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The ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers

1. Labour must act now to replace Gordon Brown (Independent)

The Labour MP Barry Sheerman argues that Brown has failed to improve since the party's dreadful performance in the European elections and must be removed for the good of the country.

2. Britain just might pull off this high-speed railway revolution (Daily Telegraph)

Benedict Brogan says that Lord Adonis's visionary high-speed rail plan deserves to succeed with cross-party support. He calls on David Cameron to adopt a "new kind of politics" and make Adonis his first transport secretary.

3. Threats to Yemen prove America hasn't learned the lesson of history (Independent)

Patrick Cockburn argues that the US is beginning to make the same mistakes in Yemen as it made in Afghanistan and Iraq. He warns that US policy continues unwittingly to aid al-Qaeda.

4. Love Tony Blair or loathe him, only one choice for politician of the decade (Guardian)

Michael White says that despite the calamitous invasion of Iraq, Blair was the dominant force of the decade. Whether posterity will judge him more harshly or more kindly depends on what happens next.

5. Towering ambition always comes before a fall (Times)

Ben Macintyre says that as Dubai's economy totters and sways, the decision to build the Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building, may turn out to be a monumental folly

6. The economic "experts" who stopped making sense (Daily Telegraph)

Edmund Conway explores why, despite the financial crisis, we continue to put our faith in economists. He argues that we have lost confidence in our common sense and are seeking refuge in "apparent certainty".

7. Maybe Tories aren't so stupid after all (Independent)

John Rentoul argues that the Conservatives' opposition to electoral reform isn't as strange as it appears.

8. As threats multiply and power fragments, the coming decade cries out for realistic idealism (Guardian)

Timothy Garton Ash says that strategic co-operation between old and new powers is the best way to tackle terrorism.

9. She knew she was right (Daily Telegraph)

A leader says that the cabinet papers released on Margaret Thatcher's first year in office remind us of the political benefits that accrue from strong leadership.

10. Why 2010 could be an own goal for the Rainbow Nation

Jonathan Steele argues that the ANC is failing poor black South Africans and predicts that hosting the World Cup could backfire on Jacob Zuma.

 

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