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Newspaper review: Bankers under attack

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Bankers come under attack in several of the papers following the publication of an interim report by the Independent Commission, set up to look at banking.

For the Financial Times, bankers remain "less popular than second-hand car dealers and journalists".

The Daily Mail takes a dim view of the suggestion it is the "cash-strapped customers" who should pick up the bill for sorting out a "disgraced industry".

The Mail reckons that it could add £1,000 a year to a £140,000 mortgage.

Fat cat

Others want to know whether the proposed changes will work.

A cartoon appearing in the Guardian shows a group of timid mice trying to restrain a very fat cat, which has a mouth full of mice and is only pretending to be asleep.

The Daily Mirror says paying higher charges to avert a second crisis would be "a grotesque injustice".

But the Daily Telegraph commends the proposals as "realistic and sensible" so long as the regulators are vigilant.

Gbagbo captured

The Guardian welcomes the capture of the Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo and says he should be put on trial.

The paper says there will be "some relief today that a foreign intervention has gone right for once".

His refusal to give up power was a threat to all West Africa, it adds.

The Independent suggests the attack on Mr Gbabgo's bunker "was a success for the French military" but "a failure for French diplomacy" which may "complicate hopes of rebuilding" the country.

Masters meltdown

Most papers spare a thought for golfer Rory McIlroy after his failure to win the US Masters.

The Express thinks that for good or ill, he will never be the same again.

The Independent describes his sudden loss of form as "a very public capitulation... a Masters meltdown for the record books and bloopers DVDs".

The Telegraph praises the gracious way in which the young County Down man handled his failure - a reminder "there are no guarantees in sport".

Space anniversary

When the papers try to evoke the world when Yuri Gargarin became the first man in space, they all acknowledge the gulf between then and now.

The Times points out he flew in a craft 50 years ago containing "less sophisticated technology than you'd find today in a cheap mobile phone".

The Independent believes his flight was "the defining triumph of the Soviet Union" but laments the end of an era.

But the Guardian believes Gargarin still has the power to inspire.

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