Tonight’s papers are diverse in a kind of dull way. You know the way they say “its the taking part that counts.” All the papers have technically produced front pages, but none of them would get a gold star from the teacher. The FT comes out moderately ahead, just for the clarity of writing.
The Times – “Last flight of the Harrier”. Leads with a dull article in which some general has tried to claim that the conflict between North and South Korea shows the UK’s weakness in air power. The shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy has said roughly the same thing, just in a more boring way. He is quoted at length.
The Guardian – “School’s out: children take to the streets.” For some reason I don’t like the use of apostrophes in headlines. Just an odd dislike. Anyway, the paper leads with a typically sympathetic analysis of the education protest. It leads with the “tens of thousands of students and schools pupils” who walked out of class and protested, only mentioning the violence in passing. Interestingly it has a picture of a youth on the police van but it decides not to have it as the main story – partly because the pictures were a little staged.
The Daily Mail – “Rage of the girl rioters.” It leads with the incredibly patronising “Rioting girls became the disturbing new face of violent protest yesterday.” The use of the phrase “girls” is deliberately derogatory, implicitly implying that they are too young to make sensible decisions. Later on it makes it sound like a Malory Towers novel, actually using the phrase “truanting schoolgirls.” It makes no mention of the fact that the police van was smashed by men as well, and fails to note any suggestion that the police left the van in the middle of the crowd deliberately (as a number of people on the march suggested to me) so that the press would get their photos.
The Telegraph – “Headmaster’s killer held.” The paper picks up a story that it left a number of months ago about the death of the headmaster Philip Lawrence in 1995. It is in many ways a classic Telegraph law and order story of ‘weak sentencing’ and criminals reoffending. There is, as ever, an immigration element – the killer cannot be deported back to Italy as it would “breach his human rights.” It only very briefly mentions that he has lived in the UK since the age of five. Safe stuff from the Telegraph tonight.
The Independent – “Desperate fight to save the euro. ” The Indy must think that the Euro crisis is a big seller as they lead with it yet again. The article, however, offers little new apart from the suggestion that Belgium could join the list of countries in trouble
The FT – “Irish fail to dispel eurozone debt fears.” The paper leads with the Irish government’s decision to announce yet more cuts in public spending. An astute and comprehesive analysis of the Irish government’s reforms, as per the FT’s standard.
If you only read one: The FT