What the Newspaper Say – July 19
Boris Johnson forced to self-quarantine amid controversy Freedom Day dominates the country’s front pages.
the Daily Express echoed most newspapers, saying Mr Johnson was forced to turn around by public backlash after considering avoiding quarantine.
the Star of the day rounds on the PM with a title on the front page of “Flip flopping fop is a flipping flop”.
Just like the Daily Mirror, commenting on Mr Johnson’s “humiliating descent” on his self-isolation and the contrast of Freedom Day accompanying the Prime Minister’s warning to the nation to be careful.
The independent plays it straight, reporting that the 57-year-old urged the nation to follow the rules “after being forced into solitary confinement.”
the I says Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak will be in quarantine “after attempting to dodge (the) rules”.
the Financial Time also leads to the forced isolation of the couple.
And Subway calls Mr Johnson’s predicament “Checkers mate”, as he will be forced to spend Freedom Day in quarantine at the Prime Minister’s country residence.
From other pandemic angles, a predicted increase in Covid cases is behind Mr Johnson’s call for the nation to remain cautious as Freedom Day approaches, according to Time.
the Daily mail said business leaders and MPs had urged Mr Johnson to end the “pingemia”, saying the ongoing contact tracing program “brought Britain to its knees”.
And The daily telegraph is leading a “freedom day prank” amid calls for the Prime Minister to end the “pingdemia”.
In other news, The Guardian splashes with a talk about a “huge leak” which he says reveals the worldwide abuse of a spy weapon.