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Guantanamo debate occupies papers

Papers
The newspapers all focus on former Guantanamo Bay inmate Binyam Mohamed, who has flown back to the UK.

According to the Times, the US prison camp was an affront to the world, and its inmates must now find justice.

However, it says, that does not mean making Mr Mohamed a hero. But there is no danger of that from the Daily Mail.

According to its columnist Richard Littlejohn, the "usual useful idiots" will have a field day with the case, filling their boots with legal aid.

Bricks and mortar

The Daily Express vents its outrage that managers at the nationalised bank Northern Rock are getting bonuses.

Still having a job, it says, is quite enough of a bonus to be going on with.

The Guardian's Polly Toynbee thinks pent-up demand for housing is still high because property speculation is hardwired into the British brain.

She calls for a tax on future gains. But suggest that to MPs, she complains, and they blanche, "even while agreeing that it should be done in theory".

Van damned?

The papers focus on the troubled van manufacturer LDV - and its Russian owner Oleg Deripaska, a friend of Business Secretary Lord Mandelson.

A report in the Independent insists that the government is "not prepared to contemplate a bailout".

But the Daily Mirror advises ministers against playing "Russian Roulette with 6,000 jobs in the motor industry".

It warns of angry workers "who see billions loaned to reckless banks but see their own appeals roundly ignored".

Hollywood magic

Every title is filled with pictures from the 2009 Oscars ceremony.

All agree with the Daily Telegraph - "it was a great night for the Brits", Slumdog Millionaire winning eight gongs and Kate Winslet scooping best actress.

"Britain's fabulous night at the Oscars," says the Sun, "was a scriptwriter's fantasy come true."

The night was, it adds, "a reminder in these tough times that, with grit, energy and a touch of genius, we can still lead the world where it counts".

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