A pro-independence Scottish daily came under attack today after publishing a front-page mock-up of new Prime Minister Theresa May dressed as Cruella de Vil.
The National greeted the arrival of Britain’s second woman PM with the headline: “The DeVil Is In The Detail.’
It was illustrated with a mocked-up image of Mrs May donning a black and white wig as the villanous character from 101 Dalmatians.
But Keith Harrison, editor of Britain’s biggest-selling regional daily the Express & Star, took to Twitter to brand the splash “puerile and offensive.” Wrote Keith: “Some great front pages from across the political divide tomorrow. This isn’t one of them. #puerile #offensive.”
By contrast the Western Morning News kicked off six pages of coverage of the changing of the guard at Number Ten with a front page featuring a smiling Mrs May alongside her husband Philip.
Mrs May’s accession to the Premiership yesterday also happily coincided with the weekly print deadline for her local newspaper, the Maidenhead Advertiser.
Its latest edition hit the streets this morning and it too chose to lead with a picture of Mrs May and her husband on the steps of Number Ten.
The Northern Echo chose to lead on a local court case underneath a front page plug for its inside coverage of the handover of power.
However journalists at North East rivals The Journal and the Chronicle were not slow to point out the headline juxtaposition on social media.
The Journal itself speculated on the future of the previous government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ initiative which is designed to see local business partnerships taking control of Whitehall spending in the big city regions.
The policy was closely associated with the former Chancellor George Osborne, who was sacked by Mrs May in one of her first acts as Prime Minister.