Britain still gripped by every twist and turn of Syria story

13-09-13

BRITAIN cannot hear enough about the Syrian conflict and has urged the media to report it in greater detail.

Until now many people were unfamiliar with the Middle East

Until now many people were unfamiliar with the Middle East

A survey, commissioned by newspapers concerned that people were getting bored with the last month’s blanket coverage, has found that the exact opposite is true and everyone’s hungry for more.

Wayne Hayes, form Stevenage, said: “When Britain ruled itself out of military involvement, I was up all night worrying that the media might think ‘Well, it’s none of our business now,’ and cut reporting  on Syria.

“Thank God they didn’t, and in fact used it as an opportunity to step up the column inches and airtime given to this endlessly rewarding story.”

Though there are plenty of other countries currently massacring their own people in Africa and Asia, it’s Syria that remains Britain’s favourite 24-hour rolling news event.

Middle East expert Jane Thompson said: “The British people have always been fascinated with Syria: Syrian music in our charts, Syrian soap operas on our TVs, and what English schoolboy couldn’t give you a blow-by-blow account of the thrilling Battle of al-Mazraa?”

Joseph Turner, from Kilmarnock, said: “I am completely into Syria. I’m a bona-fide Syriahead. I can’t get enough of the complicated diplomatic negotiations between the US and Russia. Who can?

“I honestly haven’t been this much into a country’s crazy civil war since Afghanistan.

“What happened there, by the way? I kind of lost interest.”

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