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Paper Monitor

11:49 UK time, Thursday, 28 June 2007

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A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Historic events call for momentous front pages, and this is a time to cast aside petty gripes about being unable to turn the pages on a crowded train. As the sole surviving mainstream national broadsheet, the Daily Telegraph stands out from the pack. Maybe it's the fact that mention of any other stories has been banished to the inside pages, or that the proportions of the doorway to No 10 Downing Street mirror those of the broadsheet format, but the Telegraph's front page, which features a picture of Gordon and Sarah Brown at the footstep of their new home, exudes a stately, "paper of record" aura.

Traditionally, of course, this has been Times territory. Somehow the tabloid Thunderer just doesn't match up. Or is that just because news of the new PM sits under the strapline: "Henman – the enigma"?

A "special edition" of the Independent veers off at a characteristically idiosyncratic angle, with 10 pieces of advice for the new prime minister from some distinctly familiar Indy faces… Bono, Shami Chakraberti, Antony Gormley.

The Mirror does its best to honour both occasions – the departure of Blair, the arrival of Brown, with a wraparound front. And all of a sudden there's no room for its yellow "Remember Madeleine" ribbon. Paper Monitor will be keeping a keen eye to see if it reappears in tomorrow's edition.

But enough of this sycophancy. The Mail wins the award for the most cutting, indeed ambiguous, front: "Bye Tony. Missing you already…" runs the headline – exactly whose sentiments?

Paper Monitor feels overwhelmed by the sheer weight of Brown biog material that silts up the inside pages of all the papers. Amid all this info-facto political punditarial opinion dumping, it was struggling to form a robust, rounded and defendable opinion on the new PM. Until, that is, it stumbled across the thoughts of a remarkably brazen Keely, 20, from Bromley, in the Sun.

"Keeley is pleased that the new prime minister Gordon Brown is committed to green issues. She said: 'There are few things more important than protecting our environment.'"

So that settles it.

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