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Comment Plus: pick of the papers

The ten must-read pieces from the Sunday papers.

1. It's time for change and time for hope (News of the World)

The News of the World follows its sister paper, the Sun, in endorsing the Conservatives. It declares, after "much soul-searching", that David Cameron "must be given the chance to run the country".

2. After this week, we may all owe Obama an apology (Independent on Sunday)

Health-care reform, standing up to Israel and a nuclear deal with Russia prove that we were wrong to doubt Barack Obama, says Rupert Cornwell.

3. The Conservatives have the vision but not the nerve (Sunday Telegraph)

The Tories have a compelling vision of a smaller state and a reformed economy but they are too scared to spell it out, argues Janet Daley.

4. Keep it simple and you'll win, George (Sunday Times)

The Tory offering is too cluttered for voters to support, says Martin Ivens. In the chancellors' TV debate on Channel 4, Osborne must keep his argument simple and tell us a story we can understand.

5. If the US declares economic war on China, we should all tremble (Observer)

If Washington decides to impose unilateral tariffs on Chinese imports, the world economy could slide back into recession, warns Will Hutton.

6. Dave has always been a good finisher (Independent on Sunday)

The Conservative Party may be convulsed by doubts about David Cameron, but the pattern of his career suggests that he is a man who always finishes well, says John Rentoul.

7. Why the future of good news is not free (Sunday Times)

As the Sunday Times prepares to launch a new paid-for website, a leader in the paper argues that giving away expensive journalism for free is financially unsustainable.

8. How an unvalued chancellor became Labour's priceless asset (Observer)

The remarkable survival of Alistair Darling, who has served in every Labour cabinet since 1997, is a lesson to other politicians, writes Andrew Rawnsley. Darling's candour won him the right to be his own man.

9. Who else is "doing a Hewitt"? (Mail on Sunday)

The lesson to be learned from the lobbying scandal is that transparency is king, says Anthony Barnett. Ministers and former ministers should be forced to declare all meetings in a register.

10. I can stay no longer in this Church (Sunday Times)

A church that refuses to condemn the rape of children is not fit to offer moral lectures, argues India Knight.

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