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Five of the Best

The top five comment pieces from today's papers

The Guardian's Jackie Ashley urges Labour to focus on the right-wing nature of many of the 'New Tories' rather than on the false division between "Labour investment" and "Tory cuts".

Donald Macintyre
explores whether Iranian hostility to Britain, the "little Satan", is designed to keep open the possibility of US negotiations.

The Times's Libby Purves calls for a scientific, research-based approach to public order policing, to avoid the "awful irrationality" of some G20 officers.

The FT's Clive Crook fears that Obama's climate change and healthcare bills suggest he is a weak, hesistant president.

Peter Preston
argues that it is absurd to use the prime minister's salary as a benchmark for other public servants.

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