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Papers angry at 'scumbag' bankers

The banks - and the apologies from their former bosses - get short shrift from the papers on Wednesday.

"Scumbag millionaires," is the Sun's damning headline. It says "complacency oozed from these sharp-suited ex-Masters of the Universe".

The Guardian is equally sceptical. "We're sorry... sort of," is how they sum up the bankers' act of contrition.

"From the bank bosses who plunged us into crisis come the most pathetic apologies in history," writes the Daily Mirror.


More reaction to the bankers' grilling in the Daily Mail.

Quentin Letts says it was a "gala blame-athon" which gave MPs "the chance to puff their chests and come over all man-of-the-masses".

The Independent thinks "the inquisition is far from over," not least about the City bonus culture.

The Times, meanwhile, criticises the inquisitors - the Treasury Select Committee. It says members "probed assiduously," but were "outsmarted by expert witnesses".

Childcare row

There is a sceptical response to a study which has suggested that children do better in nurseries than if they are looked after by grandparents.

The Daily Express calls it a "spiteful report," which paints grandparents as "incompetent, clueless carers".

The Daily Telegraph agrees. Its writer Jackie High says older relatives offer "the very best childcare money cant buy".

They are "a huge underappreciated resource... vital in creating a secure background for children," she says.

Southern 'nag'

There is a big thumbs up from several papers for the new Angel of the South - a 150ft horse being built in Kent.

Its "bold, simple design will make an instant impact" upon those arriving in Britain by Eurostar, writes the Times.

The Daily Telegraph's art critic Richard Dorment agrees. "Can't you already hear the excited shrieks of French visitors?" he asks.

Several tabloids though, including the Daily Mirror, brand it, rather unflatteringly, the "Nag of the South".

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