Front pages reviewed at midnight: Friday 11 February 2011

The word of the night is surely ‘clings’ with the Times, the Indy and The Guardian all using it in their headline. The Telegraph and The Mail stick with their policies of ignoring Egypt, with the Telegraph going with state school pupils at top universities and The Mail declaring victory over Europe.

The Telegraph – “University elite forced to take quotas of state pupils”

Universities may be forced to take a fixed number of students from state schools or from poorer backgrounds in exchange for charging £9,000 fees, according to new legislation. Where the story falls down is that it uses state school and poorer backgrounds interchangably, so it feels a little muddled. My favourite line is when an unnamed private school headteacher happens to say the exact same thing that many Telegraph readers are thinking. “The move would punish talented pupils from private schools who would lose out simply because of their background, they said.”

The Times –  “Mubarak clings on” On nights where one story has dominated the news agenda (such as the student protests) I have often compared and contrasted the opening sentences of the papers stories to show the differences between them. Tonight it is interesting how similar The Guardian and The Times are on this issue.

The Times “President Mubarak enraged millions of Egyptians last night with a defiant address to his nation in which he refused to stand down or lift the country’s hated emergency laws.”

The Guardian – “President Hosni Mubarak dashed the hopes of hundreds of thousands of Egyptians celebrating what they expected would be his resignation speech last night by defiantly telling them he would not bow to domestic or foreign pressure.”
to quit.

They appear very much to be singing from the same hymn sheet. Both the left and right-wing papers accept it is time for him to go.

The Guardian – “Egypt’s hope turns to fury as Mubarak clings to power”

See above.

The Independent – “As Mubarak clings on… what next for Egypt”

The Daily Mail – “Day we stood up to Europe

Someone should explain the distinction between the European Court of Human Rights and the EU to the Mail. The ECHR was set up in 1959 and is, lets stress this, completely autonomous of the EU. Therefore to say it is the “day we stood up to Europe” when Europe is commonly thought of as a short hand for the EU is somewhat misleading.

However, the article focuses on the near unanimous decision by parliament to maintain a 140 year-old ban on prisoners having the right to vote.

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