Papers Reviewed: The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times
Topic of article: Politics, Immigration
Headline: Border Farce
Author(s): Nick Parker
Analysis: The article aims to create outrage within readers regarding the state of the UK border system, demonstrating it as a system which is fooled by commonplace deception. The Sun will have you believing that the UK border force was tricked by a refugee with a fake British passport today. It will have you believing that we’re allowing a load of terrorists through our lax borders. It will have you believing that many others are getting in through the UK the same exact way. We need tighter controls on our borders, that’s the clear message here. Thing is, it’s obvious that the refugee was caught at a British airport, at British border controls with this fake passport. So actually, this guy did not fool the UK border system. Nonetheless, The Sun is absolutely outraged, he was still ‘waived in’. But what exactly does ‘waived in’ mean? That the individual has now been granted asylum into the UK? That he’s living freely in the UK? Nah, that’s not how it works. He was probably brought in for questioning and detained for violating visa laws. Will the article let the readers know this? Of course not, instead opting to provide an image of a refugee who has been immediately granted a right to live within the UK. Oh, and of course, the article goes on to allude to what this means for terrorism. Really, the point is not hard to get, The Sun is doing a non-subtle job to provide a link of increased terrorism and taking in refugees. Any stats to prove this? Course not. Sigh… let’s just hope the UK never enters a war and its citizen’s require a compassionate stance from other countries regarding immigration.
Topic of article: Politics, Brexit
Headline: PM bid to calm Brexit row by naming new EU envoy
Author(s): Patrick Wintour, Anushka Asthana, Rajeev Syal
Analysis: The swift new replacement for the British representative of the EU is represented within this article as a move by May to avoid a civil service revolt against the government. Ian Rogers’ resignation has raised reports within newspapers that the civil service is getting increasingly dissatisfied with the direction of May’s Brexit strategy. The Guardian highlights how Sir Tim Barrow as a replacement is a strategic move by May in order to prevent a more dissatisfied and vocal civil service from forming. The article does its job in informing us on Barrow’s prior career, his views on the EU and how his previous heavy involvement with the EU, in order to give weight to the Guardian’s accusation that this is a plot by May. Staunch Brexiters are said within the article to be angry at his appointment, however who these people are is not mentioned. In all, the article informs us on who the new guy is, why it’s a smart move by May to have appointed him and what might have motivated his appointment. But most of the article is speculation, based on a concrete knowledge of the dissatisfaction among the civil service.
The Daily Mail
Topic of article: Health
Headline: Dementia risk ‘rises if you live near a busy road’.
Author(s): Ben Spencer
Analysis: The DailyMail sells today’s edition of its paper by suggesting that pollution is linked to dementia in a substantial way. I have a question for everyone. Will people actually believe today’s crazy headline? Being near a busy road increases your chance of dementia.. wait for it, by a huge 12%. The article doesn’t mention which study states this, or their range of participants within the study. So we just gotta take the DailyMail’s word for it. Although it is possible for pollution to increase the chance of getting dementia, this is barely significant especially compared to other factors such as strokes, or brain tumours are bigger factors which influence Alzheimer’s at a greater rate. So what’s the purpose of this article really? To encourage a generation of agoraphobics? Cos providing the public balanced and accurate information is not what this article does.
Topic of article: Politics, Brexit
Headline: Mandarins revolt over May’s Brexit leadership
Author(s): Sam Coates, Michael Savage, Matt Chorley
Analysis: The article points to the possibility of a civil service revolt, caused by the lack of direction that the government has for leaving the EU.
Upon googling the definition for mandarin, you get the result of a very powerful person in government, sometimes too powerful to ignore, mostly within the civil service. It’s clear from simply deciphering the headline what the article is getting at, its is letting the public know that the civil servants are concerned of May’s Brexit plans and lack of clear direction. This will not surprise people who voted remain, but may strike a thaw for leavers. Despite the obvious rhetoric that the Times is promoting here, namely that the government doesn’t really know what its doing, the article provides both sides of why a prominent civil servant,Sir Ivan, resigned. Tory officials have stated that his resignation reflected his own unease of leaving the EU. In other words, his personal views clouded his ability to fulfill his role which requires political neutrality. This doesn’t really cut it however, especially once you learn within the article that he has been in the profession for 20 years. However, the article balances out this accusation with evidence that other civil servants and former diplomats have claimed that the civil servants are becoming irritated with the clear lack of direction that the government is taking. In addition to taking on neutral advice. The article therefore offers both sides of the story for what is going on within the civil service, but its clear from the sources provided which claim is stronger.