Monday 5th June 2017

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

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Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Jihadi killer in an Arsenal shirt

Author(s): Tom Wells (Chief Reporter), Mike Sullivan (News Reporter)

Analysis: The Sun uses the same image as the Daily Mail and The Times but uses text on its front page to describe background information about “Abz” the “ringleader” of the three suspects. The information provided about the individual emphasises that he was just like any other Londoner, working for Transport for London and KFC and being an Arsenal supporter, but then became “radicalised over the past year” leading up to the attack, describing him as a “HOME-grown jihadi.” The article is extremely emotive, using language such as “slaughtered” and “murderous spree” with the tag-line under The Sun banner of “we are not afraid” oddly juxtaposing the sense of fear evoked throughout the article.  It isn’t clear why the article has focussed in on one of the individuals – perhaps he was the only one they could find any information about or just the closest in this photograph – or where this information about him came from.


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Topic of article:  Crime

Headline: Seven dead, 21 critically hurt: May says ‘enough is enough’

Author(s):  Robert Booth (News Reporter), Vikram Dodd (Senior Reporter), Lisa O’Carroll (Brexit Correspondent), Matthew Taylor (Environment Correspondent)

Analysis: In the aftermath of the London Bridge, The Guardian provides some details of the current situation and what the police are doing regarding gaining more information on the three men involved. By focussing on what is being done by the police rather than a detailed description of the events on Saturday night, the article has a generally less emotive and more calming tone than the other articles. Moreover, this sense that the police are taking control of the situation is highlighted in the article by describing a number of the arrests in relation to the attacks, the main person being quoted being counter-terrorism chief Mark Rowley and the justification for the shoot-to-kill action by the police. However, this is somewhat undermined by the source, Erisa Gasparri, claiming she had reported one of the suspected attackers to the police two years previously which is suggesting that counter-terrorism measures aren’t as effective as they could be.

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Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Bloody day all of Britain said: Enough is enough

Author(s): None (Only image on the front page)

Analysis: Using the same photograph as The Times and The Sun, the Mail uses red circles to highlight the bodies and a smaller image of two of the suspected attackers described as “swaggering jihadis during the killing spree” inset. By using Theresa May’s quote of “enough is enough” as if “all of Britain” feel this way creates this sense of a turning point in Britain’s policy on terror, that this attack must somehow push the government to become in some way more effective against terrorist organisations after this “3rd attack in 10 weeks.” Though there is not much text on the page both the word “fanatics” and “jihadis” are used on the front page, possibly intended to stir up Islamophobia in Britain by not providing any further explanation of the terms used or the backgrounds of the individuals.  The link with May’s quote begs the question of what the political fallout will be of this attack, within a week of the general election, and whether any specifics relating to counter-terrorism will be described by politicians over the next three days.


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Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Massacre in the market  

Author(s): None (Only image on front page)

Analysis: Similar to their coverage of the Westminster attack, The Times chooses to use an image of the three suspects lying on the ground after being shot with a small caption reading “three terrorists lie dead after being shot by police in Borough Market, London. Saturday’s attack was the third in Britain by Islamist extremists in three months.” The image is blurred, communicating the sense of chaos of the scene, with what are presumed to be police officers standing over two of the bodies. The closest man on the floor appears to be wearing something strapped to his torso, which the police had suspected were explosives but were later found to be fake. This image is distinctly different from the other common image used by the press today, which is of a row of armed counter-terrorism police in the capital which instils more of a sense of police control and authority rather than this image which evokes a sense of tragedy and panic.


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Reviewed by: Alice Edwards


Tuesday 23rd May 2017

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

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Topic of article: Politics

Headline: Blood on his hands

Author(s): Tom Newton Dunn

Analysis: The Sun is informing its readers about an ‘Ex-IRA killer’ who claims that Jeremy Corbyn has blood on his hands. The Sun claims, from its source Sean O’Callaghan, that the support of Corbyn and John McDonnell encouraged the IRA to “prolong the violence”. It appears that this accusation is unsubstantiated and The Sun shows no evidence to prove or to support these claims. The reader is unaware of the credibility of this “Ex-IRA killer”. These claims reproduced by The Sun seem to serve an agenda and misleads the public. The smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn continues and it is a shame (but not surprising) to see The Sun, the most sold newspaper in Britain, producing front page news stories like this without any real substantial evidence clarifying these claims.

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Topic of article:  Politics

Headline: Theresa May faces ‘chaos and confusion’ claims after social care U-turn

Author(s): Anushka Asthana and Jessica Elgot

Analysis: The Guardian informs its readers about Theresa May’s U-turn on the Conservatives’ social care policy in their manifesto. The social care policy received a lot of backlash from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and even some Tory MPs due to it being unfair on those suffering from chronic illnesses which is why it has been dubbed the “dementia tax”. This move by the Prime Minister is unprecedented and the media are accusing her of “chaos, confusion and indecision” as no political leader from a major party in the U.K. has U-turned on a policy so soon after a party’s manifesto has been released.  It appears that Theresa May is forming a reputation on U-turning on decisions and promises that she makes, from being a Remainer to becoming a hard Brexiter, U-turning on National Insurance and U-turning on calling a snap election. The author explains that Theresa May keeps hitting out at Jeremy Corbyn and one can only infer that it is because she does not want appear weak and wobbly and is deflecting.

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Topic of article: Social Media

Headline: Facebook lets teens see porn

Author(s): Katherine Rushton (Media and Technology Editor)

Analysis: The Daily Mail is informing its readers about an investigation that they carried which reveals that teenagers are able to see pornography, gambling websites and dangerous diet plans on Facebook. The Daily Mail set up three fake accounts with different personalities and characteristics to see what they would be exposed to on Facebook. This has lead to the Daily Mail asking questions about Facebook’s failure to protect young children. Neither does the author elaborate on why this is happening and how it can be solved, nor does it show how widespread this is on social media as it has only created 3 fake account. The article quotes Chi Onwurah, the former Labour shadow culture minister, and Facebook.


Monday 22nd May 2017

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

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Topic of article: Entertainment

Headline: I walked plank over Jolly Roger with Orlando

Author(s): Rachel Dale (News Reporter)

Analysis: The Sun reports the story of a waitress, Viviana Ross, being sacked after allegedly having sex with actor Orlando Bloom at her place of work, the Chiltern Firehouse Hotel. The newspaper inevitably reports this as if Ross made a bad decision to “bed film hunk” after her shift had ended and this was found out by “a manager” who found her in Bloom’s bed. The article doesn’t detail whether there were grounds for unfair dismissal or whether the dismissal would have been based on her contract. There initially doesn’t appear to be much more to the article other than salacious gossip though it could be said to perpetuate the image of young woman desperate to be associated with the rich famous male with a “five star suite”, a story that rarely runs the other way around.


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Topic of article:  Science & Technology

Headline: Revealed: Facebook’s secret rules on sex, violence, hate speech and terror

Author(s):  Nick Hopkins (Head of Investigations)

Analysis: In their series ‘The Facebook Files’ the Guardian works to uncover what they frame as ethically questionable policies in place regarding what is allowed and not allowed to be posted on the platform. The tone of the article is that of investigating a huge issue including implying that “critics” exist and that even those within Facebook also “have concerns” which begs the question of how the Guardian obtained these internal files. Moreover, the large print statistics about numbers of users and that it says that they are “under huge political pressure in Europe and the US” implies that this is some sort of day of reckoning for Facebook, that it will need to become more accountable or risk its reputation, though how true this is is hard to tell. Moreover this is not a balanced account, due to its investigative nature, and the paper has cherry-picked the most shocking cases including issues self-harm, violent deaths, animal abuse, sexual activity and abortions. This is one of a question about lines around grey areas, and the Guardian is clearly deciding that Facebook have crossed the line, though doesn’t suggest how this phenomenon should be tackled on this front page.


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Topic of article: Politics

Headline: Corbyn’s kick in teeth for IRA victims

Author(s): Jack Doyle (Executive Political Editor)

Analysis: The article reports the criticism that Jeremy Corbyn has not directly condemned the IRA which has arisen in recent television interviews. The article is highly critical of Corbyn and the bulk of the article is quotes from Kenny Donaldson of Innocent Victims United who claims Corbyn ignores his organisations requests for a meeting and that he treats “innocent victims and survivors of Provisional IRA terrorism with contempt.” There is no evidence to support or explain Corbyn’s decision or to verify the claims made by Donaldson. As this may be an emotive issue for readers, the purpose is to make Corbyn appear immoral and disrespectful to reduce his political support. Moreover the message of “he claimed Britain for seeking a military solution” and “ ‘siding with Britain’s enemies’” somewhat relates to previous criticisms of him being a pacifist and that he didn’t bow deeply enough on Remembrance day last year.


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Topic of article: Politics

Headline: Care crisis threatens to scupper May reform

Author(s): Sam Coates (Deputy Political Editor)

Analysis: The Times reports potential flaws in and much criticism of May’s proposed social care reforms announced last week. With the legitimacy of the article supported by the results of Freedom of Information Act requests from to local authorities, the article progressively presents the cast against May’s plans mostly focussing on the lack of feasibility of an increased number of older people at home or in residential care that might face deferred charges after their death. The article also sights “the decision to cut the £300 winter fuel allowance for all but the poorest pensioners and end free school meals” as concerning and uses former Liberal Democrat pension minister’s critical claims to support their argument. Suggestions that those within the Conservative party, including Boris Johnson and head of policy John Godfrey, have also conceded that there are some issues strengthens their opening paragraph that this could be a major problem for the party “amid further signs that Labour is closing the gap.” There is little to support May’s policies or why they have been implemented and even Johnson’s moderately supportive quote is undermined it’s introduction.


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Reviewed by: Alice Edwards


Tuesday 16th May 2017

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

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Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Monster Brady is dead

Author(s): Richard Moriarty

Analysis: The article informs its readers about the death of Ian Brady the ‘Moors murderer’. The font of the title covers almost over 50-60% of the front page making the headline very attention grabbing. The short article evokes a sense of injustice as the author describes how Ian Brady received round-the-clock care from nurses and died with dignity despite not being able to offer this to his victims. Although health care is a universal human right, it is difficult not to feel a sense of injustice.

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Topic of article:  Politics

Headline: Labour reveals ‘fat cat’ tax pledge aimed at reining in excessive pay

Author(s): Anushka Asthana and Severin Carrell

Analysis: The author informs the reader about Labour’s plan to tax the ‘fat cats’ to disincentivise excessive pay and thereby reducing excessive pay in big businesses, city banks and Premier League clubs. The author describes the proposal where companies will be charged 2.5% or 5% levy on earnings above £330,000 and £500,000 respectively. The author adds other tax reforms that the Labour party plans to implement as well as other manifesto promises. Since the leak of Labour’s manifesto, some have attempted to discredit the pledges made by Labour by undermining the costing and financial aspect of how they will fund the promises made. However, the overall tone of this article by The Guardian appears supportive of Labour by positively showing how its manifesto will be funded.

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Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Monster of the Moors is dead

Author(s): James Tozer and Ian Drury

Analysis: The Daily Mail is informing its readers about the death of Ian Brady, “the monster of the Moors”. The author describes to the reader Ian Brady was suffering from untreatable cancer and emphysema. Despite being caught for some of the crimes Ian Brady and his lover Myra Hindley had committed they both decided not to reveal any information related to the crimes to the authorities. It leaves “the issue of where he dumped the body of 12-year old Keith Bennett” unsolved. The tone of this article appears matter-of-fact and not much is revealed about the circumstances surrounding his death.

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Topic of article: Politics

Headline: Drug firm faces fine of £220 for hiking prices

Author(s): Billy Kenber

Analysis: The author informs its readers about the recent fine imposed on a drug company for hiking the prices of its cancer drugs. A fine of £220 million for Aspen Pharmacare has been imposed following an EU investigation. The author makes it clear, without explicitly writing it, that it appears unethical and immoral to increase cancer drug prices by 1,200 per cent for cancer patients in dying need of therapy. Drug companies have significant power and although they are necessary for the production and distribution of drugs, they often serve their shareholders and not patients, with the aim to maximise profit. It is this drive for profit that render drug companies dangerous and can jeopardise the health of many. Interestingly, this news article portrays the EU in a positive light and demonstrates that it was the EU leading the investigation and imposing fines to avoid these hazardous practices from drug companies.

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Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran

Tuesday 9th May 2017

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

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Topic of article: Politics

Headline: Why I tried to kill trump

Author(s): Chris Pollard

Analysis: The Sun informs its readers about a British man who attempted to murder President Trump at a political rally. Although Donald Trump is incredibly polarising and divisive, the world was shocked to see a murder attempt on him. Moreover, there was this considerable curiosity as to what the motive was. The author tells us that it was a mental health disorder, more specifically a psychotic episode, which led to the attempted murder of Trump by Michael Sandford. It is pleasing to hear that The Sun is reporting that he is now back home with his family after being released from jail. The Sun appears to be sympathetic to this British man but it is difficult not to question whether they would have been as kind if the man was not a Caucasian British male. Would he have been branded a terrorist if he was Muslim? It would not surprise me if instead of the pictures chosen of Michael Sandford which depicts him as a smiley happy man, that probably strange negatively looking pictures were plastered on the front page if the man was not caucasian. This is fairly hypocritical of The Sun as it never explores whether there are underlying mental health issues with terrorists as it kindly has for this British man.

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Topic of article:  Politics

Headline: Corbyn pins election hopes on housing reform pledges

Author(s): Rowena Mason; Anushka Asthana

Analysis: The Guardian informs its readers about housing reforms being a high priority for Labour and its leader Jeremy Corbyn.  This is a time where the political parties are gearing up towards creating their party manifesto  and outlining their key pledges to help win voters. It appears that Labour has decided housing reform tops that list. House prices and rent have been soaring making housing unaffordable for many and it is possible that this pledge will attract many voters but will it be enough to attract voters who are unconvinced of Corbyn’s leadership? It is interesting to note that the authors, in their first sentence, have chosen to include that Corbyn was “not downhearted after difficult local election results..” despite the article being about housing reforms. Perhaps it is this sort of tone in the media, that is more often than not, targeted at Corbyn to undermine his leadership.

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Topic of article: Politics

Headline: £100 off your energy bill

Author(s): Jason Groves (Political editor)

Analysis: The Daily Mail is informing its readers about Theresa May’s pledge to cap energy prices. The overall tone, in contrast to The Times covering the same story, is positive and supportive towards Theresa May. The Daily Mail has been a long-standing supporter of the Conservative party and it comes to no surprise that it publishes a story which is uncritical of this pledge. The attention grabbing headlines which explicitly mentions a sum of £100 will be saved is rather misleading, as in order to cap prices, those who find the cheapest deals will probably have to pay more and will not gain a “£100”. It is bemusing and almost arrogant to see a newspaper choosing to be so openly in favour of Theresa May and her party and not in favour of true journalism or even appearing to be in favour of it.

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Topic of article: Poltics

Headline: May faces backlash over energy price cap

Author(s): Francis Elliott (Political Editor); Emily Gosden (Energy Editor)

Analysis: The Times is informing its readers of the promise made by the Conservative party to cap energy prices for 17 million households. Two thirds of the population are on expensive tariffs and Theresa May wants to cap energy prices. The general tone of the article appears critical of the proposed promise with the majority of the article mentioning and sourcing those who oppose this move such as energy companies, senior tory officials and city analysts. The author also mentions how this policy appears identical to the one suggested by Ed Milliband, the former Labour leader, in 2013 and this would not be a first for the Tories, highjacking Ed Milliband’s previous policy suggestions. Again, as we are getting right in middle of the election campaign, it appears that the Conservatives have chosen to pursue this strategy to win voters and it is fairly surprising to hear anything other than Brexit and a “strong and stable leadership” rhetoric.

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Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran


Tuesday 2nd May 2017

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

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Topic of article: Home affairs

Headline: Terrorists cushty life on benefits in Peckham

Author(s): Matt Wilkinson and Dan Sales

Analysis: The article attempts to inform its readers about a formerly convicted terrorist who is now on UK benefits. This is a great example of The Sun’s poor journalism. The author appears to want to create a divisive sentiment in its readers. Its title and very short article on the front page creates a divisive rhetoric promoting an ‘us’ vs ‘them’ attitude. The Sun fails to inform its reader about the circumstances of this man and why he can’t be sent back to Iran. Perhaps there is a legitimate reason why he cannot go back and it would be unfair to deprive this man of his basic needs. Naming this man and putting a picture of him on the front page, can only bring about negative consequences for him, which seems very unfair as he must be out of prison after having served his sentence. The Sun fails us to show this side of the story. Instead, as usual, it portrays a one-sided news story which is detrimental for a compassionate society. Why does The Sun, day-to-day, choose to shy away from its duty of proper journalism? One possible suggestion could be that perhaps it has a lot to gain from creating and promoting a divisive rhetoric.

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Topic of article: Politics

Headline: May fights accusation of botched and humiliating start to Brexit talks

Author(s):  Dan Roberts, Rajeev Syal and Daniel Boffey

Analysis: The article informs its readers about the Downing street dinner that occurred with Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker, the European commission chief. This report makes Theresa May look unfavourable. Although the Prime Minister dismisses this as “Brussels gossip”, it appears quite clearly that Brexit negotiations have not begun very well. The report claims that Mr Juncker left saying “I’m leaving Downing Street 10 times more sceptical than I was before”. In contrast, the author appears to describe the EU as organised and with a clear plan in mind. The Guardian has used an unnamed, first hand source to describe the events the negotiation dinner. Overall, this is quite a damning and unwelcoming report for the Conservatives.  These events undermine the repetitive  and unsubstantiated message, a strong and stable leadership, that Theresa May and her party have been using to promote themselves in the election campaign.

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Topic of article: Health

Headline: Exploited by cash-for-eggs IVF clinics

Author(s): Paul Bentley and Sara Smyth

Analysis: The article informs its readers about Women on low incomes that are being exploited for their eggs. The title, covering almost half the page, and the labelling of this story with “Investigations Unit” is very attention grabbing. It seems that the Daily Mail is exposing an unethical practice from IVF clinics, by showing its readers that IVF clinics are telling its patients that “an egg isn’t a baby” and that doctors could trade their “eggs for cash and use the money to fund her (their) treatment”. Although this appears unethical, the Daily Mail does not show its readers whether these are isolated incidents or whether this is widespread practice. This makes it difficult to put it into perspective. Fertility can be a very sensitive subject which aids the Daily Mail in creating a tone of injustice. The author fails to paint a bigger picture and does not give some background on the cuts in funding for IVF treatment which could put this news story in perspective.

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Topic of article: Economy, industry

Headline: Fears for car market amid loan mis-selling

Author(s): Harry Wilson (City editor)

Analysis: The article informs its reader about the potential of a loan mis-selling scandal where 90% of new cars are sold through finance deals, even to those with a poor credit history. The Times appears to be one of the first journalist group to report on a potential imminent scandal. The market has been fraught with loans being mis-sold, from mortgages to PPI and now this. This can have significant consequences to businesses, employees and subsequently families. The author uses ‘experts’ and ‘analysts’ as sources but apart from one source, he does not quote them or name them, which detracts from the reliability of the article. Although the article portrays a doom and gloom scenario, it mentions that there is an investigation at the moment which will intervene if there is any wrongdoing.  It seems that, unregulated, businesses will do anything for profit and mis-sell loans to customers, with the poorest usually more commonly affected.

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Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran

Tuesday 25th April 2017

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

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Topic of article: Showbiz

Headline: Have a go hero Hardy

Author(s): Nick Parker

Analysis: The Sun informs its readers about a recent event occurring in London where actor Tom Hardy catches a thief.  The author appears in awe of the actor by reporting this on the front page and by the language used: “hero Hardy”, “tough guy Tom”. Although a movie star acting like a ‘hero’ in real life instead of on a hollywood screen can be quite appealing, it is still perplexing why The Sun continues to report on this on its front page. Should it show more respect and appreciation towards its readers or is this what they want?

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Topic of article:  Politics

Headline: Remain group seeks to oust pro-Brexit MPs

Author(s): Anushka Asthana, Rowena Mason, Jessica Elgot

Analysis: The article informs its reader about the tactic employed by Open Britain to target seats in the general election where the majority voted to stay in the EU. The article begins by explain the 20 seats that are being targeted by the group Open Britain and how its half a million supporters will try and limit “the number of proponents of “hard Brexit”” in parliament. This intervention follows what Tony Blair, the former Labour Prime Minister, wrote in The Guardian about how a conventional campaign is not enough when the issue of Brexit is so dominant. Although there is not much mentioned from those that voted Brexit or MPs who backed Brexit, Ian Duncan Smith is quoted as saying that there was no point in refighting the referendum and the people who are “seem to be on the side of chaos”.

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Topic of article: Health

Headline: GPs failing thousands of cancer patients

Author(s): Sophie Borland (Health Editor)

Analysis: The Daily Mail informs its readers about cancers being diagnosed in casualty and missed by GPs. The author uses a recent study which shows many patients had visited the GP prior to their cancer being diagnosed in casualty. The tone of the article is one of fear as the author implies from the research that even if you do visit your GP for symptoms of an underlying cancer, they may not pick it up. The author points the blame at GPs but does not explore whether the problem could arise from elsewhere. Furthermore, there is no suggestion why GPs could be missing the diagnosis, could they be overworked and could it be difficult to ascertain a confident diagnosis in the space of a 10 minute appointment? Although it is alarming and concerning that cancer diagnoses are being missed in the community, instead of the Daily Mail trying to assess the situation in a fair manner, it points the blame to GPs.

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Topic of article: Politics

Headline: Brussels to hit Britain with €2bn fraud claim

Author(s): Sean O’Neill (Chief Reporter)

Analysis: The Times is informing its readers about Britain’s failure to tackle customs fraud from its ports. Brexit and its negotiations have been all over the news and this news report may further alienate the British public from the EU as the EU is demanding €2 billion. The reason why this has affected Britain is because it is cheaper for gangs to import good through its ports than it is through EU ports, these goods are then immediately re-exported to the EU. Britain is described as the “soft under belly of Europe” as quoted from The Times’ source.

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Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran