I bought all three of the Belfast daily newspapers today (Friday). There is no expense I will not go to…..to illustrate a blog for my readership.
Take a look at the Front Pages (below).
In a sense the newspapers sum up Norn Iron. Take a look at the Irish News. The lead story and full page photograph is Katie Taylor’s triumph at the Olympic Games. The Irish News is read by nationalists.
The News Letter leads on a double tragedy in Coleraine, the death of an elderly brother of a pensioner recently murdered. Katie Taylor is not mentioned. Two of the three Irish boxers who fought in todays Olympic semi-finals today are on the front page…the two are from Belfast. The third boxer who is from the Republic of Ireland is not named. Katie Taylor’s victory yesterday is not mentioned. The News Letter is read by unionists.
The Belfast Telegraph claims it is read by unionists and nationalists but its editorial stance is “liberal unionist”…..always a risible concept. It cannot alienate its (mostly) unionist readership by giving too much emphasis to a story (Katie Taylor) which would put a smile on face of nationalists. Therefore it takes a cowardly “lets get alongerist” way out……..Katie is featured alongside British boxer Nicola Adams who also won Gold yesterday. The headline is “Girl Power”.
So welcome to Belfast. Can we ever be different?