Emmanuel Macron. The cover image shows a French police car that appears to be standing behind a group of people placing a boat in the sea.

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The story of Channel’s deaths is also on the front page of The Times, but the main story claims that Nicola Sturgeon’s approval ratings have plummeted since the height of the pandemic and her domestic health and education record is believed to be down. making a dent in its popularity.

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The Scottish main story says that Scotland’s public health watchdog tried to delay releasing a report on Covid-19 nursing home deaths until after the Holyrood election. The document says Public Health Scotland was set to release a report on mortality data in nursing homes around Covid-19 on March 24, but this was later changed to “to be confirmed.”

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When 58-year-old Alan Smith fell ill in May, he had no idea it was the beginning of a six-month nightmare that would leave him “trapped” in a nursing home. He has been confined to a wheelchair, losing his independence and even his own home while awaiting leg surgery, writes the Evening Telegraph.

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The National says Belgian politician Jan Jambon has told ports in his region to “prepare for” the possibility of Scotland becoming an independent country after meeting Nicola Sturgeon during a trip to the UK. His role, the newspaper says, was to boost trade from the UK entering Belgian ports and he made his statement on the possibility of further trade with an independent Scotland.

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Edinburgh’s big Hogmanay celebrations could be in jeopardy after a public consultation on public events in the capital, according to the Edinburgh Evening News. The city’s winter festivals will undergo a radical rethinking after an opinion poll suggested a lack of public support for “mass gatherings,” demand for events to spread further across the city, and opposition to attractions and stalls selling alcohol.

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A devastating house fire in the Toryglen area of ​​Glasgow is the headline story of the Glasgow Times.

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The P&J looks at rural poverty in the Highlands and says the Highlands Council documents show a possible “catastrophe expected to happen” this winter. Overspending on Covid’s response means that the council’s welfare budget is already stretched as we hit the winter months.

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The Courier reports the sudden death of Perth restaurant owner Paula Tabourei, who died in her sleep of heart failure last Saturday. His family pays tribute in the article.

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The Evening Express begins with a police investigation involving an Aberdeen footballer.

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“The Thirst Noel” is the headline under the Scottish sun that claims millions of families are facing a less than happy Christmas as the supply chain crisis delays alcohol deliveries by two weeks. He says champagne, wines, gin and whiskey are the latest products to be affected by a lack of containers on ships, congested ports and a shortage of heavy vehicle drivers.

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And more alcohol affliction appears on the front page of the Daily Star, which says Buckfast Abbey has been hit by a drop in sales of its famous tonic wine.

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