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Big read-all-about-it: Your views
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'Funny', 'important', and 'my dad took the picture' - why you voted
The votes are flooding in for Newsnight's Big Read-all-about-it.

Voting runs until midday on Thursday 25 May, with celebrity advocates putting the case for each front page every night on the programme.

As well as asking for your votes we want reasons for your choices.

Below are some of your responses already given to the question: 'Why have you chosen this front page?'

MRS PANKHURST ARRESTED

MRS PANKHURST
Daily Mirror - May 1914
Having demonstrated against injustice myself, it is interesting in an historical context to see people demonstrating for what have become my rights.

She is an example from history of the power of persisting to stand for what is right. We should all be doing the same.

Particularly for its day, the front page illustrates graphically the actual event. The event is critically important and the pictures - rather than editors' headlines - allow the reader to absorb the image and the consequences.

Because it reminds me that society didn't always considered me equal to a man and that I should always stand up for what I believe in.

I have chosen this front page as a tribute to Emily, who changed life for many women when life was tough and not many women had the ability to make a stand for themselves due to severe, financial hardship, and disrespect. I think it is my duty, as a free woman, to keep her spirit and memory alive!

DUNKIRK DEFENCE DEFIES 300,000

DUNKIRK DEFENCE DEFIES 300,000
Daily Sketch - June 1940
It is a story of hope and overcoming adversity. We have many stories like it, but this one has an innocence and a lack of commercialisation and exploitation.

We would never have had the phrase to define the English - "The Dunkirk Spirit"

Because I believe the bravery of all concerned gave Great Britain the courage and willpower to defeat Hitler and the German army.

It symbolises an event, the impact of which, are still felt today. The entire Second World War shaped the whole of Europe and the rest of the world for the rest of the 20th Century, and even to present.

Because if we hadn't won the war I would not be able to vote on this.

GAMES ARE ROCKED BY BLACK POWER

GAMES ARE ROCKED BY BLACK POWER
Evening News - October 1968
This is one of the most powerful symbols of defiance and pride ever seen, and rocked the sports establishment. Crossing over into politics from sport reaches an audience like nothing else.

I remember this so well, although I was very young. To me it was a major landmark in the struggle for racial equality.

It has historic significance; the headline is powerful and evocative; it's a landmark in sporting coverage.

He is not just a running machine that wins Olympic races. He has convictions and dreams beyond.

The simplicity and power of the protest alerted regular normal people to the hypocrisy and failure of American society to afford dignity and justice to all of it's people. Something still had to be wrong with America to cause such a protest.

THE FIRST FOOTSTEP

THE FIRST FOOTSTEP
Evening Standard - July 1969
A truly landmark event for mankind. And a picture to match.

This reminds us of the massive effort it takes to create a positive and inspirational legacy. It is possible to reach beyond our petty terrestrial squabbles.

As an event in the last 100 years, nothing more positive or clearly impressive has been managed.

It seems that anything is possible, when people put their minds to it and it highlights what mankind is capable off.

Aged 9 at that time it gave me hope for a scientific future to solve all the worlds ills, how wrong I was!

GOTCHA

GOTCHA
The Sun - May 1982
This typified the jingoism of the Falklands War and epitomised the ugly mood in the country, stirred up by the popular press and which detracted from the political and economic problems at home. The Sun became practically a propaganda weapon during the war. Other classic headlines were, I recall, "Argy Bargy" and the unforgettable "Stick it up your Junta".

This headline represents the worst of tabloid journalism in what was a poorly reported war.

Although I find the content abhorrent, or, perhaps because I find the sentiment so repellent, this was the only newspaper front page that sprang straight into my mind when I heard about the competition.

It's emblematic of the UK's schizoid approach to the end of the Empire - and the distinguished position that the military retain in UK society.

It's the sort of non-PC image you'd never see nowadays.

FREDDIE STARR ATE MY HAMSTER

FREDDIE STARR ATE MY HAMSTER
The Sun - March 1986
Because my dad (Peter Ralph) took the picture.

Because the headline just makes you want to pick up the paper and find out more - and that should be the whole point of headlines.

Difficult choice, but the most memorable (if not stupid) headline of all time.

Because it shows that the tabloids never let the truth get in the way of a good story!

Because I didn't think much of the others.

UP YOURS DELORS

UP YOURS DELORS
The Sun - November 1990
It wonderfully captured the mood of the nation.

It's offensive, nationalistic, fun, hilarious; it's our country in a nutshell.

Impact, humour, still referred to every time we have to deal with yet another piece of European legislation!

Typifies the Sun and its headline writers' ability to come up with something that utterly epitomises pithiness and wit, even with 'serious' issues.

Its a poorly argued, irrational and populist view but the headline pithily sums up the opinion and is coupled with an insult with historical resonance for the French.

MURDERERS

MURDERERS
Daily Mail - February 1997
This is one of the few time the press has used its power to make a brave challenge and not be simply sensationalist.

Never seen anything like this before, and as a journalism student I am learning the rules and conventions of newspapers. This one breaks them all.

A case that touched a generation, affected the nation, a brave headline, what everyone thought but was too afraid to say.

Because it makes such a bold statement and is vastly different from most Daily Mail splashes. I love the way they invite those men to sue. Riveting.

Because it made news rather than just reported it. When a traditionally right of centre newspaper was prepared to boldly take up the fight for justice following the racist murder of a young black man then it shows that the UK was becoming a truly multi-racially society.

HE LIED AND LIED AND LIED

HE LIED AND LIED AND LIED
The Guardian - June 1997
It was the "True Sword Of Justice" being wielded - great journalism overpowering money and arrogance

Newspapers fulfil a number of functions. They entertain (Freddie Starr ate my hamster) and help form opinions (Up yours Delors). But one of their crucial functions is to help people hold their leaders to account. This requires a mixture of courage and dogged investigative journalism, epitomised by this front page.

Much better than 'I told you so'.

After a long and brave campaign the Guardian avoided gloating - it only needed to report the outcome of the case, it also emphasised that the recent Tory government sleaze was real and as bad as feared.

Perhaps the most memorable political scandal and downfall of a talented (or perhaps not so) politician since Profumo and one for which the press rightly congratulated itself on a job well done.

WAR ON AMERICA

WAR ON AMERICA
Daily Telegraph - September 2001
As a reporter myself it stands out as the most jaw-dropping front I've ever seen.

For a young adult it shattered my ideals and innocence. I was only 8 when the first gulf war occurred so I was sheltered from it. I never grew up knowing of much troubles around the world. This happened when I was 19 and it was really earth-shattering and scary for me. It was the end of childhood for me and my peers.

I was just amazed at, upon looking through this list, how much impact the lead image has. The image of the those two huge towers engulfed in flames is now more symbolic than that of Apollo XI's moon landing.

Because our age can be characterised as Before9/1 and After 9/11. The image captures a moment when the world changed.

WAR IS OVER, SAYS IRA

THE WAR IS OVER
The Independent - July 2005
A mixture of elegance and power... Front pages should be about more than a photo and a headline, this is perfectly balanced.

The page is straight to the point. I think its a modern day lesson of conflict, when you allow people to engage in politics then you take the gun and bomb out of the situation.

It represents the relief for the people in NI and in main land Britain.

Because this is the kind of news I dream about reading.

If makes one hopeful that finally we can all move on to a brighter future. The past is the past and as long as people do not look forward there will not be a brighter future.



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