The front pages reviewed at midnight: Thursday 30 December 2010

I would really love to be back with a bang after my Christmas break but its more of a wimper as the papers are all relatively dull. But it is the holiday period after all.

The Times – “Unions plot campaign of Easter strikes”

My favourite part of this story is definitely the sub-heading “Royal wedding will not be spared”. But this is an interesting piece about a potential general strike over the Easter period. The article uses a lot of quotes from Mark Serwotka, leader of the PCS union, but it is unclear whether these have been said to The Times or not. Having said that the threat of the biggest strikes since 1926 is clearly a big deal and while the story isn’t particularly well sourced it will still be a key issue for 2011.

The Guardian – “Police demand new stop and search powers

The Guardian alledgedly has a mole on the inside of negotiations between the government and the police about the replacement of the controversial Section 44 – which was used to stop and search people randomly until it was scrapped this year. Apparently the police have accepted that the old law gave them too much power but are lobbying for a more restricted version of the same thing. An interesting reminder that civil liberties will be a big issue in 2011, not least within the coalition.

The Daily Mail – “One in six will live to be 100”

Very little to say about this story really. One in six people are now predicted to live to 100 and that means the Queen will have to sign a lot more cards of congratulations.

The Telegraph – “10m alive in Britain today will live to be over 100

Having said that The Telegraph obviously think it is important enough to splash with as well.

The FT – “Fines by market watchdog hit record” The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has announced a record haul of £89m in fines for the year, including massive amounts from heavyweights like JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs.

The Independent – “Europe to ban hundreds of herbal remedies

Very rarely do health stories hit the front pages and this seems like an attempt by the Indy to heat up a cool night’s news. Herbal medicines that have been used in the country for many years face tough new European sanctions, apparently. What is unclear about this story is what is new about it – the law comes into place in 4 months and the article doesn’t say that it was announced in the last few days.

If you only read one: The Times

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