In the headlines
“Britain runs into the buffers,” says The Times, with only a fifth of rail services operating today as strike action begins. Labour, attempting to “steer a middle course”, hasn’t condemned the walkouts but has banned frontbenchers from picket lines. The government says the unions’ pay rise demands will only worsen inflation. But No 10 isn’t as bothered about soaring salaries in the City, says Paul Waugh in the I newspaper: a leaked memo shows that the PM’s chief of staff wants to ease restrictions on bankers’ bonuses in order to show “the benefits of Brexit”. As part of a crackdown on misbehaving tourists, the Spanish city of Vigo is imposing a £645 fine on beachgoers who urinate in the sea, says The Sun. It isn’t clear how exactly the “not pee sea” rule will be enforced.