Monday 31st July 2017
Papers Reviewed: The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times
Topic of article: The Royal Family
Headline: Grubby blood money
Author(s): Jack Royston (Royal Correspondent)
Analysis: The Sun express outrage at the use of film to be used in the Channel four show ‘Diana: In Her Own Words’ around the the 20th anniversary of her death. The quote comes from “ex-royal aide Dickie Arbiter” who is clearly unsupportive of the tapes being shown as they are described as “tawdry” and including Diana discussing her marriage to Prince Charles. The use of the word “pals” and citing this ex-royal aide suggests that those who had known Diana best are against the television programme including this and there is nothing on this front page to argue to support Channel Four “TV bosses” including it. It is unclear what sort of outcome will occur from this, though articles like this just increase promotion of the show if it is to be aired later this year. Moreover, Diana is a difficult character for the press as they both promoted her as the ‘people’s princess’ and also make arguably less supportive choices regarding her at different points (see Daily Mail below.) Moreover, the question of if this is morally wrong, to publicly show unseen tapes of someone after they have passed away if it will change their public image (or of others), is probably a wider issue may to come to a head here considering the public and press being so involved in Diana and her life.
Topic of article: Politics
Headline: Tensions flair in cabinet over free movement
Author(s): Anushka Asthana (Political Editor)
Analysis: The Guardian describes the clash within the Conservative party with the prime minister and some supporters being undermined by those MPs who are in dissent who tend to support softer Brexit in regard to the ‘transitional deal’ including immigration and trade issues. The article describes the rebelling side as Phillip Hammond, Amber Rudd and notable others who appear to be stepping out of party line of hard Brexit regarding tough campaign issues such as immigration. In addition, those attempting to reinforce that line are described as May, David Davis, Liam Fox and Iain Duncan Smith. The article describes how public statements on Brexit are being made by those Rudd and Hammond that have not been agreed with by other members of the party, as highlighted by a quote from Fox. These actions from Hammond and co. are particularly pertinent at a time whilst parliament is in recess, with many MPs who support Brexit away abroad (May, Johnson and Fox) and appears a somewhat manipulative move by Hammond. The article enhances a sense of deep division within the party including secret letters sent by Rudd, quotes from both sides describing uncertainty and the poignant reminder that the issue of the “transitional deal” has been “forced up the agenda” due to May’s performance in the general election. Overall, the article makes the party seem even more fragile and the Brexit negotiations fraught with tensions that are worsening rather than lessening.
Topic of article: Crime
Headline: Car rental firms don’t do repairs you pay for
Author(s): Louise Eccles (Personal Finance Correspondent)
Analysis: The newspaper reports the results of its own investigation into car rental companies charges for British customers. The newspaper is focussing on the frustrations of car rental customers who are charged for minor damages they may have caused to the car whilst they are renting it. The paper reports that the companies aren’t using the charges to fix the specific damage charged for but just fix the car when they sell it on or lower the selling price. The paper commonly pioneers a campaign like this, trying to seek and expose an unfair truth for the general public. However, as it has now passed this information onto the trading standards officers there is likely nothing that the paper or customers can actually do, except perhaps the action of boycotting the names rental companies on this basis which may be why they listed them, that is productive from this suspicion-mongering article. There is also the interest in the tone that this injustice is being done to “British tourists” as if rental cars aren’t used by people from all countries or that these companies don’t have British bases or charge tourists who are travelling in the U.K. in this way.
Topic of article: Politics
Headline: Hammond: we won’t be tax haven after Brexit
Author(s): Sam Coates (Deputy Political Editor); Adam Sage (Paris Correspondent)
Analysis: The article reports that Philip Hammond, chancellor, has made statements about Britain not changing it’s tax policy to become a ‘tax haven’ after Brexit. The article is set on the background of Hammond becoming more and more dominant and pioneering the ‘softer’ Brexit in contrast with what Prime Minister May, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have as their message. Moreover, the paper describes how Hammond himself in January said that lowering taxes to attract businesses was an option (and a negotiating card) if Britain lost access to the single market, which could still happen. Hammond appears to be trying to be more conciliatory towards European countries, by now saying this in a French newspaper interview, in contrast to his previous more aggressive comments to a German paper in January. The article also describes the issue between Vince Cable suggesting that Johnson could resign after the split in the party over Brexit, with Johnson emphasising this was not going to happen. The article tends to be more balanced than the Guardian, with them citing how May and Hammond and Johnson and Hammond work together and therefore seeming not completely divided.
Front page images from: BBC The Papers (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs/the_papers) , The Guardian may be better read at the Guardian website or Pressreader (http://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-guardian) or Kiokso ( http://en.kiosko.net/uk/)
Reviewed by: Alice Edwards