Politics 12 March 2010 CommentPlus: pick of the papers The ten must-read pieces from this morning's newspapers. Print HTML 1. Speed up (Times) Lord Adonis's plans for a new high-speed rail network have been a long time coming, says the Times leader, and the benefits far outweigh the costs. Read the CommentPlus summary. 2. Rail: high-speed vision (Daily Telegraph) Telegraph View agrees that, despite our indebtedness, this will show that Britain has not lost the ambition exemplified by such a national project. Read the CommentPlus summary. 3. High-speed rail is the right investment for Britain's future (Independent) It's a full hat-trick -- the Independent's leading article is also in favour of high-speed rail, arguing that to see the economic and social benefits, we need only look at our European neighbours. 4. The British election that both sides deserve to lose (Financial Times) The electorate has to choose between a government about which it knows far too much and an opposition about which it knows far too little. Neither side is convincing, writes Martin Wolf. Read the CommentPlus summary. 5. The bankers lied. And Darling, a mere puppet on their string, knows it (Guardian) Britain has paid a horrendous price for allowing the City to dictate credit policy, says Simon Jenkins. If the banking bailout was worth it, we should see the account. If not, someone should pay. Yet there is no inquiry, no questioning, only silence. 6. Generals must keep their noses out of politics (Times) Vernon Bogdanor asks whether our armed forces are becoming politicised. Heads of the armed forces have made some outspoken criticisms of government -- but they cannot escape their share of the blame if soldiers do not have the right equipment. Read the CommentPlus summary. 7. Palestinians should now declare their independence (Independent) Johann Hari says that the Palestinians should make a unilateral declaration of independence, and we -- the watching billions -- must pressure our governments to make it a reality. 8. It's defeatist nonsense to talk of a crisis of left-wing thinking (Guardian) The New Statesman senior editor, Mehdi Hasan, argues that progressives have been vindicated. The public is far ahead, and to the left, of government on the reforms that we need. 9. Turkey needs more from Atatürk's heirs (Financial Times) Turkey lacks an effective opposition, says David Gardner. It desperately needs a regrouping of secular, liberal and social-democratic forces into an electable political party. Read the CommentPlus summary. 10. A Democrat disgrace (Guardian) Michael Tomasky discusses Barack Obama's health-care reform. It is stomach-churning, but because it is election year, some congressmen will sabotage the health bill to keep their seats. Sign up now to CommentPlus for the pick of the day's opinion, comment and analysis in your inbox at 8am. › What's the greatest political photograph? Subscribe More Related articles Peter Mandelson: I pray every day for an early election to end Labour's awful state Jeremy Corbyn to tell members: "Prepare for a 2017 general election" What will Labour's new awkward squad do next?