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Message 1445437 - Posted: 22 Nov 2013, 12:15:54 UTC

The UK Daily Mail has had a real brain fart today. For the first time in a year I bought one just for a laugh. But I am sad to report that I wasn't laughing very much afterwards.

Front page banner headlines slamming the government, leader Column doing the same. Criticising the Labour Party as well, complaining about the NHS and Scotland. bashing the Lib Dems as always, and taking the piss out of her majesty the Queen. Is it any wonder that most thinking people believe it to be anti establishment and just encouraging and waiting for a revolution.

First published in 1896 by Lord Northcliffe, it is the United Kingdom's second biggest-selling daily newspaper after The Sun. Its sister paper The Mail on Sunday was launched in 1982. Scottish and Irish editions of the daily paper were launched in 1947 and 2006 respectively. The Daily Mail was Britain's first daily newspaper aimed at the newly literate "lower-middle class market resulting from mass education, combining a low retail price with plenty of competitions, prizes and promotional gimmicks", and the first British paper to sell a million copies a day.

It was at the outset a newspaper for women, the first to provide features especially for them, and as of 2012 had a 52% female readership, the only British newspaper whose female readers constitute more than 50% of its demographic.

Reading between the lines that means it's written by old women, for old women. and read by old women, ALL of them men!

Rothermere and the Mail were also editorially sympathetic to Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists. Rothermere wrote an article entitled "Hurrah for the Blackshirts" in January 1934, praising Mosley for his "sound, commonsense, Conservative doctrine", and pointing out that: "Young men may join the British Union of Fascists by writing to the Headquarters, King's Road, Chelsea, London, S.W.". The Spectator condemned Rothermere's article commenting that, "..the Blackshirts, like the Daily Mail, appeal to people unaccustomed to thinking. The average Daily Mail reader is a potential Blackshirt ready made. When Lord Rothermere tells his clientele to go and join the Fascists some of them pretty certainly will.".

That is always quietly forgotten.

In the late 1960s, the paper went through a phase of being liberal on social issues like corporal punishment, but soon returned to its traditional conservative line. The Mail has always traditionally been a supporter of the Conservatives and has endorsed this party in all recent general elections.

Well well, it will be interesting to see who they "tell you" to vote for in 2015. Green party? UKIP? Monster Raving Loony party? National Front? English Defence League? All the Mail cares about is selling newspapers, it doesn't give a tuppeny damn for the country or the man in the street. It is aimed at Sun readers with three brain cells rather than the usual one. I put 60p in the charity box in the newsagents to salve my conscience for buying it.

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Message 1445439 - Posted: 22 Nov 2013, 12:19:59 UTC - in response to Message 1445437.  

So this report holds no worries for you then.....

We like selling newspapers, they help us holiday in Bermuda :)
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Message 1445444 - Posted: 22 Nov 2013, 12:56:04 UTC

As the ethnic minority in my lab already (my PhD student is Turkish and my two MChems are Chinese and Malaysian) i'm not worried at all.

Incredibly, the Government has refused to estimate how many migrants will arrive.
Because these things are very hard to predict, and if the government got it wrong they'd be criticised anyway.

The Mail cannot be accused of irresponsibility in raising this issue.
Oh yes it can!

This paper has always applauded the huge contribution made by migrants, most of whom work extremely hard and bring valuable skills to the economy.
Really, they've done that quietly!
Life on earth is the global equivalent of not storing things in the fridge.
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