Thursday 2nd February 2017

Papers Reviewed: The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times

The Sunsun-750

Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Crown Pussycution Service

Author(s): Andrew Parker (Reporter)

Analysis: The article describes that a woman who left a voicemail calling a man a “pussy” was taken to court where a judge, apparently, said there was no case. In a newstory where nothing much happened The Sun displays its outrage at political correctness and bureaucracy, in this painful play-on-word headline. The quotation comes from the QC saying “That’s an offence is it? Good heavens…” which illustrates the newspapers message that this was a “daft case” though there is no further detail on what crime the individual was being brought to court regarding. Unlike the other papers, this front page doesn’t mention Trump or Brexit, choosing this more light-hearted story to dominate their front page.

The Guardianguardian-750

Topic of article:  Politics

Headline: A fifth of Labour MPs defy Corbyn as Brexit bill passes

Author(s): Heather Stewart (Joint Political Editor); Rowena Mason (Deputy Political Editor)

Analysis:  The article describes the results of the Commons vote on Brexit negotiations continuing, with a focus on the 47 Labour MPs who defied Corbyn’s three-line whip.  The article mainly focuses on the failure of Corbyn to ensure his party voted for the bill which has been his challenge in recent weeks. It emphasises the two “fresh”  resignations from the shadow cabinet of Rachael Maskell and Dawn Butler before the vote, which allowed the MPs to vote against, and quotes from both including “can’t let future generations down” from Butler. Corbyn is described as “struggling” and in difficulty facing further “fresh reshuffle” after the shadow cabinet resignations in the summer. Boris Johnson, Brexiteer supreme, is also quoted describing how Britain will still contribute to the continent of Europe despite not being part of the Union. Overall the article presents mixed views regarding the vote from positively gleeful “delight” of pro-Brexti supporters to the “poor excuse of a bill” described by Butler which is the sentiment felt most strongly in the article.

 

Daily Maildaily_mail-750

Topic of article: Politics

Headline: We have lift off

Author(s): Jason Groves (Reporter); Daniel Martin (Chief Political Correspondent); Jack Doyle (Senior Political Correspondent)

Analysis: In a very different stance from The Guardian or The Times, this front page is in pure celebration of yesterday’s House of Commons Brexit vote describing it as a “momentous day for Britain.” The rhetoric of this article is that Brexit is “the will of the people” and therefore anything that slows it down such as MP voting against such as the 47 Labour rebels or the Supreme Court “betray” the people. The article partially presents Brexit as a battle to win back Britain, with this first step having been won, using the Union Jacks and Churchill illustrating this. The two quotes in the article support this view and are from Johnson and another unnamed conservative MP. Except from the reference to the rebel Labour MPs, the article generally avoids presenting any alternative viewpoints to pro-Brexit, except in that they were “crushed.”

 

The Timesthe_times-750

Topic of article: Politics

Headline: Tory revolt after MPs back Brexit

Author(s): Sam Coates (Deputy Political Editor); Oliver Wright (Policy Editor)

Analysis: Moving on from the vote to allow Brexit negotiations and discussions to commence in full, the article describes that Conservative MPs may rebel and vote against conditions of Brexit such as losing the right of EU citizens to remain in the UK. The article focuses on the “flashpoints” of the Brexit discussions that will be playing out in parliament over the coming weeks including the nuclear treaty and the “inhumane” idea that 3.3 million EU citizens would be made to leave the UK.  It is suggesting that though yesterday’s vote passed this is just the beginning of a difficult task for May: to balance her MPs demands with what EU negotiators will accept with one MP saying “No 10 should be scared” regarding their defiance. The article quotes from “senior tories” or “rebels” but doesn’t actually provide any names for these “more than half a dozen” Conservatives who may vote against the government, instead it quotes from David Davis and Liam Fox who says that whether EU migrants can stay is “one of our main cards” in negotiations.

 

Front page images from: The Guardian from Pressreader (http://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-guardian) other from Kiokso ( http://en.kiosko.net/uk/)

Reviewed by: Alice Edwards

 

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