Plus: Boles was right (first time round) on Gaza. The Dambusters raid anniversary. A Tory poll lead. Plus: a man and a woman will marry in Windsor on Saturday.
The FT has the balanced “Grim outlook overshadows housing drive” while the Times goes for “Hammond eases off austerity”. The i has “Hammond’s hard-hat budget”.
It’s understandable why Paperchase chickened out over their Daily Mail advert – but it was still a mistake.
May’s manifesto is real politics – that’s to say, a serious attempt to prepare Britain for the post-Brexit challenges of the future.
Reading back, it highlights how supposedly level-headed ‘realists’ were so slow to recognise the true nature of the National Socialist regime.
Endorsements don’t matter all that much. But the tone and flavour of coverage does – what stories are selected; how they are written; how they are projected.
In a Daily Telegraph piece on the eve of poll, Margaret Thatcher argued for Europe, putting co-operation ahead of trade.
Nearly every observer expected the same result – a Conservative win with a reduced majority. This as found to be in error when the votes were counted.
‘Is that it?’…’Cameron aimed low and missed’…’a waste of time and effort’…’fundamental change is not even being requested.’
As the election looms, the papers are shifting back to their political comfort zones. But the consensus is that Osborne has drawn some of the sting from Miliband’s attack.
Today’s papers demonstrate how the Conservative press pack has shifted into campaign mode and marked their target: Labour.