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

1. Those looking for a hidden scandal will be disappointed (Independent)

The lessons to be learned from the Iraq war have nothing to do with simplistic assertions that Tony Blair is a liar and a war criminal, argues Steve Richards.

2. Britain can relax on its bed of nitroglycerine (Times)

Anatole Kaletsky says the threat to the economy from state borrowing is not remotely as serious as Pimco and other bond investors suggest. Government debt remains moderate by both historic and international standards.

3. How the charity of a peer's wife will propel Cameron to power (Daily Telegraph)

Benedict Brogan on the £20,000 donation from Lord Ashcroft's wife to David Cameron that paved the way for a remarkable political alliance between the Tory leader and the billionaire.

4. We Googlistas want a global debate on information freedom. Why are others so coy? (Guardian)

Timothy Garton Ash questions why authoritarian rulers are so reluctant to have an open debate over internet censorship. If they think their system is better, why not make the case for it?

5. Throw open our doors to Haitians (Independent)

Ian Birrell argues that offering a one-off "disaster asylum" would do far more to help Haiti than pouring in aid.

6. Only pressure to withdraw can stop this blood price (Guardian)

Seumas Milne says that few now buy the fiction that the Afghan war is preventing, rather than fuelling, terror attacks elsewhere. But greater pressure is needed to end the occupation.

7. China will not be the world's deputy sheriff (Financial Times)

David Pilling says that Beijing still prefers to keep a low profile and get on with the hard slog of building an industrial economy.

8. We need a dugout canoe to navigate the net (Times)

Ben Macintyre says that the abundance of information on the internet is forcing us to change the way we think.

9. Labour's greatest legacy? We're all Conservatives now (Guardian)

Zoe Williams says that too many accepted Labour's fabled meritocratic society at the expense of equality.

10. To win the war, empower the Afghan economy (Financial Times)

Zalmay Khalilzad warns that a detailed strategy for the "civilian surge" in Afghanistan has yet to emerge. Encouraging Afghan businesses is the key to success.


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