Thursday, February 16, 2006

Figures of the (previous) day

Number of paragraphs in the Daily Mail's main story on the smoking ban before its first use of any variant on the word "nanny": 15

Total number of such uses: 1

Total uses of phrase "nanny state": 0

The Telegraph resists similarly; so, as far as I could be bothered to read, did the Express. They have plenty of fun pillorying the Labour party for U-turns, which also appears to be the Tory line, but the reluctance to quote or make a frontal attack is notable. Perhaps they really believe this is a popular policy. (The Guardian, in the way of these things, gave a front-page plug to a columnist arguing my expected Telegraph line.)

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