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Jade, Shipla, Dave, Tony and the Daily Mail

Coming out of the supermarket this afternoon, I paused to look at the poster front page of the Daily Mail. In white on black it shouted, “THE BIG ISSUE?” followed by the sub-head, “Prisons full…NHS in crisis…more soldiers dying…inflation and bank rates up. So what was obsessing our political leaders yesterday? The Big Brother ‘racism row“.

Accompanied, of course, by large pictures of Jade Goody and Shipla Shetty, rather than Tony Blair and David Cameron.

And what is obsessing Daily Mail readers this evening? The top four stories on the paper’s web site were: 1. Diplomatic row deepens over Big Brother race allegations, 2. Big Brother and a diplomatic storm, 3. ‘I am a victim of racism’, says Shilpa as diplomatic row grows and 4. Jade and Shilpa go head-to-head for eviction.

And in the site’s poll 64% believed the bullying of Shipla was racially motivated while 34% did not think so.

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