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13:34 UK time, Wednesday, 22 December 2010

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

The Cable Guy, the sequel.

So much to write, so little time.

Firstly, there's Vince's surname, which provides much merriment for the sub-editors:

"LORD OF THE DANCE LOSES HIS FOOTING"

"CABLE'S POWER CUT"

"CABLE UNPLUGGED"

"CABLE IS NEW NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS SECRETARY"

After hearing the first tranche of Cable revelations, there was a Clegg-Cameron press conference which was dominated by questions about the Business Secretary. Little did they know that the most explosive story was just about to break.

The Times sketch writer, Ann Treneman, neatly summed up their ignorance:

They would defend him: Vince may have been a fool but he was their fool. He'd been caught smoking by the bike shed but, at this point, no one realised he'd torched the thing

Meanwhile, the paper at the centre of the story, the Daily Telegraph, which finds itself under pressure for the sting and for holding back the disclosures about Murdoch, offers just one line of explanation.

The recording was leaked to the BBC before publication in this newspaper

Good to see Zara and Mike lightening the mood with their engagement, which gives the Daily Mail the chance to put its favourite two words on its front page.

Middle-class.

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