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

1. Watchdogs need not bark together (Financial Times)

Joseph Stiglitz says that, given the difficulties in achieving global financial rules, insisting on such co-ordination may be a recipe for paralysis -- just what the anti-regulation bankers want. It can wait.

2. It may take a Tory Tea Party to make Cameron coherent (Guardian)

The Conservatives are uncertain how much support there is for smaller government. Whether they play it safe or raise totems to party gods, they need to deliver a much clearer message on local control, says Simon Jenkins.

3. A presidential leader in No 10? Bring him on (Times)

Daniel Finkelstein argues that strong party leadership and independent-minded MPs just don't mix. The head must be separated from the body.

4. Brown's insurance against defeat (Independent)

Proposals for electoral reform could be a clever insurance policy, according to Andrew Grice, and could considerably brighten Labour's prospects in the event of a hung parliament.

5. We have failed the university challenge (Daily Telegraph)

Liz Hunt says that it should be difficult to get into university -- and it has taken a reckless and costly experiment with British higher education for ministers to consider returning to a system that worked.

6. Rescue Greece and we help ourselves (Independent)

A eurozone member not repaying its debt would have unthinkable consequences for the rest of the region, says Hamish McRae. Greece must be rescued, on credible terms.

7. Faith in the future (Guardian)

The 35-year debate over allowing women to become bishops in the Church of England has become tortuous, says Christina Rees, a member of the General Synod. But she is confident that, one day soon, there will be female bishops.

8. Cherie Blair is the very model of a modern baroness (Times)

Alice Thomson says that we should ignore the inevitable protests about her possible elevation to the peerage: Cherie Blair understands the lot of modern women and would be a great asset to the Lords.

9. Now is not the time for the police to backtrack on race (Guardian)

There will be another Ali Dizaei, says Herman Ouseley, unless the Met leads with changes to ensure that staff and citizens are treated fairly.

10. Two people of no monetary value -- and so aren't worth saving (Independent)

Peter Popham writes on the government, media and public response to the case of Paul and Rachel Chandler, the British couple held hostage in Somalia. He says we are showing deep indifference to a couple who are not young and not famous.

 

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