The Rio Olympics are described by many of the papers as our “greatest games”.
The Sunday Express hails a “Golden era for Britain”. In its opinion column, the paper says the Team GB medal haul is “not bad for a country the Russians described as ‘just a small island to which no-one pays any attention’.”
The Sunday Mirror declares: “We glove it” – a reference to the boxer Nicola Adams, who retained her gold of four years ago.
The Sunday Telegraph, which describes Adams as “Yorkshire’s smiling assassin”, says Team GB “has truly stolen the show”.
The front page of the Sunday Times features a collage of Team GB’s gold medallists under the headline: “Our glorious golden games”.
The paper’s lead story says Theresa May will harness the spirit of Britain’s Olympic “world beaters” to draw up a blueprint for Brexit.
The business and energy secretary, Greg Clark, tells the paper the government will adopt the same approach of backing “excellence” that has catapulted Team GB to Olympic glory.
The Sun on Sunday reports that the radical preacher Anjem Choudary, who was convicted of inspiring jihadists, is to be imprisoned in an isolation unit to stop him promoting violence in jail.
The paper says ministers have brought forward plans for new self-contained cell blocks to stop extremists brainwashing vulnerable young inmates.
The Telegraph says these “prisons within prisons” are expected to be built in up to eight high security jails in the UK and each will house fewer than 50 people.
The Mail on Sunday quotes the Justice Secretary, Liz Truss, who says she is committed to countering the spread of the “poisonous ideology” of Islamic extremism behind bars.
‘Public health emergency’
The government will be urged this week to give British passports to the 50,000 health workers from the European Union working in the UK, both the Sunday People and the Sunday Mirror report.
The prime minister has said she will not guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK until Brussels rules on British people living in Europe.
But the centre-left think-tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research, tells the papers that if even half of the EU NHS workers leave the country, there would be a “public health emergency”. According to the Mirror, one in 10 NHS doctors is from another EU country.
The Observer, meanwhile, has seen the results of a survey of UK doctors, carried out with the help of the British Medical Association, which suggests that “dangerous” understaffing in hospitals is so rife that signs of illness are being missed, blood tests delayed and newly qualified doctors left in charge of up to 100 patients. The Department of Health told the paper there were 25,000 extra clinical staff on wards since May 2010.
Woolly mammoths could gain protection under the world’s toughest wildlife and conservation trade rules despite being extinct for 4,000 years, according to the Sunday Times.
The proposal, which will be discussed at a conference next month, comes after tons of mammoth ivory were exposed in melting permafrost in Siberia. The mammoth is long past saving but elephant tusks are often passed off as mammoth, posing a threat to currently endangered species.