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News roundup 25.09.07

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Prime minister Gordon Brown unveiled a range of populist initiatives at the Labour conference, which the papers concentrate on.

The Times reports the prime minister referred to traditional Conservative values of aspiration, responsibility and patriotism and mentioned Britain or British no fewer than 81 times.

The Daily Telegraph emphasises Mr Brown's role in the last 10 years of Labour government; stating his speech represented nothing more than the next chapter of the new Labour project and still focussed on top-down policies.

While The Independent is unsurprised that Mr Brown chose not to announce an election; stating that the speech would still serve as an "election manifesto" if it needed to.

Describing the speech as a "tour d'horizon", The Guardian suggests that it represents Mr Brown's vision for Britain, but questions its emphasis on top-down government rather than freedom and choice.

Similarly, The Financial Times welcomes the domestic policy goals set out by Mr Brown, but wonders whether they are achievable.

In the tabloids, the Daily Mail tells its readers that Mr Brown's reluctance to mention the opposition parties in the speech expresses his sense that the opposition are not worth talking about.

Describing the speech as "boring", the Daily Express criticises Mr Brown for focussing on "state spending" and central government control.

By contrast, The Daily Mirror welcomes the speech, describing Mr Brown's seriousness and close focus on policy details as exactly what the UK needs in a prime minister.

Focussing on the EU reform treaty, The Sun questions the prime minister's decision to only briefly mention the treaty in his speech and re-iterates its call for a referendum.


Discussing the meeting of the world's environment ministers in New York, The Independent criticises the United States reluctance to sign up to legally binding restrictions on emissions.

The Daily Telegraph warns 'Second bluetongue case is confirmed'.

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