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The Sun says: Stop the SNP! The Scottish Sun says: Back the SNP!

Are the Scottish nationalists "saboteurs" or Scotland's best hope? It depends which edition of the Sun you buy.

The Sun newspaper has offered its election endorsement tonight - and it's a resounding call to vote for the Tories. A government led by a creepy baby version of David Cameron is an absolute necessity, in order to keep out the "saboteurs" of the SNP, who are hellbent on ruining our great union.

*puts hand to ear piece* What's that? Sorry? Oh. Right.

Sorry, no idea what happened there. Actually, it turns out the SNP are a great bunch of lads, and Nicola Sturgeon is a hero of our times. Please update your handbooks accordingly.

Perhaps Freddie Starr ate their consistency. 

Yes, the Sun and the Scottish Sun have pursued their own form of devo-max, and come to completely contradictory conclusions about the best path for Britain on 7 May.

Of course, there is one uniting factor in these two front pages: they are both calculated to do maximum damage to Ed Miliband. 

Update, because why not: the Sun's head of PR Dylan Sharpe  has tweeted this statement by the paper. Papers. "The Sun is written first and foremost for its readers, and the UK edition and Scottish edition have two very distinct audiences. If Scotland and England were playing each other at football, no one would expect The Scottish Sun to support the English national team."

This is a fair point. The Scottish Sun probably couldn't get away with saying that the English national team shouldn't be allowed to play football at all, though. 

I'm a mole, innit.

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Michael Gove definitely didn't betray anyone, says Michael Gove

What's a disagreement among friends?

Michael Gove is certainly not a traitor and he thinks Theresa May is absolutely the best leader of the Conservative party.

That's according to the cast out Brexiteer, who told the BBC's World At One life on the back benches has given him the opportunity to reflect on his mistakes. 

He described Boris Johnson, his one-time Leave ally before he decided to run against him for leader, as "phenomenally talented". 

Asked whether he had betrayed Johnson with his surprise leadership bid, Gove protested: "I wouldn't say I stabbed him in the back."

Instead, "while I intially thought Boris was the right person to be Prime Minister", he later came to the conclusion "he wasn't the right person to be Prime Minister at that point".

As for campaigning against the then-PM David Cameron, he declared: "I absolutely reject the idea of betrayal." Instead, it was a "disagreement" among friends: "Disagreement among friends is always painful."

Gove, who up to July had been a government minister since 2010, also found time to praise the person in charge of hiring government ministers, Theresa May. 

He said: "With the benefit of hindsight and the opportunity to spend some time on the backbenches reflecting on some of the mistakes I've made and some of the judgements I've made, I actually think that Theresa is the right leader at the right time. 

"I think that someone who took the position she did during the referendum is very well placed both to unite the party and lead these negotiations effectively."

Gove, who told The Times he was shocked when Cameron resigned after the Brexit vote, had backed Johnson for leader.

However, at the last minute he announced his candidacy, and caused an infuriated Johnson to pull his own campaign. Gove received just 14 per cent of the vote in the final contest, compared to 60.5 per cent for May. 


Julia Rampen is the editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog. She was previously deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines.