Press Review Monday 7 June 2010

7th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

The election campaign is hitting fever pitch now that the end is in sight. There are just two days to go and some papers are beginning to look ahead to the coalition formation.

The other campaign that is approaching feverish heights is the World Cup football championship, which kicks off in four days time. It's football - and the dashed Dutch chances of taking home the cup - that dominates this morning's front pages.

Injured Robben hopeful for World Cup Predictably enough, AD and De Telegraaf lead with photographs of injured winger Arjen Robben, taken just after he tore his hamstring during the Netherlands' friendly against Hungary. "Robben frightens us all," headlines AD on its front page and the populist tabloid carries a photo of the footballer wiping tears from his eyes on the front page of its sports section. But all hope of winning the World Cup is not completely lost as the paper also says, "Robben will go to the World Cup".

De Telegraaf has a similar headline on its front page and a less than charming photo of the winger blowing his nose on his T-shirt. The headline on the front page of De Telegraaf's sports section sums up the feelings of Dutch footie fans everywhere: "hovering between hope and fear". De Volkskrant's sports section also focuses on Robben's injury but its headline is rather less complimentary about the winger's talents: "star player and useless dud".

Election campaign reaches fever pitch The left-wing Volkskrant begins its election coverage on the front page with "Balkenende fighting for his political life," and the paper illustrates the caretaker prime minister's desperate measures with a photograph of him on the campaign trail wearing a T-shirt that says Fuck Drugs. De Telegraaf also prints a photo of Mr Balkenende wearing that T-shirt and asks, "Would your mother say something like that?".

Trouw looks ahead to the coalition talks that will get underway bright and early on 10 June. "Parties sniffing around each other," headlines the Protestant paper on its front page. According to Trouw, "the battle for the premiership is a duel between Labour's Cohen and VVD’s Rutte". 

The paper says Labour is trying to present the election as an old-fashioned battle between left and right and that heavy hints about a post-election coalition are being dropped by some of the smaller parties: "GreenLeft leader Femke Halsema and D66 leader Alexander Pechtold have both repeatedly and publicly stated that they are in daily telephone contact with Labour leader Job Cohen".

Women politicians are judged on appearance "Flirting is allowed but get back to the issues quickly," is the headline above AD’s patronising and paternalistic - and downright insulting - article about Dutch women politicians. "How do our women politicians present themselves and what can other women learn from them?" asks the tabloid rag.

According to one of the 'experts' drafted in by the paper, one VVD politician "confuses voters because she's got frivolous hair but delivers a really tough message". The so-called experts also criticise a Labour politician for her elbow position because it makes her "seem rather dominant". The entire article is absolute tosh and should tossed into the nearest rubbish bin.

Emergency landing at Schiphol De Volkskrant reports that an Air Maroc Boeing 737 made an emergency landing at Schiphol Airport shortly after takeoff late on Sunday evening and "residents narrowly escape disaster as burning plane barely clears the rooftops". The paper says a fire in one of the engines forced the Boeing to make the emergency landing and although nobody was hurt, "the incident caused panic at the airport".

"Schiphol escapes disaster," headlines De Telegraaf on its front page but its photograph rather makes a mockery of the headline: the plane is surrounded by fire engines but there are no flames and there doesn't appear to be any damage either.

Animal rights group targets 'cheap meat' supermarket Trouw reports that Animal Alert, a Dutch animal rights foundation, has started a major television and radio ad campaign to warn consumers that the C1000 supermarket "consistently sells meat that is cheaper than cat food".

A survey by Animal Alert revealed that C1000 sold 132 meat products costing less than cat food over a 12-week period, and the supermarket accounts for 30 percent of the "stunt price" offers for meat.

Animal Alert says it is targeting C1000 because "it sells more dump price meat than other supermarket and animal suffering is behind dirt cheap meat".


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