Politics 19 March 2010 CommentPlus: pick of the papers The ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers. Print HTML 1. The Pope, the Prophet and the religious support for evil (Independent) Johann Hari discusses the Danish Prophet Muhammad cartoons and the revelations about the Catholic Church's cover-up of paedophilia -- religion should not be above the law, or protected from uncomfortable debate or scrutiny. Read the CommentPlus summary. 2. Darling's Budget could point the way for Britain's renewal (Guardian) A vision for post-banking-crisis capitalism should be at the top of the agenda, says Martin Kettle, but no party has yet created one. Next week the Chancellor, now his own master, can do so. Read the CommentPlus summary. 3. Lawyers have no place on the battlefield (Times) The Court of Appeal's judgment shows no understanding of what soldiers do, says Richard Kemp. In the heat of battle, a commander can't worry about the Human Rights Act -- it would make war impossible. Read the CommentPlus summary. 4. It really won't be the internet that wins it (Independent) Talk of the e-election, the Twitter election, or the Facebook election proliferates. But, Mary Dejevsky argues, e-editors are mirrors, not creators, of the negative political climate. Read the CommentPlus summary. 5. The Lib Dems are talking tough on debt -- but where's the beef? (Daily Telegraph) Where are the details of the Lib Dems' planned tax cuts, asks Jeff Randall. Politicians won't tell the truth because voters have been infantilised by Labour to believe that it can keep demanding more and more. 6. Like all drugs, miaow-miaow should be legal (Times) All drugs should be legally available to anyone over the age of 21, says Antonia Senior. Attempting to scare teenagers about the dangers is pointless because their brains are wired to take risks. Read the CommentPlus summary. 7. Obama should table a Middle East peace plan (Financial Times) Binyamin Netanyahu is not interested in two-state solutions, says Philip Stephens. What is needed is open recognition in Washington that US interests -- and in the long term those of peace in the region -- would be better served by an even-handed approach. Read the CommentPlus summary. 8. Europe should rethink its aid to Palestine (Financial Times) In the same paper, Richard Youngs argues that it is time to stop funding feckless elites -- the way in which such funds have been delivered has deepened the debilitating lack of Palestinian unity. 8. Therapeutic retribution (Guardian) Libby Brooks looks at a model of restorative justice that holds the offender directly accountable to the people he has harmed. Justice is a public health concern, too: offenders meeting victims can cut the trauma that crime causes. 10. Living and dying (Times) The leading article applauds Debbie Purdy for bringing courage and optimism to the assisted suicide debate with her struggle to clarify the law, and her articulation of the case for changing it. Sign up now to CommentPlus for the pick of the day's opinion, comment and analysis in your inbox at 8am. › Tony Blair's new faith film competition 12 issues for £12 Subscribe More Related articles I believe only Yvette Cooper has the breadth of support to beat Jeremy Corbyn To stop Jeremy Corbyn, I am giving my second preference to Andy Burnham What do Labour's lost voters make of the Labour leadership candidates?