What The Papers Say: Election 97 - Europe provides the great divide

If there is one topic that is providing evidence of ’blue water’ between the leading parties in the election it is the continental drift over Europe. The scenario has been changing almost hourly during the last few days but in the period up to last weekend, some clear distinctions emerged.

If there is one topic that is providing evidence of ’blue water’

between the leading parties in the election it is the continental drift

over Europe. The scenario has been changing almost hourly during the

last few days but in the period up to last weekend, some clear

distinctions emerged.



Labour’s weak spot over Europe is the social chapter - a point well

massaged by the Tories over the past five weeks. However, the Tories’

confusion over the single currency has provided Labour with all the

ammunition it needs to exploit the divide between the E-philes and

E-sceptics. The result is that the portion of the national press which

is still supporting the Tories shows a higher degree of negative

coverage of Labour on European issues than in their overall coverage.

Labour-supporting papers show a reverse bias as expected. Interestingly,

two papers with fairly balanced coverage overall - the Independent and

the FT - show a distinctly negative bias towards the Tories over

Europe.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International.



Additional cuttings supplied by The Broadcast Monitoring Company.



’What The Papers Say’ can also be found at: http//www.carma.com/carma.



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