The Best and the Worst of the British Press

Most of the British broadsheets seemed to miss the boat this morning, as only the Daily Telegraph reports on the latest of the drama still unfolding in Cotonou, Benin.

International search efforts have been closely following the travels of the MV Etireno, a Nigerian-registered ship believed to have 180 child slaves on board.

The ship docked in the middle of the night but without the children on board, leading both to concern for the children's whereabouts and speculation that this story may have indeed been a hoax. The story is likely to continue as today progresses.

Another developing drama, sure to unfold not in the next few days but rather as the next few weeks progress involves possible plans for violent protests for May Day in London next month.

In recent years, this national holiday has evolved into a field day for anarchists, as protesters gather in demonstrations that disrupt the day's celebrations.

The Times reports there is concern that this year's celebrations may involve a "siege," with protest veterans converging on London from throughout Europe and the United States. Many of these outsiders have amassed considerable experience in previous anti-globalization protests in Seattle, Prague, and Washington.

Ghosts in the Vault

But for right now, Britain is preparing to confront a more immediate problem. After significant pressure, the government looks set to launch a limited foot-and-mouth vaccination program, reports today's Financial Times. Though no final decision has been reached on this controversial program, the government is publicly preparing Britain's agriculture industry for what it hopes will lead to greener pastures for this badly battered industry.

On a lighter note, indeed that of an invisible nature, the front page of The Guardian introduces the results of a 10-day study on ghosts conducted in the vaults and tunnels in Edinburgh castle and the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland. More than 250 brave souls wandered through areas suspected of harboring paranormal activity and say they have confirmed its existence.

And just one night after her American debut on NBC's The Weakest Link, the London broadsheets and tabloids report on the dismal reviews Anne Robinson received in the American press. The Daily Mail does little to cushion the blow, telling its homegrown girl, "It's you who's the weakest link, U.S. critics tell Anne." Should this popular British hit have been sent across the Atlantic? Only time will tell.

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