Front pages reviewed at midnight: Tuesday 8 February 2011

The Guardian leads with the failings of the Big Society, the Indy bemoans the failure of the Egyptian revolution, The Telegraph calls on Cameron to do something about Lockerbie and The Mail focuses on junk food.

The Guardian – “No 10 blocked over rescue bid for Big Society” Interesting scoop about the conflict between cabinet members over funding for David Cameron’s flagship policy – the ‘big society’. Apparently Eric Pickles (communities and local government minister and the roundest man in Westminster), vetoed the proposals to effectively ring-fence some money for ‘big society’ projects, a plan that was backed by number 10. By about half way through the article it becomes a debate about Pickles’s ability, with sources saying he is not up to the job.

The Independent – “Egypt’s revolution: will it run out of steam?”

Interesting that the Indy has Donald Macintyre writing about Egypt instead of Robert Fisk, the first time since the protests began two weeks ago. The piece suggests that Cairo is returning to normality, with the number of people on the streets dwindling and shops and restaurants opening as usual. The ‘domino effect theory’ predicted across the Middle East may just be about to be proved wrong.

The Daily Mail – “Junk food diet hits a child’s IQ

A new study suggests a direct (though not necessarily causal) link between junk food and IQ levels. Apparently kids who consume more junk food as toddlers have lower IQ’s several years later. Apparently “The project at Bristol University took account of factors such as social class, breastfeeding and maternal education and age,” i.e. they have isolated junk food as a variable.

The Telegraph – “Lockerbie bomber: US puts Brown in the dock” On the back of the revelations that Gordon Brown was actively involved in trying to secure the release of the man convicted for the Lockerbie bombings (lets not go into the issues with the trial), US politicians have been pushing for the UK government to launch an investigation into the government’s role. Cameron’s response will almost certainly be that it was an internal Scottish Government matter and therefore nothing to do with the British government, but the pressure on the government to be seen to be doing something is growing.

If you only read one: The Telegraph probably.

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2 responses to “Front pages reviewed at midnight: Tuesday 8 February 2011

  1. Why no criticism of Fleet Street’s failure to put the drama at St James’ Park on their front pages. Triumph through adversity, surely a Street staple.

  2. Pingback: On The Brink Of A World War

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