The Best and The Worst of the British Press

The British general election campaign took a striking turn when the deputy prime minister slugged it out with a protester on the campaign trail.

John Prescott was attending a Labor Party rally in North Wales on Wednesday when a protester threw an egg at his face from only a few inches a way, The Mirror reports. Prescott responded by punching his attacker in the face.

A scuffle ensued, with the protester shoving Prescott over a 2-foot-high wall. According to a farm worker attending the rally, "Somebody threw an egg and Prescott just turned around and thumped him."

The event has raised the profile of what was considered to be a very boring election campaign so far.

Super-Strong 'Superbugs'

More than one in 10 British children under the age of 10 may carry "superbugs" resistant to one or more antibiotics, The Guardian reports.

Research published in the New Scientist appears to have found that children carry resistance to antibiotics they have never even been given, suggesting they are building up the immunity through contact with friends, families and the food they eat.

The study took a sample of 539 children, and found that 11 percent of them were carrying a form of the E. coli bacteria that is resistant to chloramphenicol, a drug rarely given to children.

Even more astonishing, the paper reported, was that 3 percent had "bugs" resistant to ceftazimide, a drug used to treat conditions such a cystic fibrosis. One of the researchers, Michael Miller said: "This may just be the beginning of something that will take off in a big way."

'Dollies With Trolleys'

In an interview with today's Financial Times, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer was quoted as saying the European Union was set to develop into a federation of nation states.

"I would dare to prophesy that things will go this way. Certainly, not without crises or problems, but the pressure is in that direction," Fischer predicted.

He said such a federation made sense with the European Union expected to swell to 27 member states by 2004.

Top fashion designer, Julien McDonald is under fire over his plans to create "sexy" new uniforms for British Airways staff, The Independent reports. The Welsh-born designer, a favorite among the likes of Goldie Hawn, Geri Halliwell and Joely Richardson, said: "The girls will look very sexy and the men will look like strong heroes … air travel is a glamorous business and my aim to create the uniform which reflects this."

But union representatives were not thrilled by the designer's comments. They said flight attendants were already subjected to unwanted advances, and that trying to make them appear sexy would only make matters worse.

As one union leader said, flight crew should not be seen as "dollies with trolleys."

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