There were three main events in the past week which ought to have found their way into the headlines of the Saturday papers:
- The Chilcot Inquiry which was finally published, after seven years, on Wednesday the 6th of July;
- The vote of the Tory MPs to narrow down the list of candidates for PM to two on Thursday the 7th of July;
- The outrage in Dallas, Texas, USA, in the evening of Thursday July 7th.
So let’s look at how the MSM are keeping us informed on these events – and if you feel a twinge of suspicion that perhaps there’s something lacking, then you might not be alone!
Domestic news first, with the reporting on the Theresa May versus Angela Leadsom taking the top spot:
Andrea Leadsom claimed being a mother would make her a better leader -Comes days after Theresa May revealed sadness at having no children -Home Secretary’s supporters condemned the remarks as ‘disgusting’ – Mrs Leadsom has taken to Twitter to furiously deny the comments
Andrea Leadsom has hit back after a newspaper article said she claimed having children would make her a better Prime Minister than Theresa May.
Andrea Leadsom has suggested that she would be a better prime minister than her Conservative leadership contest rival Theresa May because she has children and May does not.
‘I feel that being a mum means you have a very real stake in the future of our country’
Andrea Leadsom opens up motherhood row with Tory leadership rival Theresa May
One might be ever so slightly puzzled why this “motherhood row” interests the MSM, rather than the one issue so vital to our country: that these two ladies were on opposite sides during the EU Referendum Campaign, or the equally vital question on Ms May’s record as Home Office Secretary!
Meanwhile, the Chilcot Report and its aftermath has made it onto today’s front pages of two papers only:
Chilcot report: Tony Blair could be sued for ‘every penny’ by families of soldiers killed in Iraq War: ‘Chilcot gives us a lot of threads to pursue and those threads make a powerful rope to catch him’
Tony Blair could be put on ‘trial’ in the Houses of Parliament for his role in taking Britain to war in Iraq, under plans being examined by MPs, The Telegraph can disclose. MPs led by SNP leader Alex Salmond are understood to be examining whether the former Labour Prime Minister can be impeached and forced to account for his actions in front of MPs and peers.
The shooting of twelve police officers – five of whom are dead – in Dallas, Texas, is given top place in the Foreign News section in the papers:
Obama and a nation more riven than ever: Deadliest day for US law enforcement since 9/11 masks a twisted new landmark in country’s race crisis
One of the snipers who shot dead five police officers in Dallas admitted that he wanted to “kill white people”, it emerged today.
Dallas shooting suspect stated he wanted to ‘kill white officers’ – Bomb making materials discovered at home of Micah Johnson, sniper who killed five police officers and injured seven others
Dallas police shooting: Police find bomb-making materials in shooter Micah Johnson’s home – Former US Army reservist Micah Johnson was killed by a police bomb robot after 45 minutes of failed negotiations
An American army veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, said he wanted to “kill white people” as he went on a shooting rampage in Dallas that ended the lives of five policemen and wounded seven more.
Also in Foreign News, there’s this:
Europe needs to wake up to the fact Turkey’s “wannabe sultan” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is using the migrant crisis to avert attention from the atrocious abuse of democracy and human rights, the chief of the opposition Kurdish party has warned.
And then there are two rather astonishing articles tangential to the Chilcot Inquiry:
Neil Kinnock: ‘I’m bloody angry. Only anger is keeping me from falling into despair’ Things have been difficult for Labour before, Neil Kinnock believes, but they’ve never been as bad as they are now. Everyone must join the party at once, he says, and vote Jeremy Corbyn out
Charles Moore: The wrong lesson from the Chilcot report – that it’s a crime to lead
Let’s end on a more cheerful note, and never mind that this is not about politics:
The amazing pictures that tell the story of Wales’ unforgettable homecoming party
The sun wasn’t shining, but at least it wasn’t raining …!