Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Macron's airforce uniform draws Tom Cruise comparisons

Read more

THE DEBATE

Polish democracy under threat: EU warns Warsaw over judicial independence

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Game of Thrones and TV's golden age

Read more

ENCORE!

The best of the summer's exhibitions in Paris

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Game of Thrones returns: Mega fans bask in themed pop-up bar

Read more

FOCUS

Unwanted children: 3,800 babies abandoned in South Africa every year

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'Looking for Lenin': The search for fallen Soviet statues in Ukraine

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

From footballer to inmate: Will OJ Simpson be released?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Time to taper? ECB governing council meets in Frankfurt

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

An overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday live at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2010-04-06

UK elections: “I’m only too glad to fly away from this orgy of dishonesty”

The British press leads with the first day of the official election campaign as Gordon Brown makes the short trip from Downing Street to Buckingham Palace to ask for the Parliament to be dissolved. Some are eagerly anticipating a nail-biting election while others are only too happy to avoid it. TUESDAY, 6th APRIL, 2010

 

For the Times of London, this is an election for “change” (now there’s a novelty…) In any case, the paper lays out its vision for Britain in 2015 today, as Gordon Brown prepares to dissolve Parliament in advance of a May 6th poll. It includes new industrial hubs, keeping taxes and regulation low, a reform of the welfare state limiting some services and maintaining Britain’s international role as a ‘bridge between Europe and America’.
 
In the Guardian, Geoffrey Wheatcroft says he’s only too happy to be jetting out of Britain for the entire duration of the election campaign.
 
“Can anyone honestly pretend that the choice between Brown and Cameron means as much as between Attlee and Churchill 60 years ago or Callaghan and Thatcher 30 years ago?”
 
He says that The Guardian’s editorial line is often something like this: despite Labour’s many problems (including creating one of the most intrusive surveillance state in Europe), the Tories are worse. For Geoffrey Wheatcroft, this is not the most inspiring slogan to get us to the polling station.
 
Other articles in today’s international papers:
 
 
International Herald Tribune: “Karzai’s antagonism corners the West”
 
China Daily : ‘115 saved from Chinese mine’

 

 

By James CREEDON

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2017-07-20 OJ Simpson

From footballer to inmate: Will OJ Simpson be released?

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Thursday, July 20: In the United States, OJ Simpson faces a parole board and could be freed as early as October. Also, Donald Trump decides to end a CIA...

Read more

2017-07-20 Emmanuel Macron

Macron and the military: Has power gone to his head?

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Thursday, July 20: We look at reactions to the very public spat between French President Emmanuel Macron and Pierre de Villiers, the head of the military,...

Read more

2017-07-19 Donald Trump

Shopping centre security robot 'commits suicide' out of boredom

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Wednesday, July 19: We look at reactions after the White House reveals that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met "informally" over dinner at the G20 summit....

Read more

2017-07-19 France

Not so local: Are French city centres overrun by mass commerce?

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Wednesday, July 19: We look at the one-year anniversary of the passing of Adama Traoré, a young Frenchman whose death in police custody set off suburban...

Read more

2017-07-18 healthcare reform

'Bill Withers': Is Trumpcare finally dead?

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Thursday, July 18: We look at reactions after Donald Trump's efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare face defeat in the Senate. Also, the fatal shooting of...

Read more