The front pages reviewed first: Friday 25 November 2010

Going to write my intro in the style of a limerick tonight. Feedback please.

The Guardian leads with the Met, the Indy goes with Ket (ling), The FT’s got Merv, the Mail’s got nerve, and the Telegraph has food you’ll regret.

Very sorry for that…

The Telegraph – “Cloned meat declared safe to eat.” This is a very interesting story about the chief specialist at the Food Standards Agency effectively saying that cloned meat is safe to eat. It follows the publication of a new report which declares the same. The article itself is written very straight, with a pro-cloning source and an anti-cloning source following each other in almost textbook style. The second story on the page has a fantastically over-optimistic headline: “Head’s widow urges Cameron to revise human rights law”. Why stop there? If you are going for things outside of his remit why don’t you ask him to shut down NATO, or rewrite the US constitution, or deliver you presents on Christmas eve?

The Guardian – “Police chief warns of new era of unrest” This is an interesting story about the claim by the commissioner of the Metropolitan police that the “game has changed” in regards to protests. This is a worrying, if somewhat predictable, reaction from the police. Watch out for some particularly draconian legislation in the next few years.

One further point – it does seem a little hypocritical that Labour politicians try and claim that they are opposed to higher fees (as Gareth Thomas does in paragraphs 7-8) without it being pointed out that they commissioned the Browne Review. All three parties would have brought in higher fees.

The FT – ‘Bank divisions are laid bare’ The paper reports on the governor of the Bank of England’s “excessively political” support for the coalition government’s fiscal cuts. The article suggests growng discontent about Mervyn King’s role from within the Bank of England. The most interesting quote in there comes from the Conservative leader of the Treasury Select committee Andrew Tyrie, who says: “This is a very significant day in the history of the Bank of England’s independence. A line may have been crossed, albeit with the best of intentions, and I would be surprised if it were crossed again.” While he is in a non-political role, this is still strong words from a former Tory shadow chief secretary to the Treasury.

The Independent – “Battle lines of protest.”  The paper leads with the biggest story of its day, but sadly that day was Wednesday. It leads with the controversial police policy of ‘Kettling’ – effectively trapping large groups of protesters in one place for hours on end – a good analytical take on the march. But this was yesterday’s news and the Indy choose not to lead with it then. So it slips in the realm of being comment really.

The Daily Mail – “Will her nightmare never end?” Whatever else you might say about the Mail, they are rarely late with their stories. Everyone is so scared of them that they get a hell of a lot of scoops. But tonight they have been well and truly gazumped, leading with the top story from yesterday’s Telegraph. They obviously know that as the article is effectively comment, opening with the deliberately evocative line – “Grief etched on her face, Frances Lawrence betrays the despair of a woman let down at every turn after her ­husband’s murder.” It goes downhill from there… Oh and if you are looking for an objective assessment of the competing goals of human rights and criminal punishment, turn to page 25 for Richard Littlejohn’s analysis.

If you only read one: The Guardian

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One response to “The front pages reviewed first: Friday 25 November 2010

  1. A beautiful poem by a beautiful soul.

    And god love the mail, I have heartily enjoyed their front pages this week

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