Newspaper review: Papers focus on vote referendum fight
- 18 April 2011
- From the section UK
Seventeen days before the referendum on whether to change the voting system for Westminster elections, the Times considers the latest moves in what it believes is becoming a vicious fight.
It describes David Cameron's decision to appear alongside former Labour home secretary John Reid to argue the case against the AV system, as unprecedented.
It says it is vital that he tackles the biggest problem - public confusion.
The case for a "Yes" vote in the voting system referendum will be made by Business Secretary Vince Cable and Labour leader Ed Miliband.
The Daily Mail sees their involvement as a dramatic stepping up of an increasingly fractious campaign.
The Guardian says both Mr Miliband and David Cameron are expected to seek to raise the tone of the debate.
It believes the policy is becoming even harder to justify in the light of an audit of the EU's aid programme.
The paper says the damning report found that money was being squandered on white elephant projects and subsidising corrupt regimes in the third world.
The Independent's sister paper, the I, sums up the closure of part of the M1 with the headline "Road to nowhere".
The Sun contrasts the delay repairing the damage caused to the bridge with Japan where roads destroyed by the tsunami have already been rebuilt.
Elisia and Dolcie Bageban, from Tyneside, arrived prematurely on their brothers' birthday on 27 February.