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Paper Monitor

11:50 UK time, Wednesday, 12 May 2010

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

A new prime minister, new parties in power, the first coalition government in 70 years... it's a significant day in news, so how do the papers lend sufficient gravitas to the situation?

Set your dust covers to stand-by.

The Express goes for that tried and trusted technique of filling the front page with just a picture and a headline, while the Daily Telegraph plays its headline-in-whopping-point-size tactic, which it deployed with such effect in last year's expenses expose.

Still too subtle? The Sun spells it out by branding today's offering an "historic edition". If, like Paper Monitor, you like to squirrel away editions of newspapers that mark significant events, in the doubtless deluded belief that future generations will be interested - you might be interested to know what the Sun has done that marks it out as THE one to keep from today's crop.

Frankly, it's a bit difficult to see. Inside it republishes (in thumbnail form) its election day front page take on the Obama hope poster - in which David Cameron was substituted for the then-US senator. And there's a "victory" version of the poster as well - but again, it's no bigger than a postage stamp.

There are columns, from David Blunkett, Dr Irwin Steltzer and Lorraine Kelly... but that's hardly souvenir stuff. Maybe, just maybe, they are hiding something in the centre pages - a pull-out-and-keep pic of David and Samantha at the door of No 10. Nope, it's just a gatefold ad for Sky+.

The Independent does the David Cameron life story across three pages, and the Clegg biography across two - both with requisite family snaps of the leaders as children and as fresh-faced students.

In fact, if it's special, souvenir, keep this for the grandkids type stuff that you are after, the Daily Mirror is the only paper to come up trumps - with an eight-page pull-out "tribute" to Gordon Brown.

One dust cover, at least, will not go disappointed.

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