The paper says:
MPs yesterday backed the Daily Express crusade to bring more sunshine into our lives.
They voted overwhelmingly for a Bill to move clocks forward by one hour all year round – despite opposition from the Government.
It is only in the eleventh paragraph that the Express finally admits this isn't exactly the 'victory' it wants to claim. The Bill:
...now goes to committee stage for scrutiny by MPs and peers...
The Bill requires the Government to conduct a cross-departmental analysis of the potential costs and benefits.
This evidence has then to be assessed by an independent commission.
If the commission considers that the move would benefit the whole of the UK, a three-year trial will follow.
Rebecca Harris, the MP whose Private Members' Bill this is, says:
...the Bill did “not enforce an immediate change” but simply asked the Government to “take an objective, informed decision based on the best available evidence”.
Only 92 MPs voted for the Bill yesterday, and given the Government is opposed, its long term future looks less certain. Declaring 'victory' certainly appears premature.
The Sun agrees with the Express that there should be:
at least an experiment in saving Britain from Daylight Robbery.
Yet the Express' crusade does have opponents in the media. The Mail newspapers have dismissed it as a switch to 'Berlin Time'. The Express refers to this as 'claims' from 'some quarters'.
But perhaps the strongest opposition has come from 'some quarters' rather closer to home. When the Express launched it's campaign, the Scottish Express came out against it.
And today, while the south-of-the-border Express declares 'Daylight Victory', the Scottish paper says it is:
(Apparently, it's Daylight Robbery if we do change and, according to the Sun, Daylight Robbery if we don't...)
The paper says:
Controversial plans to plunge Scotland into darkness for almost half the year took a major step forward yesterday after only eight of the country’s MPs turned up for a crucial vote.
English MPs came closer to forcing through a Bill that would see British Summer Time introduced throughout the year to give families one hour more of daylight in the evenings.
Most Scots are firmly opposed as they worry about children travelling to school in darker mornings throughout much of the winter, risking more traffic accidents.
So which version of the Express will triumph? We will wait and see.
But the final word should go to Mikexxx, whose comment on the Express website takes proper account of the pros and cons of the argument:
To hell with the North especially Scotland the way they voted in the last election they should be sentenced to live in darkness.