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

1. He who wields the banana can wear the crown (Times)

Charges of dithering will not stick, says David Aaronovitch. David Miliband's critics dislike his politics, not his refusal to challenge Gordon Brown.

2. Universities face meltdown -- and all of Britain will suffer (Guardian)

Michael Arthur and Wendy Piatt implore ministers to think again about Budget cuts that threaten to wreck a sector vital to our national prosperity.

3. Gordon Brown may have a team around him, but where are the policies? (Telegraph)

Aspiration versus austerity is the latest gambit, but what does it mean, asks Mary Riddell, and why have core Labour voters become such an unloved caste?

4. Mr Cameron's responsibility is to give us some detail (Independent)

The Tory leader's social plans are welcome, says the Indie's leading article, but not fully explained. He must convince the public that greater social cohesion can coexist with a smaller role for the state by outlining how he would do it.

5. Little by little, the blue seeps through Cameron's silky skin (Guardian)

Polly Toynbee is less convinced. Scratch the surface of the Tory leader's dreamy vision of good parenting, she says, and his true colours become that bit clearer.

6. Is Mr Cameron's naughty step a step too far? (Times)

Rachel Sylvester takes up the same theme, arguing that the Tory leader's traditional family policies will please his party, but risk harming his image as a force for change.

7. Bankruptcy could be good for America (Financial Times)

If the US keeps running huge deficits, sooner or later the country will start flirting with bankruptcy, says Gideon Rachman. This might be better sooner rather than later.

8. The Royal Institution must be saved (Telegraph)

Colin Blakemore looks back at the history of the Royal Institution, arguing that it would be a tragedy to lose this melting pot of science.

9. The Irish Family Robinson (Times)

Peace in Northern Ireland has been stuck on the question of devolved responsibilty for policing, says the leading article. The resignation of Peter Robinson makes progress more difficult still.

10. Greece looks set to go the way of Argentina (Financial Times)

Desmond Lachman discusses the currency crisis in Greece, and the lessons that Athens can learn from Buenos Aires.

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