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Five of the Best

Amartya Sen explains in the Guardian why instead of focusing on an abstract ideal of justice we should concentrate on the remediable injustices in every society.

The FT's senior political columnist , Philip Stephens, argues that success in Afghanistan cannot be achieved without a considerable rise in funding. "This is not a war in which bean-counters can be permitted to second-guess military commanders," he writes. He also usefully notes the hypocrisy of the Conservatives who call for extra troops and helicopters while simultaneously arguing that defence spending should be cut.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Sir Michael Lyons, the Chairman of the BBC Trust, explains why the corporation's senior executives have had their bonuses suspended indefinitely.

In the Times, Rachel Sylvester says that the civil service will now privately cheer Gordon Brown out of No 10. Behind the scenes, the Tories are forging ever closer links with the mandarins.

The Independent's Steve Richards says that the criticisms made of Gordon Brown by female Labour politicians are insubstantial and self-serving. "The real divide is more between the possessed and dispossessed than between men and women," he writes.

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