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

1. Brown may have survived. But the coup was a success (Guardian)

Seumas Milne argues that although the Hoon/Hewitt coup failed to oust Gordon Brown it succeeded in changing Labour's political direction. Thanks to the Blairites, the government's "crablike shift" towards a more social-democratic stance has come to a halt.

2. Bankers are just bonus-snaffling Marxists (Times)

Anatole Kaletsky says that, as with Yugoslav workers' co-operatives, the problem with the banks was that managers paid out all the revenues in wages and allowed their capital to disappear.

3. Crunch time for reforming banks (Daily Telegraph)

The launch of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in the US is the last chance to shame a banking industry into change, says Adrian Michaels.

4. Iris Robinson is not a sinner. She's a heroine (Times)

Robinson may be "fairly ghastly" but she deserves to be celebrated for breaking free from decades of suffocating Presbyterianism, argues Melanie Reid.

5. Ranting against Iran won't help reform (Independent)

Declaring Iran a pariah state and imposing new sanctions will not help the country's dissidents, warns Adrian Hamilton. Western protesters must remember that change will come only from within the country, not without.

6. The biggest loser from this election will be positive politics (Independent)

John Rentoul says that, with the Tories nowhere near as popular as New Labour was in 1997, we can expect a dismal anti-politics election, with no party able to offer a clean break.

7. Will Google stand up to France and Italy, too? (Guardian)

Rebecca MacKinnon praises Google's stand against Chinese censorship, but questions whether the internet giant will be willing to challenge France's and Italy's efforts to restrict web privacy and freedom.

8. The crusade against faith schools is an attack on our freedom (Daily Telegraph)

Ed Balls's attempt to control the admissions policies of faith schools is illiberal and unjust, argues Benedict Brogan.

9. Haiti's earthquake (Times)

A leader says that the US has allowed Haiti, a country on its doorstep, to become a failed state. The Obama administration must lead the way in mounting an effective aid operation.

10. Media-savvy designer Islamists must not distract us from the real danger (Guardian)

Timothy Garton Ash warns that steps to ban Islam4UK and other extremist groups once again risk reducing liberty without increasing security.

 

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