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
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
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.