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Papers pick over Cameron-Clegg union


The Matt cartoon in the Daily Telegraph depicts what some papers call the shotgun marriage of David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

Messages are left on a fridge. "Nick we need milk", "Dave, did you finish houmous?", "Nick, have you got my CDs?" "Dave sort out deficit..."

The new political relationship is what the Daily Mail considers the "Great Number 10 Love-in" between "new best buddies Dave and Nick".

To both the Mail and Daily Star, they are the new Ant and Dec of politics.

Double act

The Sun prefers to use the weight of history and compares them to one of the the biggest entertainment double acts, Morecambe and Wise.

It commands Cameron and Clegg, whom it says have promised a brighter Britain, to "Bring Us Sunshine".

The theme is picked up by Ann Treneman in the Times, who says at the very first sight of the happy couple she knew it was a wedding.

"Dave was now in deepest coalition with his little sunbeam."

Photo album

The Independent goes further with the concept of a political union.

It fills its front page with a wedding-style photo album, complete with appropriate vows.

"I, Nick, take you, Dave, to be my leader, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, till debt us do part."

It is left to the Daily Mirror to pour cold water on the wedded bliss. Under the front page headline His-Tory-Boys, it quotes Lord Tebbit as saying: "Marry in haste and repent at leisure."

'Got to go'

The last hours of Gordon Brown's premiership - what the Daily Mail terms the final moments in the bunker - are recounted by a Guardian photographer.

Martin Argles describes the tension in Number 10 when the time to go came.

Peter Mandelson, Alistair Campbell and Ed Balls fell silent as Mr Brown answered the phone.

And he said: "Nick, Nick, I can't hold on any longer, Nick I've got to go to the Palace. The country expects me to do that, I can't hold on any longer."

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