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

1. A death tax is the fairest one. Yet now no voter will buy it (Guardian)

Peter Wilby argues that a "death tax" is the most socially just and economically efficient means of funding social care. But Britain's obsession with home ownership will make it hard to convince the voters.

2. Private lives should never belong to the public (Times)

The relentless desire for information about politicians' private lives could lead to terrible mistakes, writes David Aaronovitch. Had we known, for instance, that Mo Mowlam was suffering from a malignant brain tumour, she would never have held ministerial office.

3. Britain needs an Afghan exit strategy (Financial Times)

Britain must come up with its own timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan, writes Philip Stephens. It is hard to see how an open-ended commitment to keep British troops in there serves the national interest.

4. The brave and honourable spirit of Britain's soldiers will benefit us all (Daily Telegraph)

Elsewhere, Crispin Black writes that the authority and judgement British troops acquire from serving in Afghanistan will benefit us all once they return to civilian life.

5. Almost everything you think you know about the PM is untrue (Independent)

Steve Richards says that Gordon Brown's impressive interview with Piers Morgan has made the contest over personalities a lot more interesting and a little less predictable.

6. Why Mexico is the missing Bric (Financial Times)

Mexico should be one of the world's rising powers, but the country's drug war is blighting its future, writes Gideon Rachman.

7. Shame on those now sneering at the European project (Independent)

Denis MacShane argues that the Greek crisis reflects the weakness of the EU. The Labour MP says the Union's lack of economic authority allowed Greece to continue its clientelist and corrupt distortion of the public finances without any intervention.

8.. Bite the bullet. Kick Greece out of the euro (Times)

Elsewhere, Ruth Lea argues that, for the sake of the eurozone's long-term viability, the EU must evict Greece now.

9. While we brace for the pain of cuts, executive pay soars (Guardian)

The latest round of bonuses lays bare the myth of the trickle-down effect, says Deborah Hargreaves.

10. See evil, hear evil (Times)

A leading article says that the British establishment must come to terms with MI5's collusion in the torture of Binyam Mohamed.

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