British newspaper front pages review at midnight: Tuesday 2 November 2010

A quiet night again for Fleet Street. The Telegraph’s claims that prisoners are to get the vote may be a planted story but its a good one nonetheless and will probably lead the Today Programme’s bulletin tomorrow.

The Financial Times – “Debt costs jump for Lisbon and Dublin” – reports that borrowing costs have shot up for Ireland and Portugal, despite last week’s EU agreement to resolve future sovereign-debt crises. It quotes a Goldman Sachs economist who as saying that the agreement debunked the idea that the German taxpayer would underwrite all Eurozone nations. A worrying story for all Europhiles.

The Telegraph – “Prisoners to get the vote for first time” – picks up a story that has been rattling around for a few years about the campaign to allow prisoners the same voting rights as other citizens. The story seems to have been leaked to The Telegraph in an attempt by the governemnt to soften the story, and it is quick to stress that the Government is opposing the move. The decision will be announced tomorrow, it claims. It will also raise issues of British sovereignty, with the decision being forced down upon the government by a European court. A good story that is sure to be an issue all week.

The Guardian – “Passengers to face new curbs after terror plot” – reports on new measures intended to protect the travelling public from cargo-hold bombs. It is, to be honest, an incredibly weak story as indicated by the fact that it is forced to quote both David Cameron and Theresa May’s statements. Nothing to see here.

The Independent – “A cure for the common cold may finally be achieved as a result of a remarkable discovery in a Cambridge laboratory” – has the benefit of spelling out everything about the story in the headline. Kind of makes me a bit redundant though.

The Times – “Adoption changes to sweep away race rules” – suggests that white parents will soon be able to adopt non-white children (and presumably the other way around, but that is not mentioned). It comes from an interview with Children’s Minister Tim Loughton in which he says there was “no reason at all” why white couples should not adopt mixed-heritage children. The main problem with the story is that its source, Loughton, is not the person making decisions about adoption laws so his comments are really just speculation.

If you only read one: Telegraph and Times left fighting this one out…


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