First some history - the four papers that ran the co-ordinated attack on Nick Clegg after the first Leader's Debate were, of course, the Sun, Express, Mail and Telegraph. The Mail, particularly, lambasted Clegg entirely spuriously for perceived insults to Our Glorious Fight Against Fascism, a cause the Daily Mail has always championed. Oh hang on, that's not quite right.
It's instructive at this point to note that the Daily Mail has begun to indicate, possibly as a result of yesterday's events but more probably due to the likely Conservative victory if a General Election were held today, that it's not entirely happy with Coalition politics. In this it's joining the Telegraph which, as we've seen, has never been in favour of all this Cameroonie all-friends-now poofs, decentralisation-and-liberalism nonsense, preferring good old fashioned hard-right Kraut-bashing paternalistic authoritarianism, preferably under Boris Johnson, a man whose commitment to active, practical heterosexuality is not in doubt but whose record on gay rights is quite a lot more liberal than the average Telegraph writer might like (he's got five openly gay members of his City Hall team):
"The Mayor's view is that if you can have a coalition between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives, anything is possible."
which in itself hides a whole raft of positioning - Boris is also on recent record as calling the Lib Dems
'spineless protoplasmic invertebrate amoebic fibbers - Janus faced'
...and the whole tone in City Hall has been that the Coalition is a marvellous an opportunity for jokes.
Back at the Mail, however, and their coverage of Cameron's historical memory malfunction is straight out of Outrage Central:
David Cameron faced a furious backlash yesterday for the astonishing claim that the UK was a 'junior partner' to America in 1940 - a year before the U.S. even entered the war. The Prime Minister was accused of forgetting the sacrifices made in 1940 by those who fought in the Battle of Britain, the heroes of Dunkirk and the Londoners bombed out of their homes in the Blitz. Downing Street hastily claimed that Mr Cameron had meant to refer to the 1940s in general. But by then the damage was done. General Sir Patrick Cordingley, former commander of the Desert Rats, said: 'I am quite sure if Winston Churchill were alive today he would be dismayed.'
Churchill, Generals, Desert Rats, Blitz, Dunkirk - it writes itself:
In fact, Britain under the leadership of Churchill - one of Mr Cameron's heroes - stood alone in 1940 against Nazi Germany and had far more men under arms than the U.S. until 1944. While Britain fought on, with some material assistance from the U.S., America did not actually enter the war until December 1941 after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. And Britain lost a total of 449,800 war dead compared with 418,500 Americans.
Hey, Dacre, if we're doing moral-superiority-by-bodycount, Stalin wins, doesn't he?
Where does this leave us? Well, the Sun is going down with the ship - they may not like Clegg but they sure as hell want Cameron to pony up his end of the deal and decimate the BBC. That leaves the Express - what do they have today?
Well, they're bonkers, of course.