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13:12 UK time, Tuesday, 9 June 2009

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

The Daily Mail breaks from the pack with a front page that makes no mention of the words "Gordon" and "Brown", angling the spotlight at Monday's High Court victory for the Omagh families.

It's unlike the Mail to let the government off the hook of the hottest political tale in recent memory. But the paper has some personal capital wrapped up in the Omagh campaign, and the victory is not only an opportunity to celebrate the families' victories, but also for a spot of back-patting.

"It was the Mail's editor Paul Dacre, when we came to see him all those years ago, who gave us a massive boost that we could never have got from anyone else," says the families' spokesman.

Their solicitor chimes in with similar sentiments "This is... a vindication to all those who supported us, especially the Daily Mail..."

And while the Mail doesn't stint on coverage of the government's current woes several pages on, the Omagh story is an island of well-wishing amid otherwise treacherous waters.

Witness this warm quote from Lord (Peter) Mandelson, who the Mail credits with giving £10,000 to the families' campaign: "I could not be more delighted by this outcome. I would thank the Daily Mail for their strong support."

It just shows that hostilities at one level needn't be carried over into other events.

Over at the Daily Mirror, they've been doing a rain dance following the seemingly interminable drought in Syco-related coverage (Syco being the name of Simon Cowell's company, responsible for Britain's Got Talent (which finished its TV run the week before last) and X Factor).

The heavens have opened thanks to news of a forthcoming series of X Factor (who could have seen that coming?)

Nothing pleases the readers, it seems, like a little imagined skirmishing and, what's this, the Mirror has unearthed a "fierce battle" between X Factor judges Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue. What's at stake? The honour of being, er, "No1 Babe".

How do we know? Because at the first round of auditions yesterday, both women turned up looking, well, quite presentable. Case closed.

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