David Cameron became the first western leader to visit Burma since Aung San Suu Kyi’s success in parliamentary by-elections in the country. The prime minister described the Burmese pro-democracy campaigner’s efforts as inspirational and used the opportunity to urge the international community to suspend sanctions against the country.
On Saturday attention switched to Aintree for this year’s Grand National which was run over the course that had undergone a number of modifications to improve safety. The iconic steeplechase was won by Neptune Collonges by the smallest margin in the race’s history but the result was marred by the deaths of two horses after they both fell at the notorious Becher’s Brook fence.
Elsewhere, the Syrian president was under increased pressure as the ceasefire scheduled to come into force on Thursday was ignored by the country’s military. In Pyongyang, North Korea’s attempts to launch a long-range rocked came crashing down to earth after breaking up and landing in the Yellow Sea.
For the week ending Sunday 15th April the following number of articles were written in the mainstream media according to Journalisted.com.
Three weeks on much of the political rumblings were focused on the impacts of the budget announced in March. Tied in third place were David Cameron and his chancellor George Osbourne who were both subject of a 32 per cent increase in media coverage after featuring in 514 and 243 articles respectively.
Business secretary Vince Cable was only marginally ahead in second place after securing a 33 per cent media boost (57 articles) for his role in the debate over the proposed charities tax which emerged from a wider scheme to close the most commonly used tax avoidance loopholes.
Leading the coalition’s clean-sweep was foreign secretary William Hague with a 81 per cent jump in coverage after the development of a scandal surrounding the death of British businessman Neil Haywood in Chongqing and a number of attack in Kabul on Sunday.
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