Newspaper review


The release on bail of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange features prominently in many of the papers.

The Times asks whether he is a “lone cowboy, pied piper or dictator?”

The Guardian concludes that his freedom is likely to be short lived and that he is “almost certain” to be extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault charges.

The Independent says his 600-acre bail address is so vast that he “will have to restrict himself to the house” or risk setting off his security tag.

For the Daily Mirror it is one thing for Sweden to want to question Mr Assange about sex allegations, but it is quite another “for the US to threaten to string him up over embarrassing leaks”.

In his column for the paper, Kevin Maguire claims that “Assange should get a medal for his revelations” because we now have “a better understanding of what’s going on in the world”.

He says David Cameron “should not play poodle to Uncle Sam”.

“Expats really do have the good life” according to the Daily Mail.

The paper says a survey of more than 4,000 people in 100 countries ranked Britain bottom of places to live.

The Times says that Andy Warhol’s phrase, coined in 1968, that everyone had the ability to achieve “15 minutes of fame”, is truly out of date.

It reports on a study in the journal Science that says people are becoming famous younger and quicker – but for a shorter length of time.

The Daily Telegraph reports on the apparent decline in popularity of the works of author Enid Blyton.

It says she has dropped out of the top 10 of children’s books for the first time in decades because “youngsters cannot relate to her language”.

The paper says her writings were revamped in August with phrases such as “golly”, “rather” and “awfully” being cut.

Deputy literary editor Lorna Bradbury says the truly remarkable thing is how long the books have endured.

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