What the papers say

Journalist Fionola Meredith takes a look at what is making the headlines in Tuesday's morning papers.



"Big bonuses? It would be wrong to stop paying them" - that's the headline in the Independent this morning, and they are the words of Bob Diamond, the £50m a year Barclays boss.

As the Times also notes, Barclays is defying new curbs on city bonuses, as it and HSBC revealed a return to bumper profits.

"Scandalous", says the Independent's editorial - "these bankers should really be paying back their bonuses of previous years, not raking in new ones."

Steve Richards, writing in the Independent, warns that "the banks still pull the levers of power", while John Keane, in the Guardian, says that "toothier approaches", not blind trust, are needed to keep financial hubris under control.

There's much mockery in the papers concerning Harriet Harman's claim in a Sunday newspaper,that "men cannot be left to run things on their own", and that one of Labour's two top posts should always be held by a woman.

"Bonkers!" is the Mail's headline. It claims that's the view of one unnamed Labour cabinet colleague.

Now Ms Harman has stepped up her equality agenda by appearing to blame male bankers for the global financial crisis, pursuing the idea that if it had been Lehman Sisters, there might not have quite so much trouble.

But Kira Cochrane, writing in the Guardian, is on Ms Harman's side - she's glad that someone's drawing attention to the dearth of women in power.

Prisoner moved

The Irish News claims that prison bosses have moved a loyalist double killer into isolation because of fears he will be murdered in jail.

The prisoner in question is Steven Leslie Brown, who was convicted in March of the brutal murders of Portadown teenagers Andrew Robb and David McIlwaine.

Apparently Brown was removed to a secure cell in Maghaberry Prison after police told the prison service they had reliable information that an attempt was to be made on his life.

The paper says a prison source has confirmed that Brown will now be detained in isolation indefinitely for his own safety.

A father of six from County Londonderry is identified as the winner of the £4.5m Lotto jackpot in both the Belfast Telegraph and the Mirror.

And finally, the Times bids a fond farewell to Benson, Britain's best loved carp.

The fish was a whopper all right, going by the front page picture in the Times, and she managed to live for 25 years.

During that time, Benson was hooked and returned to her home lake in Cambridgeshire at least 60 times. Today, though, she is sitting in the deep freeze, waiting to be stuffed and wall mounted.

Did all those years of being caught over and over damage Benson? Steve Broad, editor of UK Carp magazine, says no, adding mysteriously "if carp don't want to get hooked, they won't be".



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