Five of the Best

The best five comment pieces from today's papers.

The Daily Telegraph's Mary Riddell says that Labour, "a Mary Celeste of a political party", has only 48 hours to save itself.

David Aaronovitch on why the public 'don't get it' on expenses and on the rise of "monitory democracy".

In the Guardian, George Monbiot wonders why politicians don't have the guts to stand up to destructive fishermen.

The revolutions of 1989 continue to shape the world, says Mary Dejevsky in the Independent.

Philip Stephens in the Financial Times explains how the clash between Margaret Thatcher and Ken Livingstone ruined local government.

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Police shoot man in parliament

A man carrying what appeared to be a knife was shot by armed police after entering the parliamentary estate. 

From the window of the parliamentary Press Gallery, I have just seen police shoot a man who charged at officers while carrying what appeared to be a knife. A large crowd was seen fleeing from the man before he entered the parliamentary estate.

After several officers evaded him he was swiftly shot by armed police.

Ministers have been evacuated and journalists ordered to remain at their desks. 

More follows. Read Julia Rampen's news story here.

Armed police at the cordon outside Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Getty

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.