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I will be honest, I have been reading the Daily Mail for years, I try not to as I know it's not good for me but cannot stop! I read the paper every day, and enjoy reading it when I get out of bed in the morning, the paper rattles in the letterbox and my crazy Jack Russell Terrier goes mad trying to get the paper before I do. Often she beats me to it, and when I come downstairs, put the kettle on and go to collect my morning paper - there is a soggy mess with several rips in it. Luckily she does't destroy it completely and I can usually read it whilst waiting for my toast to cook and the kettle to boil. I even read it standing in the kitchen waiting for the kettle etc, I'm that addicted to The Mail.
I read it and know they are obssessed with "benefit scroungers" and are doing everything they can to make their lives a misery and to get the "Great British Public" hate the sick and disabled. I was even told by someone that the government feed this kind of "news" to the Daily Mail, and they love it. But they don't tend to report on the money the bankers get and taxes that are unpaid.
They print every day, and have themes for each day, I like Tuesdays because they have the Health pages, and it's interesting to read about new innovations and treatments, usually there will be someone who, for various reasons, can't get a certain kind of medication or operation. But they also have uplifting stories of people who were helped and had the operation or whatever. I love health stuff and enjoy Tuesday's paper.
Wednesday is Money magazine, and this has been helpful to me in many ways, I have a look and see what ISAs are doing, which bank accounts do what, and they always have the best accounts, with details. They also have people's stories about people and money, very interesting.
Reading the Daily Mail is like laughing at a rather taboo Bernard Manning Joke, a shared secret moment that berate ourselves for enjoying that guilty pleasure. I, on the other hand, have no hang-ups about buying this particular tabloid as it's a good read and with its circulation rising fast through recession (profits up 17% in 6 months!) and it clearly represents the majority of the country's opinion right now, whether you like that fact or not, and its job is to reflect the majority of that readerships public opinion. Pretty much everyone we know, whether we want to admit it or not, share the Mails views sometimes and so shouting down its readers is admitting to yourself that you are uncomfortable with yourself for laughing at Bernard's joke, and like the deceased Manchester comic, the fat ugly truth is we are all alike, how ever hard we British try to hide it, again why the Mail shifts so many copies. If the country doesn't particularly like asylum seekers, gypsies and pesky human rights lawyers, for example, then it's going to be reflected in the tabloids. They wouldn't write that's stuff unless it sells. This paper will tackle those uncomfortable issues that dont fit into the lefts cozy utopia.
The older you get the more cynical you get, of course, and that's often because the world really is as nasty as you thought it was. I hated the Mail when I was younger and preferred to see pretty girls and magnificent breasts in The Sun than care about stuff like hard news that our parents fretted over back then. But I'm that parent's age now and you can't escape that stuff anymore and the issues of the day affect you, and the more you're told of for mentioning the sensitive ones the angrier you get.
Where as the more conservative broadsheet readers are the ones that employ an accountant to evade their taxes the Mail readers are the ones who actually pay those taxes and so entitled to have their say on how the country is being run and who is getting their taxes, what it does wonderfully well. Yes its right wing but we area right wing country at heart, tolerance a very ambiguous word.
Last week in the Mail we had the usual stuff that plays on the dislike of certain races, gender and women of a certain feminist politics and, of course paedophiles, as well as the ongoing royal wedding saga. We learnt that the guy who stabbed the head teacher to death and was released early after 14 years jail because he promised to be a good boy has been out robbing again with a big new knife just three months after his controversial release. Some liberals would say it was sensationalism to use this particular case of recidivism whereas others would say the re-offending rate for South London muggers is remarkably high and so the releases was indeed nuts. If you have been mugged it's a terrible experience and in London there is a 23.4% you will be one day. It's an anxiety that affects a lot of honest people and only helps to fuel stereotypes.
The royal wedding is already tedious, yet another arranged marriage, as divisive as ever and timed to clash with the local elections in May to tighten up the traditional Tory Vote. The Mail royal correspondent is very busy right now and they had ten pages on it last Monday. The PM has cringingly admitted to the nation as a 13-year-old he slept on The Mall for the last big Royal Wedding but a previous Prime Minster also claimed to see Jackie Milburn play when he was minus 4 years old. The freshening up of the royal lineage with a Diana clone is needed though - the Diana clone being William not Kate. He is already doing the dopey head lean to the left for camera and with Kate wearing the blue dress and Diana's weeding ring it doesn't need a huge leap of faith to see where this is going. Williams was very dashing when he was young but the old penalty spot on his head is spreading and Kate and her gum chewing mum were getting bored of waiting. The out spoken Reverent Pete Broadbent, on the other hand, was less optimistic about the coupling, giving them seven years tops, via facebook. As the contemporary royal family have a 100% divorce rate its hard to argue with him. But the nation gets a day off on April 29th and a 4 day weekend so let's raise a glass to that!
A centre page exclusive on Wednesday delved into the mystery and joyous release over the elderly couple held in Somalia, appearing to show a ransom was part paid indirectly by the British government that says it never pays ransoms, a likeable Somalian London cabbie helping barter the deal. We, the taxpayers, gave the corrupt Somalia country a six million pound 'good will fund' last year to help with any 'issues' that may arise between the two countries, the ransom money allegedly drawn from their. It's clearly a honey pot to pay ransoms and further investigations by the Mail revealed 'close links' between the pirates and some of London's large Somalia asylum seeker population. There's no evidence the cabbie knows the pirates well but he is now setting up his own security company that deals with 'pirate negotiations', presumably funded by his mini cab tips. How Britain's largely poor Somali community paid off half the reported £1.1 million ransom is another mystery, as well meaning as the gesture was. I have a good idea where some of the money might have come from. Could it be possible that the cabbie took a fee for the swap and will take further fees? Could it be possible a lot of the pirate money from the other 78 ships held right now is ending up in the London Somali community? Blair refused to pay up for over a year to help the Chandlers get released yet hardcore jihadist in Iraq were swapped for that British IT guy in Baghdad. It's a murky business guys and getting murkier.
Another intriguing story that gets the Mail readers salivating is this murder of the beautiful Asian girl in South Africa on her honeymoon. The husband has been asked to return to South Africa for further 'police enquiries' to iron out a few 'inconsistencies' in his statement on how exactly the violent robbery occurred and could he come over and identify the guys arrested to see if they are the actual killers. He has changed his story with various tabloids reporters over there and here on what happened several times, seemingly adapting his alibi as more and more information comes out. There's an uncomfortable amount of honour killings making the news these days and I don't think we have heard the last of this story. It's often the case that newspapers go big with a story early on as they know there maybe another angle to it later on. The husband in question has employed a lawyer and Max Clifford to get his story straight.
As Tory as the Mail is they do have that Tea Party style rebellious streak in their readership and journalism and they will still slag off the Tories and the right if they need to. One story that has riled them up is the move by councils to increase fines for putting the wrong rubbish in the wrong bin or coloured tray. The middle-class are meticulous in their recycling bin but feel targeted here as they are the most likely to pay these absurd fines. The real gripe is that for putting plastic bottles -for example- in the garden bin could earn a huge fine of £110 for such a petty offence, £30 pound more than the basic shoplifting fine! The London borough in question that will trial the new scheme is, rather ironically, currently sending its mostly unsorted waste to India and China to be land filled, the whole point of recycling to cut down on that landfill. Mail readers would say this is a clear case of councils raising much needed cash to pay for unproductive people's services in their communities by fining the productive ones. Who is fining the bin men when they let that rubbish blow all over the street on collection day?
The alarming and rapid collapse in Ireland is making for some interesting reads in the Mails excellent business section. It turns out that the Irish have quite literally been living the life of Riley off the back of the European Union handouts and shockingly lax tax polices. Bet you didn't know that you don't pay income tax in Ireland until you earn 16 grand. Its also been revealed that Irelands very low and so generous corporation tax levels has seen all the big European Banks legally launder their money through the Irish banks to take advantage of the extremely generous 12% rate...avoiding the European rate of 22%. But now the housing bubble has collapsed they have no money left and so you have the absurd situation where the heavily government subsidised Royal bank of Scotland part owns one of the big two Irish banks and so we have to bail them out so we don't have to bail out the RBS again! Banking is so intertwined now that the debt is no longer a contagion but a cancer that can't be stopped as governments continue to create yet more debt to pay off the current debt in the short term, purely to keep it all at arms length. Be warned if you have a Post Office bank account and savings as that is owned by the busted Irish banks. Move your money from them to a safe building society NOW! I'm really rather scared where all this will go and the city certainly agrees with me, Irelands banks downgraded to junk status as they have to be nationalised next year to keep them solvent, meaning huge write-offs and so no profits to be had in buying Ireland's crippling debt, now at 5.9% interest annually. They can't meet those payments with their current tax take of 30 pounds. It's now impossible to stop Portugal and then Spain, Europe's fourth biggest economy, going the same way as speculators tuck in. The most telling fact is if we could all go back ten years, knowing what we know now on how we bust the banks, the solution would be to do exactly the same thing but with another name as it's the only way the system can function. A two tear Euro is coming and all those people who love the European Union need to apologize as the sunny south has never pulled its weight in the Union and shouldn't been asked to join in the first place, the point of the Union to make up financial rules to allow us to live beyond our means. And Bush wanted Turkey to join! Now that would push up British immigration and the unemployment rate if 76 million Turks headed west!
Immigration stories are always in the paper and I do admit that the Mail hacks get off with running a disproportionate amount of these ethnic minority stories to firm up the stereotypes. But there are huge crime and unemployment issue in many minority groups and I suppose it's a therapy or sorts to blame others for our problems. This week's concurrent theme was Cameron and the Home Secretary carrying through the Tory pledge to get tough on immigration, a long needed policy change whatever you politics.
The PM cant cut rampant European people movement and so must cut elsewhere, mostly South East Asian and Africa, where there's a big problem with the misuse of Tear 1 & 2 work and student visas, the legal immigrants using those visas not doing the type of study or work they are supposed to, most ending up driving cabs, being cleaners and over-staying. We know longer need these guys from this part of the world to do the crap jobs in the nursing homes and factories of Britain as those workers can now come from the long term unemployed returning to work or Eastern Europeans. It's basically over for Pakistan/Indian families to up sticks and come here on mass and prominent business leaders from that large community are not happy. The truth is a big chunk of them coming in on visas end up driving cabs or eventually drawing benefits and not the architects or entrepreneurs they said they were and so costing the country money, the country being British Asian taxpayers to. The big Asian Tiger companies coming here want to use the visas to bring in cheap labour to work in their offices in London and the like and that puts more Brits out of work.
The X Factor story of the week was around the soon to be deported Zimbabwean singer (Gamu) and her family and seems to sum up this country's contradictions over illegal immigration. Gamu is talented and her mom works and for me ideal people to be staying. Our government bend over backwards to kick these guys out yet human rights lawyers can't stop us getting rid of terrorist sympathisers. But Gemu was young and naive and told the tabloid she feared for her family's life if she was deported. The tabloids shot back and discovered mum has regular holidays in Zimbabwe so where's the threat luv. It now seems to be the case that Simon Cowell, or someone like, is covering her legal costs and she can stay for the time being after the case was put on hold and a new excuse entered to stay. Mum has been fiddling her child tax credits whilst over staying her work visa and so that didn't help. Gamu also has a record out and maybe earning money on her student visa. What the case did uncover is that the British Commonwealth Office has been handing out so many of these visas under Labour because foreigners are willing to pay up to £700 a time for them and as they don't entitle you to draw benefits here then what's the problem was the attitude. Cameron has inserted a loop hole where big companies can transfer 'any number' of important workers to their offices in Britain. This could be a tacit nod to the black market to make sure all those secret sweatshops in Leicester and Bradford that pay £2 an hour to Asian students will always have plenty of labour to keep the cost of clothes down on the British high Street that seemingly can't survive without sweatshop prices. If the British underclass chose to take these jobs whilst signing on then the collar is felt. It's an interesting one isn't it.
The student riots get the ribcage worked over in the paper as it's a way to pan the Liberal Democrats and also a fabulous story because the kids are finally waking up to what the point of the three year social degree is - to have fun! They will defend their right to party but, as yet, few protests over the genocides raging in Africa right now, kicking a police van (if rather gently) in your Ugg Boots all rather liberating from the responsibilities of the worlds real problems and all rather selfish to be honest. Just think of the collapse in phone credit sales if the EMA (Education Means Allowance) is lost forever! Liberal MP's are beginning to get worried as they know they will lose all their seats in the student towns come next May for the local elections and the coming general election. Cleggs winning performance on the TV debates seems a long time ago. If you take the beer away from the students you're playing a dangerous game guys.
The week was rounded off in the Sunday Mail with these deliciously damaging wikileak revelations. Turns out that during the War on Terror' the US has allegedly been supporting at least three international terror groups, the PPK in Turkey the most sensitive, a terror group raging jihad in the north of Iraq to get control of the oilfields. There were also some great reveals over what America really thinks of their allies, calling for a united Korea and saying supreme leader Kim Jong-il is a "flabby old chap", could explain the recent tensions. And with telegrams also showing America was very nervous over 'available' enriched uranium in Pakistan it could explain why the war on terror has been moved into North Pakistan and perhaps Obama would rather like a military dictatorship back in power there. At the end of day all sides run intelligence operations on each other and know exactly what they are saying about each other anyway, or their friends will tell them if they didn't, good old fashioned gossip. The best bit is it has embarrassed the Americans and it's a great story and may actually do some good in the diplomatic service if stuff like this is made public. People need to wake up to just how disgusting the west can be to bend the oil and mineral deals our way and wikileaks is the alarm call. Mr Assange does look like a Bond villain in fairness and seems to have no real motive for his website other than anarchy.
Columnist wise the Mail ones like Littlejohn and Jan Moir are unashamedly right wing and deliberately say it as it is to generate feedback and controversy, Richard Littlejohn particularly guilty. It's my dream job to do one of these columns and I send work to the tabloids (but not the Mail) all the time so they don't forget me. Moir did a great piece on the student riots although Littlejohns style of rants are just too much for even me. I like the writing to be more subtle so the nuance isn't obvious and we can form our own opinion on things more. Again I don't agree with all the stuff they write but we should be able to say it and hear it.
Sport wise the paper is pretty good although I do feel their star columnist in Martin Samuel is being overused and so becoming tedious. I'm not one for reading about football and sports events that I have just seen or have passed by and prefer the tables and statistics from the games. The cricket writing is the best of the tabloids with balanced international coverage but you to go to the broadsheets for any domestic stuff these days, even radio five no longer doing cricket scores on the hour in the summer.
The ladies section is called 'Femail' (see what they have done there) and boosts sales big time on the days it runs. It's basically a good earner for the paper as they can stuff that bit full of adverts for potions and wonder creams and make women think they have every illness under the sun with various articles and then offer remedies in those adverts. One week wine and aspirin are good for you and then the next they give you cancer. Its cruel stuff but women tend to buy into it.
The Mail has a daily centre page competitions pullout with suduko and a crossword and travel stuff in the week. The Sunday has the entertainment pull out and a TV guide on Saturday and one of those meaningless glossy magazines with likewise articles with another TV pull out on Sunday. My only critic of the Sunday paper is it cost £1.50. But there's no better feeling at the weekend (that doesn't involve getting naked or heavy drinking) than walking up to the shop to get the Sunday Mail, a good old fry up and a steaming cup of hot tea to wash all the naughtiness down. I don't believe or agree with everything in it but I do agree in free speech and agree everything can go in it.
This is a newspaper that is considered to be halfway between a broadsheet and the tabloid red tops - ie the Sun, Mirror etc.
At the risk of incurring the wrath of Daily Mail readers I'll state from the outset that its quasi intellectual posturing does not make it any better than the Sun or the Mirror. Further I will state that anybody who pretends that this tabloid format has anything like the intelligence of The Telegraph, The Guardian or even The Times is deluding themselves. Clearly the politics of the Daily Mail is not for readers who want to think, rather for those that want to be manipulated by reactionary arguments.
Regarding their political view the Daily Mail is unashamedly right wing, generally further right of the conservative party. I think it is probably a bit much for enemies of this newspaper to constantly remind people that the Daily Mail supported the British fascist Oswald Mosley during WW2, but the types of emotive headlines that regularly are on the front pages does nothing to make us forget this fact.
For example a typical Daily Mail headline will scream 'Britain swamped by foreigners'. The article will focus on how 'asylum seekers' want to come to the UK to cheat our benefits system and to live an easy life. There will be no journalistic analysis outlining why asylum seekers seek to come to Britain. There will be no article about the root causes of why those from poorer countries seek to come to live in richer countries - ie because the rich countries have monopolised the world's resources and wealth. Rather there will be emotional, reactionary arguments about how 'they' are stealing 'our' jobs.
The same is true of any subject that their columnists write about - castrate rapists, hang murderers. There is no effort / analysis to prevent rape or murder. Oh no, the columnists prefer to manipulate their audience with purile black / white arguments. We all get very upset demanding something be done and then feel morally superior, even though (short of shouting 'hang em') we have not solved the problem.
The Daily Mail has plenty of gossip about celebrities, much of the time this involves the newspaper hypocritically relishes in finding a female celebrity whose life is falling apart, taking the worst photos it can get its hands on and then crucifying her for the choices she has made. Fun?
Its a sad truth that probably over 50 percent of DM's readership is female. You have to wonder about the motivations of these women, even when taking into account that it has sections on fashion or invariably 'human interest' items that are supposed to apeal to' femail' readers. I find that the Mail takes a very patronising view both on what it is to be a woman and the issue of women's rights. I would be happy to debate this or any other point with DM readers.
The Daily Mail as we know was also famously influential of the New Labour project and we can be certain that it will continue to exert dominance over the political elites in years to come, whether that is fox hunting, the death penalty or other moral crusades.
But it seems to work, on the few occasions I have read the DM's webite you will see the comments - 'leave her alone' , 'this is beyond the pale'. The moral is like a Big Mac - it might make you feel dirty but 'keep it coming' as people keep coming back for more.
The Daily Mail is a newspaper that I will never purchase again. I will buy any other newspaper including the Sun, that is because these other newspapers don't pretend to be something they are not.
Going back a number of years I used to read the Daily Mail on a, quite appropriate, daily basis. Whilst I didn't agree with everything that they said I did feel that it gave me a relatively fair overview of what was happening in the country.
Now I may read it once a month when I'm visiting my parents and whilst I accept that I may have a 'rose tinted' memory and that I've grown and my perception of what makes a good newspaper has changed, the current Daily Mail "newspaper" (I use the quotes advisedly) seems to be a pale and yet vindictive shadow of its former self.
In an age of instant information (24 hour news channels, the internet, mobile phones and the like) newspapers need to change or die and it seems to me that the Daily Mail has decided that it's best served by appealing to the lowest, right wing, common denominator that it can get away with. Therefore we now get a paper that seems to be little more than rants, suspect opinion, fiction, readers letters, showbiz, femail and a few news stories.
I'm sorry but I fail to see how items on subjects such as -
* BBC Strictly Come Dancing holidays
* Prince Harry flying Apache helicopters
* Grant Bovey declaring himself bankrupt
* The cost of cider at Iceland
belong in any "newspaper" that wants to be taken seriously.
One of their advertising slogans used to be "A Newspaper Not a Snoozepaper". With the current lack of valid news within its pages, it would be interesting to see whether they would be allowed to run this slogan in the future or whether trading standards would step in.
I don't really want to get into a political debate on here, but it's almost impossible to avoid when discussing the most virulently and annoyingly right-wing newspaper in the UK, The Daily Mail (or as one Dooyoo user astutely described it: The Daily Fail). The term "Daily Mail reader" has been coined as an all-catch term for people who moan and complain about just about everything the UK has to offer, because the paper does nothing but decry how the country's going down the toilet due to immigration. While this provides a few unintentional laughs, it's also a disturbing look at how closed-minded people can be, and the pig ignorance the permeates through the far-right (that's not to say the same isn't true of the far-left; I'm a centerist).
Perhaps more irritating is its all-catch morality, though, sternly imposing its views upon the reader without any sort of objectivity or sympathetic treatment. The writers clearly have something rammed where it shouldn't be, because even articles that could have a positive spin are mostly turned into dreary diatribes, self-conscously trying to start a moral crusade while simultaneously failing.
The real highlight, though, has to be the letters page, where the considerably less articulate readers chime in with their asinine views about British society and politics, usually demonising Labour (who I agree are pretty crap) in the least inspired and most laborious way possible. Also some of the comments about immigration and race border on mental illness, but they are amusing only as much as they are quite disturbing. For supplementary amusement/horror, visit the Daily Mail website and see some of the loons that reply to the articles on there.
I wouldn't be seen dead reading the Daily Mail, even for laughs, because I wouldn't expect someone to take me seriously if they saw me clutching one.
The Daily Mail is my favorite daily newspaper, every morning at work I log onto the Daily Mail website, which I do prefer to the actual paper for many reasons, such as the fact there are regular updates and columns created during the day that a regular newspaper reader would miss out on, I also find the website easy to use and read. The main advantage of the website however I feel is that there is a function to add comments and thoughts onto the articles and even debate certain issues live on the web forums, this ranges from political debate to general interest to last nights football games etc.
The reason that I favour the Daily Mail above all other daily papers is more than likely the reason why a lot of people do not like this paper (or in reality pretend not to like it but then seem to have an opinion on it after all) and that is that it isn't afraid to be a little bit controversial and say the things that the politically correct people who seem to reside in this country are afraid to say but secretly think. I can accept that a portion of its views are a bit extreme, such as immigration and crime but what you cannot say is that its views do not reflect the best intrests of this country.
I do however find that some of the columnists views and articles can at times be very controversial and offensive, (some of which have been well pulisised) which although I do not agree with are presented as an opinion and last time I checked- opinion and free thought is still legal in the UK and if people dont want to read something then just dont.
In summary I would highly recommend this newspaper as a daily read, as long as your not the kind of person who only thinks what you are told to think by general society.
I have to confess I rarely buy a newspaper however I do tend to buy The Mail on a Saturday rather than every day mainly because it has the best TV guide for the week ahead with a good balance of both terestial channels and also satellite ones.
On a Saturay the paper costs seventy pence and it is in a tabloid format. From the times I have bought this during the week or read it at my parents house where they get it delivered it is basically the same format however you do not get as many pages of adverts in the week and there is only a magazine inset at the weekend.
This is a rather right wing middle class paper and its editorial andjournalistic style reflects that, lots of right wing scare stories about immigration problems, aslum seekers claiming benefits and crime rampages by teenagers. It is aimed at a white middle class readership, in todays copy there is an article about a teenager wrecking a nice surburban house following a "skins" inspired party and one about how much child benefit finds its way back to Eastern Europe.
The only real reason I buy it is for the excellent magazine which has a great TV guide in it but the rest of the paper is easy to read and they do have some good travel items in the middle section as well as the odd human interest story.
The sport coveridge is more on rugby and golf rather than football but I only scan these pages for pictures of fit blokes.
Overall I'm not a fan of the paper but I like the TV guide and the paper can be read easily in less than an hour.
This paper would be laughable were it not for the fact that so many people read it straight-faced. But in a way we should be thankful, for their rabid reactionary tendencies are actually doing us a favour. Even David Cameron, as much a chinless buffoon as any of his party (and who will probably be their new 'Star Columnist' when Melanie Phillips catches sight of a gay person having fun and dies of indignation), has noted that the 'Simon Heffer' brand of Tory (bolt up your estate doors and spend your life hating gays/trade-unionists/liberals/everything invented after 1900...) is the reason they are so eminently unelectable. And this may be the first (and hopefully the last) accurate observation 'Dave' ever makes.
The Mail embodied is the old man whose garden is a graveyard of footballs he refuses to give back to local kids. The 4x4 driver who daily endangers half of the school because it is their 'right' to pick up little Timothy in a gas-guzzling monster. The concerned neighbour with grave reservations about the 'invasion' of 'asylum seekers', despite living in a cul-de-sac as white as the net curtains they spend their days watching the world fearfully through.
If you're frightened by the ever-changing world and prefer knee-jerking to thinking, then buy this paper. If you're one of us 'ghastly liberals' and you fancy a laugh, buy this paper. Either way, don't give your money to one of those loony-lefty, PC-gone mad, rights for gays, pro-abortion broadsheets, they'd have us all proving who we are every day and measuring things in 'metres' like the rest of the world. How dare they?!?!?
I am amazed that this paper has not been banned; it is racist, xenophobic, and homophobic. The Daily Mail (icious,) does not, as another reviewer has already pointed out, believe that since Maggie Thatcher left no 10 that a good thing has happened to the U.K. It is heavily outdated it?s militant right-wing approach to all subjects has to be seen to be believed. It is a blinkered ?newspaper,? as it does not seem to understand that people do live outside the suburbs of middle-England. Please for the sake of your own mind, and morals spend another thirty pence and buy a Guardian. Please, I?m begging you! We no longer have an empire, and not everybody earns 50k a year! It has started to run down the B.B.C. for ?dumbing down? or making more popular T.V. programs, which ever side you look at it. It?s militant opposition to trade unions is remarkable! It?s freighting that so many people read this paper, it really does make me wonder when we will go back to imperial money and have wars with the French. This paper makes me SICK. If you work for, or read the ?Mail? and are reading this, please take a look around you! Benham (A militant leftie)
The Daily Mail is almost a parody of itself. It is a horrible, narrow minded paper which reacts with predicatable knee-jerk outrage to any modern social, technological or moral phenomena with the "it was all better in the olden days" attitude which presumably satisfies the little Englander mentality of its readers. The news that chiken tikka masala had become the nation's favourite dish was met with typical red faced splutterings and the suggestion that the nation's moral decline was attributed to the youth of today prefering exotic treats rather than the good old fashioned roast dinner or bread and dripping. Viagra is also spioling "the art of love." Perhaps the qualities of the Mail are best seen in one of its own comic strips. Goerge Damper in "I don't believe it!" (basically Victor Meldrew with a 'tache) moans on a daily basis about anything and everything, hates change and longs for the good old days.
If you start walking up a Jumbo jet from the tail end and then exit through the right emergency door. Then walk along the wing to the end where you get to that little turn up flap. Then repeat this exercise on another hundred 747s end to end then you will have traveled as far down the right wing as this paper. Its quite simply the voice of comfortable Middle Class middle aged man who doesn’t want anyone other than him walking out green and pleasant land. Of the two traditional serious tabloids this one in all fairness tackles the more sensitive news stories and topics that others tip toe around. They are not afraid to say that black people are stealing all the mobile phones and their gangs are attacking people for shiny new cars. Of course theres a bias that way and they don’t miss a trick to attack asylum seekers. But I think on that issue at the moment they are reflecting most of the countries despair on the rampant immigration that seems to be so taboo. The headlines on Friday are perhaps relevant to most of its readership in that hopes of early retirement are almost up. Hands up who didn’t know that (discluding Enron execs), although we are a strange breed here working hard all our lives and then trying to enjoy our golden years. F**k that, lets enjoy it now and worry about being miserable skint and creaky rather than comfortable and creaky. Prince Charles is going to get “envolved”over the papers Omagh bomb campaign after his great press with the B&B stunt. Hasn’t anyone from the Home Office briefed him yet to the fact we are surrendering to the gangsters and Sien Fien.Give the man another castle to shut him up. Blair will do anything to stop himself being a target, let alone the city of London near his house. Weather also on page two with Euro reports to. I always like ticking of the cities in the world list of temps to see how cosmopolitan I am. Theres a nice litt
le box tucked away in the corner showing you where today’s tear out vouchers are for today’s competitions and offers. Sometimes you forget voucher 13 for that Spanish Villa that seems to be a competition in every paper. The MMR gets a double spread as the worry grows for parents. In reality though as the well written article points out is that the single jab was bought in because of the falling take up of the series of six individual injections. I suppose there is a cost saving issue here but that’s understandable.I cant believe anyone would introduce something that could mess up their kids to can you. Big ad for Sandals holidays where tacky people go to get married in the Caribbean with thirty other couples on the same day. Or those lechy old birds that go for a bit of black knob. In my limited experience it’s a location to get mugged and a dose of Legionnaire’s. First of many credit card ads in this finance led boom makes page five. The posties are going on strike for all the wrong reasons and no doubt the dispute will last conveniently to the World Cup. Just about every public service seems to be planning the same scam by the looks of it. Well its true. They never have industrial action when the suns not out. The hopeless woman who dumped her handicapped kid in Portugal is up next trying to get the poor munchkin back now its had a simple procedure to cure the cleft. Why isn’t this woman in prison.If that had been an ethnic British Citizen doing that this paper would have led the way to the gas chamber. We also have one of those tempting hotel offers for the dirty weekend or escape the kids break. But the 19-50 soon nears the hundred when you have to eat their extremely expensive breakfast and extras. Quentin Letts gives us an extremely tedious run down in parliament that is only relevant to the 17 MPs that bothered to show up. The rest are beavering away on their lucrative con
sultanices or drinking clubs being very noisy. Blairs scarpered to Africa again to escape a hammering over the MMR jab.It would be nice while he’s out there cowering that he will actually carry out his threat to help the region.And not sell arms to both sides in the Congo war over aiding the people from volcanoes. A cheeky bit of page setting on number seven with the lady of number ten Downing Street again schmoozing at celeb parties. Then under there we have a viagra story. I wonder if she would rather be somewhere else than with her “stressed “husband. Next up is that estate agent that was capped during a bungled car jacking that’s all the rage in London’s streets. We have a family portrait of his life as the paper tries to get sympathy for an estate agent!. But it may just sell newspapers, as the carjackers were of course black, hence the story twin spread. The facts are not good for black youth in the inner cities with a lot of these crimes done purely to show the brothers how tough they are in the gang. The Dailymail comment is predictably bias to its leader writers but is again ignored like a driver hanging his mobile out of the window of his BMW in Lewisham.You can take the great “How British are you quiz” in predictable right wing Mail style. Questions like The Dome is ……. A) The focal point of our Millenium celebration. B) The biggest waste of money in living memory. C) Or the end of Lord Charlie Faulkner. Its quite humorous to fifty plus gardening types who have nothing better to do before going to the office. But its really another pop at the people they really done like immigrants and reassures its readers that Britain is better of as it is. That naughty royal correspondent Jenny Bond gets a going over by the paper with the headline of “White Stilettos, no knickers and the truth about my nude gardening”. Theres someth
ing horny about nude celebrities don’t you think. A big ad plugging Lord of the Rings for the award season bumps up to Andrew Alexander’s column that mentions Kaiser Bill. A recognition of the German military is nothing new in this Third Reich paper at times. Oh, here we go.”30,000 asylum cheats to go by next year”. Apparently the paper reckon Mr Blunkett is going to spend tons of money ferreting out illegally who are powering the black economy s**t jobs that’s the locals just wont do. It’s no coincidence that when New Labor came in to power that there was a radical increase in illegal immigration. The minimum wage was always going to hurt exploitative big business so they were desperate to lobby the new administration to get that pool of cheap labor to help labor costs. Immigration is hard pill to swallow politically for any voter so you have to find ways to let them in through a loophole to appease that critical black economy. The hypocritical thing is that the reporters of this paper no that to but continue to band asylum seekers in under the same banner. If Blair and co didn’t want them here then you wouldn’t se them. Giving them free housing and access to that black economy by not penalizing the companies that offer them work is the biggest hint they will ever get. The new home secretaries swearing of Oaths and please will you marry here comments are for political capitol only to try and gain points for his expected leadership bid. Many a politician wears two hat you know. One of those columnist who insists on having a stupid pompous name borders page 15.”Ephraim”Hardcastle gives us some gossip from the inside of the political and society pages which again are only interesting to the wags who sent in the snippets. Its just another way for our ruling classes to have a sly dig at each other oblivious to the papers readers. Skin cancer deaths are
soaring apparently says the next article.580 off all malignant cancers here are skin based as the Brits fry in the sun when it finally peeps through. If you sunbed of course it doubles your chances of a dodgy mole and of course Vinny Jones smashing the lid on your nut. A nice article on the tube privatization where the government in their feud with Ken Livingstone are pushing through the more expensive and cumbersome PPP deal. This will see only twenty new trains and little investment in the first seven years. Next to nothing in improved services, as the dangerous underground rumbles near the inevitable disaster like Kings Cross. I don’t live in London and I feel for you getting on that to go to work if you do. What will happen is that share prices will be the priority with most funding going to big business and not brakes for the antiquated trains. More finance ads along with a rather vulgar compassion in world farming appeal debit slip. Joanna Lumley off all people is promoting a march in London tomorrow for all the whistle blowing students to bring the city to a halt like the public services try so hard to do. Foot n Mouth and the new farm capping is going to give the supermarkets Carte blanch to buy cheaper meat abroad on mass. Shouldn’t prune faces like here be bunging up the local Tescos here. Why is all the concern for animals that are cute and cuddly over the abattoirs of death. All very confusing to meat eating T-Rex like me.. To continue the theme of we hate Johnny foreigner we have a picture of the only white girl in an ethnic bias UK school. Yes its an Oldham school and most of the dark faces are Asian.But this schooling is the only way that multi cultural Britain will ever work in my opinion. Although I agree that they should learn English so they can work here. Again the British press is obsessed with furniture ads that seem to adorn every other page here. Hey!,Northampton has made the new
s ,not for its disproportionately large dispersed,illegal or not asylum seeker population,(the biggest outside London),but Britain’s longest married country. I feel for them living here for all that time. Good people though and did the bit in the war and all that. Which I suppose is the point in the SS mail. Again more computer ads that try and sell you a grand’s worth of kit that’s going to be obsolete and laughable in a year or more Why punters don’t take the back of and stick in the bits for a fifth of the price through upgrade I will never know. Did you know that a Pentium One chip could have powered the whole of the NASA space program back in the sixties. Liz Hurley’s bizarre stupid publicity stunt with that ugly guy has left her with a bump. After Hugh’s success with Bridget Jones she needed to upstage him with prolonged pregnancy publicity. But this involves you looking bloated and lumbered babe. I would still shag her though. Talking of women setting back their chromosomes for a decade.yet another silly girl has made false rape allegations and has been fined for every second of the wasted police investigation time. An incredible 1800 man-hour were put in as her claim had just come after a brutal rape the week before which sent them on a chase for a serial rapist. Only one in ten rapes results in a verdict. Full page car ad that must have cost a bomb in color. Curry’s camera ads greet you on the flip next to the first of the papers attempt at more light hearted news. One is the extraordinary tale of Olympic great Olga Korbet the gymnast. Apparently she’s been printing counterfeit money in her bedroom!.I wonder how many perfect tens she ran up. A very sad story of a father who killed his adorable twin sons after a domestic. Then a rather inappropriate ad underneath advertises a mortgage rate that can offer you happy families paying debt of all your life tha
t probably contributed to the above tragedy. Another little story that could be far bigger if allowed to run is the ironic tale of the US BOTOX compound. In its volatile state it’s a poison that triggers botulism in large doses. In its diluted cosmetic form its used to kill wrinkles and not Americans. You would have thought they would have closed that legal loophole of by now. Terrorists take note. Tyre ad that’s for guys only followed by a fascinating article on Britain’s covert forces in the war. One is the discovery of a joke passport depicting Hitler as a Jew. Finally something worth reading in this right wing mouth piece. But it just had to be on the Fuhrer!. A double spread on those clotted cream (rich n thick) debutante girls who go to lots of parties to find eligible husbands. Silly names are generally associated with these airheads with Una, Baba and Season being the most noticeable. The tackiest ad so far has to be the Valentines trip to Paris for two nights with a third one free. Only 141 quid. But get this as its an extra forty notes for the same amount of time together in Brussels!.Now I know where I would be taking my girl if I had one, and it wouldn’t be any of those two he he . Or like Frank Skinner once said when asked where he takes his dates.”First to her cash machine and then up the ass”. The first nibble of the extremely boring Pop Idol story about some girls who have braided their hair like one of the contestants. The inevitable school suspension has resulted in this equally inevitable photograph. Alders have their Valentines ad directed at the guys who can buy top named perfumes for half the price. For some reason women like to pay ridiculous mark ups on scent even though they cost about a quid to get to the shop floor. You cant buy class ladies and you shouldn’t tolerate five fold for your hair does to!. PC WORLD go for a full-page
ad, which I believe, costs over a thousand pounds for a national newspaper. Finally the good news of the end of dress down Fridays which we really didn’t get the point of here. Americans would dress preppy in cotton and Chinos whilst the Brits were rocking u in Sepultura T-shirts with girls jammed into jeans like they a water bed down there!. Tom Cruise needs a big ad to push Vanilla Sky, which I hear is a very tame. Perhaps a pre-Christmas release with all the other Turkeys would have been appropriate. The Damiola case is dissolving into a farce where the polices major prosecution witness in a 14 year old girl is making them look silly. It looks like she knew the attackers but didn’t se them do it but quite fancies the fifty grand reward. And the police desperate for a case kind of hinted that if she eyeballs the four teenagers then she can be”relocated” to Jamaica with lots of new trainers. You can bet your life that most of this papers readers would love that to happen with most of the other Jamaicans here going with her. Although it’s a terrible crime its yet another example of how the paper makes everyone ethnic look bad. The Post Office down on its knees has time for their valentines ad with a competition where you draw a heart on the back of your mail, and you could win a Jaguar.Or the letter could be lost and never seen again. The first of many Golden Jubilee goods and momentoes is the ubiquitous commemorative coin. It’s the new five pound coin that cost err nine ninety five?.But the postage and packing is free!.Sounds like a bigger rip off than the Euro!. Talking of those European rule setters there soon to be radical water rate rises because maintainers of watercourses are now liable for flooding near bye properties. Why is that wherever i go i see most new properties near here going up on flood planes. That mad dog Dyke running the BBC and New Labor is givin
g his staff yellow cards for being negative. He’s told his middle class white Caucasian staff to un starch their white collars and start giving people what they want for their hundred pound. Then stick it on BBC Choice where that license fee is useless. Well I was looking forward to Shooting Stars.It might be worth taking them to court over that. DIY season is in full swing (not that DIY ladies) so you can get %20 of garden sheds at Homebase.But that saving is quickly wiped out as the delivery charge involves a Hercules C134 transporter parachute drop in your garden, weather permitting. A whole page ad for Singapore airlines that can fly you there this Sunday from 499 pounds. Now is it me or doesn’t that type of trip take some organizing. Errr dearest, just off to the Far East on a 747,back next week ok. Bit of a boring place if you ask me. Did you know you can’t take chewing gum into the country. Then again that’s not a bad thing. Have you ever looked at the pavement and seen all the dropped chewy. Nigel Dempster has his infamous society column here to update us on what’s under Butler Paul Burrells floor boards and who’s banging the IT girls. The center pages are devoted to cute babies dressed up in uniforms of work. Sainsburys and their food minister boss have their ad right next door, which is ironic as their untested genetically engineered food products are most likely to deform the adorable baby’s. Baz Bamigboye celeb column is next up with all the latest film news and who Russell Crowe is shagging this week. Then its naturally followed by the Friday film reviews on video, DVD and cinema. Their film critic Christopher Tookey is notoriously hard on movies and very rarely likes one. Monsters INC,a kids film gets two out of five. Friday arts and music reviews next followed by theatre.A full size Valentines Asda ad includes 8 pound underwear from George (the label) ,by Geor
ge and no doubt to George knowing Daily Mail readers. Dozen red roses for 8.97!,now that I don’t believe. A book on Friday is self-explanatory with three pages allotted to the readers amongst you. No sign of the latest Tom Clancy. The TV section is more readable with their reviewer quite rightfully hammering another lame British comedy in The Estate Agents. Tonight’s tips to see include Timewatch on the 1977 jubilee celebrations that also didn’t get going until the summer. Frasier, which bores the tears out of me, is the star choice. Half Price sale at SKY!. Letters page leaves room for those extremely tacky minute Daily Mail valentines’ classifieds. You have to track down your girl or wife at work to tell her to buy a magnifying glass and The Daily Mail to read your loving message.14 quid spent on it and not a b-job insight. The paper actually gives the ethnic minorities a right of reply here after their continuous persecution with a picture of a black mamma titled,”Were not all lawbreakers”in sizeable bold type. Worded just enough to admit palpable liability on behalf of the countries black community so their readers can snigger. At least six pages of cars, insurance and property ads to keep you sending off the payments in this credit lead economy. Competition pages and cut out voucher time. The Daily Mail does do quite well here with plenty of fun scratch and game cards along with decent freebies. Im collecting the ones to win that Villa!.Hopefully not the football team. Coffee break One is unique to The Mail.It’s a collection of funny question and answers .The first one asked is which was the first British comedy to feature canned laughter. It says ITV’s entire autumn schedule since 1953. The cartoon page that’s never funny and always there. Bit like the above again I do believe. Although it has two of the heavyweights in Peanuts and Fred Basset. The cro
ssword is way to hard as is Letihs recipe of the day. Oh win a digital fire alarm. Hands up who took the battery out with in six weeks of constant screeching noises everytime you left the kitchen door open. The horoscopes are yet again on the three-month recycle program with a premium line for menopausal women to plan the week by. You will spend a little money this week the sensual voice mystic reveals. This service is sponsored by Camelot!. More puzzles and crosswords without clues makes life difficult in Britain’s ever decreasing tea breaks. You are supposed to knock of there three pages of Coffee break games and puzzles in that break you never get anymore. City and Finance and the shares and guilt’s listing gets four pages. The Allied Irish Bank gets mention although I get the feeling the so called rogue trader might just have been told to invest in Enron over the years. To be fair, the Mails sportsmail section is pretty strong with in depth coverage of a wide variety. Golf, racing and the tips of the day feed you in with a cartoon competition where you fill in the bubble. I keep trying but only to get threatening letters from the Police.Cant thing what that’s about. Aghh the Winter Olympics!,thought you would never ask.The article from Neil Wilson claims there are six Britain’s to watch.Which will probably beat the BBC’s viewing figures. Davis cup article for the decidedly Middle Class although Tim played well today.60 pence of your petrol from ESSO.What a difference a year and a war makes. Last nights results, (Crystal Palace 0 Wolves 2) with a league table to. If you going to report sport these days then do it in detail. A right royal murdering of the Welsh rugby team after their embarrassing defeat is worthy of a page article in anyone’s paper as is Chelsea’s continuing form earning me a nice winner on a bet I have rolling. Their soccer coverage that takes y
ou to the pack page is not so noisy as the redtops and offers more intelligent (if that’s possible)on the weeks action. Sports Agenda by Charles Sale rounds up the niggly news from Hockey to the still unsettled World Cup rights. The boxing people are trying to figure out why they banned Tyson from fighting and seem to have shot themselves firmly in the foot here. California and Albania are favorites to get it on!. The main football article is on the rise and fall of Dwight York’s prospects (err no ladies not that). And Teddy’s still hungry for something or another. Beck’s is holding out for more although I suspect him and the boss had some sort of scam going here to bump up their price. The back page has another footballer on the piss story with Newcastle’s Billy Whiz in Craig Bellamy belting a bird. When will violence in football stop. Probably when this paper is as left wing as Kieran Dyer. If you read Allan Clark’s diaries then you will love this paper. If you are more moderate and keep your racism to yourself then you will still like it. But if you are a square and rational then the Guardian awaits.
The guy who im renting off has the Daily Mail through the box everyday. So i just can’t resist a read of the worlds most right wing paper. One headline that caught my attention this week was the Norfolk weirdo Tony Martin. Most pundits and media types have been whipping up a frenzy over this case that he was right to pop the burglars that raided his property. I was one of the ones that were not so sure that he was as innocent, and after reading an excellent article and coverage post trial in this paper. Most broadsheets haven’t really dug into this bizarre trial and it’s only since now that I think this guy should rot a little longer in the can. Apparently he had 56 teddy bears in his bed and slept fully clothed by his illegally held pump action. He was so hateful and paranoid of burglars and travelling folk that he threatened to villagers that he would “blow one away”before the end of the year. The plot thickens as we read he took up most of the floorboards and unscrewed the light bulbs. Placed old badger traps in the garden and removed window frames. He lay in weight for three weeks until he heard intruders who he shot at and killed one who was cowering under a bush. Doesn’t sound like self defense to me. He seems to do the opposite of protecting his property by setting a lair for moronic gypsy types to break into his trap. Apparently he was known around the village as a whacko and shot someone’s windows out in a rage. H e was known to the police and was a real trouble causer in the village and beyond. One of those fuddy duddies who hates just about everyone. Definitely the write paper to get some sympathy. Anyhow it was nice to read up on that story and to know im not a minority thinking this guy is a major loon and why all the support. Imagine if two posh kids from the local private school had been stealing his apples when they got the full double barrel.
I think you should be able to defend your property and family with force, and instinctively I would probably do the same. But a couple of halogen lamps and the TV on would have deterred most MR Martin. The paper is of course full of anti asylum rhetoric, which I think we all agree with anyway. It also has a less biased coverage of the war and has gone more in to the reasons why the UK and America would like to run Afghanistan. Oil of course is the underlying reason we need to be there and the paper delved deeply into the facts of previous battles there. Russia didn’t lose half a million men over ten years for a few sand dunes. The sports coverage is excellent with Sunday and Mondays footy superb. I like the updated league tables a lot and they always keep you straight. Theres something nice about a fresh printed paper with all the tables up to date. They even give you all the teams on Monday three days after the games. Their cricket coverage is about the best of the tabloids for domestic stuff, although they could do better. The Mail is great for offers and competitions. They have just done a good cheap rail offer and various tokens for cash prizes and Christmas stuff are on the go now. They are always giving something away. The business stuff is concise and they grab the women punters with their award winning femail (get it!) section. The presentation is so professional and dignified and should really be granted broadsheet status. Its in no way a blue collar rag and should really upgrade. Although the tabloids size is great for carry.
The daily mail is one of those newspapers that you read if you really are not bothered in finding out what is going on the world. It contains some extremely pointless atricles on strange topics but occasionaly spreads the word on what is really important in the world. It hasn't resorted to page 3 girls either to sell its magazine but uses its snappy titles and its puns to do the selling for it. It contains most of what you need to know about sport all the interesting parts of it anyway and keeps you informed of day to day occurances in the world news. They tend to have a section on politics although it is a rather small section. They also have a section on heatlh and with pretty pointless articles on the new product that can cause cancer. It has good horoscopes and this is the reason that I like it and has a good saturday edition. I would pick this newspaper as a light hearted edition of what is going on in todays world.
The Daily Mail is a national newspaper distributed by Associated Newspapers Ltd. I find it one of the most informative newspapers around, it is in a compact format, making it very easy to read (especially on the train, bus etc.). It is full of colour, creating aesthetic appeal. Very good weekly features. My only complaint about the newspaper is perhaps it can (as with any newspaper) get on it's high horse and just not let it go!! i.e Brass Eye. The newspaper was launched on 4th May 1896 and in the 105 years since it's launch it has achieved the following: 1900 Sent the World's 1st female war correspondent, Lady Sarah Wilson 1912 First newspaper to use radio messages 1962 First column transmitted by satellite 'Telstar' 1965 Newspaper of the Year for the 1st time 1971 Relaunched as a compact newspaper The newspaper has achieved the prestigious "Newspaper of the Year Award" no less than 7 times. In 1965, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. Around 5.5 million people read The Daily Mail every day. Making it the most read Newspaper of its kind - Middle Market. As with many Daily Newspapers, it comprises of news headlines, current affairs, sport news and business news. It also hosts special features which change each day, these being: Self (Every Monday) - This section is filled with ways to boost your inner well being. With editorial features on all aspects of alternative lifestyles, such as Feng Shui, Yoga, the art of Zen. Good Health (Every Tuesday) - This Daily Mail claims this to be the most respected health section on the market today. Good health is written by a host of experts on all of the latest health issues. It covers areas such as innovations, health care, new treatments etc. Money Mail (Every Wednesday) - This Personal Finance has been running for 34 years, which makes it the longest surviving section
of it's kind. It provides financial advice to readers of all ages, from Savings & Investments to Mortgages and Pensions to Insurance. Femail Magazine (Every Thursday) - This 16 page feature specifically aimed at the female readers, comprises of Fashion, Style and Beauty and anything that may concern the target audience. Regular features include real life dramas and personality interviews. It's Friday (Every Friday) - This is the ultimate guide to the weekend. It highlights the theatre, culture and arts. Hot gossip from Baz Bamigboye, reviews on the latest movies from film critic Christopher Tookey. Articles on concert, rock and pop scene complete with gig guides and album releases. Finally reviews of the latest West End shows and the Theatre world from Michael Coveney. Books on Friday (Every Friday) - This is a literary section which covers reviews of both fiction and non-fiction titles. It also comprises of Literary issues and events. Travel (Every Saturday) - Up to 9 pages of interesting and informative holiday and travel news. Each feature is accompanied by invaluable facts detailing flights, recommended tour operators and estimated costs. All aspects of travel are included in this feature. Weekend Magazine (Every Saturday) - With celebrity interviews, fashion highlights, travel and cookery editorial features. Articles written by award winning journalists such as Linda Lee Potter, Mary Riddell and Angela Levin. All this plus a very comprehensive Television guide, devoting 6 pages to each day - with great detail for Terrestrial, Satellite and Radio stations. It's not hard to see why this publication has been voted "Newspaper of the Year" once again!!!