AN interesting example of what looks suspiciously like antiCatholic bias in the national press of this country was shown in the reports that appeared on the Lords debate on A.I.D. last week. In that debate, Lord Pakenham was the only Catholic peer to speak; his speech, in which he demanded that AID. should be made illegal, was summarised in our leading article last week.
His contribution went unmentioned in the "News Chronicle", which used the debate as its lead story; similarly, neither the "Daily Mail" nor the "Daily Express" thought his views worth reporting. The "Daily Herald" gave him two short paragraphs, quoting him as "a Lebow peer", in which his demand for the suppression of A.I.D. was summarised.
Among the more serious national dailies. the "Manchester Guardian" came off best, giving an eminently reasonable summary of what he said. "The limes" did nearly as well, but omitted his explicit demand that A.I.D. should he made illegal; while the "Daily Telegraph", which devoted slightly more space to the debate as a whole than the "Daily Herald", gave only half as much space to his conclusion.