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Paper Monitor

15:21 UK time, Thursday, 1 December 2011

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

So, the day after and splashed all over the newspaper, who is the face of the public sector strike?

We all know the face of A-levels, it's female, pretty and, more often than not, blonde. We all know the face of binge-drinking Britain, it's also female, usually wearing something skimpy on a very cold night and lying in a heap on the pavement. The face of feckless Britain is usually male and wearing a hooded top.

But what about striking Britain? There are a few contenders.

One - surprise, surprise - is female, pretty and brunette, as seen on the front page of the Guardian, in the Daily Mail, Daily Star and the Daily Express.

Another is female, still a child and standing up for her parent and their pensions, as seen in the front page of the Daily Mirror and in the Daily Telegraph.

The third is canine and standing up for its owner's pensions, as seen in the Sun.

We're spoilt for choice. But the strikers do not make the picture on the front page of the Daily Telegraph. That goes to another pretty brunette, Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary in Downton Abbey.

In a frenzy the paper covers page four in NINE shots from the programme's Christmas special. There's picture of the characters reading, starring into the distance, standing, dancing and, er, did Paper Monitor mention reading.

The paper calls them "teasing", Paper Monitor calls them boring. To spice things up a bit it adds captions like "if looks could kill" and "a man of means". All very cryptic and ultimately useless, but what pretty pictures they are.

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