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Paper Monitor

12:34 UK time, Monday, 25 October 2010

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

There's nothing like economic troubles to send the papers diving for the trenches - taking cover in the cosy territory of long-time prejudice and bombarding political foes with highly explosive rhetoric.

Monday's papers continue to chew over the weekend's analysis of last week's government Spending Review, with the Daily Mirror predicting a Purge of the Poor.

Its deputy political editor Jason Beattie sums up the cumulative effect of the cap on housing benefit and reduced council tax benefits thus:

Up to a million people could be driven out of their homes as a result of the Coalition's savage attack on the poor.

The Independent is equally outraged: "Why must the poor be driven out of our cities?" it asks in its leading article.

However, the Daily Telegraph has a slightly different take on the story, reporting that the Home Counties face an "exodus" of poor Londoners.

Similarly, the Daily Mail which reports that "families in well-heeled suburbs have been warned to brace themselves" for an influx of 200,000 benefits claimants.

Confusion reigns. Never having lived in the Home Counties, Paper Monitor can only assume that suffering is relative.

Digesting the Independent's front page lead caused Paper Monitor further head-scratching.

Warning: double dip is heading our way, it declares.

Paper Monitor's initial thought was of those orange and cherry-flavoured sherbet snacks that make your tongue tingle.

Then, for a nasty moment, Paper Monitor worried that it might have something to do with the economy.

But, thankfully, the Sun's front page came to the rescue. The only double dip in sight is Wayne and Colleen Rooney's dunk in a pool in Dubai to celebrate the Manchester United striker's £8m pay rise.

To think, last week he was bemoaning his club's lack of ambition.

Paper Monitor was right, suffering is relative.

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