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The ten must-read pieces from the Sunday papers.

1. It's the party leaders' debates -- cue the yawn-ometer (Sunday Times)

It would be a genuine loss if the party leaders used the heavily rehearsed TV debates as an excuse not to enter the Newsnight studios during the campaign, says Dominic Lawson.

2. The Ashcroft saga shows why the Tories need to embrace transparency (Sunday Telegraph)

It is pointless to preach the virtues of open government if your own party is being economical with the actualité, argues Matthew d'Ancona.

3. What are you afraid of, Dave? (Independent on Sunday)

The Sindie leading article agrees, saying that the Ashcroft affair undermines our confidence that David Cameron possesses the judgement required to be a successful prime minister.

4. Lord Ashcroft: worse than a crime, a mistake (Sunday Times)

Martin Ivens thinks that the whole process should be tightened up: if the state really feels the need to bestow honours, only people who pay British taxes in full should get them.

5. Carol, if you fancy politics -- get elected first (Observer)

Gabby Hinsliff says that Carol Vorderman's performance on Question Time proves that celebrities can't become politicians overnight.

6. Cam heading for a flip-flop (Sunday Mirror)

David Cameron likes to present himself as a candidate for change, but from what and to what, asks the New Statesman editor, Jason Cowley.

7. Get downwind of a senior Tory and you'll smell the anxious sweat (Observer)

Andrew Rawnsley looks at what has gone wrong with the Tory campaign. With the damage done to Cameron's claim to offer a fresh start to Britain, it is no longer outlandish to wonder if Gordon Brown might stay in office.

8. Your choice: the old politics, or the new (Independent on Sunday)

The electorate is weary of two-party wrangling and tactical voting. The Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, urges Britain to vote for a third option that breaks new ground.

9. As chancellor, Gordon Brown did not understand defence (Sunday Telegraph)

Following the Prime Minister's appearance at the Iraq inquiry on Friday, the former chief of the army General Sir Richard Dannatt says that Brown knows the importance of the armed forces now -- but, when he was chancellor, it was a different story.

10. A unique chance to hold Europe together must not be wasted (Observer)

Will Hutton discusses the role of Baroness Ashton. Charged with creating coherence between 27 countries on foreign and security policy, she must stamp her authority on the individual countries that would undermine her.

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