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Friday, 8 June, 2001, 13:58 GMT 14:58 UK
The campaign in front pages
Phew, what a month... Here, we trace the course of the campaign in front pages.
Just as Ms Jones rails against the calories consumed and the alcohol units downed, "Bridget Hague's Diary" details the pints drunk and the votes lost.
Meanwhile, the other red tops get out their crystal balls and gaze four weeks into the future.
The Sun decrees that "Hague hasn't got a prayer", while the Express takes a somewhat over-optimistic punt on Labour's possible majority.
Shortly after the singer formerly known as Ginger Spice makes a fleeting appearance in Labour's first election broadcast, Britney Spears sends a message of support to Downing St.
It's only fair. The PM's mouthpiece, Alastair Campbell, has long been a fan of the American pop moppet, so why not vice versa?
Conventional wisdom - at the very least at the Sun and in the corridors of Downing St - goes that it's the red-top wot wins it.
So the Labour spin machine plays court to the media baron, and his paper gets a sneak peek at the likely shape of the post-election cabinet.
Yet surely the subs can't possibly have predicted the day that lay ahead for Labour.
Jack Straw gets booed by coppers, Tony Blair gets an earbashing from a disgruntled voter, and John Prescott gets into a rumble in Rhyl...
He, in turn, gets the backing of the other half by punching said fuel protester in the chops.
In a campaign marked by carefully stage-managed events, it is this unplanned moment that really gets the voters talking.
In a special tribute edition to the "East Hull Stallion", the Mirror digs out an old snap of Mr Prescott flooring an opponent in his younger days.
The day after Rhyl, Mr Prescott keeps on smiling as a babe in arms lands him with the old one-two.
The deputy PM, to his credit, restrains himself from hitting back. Or is it because he saw his opponent coming this time around?
But read on. Inside are spoof stories on how the newspaper imagines life would be like should the Tories take power.
Needless to say, the Labour-loving hacks had left their rose-tinted specs at home that day.
First Tony Blair gets the wind up him in Brighton...
Then Labour unveils a poster depicting William Hague with Lady Thatcher's hairdo.
But the Economist gives the Labour camp a taste of its own medicine.
It runs a photo of Mr Blair with the self-same hairdo, making the point that it's not just the Tories that have slid to the right.
It's been a long month for those pounding the campaign trail, so little wonder the smiles are starting to slip.
But hey, who looks their best after four weeks on the road?
All that baby kissing, palm pressing and soundbite spouting must surely take its toll.
But maybe it's not such a lurch to the left for these organs of the establishment - the Times tells its readers that Labour has consolidated many of the core elements of Thatcherism.
The Sun assumes Labour has won it before a single vote is cast, with the banner headline "Don't let us down, Tony".
But its leader column falls between two stools, telling readers, "if you think Blair has done OK, vote Labour; but if you think Blair has let you down, vote Tory".
As it has in the whole of election week, the Daily Star relegates polling news to Page Two in favour of glamour model Jordan.
Another leader for the Tories, as Mr Hague falls on his sword after the Conservatives fail to make any dent in Labour's huge majority...
And a first for the Lib Dems, who score their best election showing ever.
08 Jun 01 | Features
It's the tabloids wot lost it
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