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Paper Monitor

12:30 UK time, Thursday, 4 August 2011

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Today's insights reflect the importance of the "three Rs", especially important after recent reports that nearly 20% of children are not meeting the required standard in English.

It's nice to see that all the party leaders have got their summer reading in order, as the Times reports.

Labour leader Ed Miliband's weighty collection includes Leadership on the Line by Ronald A Heifetz and Marty Linsky, while Prime Minister David Cameron is reportedly reading Jerusalem by Simon Sebag Montefiore.

Lib Dem leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has supposedly chosen Hitch-22: A Memoir, by Christopher Hitchens, as his holiday choice.

The Daily Mirror takes the story even further and reports the supposed reading habits of such literary heavyweights as footballer Joey Barton (Orwell's Animal Farm), Lindsay Lohan (Philip Roth's The Plot Against America), Barack Obama (Hemingway's For Whom The Bell Tolls) and the BBC's own Jeremy Paxman (Jonathan Coe's The Rotters' Club).

Paper Monitor wonders when that list of people has ever been grouped together before - or if they ever will be again.

Blogger - and occasional pop star - Robbie Williams has made full page news in the Daily Star for what he has written on the web, citing exhaustion as the reason he had not been able to be the "flailing banshee" he wanted to be.

While Paper Monitor wouldn't want to question Mr Williams' meaning, does he really want to act like a hyperactive mythical Irish fairy, one that appears just before the coming of death?

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