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12:11 UK time, Monday, 29 March 2010

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press

Yes, the clocks have gone forward but Paper Monitor is wondering if the newspapers have gone back? Are they stuck in a time warp? Could we be back in 1997 again?

The first offender is the Daily Express. Yes, you've guessed it - Diana is back on the front page.

"Diana was murdered in plot to destroy her love for Dodi," says the headline.

The paper quotes Michael Mansfield QC, who believes the deaths were part of a "carefully orchestrated plan" by unnamed parties to end the relationship:

""I don't personally believe they wanted them dead, but they wanted to end the relationship by a serious accident and in that case they still can be prosecuted for murder, as there was an intent of at least really serious harm."

The latest reports of a conspiracy theory coincide with Michael Mansfield's one-man tour at the weekend.

Staying with the 1997 theme, and the Daily Mirror has Tony Blair on its front page.

"Blair's Back", the headline proclaims, although the former PM has never really been away since stepping down - what with his new jobs in the Middle East and a recent appearance at the Iraq inquiry. The Daily Mirror cites Blair as Labour's "secret weapon" (not of mass destruction Paper Monitor notes). Staying with the battlefield language, it says Mr Blair is planning an "ambush" on David Cameron, in what will be a "surprise attack" during a speech tomorrow.

Ahhh, 1997, the year of Cool Britannia. The flag bearers for the music of that time were the Gallagher brothers. And - lo and behold - who is in The Sun, only Liam Gallagher. These day it's not about the music, it's all about the fashion, but Liam still has his way with words, saying he doesn't know anything about fashion despite launching his own clothing range. His only fashion passion is for suede shoes apparently.

Sooooo 1997. Paper Monitor wonders what year the newspaper tardis will take it to tomorrow.

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