Lots of controversy overnight over whether the Mail has gone too far with today’s front page twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/stâ€¦
— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) April 3, 2013
To me this creates an excuse for the killer
Almost all the tabloids are leading this morning with the conviction of Mick Philpott of killing six of his children.
Where the Daily Mail is different is that it seeks to put at least part of the blame onto “Welfare UK” and in doing so, I’d suggest, minimises what Philpott did.
Politically, of course, this comes just at the moment when Osborne has gone on the offensive over the changes and cuts in the welfare system.
The electoral question is whether the Mail approach will resonate and help Osborne or whether it comes over as being too contrived. My view is that it is the latter.
One thing’s for sure – the Philpott coverage has drowned out coverage of the Chancellor’s big speech yesterday.
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