A little suprised that none of the papers have tried to set the political agenda this week by splashing with the upcoming byelection. As it is the Indy and the Guardian lead with the killing of the Arizona Congresswoman, The Times continues to congratulate itself on doing some reporting, the Mail take Cameron to task on petrol prices while The Telegraph has the scoop of the night.
The Times – “Child safety merger condemned as ‘dangerous'”
The paper is still trying to create momentum for its big scoop last week about child sex gangs in the Midlands. The paper leads with condemnation over the decision by the Home Secretary to allow the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) investigate the scandal. Nothing new here really.
The Guardian – “US gripped in row over rightwing rhetoric after Arizona killings” The paper leads with the big story of the weekend, doing a summing up of the killing of a US Congresswoman. The paper asks whether whether “inflammatory rightwing rhetoric was to blame” for the shooting spree, which killed six. The inference is that rightwing rhetoric by the Tea Party and figures like Sarah Palin have endangered Democrats.
The Independent – “The victim of a debased political culture”
The paper leads with an incredible piece in which Jonathan Raban claims he was “hardly suprised” that Gabrielle Giffords was killed in Arizona. He, like the Guardian, blames Sarah Palin’s list of 20 political figures she disliked on which Giffords appeared. For Raban the killing “seemed to grow out of America’s present disturbed and angry climate, like a killer-tornado or hurricane: awful, yes, but part of the weather, and, in some sense, only to be expected.”
The Mail – “Play fair on petrol prices”
The Mail is just starting to give David Cameron a hard time – more than the rest of the right-wing papers – and they lead with another potential election promise the PM may break. Before May 5 last year Cameron pledged to introduce a ‘fair fuel price stabiliser’ – which would see fuel duty rise and fall as market prices fluctuated. He said at the time that government would share the cost of oil price changes. Now it appears he is unsure whether the scheme is feasible and the Mail is urging him to honour his commitment.
The Telegraph – “Firms get powers to sack the slackers”
The most interesting story of the night, the government is to make it easier for employers to sack staff who it is felt are underacheiving. The new “employers’ charter” will allow companies to sack workers during the ﬁrst two years of
their employment without the threat of being taken to a tribunal for unfair dismissal, whereas currently the law is only one. This may grow into a big story this week if it is proved correct.
If you only read one: The Telegraph