News Junkie: Between the lines in last week's media

Five minutes of fame for the Save the Children shop in Clapham, south London, last week. PM's spouse Cherie Booth took in four carrier bags full and - lo and behold! - the TV cameras were there too. "This tells us everything that is ghastly about the Blairs," declared Stephen Glover in the Daily Mail.

A bumper week for the Mail, in fact, including the sector's angle on Prince Harry's Nazi gaffe: wealthy Jewish donors, it reported, might be giving less to his dad's charities. And then there was its splash story on Pompadom Madness.

This was Alert - a Victim Support group in east London - where a worker who forgot a client's name said it was "Popalam, Popadom, something like that". Rather than accept the punishment of anti-racism lessons and an essay on Stephen Lawrence, she resigned and went public. Well, you would, wouldn't you?

The Independent on Sunday cheered things up with a piece about marriage guidance charity Relate launching a big inquiry into the modern row. "Conflict can be positive," confided therapist Paula Hall. "And avoiding conflict is definitely not good." So that's all right, then.

Porkies on tsunami donations? If people had given at the level shown in a poll in The Times, the total would have been £800m, it said. Otherwise, disaster reporting was strictly phase two: ladyboy livelihoods in peril, Tamil Tigers recruiting orphans, that sort of thing.

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