September 8, 2005

Things I Like About England - I

The press.

I love the newspapers and TV news in England.

There’s a paper for every viewpoint. From the Guardian and Independent on the left, to the Times in the middle, and the Daily Mail on the right,

There’s also real reporting in England. Reporters ask hard questions. They don’t wait for 10 Downing Street announcements before reporting on an issue. And if a politician doesn’t answer a question they ask it again. And again. And again. Imagine that happening in the US.

One day in particular stands out for me. It was the day after the Hutton report had come out (the Hutton inquiry, for those of you who don’t know, looked into the circumstances regarding weapons inspector Dr. David Kelly’s death, and whether the BBC’s claim that the weapons of mass destruction dossier put out by 10 Downing Street had been “sexed up” had been a factor in his death).

And so it was that on the day after the inquiry, January 29, 2004, I went to purchase a paper at our local newstand. What greeted me was the Independent with a blank front page, and the single word “Whitewash?” in the center of the paper.

Imagine the New York Times becoming so indignant about the New Orleans tragedy that it printed a paper with a blank front page with just the word “Resign.” on it.

Imagine.

Posted by: Frank @ 6:28 am — Filed under:

2 Comments »

  1. That…’Whitewash?’…is enough to confirm my move. I’ve been contemplating moving to England for years….literally since I was about six years old. After the last election I made a command decision to save my pennies and go for a visit just to make sure and now the move is on! Conveniently, I’ve since fallen in love with an Englishman [who’s here for his masters degree] and he’s recently asked me to move home with him after school. I’m not saying I fully agree with the political situation over there, but I have nothing but rage and loathing for OUR system [that’s politics, the media, consumerism…the lot]. It’s refreshing to know there are even more reasons to go.

    Comment by Erin Mossman — March 8, 2006 @ 10:12 am

  2. I have been living in the US for 25 years, am married with two children. I have been yearning for England again now for some time, and am trying to figure out, with the husband, the realities of now versus 1982 when I moved. I have grown so very disenchanted with US culture and politics, but am wondering if things are really that different in England now. Any comments or thoughts on this would be most helpful and interesting to me.

    Comment by Sandy Hirsch — June 18, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

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