A Story with Legs — But is The Daily Mail a Heel?

The New York Times:  Daily Mail Compares 2 U.K. Leaders — Their Legs, Not Their Ideas

LONDON — Britain’s prime minister and Scotland’s leader met on Monday to discuss the most consequential of questions: Will Britain’s departure from the European Union cause Scotland — joined with England since 1707 — to leave the United Kingdom?

But for The Daily Mail, one of Britain’s most popular newspapers, the question that mattered was: Which leader had better legs?

“Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!” its cover on Tuesday blared.

Many readers were appalled that the encounter between Theresa May, the prime minister, and Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, had been reduced to a comparison of their bodies. By Tuesday afternoon, at least one complaint had been filed with Britain’s press regulator.

“This is 2017,” Chuka Umunna, a Labour lawmaker, wrote on Twitter. “Sexist does not begin to describe this front page.”

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