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Paper Monitor

13:45 UK time, Tuesday, 11 May 2010

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

It's Hung Britain Day Five, and despite all the fears about instability and what "the markets" will do, a few have done well out of the commotion.

Graphic designers, who expected their election branding (noted by Paper Monitor on the first full day of the campaign) to have been consigned to the wastepaper basket are surely allowing themselves a wry smile as they sit back and relish how their creations are still gracing the tops of pages.

The Daily Mail has, however, augmented its "Election 2010" blue, red and yellow circles with a sort of temperature-of-the-masses tag, today reading "A squalid day".

Metaphor manufacturers, were they to exist, would be enduring this hiatus of power... after all time is money.

There's Ann Treneman in the Times talking about

"not so much the hand of history as [a] glove puppet"

While the Daily Telegraph's Andrew Gimson likens Mr Brown to a

"mortally wounded bear emerging from his lair"

The prime minister's resignation has also given the bookies further tenure in the press, as they go from calculating odds on who will win the election to who is favourite to win the Labour leadership contest.

It's David Miliband, by the way, though there's some disagreement on whether he is 4-7 (the Guardian and the Telegraph) or 4-6 (the Sun).

The Independent opts out of all this unseemly wager-staking, offering a star system instead. Both Milibands (David and Ed) get four stars, as does Alan Johnson.

Finally, Paper Monitor was intrigued to note how the Sun and its Scottish twin differ on the question of "Democrazy" in their editorials.

The Sun: "[Gordon Brown] is brazenly selling himself at any price to Nick Clegg's Lib Dems and a ragtag collection of MPs in Scots, Welsh and Ulster seats."

The Scottish Sun: "He is brazenly selling himself at any price to Nick Clegg's Lib Dems and a collection of minority parties."

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