Newspaper review: Liam Fox still dominating headlines

Most of the papers continue to scrutinise the working relationship between Defence Secretary Liam Fox and his friend Andrew Werritty.

"Fox fights to keep job in adviser row" is the headline in the Sunday Telegraph, which quotes Mr Fox as saying he is not afraid of the official inquiry.

"I think there are underlying issues behind these claims and the motivation is deeply suspect," he says.

The Independent on Sunday describes the pair as "the odd couple".

The Sunday Mirror has the headline "Tory Fox is on the rocks".

But according to the Mail on Sunday things might not be quite so bleak.

Its leader says he should apologise for "a well-intentioned error" and get on with his job.

Royal baby?

The People has an interview with Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, in which he reveals that, from next April, NHS patients will be able to have a say in which hospital consultants treat them.

The Sunday Times reports that a group of medical experts has issued a warning about the culture of drinking at the Houses of Parliament.

There is concern that "a growing number of MPs and peers are developing alcohol problems".

The attention of the Sunday Express is on royal matters, with the headline "William and Kate's £700m baby".

It says if the prince has a daughter she could be the first girl to inherit one of the UK's wealthiest estates.

The Observer reports on new research suggesting people in the UK are becoming more polite.

The think tank, The Young Foundation, says it is a myth that there was a "golden age" of politeness.


The People focuses on "Catgate" - the row between Justice Secretary Ken Clarke and Home Secretary over an illegal immigrant's pet cat.

The cat's owner, Camilo Soria, says it is actually about his right to stay in the UK with his partner, Frank Trew.

There is anger in the Sunday Telegraph about the amount of taxpayers' money spent on the union activities undertaken by thousands of public service workers.

The paper describes it as a "£68m gravy train".

The Sunday Times has an interview with the man likely to become the new chief inspector of schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw.

He says he will call on heads to dismiss under-performing teachers in order to raise standards.

Sir Michael, who sacked 15 teachers during his 25-year career as a head, tells the paper: "If a good head teacher sees that there is incompetence, they've got to challenge that incompetence."

'Love me do'

A plan by the Conservatives to withdraw foreign aid from countries that persecute gay people is welcomed by the Mail on Sunday.

It says countries like Malawi, Uganda and Ghana all face having payments slashed.

The paper's leader concludes "sometimes political correctness has its uses after all" - saying that the policy "could provide an ingenious way out of several commitments we can no longer afford".

The Observer reports on the rise of the audiobook, revealing that A-list Hollywood stars are now flocking to narrate unabridged versions of literary classics.

"Not so long ago audiobooks were the poor cousins of the publishing world," says the paper.

Now, with demand for audiobooks outstripping the supply, stars like Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson and Nicole Kidman are getting involved.

Finally many of the papers eagerly anticipate the marriage of Sir Paul McCartney to Nancy Shevell.

"McCartney expected to say 'love me do' today" is the headline in the Independent on Sunday while the Sunday Mirror says it hopes the marriage will be "a long and winding road".

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