Newspaper review: Papers criticise web watch plan


The papers do not like government plans to extend the powers of the security services to monitor emails, calls, texts and website searches.

For theDaily Mirror, Big Brother is alive and snooping.

TheDaily Mail complains that Britain is already one of the most spied-upon nationsin the world.

It describes the proposals as truly chilling and reminds the coalition parties of their pre-election promises to "roll back the surveillance state".

High price

TheTimessays law-abiding internet users should be able to look into their screens without fearing that their screens may be looking back.

TheGuardian says for an automated inspector to jot down the fact of every exchangein a great cyber-notebook is to "shrivel the domain of privacy".

TheIndependent says it represents a fundamental shiftin the relationship between the individual and the state.

And the price to be paid in the loss of individual liberty is too high.

Exams role

TheIndependent leads with a warning by teachers and parentsthat school meal portions are being shrunk.

The reports are of particular concern, the paper adds, given the increase in the number of poorer pupils who rely on school lunches as their only hot meal.

TheDaily Telegraph welcomes Education Secretary Michael Gove's ideafor universities to have a bigger say in setting A-level exams.

It thinks universities are best placed to design A-level courses and exams.

Quiet dignity

Ceremonies marking the anniversary of Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands are widely reported.

TheSun describes Monday's speech by the Argentine President, Cristina Fernandez, as contemptible sabre-rattling rhetoric.

It was an anniversary, the paper says, that both nations ought to have observed with quiet dignity.

TheDaily Mirror says the islanders are a hardy lotand will not be intimidated by Argentina's hectoring and sanctions.

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