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The ten must-read pieces from the Sunday papers.

1. Modern capitalism is at a moral dead end. And the bosses are to blame (Observer)

Will Hutton argues that capitalism will continue to be demonised while our CEOs -- so well paid that they occupy a different world from the rest of us -- refuse to put their own corrupt house in order.

2. Can religion rescue Dave's Big Society? (Independent on Sunday)

David Cameron wants a return to volunteering, but a weakened church, the welfare state and Thatcherism make that a tall order, writes Cole Moreton.

3. The Big Society is irresistible, but do we have the time? (Sunday Telegraph)

One reason that we evolved representative democracy is the difficulty of making the attractive ideal of politically engaged citizens into a reality, says Alasdair Palmer. Staying in a job while being a good parent is demanding enough for most people.

4. Educating children should not be for profit (Observer)

Hundreds of companies already profit from our education system, says the paper's editorial, but learning has always been separate from the forces of the free market, and that's how it should stay.

5. Mandelson is losing the spin game (Sunday Times)

The editorial argues that the tide has turned this week, and discusses factors that might have led to the Times/YouGov poll today showing the Tories with a 10-point lead.

6. David Cameron as Gene Hunt? Labour must be living life on Mars (Sunday Telegraph)

Matthew d'Ancona agrees, saying that besides the wounds that Labour inflicted on itself -- including the woeful winning campaign poster from a public competition -- the past week has been the Tories' best in a long while.

7. One of the above (Independent on Sunday)

The Independent on Sunday launches a campaign to get people to vote, amid expectations of a lower than ever turnout, reflecting the public's antipathy -- a positive hostility stronger than mere apathy -- towards politicians.

8. The tower and the Olympic curse (Sunday Times)

Dominic Lawson adds his voice to the cacophony of disapproval for Anish Kapoor's Olympic tower. In its bombast and excess, he says, the monument is in perfect harmony with what the Games have become.

9. Actually, Ms Lumley, you should apologise, too (Observer)

Joanna Lumley is right to be angry at the treatment of Gurkhas, says Nick Cohen, but she must understand that her campaign has flaws, too.

10. Wrong again, m'lud -- and now you're getting my back up (Sunday Times)

Mr Justice Eady has been criticised for his judgment in the Simon Singh case. This is not the first time, says Rod Liddle, yet Eady is often the high court judge presiding over media cases, and wields greater influence than he should.

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