The Mail says that as the windiest country in Europe, the UK is perfectly placed to generate renewable electricity.
The Telegraph says Mr Johnson wants to show that his government is planning for the UK’s future beyond coronavirus as he tries to shake off the image of a prime minister trapped by events.
On that note, the Times reports that contact tracers’ phone lines crashed as they scrambled to reach tens of thousands of potentially infectious people missed because of an IT blunder.
The paper says tracers reported conversations disconnecting mid-call and then being frozen out of the software for up to half an hour as they tried to call back.
A computing malfunction is said to have caused phone calls to fail.
According to the Telegraph, the government’s 22:00 closure of pubs and restaurants in England could be thrown out in a Commons vote tomorrow after it emerged that dozens of Tory MPs are prepared to vote against it.
The paper says rebel Conservatives have been emboldened by comments from Chancellor Rishi Sunak questioning the wisdom of the measure.
And the Times reports that senior Conservative MPs are considering lodging a protest vote in the Commons today over the “rule of six” in England.
According to the paper, they believe it should be expanded to eight people and that children should not be included in the tally. But – the paper adds – the revolt is likely to be symbolic as Labour will back the current restriction.
The computer problem that led to a delay in tracing the contacts of nearly 16,000 people with coronavirus features on many of the front pages.
A world-beating fiasco is how the Metro describes it.
“Another day, another government coronavirus blunder”, the Daily Mirror sighs.
The paper says test and trace errors that may have been understandable at the start of the pandemic in March are unforgivable in October.
For the Express, the debacle makes a mockery of the test and trace system.
The Guardian asks how many people will be infected by the virus who might otherwise have escaped it, and how ill they will become as a result, remains to be seen.
The Sun criticises Public Health England for what it calls its routine incompetence.
What an unmitigated disaster it has been in our country’s hour of need, the paper declares.
The Times thinks the problems that have dogged the system stem from its centralised nature, compounded by the decision to outsource vital functions to the private sector.
Elsewhere in the paper, there’s news of technical glitches at the virtual Conservative Party conference.
It says some of the UK’s most senior industry figures – who had paid for accreditation to the conference – were expecting to take part in an exclusive online question-and-answer session with the prime minister and the chancellor.
But they were left staring at a buffering screen for almost an hour before it started.
Finally, if you’re one of those people who use hand signals such as writing in the air to get the bill at a restaurant or tapping your wrist to ask the time – beware.
These signals are at risk of dying out because they make no sense to the younger generation.
The Telegraph says card payments have reduced the need for chequebooks and most young people use their mobile phones rather than a watch to tell the time.
Dr Vyv Evans, a linguist, said: “Younger generations will not know what these signals are… as technology changes, they lose their value.”