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12:10 UK time, Wednesday, 23 February 2011

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

PM's affection for the Daily Star's Text Maniacs column is well-documented. Today's edition offers a reminder why the compendium of readers' thoughts conveyed by SMS message is held in such high esteem in these quarters.

It cannot be denied that most of the submissions on immigration reflect the paper's overall editorial line. "I've bin saying 4 ages that we Christians will soon be in the minority," argues "KC LEEDS" devoutly.

But balance is offered by "LADYJ BOOTLE" who offers a liberal defence of open borders in time-honoured text-speak.

"DA MORE DA MERRIER I SAY: MIGRANTS R WELCOME AZ FAR AZ IM CONCERNED: STOP MOANIN YA UN-PC LEMONS," she proffers.

Then there is the contribution from "PUBLUNCH" who texts in to say that he regularly sits near former home secretary Jacqui Smith "down the Villa".

He adds: "I often remind her of the 'porn shame'."

This is, of course, a reference to the occasion when Ms Smith was caught up in the MP's expenses scandal after it emerged that she had claimed for the cost of the two pay-per-view "adult" films watched by her husband.

Ms Smith has been reminding the broader public of this incident in a BBC radio documentary about the pornography industry.

The Daily Telegraph commissions Rowan Pelling, formerly of the Erotic Review, to give her thoughts on this developments.

Ms Pelling admits to feeling upstaged:

As the former editor of an erotic journal, I used to be the sort of person who presented high-minded radio documentaries about pornography. Little did I expect a home secretary to steal the crumbs from my table.


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