The Guardian says the £1.3bn committed to schools in England was intended to head off a revolt from Tory MPs who think the issue of school funding cost the party its majority.
The paper says the announcement was designed to “placate” schools and teachers before their summer holiday but has left many MPs – including Conservatives – concerned about unfairness.
In his parliamentary sketch in the Daily Telegraph, Michael Deacon asks what on earth the Department for Education had been doing that it could now save £1.3bn through “efficiencies”.
“A gold plated departmental water cooler?” he wonders, or “printers with ink made from unicorns’ blood?”.
The paper’s editorial says a revised funding formula for schools was inevitable given the political pressures but that success does not come through money alone and rigorous checks on spending are needed.
The Sun says it is right that schools get the money they need but without blowing billions which the country does not have.
The Times reports on “raised eyebrows” in Brussels that Brexit Secretary David Davis took part in less than an hour of talks with the EU.
The Guardian says his swift departure prompted suggestions that the government’s parliamentary weakness was impeding the talks, adding that EU officials have feared since the election that the lack of a majority in the Commons could hinder Brexit negotiations.
British officials insisted Mr Davis had always intended to leave after a meet-and-greet with his opposite number Michel Barnier.
With all these issues, questions of government in-fighting lurk close behind.
The Daily Mirror says Tory squabbles have “exploded into all-out war” in which the country will be the loser.
The Times warns government ministers that “careless talk” and “recklessness” could open the way for Jeremy Corbyn.
It says Philip Hammond has been strengthened by the election result, with his focus on a Brexit that protects the economy, and says cabinet colleagues should listen to him instead of seeing “a minor irritant in the path of the Brexit juggernaut”.
Concern about general election fraud is uppermost in the mind of the Daily Mail.
It leads with an investigation into what the Electoral Commission called “troubling” evidence that some students had voted twice in the election because they could easily register at their home address and their term-time address.
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The paper’s editorial warns of “the growing stench of fraud” and says this “glaring loop-hole” in election law should be closed.
Prince George is featured on many of the front pages in what the Times calls a “stubborn mood” during his visit to Poland.
The Telegraph says he was reluctant to perform his royal duties and he had to be persuaded to walk down the red carpet.
The Express says the prince may not have intended it but his nerves will turn out to be “a diplomatic triumph”.