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Five of the Best

The best five comment pieces from today's papers.

The Guardian's Jackie Ashley argues that Labour should be open about the need for spending cuts before winning the argument over where they fall and over progressive taxation.

Donald Macintyre assesses what Benjamin Netanyahu's use of the phrase "Palestinian state" means for the chances of peace.

In the Financial Times, Wolfgang Münchau warns that the supposed 'green shoots' of recovery are already withering.

The Times's Libby Purves argues that new peers should be limited to a four or eight-year term and selected from professional bodies.

Ali Ansari says that "disaffected members of the revolutionary elite" pose the greatest threat to Ahmadinejad and Khamenei's rule.

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