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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.