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Scotland's papers: Blue Christmas and jingle polls

Image caption The looming 12 December election makes it onto the front pages after all the parties got behind Tuesday night's Commons vote. The P&J has a wistful Boris Johnson "dreaming of a blue Christmas".
Image caption The Scottish Daily Mail gets into the festive spirit with Mr Johnson playing the part of Santa Claus and Labour's Jeremy Corbyn as the Grinch. The paper says the PM has "promised voters a new parliament for Christmas" after weeks of delays at Westminster.
Image caption The Metro coins the "Jingle Polls" catchphrase as it starts a calendar countdown to the first December election in almost 100 years. It reports that Jeremy Corbyn agreed to the early election once he was satisfied that a no-deal Brexit was off the table.
Image caption A less traditional advent calendar is on the front of the i newspaper, which starts its 43-day countdown to the general election. The paper warns of fears of a low turnout due to the winter date.
Image caption It is a thumbs-up from Boris Johnson on the front of the Scottish Daily Express after he secured his preferred election date. The paper calls 12 December "the day when Britain will vote once and for all to deliver Brexit".
Image caption Very simply, The Scotsman states "Johnson gets his Brexit election". The paper explains that parliament will be dissolved at a minute past midnight on 6 November. If follows Tuesday's vote by MPs which saw 438 to 20 back the legislation for an early election. It will pass through the Lords on Wednesday.
Image caption The Daily Telegraph says Jeremy Corbyn "finally bowed" to Mr Johnson's demands for a vote to clear the "Brexit impasse" that has crippled politics in the UK. It features a picture of the shadow cabinet behind Jeremy Corbyn, who seems to be praying.
Image caption There is an urgency about The National's front page as it declares "we have six weeks to save Scotland". The paper claims this is the "independence election" and it says Nicola Sturgeon is to stick to her timetable to put in place a second independence referendum next year.
Image caption The Herald goes with a fairly straight headline and describes "a day of high drama" at Westminster. The story also reports that "after addressing Tory backbenchers, the prime minister last night acknowledged it would be a "tough election". Boris Johnson told reporters: "It's time for the country to come together, get Brexit done and go forward."
Image caption The Courier's main picture reports on the election, but its top story is about a Tayside man appearing in court in connection with the death of a woman in a road accident near Forfar in April. Kelly Ann McGettigan died when the car she was travelling in left the road.
Image caption A happy-looking Boris Johnson makes the cover of The Times Scotland edition. In the paper, Mr Johnson says an election is needed because "another Brexit delay would seriously damage the national interest". However, according to reports from the PM's "allies", he risks a backlash from voters over his "do or die" pledge to make Brexit happen by 31 October
Image caption The Scottish Sun celebrates Boris Johnson's achievement in securing his December date for the polls with a throwback to a memorable headline in September.
Image caption The Daily Record claims Celtic fans travelling to Rome for the match against Lazio have been urged not to wear club colours. It's after tensions rose between the clubs in Glasgow ahead of last week's tie. Up to 9,000 supporters are expected to make the trip from Scotland to Italy's capital for the Europa League game.
Image caption The Edinburgh Evening News claims a 12-year-old boy was threatened by another boy who was carrying a weapon after a row over the online game Fortnite. The threatened boy's mother told the paper her son was threatened via Facetime last week.
Image caption And the Daily Star of Scotland ignores Brexit and the election to lead on a showbiz story about comedian Roy Chubby Brown, who was allegedly banned from performing a gig by a council in Wales because it was "unlikely to reflect our values and commitments". The paper describes it as a "snowflake" decision by the council.

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