“We need a new coach”: British voters vote, the press has chosen its side

“The time for change has come”. From the tip of the lips, hidden behind a football metaphor, the tabloid The Sun made his choice: “We need a new coach.” The conservative newspaper, once suspected of leaning towards populist Nigel Farage’s Reform UKfinally falls in line behind the Labor Party. A first since 2005. “They waited until the last moment, added time, to do it”, the weekly newspaper says ironically The Spectator, close to the outgoing majority.

The Sununtil recently the UK’s biggest-selling newspaper, “joins the rest of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire”composed in particular of Times And of Sunday Times, “in a clear support for the probable winner of the legislative elections”organized this Thursday, July 4 in the United Kingdom. Published the day before, the latest polls promised a majority of some 200 seats (out of 650) to the center-left party and its leader, Sir Keir Starmer, something never seen before in almost two centuries.

Other newspapers that are usually rather hostile to Labour, such as the daily life Financial Times and theweekly The Economisthave also opted for the main opposition party. The fourteen years of conservative power, marked by budgetary austerity, the Brexitscandals and political instability, lead to an unequivocal observation: “The Tories do not deserve our support,” The liberal magazine says:

“Today, trying to defend the Tories is to take on the role of the teacher trying to have a sympathetic word for the class heckler.”

A handful of conservative tabloids, such as the Daily Mail and the Daily Expresscontinue to support Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s troops against all odds. But without real enthusiasm. Their primary objective: to prevent Labour from obtaining a “super majority”. “We will continue to carry the flame of conservatism until it flares up again”he shouts Daily Express.

Others, finally, support minor parties, such as the pro-independence Scottish National Party (The National, in Glasgow) or the political currents in favour of keeping Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom (The Belfast News Letter), or even abstain from any voting instructions (iin London).

The tabloid Daily Starthe most bizarre in the country, chose to vote for Count Trash Heada humorous candidate opposing Rishi Sunak in his stronghold in the north of England.

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