Elsewhere there is further hostility. The Daily Mail says: 'Seldom in modern politics has there been so brutal a miscalculation of the public mood.'
The Daily Telegraph describes the announcement on pits as a humiliating climb-down. However, it says: 'The Government has adopted its only sensible course in the face of the coal debacle. Throwing dignity and intellectual coherence to the winds, it has retreated far enough to avoid defeat in the Commons.'
The Daily Express agrees, saying: 'Mr Heseltine's statement yesterday and his performance in the debate tomorrow may well save the Government from an embarrassing Commons defeat.'
But the Financial Times, beneath the headline 'A government on the run', says even Michael Heseltine cannot make a retreat look like a victory.Reuse content