Electrical cars EV The Papers: Election puns and cartoons dominate front pages

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Electrical cars EV Newspaper headlines: General election puns and cartoons

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The nation’s newspapers had all day to mull over a front page headline to sum up a pre-Christmas general election – and the Metro comes up with the goods. “Jingle polls!” reads its front page. The paper hails an agreement “at last” of an early general election.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is depicted as the Grinch trying to steal the prime minister’s Christmas in a cartoon on the front of the Daily Mail. The tabloid takes on the government’s rhetoric by saying opposition parties backed an election only after weeks of “dither and delay”.

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But the joke is on the PM in the Daily Mirror, where Mr Johnson’s head appears super-imposed on to a turkey. The paper says a Christmas election gives voters a chance to “axe reckless Boris Johnson” and thus “stuff the turkey”. It says a Labour government would overturn austerity.

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The Daily Telegraph opts for a rather less imaginative headline. Under a picture of the shadow cabinet, the paper says Mr Corbyn’s decision to “finally bow” to the PM’s demands for an election gives the nation a change to “clear the Brexit impasse that has crippled politics”.

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The Sun’s headline pun plays on New Year rather than Christmas, hailing 1 January 2020 as the “first day of the rest of our lives” if Mr Johnson manages to “win a decent mandate” in the election and therefore push his Brexit deal through Parliament.

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Mr Johnson’s decision to recall rebel Tory MPs shortly before a vote on the poll date was an attempt to “heal party wounds” ahead of a potentially “tight and volatile” general election, the FT says. The PM will tell the former rebels he will campaign as a centrist Conservative.

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The Guardian agrees with the FT, claiming the election will be “the most unpredictable contest in a generation”. The paper says the PM told a backbench meeting of Tory MPs that it would be “a tough election but we will do the best we can”.

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Mr Johnson smiles out from the i’s front page as the “countdown begins” – it’s 43 days until the general election. The paper draws attention to fears from some that turnout from voters could be low, in the first December election since 1923.

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The Daily Express is one of several papers claiming Brexit will be the only issue the electorate will vote on. It says Britain will vote “once and for all to deliver Brexit”. It adds the PM got the go-ahead for the poll after Mr Corbyn “caved in” on the idea.

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The PM says an election is needed because another Brexit delay would “seriously” damage the national interest, the Times says. But the paper adds the PM’s allies say he has risked backlash from voters by not delivering on his “do or die” pledge to make Brexit happen by 31 October.

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Departing from politics, the Daily Star’s front page blasts Swansea Council for banning a gig by Roy Chubby Brown because it was “unlikely to reflect our values and commitments”. The “snowflake” decision has sparked backlash from his fans, the paper says.

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