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There was an interesting article in the Guardian yesterday from Peter Wilby, who reminded those too young (obviously including Paper Monitor) that "before the Second World War, regular signed opinion columns scarcely existed in British newspapers".
"Even 25 years ago," he wrote, "most papers had only one a day, and the Daily Telegraph none at all. 'Viewy' pieces were rather despised by most hacks, who called them 'thumbsuckers', and not much rated by editors. Now the papers are full of them, and it has been estimated that, across the British media, at least 120 writers produce regular, broadly political columns."
He goes on to point out that most of these people and many others besides write columns but don't necessarily know what they are talking about.
It's really an extension of the thought that briefly obsessed Paper Monitor last week - ie who reads Opinion pieces (known, if you don't know, as "leader articles" - things like The Sun Says). You dear readers were invited to explain who read opinion pieces and why. No answers were forthcoming, which was an illustration of something, knowing how voluble Monitor readers usually are.
So here's an extension of this thought... who reads comment columns? Paper Monitor is genuinely interested in knowing, so please if you have read any of the following articles in today's papers, do please use the comments button below to explain.
How many innocent people are going out of their minds today? - George Monbiot
These troops are too few - and much, much too late - Jason Burke
Europe's century - Parag Khanna and Alpo Rusi
We won't be ignored - Dave Prentis
Labour's legacy is a puzzle of moral contradictions - Polly Toynbee
Let's respect Davis the freedom fighter - Fergus Shanahan
Brown's cruel property taxes are destroying the dreams of millions - Patrick O'Flynn
How Richard and Judy defied literary snobs - Anna Pukas
Bush has been the most disastrous president of modern times. Just count the days till we can cheer his departure - Max Hastings
You think you've got problems? My debts are £6m - that's why I've just bought a new Rolls - Michael Winner
If you want to get ahead, get a helmet - or then again, perhaps not - Boris Johnson makes his return to his spiritual home
Big problems in store for small businesses - Tracy Corrigan
The joys of summer when England aren't playing - Glenda Cooper
How Cameron can deliver the NHS we want - Anthony Browne
If he's a champion of freedom, I'm a banana - David Aaronovitch
God sneezes and we all catch cold - Chris Ayres
We're sick of the whoopsadaisy political class - Rachel Sylvester
The big stench that saved London - Paul Simons
The bland leading the bland - Mick Hume
Does the special relationship exist? Business won't bet on it - Anthony Julius
Don't be fooled - these 'heroic campaigns' only make our democracy even more fragile - Steve Richards
Do you really think our economic way is best? - Mary Dejevsky
The sheer hypocrisy of this debate on oil - Dominic Lawson
Oh no! Yet another asinine academic theory - Terence Blacker
Ban supermarkets from selling alcohol - Philip Hensher
One thing we have learned by compiling this list - our suspicions that the Mail has the longest headlines are proven - as Truman Capote might have said, that's not headlines, that's typing.