Front pages reviewed at midnight: Wednesday 30 March 2011

Tonight’s papers are very diverse, mainly based on the fact there is not a lot of news about. The Mail leads with cloned food, the Independent has the AV Campaign, The Times goes with Heathrow and the Telegraph has nuclear power. Only the Guardian leads with Libya.

The Daily Mail – Cloned meat betrayal

The Mail is incensed by the government’s decision to allow food from cloned animals to be sold alongside other food without special labelling. My favourite bit is the use of the word ‘Frankenfood’ to describe it…

The Times – “Terminal decline: the verdict on Heathrow”

Heathrow airport is actually pretty crappy at providing customers with a good service, according to a new survey. You probably didn’t need a survey to tell you that though.

The Telegraph – “Clegg: our new nuclear plants may not be built”

Nick Clegg has said that the rising cost of nuclear power in the wake of the Japanese earthquake may mean that the next generation of power plants are never made. Dig a little deeper into the story though and the quotes are a little weaker than you might expect. “We have always said that there are two conditions for the future of nuclear power.  They [the next generation power gested that energy firms would struggle to stations] have to be safe, and we cannot let the taxpayer be ripped off, which is what they always have been in the past.”

The Independent – “Yes”

The Independent hails the launch of the AV Referendum by urging its readers to vote Yes in just over a month’s time. It asks ‘why should we care’ before responding with: “This newspaper’s campaign for electoral reform began
after the 2005 general election, where Labour won a double-digit majority with the support of just 35 per cent of those who voted.”

The Guardian – “Coalition ready to arm rebellion if Gaddafi clings to power”

Hillary Clinton has said that for the first time she believes it is legitimate to arm the Libyan rebels under UN Resolution 1973. It is a dubious and controversial interpretation of protecting civilians by ‘any means necessary’ and will no doubt cause further political issues with the Chinese and Russians already unhappy about the action.

If you only read one: The Guardian


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