Outside Edge: News Junkie - Between the lines in last week's media

Why is charities minister Fiona Mactaggart smiling? Probably because The Sun published pictures of her Conservative opponent in Slough, fooling around with guns and knives. Robert Oulds protested that all the weapons were legal and the AK47 had been converted to single shot, but the paper wasn't having it: "Tory gun nut", was the verdict, and he's out on his ear.

Do you feel like this when you arrive at your place of work? "It's a lovely place to come in to. It's glorious to look at and it lifts your spirits." The words are from Eluned Santos, interviewed in The Guardian about her job with homelessness charity The House of St Barnabas. It occupies an 18th-century house in London's Soho Square, with chandeliers, ornate plasterwork and a cantilevered staircase.

In the picture, Eluned has a big smile too.

The Observer, meanwhile, revealed that £100m of your money and mine goes to educating the children of highly paid diplomats and generals at noted charitable establishments like Eton and Fettes, TB's alma mater. Must be a new angle on public benefit - the public pays, the wealthy benefit.

A flutter in the dovecotes near Coniston, where The Times reported the National Trust is breaking up High Yewdale Farm, bequeathed to it by Beatrix Potter in 1943. This is where Tom Kitten, Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck grew up. Is nothing sacred these days?

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